This afternoon at 3:00PM, long-time Dallas/Fort Worth market alternative station KDGE 102.1 Fort Worth-Dallas began stunting with looping Semisonic’s “Closing Time” as preparation for a new format. KDGE signed on originally June 30 1989 on the 94.5 rimshot facility targeting D/FW from approximately 50 miles north of downtown Dallas. At that time, 94.5 had been the North Texas affiliate of the 24/7 satellite-fed Z-Rock hard rock service (as KZRK “Z-Rock 94.5”). A few markets in the US had a modern rock format (Los Angeles’ KROQ 106.7) then, but most didn’t. The format became widespread starting in the early 1990s. So, in many ways, KDGE was an influential pioneer to that generation of alternative rockers. KDGE’s calls and format moved to the stronger 102.1 Fort Worth facility in November 2000.
So, a little tribute by going back to the early days before big time corporate ownership. The first aircheck is KDGE 94.5 from July 3 1989, a few days after sign on. No DJs yet…just some imaging and music.
The next aircheck is from August 2 1990. DJ: Jerry Lentz.
We had back to 1994 in this edition. Tune…in…your…head…
WHTZ 100.3 “Z100″ New York
Another visit to 1994 when Z100 skewed rock and sounded great… Several OJ Simpson trial references in Z100’s liners as well as an early e-mail address, but no website, as radio stations started to embrace the Internet stick out here.
WHTZ 100.3 Newark-New York “Z100.” 9 July 1994. DJ: Human Newman.
KRBE has been in the top 40 format now continuously for over 30 years. This aircheck is from March 3 1990 when it was still using the “Power 104” handle. KRBE dropped the handle in 1991. At this point in 1990, KRBE had two competitors: top 40 KKBQ 92.9/790 “93Q” and dance KNRJ 96.5 “Energy 96.5.” KNRJ would exit in the summer and KKBQ would flip to country in 1991, leaving KRBE as the sole top 40 outlet for Houston for many years. KKBQ’s exit was chronicled several weeks ago.
KRBE 104.1 Houston “Power 104.” 03 March 1990. DJ: Scott Sparks.
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.