KZZP was one of America’s most successful CHRs of the 1980’s. On this aircheck, recorded in early May 1984, longtime Phoenix radio personality Steve Goddard hosts the “Phoenix Favorites Top 30” weekly countdown.
“K-Mart’s loudspeakers…one place you’ll never hear music on The Edge” — this late 80’s aircheck of KZZP focuses primarily on “The Edge” — a nightly program playing what was considered “Alternative” music at the time. This was several years before full-time commercial Alternative formats became available on the Phoenix FM dial.
This is a compilation of the legendary KZZP/Phoenix that spans most of its original run. Included are segments in which the station referred to itself as “Hit Music 104”. I’ve attempted to make mention of every personality featured on this aircheck; please refer to the tags (below) to see a list. Many thanks to Sluggo (Doug Roberts) for producing the full-length version of these airchecks, and for Chad Wagner for passing them along to Airchecked.com.
Throughout the 80’s, KZZP/Phoenix enjoyed incredible success, establishing itself as one of America’s legendary CHRs. According to the station’s Wikipedia page, it “produced a long list of future stars in the radio business”, and offered a music mix that was adventurous for a Top 40 station – as illustrated by the other KZZP montages posted here. But, by the late 80’s/early 90’s, like many of its peers in the format, KZZP began to struggle. A combination of changes in personalities, management, and overall pop music tastes led to the station’s downfall. On Sunday, April 28, 1991, KZZP was replaced by the sound of a ticking clock. Quoting a post by John Davis on the KZZP Facebook group: It died later in the day than midnight. A friend of mine did overnights (with the D...
“If you’re offended by any of the programming you hear on the KZZP Saturday Night Party Patrol, please dial 1-800-EAT-SH…well, 328-7448” — one of the many entertaining sweepers defining this high-energy program on the legendary KZZP/Phoenix during the mid-80’s.
Composite of KZZP 104.7 FM Phoenix – “The #1 Hit Music Station” – from what appears to be the mid to late 1980’s and possibly 1990. Features Bruce Kelly, Clarke Ingram (possibly his first or one of his first shows on the station), Steve Goddard, Tim Hattrick, Valerie Knight, and Jim Morales. Note the 260-6404 phone number – this later changed to 260-1047. There also appears to be a segment recorded from the former KZZP 1310 AM. I believe this was a simulcast of the FM for most/all of its existence. However, this segment seems to imply that the programming was, at least at that moment, different on the two; can anyone clarify this? //bit.ly/gtt8T5 indicates that KZZP-AM became Adult Standards as KXAM on 2/19/90; the segment references Adult Stand...
Composite of the very entertaining and creative “Saturday Night Party Patrol” on KZZP 104.7 FM Phoenix.
Station composite of KZZP 104.7 FM Phoenix, from early 1990. Features Chet Buchanan’s first night on the air at the station.