Rhythmic CHR

96.5 The Point Becomes Wild 96.5

Previous Format: Hot AC “96.5 The Point” WPTP New Format: Rhythmic CHR “Wild 96.5” WLDW Date & Time Of Change: November 17, 2003 at 5:00pm More Info: Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/345.mp3

WBBI Becomes 107.5 The Bear

Previous Format: Stunting as Rhythmic CHR “107.5 Kiss-FM” New Format: Classic Rock “107.5 The Bear” Date & Time Of Change: April 1, 2003 at 12:00pm More Info: Fybush.com Related Changes: 107.5 WBBI Stunts As Kiss-FM Aircheck & Logos Contributed by BinghamtonRadio.com http://formatchange.com/audio/169.mp3

KQCH moves from 97.7 to 94.1

WOW-AM & FM were one of the last pair of stations west of the Mississippi to retain not only call letters beginning with “W”, but also those which only contained 3 letters. When Journal Broadcast group acquired the pair of country stations they felt the baggage that came with Great Empire’s operation of WOW in recent years was heavier than the stacks of mail the station would no doubt receive. WOW-AM became KOMJ with an Adult Standards format. In October of 2000, (KSSO) 94 1 KISS Country was launched. The initial heavy promotion would soon be squelched by Clear Channel, who holds the trademark for the “Kiss” moniker and just happened to own the other country station in Omaha. Rather than fight it, Journal wanted to get on with the rebuilding of 94.1 FM. O...

“The House Party” relaunches as “Party 104.9”

Originally a CHR/Rhythmic specialty show on Tejano station “Puro Tejano 100.7”, “The House Party” became the fulltime format at 100.7 FM on March 1, 1999. Through a deal with El Dorado Communications, HBC moved the Spanish AC format of “K-Love 93.3 Y 104.9 FM” to the newly acquired city grade 106.5 FM in August of 2001. 104.9 FM (which was scheduled to upgrade to cover all Houston within a year) then became the home of “The House Party”. On February 21, 2002 Houston radio history was made as the 104.9 FM KPTY launched it’s new signal and new moniker “Party 104-9”. http://formatchange.com/audio/46.mp3

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 3.2. Having paid over $3 million for the property, Cumulus Broadcasting was presumably not going to let the station slip away. On or around Monday, November 3, 2001, the station suddenly stopped with the CHR/Pop format. There was no announcement, no prologue, the station just suddenly switched to stunting. The entire staff, sans one person, were fired. About a week later (4 days before sign on), announcements aired proclaiming that “something brand new is coming to 93-1, details Thursday morning.”...

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

Hot 100 KRBV Relaunches As Wild 100

Previous Format: CHR “Hot 100” New Format: Rhythmic CHR “Wild 100” Date & Time Of Change: May 28, 2001 at 11:00am More Info: Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/133.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...

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 one possible moniker for the station was “voted” off each day. This led up to the birth of “Wild 96-7” on September 8, 2000. http://formatchange.com/audio/12.mp3

“The City 97.9″ flips from Jazz/AC to Rhythmic CHR”Wild 97.9”

This station had been KTNT and at 97.7 since 1988. It moved to 97.9 to boost its power to 6,000 watts. One year before the flip, then-owner Caribou Broadcasting, relaunched it as KCYI “The City 97.9” making it a Urban AC/Jazz hybrid. Caribou was bought by Citadel Broadcasting (along with four other stations in Oklahoma City) in January of 2000. On Monday, January 24 at noon, the station began stunting with a computerized voice counting down. Along with the countdown were jokes and jabs at the competition. Examples: “Linda Cavanaugh is a fox.” (She is a longtime news anchor at KFOR-TV 4 in Oklahoma City) “Tell someone about this. In fact, someone tell Mike McCoy” (McCoy is the long time program director of CHR KJYO “KJ-103”) “Jeff Couch ...

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 “in-between” music that defines most regular Mainstream CHRs (i.e. “pure pop” and dance music). It eventually dropped the hip-hop product in favor of “Extreme Rock”. Mancow Mueller’s syndicated “Mancow’s Morning Madhouse” show was also brought aboard. After dipping to a low 1 share, the end was near. During the final week of 1999, ...

“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 “...

94.9 KSAN Becomes Wild 94.9

Previous Format: Country “94.9 KSAN” New Format: Rhythmic CHR “Wild 94.9” KYLD Date & Time Of Change: July 2, 1997 at 12am More Info: Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/328.mp3

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...

KSOL Becomes Wild 107.7

Previous Format: Urban AC KSOL New Format: Rhythmic CHR “Wild 107.7” KYLD Date & Time Of Change: February 12, 1992 More Info: Wikipedia Related Changes: 107.7 KSOL Signs Off http://formatchange.com/audio/496.mp3

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 Driscoll, the station debuted a Rhythmic CHR format under the resurrected “Q102” moniker that has lasted to this day in various forms. http://formatchange.com/audio/138.mp3

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 York City to upgrade their holdings in the market, but were required to then sell the other stations. While 1050 WFAN moved to 660, Emmis moved its Rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 103” to the more powerful 97.1 signal in order to better compete against Z100 and Power 95. The 103.5 frequency was spun-off to Westwood One, along with the WYNY call letters and country programming. Related Changes: Hot 103 WQHT Becomes Country 103.5 WYNY http...

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 York City to upgrade their holdings in the market, but were required to then sell the other stations. While 1050 WFAN moved to 660, Emmis moved its Rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 103” to the more powerful 97.1 signal in order to better compete against Z100 and Power 95. The 103.5 frequency was spun-off to Westwood One, along with the WYNY call letters and country programming. Related Changes: 97.1 WYNY Becomes Hot 97 WQHT http://for...

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