Category: radio

Radio #TBT: Calls That Travel, Volume 1: KBBT Portland, San Antonio

The digitizing project this week looks at one set of calls on several facilities in different markets.  The call letters in this case: KBBT.  3 frequencies in 2 markets with 3 formats, but all using the “Beat” monicker…

KBBT-FM 107.5/KBBT 970 Portland OR

The KBBT calls were assigned to then-KESI 970 Portland in May 1991 as “Easy 970” converted to modern rock “970 the Beat.”  The Beat evolved to a modern AC and migrated to then-contemporary Christian KDBX 107.5 Banks-Portland in 1996, becoming KBBT-FM “107.5 the Beat.”  KBBT-FM lasted until 2000, when the station flipped to 80s oldies KVMX “Mix 107-5.”

KBBT 970 Portland “970 the Beat.” 01 July 1996. DJ: Kim.

KBBT-FM 107.5 Banks-Portland “107.5 the Beat.” 24 February 1997.  DJ: Troy Daniels.

Radio #TBT: 51 Short Clips About Texas: 1989 Edition

This week, we go back 25 years for clips of 51 radio stations from around the great state of Texas (actually 55 if you count AM simulcasters).

As it was 1989, there is no reference to e-mail, websites, Twitter, or liking a station’s Facebook page.  There are lots of chances to win cassettes, however.  At the time, no owner could own more than one AM and one FM in a single radio market, and it could only own 12 AMs and 12 FMs nationwide.  So, stations often sounded different rather than today’s environment where common ownership across the country has created many stations that sound like clones.


From my project of digitizing my cassette radio vault, for #TBT, I pulled some more audio from the radio past: New York’s WHTZ “Z100,” Indianapolis’s WHHH “Hoosier 96″‘s first day,  Little Rock’s KKYK, Shreveport/Bossier City’s KTUX “Tux 99,” KIOC “Power Hits K106″ Beaumont/Port Arthur/Orange, and Texarkana’s KFYX “107FYX, the Fix.”

WHTZ 100.3 “Z100″ New York

I posted an aircheck from WHTZ from 1991 a couple of weeks ago.  This aircheck comes from a couple of years later, 1994, when WHTZ had shifted towards a rock-leaning top 40 outlet.  WHTZ sounded great in this era.

WHTZ 100.3 Newark-New York “Z100.” 18 February 1994.  DJ: Human Newman.


From my cassette radio vault, for #TBT, I pulled some audio from September 25ths of past years: New York’s WPLJ “Mojo Radio” and WHTZ “Z100,” Lubbock’s KZII, Amarillo’s KBZD “Buzz,” and Joplins’s KSYN “Kissin’ 92.5.”

WPLJ 95.5 “Mojo Radio” New York

Here is an aircheck from the evening of 25 September 1991.  From 1991-1992, WPLJ’s on-air handle was “Mojo Radio.”

WPLJ 95.5 New York “Mojo Radio.” 25 September 1991.  DJs: Fast Jimi Roberts, AJ Hammer.

Oldies Aren’t What They Used To Be, But Classic Rock Is

Recently while scanning through the radio dial, I heard Foreginer’s “Say You Will” on our local oldies station.  That song came out at the end of 1987 during my first year of college.  So, a couple of thoughts came to mind: (1) I am way too young for oldies stations to be playing songs from my early adulthood.  (2) It is interesting that over time, oldies stations jettison oldies that have gotten too old (i.e. oldies that people outside the Adults 25-54 age group appeal to since 55+ are not attractive to most companies buying time on radio or TV), but classic rock stations largely have not altered their libraries.  At one time, I operated the biggest online radio and TV directory before selling it off in 2002.  So, music and radio nerd stuff still interests me.