560 AM - WIND Top 40 (mid to late 70s) Connie Szerszen, Dick Biondi's friend was on there. I think her last radio gig. Last I knew, she did real estate in the 80s.
890 AM was a joke Top40 in the 80s. They were AOR from 80 - 83, then when they tried being Top40 again, the FM dial (mainly 96Now/Hot Hits B96) cleaned their clock before shifting AC
950 AM - WJPC. They were a hip younger Urban station using Top40 formatics. Died off in the mid 80s.
1000 AM - "Super CFL" until 1976. Their WCFL AC/Comedy format up until 82. Their talk format in the 90s as WLUP-AM
1490 AM - "WBMX-AM 1490" 1985 - 1987, except when simulcasting the drive times & the weekend night hot mixes, was 100% Dance music and hot mixes.
88.1 FM - WCRX Dance music 19902. Launched the career of Jeff Kapugi
88.7 FM - WLUW Top 40 through the 1980s. 1990 - 1995 Dance/Top40 (launched the careers of many that ended up at WXLC in the late 80s to 1990s).
94.7 FM - WDAI "Disco DAI" until 1980. WRCK-FM "W-Rock" Rock 40 format (I think it lasted for less than 12 months). WLS-FM. WYTZ "Z95". Major reason B96 was as good as they were was due to Z95. They beat B96 BADLY in one book. Then for the next few years they were neck and neck giving Chicago great CHR wars until CHR started fragmenting badly in 1990. Besides them there was WLUW, WDEK (92.5), WSEX (92.7), WJZQ (95.1), WLLI (96.7), WZOK (97.5), WBUS (99.9), WKQX Q101, WXLC 102.3 running CHR formats in the 80s - early 90s and audible in parts or all of Chicago.
95.1 FM - WJZQ "Rock on JZQ" and "Power 95". This was before they flipped rock.
95.5 FM - WDHF/WMET 1975 - 1977 (launched the careers of Greg Brown and Captain Whammo!) Then flips to WMET AOR/Hard rock. "95 1/2 M-E-T"
97.9 FM - WSDM - "98 Smack Dab In the Middle" Unheard of at the time, all-female airstaff. Format as ez- listening and jazz. Yvonne Daniels (RIP) WYNR, WCFL, later to be on WLS-AM, WVON/WGCI-AM, WNUA, and Danae Alexander (WDAI, WLS, WNUA).
100.3 FM - WLOO, then WXEZ AM & FM. WLOO shares the same distinction with ME-TV-FM, great ratings, no revenue. WLOO was either the #1 or #2 station in Chicago for through the 70s and 80s, but by 86 a lot of the instrumentals now were spoken word soft AC tunes and WXEZ was born. Heard in just about every elevator and dentists office, with "elevator music". Successor WPNT tried to be the defacto mainstream CHR (they really sounded good too) in the mid 90s but Alternative Q101 and Dance 40 B96 left them no room for this.
103.1 FM - WVVX (mono) - Known in the late 80s and early 90s to actually rate in Arbitron, the numbers were from "RPM" or "Real Precious Metal". Brokered for about 12 hours a day, the station was run and programmed by Scott Loftus (later on WLUP). RPM @ 3kw and the last Mono FM station in Chicago, pulled in loyal metalheads, even after 106.7 flipped from WYEN to WZRC ABC network fed "Z Rock" in 1987 and was gone a year later. - But for me it will always be fondly remembered as 103.1 WXXY "The 80s Channel".
103.5 FM - WFYR, most notably "The Fyre" when they were oldies a few times through the 80s. But they blew up as WWBZ "The Blaze" AOR/Metal. Then WRCX "Rock 103.5" Mancow entering the market.
107.5 FM - WGCI while in the toilet today its legend stretches for 46 years. It started out as Disco formatted "Studio 107".
107.9 FM - WAUR/WYSY. Before it was sold to COX in 1993, it was owned by Beasley and it ran as "Y108 Doin' It in the Burbs". Was a great sounding station for not being a full signal and was Hot AC. Jim McNicholas was AM drive and he was awesome. They were OK as a 70s outlet but them leaned Classic Rock too heavily and the ratings suffered sharing audience with WCKG and literally everyone else on the dial.
Message Thread | This response ↓
« Back to index | View thread »