Variety Hits

WYSY (107.9) – Aurora/Chicago, IL – 5/30/97 (Stunting with “Bill”)

According to Wikipedia: following the merger of CBS and Infinity, the new entity (CBS) found itself with more FM stations than allowed by the FCC. It chose to sell WYSY – which at the time was offering a low-rated Classic Hits format billed as “Y-107.9” — to SBS (Spanish Broadcasting System).  From 4/24/97 through apparently 7/4/97, as the ownership transfer process was underway, the station went into stunt mode. Specifically, someone supposedly named “Bill” claimed to have borrowed “CDs and records” from a group of people and was playing “some of (his) favorite songs”.  The concept was essentially identical to the “Jack FM” Variety Hits format that did not become commonplace until some 8 years later. This montage is a...

KMXN (Cool 94.3) – Garden Grove/Anaheim, CA – 2000

For many years, 94.3 FM in Orange County, CA was KIKF-FM (“KIK-FM”), offering a Country music format. Starting in 2000, it cycled through a series of formats before being acquired by Lieberman Broadcasting and switching to a Spanish-language format in 2003. This is a montage of one of those formats, which Wikipedia describes as “Cool AC”.   This entertaining aircheck was recorded during a specialty program known as “Disco Saturday Night”, yet it included a number of interesting Rhythmic Oldies selections from as late as 1989. Many thanks to Jeffery Holland for contributing!

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