In 1984 B96 was a straight ahead CHR. In late 85/early 86 they dropped most of the jingles and were very HOT AC especially during the day playing a lot of gold from the early 80s. Then after that they started getting edgy going after the Urban stations.
The charts aren't a good indicator as they often listed a song to get credit but barely played it. Look up the record company of The Cover Girls suing KISS-FM LA for listing "Show Me" and giving it 0 airplay. WLS-AM through the 80s was guilty of this. They would list FunkyTown by Lipps Inc (1980) and Stars on 45 by Stars on 45 (1981) as the #1 song in town and they would refuse to play it or just play a few seconds of it during countdowns so they could get credit for it. Z95, B96, WBMX weren't down that road, but just because a song was listed didn't indicate if they only played it evenings or nights, or just during office hours. In the 80s stations would "daypart" heavily, especially CHR's to make them "office friendly". Z95 spun Metallica's One in (89?). But you almost never heard it before 7PM.
I have a ton of WBMX surveys, sadly, not enough time to scan them!
WBMX and WGCI were house friendly outside of mixes (Lime, Maurice, Lil Louis French Kiss), so was B96 (Chip E, Fast Eddie). To throw another curve ball, there was WBMX-AM 1490. LOL, from 1984 - 1987, they spun ALL dance cuts all day long when they were not simulcasting the FM. Dance music on AM!
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