In my youth I briefly lived in Tucson for a few years, in the late 80's.
I remember several personalities and stations from that era and lately
have been wondering what ever became of them... So I will brainstorm
and type my recollections here. Hopefully it can get a few good
discussions going.... who knows, maybe even some of the personalities
from the following stations are here on this board? 92.1 - KFXX! "K-Fox"
.... This short-lived CHR sounded HOT. I believe
their slogan was "Stronger songs, longer versions"
.... I can't
recall the name of their morning duo but as a kid I won a case of Zelter-Seltser
on a game called "What's Under The Table"
.... basically it was like
Let's Make A Deal.... you could take what they offered you, or you
could go for the mystery prize under the table.
They were in direct competition with KRQ (which I will get to in a minute),
and didn't fair too well. After a year or two they tweaked their format
and worked in a lot of rock records, and then within another year or two
after that they flipped to beautiful music and changed their calls to KQYT.
I believe at this time they also had a translator further on down the dial? 92.9 KWFM
.... when I moved out to Tucson in late 86 I remember they
were soft-rock, but then a couple of years later they flipped to an Oldies format,
and went by the name "Cool 92-point-9." I can't remember if they changed
their call letters when they went oldies?93.7 KRQQ
.... "Tucson's Only Hit Music Station". I remember the morning
show hosted by Mike Elliott, along with Jordan McKenzie (News) and Thom Boyd
(Sports). I also recall their Wildcats Song the first year U of A went to the
Final Four !! And Helium Fridays !!
I recall them playing a lot of golds during the middays and at night they would
work in some hip-hop, freestyle and dance records.
I also recall the afternoon
jock was "Smokin'" Steve Hart.... I can't recall the names of the midday guy and
the night jock?
.... but I do remember in the summer time the midday guy
would broadcast LIVE from The Breakers waterpark, on "Wet Wednesdays".
On Saturday nights they would have this cool show called "The Saturday Night
Party Patrol", where they would play a mix of current Top 40, dance, and lots
of golds that they wouldn't normally play during the week.94.9 KJYK
.... "Cloud 95" .... Adult-AC/Soft Rock station. Picked up where
KWFM left off, after they flipped to oldies IIRC.96.1 KLPX
.... Rock format. Don't remember much about this station but
I do recall them doing a "Beatles A-Z Minus One" weekend, where they played
every Beatles song in order, from A-Z---- except for one. You had to listen all
weekend long and try to catch which song was omitted from being played.
That Monday morning the first person that could name the correct song would
win the complete Beatles catalogue on CD.
Oh, by the way, I rememeber
the song. It was Norwegian Wood.99.5 KIIM
.... Country station that would lean heavy on golds and
recurrents, IIRC. 101.7 KHYT
.... "Classic Hits" .... the format didn't last long, on this
frequency. Correctly me if I'm wrong, but weren't these calls lifted from
a Top-40 station that used to be on AM?
I think sometime around
1988 101.7 KHYT flipped to ..........101.7 KAVW The WAVE
. The music came from
a network stationed in Dallas IIRC, at first they played "new age" music
and instrumentals, but as time went on they began mixing in Adult Album
Rock such as Steely Dan, ELO, Peter Gabriel, Dire Straits, Roxy Music,
Pink Floyd. They would also play a heavy helping of relatively unknown artists
(The Telling, Scott Merritt, Mission UK, The Sundays). I believe the afternoon
jock's name was Randy Davis. He might have also been the PD/MD?
After a couple of years they flipped to an Adult Standards format, IIRC.
Speaking of adult standards, there was a "Mom and Pop" daytimer-only AM
station that was family owned and operated, and played a lot of music from
the 40's, 50's and early 60's .... however I can't recall the call letters or
I also remember News-Talk KNST on the AM band and also a Heavy Metal
Station (!!!) down at the end of the AM dial ....
Feel free to chime in with memories you might have of these stations, and
if anyone has any airchecks from this era, ESPECIALLY of KRQ, it would be