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KZFM (Hot Z95) – Corpus Christi – 3/28/98

“Hit Music For All Generations” – voiced by the late Brian James, this is a sample of one of America’s longest-running Rhythmic CHRs.  

KWTX (97.5 FM) – Waco, TX – 12/20/91 – Laura Francis

From late December 1991, this is a sample of Waco’s longtime CHR station, at a time when it (like many of its format peers) leaned towards  Hot AC. Contributed by Chip Kelley.

KRBE (104 KRBE) – Houston – 11/7/98 – Angie, Freddy

This is a sample of Houston’s longtime Mainstream CHR, a couple of years after it returned to the format following an Alternative-leaning direction.

KITY 92.9 (Power 93) – San Antonio – 8/23/90

According to Wikipedia, 92.9 FM in San Antonio offered a Rhythmic-leaning CHR format for over a decade, starting in 1979. Three days after this recording was made, the station flipped to an Adult Contemporary format branded as “Star 93” with the call letters KSRR. The aircheck includes mysterious sweepers hinting at an upcoming change. They were voiced by Jerry Clifton in a style nearly identical to what was heard six years later on KBZR in the Phoenix area, during that station’s “S.T.E.V.E.” stunt.  The on-air personality was also referring to the station as simply as “93 KITY” or “KITY”.

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”).  

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.

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).  

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