In February 1986, Emmis Broadcasting flipped 105.9 FM in Los Angeles from KMGG “Magic 106” (apparently some form of Hot AC as suggested in this article) to Rhythmic CHR (then a relatively new format) as “Power 106”. The station became an instant hit, surpassing heritage Mainstream KIIS in all dayparts except Morning Drive, where Rick Dees continued to dominate. In an effort to reverse this trend, Emmis brought in Jay Thomas, who had been hosting mornings on New York’s WKTU (the original) until the year prior. This is a sample of Thomas’ show about six months after its debut, recorded 28 years ago this month.
“The station of the South Bay, and for the South Bay” — recorded 21 years ago this week, Hot 97.7 is a great example of high-energy Rhythmic CHR from the early 90’s. I wish that modern-day stations focusing on this era of music would take it a step further and employ the production values from those days as well. One of the few to do so is KWNZ “106.3 Pop-FM” in Reno, NV.