670 AM - Mike North, Boers & Bernstein, Mike Murphy and so on during the 2000s.
720 AM - Bob Collins, Spike O'Dell, and Cubs baseball w/Ron Santo during the 90s/00s.
780 AM - I still remember Newsradio's jingles from 2002.
890 AM - Older Chicago listeners still fondly remember the "Big 89" MusicRadio Top 40 days of the 60s/70s/80s but I wasn't even alive during most of that era. I only remember the talk radio era whether it was local hosts (i.e. Roe & Gary w/Ron Majors) or syndicated shows (i.e. Rush).
92.3 - The early years of Power 92 from 2001 to about 2004 (the spiritual successor of 106 Jams).
92.7 - Energy 92.7/Energy 92.5. Also remember them as Kiss FM (before 103.5 and Clear Channel/iHeart) but they sounded way better as Energy.
93.1 - This station likely sounded best before CBS Radio bought it in the mid-90s (due to the Telecommunications Act of 1996). Still sounds decent though.
93.9 - When Lite FM were really Soft AC and loaded with ballads. My mothers always listened to that station.
94.7 - This frequency has had multiple formats in the past 45 years. I better remember 94.7 as the Zone (from their 80s format to active rock) but they had better success as True Oldies and bringing back the WLS call letters in the latter half of the 2000s.
95.5 - W-N-U-A 95.5 Smooth Jazz (I still miss that jingle).
96.3 - This was my favorite station in my youth. Whether they were the Killer Bee or Party Radio during the 1990s, the dance years of the once-mighty B96 were the best that station ever sounded. Great personalities like Eddie & Jobo, George McFly, and so on. Plus, the DJ mixers like Bad Boy Bill and Bobby D. Even the voice-over guy (Mitch Craig) was cool!
97.1 - "The Soundtrack of Our Lives". This station sounded best in the early-to-mid 2000s with the deep cuts. Not too hard, not too soft. I also remember when Chicago had TWO classical radio stations before the Drive's arrival.
97.9 - The Loops' best days were in the 1980s.
99.5 - When they had GOOD country during the 90s/00s and had talent like Ramblin' Ray Stevens or Lisa Dent.
99.9 - Nine FM in the mid 2000s (they were better than 104.3's Jack FM).
100.3 - I better remember this station as either Windy 100 (Love Notes with John Symons) or Love FM during their Rhythmic AC days.
101.1 - Q101 during the late 90s and early 2000s w/Mancow's Morning Madhouse.
101.9 - Anytime from the 2000s with Eric & Kathy in the morning. Also, 80s at 8pm.
102.7 - V103 when they were the "Hits and Dusties". Also, Tom Joyner in the morning. Plus the Quiet Storm at night. I was far too young to remember the REAL WBMX (I only heard those 80s house/dance hits either on B96 or WGCI).
103.1 - WXXY 80s Channel. Too bad they were short-lived as they were a better presentation of 1980s music than the 80s-era 94.7 the Zone.
103.5 - Not sure which was this station's best period. I remember when they were Rock 103.5 and their downfall after Mancow left for Q101. There was also the short-lived Jammin' Oldies (which I did liked) and Kiss FM (I remember the early years) that came after it.
104.3 - When they were Oldies WJMK.
105.9 - Their best was when they were classic rock. I also remember the talk era and its downfall after Howard Stem left AM/FM radio.
106.3 - I still remember hip hop 106 Jamz during the mid 1990s.
107.5 - Another once-mighty station that's fallen (though not much as B96). Great personalities throughout the 80s/90s/00s like Doug Banks, Tom Joyner, Crazy Howard McGee, Mike Love & The Diz, and so on. Also had better music in those days.
What are your best memories of Chicago radio?
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