Y95

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – Summer ’93 – Bo and Jamie

In the late 80’s, and the very early 90’s, Phoenix was one of the best markets for fans of the CHR format.  Nationwide Communications’ heritage KZZP found itself in a heated battle with The Broadcast Group’s Power 92 (KKFR) and Edens Broadcasting’s Y95 (KOY-FM). KZZP dominated for most of the 80′s.  But with changes in management, personalities, and pop music tastes — ratings dropped significantly in the early 90’s, leading to a format and name change in April 1991. Y95, capitalizing on the changes and later demise of KZZP, enjoyed ratings success at the start of the decade.  But by 1993, ratings had fallen well below those of Power 92, which had begun to establish itself as the market’s preferred CHR (a title which it held through the 90’s).  On September 2, 1993, ...

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – 1992 (featuring Mitch Craig sweepers)

In the late 80′s, and the very early 90′s, Phoenix was one of the best markets for fans of the CHR format.  Nationwide Communications’ heritage KZZP found itself in a heated battle with The Broadcast Group’s Power 92 (KKFR) and Edens Broadcasting’s Y95 (KOY-FM). KZZP dominated for most of the 80′s.  But with changes in management, personalities, and pop music tastes — ratings dropped significantly in the early 90′s, leading to a format and name change in April 1991. Y95, capitalizing on the changes and later demise of KZZP, enjoyed ratings success at the start of the decade. This is a station composite from early 1992 (most likely originating from an official version, but edited by yours truly), when it adopted a policy of playing “no hard rap”. (Ultimately, this decision may h...

KOY-FM (Y95) – June 18, 1993 – Phoenix – Steve Douglas, Elvis Medina, Bo Reynolds, Jamie White

In 1993, the NBA’s Phoenix Suns had a magical season that captivated their hometown fans, featuring run to the Finals round against the defending champion Chicago Bulls. In this aircheck, CHR Y95 (95.5 KOY-FM) was giving away courtside tickets to the 6th game of the series (contigent upon the Suns winning the 5th game, which took place a few hours following the aircheck). Listeners were asked to keep track of songs for several hours. Throughout the day, the station would start taking callers (beginning with #95) and the first person to correctly recite the titles of the songs in the correct order would win the tickets. All three times that this occurred throughout the day are featured on the aircheck. Included are Suns/NBA/sports-themed songs that were in rotation on Y95, along with ...

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – 4/2/92 – Bruce Kelly & Maggie Brock

In Phoenix, Bruce Kelly is one of the best-known radio personalities of all time. He made a name for himself hosting mornings at legendary CHR KZZP in the 80’s, before moving onto KOY-FM (Y95) and KKFR (Power 92), and then returning to KZZP in the late 90’s. This is a sample of “Kelly and Company”, featuring Bruce and co-host Maggie Brock, on Y95.

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – November/December 1991 – Various Personalities

In the late 80′s, and the very early 90′s, Phoenix was one of the best markets for fans of the CHR format.  Nationwide Communications’ heritage KZZP found itself in a heated battle with The Broadcast Group’s Power 92 (KKFR) and Edens Broadcasting’s Y95 (KOY-FM). KZZP dominated for most of the 80′s.  But with changes in management, personalities, and pop music tastes — ratings dropped significantly in the early 90′s, leading to a format and name change in April 1991. Y95, capitalizing on the changes and later demise of KZZP, enjoyed ratings success at the start of the decade. This is an unofficial station composite of the station from the Fall of 1991.

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – 9/17/91 – Bruce Kelly & Maggie Brock

In Phoenix, Bruce Kelly is one of the best-known radio personalities of all time. He made a name for himself hosting mornings at legendary CHR KZZP in the 80′s, before moving onto KOY-FM (Y95) and KKFR (Power 92), and then returning to KZZP in the late 90′s. This is a sample of “Kelly and Company”, featuring Bruce and co-host Maggie Brock, on Y95.  It features an extended interview with the late John Ritter (on his birthday).

KHYI (Power 95) – Dallas/Ft. Worth – 7/8/91 – JoJo Wright

Power 95, which used a Dance-heavy approach, represented the final attempt to make some form of CHR format work on the 94.9 frequency in Dallas/Fort Worth.  (It had previously been known as “Y95”). This aircheck includes a commercial featuring Pauly Shore in which he explains one of the benefits of having call waiting from GTE. About three months after this aircheck was recorded, the station became “Oldies 94.9”. 94.9 is now known as “94.9 KLTY” and, per Wikipedia, is considered the #1 Contemporary Christian station in the U.S.

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – 12/23/88 – Tim & Willy

Recorded 27 years ago today, here is a sample of longtime Phoenix morning show radio duo Tim Hattrick and Willy D. Loon — better known as Tim and Willy — in what may possibly have been their first day together on the air, two days before Christmas 1988. Tim mentions that Willy was the “musical genius behind Jonathon Brandmeier” — Brandmeier hosted mornings on CHR rival KZZP earlier in the 80’s. Includes a request from a listener for “Girl I Know It’s True” by Chilli Fanilli.

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.  

KHYI (Y95) – Dallas/Fort Worth – 4/11/91 – Jo Jo Wright

In the early 90’s, with changing popular music tastes, many Mainstream CHR stations in the U.S. faced an identity crisis.  Y95 – which had launched in 1986 and forced multiple competitors out of the format – was no exception.  According to DFW Radio Archives, this aircheck was recorded just before before the station was rebranded as Power 95 with a more Rhythmic approach.  Six months later, it became “Oldies 94.9″. Contributed by Robyn Watts.

Casey Kasem montage on KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – December 1991 – early 1992

 Following a long illness, Casey Kasem died this past Sunday morning at the age of 82 from Lewy Body Dementia. This aircheck features Kasem hosting “Casey’s Top 40”, starting in late December 1991 through early 1992, as heard on Phoenix affiliate KOY-FM (Y95). The majority of the montage is from the year-end “The Top 100 Hits of 1991” countdown, most likely recorded on 12/29/91. Also featured briefly is a snippet of fill-in host Mark Elliot, along with legal IDs and other sweepers played by KOY-FM during the program.

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – October/November 1991

In the late 80′s, and the very early 90′s, Phoenix was one of the best markets for fans of the CHR format.  Nationwide Communications’ heritage KZZP found itself in a heated battle with The Broadcast Group’s Power 92 (KKFR) and Edens Broadcasting’s Y95 (KOY-FM). KZZP dominated for most of the 80′s.  But with changes in management, personalities, and pop music tastes — ratings dropped significantly in the early 90′s, leading to a format and name change in April 1991. Y95, capitalizing on the changes and later demise of KZZP, enjoyed ratings success at the start of the decade. This is an unofficial station composite of the station from the Fall of 1991.

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