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

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...