From on or near St. Patrick’s Day 1993, this is a sampling of WNDU South Bend, WZWZ Kokomo, and WZPLIndianapolis. This is taken from my personal mix tape collection – recorded on a road trip from southwest Michigan to Indianapolis, and back. Please note that the logos shown are not necessarily the ones that were being employed by the stations at the time this aircheck was recorded. This is definitely true for WZWZ, which resided on 92.7 FM and called itself “Z93”.
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. However, for a period in 1997, it began playing Dance music – including a nearly all-Dance playlist at night, positioned as “Fox After Dark”, as heard on this aircheck.
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.
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...