Backtrax USA

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Backtrax USA is a two-hour radio program hosted by former WHTZ (Z100) DJ Kid Kelly that premiered in 1992.[1] The show originally highlighted hit music from the 1980s. Since 2003, however, Backtrax USA has offered a 1990s version of the show featuring hit music from this decade alongside that of the 1980s; affiliate stations may air either or both versions. The program is distributed by Westwood One in the United States and Premiere Radio Networks elsewhere.


Backtrax USA premiered in December 1992 with a two-hour block of hit songs from the 1980s.[1] The 1990s edition was launched in 2003. As of 2012, the 20th anniversary of program's debut, Backtrax USA has aired more than 1,000 episodes.[2]

In January 2018, Backtrax USA hired WASH-FM DJ Toby Knapp as music curator for the 1990s version of the show and substitute host for both the 1980s and 1990s versions. Previously, Knapp and Kid Kelly had worked together at WBHT in Scranton, Pennsylvania in the mid-1990s.[3]


  1. ^ a b Carter, Kevin (June 6, 2008). "Go Ahead: Make My Weekend Syndicated" (PDF). Radio and Records. p. 23. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Backtrax USA Celebrates Its 20th Year". All Access Music Group. February 20, 2012. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  3. ^ "Backtrax USA With Kid Kelly Adds Toby Knapp As '90s Music Curator/Fill-in Host". All Access Music Group. January 4, 2018. Retrieved June 30, 2018.

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