Month: April 2001

104.7 Kiss-FM Debuts

Previous Format: CHR “104-7 ZZP” New Format: Rhythmic CHR “104.7 Kiss-FM” Date & Time Of Change: April 23, 2001 at 12:00pm More Info: Wikipedia Related Changes: 104-7 ZZP Ends September 4, 1998 can be looked back upon as the beginning of the end of the second incarnation of KZZP. The irony here is that nothing was changed at KZZP on that Friday-before-Labor-Day-Weekend. Rather, the new owners of KZZP and crosstown KGLQ 96.9 (later KMXP), Jacor, decided to flip KGLQ from Classic Hits “Eagle 96.9” to a Rock-oriented Hot AC format as “Mix 96.9”. (See above for details and audio from that debut.) Why was this bad for KZZP? It’s because the new Mix 96.9 became one of (Modern AC-formatted) KZZP’s strongest competitors. It is no coi...

104-7 ZZP Ends

Previous Format: CHR “104-7 ZZP” New Format: Rhythmic CHR “104.7 Kiss-FM” Date & Time Of Change: April 20, 2001 at 6:00pm More Info: Wikipedia Related Changes: 104.7 Kiss-FM Debuts September 4, 1998 can be looked back upon as the beginning of the end of the second incarnation of KZZP. The irony here is that nothing was changed at KZZP on that Friday-before-Labor-Day-Weekend. Rather, the new owners of KZZP and crosstown KGLQ 96.9 (later KMXP), Jacor, decided to flip KGLQ from Classic Hits “Eagle 96.9” to a Rock-oriented Hot AC format as “Mix 96.9”. (See above for details and audio from that debut.) Why was this bad for KZZP? It’s because the new Mix 96.9 became one of (Modern AC-formatted) KZZP’s strongest competitors. It is n...

“Arizona Jamz” KAJM relaunches as “Mega 104.3 & 99.3”

For as long as many people can remember, 104.3 FM-Payson, AZ and its translators across northern and central Arizona (including 99.3 FM in the metro Phoenix area) had consistently been the home of poorly programmed and executed radio. Some of the attempts in the 90’s included Country (despite the presence of the powerful KNIX and KMLE in Phoenix), a bizarre AOR/Modern Rock/CHR format called “The Blaze”, a simulcast of CHR/Rhythmic KBZR-Coolidge (later KPTY-Gilbert), a return of the “Blaze” format (under the new name “CD Rock”), Traditional Oldies as “K-Best”, and an incredibly unfocused 60’s-90’s Rhythmic Oldies format, under the name “Arizona Jamz”, featuring (among other oddities) sweepers with “Beavis an...

CHR “Hot 99.5” WIHT Signs-On

After the merger of AMFM Inc. and Clear Channel Communications, the Jammin Oldies format, which AMFM had been debuting in many markets began to falter. With little corporate support and a high burnout factor in the music, it was not surprising that the format didn’t last longterm. In the meantime, Clear Channel began debuting its “brand” of CHR’s in many markets. Washington, already home to Bonneville’s weaker powererd Z104, was next in line. With the “Kiss” name unavailable, Hot 99.5 was to be born. Getting there was where things got interesting. Bucking the trends, WJMO management gave the station a farewell weekend for the staff and listeners to say goodbye. On April 2, 2001 at 7:00am, Survivor Radio was born. Just like the TV show, 5 people wer...

“Jammin 99.5 ” WJMO drops Jammin Oldies

After the merger of AMFM Inc. and Clear Channel Communications, the Jammin Oldies format, which AMFM had been debuting in many markets began to falter. With little corporate support and a high burnout factor in the music, it was not surprising that the format didn’t last longterm. In the meantime, Clear Channel began debuting its “brand” of CHR’s in many markets. Washington, already home to Bonneville’s weaker powererd Z104, was next in line. With the “Kiss” name unavailable, Hot 99.5 was to be born. Getting there was where things got interesting. Bucking the trends, WJMO management gave the station a farewell weekend for the staff and listeners to say goodbye. On April 2, 2001 at 7:00am, Survivor Radio was born. Just like the TV show, 5 people wer...

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