I searched "B96 Street Mix" on a search engine and saw this description underneath the link:
"The B96 Street Mix is Chicago's late night weekend theme music. Turn it up loud, every Friday and Saturday night from 12am-4am as DJ Meg, DJ Metro, DJ-Spin and Flipside provide the soundtrack to your weekend party!"
Yet it redirects to this link:
No description about what the "After Hours" is supposed to be (most likely just playing random pop hits of the moment like they normally do but with no live DJ). Doesn't mention any of the DJ mixers. If that's true, then it really is an end of an era spanning over 30 years. From Brian Middleton during Saturday night mixes in the late 80s to the golden years of Brian, Bill, Julian, Frankie Hollywood, Tim Schommer, Bobby D, DJ Markski, To Kool Chris, the Sunday night Street Flava show and the syndicated Hot Mix weekday afternoon mixes in the 1990s to the next era of mixes from Flipside, Mixin Marc, DJ Spin, Dan Morell, etc in the 2000s. The mix show hours have slowly been phased out for years now as the Street Mix hours used to be much longer and with cuts to Flipside's 5pm mix and the 12pm lunch mixes and 10pm remixes suffering the same fate. Still, it's very weird that this station is no longer featuring mix sets.
More likely scenario is that Entercom keeping B96 in the sorry state that its in and if they were to flip, they would most likely change to a simulcast of 670 the Score and send the call letters "WBBM" to 105.9/NewsRadio 780. Never going to happen but maybe B96 could change format playing all the dance/house/club records that they used to play in the 1990s when they were one of the biggest stations in Chicago (as none of them aren't currently played on 104.3 Jams), plus the 2000s dance hits from the Energy 92.7/92.5 era (plus the Energy stations that occurred in Phoenix and San Francisco) and the 2010s dance-pop songs. They would stay away from the hip hop/R&B/urban songs that were also played on B96 back then to protect 104.3 Jams, which already plays most of those song to begin with. In other words, a 90s/00s update of the 70s/80s Jammin Oldies format of the late 90s/early 00s (What 103.5 FM was between The Blaze/Rock 103.5 and Kiss FM).
What retro-focused station in Chicago even plays dance hits of the past like "Another Night" by Real McCoy, "Pump Up the Jam" by Technotronic, "Rhythm is a Dancer" by Snap, "Gypsy Woman" by Crystal Waters, "Around the World" by Daft Punk, "Can't Get You Outta My Head" by Kylie Minogue, "Everytime We Touch" by Cascada and so on. 94.7 FM currently played mostly 80s classic hits that were played when that frequency was known as Z95 as well as the last decade of music on WLS 890 AM. WSHE plays many of the mainstream pop and Hot AC songs that were hits on WTMX and Kiss FM 103.5 years ago. Pretty sure WKQX still selectively plays some of the 90s/00s classic alternative songs when they were Q101. Realistically, B96 rebranding as a dance-leaning Rhythmic AC playing all their past hits from their glory years is never going to happen but I can dream, can I?
R.I.P. B96 Dance Party/Street Mix
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