Pat Powers

KGLQ (Eagle 96.9) – Phoenix – June ’98 – Charlie Van Dyke

In September 1997, shortly after a sale from Nationwide Communications to Jacor (now Clear Channel), Classic Hits-formatted “96.9 K-Hits” rebranded itself as “Eagle 96.9”, and brought on legendary radio/TV voice talent Charlie Van Dyke to host mornings. Nine months later, it was announced that the station would be undergoing a format change in the near future, and all of the station’s air talent would be out of a job. Van Dyke, having served as the radio columnist for the Arizona Republic newspaper in the past, decided that the audience deserved to know what was happening, and have some fun with the situation at the same. On this aircheck, he and co-host Mary Reilly explained the situation, took calls from disappointed listeners, and temporarily changed the mu...

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – 12/23/88 – Tim & Willy

Recorded 27 years ago today, here is a sample of longtime Phoenix morning show radio duo Tim Hattrick and Willy D. Loon — better known as Tim and Willy — in what may possibly have been their first day together on the air, two days before Christmas 1988. Tim mentions that Willy was the “musical genius behind Jonathon Brandmeier” — Brandmeier hosted mornings on CHR rival KZZP earlier in the 80’s. Includes a request from a listener for “Girl I Know It’s True” by Chilli Fanilli.

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – 1988/1989 – Various Personalities

In July 1986, Beautiful Music-formatted KQYT “Quiet 95” flipped to Adult Contemporary as “KOY 95.5 FM”. The station eventually began to call itself “Y95” and evolved to Mainstream CHR. This is an unofficial composite of the station about 2 to 3 years after the initial change. With varying degrees of success, Y95 attempted various permutations of Mainstream CHR until September 2, 1993.  On that day, it began stunting in preparation for a format change the following day.