KACD/KBCD (Groove 103.1) – Los Angeles – 9/25/97

In June 1996, KACD-FM (Santa Monica) and KBCD-FM (Newport Beach) switched from a Mainstream AC format to a Underground Dance format known as “Groove Radio”. While Groove Radio was unique, it was perhaps too unique for conventional radio. It never made any sort of dent in the ratings. During the summer of 1997, Groove Radio creator Swedish Egil was fired. The station remained in the Dance arena, but it became more mainstream (better suited for radio) — but not so mainstream that it could truly be considered “cheesy”. The name also changed to “Groove 103.1″, mainly because Egil owned the rights to the “Groove Radio” name. Then, on September 18, 1997, the format changed to an ordinary traditional Rhythmic CHR, yet the name remained “Groove 103.1″. The station was flooded with negative feedbac...

KGLQ (Eagle 96.9) – Phoenix – 9/22/97 – Charlie Van Dyke & Michael Hagerty

In September 1997, shortly after a sale from Bonneville to Nationwide Communications, 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. For 4 months, he was joined by local (KTVK) news personality Michael Hagerty. This aircheck, of the first show, is a radiogeek’s dream come true. The primary topic of discussion was a brutally honest discussion of the Phoenix radio industry itself. Guest hosts included Bruce Christian (radio columnist for the Tribune newspaper), and Bud Wilkinson (radio columnist for the Arizona Republic newspaper – a position that Van Dyke had also held.) If that wasn’t enough, other Phoenix radio morning show hosts (including th...

KHYI (“94.9”) – Dallas/Fort Worth – 9/21/91 – Billy Burke

Beginning sometime in 1986, 94.9 FM in Dallas was known as Y95. During its run, it forced multiple competitors out of the CHR format. But in the early 90′s, with changing popular music tastes, many Mainstream CHR stations in the U.S. faced an identity crisis. According to DFW Radio Archives, KHYI rebranded as Power 95 in April 1991 and offered a more Rhythmic approach. However, as heard on this aircheck (recorded 22 years ago today), by September of that year, the station had reverted back to pure Mainstream CHR and began calling itself simply “94.9”. Finally, in (or around) October, it dumped CHR altogether and became “Oldies 94.9”.

WXXP (Party 105) – Long Island, NY – 9/11/98 – Vic the Latino

Recorded 15 years ago this week, this is a sample of Long Island’s Party 105 just a few months after its debut. The station offered an aggressive but balanced Rhythmic CHR format and was voiced by the legendary Mitch Craig at this time. Per Wikipedia, Party 105 has undergone numerous format tweaks and call letter changes over the years.