Texas

KRBE (104 KRBE) – Houston – 6/13/98 – Dino

Per Wikipedia – on Saturday nights from 1996 to 2002, 104 KRBE aired “The Beat” – one of the most progressive dance music programs on U.S. radio – live-to-air from The Roxy, which was of the premier nightclubs in Houston. This is a sample of the program from June 13, 1998 (recorded 18 years ago tonight).

KHYS/KJOJ (Kiss 98.5, Kiss Again 103.3) – Houston – 4/4/98

“Kiss 98-5, Kiss Again 103-3″ (KHYS/KJOJ) debuted on February 24, 1997 with a Dance-oriented approach targetted at Latinos, similar to Power 96 in Miami. Styles of music heard on the station included house, freestyle, bass, tropical, and R&B. While the station seemed to be making some progress in the ratings early, it never got to the next level. This brief aircheck was recorded around the time (or shortly before) a shift to a more Mainstream approach — essentially a more Rhythmic version of the heritage Mainstream CHR in the market, KRBE. The station threw in the towel altogether on 1/1/99 as it jumped on the “fad” format of the era — Rhythmic Oldies (better known as “Jammin’ Oldies”).  

KBFM (B104) – McAllen, TX – 3/29/98

Recorded 18 years ago this week, this is a sample of the Rio Grande Valley’s heritage CHR (now known as Wild 104). The station offered an interesting mix of pop and dance hits – the latter would likely be considered “obscure” in the most of the country, but presumably not in this market.

KRBE (104 KRBE) – Houston – 3/7/98 – Yo-J & DJ Mark D

Per Wikipedia – on Saturday nights from 1996 to 2002, 104 KRBE aired “The Beat” – one of the most progressive dance music programs on U.S. radio – live-to-air from The Roxy, which is (or at least one) of the premier nightclubs in Houston. This is a sample of the program from March 1998.    

KDMX (Mix 102.9) – Dallas – 9/11/93 – Steve Eberhart/Rick O’Brien

Recorded 22 years ago, here’s a montage of Dallas/Fort Worth’s longtime Hot AC station, a couple of years after it entered the format. More information about Mix 102.9 (currently known as “102.9 NOW”) can be found at Wikipedia.

KKDL (106.7 KDL) – Dallas/Fort Worth – 9/23/02

Recorded 13 years ago today, this is a montage of a great-sounding but short-lived attempt at making the Dance format work in Dallas/Fort Worth, about a month after its debut.  Please note that this aircheck actually consists of two separate recordings blended together, so there is some repetition of songs. Per Wikipedia, by 2004, the station began moving in a Rhythmic CHR direction as it attempted to target young Hispanic listeners.

KIOC (Hot 106) – Beaumont, TX – 9/14/97 – Steve Kelly

Recorded 18 years ago today, Hot 106 was one of the earliest examples of the Rhythmic AC format that I’ve encountered. However, per Wikipedia, this was a short-lived era; not long after this aircheck was recorded, the station flipped to Active Rock as “Big Dog 106” – a format it still holds today. My apologies in advance for the heavy doses of static heard throughout this aircheck.

KBFM (Hot B104) – McAllen, TX – 9/3/94 – A.C. Cruz

Here’s a montage of the Rio Grande Valley’s heritage CHR (now known as Wild 104, with a Rhythmic CHR format) from the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend 1994. The station offered a relatively diverse playlist – which was rather uncommon in that era (most CHRs seemed to have a pronounced “lean” towards either R&B/hip-hop or modern rock.)

KKDL (106.7 KDL) – Dallas/Fort Worth – 7/5/04

Recorded 11 years ago this month, here is a montage of a great-sounding but short-lived attempt at making the Dance format work in Dallas/Fort Worth, nearly two years after its debut. Left intact is a humorous promo indicating a flip to “The Medical Channel” the following month if listeners didn’t support KDL’s advertisers. Per Wikipedia, later in the year, the station began moving in a Rhythmic CHR direction as it attempted to target young Hispanic listeners.

KRBE (104 KRBE) – Houston – 6/27/98 – Dino

Per Wikipedia – on Saturday nights from 1996 to 2002, 104 KRBE aired “The Beat” – one of the most progressive dance music programs on U.S. radio – live-to-air from The Roxy, which was one of the premier nightclubs in Houston. This is a sample of the program from June 27, 1998 (recorded 17 years ago tonight).  

104.1 KRBE – Houston – April 1998 – Dino & DJ Mark D

Per Wikipedia – on Saturday nights from 1996 to 2002, 104 KRBE aired “The Beat” – one of the most progressive dance music programs on U.S. radio – live-to-air from The Roxy, which is/was of the premier nightclubs in Houston. This is a sample of the program from April 1998.

KHYI (Power 95) – Dallas/Fort Worth – 4/30/91 – Ken Barnett

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, this aircheck was recorded just after the station was rebranded as Power 95 with a more Rhythmic approach (24 years ago today). About six months later, it became “Oldies 94.9″. Contributed by Robyn Watts.  

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