WRCK was very similar musically to WLS-AM at the time. It did transition to WLS-FM and simulcasted the AM signal in AM drive and nights. There were strict rules by the FCC at the time, you could not simulcast an AM & FM 100%!
Also WLS-AM at the time was not really Top40. Due to Disco backlash, it was an AOR masquerading as a CHR. There were minimal jingles and dry segues between songs. Most Urban tracks were missing, even if they listed them on their music logs/surveys. They were "paper adds".
Also, in 1980, a lot of old school programmers still did not see the writing on the wall that FM was about to become king. Reality set in when WABC New York had its teeth pulled transitioning to AC/Oldies and giving way to Talk in 1982. They expected WLS-AM to flip soon after but thanks to Lujack and other reasons, it didn't, until it flipped talk in 1989. The irony is, they were considering flipping it to Country or Z-Rock heavy metal so it would have Market #3 presence. WYEN 106.7 only carried it for one year in 87 - 88.
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