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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.

KXYL 1240 (Kiss-AM) – Brownwood, TX – 4/2/95 (CHR on AM!)

Deviating from the name and predominant theme of our site, and recorded a little over 20 years ago this month, here’s a sample of what had become a rarity by the mid-90’s: a (Mainstream) CHR station heard on AM, without an FM simulcast partner.

KRBE (104 KRBE) – Houston – 3/28/98 – Michele Fisher & 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 recorded 17 years ago tonight.

KPRR (Power 102) – El Paso, TX – 1998 – The Candyman (and other personalities)

According to Wikipedia, Power 102 debuted in September 1986, making it one of the longest-running Rhythmic CHRs in America. This is a sample of the station from the late 90’s, when the station was voiced by the late and great Brian James. This montage originated on a “mixtape” as opposed to a traditional aircheck, so from time to time, the station’s non-music elements (i.e. promos and personalities) are either missing or cut-off in mid-sentence. In addition, audio is heard only on the right channel/speaker – another shortcoming of the original recording.

KRBE (104 KRBE) – Houston – 8/1/98 – Yo-J

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 was) one of the premier nightclubs in Houston. This is a sample of the program from August 1998.

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”.

KHYS (Kiss 98.5, Kiss Again 103-3) – Houston – 7/30/98

“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. As heard on this aircheck (recorded 15 years ago today), by the summer of 1998, the station had shifted to much more of a Mainstream approach — essentially a more Rhythmic version of the heritage CHR in the market, KRBE. The station threw in the towel altogether on 1/1/99 as it adopted “fad” format of the era — Rhythmic Oldies (better known as “Jammin’ Oldies”).

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