July

102.7 KIIS-FM – L.A. – July ’93 – Whitney Allen, John Murphy, Rick Dees

“It’s 7 O’Clock on the West Coast at KIIS…K-I-I-S, FM & AM, Los Angeles”.  Voiced by the late and great Brian James, that’s one of my all-time favorite legal IDs, and many variations of it are heard on this compilation from the Summer of 1993. At this time, in celebration of Independence Day, KIIS had a very amusing “Red, White and Balls Weekend” promotion that included liners such as “dangle your balls from your rearview mirror” and “just make sure your balls are visible.” At a time when many CHRs struggled to find success with the increasingly polarized nature of the format, KIIS elected to mix in a number of hits from years past – the station’s slogan at the time was “The Best Hits of the 80′s and 90′s.”

KKSS (Hot Jammin’ 97.3 Kiss-FM) – Albuquerque – 7/18/95 – Chico Banana

This is a sample of Albuquerque’s heritage Rhythmic CHR from the mid-90’s, when it offered a relatively balanced Rhythmic CHR format and a high-energy presentation. The station has survived many competitors over the years.  (The logo shown above is not from the era when this aircheck was recorded.) Please note: at some point (perhaps the original recording), the pitch of the audio on this aircheck became too high (hope that’s the right term?) – everything sounds “faster” than it should be. Note the similarities between this station and Chattanooga’s WKXJ “Hot Jammin’ Kicks FM” from 1998. Besides their nearly identical names, both were/are on 97.3 FM and employed the phrase “one half hour total music jam”. There had to ...

Kiss 100 – London – 7/21/97

This is a sample of London’s long-running Rhythmic CHR. More information about the history of the “Kiss” franchise can be found here.

WXXL (XL-106.7 FM) – Orlando – July 1992

“Of all of life’s experiences…you must at one time or another encounter…RAVE”. Voiced by the legendary Mitch Craig, this is a sample of Orlando’s longtime CHR during progressive underground dance mix programming.

KKUU (U-92.7) – Indio/Palm Springs, CA – 7/10/98

U-92.7 hit the airwaves sometime in the mid to late 90’s. Initially, as demonstrated on this aircheck, the station offered a rather unfocused but entertaining Rhythmic CHR format. Over time, the playlist was tightened so that it had a focus on hip-hop and R&B.  

97.4 Rock FM – Lancashire, UK – 7/1/97 – Jamie Moore

This is one of a handful of airchecks in my collection from the United Kingdom.  97.4 Rock FM sounds quite different from any U.S. station I’m aware of that calls or brands itself as “Rock”! Per info supplied by Neal Bowden when this aircheck originally appeared on this site in 2011: There is an urban myth the name Rock FM comes from Blackpool rock, which is a very hard stick of candy. //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_(confectionery) Blackpool is in the heart of the stations coverage area and a lot of people take vacation there every year. It never has been and never will be a rock station! Thanks to Ryan Bishop for finding and supplying the logo.

WWXM (Mix 97.7) – Myrtle Beach, SC – 7/30/98

This is a sample of Mix 97.7 during its days as an Adult-leaning CHR. The station is now pure Mainstream CHR and, according to Nielsen Audio 12+ ratings, is well ahead of Adult-leaning competitor WMYB (Star 92.1).

WVRT (Variety 97.7) – Williamsport, PA – 7/24/98

“Variety 97.7…playing the uplifting hits of the 80’s, 90’s, and today…guess you could call us radio’s version of Viagra” — Variety 97.7 was an unfocused, but fun small market CHR/Hot AC. Regrettably, there is a fair amount of static on this recording.

WKBZ (Power 95.3) – Muskegon, MI – 7/26/98

For a few years in the mid to late 90’s, WKBZ-FM offered an Urban Contemporary format branded as Power 95.3. According to Wikipedia, a few months after this aircheck was recorded, ownership of the station was transferred to Grand Valley State University. Subsequently, it became a simulcast of another station owned by the institution.

WSPK (K104) – Poughkeepsie, NY – 7/23/98 – Danny Valentino

This is a sample of the heritage CHR in New York’s Hudson Valley from the late 90’s — one of the best in the country at that time, in my humble opinion.  At this time, from a musical perspective, K104 offered a rather unique approach that mixed youth-oriented Rhythmic currents (including dance remixes of pop hits) and gold. According to Wikipedia, the station (which now calls itself “K104.7”) is still live in all dayparts, with local personalities and ownership.  Be sure to check out the other K104 aircheck on our site (also hosted by Danny Valentino).

WHYT (Power 96) – Detroit – 7/21/89 – Electrifying Fogel

This is a sample of Detroit’s Power 96 when it was still a pure Mainstream CHR, and a couple of years before (per Wikipedia) Modern Rock 89X entered in the market and took away a large portion of the teen & young adult audience. IMHO – and I say this as someone who wasn’t living in Detroit at the time and (outside of Wikipedia) is unfamiliar with the competitive landscape there at the time – Power 96’s approach at this time strikes me as being surprisingly conservative considering that it served a large, ethnically diverse market. Many thanks to Rich Marino for contributing this aircheck.

WKSE (Kiss 98.5) – Buffalo, NY – 7/18/93

Recorded 23 years ago today, here’s a sample of Buffalo’s longtime CHR outlet. Kiss 98.5 is seemingly one of the relatively few stations to have stuck with a Mainstream CHR format during a year (1993) when most of its peers had either begun leaning towards either a Modern Rock or Rhythmic approach, or had abandoned CHR altogether.

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