During the mid-1980’s and 1990’s, a Mainstream Top 40 format known as “The Bus” aired on WBUS 99.9 FM, serving the southern suburbs of Chicago. At least in its twilight, as evidenced by this aircheck, the Bus offered an interesting playlist to say the least. However, the station was sold in August 1996; the new owner debuted a Spanish-language format on the frequency. At some point between then and April 1998, the “Bus” name (with a seemingly less interesting Top 40 format) was reborn on 100.7 FM (which adopted the call letters WBVS). The montage featured here is a sample of the newer “Bus”; it survived until approximately January 2003, at which point the format changed to Classic Rock with new call letters WRXQ.
“Discover America’s Hit Music…the Bus, WBUS.” Offering a unique name and an even more interesting playlist, WBUS was an interesting Mainstream CHR station that originated in Kankakee, IL but could be heard in parts of Chicago (about an hour to the North.) Researching the history of this station, it was considered very Rhythmic given its rural roots. It was also apparently a huge success financially — yet, only about a month after this aircheck was recorded, the station changed its format following a sale to a Spanish-language broadcaster. A couple years later, the Bus returned to 100.7 FM with the WBVS calls and had approximately a five-year run on that frequency.