Houston

KROI Becomes Boom 92

Previous Format: News “News 92” (Stunting As All-Beyonce “B92”) New Format: Classic Hip-Hop “Boom 92” Date & Time Of Change: October 13, 2014 at 5:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/786.mp3

93.7 The Beat Debuts

Previous Format: Classic Rock “93.7 The Arrow” KKRW New Format: Urban “93.7 The Beat” Date & Time Of Change: December 31, 2013 at 12:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by John Fernandez http://formatchange.com/audio/716.mp3

FM News Channel 97.5 Debuts

Previous Format: Rock “Rock 97.5” KIOL (Format moved to 103.7) New Format: News/Talk “FM News Channel 97.5” KFNC Date & Time Of Change: May 31, 2005 at 5:00am More Info: Wikipedia Aircheck contributed by John Fernandez http://formatchange.com/audio/699.mp3

KIOL Becomes 103.7 Jack-FM

Previous Format: “Rock 103.7” KIOL New Format: Variety Hits “103.7 Jack-FM” KHJK Date & Time Of Change: August 31, 2007 at 10:37am More Info: Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by John Fernandez http://formatchange.com/audio/693.mp3

KLDE Moves to 107.5

Previous Format: Alternative “107.5 The Buzz” KTBZ/97.1 KKTL New Format: Oldies “Oldies 107.5” KLDE/97.1 KKTL Date & Time Of Change: July 18, 2000 at 8:00pm More Info: Wikipedia Following the merger of Clear Channel and AMFM, CC had to spin off some of it’s Houston stations and one of the stations it chose was 107.5 FM which was spun off to Cox along with 92.9 KKBQ and 97.1 KKTL. Through an agreement, Clear Channel gave the intellectual property of KLDE to Cox which moved the format and staff to 107.5 FM. Clear Channel moved it’s popular Modern Rock format of 107-5 The Buzz to the superior 94.5 signal after several weeks of on-air claims that “The Buzz is going off the air”. Buzz personalities all went along with the publicity complainin...

KTBZ Moves To 94.5

Previous Format: Oldies “Oldies 94.5” KLDE New Format: Alternative “94.5 The Buzz” KTBZ Date & Time Of Change: July 18, 2000 at 8:00pm More Info: Wikipedia Following the merger of Clear Channel and AMFM, CC had to spin off some of it’s Houston stations and one of the stations it chose was 107.5 FM which was spun off to Cox along with 92.9 KKBQ and 97.1 KKTL. Through an agreement, Clear Channel gave the intellectual property of KLDE to Cox which moved the format and staff to 107.5 FM. Clear Channel moved it’s popular Modern Rock format of 107-5 The Buzz to the superior 94.5 signal after several weeks of on-air claims that “The Buzz is going off the air”. Buzz personalities all went along with the publicity complaining of how they would be...

KILT-FM Becomes The Bull

Previous Format: Country 100.3 KILT New Format: Country “The Bull @ 100.3” Date & Time Of Change: January 10, 2013 at 5:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/648.mp3

KHJK Shifts To Air1

Previous Format: AAA “103.7 Houston’s Adult Alternative” New Format: Christian CHR “Air 1” Date & Time Of Change: July 17, 2012 at 5:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by Jason Riley http://formatchange.com/audio/599.mp3

News 92 Debuts

Previous Format: Gospel “Praise 92.1” New Format: News “News 92” Date & Time Of Change: November 21, 2011 at 5:00am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: Praise 92.1 Ends Aircheck Contributed by John Davis http://formatchange.com/audio/528.mp3

Praise 92.1 Ends; Begins Stunting

Previous Format: Gospel “Praise 92.1” New Format: News “News 92FM” Date & Time Of Change: November 18, 2011 at 9:00am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: News 92 Debuts Aircheck Contributed by John Davis http://formatchange.com/audio/526.mp3

106.9 KHPT Begins Simulcasting 107.5 KGLK

Previous Format: Alternative “106.9 The Zone” New Format: Classic Rock “The Eagle 106.9 & 107.5” Date & Time Of Change: June 20, 2011 at 5:30am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by Steve Worth http://formatchange.com/audio/537.mp3

91.7 KTRU Signs Off

Previous Format: College Radio New Format: Classical KUHA Date & Time Of Change: April 28, 2011 at 6:00am More Info: Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed By Mark David http://formatchange.com/audio/459.mp3

KHTC Relaunches As Eagle 107.5

Previous Format: Classic Hits “107.5 K-Hits” KHTC New Format: Classic Hits “107.5 The Eagle” KGLK Date & Time Of Change: June 1, 2009 at 6:00am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/372.mp3

KLOL Becomes Mega 101

Previous Format: Rock “Rock 101” New Format: Spanish CHR “Mega 101” Date & Time Of Change: November 12, 2004 at 10:11am More Info: Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by John Fernandez http://formatchange.com/audio/280.mp3

KRWP Becomes Rock 97.5 KIOL

Previous Format: Urban “Power 97.5” KRWP New Format: Rock “Rock 97.5” KIOL Date & Time Of Change: January 27, 2004 at 12:00pm More Info: Wikipedia Related Changes: Power 97.5 KRWP Launches Aircheck Contributed by John Fernandez http://formatchange.com/audio/533.mp3

Hot 97.1 KTHT Becomes Country Legends

Previous Format: Urban “Hot 97.1” New Format: Classic Country “Country Legends 97.1” Date & Time Of Change: January 2, 2003 at 12:00pm More Info: Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/500.mp3

“The House Party” relaunches as “Party 104.9”

Originally a CHR/Rhythmic specialty show on Tejano station “Puro Tejano 100.7”, “The House Party” became the fulltime format at 100.7 FM on March 1, 1999. Through a deal with El Dorado Communications, HBC moved the Spanish AC format of “K-Love 93.3 Y 104.9 FM” to the newly acquired city grade 106.5 FM in August of 2001. 104.9 FM (which was scheduled to upgrade to cover all Houston within a year) then became the home of “The House Party”. On February 21, 2002 Houston radio history was made as the 104.9 FM KPTY launched it’s new signal and new moniker “Party 104-9”. http://formatchange.com/audio/46.mp3

Power 97.5 KRWP Launches

Previous Format: Country “KD 97.5” KAYD (Serving Beaumont market, format moved to 101.7 when 97.5 moved to Houston) New Format: Urban “Power 97.5” KRWP Date & Time Of Change: January 3, 2002 at 12:00pm More Info: Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by John Fernandez http://formatchange.com/audio/136.mp3

KKTL Becomes Hot 97.1

Historically, Rhythmic CHRs hadn’t performed very well in the Houston market (see 98.5 KHYS) but Cox had confidence with the sign on of “Hot 97-1”. After breaking it’s simulcast with sister “Oldies 107.5”, an electronic voice countdown began. The countdown didn’t reach 1 until the following day and “Hot 97-1, Houston’s Hottest Hit Music” was born. The KKTL-FM calls were later replaced with KTHT. The first song on “Hot 97-1” was “Party Up” by DMX http://formatchange.com/audio/45.mp3

106.9 KKHT becomes 80’s “The Point” KHPT

Previous Format: Christian “106.9 The Word” KHHT New Format: 80s Hits “106.9 The Point” KHPT (Stunted for week as KZJZ) Date & Time Of Change: September 28, 2000 More Info: Wikipedia fter weeks of redirecting listeners to 1070 AM, Alan Lee signed 106.9 The Word off the air at 12 midnight with a couple verses from the Bible. Serving as Houston’s commercial FM religious talk outlet, the station usually finished at the bottom of the ratings despite it’s decent signal. Cox acquired the station through a trade with Salem who acquired Atlanta properties in exchange for the 106.9 station. After a week of stunting as “MP3 Radio” and “Radio Free Houston” under the KZJZ call letters, an electronic voice countdown reached 1 and the new ...

98.5 KHYS/103.3 KJOJ become “Kiss 98.5 & Kiss Again 103.3”

Over the years, for whatever reason, it seems like “pure” Rhythmic CHR has failed in Houston. The two most recent attempts to make the format work have been on limited signals. One of these attempts was “Kiss 98-5, Kiss Again 103-3” (KHYS/KJOJ), which replaced the previous NAC/Jazz format, on February 24, 1997. Kiss offered a Dance-oriented approach targetted at Latinos, similar to Power 96 in Miami. Styles of music heard on the station included house, freestyle, bass, tropical, and R&B. While the station seemed to be making some progress in the ratings early, it never got to the next level. During the Spring of 1998, KHYS/KJOJ shifted to a more Mainstream format — essentially a more Rhythmic version of the heritage Mainstream CHR in the market, KRBE. The...

“93Q” KKBQ becomes “92.9 Easy Country”

KKBQ stopped playing CHR/Rock at midnight September 19, 1991 and stunted with the sound of the ocean for 6 hours straight with a time check to “Houston’s newest radio station” every 15 minutes. (actually a few minutes after the ocean sounds began it appears that maybe the board operator rebeled against the flip because the music starts again, he manages to play about 4 songs before the sound of the ocean returns… I’ll send this one later) This file picks up on the minute before the launch. Then at 6am in a live remote from The River Oaks Country Club, the general manager says a few words (the same old spiel about “doing months of market research” and “this is what you asked for”) then does a countdown thats followed by a montage of coun...

96.5 KNRJ becomes “Mix” KHMX

When Nationwide Communications acquired 96.5 KNRJ Houston from Emmis Broadcasting in late 1989, it knew it had its work cut out. Energy 96.5 was at the bottom of the ratings pack as the third CHR behind heavyweights 93Q and KRBE. Nationwide put Guy Zapolean, its corporate programming head to oversee the construction of a new format for the station. While conducting the market research, KNRJ flipped to a smokescreen Alternative Rock format in April 1990. Finally on July 20, 1990, the finished product, KHMX “Mix 96.5” was launched. While nowadays a station debuting a Hot AC named “Mix” would draw a ho-hum response, KHMX was the prototype. The first AC station to focus on a rock based pop variety of songs from the 70’s and 80’s along with currents, “M...

Energy 96.5 KNRJ Becomes The Alternative

Previous Format: Dance CHR “Energy 96.5” New Format: Alternative “96.5 The Alternative” // 5 weeks later became Hot AC “Mix 96.5” KHMX Date & Time Of Change: June 15, 1990 at 7:15am More Info: Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/315.mp3

92.9 KYND becomes 93Q KKBQ

Previous Format: Beautiful Music KYND New Format: CHR “93Q” KKBQ-FM Date & Time Of Change: December 29, 1982 at 6:00am More Info: Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by John Fernandez In June of 1982, 79Q KKBQ signed-on as a rare Top 40 launch on AM at a time when most CHR’s were moving to FM. After 7 short months, the station had become a major success under Scott Shannon and John Lander. Sister station 92.9 KYND was a floundering Beautiful Music station. Promoting the move for a few weeks before it occured on December 29. 1982, 93Q would become a Top 40 powerhouse for the remainder of the 80’s. The launch sequence at 6:00am may sound familiar to some as the 6:00am launch with “Eye of the Tiger” would be repeated in New York some eight months later when...

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