jingles

KHTT (106.9 K-HITS) – Tulsa, OK – 1/25/97 – Maverick

“The only Tulsa radio station broadcasting from a porta potty in Broken Arrow…”.  106.9 K-Hits was one of my favorite CHRs of the mid-90’s. This montage was recorded a few months after the station moved back into a Mainstream CHR direction (with a Rhythmic lean), following a few years as an Adult CHR.

WDRQ (93-1 The New ‘DRQ) – Detroit – 1/28/97 – JoJo

Following the “worst-to-first” success of New York’s “103.5 The New ‘KTU” in 1996, a number of stations around the U.S. attempted similar formats (essentially Rhythmic AC) in their markets. One was “93-1 The New DRQ” in Detroit, as demonstrated on this aircheck (recorded 19 years ago today). Includes the closing segment of Lisa Lisa’s afternoon drive show, followed by JoJo on the Radio. Features phone interviews in which callers mention the stations that they “made the switch” from, including listeners being placed in the “25-34 Women” and “25-54” categories. This was a fun station to listen to, highlighted by an all-around high-energy presentation. More information can be found on the WDRQ Wikipedia ...

WKTU (103.5 The New ‘KTU) – New York – 12/1/96 – Al Bandiero

 In February 1996, Country WYNY flipped to WKTU, offered what we now call a Rhythmic AC format, and went from worst to first in one rating book – an absolutely remarkable feat for any radio station, particularly in America’s #1 market. This is a sample of the station about 8 months after its debut (recorded about 18 years ago this month.)

WDRQ (93-1 The New ‘DRQ) – Detroit – 3/24/97 – Jay Towers

Following the “worst-to-first” success of New York’s “103.5 The New ‘KTU” in 1996, a number of stations around the U.S. attempted similar formats (essentially Rhythmic AC) in their markets. One was “93-1 The New DRQ” in Detroit, as demonstrated on this aircheck. Features the “All Request Lunch Blocks”, hosted by longtime Detroit personality Jay Towers. This was a fun station to listen to, highlighted by an all-around high-energy presentation. More information can be found on the WDRQ Wikipedia page. You also may wish to check out the other DRQ aircheck posted here.

KQKS (KS107-5) – Denver – 2/3/97 – George McFly

Recorded 18 years ago today, this is a sample of “The New KS107-5, The Sweet Beat of Denver” shortly after its move (and signal upgrade) from 104.3 (KS104). To promote the change, the station was running a “cash cow” contest in which listeners were asked to call in upon hearing the sound of a cow (featured on the aircheck), and say “I made the moooooove to KS107-5” if they were the correct caller. KQKS claimed that it was “the biggest cash giveaway in the history of Denver radio.” This is one of my favorite airchecks, primarily for the station’s outstanding engineering (great processing) and production elements (voiceovers, sweepers, and jingles). Their approach to Rhythmic CHR was upbeat, without sounding “ghetto”. It inclu...

103.5 Kiss-FM (hosted by Elmer “AJ” Karaan) & 95.5 Star-FM – Cebu, Philippines – 4/19/98

About once a month, FMairchecks.com will feature content from outside of the United States. For April 2013, we present a pair of stations from Cebu in the Philippines. 103.5 Kiss-FM was a full-blown English language CHR that made frequent use of very familiar-sounding jingles.  95.5 Star-FM offered an English-language presentation and appeared to be some form of what we now call Rhythmic AC – most of this aircheck was recorded during a 70’s/80’s Classic Dance specialty show known as “Disco Recall”. Courtesy of contributor Ryan Bishop (added 3/27/17) — DYCD was known as Kiss FM until 2002, when it turned into 103.5 Wild FM, then in 2015 it became 103.5 Retro Cebu, where it has a Classic hits format. DYCD is currently Retro Cebu. Its Classic hits format is...

WAMG (WXSS) – 103.7 Kiss-FM – Milwaukee – Summer ’98

Milwaukee’s 103.7 Kiss-FM in its early days (still WAMG, eventually switching to WXSS).  This aircheck represents several segments through the Summer of 1998; the initial sample was recorded in the midst of the station playing 10,000 songs in a row commercial-free.  Also, for this reason, certain songs are heard duplicate times. At least in the commercial-free segment, 103.7 Kiss-FM represented one of the finest examples of Mainstream CHR I’ve ever heard, as it offered multiple hits from multiple contemporary genres, without any “lean”.  In addition, the duo of 1980’s style jingles and Mitch Craig voiceovers made this station almost one of a kind for its era.

KUBE 93 – Seattle – Jingles – 1996

A ReelWorld Productions jingle package produced for KUBE 93 (93.3) in Seattle, 1996.

WKTU – 1996 – Jingles

A ReelWorld Productions jingle package produced for 103.5 FM WKTU-FM/New York City, 1996.

KHYI 94.9 (Y95) – Dallas – TM Productions Demo Jingles – November 1988

A TM Productions demo jingle package produced for Y95 (KHYI 94.9 FM, Dallas). Thanks to Neal Bowden for the following info: “The Y95 demo is from Nov 1988. These jingles never actually went to air as KHYI was used as the pilot station for demo purposes only. Y95 were using JAM jingles around that time.”

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 1997 – Reelworld Jingles

A ReelWorld Productions jingle package produced for Power 92 (KKFR 92.3 FM Glendale/Phoenix) circa 1997. Many of these were for Bruce Kelly’s morning show.

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 1994 (JAM Jingles)

A JAM jingle package (“Hit Power”?) produced for Power 92 (KKFR 92.3 FM Glendale/Phoenix) circa 1994. I don’t recall hearing most of these on the air.

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