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”.
Jacor (now Clear Channel) debuted KSLZ in October 1997 and filled a huge hole in the St. Louis market for a true CHR/Top 40 station. This is a sample of the station from the following May during Saturday night mixshow programming.
This is a sample of the Gateway City’s longtime CHR station (at this point it was somewhat of a CHR/Modern AC hybrid) a couple of years after it moved from its longtime home at 106.5 FM. At one point, a legal ID voiced by the late and great Casey Kasem is heard, even though the station was featuring regular programming at that point.
Jacor (now Clear Channel) debuted KSLZ in October 1997 and filled a huge hole in the St. Louis market for a true CHR/Top 40 station. This is a sample of the station from the following May (recorded 16 years ago this month). It features regular programming leading into a Saturday night mixshow.
In early 1997, Emmis Broadcasting flipped longtime Saint Louis CHR WKBQ “Q104″ to Modern AC as “Alice @ 104.1″ leaving a gaping hole for Top 40 in the market. That year Jacor Communications acquired Religious formatted 104.9 WCBW in nearby Columbia, Illinois. With 104.9′s signal stronger in the areas that an Urban format would succeed in, the company moved “Majic 108″ to the 104.9 signal as “Majic 105″ and launched a new CHR on the 107.7 signal that had better coverage of the market as a whole. Today’s aircheck (recorded 16 years ago today) showcases the end of Majik 108 on 107.7 and the subsequent launch of Majik 105 on 104.9. You can hear what took place on 107.7 following the end of Majik 108 at THIS page on our sister site, The Format Change Archive. 15 years later, KMJM moved ag...
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.