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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).

WZZN (94.7 The Zone) – Chicago – 2002 – Matt Wright

94.7 FM in Chicago has held many formats over the years. In the early 2000’s, it was known as “94.7 The Zone”, which began as a rock-leaning 80’s station but quickly evolved to the Alternative format heard on this montage. NOTE: The aircheck begins with an unnamed personality; Matt Wright takes over as host shortly thereafter.

WZZN (94.7 the Zone) – Chicago – 2000/2001 – Jeffrey T. Mason

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.

WYTZ – Chicago’s Hot 94-7 – 4/17/91 – Greg Thunder

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). Please visit this page (scroll about halfway down) for more details.

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).  

WLS-FM (94.7) – Chicago – 1/19/86 – Peter B

Recorded 29 years ago this month, this is a sample of Chicago’s heritage WLS-FM near the very end of its 2nd era with those famous call letters. Specifically – according to a promo heard near the end of this montage, the station would be rebranding to “Z95” on “Monday”. This aircheck was recorded on a Sunday, so the aforementioned switch presumably took place the next day. (I don’t know if the call letters actually changed to WYTZ on that day as well.) Left intact in its entirety is the entertaining and uptempo hit “Super Bowl Shuffle“, performed by members of the 1986 Super Bowl-bound (and eventual champion) Chicago Bears. Two other items of note: At the beginning, you’ll hear a series of jingles that were most likely recorded pr...

WLS-FM (94.7) – Chicago – 8/18/84 – Susan Platt

Recorded 30 years ago today, this is a sample of Chicago’s heritage WLS-FM near the end of its 2nd era with those famous call letters. At this time, the station’s slogan was “The Rock of Chicago” and the format sounded somewhat like what we would describe today as something in-between Classic Rock and Classic Hits. According to this WLS history site, the station rebranded itself with the “Hit Rock” slogan the following year, only to become WYTZ (Z95) in 1986. Visit our sister site, Airchexx.com, for additional WLS content.

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 (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.”

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.

WZZN (94.7 The Zone) – Chicago – 2000 or 2001 – Jeffrey T. Mason

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.

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