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Time-Trippin': Great Houston Radio TV Ads From Yesterday

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.

Rewind:

Rock 101 KLOL Comes Barreling Back as an Internet Station

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.

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Craig Hlavaty
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