If I have learned anything over the past year at Rocks Off, it's that you guys really, really get heated when it comes to FM radio in Houston. From format changes, myopic classic-rock playlists, and controversial morning hosts, Houstonians care about their terrestrial radio choices. Hell, you do spend a good portion of your day in their presence.
That's why, a few weeks ago, it was so much fun to find a treasure trove of hilarious commercials for Houston radio stations on YouTube, from a time when radio's only other competition for your musical attention was TV, print, and getting laid.
In the '90s, the ad makers at Mix 96.5 were fighting back against heavy metal and rap, as evidenced by their clip featuring dookie chains and spiked chokers. Fine Young Cannibals, anyone?
And there was even a time when oldies on the radio in Houston still meant Elvis, The Supremes, Bill Haley and Chuck Berry, and not the Eagles, Journey, Pat Benatar and Bryan Adams.
Mix 96.5 Metal is mayhem and rap is crap. Bring on the Michael Bolton!
Majic 102.1 Commercial (1982) Got-damn this is smooth.
Oldies 94.5 You can only find these kind of oldies on satellite radio these days, at least in Houston.
KIKK 96 FM The station was pretty lucky to have all those Ks to make boots out of for their logo.
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Rock 101 KLOL Bless you boys.
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104 KRBE's Weaver Morrow Rest in peace, Mr. Morrow.
97 Rock The (H)akeem lips freaked me out. Brush up on your Moby history here.
93Q Gives You Money! "After a major drop in their Arbitron rating they switched to 'easy country' in 1992," adds a commenter. Maybe they gave away too much dough?
100 KILT Ah, when $100K could make you "rich" and powerful.
KODA Sunny 99.1 "The music on this ad is very soothing and the taxi is pleasant. Its kind of like a workplace but also can mean its so soothing like a ride in the car," writes weird bot RoyalStuartMotors in the comments section.
K-Lite 93.7 Few people remember that before 93.7 Arrow was playing the same dozen classic-rock songs, the station was known as K-Lite 93.7 and played the same dozen soft-rock songs. I would probably prefer hours of Neil Diamond and Elton John to Foreigner and Peter Frampton.
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