Per Wikipedia, 107.3 FM in Kansas City began evolving from Top 40 to Modern Rock in late 1994, yet chose to kept the “Kiss” name (albeit shifting from “Kiss 107.3” to “107.3 Kiss-FM”). The imaging and presentation was also reminiscent of its previous format. The station had adopted a more common modern rock approach by the summer of 1995. And by a year later, when this aircheck was recorded, the moniker was simply “107.3”.
This is a sample of KDGS from its days as an Urban-leaning Rhythmic CHR at its longtime home on 93.9 FM. It moved to 93.5 FM in 2014. Please visit Wikipedia for more information on the history of this station.
According to Wikipedia, Channel Z-95.7 debuted as a Modern AC in January 1997. At some point in 1998, the station evolved to the first of many variations of Mainstream CHR. It seems that this aircheck was recorded in the middle of that transition – the “Groove Nation” mixshow seems to have been produced for Modern AC outlets, yet Channel Z-95.7 aired a listener’s phone call requesting “Too Close” by Next, which was more appropriate for a CHR station.
This is a sample of Wichita’s heritage CHR 107.3 KKRD at the start of the new millennium (recorded 13 years ago this week.) Compared to other CHRs in the era (in general), KKRD’s presentation appeared to be more energetic and in particular, personality-heavy. According to Wikipedia: at this time, KKRD was in serious competition with Rhythmic CHR KDGS “Power 93.9”. Four years later, KKRD’s format moved to 96.3 and the station was rebranded as “Channel 9-6-3” (KZCH).