Y95

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”.

KYOT (95.5) – Phoenix – Sep ’93 (stunting: Amer. Radio Museum)

  At Noon on September 2, 1993, following a sale from Edens Broadcasting to Sundance Broadcasting, CHR “Y95” ceased to exist on KOY 95.5 FM in Phoenix. For the next 24 hours, a stunt known as “American Radio Museum” would air on the frequency. According to Wikipedia, the stunt featured “loops of quotes from famous people and figures from American pop culture and history.”  This aircheck contains two sweepers from that stunt, along with one of the “special Arizona exhibits”. On September 3, 1993, “95.5 the Coyote” debuted with a format known as “Rhythm and Rock”.  This aircheck also contains a promo that aired during the early days of “The Coyote”, featuring feedback from the station’s listeners.  (Six...

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – November/December 1992

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 in late 1992, the station moved in a different direction.  This is a sample of what Y95 sounded like at the beginning of that transition.

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – Summer/Fall 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 official station composite of the station from the Summer and Fall of 1991.

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – 1988/1989 – Various Personalities

In July 1986, Beautiful Music-formatted KQYT “Quiet 95” flipped to Adult Contemporary as “KOY 95.5 FM”. The station eventually began to call itself “Y95” and evolved to Mainstream CHR. This is an unofficial composite of the station about 2 to 3 years after the initial change. With varying degrees of success, Y95 attempted various permutations of Mainstream CHR until September 2, 1993.  On that day, it began stunting in preparation for a format change the following day.

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – Summer ’93 – 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.  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 ...

KOY-FM (Y95) Phoenix – 1986 – Glenn Beck & Tim Hattrick

As a follow-up to yesterday’s posting of Tim & Willy on Y95… Here’s a Youtube video of a commercial featuring Y95’s morning show in 1986: Glenn Beck (yes, you read that correctly) and Tim Hattrick! 

KHYI 94.9 (Y95) – Dallas – TM Productions Demo Jingles – November 1988

A TM Productions demo jingle package produced for Y95 (KHYI 94.9 FM, Dallas). Thanks to Neal Bowden for the following info: “The Y95 demo is from Nov 1988. These jingles never actually went to air as KHYI was used as the pilot station for demo purposes only. Y95 were using JAM jingles around that time.”

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – 1992

Official station composite of Y95 (KOY 95.5 FM Phoenix), 1992.

KOY-FM (Y95) – Phoenix – Jan to Nov 1992

Unofficial station composite of Y95 (KOY 95.5 FM Phoenix), January to November 1992.

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