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“Groove 103.1” Signs Off

After “Groove 103.1” flipped back to Dance, the station’s ratings began to improve, albeit slightly. It eventually peaked at a 0.9 share 12+, which (tied with one of the previous formats on the 103.1 duo) represents the highest ratings ever achieved by the two 103.1 FMs. Apparently, this success got the attention of Jacor (now Clear Channel), owner of CHR/Pop KIIS-FM. In September 1998, Jacor purchased KACD and KBCD from Ken Roberts. Shortly thereafter, on October 12, 1998, Jacor switched “Groove 103.1” to a simulcast of KIIS-FM, and eventually debuted a AAA format under the name “Channel 103.1”. One side note: in an article which appeared on laradio.com, KIIS-FM General Manager Roy Laughin admitted that Jacor bought Groove 103.1 and changed the fo...

B100.3 KIBB becomes Mega 100 KCMG

Following the first-place-in-its-first book debut of New York’s Dance CHR WKTU (February 1996), it didn’t come as a surprise that a few stations across the country tried to clone the format in their own markets. KIBB (B-100) was one such station, and just like every other clone during that period, it failed miserably. KIBB began as a Rhythmic AC in the Fall of 1996, emphasizing 70’s and 80’s Dance/R&B selections and positioning itself with the slogan “LA’s Hot FM.” Several months later, Viacom sold the station to Chancellor (which became AMFM). During the Spring of 1997, Chancellor tried to improve the station by making it more current-intensive and modifying the station’s slogan to “The Rhythm of L.A.”, among other changes, ...

“Groove 103.1” switches from Rhythmic CHR back to Dance

In June 1996, KACD-FM (Santa Monica) and KBCD-FM (Newport Beach) switched from a Mainstream AC format to a Underground Dance format known as “Groove Radio”. While Groove Radio was unique, it was perhaps too unique for conventional radio. It never made any sort of dent in the ratings. During the summer of 1997, Groove Radio creator Swedish Egil was fired. The station remained in the Dance arena, but it became more mainstream (better suited for radio) — but not so mainstream that it could truly be considered “cheesy”. The name also changed to “Groove 103.1”, mainly because Egil owned the rights to the “Groove Radio” name. Then, on September 18, 1997, the format changed to an ordinary traditional Rhythmic CHR, yet the name remained “...

101.9 KSCA Becomes La Nueva

Previous Format: AAA “FM 101.9” New Format: Regional Mexican “La Nueva 101.9” Date & Time Of Change: February 5, 1997 at 12:00am More Info: Wikipedia

KFAC Signs-Off

Previous Format: Classical KFAC New Format: Rhythmic AC “92.3 The Beat” KKBT Date & Time Of Change: September 20, 1989 at 2:00pm More Info: Wikipedia

100.3 KIQQ Becomes Pirate Radio KQLZ

Previous Format: Soft AC “100.3 K-Lite” KIQQ New Format: Rock 40 “Pirate Radio 100.3” KQLZ Date & Time Of Change: March 17, 1989 at 5:00am More Info: Wikipedia, KQLZ.com

KMET Becomes Smooth Jazz 94.7 The Wave KTWV

Previous Format: Rock “94.7 KMET” New Format: Smooth Jazz “94.7 The Wave” Date & Time Of Change: February 14, 1987 at 12:00pm More Info: Wikipedia, 94.7 The Wave

KNX-FM Becomes HitRadio 93 KKHR

Previous Format: Beautiful Music KNX-FM New Format: CHR “HitRadio 93” KKHR Date & Time Of Change: August 25, 1983 at 3:00pm More Info: SoCal Radio History, Wikipedia

KHJ Goes Country

Previous Format: CHR “93 KHJ” New Format: Country “93 KHJ” Date & Time Of Change: November 7, 1980 at 9:00pm More Info: SoCal Radio History, Wikipedia

102.7 KKDJ Becomes KIIS-FM

Previous Format: Top 40 New Format: AC Date & Time Of Change: October 22, 1975 at 6:00am More Info: SoCal Radio History Aircheck contributed by Steve Worth

KBLA Becomes KBBQ

Previous Format: Top 40 KBLA New Format: Country KBBQ Date & Time Of Change: June 16, 1967 at 12:00am More Info: Wikipedia, SoCal Radio History

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