Power 92.3

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...

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...

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 12/25/95 – Brian Simpson

Today’s Hottest Music is on Power 92″. This aircheck, recorded in the middle of the night between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in 1995, represents the sound of KKFR (92.3) Glendale/Phoenix that led the station to an al-time high 7.0 Arbitron share (12+). At this time, Power 92 offered superb all-around music, air talent, and production values. It’s somewhat surreal to listen to this aircheck and realize that a live jock (Brian Simpson) was on the air during this holiday time period, reading a live legal ID — both of those elements are virtually unheard-of today. Included is a shaky-voiced call-in from yours truly, requesting a version of a song that I had never (and still have never) heard on any other station.

KKFR (Power 92) – Phoenix – 2001 – 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 “Aqua Net 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 that, at this time, KKFR was transitioning from “Power 9...

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