WYTZ (Chicago’s Hot 94-7) – 10/91 – Danny Wright, Bubba the Love Sponge
Chicago’s Hot 94-7 FM represented the high-energy, but short-lived aftermath of “Hell 94.7″, and the final (as of this writing) attempt of this frequency to compete with heritage Rhythmic CHR WBBM-FM (B96).
This particular aircheck – recorded sometime this month, 22 years ago – is a sample of the station in its twilight. It features a commercial promoting a club appearance of “Hot 94-7’s hippest homie, Bubba the Love Sponge” (who, according to this page, hosted mornings for about 3 months before management decided to make the station a simulcast of heritage news/talk WLS-AM.) Bubba stated that he would be “hosting the dopest Halloween party ever.”
I believe this was recorded just a few days before the flip to the simulcast of WLS. The news of a format change was announced in the papers and radio trades a few days ahead of time, but nobody knew exactly what format it would be. The change happen at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 25th and the last song was Harry Nelson’s “Everybody’s Talking” followed by a recording of “McLaughlin Group” host John McLaughlin saying, “Bye, bye!”.