Indiana

WZPL (99 1/2, ZPL) – Indianapolis – 1/24/98 – Jason Addams

From its days as a Mainstream CHR, this is a sample of the “ZPL Hitzone” mixshow from a Saturday night in January 1998.  This was a high-energy program broadcast live from an upscale beach-themed nightclub (now defunct) named Gators on the fourth floor of the Circle Center Mall in Indianapolis. At this time, the station’s primary voice was the  late and great Brian James.

WZPL (99 1/2, ZPL) – Indianapolis – 10/25/97 – Jason Addams

From its days as a Mainstream CHR, this is a sample of the “ZPL Hitzone” mixshow from a Saturday night, recorded 17 years ago this month.  This was a high-energy program broadcast live from an upscale beach-themed nightclub (now defunct) named Gators on the fourth floor of the Circle Center Mall in Indianapolis. At this time, the station’s primary voice was the  late and great Brian James.

WZPL (99 1/2, WZPL) – Indianapolis – Summer 1990

Recorded 24 years ago, this is a sample of Indy’s longtime Mainstream CHR station. Per Wikipedia, the station had experimented with some form of Classic Rock format the year prior; some titles from that format were still sprinkled throughout the playlist in 1990.

WMGI (100.7 Mix-FM) – Terre Haute, IN – 7/16/95 – Bryan Thomas

During the mid-90’s, 100.7 Mix-FM was a unique small market CHR, offering a surprisingly dance-music-friendly format. This aircheck was recorded 18 years ago today.

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 Michiguide.com and Wikipedia, WSMK 99.1 FM has offered various flavors of rhythmic formats since its inception. Reviewing the station’s past Websites via archive.org, 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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