94.7 WRCK, mentioned earlier... I never though of as a Top40, but as an "Adult" Top40, a la WTMX. IE: an FM flank for WLS-AM, which in the mid 70's was different than today.....obviously.
KHJ LA never went 101.1 KHJ-FM as Top40, but KRTH, an established OLDies stn, but WAS Top40 in 78/98 or so.
CHUM FM Toronto is NOT a descendant of, then Top40, 1050-CHUM. It's HotAC.
DID GO FROM AM to FM:
KDWB (Mpls) somehow transitioned to 101.3 KDWB from 63-KDWB.
95.1 WAPE Jax has evolved from 690 WAPE.
104.7 WNOK Columbia SC has evolved from AM 1230 WNOK.
WBBM AM seems to be moving/evolving to FM, promoing 105.9FM.
WFAN NYC moves from 660 to 101.9FM,
So, would or could WLS have transitioned from AM to FM in your mind? My guess is they could have.
We all evolve as people. I don't know why the evolution didn't happen from AM to FM (in many, many cities.)
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Thank you all for sensible, well thought out and passionate answers.
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