Peter Johnathan, ‘Car Radio’ 93/KHJ Los Angeles | December, 1984
The final format of 93/KHJ was a very unique attempt at an all-traffic report station, blended with music which was mainly recurrents. They called it “Car Tunes, Great Songs In Your Car”. Everything about the format seemed to revolve around cars. There was a traffic report after every two songs, and an upbeat jock to announce the songs and do the traffic.
This was a novel idea. Los Angeles and it’s sometimes crippling traffic jams was the perfect place to try an experimental format like this. It was also nice to see that KHJ was promoting its AM Stereo. Many former KHJ fans have complained that this format was devoid of personality, but given the state of AM radio in late 1984, its amazing that this music format was tried at all.
Just over a year later, on January 31, 1986, 93/KHJ would officially disappear forever, although the KHJ call letters would eventually return after Y2K in a very rare FCC rule waiver that allowed the three letter calls to be re-issued. But by that time, KHJ was and still is an Hispanic music station.