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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).

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...

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