We’re guessing on the date of this aircheck as sometime in October, 1989, based upon the news item that Jim Bakker was sentenced to prison the day before this was recorded. (Can’t find the exact sentencing date but the trial lasted six weeks and began in August of 1989, so this is just a guess).
This opens up at 6:51 AM in “Crazy” Craig O’Neil’s morning show. This is the old “FM 104” KKYK with a contemporary format, and plenty of good morning show elements, including Comedy, News & Sports. This is not over the top as is the norm with so many hit music stations today.
Strangely enough, there is very little in the way of historical information on the old KKYK. We do know that the station changed call letters to KSYG on 9/6/96, then to KABZ on 9/29/00. Taking a guess here, KABZ was likely “The Buzz” Modern AC format, since your webmaster was one of the original Buzz jocks at Memphis’ version of the format, at 94.1 WMBZ which launched in January of 2001.
Today, 103.7 still holds the KABZ call letters, but runs a Sports/Talk format.
*Aircheck courtesy of Contributor Robyn Watts
**Source #SM-11 tape courtesy of California Aircheck