Today, I listened to WCKG (their online feed) to monitor what they air on Sundays and they were airing WBMX.com music throughout most of the day (mornings/afternoons). I hadn't listen to the WCKG feed for a few weeks and after the recent news of WCKG moving their transmitter to Trump Tower in Chicago to get a bigger presence for their 102.3 frequency, I decided to listen to the station for this weekend. The WBMX product was surprising to me as WCKG usually airs random talk shows and religious programs on Sunday, in addition to WBMX only airs on Saturday. I don't know if this is a one-time thing or if WCKG decided to expand weekend airtime for WBMX.com to Sundays. WCKG aired the WBMX.com music format until 4pm when they switched to 2 hours of Alex Jones (who broadcasts a 2-hr live Sunday show). At 6pm, WCKG switched back to WBMX.com "Golden Grooves of the 70s/80s."
The WBMX.com format still sounds fresh and they don't repeat as many songs as much. Compare that to 104.3 Jams (aka fake-WBMX), which is still playing many of the same 100-200 songs on their playlist. They played No Diggity by Blackstreet 3 different times! In comparison, I counted about 300-400 different songs 102.3 The Beat played on their non-mix hours. That's about twice as many songs and The Beat has a weaker frequency than 104.3 Jams does. I know they are still fairly new, but you would think they would expand their playlist by now.
Tons of classic dance-pop, house, disco, freestyle, synthpop, eurodance, and R&B of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s you don't hear on the radio anymore. I like most of the songs they play (about 80%), but are a handful of songs that I would rather forget (Eddie Murphy's Party all the Time" is the worst 1980s song of all time! YUCK!!) Also, They don't play too many 2000s dance songs, however. The only post-2000 song The Beat plays is Modjo's Lady Hear Me Tonight (which was often played on old Energy 92.7 back in 2001, one of my favorites from the Energy-era) I'm also enjoying 102.3 The Beat's Golden Grooves (R&B/Funk/Soul) product. From James Brown to Aretha Franklin to Marvin Gaye. Good Stuff.
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