93.1 KQIZ Relaunches as “93.1 The Beat”

The original KQIZ signed on in 1975 and pretty much remained Mainstream Top 40 for its entire tenure. As the summer of 2001 ended, KQIZ was in a format many have dubbed Lillith Fair FM. Over a period of several months, ratings had gone from upwards of a 19 share 12+ to a jaw dropping […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

WMKJ becomes Wild 96.7

On August 11, 2000, Clear Channel flipped AC-formatted WMKJ “Magic 96″ to “The New 96-7, Atlanta’s Party Station”, giving the Atlanta area an R&B and hip-hop-oriented Rhythmic CHR on a limited signal. The station announced that a new moniker would be coming soon. Eventually, a “Survivor”-type contest surfaced on the station’s Web site, in which […]

103.9 KPTY relaunches as Rhythmic CHR “Party Radio @ 103.9″

Following the change from “Arizona’s Party Station” to “Party Radio @ 103.9″, KPTY’s ratings fell into the dreaded 1-share range. There were numerous reasons for the mediocre ratings. Format-wise, Party Radio @ 103.9 began as what was described as “Extreme CHR” — playing hip-hop and modern rock (including a lot of cutting-edge selections) without the […]

“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 […]

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, […]

102.1 WIOQ flips from Oldies to Rhythmic CHR “Q102″

On November 18, 1987, two Philadelphia radio stations changed formats to oldies within minutes of one another: “Hot Hits” 98.1 WCAU-FM became “Oldies 98″ WOGL, while Rocker “Q102″ WIOQ became “Solid Gold 102″. The battle between the two stations would last for 14 months until WIOQ was sold to EZ Communications. Under new PD Mark […]

97.1 WYNY Becomes Hot 97 WQHT

Previous Format: Country “Country 97″ WYNY New Format: Dance CHR “Hot 97″ WQHT Date & Time Of Change: September 22, 1988 at 5:30pm More Info: Wikipedia In 1988, as part of the purchase of RCA by General Electric, NBC was required to sell off their radio holdings. Emmis Broadcasting acquired NBC’s two frequencies in New […]

Hot 103 WQHT Becomes Country 103.5 WYNY

Previous Format: Dance CHR “Hot 103″ WQHT New Format: Country “Country 103.5″ WYNY Date & Time Of Change: September 22, 1988 at 5:30pm More Info: Wikipedia In 1988, as part of the purchase of RCA by General Electric, NBC was required to sell off their radio holdings. Emmis Broadcasting acquired NBC’s two frequencies in New […]