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KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 12/31/92 (Top 92 of ’92) – Supersnake, Kid Corona & Big Daddy

“92 might be leaving your calendar, but it will never leave your radio…” — One of the sweepers featured in these snippets of Power 92’s countdown at the end of 1992. Includes Kid Corona (one of at least three personalities heard on this aircheck) mentioning (via information from a listener) that the #1 song on the station from 20 years prior (1972) was “Theme from Shaft”.  (Does anyone know what format resided on 92.3 FM at that time?) I loved the high-energy, laser-sound-effect-dominated presentation style used by KKFR (and its clones) during this period.  I wish that stations focusing on this type of music today would take it a step further and employ the production values from that era. An additional composite of Kid Corona can be heard at this ...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 12/16/93 – Supersnake, Mojo (first day of Mainstream CHR format)

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). KZZP dominated for most of the 80′s.  But with changes in management, personalities, and pop music tastes — ratings dropped significantly in the early 90′s, leading to a format and name change in April 1991. Y95, capitalizing on the changes and later demise of KZZP, enjoyed ratings success at the start of the decade. But in late 1992, the station moved in a different direction, bringing in new personalities and tinkering with its Rhythmic-leaning playlist. Specifically – the station began using a dayparted approach, leaning ...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – Labor Day ’96 Dance Party – Various Personalities

From 19 years ago this weekend, this is an extended sample of the “Labor Day Dance Party” on KKFR (Power 92) in Phoenix.  It was presented in a “Top 250” format. Regrettably, I did not record the entire countdown uninterrupted from start to finish, but this montage still represents what was originally over 8 hours of material spread across six cassettes.  Several of the station’s air personalties are heard on this aircheck; they are listed in the Tags section (below). At the time, crosstown KBZR (103.9 FM) was in the midst of a 6-month stunt (more details at the Format Change Archive.) playing many of the songs heard on this countdown. At the time, rumors ran rampant that the station eventually sign on with some sort of dance-oriented format — and so it&...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 3/17/02 – Charlie Huero & DJ Shy (Aquanet Set)

Since June of 1997, KKFR — both at its former home on 92.3 FM, and at its current home on 98.3 FM — has made hip-hop and R&B the primary (if not exclusive) focus of its Rhythmic CHR format.  However, in the early 2000’s, it would offer a return to its dance-oriented roots for a brief period each Sunday night.  A portion of the “Lowrider Oldies Show” (also known as the “Sunday Night Old School Show”) was known as the “Aquanet Set”.  This program — whose name refers to the hairspray-laden members of freestyle acts in the 1980’s — originated (?) and was made famous by KKFR’s former sister station, KPWR (Power 106) in Los Angeles.

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 1/4 & 1/5/99 – Mini Salas & AL3 (Power Workout @ Noon)

Since June of 1997, KKFR — both at its former home on 92.3 FM, and at its current home on 98.3 FM — has made hip-hop and R&B the primary focus of its Rhythmic CHR format.  However, around January 1999, the station began incorporating elements reminiscent of its days as a more traditional Rhythmic CHR in the early and mid-90’s. Heard here are the first two editions of “The Power Workout at Noon” mixshow (recorded 16 years ago yesterday/today), which featured more Dance music than the station had played in quite some time. As shown above, the slogan had transitioned from “Where Hip-Hop Lives” to one that Power 92 had used twice before — the presumably more advertiser-friendly “Today’s Hottest Music”. Eric Edwards joined Geoff St. John...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 11/19/00 – The Manic Hispanic, Charlie Huero & DJ Shy (Aquanet Set)

Since June of 1997, KKFR — both at its former home on 92.3 FM, and at its current home on 98.3 FM — has made hip-hop and R&B the primary (if not exclusive) focus of its Rhythmic CHR format.  However, in the early 2000’s, it would offer a return to its dance-oriented roots for a brief period each Sunday night.  A portion of the “Lowrider Oldies Show” (also known as the “Sunday Night Old School Show”) was known as the “Aquanet Set”.  This program — whose name refers to the hairspray-laden members of freestyle acts in the 1980’s — originated (?) and was made famous by KKFR’s former sister station, KPWR (Power 106) in Los Angeles. Note: This montage represents broadcasts from two different nights. The first one (hosted by The Manic Hispanic) is most likely from 11/19/00 as indicated in the...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 10/12/93 – Supersnake

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). KZZP dominated for most of the 80′s.  But with changes in management, personalities, and pop music tastes — ratings dropped significantly in the early 90′s, leading to a format and name change in April 1991. Y95, capitalizing on the changes and later demise of KZZP, enjoyed ratings success at the start of the decade. But in late 1992, the station moved in a different direction, bringing in new personalities and tinkering with its Rhythmic-leaning playlist. Specifically – the station began using a dayparted approach, leaning toward...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 9/25/91 – Dave Ryan, Dena Fox, Scott Thrower

  “100,000 watts of music power…” Recorded 23 years ago this week, below is a detailed sample of the dominant CHR station in Phoenix for most of the 1990’s, at the start of that decade. Specifically, this is a montage of the “Power Morning Zoo”. The star of the show was Dave Ryan, who had joined Power 92 recently, after being at Adult CHR KZZP through its final days. Ryan departed KKFR in March 1993 and landed at legendary Mainstream CHR KDWB/Minneapolis – and as of September 2014, he remains their morning show host. During Ryan’s final days at KZZP, one of the morning show hosts at Power 92 (the main host?) was Danny Bonaduce. However, following an incident involving a prostitute, Bonaduce found himself first on administrative leave and...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – Dec ’98 – Krazy Kid & Ruben S (Flashback Friday)

  Since June of 1997, KKFR — both at its former home on 92.3 FM, and at its current home on 98.3 FM — has made hip-hop and R&B the primary (if not exclusive) focus of its Rhythmic CHR format. However, certain specialty programs would return the station to its more moderate, dance/pop-oriented roots.  Recorded 15 years ago this month, this is a sample of the Rhythmic Oldies-formatted “Flashback Friday” which aired at the end of the station’s morning show, hosted by Krazy Kid and Ruben S. Probably not too long before this aircheck was recorded, Power 92 modified its slogan from “Where Hip Hop Lives” to the presumably more mainstream (and advertiser-friendly) “Today’s Hottest Music”.  The station had already employed this positioning st...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 1989

Composite of Power 92 (KKFR 92.3 Glendale/Phoenix) from 1989.

KYOT (95.5) – Phoenix – Sep ’93 (stunting: Amer. Radio Museum)

  At Noon on September 2, 1993, following a sale from Edens Broadcasting to Sundance Broadcasting, CHR “Y95” ceased to exist on KOY 95.5 FM in Phoenix. For the next 24 hours, a stunt known as “American Radio Museum” would air on the frequency. According to Wikipedia, the stunt featured “loops of quotes from famous people and figures from American pop culture and history.”  This aircheck contains two sweepers from that stunt, along with one of the “special Arizona exhibits”. On September 3, 1993, “95.5 the Coyote” debuted with a format known as “Rhythm and Rock”.  This aircheck also contains a promo that aired during the early days of “The Coyote”, featuring feedback from the station’s listeners.  (Six...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – Brian Douglas & Roxanne Steele – 5/1/96

During the mid-1990′s, under the direction of Program Director Don Parker, KKFR (Power 92) in Phoenix was at its peak, registering an all-time high 7.1 share (12+) in the Winter 1996 Arbitron survey. The station offered a broad Rhythmic CHR mix that focused primarily on dance and R&B music. This extended length aircheck, recorded 17 years ago yesterday, is hosted by Brian Douglas, followed by Roxanne Steele (at the very end). Brian Douglas eventually moved onto KYSR “Star 98.7” in Los  Angeles, while Roxanne Steele landed at WBBM-FM “B96” in Chicago – a station she ended up calling home for over a decade. Due to the length of the original recording (5 hours and 38 minutes!), we are splitting this aircheck up into two parts – Part 1 was posted yesterday, at...

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