Urban Contemporary

WGCI (107.5) – Chicago – 8/21/98 – Armando Rivera & Scott Smokin’ Silz

This is a sample of Friday night “Club 107.5” mixshow programming on Chicago’s heritage Urban Contemporary station, WGCI. It was hosted by Armando Rivera with mixes provided by Scott Smokin’ Silz – both of whom worked at the legendary WBMX (102.7) during the 1980’s. At this time, the station (or at least the Club 107.5 mixshow) employed an outstanding high-energy voice talent in Pat Garrett. More information about the history of WBMX (specifically, the “Hot Mix 5” of which Scott Smokin’ Silz was a member) can be found HERE.  

WKBZ (Power 95.3) – Muskegon, MI – 7/26/98

For a few years in the mid to late 90’s, WKBZ-FM offered an Urban Contemporary format branded as Power 95.3. According to Wikipedia, a few months after this aircheck was recorded, ownership of the station was transferred to Grand Valley State University. Subsequently, it became a simulcast of another station owned by the institution.

KMJM/WKBQ (Majic 108 becomes Majic 105) – St. Louis – 10/20/97 – Eric Michaels & DJ Kut

In early 1997, Emmis Broadcasting flipped longtime Saint Louis CHR WKBQ “Q104″ to Modern AC as “Alice @ 104.1″ leaving a gaping hole for Top 40 in the market. That year Jacor Communications acquired Religious formatted 104.9 WCBW in nearby Columbia, Illinois. With 104.9′s signal stronger in the areas that an Urban format would succeed in, the company moved “Majic 108″ to the 104.9 signal as “Majic 105″ and launched a new CHR on the 107.7 signal that had better coverage of the market as a whole. Today’s aircheck (recorded 16 years ago today) showcases the end of Majik 108 on 107.7 and the subsequent launch of Majik 105 on 104.9. You can hear what took place on 107.7 following the end of Majik 108 at THIS page on our sister site, The Format Change Archive. 15 years later, KMJM moved ag...

KACE/KABE (V103.9) – L.A./Riverside, CA – 1993

A couple of sweepers (including one voiced by the legendary Mitch Craig) from the short-lived V103.9 in Southern California.  More information can be found on the Wikipedia pages of KRCD (the current call letters of the former KACE) and KCXX (the current call letters of the former KABE).

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