The Righteous Brothers "Unchained Melody". There was certainly no dance/club remix of that song, which came out in 1965 but popular again because of the Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore film "Ghost".
The mixes ended early to air commercials loads and sometimes you had a mainstream song creep in after the mixes, esp if there were not enough commercials, the mix ended early or as a buffer to the top hour ID. But I think you are correct, there were no mixes at that time.
In 1991, Hot Mix Productions was syndicated by ABC Radio Networks and aired on several markets nationwide. I assumed that Z95 aired these mixes originally as the station was affiliated by ABC Radio Networks.
Z95 never aired mix shows. They were counter programming B96 trying to tread the middle. The only time they used the "Hot Mix" product was New Years 1987. The mixes were more full length songs or extended mixes with a lot of the titles you never heard on Z95 during the past year. I might have a scoped or unscoped aircheck of this somewhere.
On weekend nights they would go slightly rhythmic in their playlist spinning extended 12" mixes for dance/pop hits. I remember thinking that B96 would never play the Taylor Dayne 12" of Tell It To My Heart. The other one was Belinda Carlisle Heaven Is A Place On Earth.
Z95 *might* have aired a Sunday night syndicated dance show, so irrelevant I do not remember it. B96 aired American Dance Traxx hosted by KPWR LA Jeff Wyatt and produced by Joel Salkowitz from WQHT New York. WLUM aired it too.
Also, for a while in the late 80s they were leaning "Rock 40" like WDFX Detroit, Pirate Radio in LA, to really separate from B96. The dance tracks and pop ballads were gone as most of the titles were Hair Band and rock tracks. They broke "One" by Metallica. GNR was another fave heavy rotation.
Then in 1990 around the same time that Q101 shifted back to HOT AC, they shifted gears flipping to a more relaxed sound like WNCI and WRQX, going Top40/AC, day parting days then spreading it out. Dry segues, soft jingles, plain top hour, gone were the rhytmic and harder rock songs. They were going after the upper demo of CHR, notably females. HORRENDOUS! The ratings showed it and that spawned the Z/Hell dance period.
To top it all off, B96 mixer/personality Brian Middleton did some of the remixes
If I recall, Brian did all the 1st set of mixes for B96, called "Hit Mix". It was mostly pop/dance/urban hits that B96 was already playing, using 12" and mixing them up. This was around 1986?
In 1986, 102.7 WBMX-FM shifted from Urban to Urban leaning Dance CHR, jingles, DJ drops and all. No rock, no rock crossovers on WBMX. B96 at the time was positioning itself between WBMX and Z95, so you would hear an occasional rock crossover or pop hit not heard on WBMX. If WBMX wasn't sold and format changed, our landscape of Dance CHR would be very different today!
One other side note, the "Dance lean" served up on Z95/Hell was *really* different than B96. B96 was locally programmed. Their pulse was on the city streets. Their on air presentation was hot and slick, in your face, they made you feel they were talking to YOU directly. Today's radio has lost all of this concept and it shows in the lack of programming, talent that does not stick out and lack of passion from listeners. In the past YOU were part of the presentation. Z95/Hot on the other hand was consulted out of town. It was pitiful and an end to a great CHR of the 80s that did play second fiddle to B96 most of the time. The big hit at the time was "Trilogy" Love me Forever, Or Love Me Not. Z95/Hell was playing some awful remix that sounded out of place on the station.
The shame is Hot94-7, was up in its last book. They were tight and sounded great, minus the mixes and a great competitor to B96. Greg Thunder, Danny Wright, Bubba the Love Sponge and Joanie Sciani. But ABC/Cap Cities was done with CHR in their portfolio concerning every market and after the whole Randy Michaels fiasco, it was certain Hot94-7 would be a short entry in history.
The Classic B96 Wiki below is a great source of info.
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