This is a brief aircheck of Jeffrey T. Mason on 80′s-formatted 94.7 the Zone (WZZN Chicago), playing a jingle from the station’s days as Mainstream CHR WYTZ “Z95”. A similar aircheck (flashing back to the station’s days as “Musicradio WLS”) can be heard here. Note: Please have your speakers at a minimum before beginning to play this aircheck; the audio is very loud and begins suddenly.
Summary contributed by Jeffrey T. Mason: I think I am qualified to give a summary of the 80’s Channel/Chicago sign-on, seeing that I was one of the folks who orchestrated it! Contrary to popular belief, Big City Radio – not Chancellor Media – was the first company to debut a “Jammin’ Oldies” type format. It was not called “Jammin’ Oldies,” but “103.1FM, Chicago’s Heart & Soul.” They purchased WVVX/Highland Park and WJDK/Morris, both at 103.1 to create the simulcast. Call letters were changed to WXXY and WYXX. Due to a poor signal, and some bad judgment in their outdoor campaign (billboards placed in areas that could NOT receive the station), “Chicago’s Heart & Soul” didn’t see much success. It was definitely a valiant effort, however…with BCR hiring market veterans like Robert Murp...
On August 6, 1999, Big City Radio debuted one of the first radio stations in the U.S. focused exclusively on classic hits from the 1980’s. The station’s outstanding presentation made it stand out among the countless others that attempted to clone it in the years that followed. The actual sign-on (along with the stunting that preceded it, and a detailed synopsis) can be heard on our sister site, The Format Change Archive. The very brief aircheck posted here represents a little more of the first hour.
Jeffrey T. Mason on 80’s-formatted 94.7 the Zone (WZZN Chicago), playing a classic legal ID from the station’s days as CHR WLS-FM in the 80’s.