Rick Dees

102.7 KIIS-FM – L.A. – July ’93 – Whitney Allen, John Murphy, Rick Dees

“It’s 7 O’Clock on the West Coast at KIIS…K-I-I-S, FM & AM, Los Angeles”.  Voiced by the late and great Brian James, that’s one of my all-time favorite legal IDs, and many variations of it are heard on this compilation from the Summer of 1993. At this time, in celebration of Independence Day, KIIS had a very amusing “Red, White and Balls Weekend” promotion that included liners such as “dangle your balls from your rearview mirror” and “just make sure your balls are visible.” At a time when many CHRs struggled to find success with the increasingly polarized nature of the format, KIIS elected to mix in a number of hits from years past – the station’s slogan at the time was “The Best Hits of the 80′s and 90′s.”

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...

94.1 WNNF – Cincinnati – Stunting between formats – 5/19/11

On its journey towards relaunching as “Journey 94-1” in May 2011, WNNF Cincinnati stunted for two days with an hour long loop highlighting some decoy formats interspersed with soundbites from the city such as Jerry Springer announcing his mayoral run and clips from WKRP in Cincinnati. To hear the actual format change visit our sister site FormatChange.com.

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – Jan to Nov 1992

Unofficial station composite of Y95 (KOY 95.5 FM Phoenix), January to November 1992.

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