Midland / Odessa TX

Rodney Manning Fry (correction); Last Show, 550 KCRS Midland | October 8, 1967

Longtime contributor Jeffrey Holland is quite familiar with the subject of this aircheck. Holland has been friends with Rodney Manning Fry (corrected) for a long time. Long enough to have this vintage 1960s recording of Frye’s final show on 550 KCRS. As Holland wrote when sending these in on CD, “(This is) straight off the skimmer so you don’t have to edit them.” For this quality, I wouldn’t dream of it. The aircheck begins with Sgt. Don Wetzel voicing a spot for the U.S. Air Force. The main hits of the Fall of 1967 are heard, as well as KCRS news. In the headlines, Chicago is selected for the Democratic Convention for the ’68 national election, the Vietnam War (lots of it), President Johnson says when it comes to education, the U.S. is still a developin...

Kevin Porter & Unknown, 95.1 KQRX Odessa Midland | January 27, 2002

Here’s one for Alternative lovers- 95X is gone, but in the early part of the last decade, KQRX was calling themselves “Odessa Midland’s New Rock Alternative”. And for good reason. The playlist reads like a whose who of Alt Rock bands from the end of the Grunge era. Now, unless you’re a radio person (and chances are, if you’re here, you are…), you probably scratched your head every time the first jock who doesn’t identify himself started to speak. Because if you’ll listen carefully, you’ll hear an echo (in the music only). Well, fluffy, that’s because voice tracking was still a relatively un-refined art in ’02. Sure, it had been around for about 5 years, but sometimes the software (BSI Wavestation, anyone?) didn’t...

Sample: 103.3 KCRS “Kiss-FM”, Midland/Odessa TX | January 27, 2002

Recorded the same day as an aircheck of 100.7 KHYS, another Clear Channel “Kiss-FM” branded CHR from Abilene, TX, we stay in the Lone Star State for this, slightly longer ‘check of KCRS. The difference between these two stations primarilly is that KHYS at 100.7 changed formats to Rock some time ago. KCRS is still a KISS-Branded CHR to this day. Featured is a female personality who doesn’t give her name. Its a straight ahead, forward moving format (meaning, the jock doesn’t speak over outros, only intros, and only does artist-related patter). Pretty generic in that respect. Noteables: Imaging by the great Jeff Berlin…. and there’s ONE sweeper at about one minute in that we found rather humorous… “Listen to the Bee and you’ll hear t...

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