Chicago’s Dance Beat

WBBM-FM (B96) – Chicago – 8/13/97 – Terry Foxx

Musically, 1997 was a year of transition for B96. In comparison to previous years, the station began phasing out much of the Dance music that had defined its sound over the prior decade or so. Yet, at this time, B96 still positioned itself as “Chicago’s Dance Beat”, fueling the launch of a suburban competitor earlier in the summer.  

WBBM-FM (B96) – Chicago – 12/23/96 – Blue Mike, Bobby D, Julian ‘Jumpin’ Perez

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 (two nights before Christmas 1996), is a great example of why dance radio fanatics held the station in such high regard. It begins with a montage of the “10 O’Clock Remix”, featuring different genres of dance courtesy of longtime B96 mixers Bobby D and Julian’ Jumpin Perez. The mixers are followed by regular programming, hosted by Blue Mike a.k.a. Michael Horn. More information about Horn’s lengthy tenure with B96 can be found at THIS page.

WBBM-FM (B96) – Chicago – 1/6/97 – Roxanne

This is a montage of Chicago’s longtime Rhythmic CHR on a Monday night in early 1997. It’s hosted by Roxanne (Roxanne Steele), who at the time had just joined the station after being on the air at Phoenix’s Power 92 (KKFR). She enjoyed a 12-year run at B96 before moving to sister station WCFS (Fresh 105.9) for a brief period and then onto her current home — 96.3 WDVD in Detroit. At this time, B96 was heavily promoting the return of Eddie and Jobo, who had been on the station previously from 1984 to 1994.  More information can be found on Wikipedia. The aircheck was made near the end of an era in which B96 placed a heavy emphasis on Dance music; it actually begins with a sample of the “10 O’Clock Remix” hosted by DJ Markski. In the months that follo...

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