Phoenix

KDKB Becomes Alt AZ 93.3

Previous Format: Rock “93.3 KDKB” New Format: Alternative “Alt AZ 93.3” Date & Time Of Change: September 17, 2014 at 12pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by FMAirchecks.com Note: End of KDKB Rock format at 10:00am, launch of Alternative at 12pm. http://formatchange.com/audio/784.mp3

KVIB Becomes 95.1 The Oasis

Previous Format: Spanish AC “95.1 Solamente Exitos” New Format: Soft AC “95.1 The Oasis” Date & Time Of Change: August 13, 2014 at 12:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by FMAirchecks.com http://formatchange.com/audio/769.mp3

Eva 95.5 Becomes The Mountain

Previous Format: Rhythmic AC “Eva 95.5” KYOT New Format: Variety Hits “95.5 The Mountain” Date & Time Of Change: January 10, 2014 at 5:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: KYOT Becomes Eva 95.5 Aircheck Contributed By FMAirchecks.com http://formatchange.com/audio/721.mp3

KPKX Becomes Arizona Sports

Previous Format: Variety Hits “98.7 The Peak” KPKX New Format: Sports “Arizona Sports 98.7” (simulcasting 620 KTAR) Date & Time Of Change: January 6, 2014 at 10:00am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by FMAirchecks.com http://formatchange.com/audio/718.mp3

My 103.9 & Hot 97.5 Merge

Previous Format: Hot AC “My 103.9” KEXX New Format: Hot AC “Hot 97.5/103.9” 97.5 KMVA/103.9 KEXX Date & Time Of Change: January 1, 2014 at 12:00am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/706.mp3

X103.9 Becomes My 103.9

Previous Format: Alternative “X103.9” New Format: Variety Hits “My 103.9” Date & Time Of Change: January 12, 2012 at 5:30am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: The Edge Moves To 103.9 http://formatchange.com/audio/550.mp3

KYOT Becomes Eva 95.5

Previous Format: Smooth Jazz “95.5 The Coyote” New Format: Rhythmic AC “Eva 95.5” Date & Time Of Change: August 31, 2011 at 5:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/503.mp3

Movin 97.5 KMVA Becomes Hot 97.5

Previous Format: Rhythmic AC (Stunting with Christmas Music) New Format: Adult CHR Date & Time Of Change: December 26, 2010 at 12:00am More Info: RadioInsight http://formatchange.com/audio/434.mp3

“Free-FM” KZON becomes Rhythmic CHR “101.5 Jamz”

With the Memorial Day weekend flip of WFNY New York back to Rock and the relaunch of KFRC in San Francisco, the new management of CBS Radio made it clear that the “Free-FM” network of talk stations would not be long for the world. While many of the stations simply drop the Free-FM branding, speculation built that others would drop the format altogether. At 5:00pm on June 21, 2007 the Tom Leykis show was “taken over” by intern Renaldo proclaiming the station as “Free Paris” playing Paris Hilton’s music with attempts to get her released from jail early. The stunt lasted until 5:00pm the next day when Renaldo’s major announcement was the launch of “101.5 Jamz”. The Rhythmic CHR format was positioned between Clear Channel’s 104....

Movin 97.5 Debuts

Previous Format: Standards “Star 97.5” KRZS New Format: Rhythmic AC “Movin 97.5” KMVA Date & Time Of Change: October 27, 2006 More Info: Wikipedia Related Changes: Movin 97.5 KMVA Becomes Hot 97.5 http://formatchange.com/audio/752.mp3

Power 92 KKFR Becomes KTAR-FM

Previous Format: Rhythmic CHR “Power 92” KKFR New Format: News/Talk KTAR-FM Date & Time Of Change: September 18, 2006 More Info: Wikipedia Related Changes: KZGL Becomes Power 98.3 http://formatchange.com/audio/261.mp3

KZGL Becomes Power 98.3

Previous Format: Alternative “98.3 The Z” New Format: Rhythmic CHR “Power 98.3” Date & Time Of Change: September 18, 2006 More Info: Wikipedia Related Changes: Power 92 KKFR Becomes KTAR-FM http://formatchange.com/audio/260.mp3

KDKB Relaunches

Previous Format: Rock “93.3 KDKB” New Format: Rock “93.3 KDKB” Date & Time Of Change: September 15, 2006 More Info: Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by FMairchecks.com http://formatchange.com/audio/262.mp3

“Loop 101” 101.1 KAZL becomes “Energy 92.7 and 101.1”

In 1999, the company now known as Sierra H Broadcasting signed on KESP 101.1 FM in Payson, AZ. The format was Classic Hits (a.k.a. a lighter version of Classic Rock) under the name “Loop 101” (which, probably not coincidentally, is also the name of a then-being-constructed freeway in the Phoenix area.) The call letters changed to KAZL in early 2000, and at some point, K224CJ 92.7 FM (a 10-watt translator broadcasting from South Mountain in Phoenix) and K292DF 106.3 FM (a 10-watt translator located in Flagstaff, AZ) began simulcasting KAZL. The idea was to provide an alternative to Sandusky’s Classic Rock KSLX 100.7 FM. However, Loop 101 rarely made an appearance in the Phoenix ratings. On June 18, 2002, at 5pm, “Loop 101” came to an end. It was replaced by a s...

KEDJ Becomes Amor 106.3

Previous Format: Modern Rock “Edge 106.3” KEDJ New Format: Spanish AC “Amor 106.3” KOMR Date & Time Of Change: October 30, 2001 at 12:00pm More Info: Wikipedia, Phoenix New Times Related Changes: KEDJ Moves To 103.9 http://formatchange.com/audio/347.mp3

The Edge Moves To 103.9

Previous Format: Rhythmic CHR “Party 103.9” KPTY New Format: Modern Rock “103.9 The Edge” KEDJ Date & Time Of Change: October 30, 2001 at 12:00pm More Info: Wikipedia, Phoenix New Times Related Changes: KEDJ Becomes Amor 106.3 http://formatchange.com/audio/346.mp3

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...

550 KGME Becomes NewsRadio 550 KFYI

Previous Format: Sports “SportsRadio 550” KGME New Format: News/Talk “NewsRadio 550” KFYI Date & Time Of Change: September 25, 2000 More Info: Wikipedia As part of the historic merger between Clear Channel and AMFM, Clear Channel elected to keep both KGME 550 (Sports) and KFYI 910 (News/Talk) as part of its AM portfolio in Phoenix. On September 25, 2000, KFYI moved from its longtime home at 910 to Arizona’s best AM signal, 550. KGME, which had moved from 1360 to 550 only about 16 months earlier, found itself at 910. KFYI changed its moniker from “Talk Radio 910, KFYI” to “News Radio 550, KFYI” — a name that sounded very much like its longtime competitor and now neighbor: Emmis-owned News/Talk/Sports-formatted “News Radi...

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