San Diego

XHITZ (Jammin’ Z90) – San Diego – 7/4/94 – Nick Monroe

This is a sample of Z90, serving America’s Finest City, recorded on Independence Day 1994.  At this time, Z90 was seemingly one of the most unique-sounding Rhythmic CHRs around; I personally do not recall hearing most of the songs featured on this aircheck anywhere else.

KHTS (Channel 933) – San Diego – March ’97 – Boomer

In September 1996, Channel 933 debuted with a gold-friendly Dance CHR format, as demonstrated in this aircheck from October of that year and this one from November. However, within a few months, the station became much more current-based, replacing much of the classic dance with contemporary R&B and pop.  

KKLQ (Q106) – San Diego – 7/29/98 – Various Personalities (Farewell Tribute)

** NOTE: If you are attempting to listen to this aircheck from an iPhone, you may find that the audio abruptly ends after a few seconds. After much trial and error, we unfortunately have not yet been able to identify why this is occurring. The same should not happen when listening from a computer web browser, so please go down that route if necessary. We apologize for the inconvenience.** Much of the information shown below was taken from the now-defunct Q106 tribute site, which may still be accessible through this archive.org link. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, San Diego’s Q106 was one of the top stations in America, offering a Rhythmic-leaning Mainstream CHR format that fit the San Diego market perfectly. Q106 enjoyed a run of at least 12 straight Arbitron books (the site linked above...

KHTS – simulcast of WFLZ (93-3 FLZ) – San Diego/Tampa – 8/1/96 – Tom Steele

From March to August 1996, as part of the preparation for what would eventually become “Channel 933”, KHTS 93.3 FM in San Diego simulcasted Mainstream CHR sister station WFLZ (93-3 FLZ) in Tampa. This aircheck (recorded 19 years ago today) represents a sample of that simulcast from its final month or so. Please visit the KHTS Wikipedia page for more details.

XHTZ (Jammin’ Z90) – San Diego – July 1992 – Cha Cha

Recorded on Independence Day Weekend 1992, in the BEST city for celebrating the holiday, here is a sample of San Diego’s longtime Rhythmic CHR, Jammin’ Z90. This is definitely one of the more unique-sounding Rhythmic CHRs I’ve ever heard – it almost sounded like a Rhythmic Oldies station at times. Be sure to check out the other Z90 aircheck posted here, from the same weekend in 1994.

KHTS (Channel 9-3-3) – San Diego – 2/17/97 – Boomer

In September 1996, Channel 9-3-3 debuted with a gold-friendly Dance CHR format, as demonstrated in this aircheck from October of that year and this one from November. However, within a few months, the station became much more current-based, replacing much of the classic dance with contemporary R&B and pop.  

KKLQ (Q106) – San Diego – 7/29/98 – Various Personalities (Farewell Tribute)

Notes: Much of the information shown below is taken from this Q106 tribute site. Another aircheck from this same day/weekend of specialty programming can be found at THIS link. In the late 80′s and early 90′s, San Diego’s Q106 was one of the top stations in America, offering a Rhythmic-leaning Mainstream CHR format that fit the San Diego market perfectly. Q106 enjoyed a run of at least 12 straight Arbitron books (the site linked above claims 16) as the #1-rated station in America’s Finest City.  It was owned by Edens Broadcasting, making it a sister to Y95 (KOY-FM) Phoenix, Q105 (WRBQ) Tampa Bay, and Q94 (WRVQ) Richmond, VA. However, by the early to mid 90′s, due to a combination of competition from newcomer Jammin’ Z90 (XHTZ), format changes, and ownership changes, the station went into d...

KHTS (Channel 9-3-3) – San Diego – Nov ’96 – Cha Cha

“All New, All Dance” – this aircheck, from November 1996, represents the sound of Channel 9-3-3 (KHTS San Diego) in its earliest days. It offered an outstanding music mix, talent, sweepers, and all-around production values. IMHO, this is what a Dance CHR station should sound like, and it’s the best I’ve personally ever heard. However, the masses did not agree  – KHTS evolved to a more conventional Rhythmic CHR by the Spring of 1997. –

KHTS (Channel 933) – San Diego – October 1996

“The New Beat of San Diego” – this aircheck, from October 1996, represents the sound of Channel 9-3-3 in its earliest days. It offered an outstanding music mix, talent, sweepers, and all-around production values. IMHO, this is what a Dance CHR station should sound like, and it’s the best I’ve personally ever heard. However, the masses did not agree  – KHTS evolved to a more conventional Rhythmic CHR in early 1997.  

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