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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).

WZZN (94.7 the Zone) – Chicago – 2000/2001 – Jeffrey T. Mason

This is a brief aircheck of Jeffrey T. Mason on 80′s-formatted 94.7 the Zone (WZZN Chicago), playing a jingle from the station’s days as Mainstream CHR WYTZ “Z95”. A similar aircheck (flashing back to the station’s days as “Musicradio WLS”) can be heard here. Note: Please have your speakers at a minimum before beginning to play this aircheck; the audio is very loud and begins suddenly.

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...

WLS-FM (94.7) – Chicago – 8/18/84 – Susan Platt

Recorded 30 years ago today, this is a sample of Chicago’s heritage WLS-FM near the end of its 2nd era with those famous call letters. At this time, the station’s slogan was “The Rock of Chicago” and the format sounded somewhat like what we would describe today as something in-between Classic Rock and Classic Hits. According to this WLS history site, the station rebranded itself with the “Hit Rock” slogan the following year, only to become WYTZ (Z95) in 1986. Visit our sister site, Airchexx.com, for additional WLS content.

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