KRWZ/950 AM, dubbed Cruisin' Oldies, has been on the air since early September -- but at this hour, the station is broadcasting live. The midday host is Bill Press -- not the political commentator for Fox News, but a veteran DJ most recently heard on Majic 102.7 in Miami. And two other personalities on the Cruisin' payroll should be familiar to longtime Denver radio listeners: Randy Jay and Hal Moore.
The esteemed Mr. Jay, who was disappeared at KOOL just over a year ago, will handle the wheel during afternoon drive -- and beginning next week, Moore takes over mornings. Hal partnered up with Charley Martin during the mid-'70s, with the pair becoming the most popular radio team of the era. Joel Burke, a longtime exec at KYGO, will handle program-director duties.
The imaging of the station, which promises to deliver "the best and most oldies of the '50s and '60s," is retro in the most enjoyable possible way -- for instance, a brass-happy, mass-voiced hype about "a Beach Boys double play!" All those listeners who've been grumbling about KOOL's decision to ditch the original rockers in favor of Blondie and The Cars suddenly have a place on the local dial to turn. -- Michael Roberts