WBBM-FM (B96) & WSMK (99.1 The Fox) – Chicago, IL & South Bend, IN – June 1998

Recorded 16 years ago this month, this montage begins with a sweeper from Chicago’s longtime Rhythmic CHR, B96, during weekend mixshow programming, voiced by the legendary Mitch Craig. What follows is a sample of the eccentric WSMK, which had conflicting positioning statements (“Continuous Hit Music” and “Michiana’s Dance Beat”), yet offered a format that sounded more like Mainstream Urban (for the most part) and a moniker (“99.1 The Fox”) that was more reminiscent of a Classic Hits/Rock station.

WSMK (99.1 the Fox) – South Bend, IN – 8/14/97 & 12/29/97 – Jeff Ryder

According to and Wikipedia, WSMK 99.1 FM has offered various flavors of rhythmic formats since its inception. Reviewing the station’s past Websites via, it appears that the station has generally had an Urban lean over the years – and this is demonstrated on the first 3 1/2 minutes of this aircheck (recorded on 8/14/97). However, at some point between then and late December of that year (as heard on the latter half of this montage), the station began including dance music on its playlist. It adopted the slogan “Michiana’s Dance Beat” – perhaps taking a page from WBBM-FM “B96”, which positioned itself as “Chicago’s Dance Beat” (the station is audible in at least some of the areas where WSMK has cover...

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