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WBBM-FM (B96) – Chicago – 12/31/95 – George McFly & Frankie Hollywood Rodriguez (Top 96 of ’95)

During a significant portion of the 1990′s, B96 offered a dance music-heavy format focused on currents — making it one of the very few major market, full signal commercial stations in the U.S. to find success with that formula during that decade. This aircheck, recorded at the peak of that era (and 18 years ago tonight), is a great example of why dance radio fanatics held the station in such high regard. You’ll hear the end of the “Top 96 of 1995” year-end countdown, followed by an outstanding montage counting down the final 3 minutes of 1995, leading into 1996. The hosts are longtime station personalities George McFly and Frankie “Hollywood” Rodriguez. And at the end of this aircheck  are snippets of programming that aired prior to the aforementioned countdown.

The voice of the station at this time was the legendary Mitch Craig.


  1. This is terrific. B96 in their prime. I have a 2 hour aircheck of this same night that starts at 11:57pm or about the 5 minute mark of this clip. I think they went commercial free on January 1st. It was this night of broadcasting that got me hooked on B96. I started making special trips to Illinois for the sole purpose of airchecking the station.

    Thank you for posting this.

  2. Does anyone have full airchecks of B96 from 1994 and 1995 (not just the 5 – 10 minute clips) but the actual full airchecks including songs and sweepers? Been searching for those for years and would love to hear them. Thanks in advance.

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