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94.7 WYTZ - Z95

WYTZ (Z95) – Chicago – 1/1/87 – Mark Sebastian & Mike Kelly

In 1986, 94.7 WLS-FM in Chicago changed its call letters to WYTZ and began referring to itself as “Z95″. This new approach, along with a long list of personnel changesmade the station became a serious competitor to the market’s heritage CHR, WBBM-FM (B96).

This is a brief sample of Z95 from the very early morning hours of New Year’s Day 1987, during primarily mixshow programming.

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  1. I love this. This gives a possible glimpse of a Dance format that B96 would later adopt. Could you imagine if Z95 had attempted this format in 1986-87, would they be still with us today? Would B96 had died and wound up as an Oldies outlet (like many of their sister FMs during the late 80s-early 90s)?

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  2. I remember getting home early, I was drunk and I stuck in a tape to aircheck. Lol. I am pretty sure they used the “HOTMIX” service mixes. I heard these played on WXXY Chicago years later. These were not produced in house @ WYTZ. This music was also nothing close to the regular format they ran. EG Daily was not in regular rotation. Nor was TKA or the Art Of Noise song Peter Gunn. On a side note “BIG” Mike Kelly ended up doing overnights on 94.7 years later when they were WKXK “Kicks Country”. I am pretty sure he was also Production Manager.

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