Independence Day

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – All Request 4th of July Weekend/Open House Party – July 1994

 In the late 80′s, and the very early 90′s, Phoenix was one of the best markets for fans of the CHR format.  Nationwide Communications’ heritage KZZP found itself in a heated battle with Edens Broadcasting’s Y95 (KOY-FM) and  The Broadcast Group’s Power 92 (KKFR). But with changes in management, personalities, and pop music tastes as a whole – the CHR scene was very different by the Fall of 1993. By that time, only KKFR and its hip-hop/R&B focused Rhythmic CHR format remained, without any direct competition. Despite its impressive ratings, the station elected to move towards a Modern Rock-based Mainstream CHR format by the end of that year. This is a sample of KKFR from the following summer, when it offered an “All Request 4th of July Weekend”. Featured is a cameo app...

XHTZ (Jammin’ Z90) – San Diego – July 1992 – Cha Cha

Recorded on Independence Day Weekend 1992, in the BEST city for celebrating the holiday, here is a sample of San Diego’s longtime Rhythmic CHR, Jammin’ Z90. This is definitely one of the more unique-sounding Rhythmic CHRs I’ve ever heard – it almost sounded like a Rhythmic Oldies station at times. Be sure to check out the other Z90 aircheck posted here, from the same weekend in 1994.

KYOT (The New 95.5) – Phoenix – 7/2/11 – IndepenDANCE Weekend

In early 1994, 95.5 FM in Phoenix — known as “The Coyote” — became the latest station to adopt the rapidly growing Smooth Jazz format. It achieved impressive ratings success for many years. However, by 2010, the station had evolved to a form of Rhythmic AC. Over Independence Day Weekend 2011, as heard on this montage, “The New 95.5 KYOT” played nothing but classic Dance & Rhythmic selections. This specialty programming was a precursor to a formal change to Rhythmic Oldies several weeks later, initially branded as “The Valley’s Old School 95.5”, and eventually “Eva 95.5”.

WSSR (Star 95.7) – Clearwater/Tampa Bay, FL – 7/4/98 – Ken Martin

During the early 1990’s, as popular music became more fragmented, many Mainstream CHRs in the United States chose to lean towards either hip-hop/R&B or modern rock.  By the middle of the decade, the format began to return to its variety-oriented roots.  At the same time, a number of stations found success by offering a “lighter” version of the modern rock format – known as Modern AC.  One such station was Tampa Bay’s Star 95.7, which debuted in 1998.  This is a sample of the station from Independence Day weekend that year.