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Hi Everyone,

Anyone here work for Kroger back in the 1991 - 1993 timeframe? If so, do you remember listening to P.O.P. Radio/In-Store Broadcasting Network? What did you think of it? Also, do you know of any tapes that exist that your store played in P.O.P Radio's special cassette player?

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krogerman298 wrote:

Hi Everyone,

Anyone here work for Kroger back in the 1991 - 1993 timeframe? If so, do you remember listening to P.O.P. Radio/In-Store Broadcasting Network? What did you think of it? Also, do you know of any tapes that exist that your store played in P.O.P Radio's special cassette player?

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Krogerman298


 I started in 1994 and I cannot really remember what they used to get music. But it was before the Internet I remember there being a Dish something like this.KU Dish

on the roof of many stores.

And some stores even had what looked like a FM only directional Antenna like this 

 

 

At one time there was KRGR in the Atlanta Division it was ran from WSB studios. I do not remember Kroger having a tape player. But I do remember seeing a video where someone had one from a Kmart store.

I also remember having a big Dish at home like 

In the guide every month it would tell you each satellite and the channel. I remember seeing a channel called "Kroger" but it was only available to the store. Then later on I saw KRGR when it started. You needed a special receiver for both.



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Hi i386.

You are correct. Back then, we did have a c-band satellite dish on the back of our store that provided the music/ads. Supposedly, the music was provided by Muzak and the ads by the P.O.P (Point-of-Purchase) Radio Corp (ActMedia). In 1991, we had an all instrumental music channel. In 1992, it switched to top adult contemporary hits/love songs of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and early 90s.

But, some stores had huge cassette players ... probably sometime in the 80s.

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Hi i386.

You are correct. Back then, we did have a c-band satellite dish on the back of our store that provided the music/ads. Supposedly, the music was provided by Muzak and the ads by the P.O.P (Point-of-Purchase) Radio Corp (ActMedia). In 1991, we had an all instrumental music channel. In 1992, it switched to top adult contemporary hits/love songs of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and early 90s.

But, some stores had huge cassette players ... probably sometime in the 80s.

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 It was something like this  That is from K Mart but I can see Kroger having the same. 

I worked for a store once a small store and they had  a FM antenna on the roof this was close to Atlanta and we listened to Y104 a country station feed off of Y106 in. Atlanta. But I also remember seeing some cassettes I asked the manager and he said the player was broke. 



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It's been a long time since I seen that video. So they called it KMRT Kmart radio. And I think there was also some type of cassette changer. You put the tape in it plays both sides and then changes tapes.



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This is the P.O.P. Radio music player. See attached photo. My understanding is that it played tapes in reverse so that they could not be played on a regular cassette player.



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This is the P.O.P. Radio music player. See attached photo. My understanding is that it played tapes in reverse so that they could not be played on a regular cassette player.



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 Play in reverse? I am not gonna say your wrong but If you play in reverse the songs will be in reverse. Like the end of the song would be the start and the start would be the end.

Some songs you play in reverse they say have Subliminal messages. I know if you play Another one bites the Dust it sounds like "It's fun to smoke Marijuana"

 

 



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When I say, play in reverse... the cassettes were also recorded in reverse (purposely recorded and played in reverse). This is so no one would be able to play them in another "normal" cassette player. I was told these P.O.P. Radio players were very expensive. This is what I heard from a P.O.P Radio technician that worked back in the early 90s.



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When I say, play in reverse... the cassettes were also recorded in reverse (purposely recorded and played in reverse). This is so no one would be able to play them in another "normal" cassette player. I was told these P.O.P. Radio players were very expensive. This is what I heard from a P.O.P Radio technician that worked back in the early 90s.


 You basically mean they are proprietary that's a word used in the computer tech field. Basely non standard parts are used. I know what you mean now. krogerman298 do you have interest in vintage electronics? I think that is a good interest I also have that interest. As far as something like a home audio system I would rather have one from the late 90's or earlier. I do have a flat screen TV but I also like the old style TV's. My Aunt still has a 25' floor model but she don't really use it. The tube was out of line or something. One of my cousins fixed it hooked up an old Nintendo he said it just needed to be adjusted a little. If I had the room in my house I would see if she would sell it. I have another friend that his mother has a old console stereo with a record player.



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Yes you are very right krogerman298, they were backwards in normal cassette players. My uncle worked out our local garbage dump and they gave him a boat load of these cassettes. Kroger, Rite-Aid, Thrift, People's, Eckard the list went on. These cassettes that were for Entertainment Only were blue and the message cassette was Red. They even had Christmas cassettes that were Green. I would turn these cassettes backward so they would play normal. The sound was bad but man what I wouldn't give to have these cassettes now. Thank you for the picture of the player, not putting it all together made sense. I am looking for these cassettes myself. :) Big fan of POP Radio, The In-Store Broadcasting Network!


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Your uncle never kept the tapes? There must be someone out there who has some of them...I do remember when my local Kroger would play oldies and smooth jazz sometimes...Very interesting selections each time I'd walk in...I also remember hearing the jingle "Kroger Radio!" that sounded like a PAMS jingle that radio stations would use...Anyone remember when Kroger had scrolling LED signs like this that advertised that week's specials and sales???

Then again, if you really go back, you might remember this little tune...

 

 



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Maybe you guys remember this ad, too?



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Orrr...

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