Energy Radio Classics


Energy Radio Classics is a featured show here on The Beat every Sunday night from 8PM ET to 11PM ET

Heard on 102.3 FM and in our app, Energy Radio Classics features all the biggest 90’s euro dance classics and hits of the early 2K’s played on all the Energy Radio stations including Toronto, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco back in the day.

This was the pre-EDM days where you’ll hear dance music like house, euro, dream house, trance and more from its the 90’s to mid 2K’s.

Energy Radio was a sound, it was dance music of the era unlike any other. It was an unmistakable sound all its own that, when you heard it, you know what station you were listening to.

Back in those days there was BEAT RADIO, GROOVE RADIO and CYBER RADIO. All were dance music formats heard on various stations in the L.A. market, Chicago and online.

In January 2001, Big City Radio received a “cease and decist” from then Clear Channel to change its name for its 92.7 / 5 after recently acquiring WDEK 92.5 FM out of DeKalb. At that time it was known as KISS FM. Due to the fact that Clear Channel owned that “name” across the country, it was either change or face a losing battle.

In Clear Channel’s infinite wisdom, it decided to blow up its very successful Jammin’ Oldies 103.5 FM The Beat to put its KISS FORMAT on the frequency.

Not a smart move seeing as though the station billed 21 million dollars at the time. It would also go a long way to understand why the company went bankrupt 15 years later. You can only kick the can down the road for so long before it comes back and kicks you. The reason for the format change? The company was worried that Bonneville (which would later sell their stations in Chicag to Hubbard) would come in with their TOP 40 brand and put it on 97.1 FM. Bonneville bought 97.1 FM for about 160 million dollars and launched “The Drive” instead of a mainstream top 40. KISS FM’s logic was to play all the boy bands, blondes and pop hits of the day and tie them in with their concert arm.

Anyways… Big City’s 92KissFM changed its format on Jan. 26th 2001 to ENERGY RADIO which was really an extension of Cyber Radio from a few years earlier. In fact, the company was given an opportunity to run the format in 1998 and declined. Their exact words were “we’ll never do dance music on this station, no one wants to hear that shit”.

Big City Radio launched ENERGY with “The Launch” from DJ Jean. However, for Big City, it was too little too late due to the mismanagement and incompetence of the company’s manangement.

“Energy 92-7 & 5” here in Chicago was broadcast on a trio of signals in suburban Chicago. A year and a half later, Sierra H Broadcasting debuted the very similar “Energy 92-7 & 101-1” on KAZL (eventually KNRJ) in Payson, AZ — with a simulcast on 10-watt K224CJ in Phoenix. From there, Energy San Francisco was launched and changed in 2011.

With Big City Radio in financial dire straits, Energy 92-7 & 5 ended in early January 2003. But its Arizona spinoff managed to survive for 6 years — which is about 5 1/2 years longer than most people would probably have predicted.

Real McCoy, Benny Benassi, Culure Beat, Above & Beyond, Eiffel 65, Kylie Minogue, Ali Damisi, Tiesto, Daft Punk, Basement Jaxx, iiO, Modjo, 4 Strings, ATB and more.

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