Phoenix

103.9 KBZR becomes Arizona’s Party Station

The seeds of “Arizona’s Party Station” were planted 6 months before the actual sign-on date. Prior to the Spring of 1996, KBZR was one of the many frequencies statewide that was carrying “The Blaze”. “The Blaze” was a bizarre Alternative/AOR/CHR hybrid format. In either March or April 1996, KBZR broke off from the other frequencies and began airing “old school” music…i.e., Hispanic-oriented Gold selections from the R&B, Hip-Hop, Rap, Freestyle, and Disco genres. As it turns out, the music selected and the audience it targetted were both premonitions to the eventual format and target audience. There were no jocks, but an interesting stunt that is best described as a radio version of the “Where’s Waldo” book s...

Stunting: “Steve” 103.9 KBZR Moves Into Phoenix

Prior to the Spring of 1996, KBZR was one of the many frequencies statewide that was carrying “The Blaze”. The Blaze was a bizarre Alternative/AOR/CHR hybrid format. In either March or April 1996, KBZR broke off from the other frequencies and began airing old school music i.e., Hispanic-oriented Gold selections from the R&B, Hip-Hop, Rap, Freestyle, and Disco genres. As it turns out, the music selected and the audience it targeted were both premonitions to the eventual format and target audience. There were no jocks, but an interesting stunt that is best described as a radio version of the “Where’s Waldo” book series. Promos and sweepers (voiced by station owner Jerry Clifton) claimed that the station was looking for “Steve” as they were movin...

104.7 KZZP Returns After 5 Year Hiatus

KZZP. During the 80’s, those call letters were synonymous with what was great about Phoenix radio. KZZP was the market’s legendary CHR during that decade. However, in April 1991, like many CHRs across the country, KZZP was forced to make big changes due to declining ratings and the polarization of the CHR format; they flipped to Hot AC as KVRY. Almost 5 years later, with KVRY on its death bed, owner Nationwide Communications decided to bring back the KZZP calls. But the format, while positioned as a CHR (the slogan was “Your Hit Music Station”), was actually a Modern AC — one of the first Modern ACs in the country. At the time, the move made sense. KKFR (Power 92) was a broad Rhythmic CHR that played a lot of the songs that KZZP as a CHR would have played. Ins...

104.7 KZZP Becomes Variety 104.7 KVRY

Previous Format: CHR “104.7 KZZP” New Format: Hot AC “Variety 104.7” Date & Time Of Change: April 30, 1991 More Info: Airchecked, Wikipedia Related Changes: 104.7 KZZP Returns After 5 Year Hiatus Aircheck contributed by Airchecked.com

95.5 KQYT Phoenix Becomes KOY-FM

Previous Format: Beautiful Music “Quiet 95” KQYT New Format: AC “95.5 KOY-FM” Date & Time Of Change: July 10, 1986 at 12:00am More Info: Wikipedia

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