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KBZR (The New 103.9, Arizona’s Party Station) – Phoenix – 12/31/96 – Krazy Kid Stevens & Ruben S (END OF YEAR MIX)

For six months in 1996, KBZR (103.9 FM)/Coolidge, AZ offered one of the most creative stunts in radio history.  In between an automated Rhythmic Oldies format was a series of clever interstitials (voiced by station owner Jerry Clifton) indicating that the station was “moving in from the desert” (referring to a pending signal upgrade to allow for better coverage in the metro Phoenix area) and looking for someone — or something — named “Steve”. On October 30 of that year, KBZR officially launched as “The New 103.9, Arizona’s Party Station”.  Featured on this aircheck is a sample of the outlet 2 months after its debut, as it offered end-of-year mixshow programming on the final day of 1996. Please note that this aircheck is heavily scoped – I kept only the segments featuring songs that I...

KPTY (Party Radio @ 103.9) – Phoenix – 12/30/99 – Dead Air Dave

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, 103.9 FM — which targeted the Phoenix area from rural/suburban signals –  held a number of different formats. It began in the Spring of 1996 with a six-month Rhythmic Oldies stunt format named “S-T-E-V-E”. On October 30th of that year, it officially signed on as “The New 103.9, Arizona’s Party Station”, with a hip-hop-oriented Rhythmic CHR format and enjoyed impressive ratings (especially considering the signal limitations).  Its target, the more dance/pop/R&B-oriented KKFR “Power 92”, took notice and transformed itself into a pure hip-hop/R&B station within 9 months. A year later, 103.9 FM (whose calls had become KPTY) went in a completely different direction, offering a mix of alternative/modern rock and hip-hop in a format unofficially known ...

KZZP (104-7 ZZP) – Phoenix – 12/20/99 – Karen Rite

During the 80’s, KZZP 104.7 FM in Phoenix was one of the most successful Mainstream CHR stations in the country. 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. However, a combination of changes in personalities, management, and overall pop music tastes led to the station’s downfall (in April 1991). Five years later, owner Nationwide Communications brought KZZP back to the airwaves with a Modern AC format, making an attempt to appeal to the listeners who grew up with the station as a CHR. The station performed well, ranking #1 in key demos by 1998. However, by that point, Jacor (now Clear Channel) had taken ownership of KZZP along with KGLQ (96.9). On Labor D...

KZZP (104-7 ZZP) – Phoenix – 10/29/00 – Bonzai Brian

During the 80’s, KZZP 104.7 FM in Phoenix was one of the most successful Mainstream CHR stations in the country. 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. However, a combination of changes in personalities, management, and overall pop music tastes led to the station’s downfall (in April 1991). Five years later, owner Nationwide Communications brought KZZP back to the airwaves with a Modern AC format, making an attempt to appeal to the listeners who grew up with the station as a CHR. The station performed well, ranking #1 in key demos by 1998. However, by that point, Jacor (now Clear Channel) had taken ownership of KZZP along with KGLQ (96.9). On Labor Day Wee...

KZZP (104-7 ZZP) – Phoenix – 11/19 & 11/20/00

During the 80’s, KZZP 104.7 FM in Phoenix was one of the most successful Mainstream CHR stations in the country. 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. However, a combination of changes in personalities, management, and overall pop music tastes led to the station’s downfall (in April 1991). Five years later, owner Nationwide Communications brought KZZP back to the airwaves with a Modern AC format, making an attempt to appeal to the listeners who grew up with the station as a CHR. The station performed well, ranking #1 in key demos by 1998. However, by that point, Jacor (now Clear Channel) had taken ownership of KZZP along with KGLQ (96.9). On Labor D...

KZZP (104-7 ‘ZZP) – Phoenix – July 2000 – Marcus Jordan, Rikk Idol, Barbara Seville

During the 80’s, KZZP 104.7 FM in Phoenix was one of the most successful Mainstream CHR stations in the country. 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. However, a combination of changes in personalities, management, and overall pop music tastes led to the station’s downfall (in April 1991). Five years later, owner Nationwide Communications brought KZZP back to the airwaves with a Modern AC format, making an attempt to appeal to the listeners who grew up with the station as a CHR. The station performed well, ranking #1 in key demos by 1998. However, by that point, Jacor (now Clear Channel) had taken ownership of KZZP along with KGLQ (96.9). On Labor Day Wee...

KZZP (104-7 ZZP) – Phoenix – 11/4/00 – Brent/Bret/Brett (?) Michaels

During the 80’s, KZZP 104.7 FM in Phoenix was one of the most successful Mainstream CHR stations in the country. 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. However, a combination of changes in personalities, management, and overall pop music tastes led to the station’s downfall (in April 1991). Five years later, owner Nationwide Communications brought KZZP back to the airwaves with a Modern AC format, making an attempt to appeal to the listeners who grew up with the station as a CHR. The station performed well, ranking #1 in key demos by 1998. However, by that point, Jacor (now Clear Channel) had taken ownership of KZZP along with KGLQ (96.9). On Labor Day Wee...

KZZP (Hit Music 104) – Phoenix – 5/4/84 – Steve Goddard

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.

KZZP 104.7 FM – Phoenix – late 80’s

“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.

KZZP (Hit Music 104) – Phoenix – 1980’s – Various Personalities

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.

KZZP / KVRY (Variety 104.7) – Phoenix – April 1991

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...

KZZP 104.7 FM – Phoenix – 1980 to 1990 (?) – Bruce Kelly, Clarke Ingram, Steve Goddard, Tim Hattrick, Valerie Knight, Jim Morales

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...

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