94.7 WYTZ – Z95

WYTZ (Z95) – Chicago – 9/10/86 – Peter B

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 changes, made the station became a serious competitor to the market’s heritage CHR, WBBM-FM (B96).

WYTZ (Z95) – Chicago – 10/2/86 – Peter B

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 changes, made the station became a serious competitor to the market’s heritage CHR, WBBM-FM (B96). This is a brief sample of Z95 from October of that year (recorded 29 years ago this month).  

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 changes, made 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.

Chicago/Milwaukee Bandscan – 1986/1987 – Various Personalities

This montage includes snippets of the following Chicago and Milwaukee stations from the mid-80’s: [Chicago] WBBM-FM (B96), 95.5 WRXR, 94.7 WYTZ (Z95), 106.7 WZRC (Z-Rock), [Milwaukee] 100.7 WHBT (Heartbeat 101)

WYTZ (Z95) – Chicago – Summer 1990 – Brian Kelly

A sample of Chicago’s Mainstream CHR Z95 (WYTZ 94.7 FM) at the start of the 1990’s.  At least on this aircheck, the station seemed to be leaning towards Adult Contemporary.  Not long after, Z95 went in the other direction, first as Hell 94.7 and then as the Rhythmic, high-energy Hot 94.7 FM.

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