Chicago

The Groove 103.9 Chicago Debuts

Previous Format: Not On Air (Stunting With Christmas Music) New Format: Smooth Jazz “The Groove 103.9” Date & Time Of Change: December 26, 2014 at 12:00am More Info: RadioInsight Aircheck Contributed by Jeremy Andrews http://formatchange.com/audio/797.mp3

WKQX Relaunches As 101WKQX

Previous Format: Alternative “Q87.7” (Simulcasting On 101.1 Since 1/10/14) New Format: Alternative “101WKQX” Date & Time Of Change: February 17, 2014 at 1:01pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: Alternative Returns To 101.1 Chicago http://formatchange.com/audio/731.mp3

87.7 The Game Debuts

Previous Format: Alternative “Q87.7” WKQX-LP New Format: Sports “87.7 The Game” WGWG-LP Date & Time Of Change: February 17, 2014 at 1:01pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: WKQX Relaunches As 101WKQX http://formatchange.com/audio/730.mp3

Alternative Returns To 101.1 Chicago

Previous Format: Rhythmic Hot AC “I101” WIQI New Format: Alternative WKQX Date & Time Of Change: January 10, 2014 More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: Q101 Says Goodbye; Q87.7 Debuts Aircheck Contributed by Jeremy Andrews http://formatchange.com/audio/719.mp3

Rock 103.5 Goes Jammin Oldies

Previous Format: Active Rock “Rock 103.5” WRCX New Format: Rhythmic Oldies “The New 103.5” (eventually “103.5 The Beat” WUBT) Date & Time Of Change: November 3, 1998 at 5:00pm More Info: Wikipedia Related Changes: “103.5 The Beat” flips from Rhythmic Oldies to CHR “Kiss-FM” http://formatchange.com/audio/146.mp3

WWYW Becomes The Fox

Previous Format: Classic Hits “Y103.9” WWYW New Format: Classic Rock “103.9 The Fox” WFXF Date & Time Of Change: Februrary 25, 2013 at 3:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/656.mp3

Mega 95.5 Becomes El Patrón

Previous Format: Spanish AC “Mega 95.5” New Format: Regional Mexican “95.5 El Patrón” Date & Time Of Change: June 19, 2012 at 12:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/584.mp3

Q87.7 Chicago Debuts

Previous Format: Smooth AC “Smooth 87.7” WLFM-LP (Stunted for week with simulcast of News 101.1 WIQI) New Format: Alternative “Q87.7” WKQX-LP Date & Time Of Change: May 6, 2012 at 7:00pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Changes: Smooth 87.7 Signs Off Aircheck Contributed by Jeremy Andrews Note: This is the launch package as heard replayed for the second time at 8:00pm http://formatchange.com/audio/574.mp3

Smooth 87.7 Signs Off

Previous Format: Smooth AC “Smooth 87.7” WLFM-LP New Format: Stunting with simulcast of “FM News 101.1” WIQI Date & Time Of Change: April 30, 2012 at 12:00am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Change: Q87.7 Chicago Debuts Aircheck Contributed by Jeremy Andrews http://formatchange.com/audio/572.mp3

WKRS Becomes ESPN Deportes 1220

Previous Format: News/Talk “NewsTalk 1220” New Format: Spanish Sports “ESPN Deportes 1220” Date & Time Of Change: February 1, 2012 at 12:00am More Info: Time-Out Chicago, Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by Jeremy Andrews http://formatchange.com/audio/555.mp3

Fresh 105.9 Becomes NewsRadio 105.9 WBBM

Previous Format: AC “Fresh 105.9” New Format: News “Newsradio 780 & 105.9 WBBM” Date & Time Of Change: August 1, 2011 at 8:10am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia Related Change: 105.9 WCKG Becomes Fresh 105.9 Aircheck contributed by Jeremy Andrews http://formatchange.com/audio/486.mp3

Q101 Says Goodbye

Previous Format: Modern Rock “Q101” New Format: To Be Determined Date & Time Of Change: July 15, 2011 at 1:00am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia This aircheck features the final goodbye of the station staff during the special edition of “Local 101” hosted by Chris Payne from 11pm to 1am. For more audio from the final day of Q101 visit AircheckDownloads.com. Aircheck contributed by Jeremy Andrews http://formatchange.com/audio/474.mp3

WJMK Relaunches As K-Hits 104.3

Previous Format: Variety Hits “104.3 Jack-FM” New Format: Classic Hits “K-Hits 104.3” Date & Time Of Change: March 14, 2011 at 1:04pm More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/450.mp3

Smooth Jazz WNUA Becomes Mega 95.5

Previous Format: Smooth Jazz New Format: Spanish Hot AC “Mega 95.5” Date & Time Of Change: May 22, 2009 at 9:55am More Info: RadioInsight, Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/365.mp3

NineFM Signs-Off

Previous Format: Variety Hits “Nine-FM” 92.5 WDEK/92.7 WKIE/99.9 WRZA New Format: Progressive Talk 820 WCPT/92.5 WCPY/92.7 WCPT-FM/99.9 WCPQ Date & Time Of Change: October 20, 2008 More Info: Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/411.mp3

WCKG Becomes Fresh 105.9

With the return of Dan Mason to the head of CBS’ Radio division it soon became apparent that the company’s FM Talkers were in danger. The “Free-FM” brand was dropped and the format was dropped in New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Phoenix, San Diego, and Pittsburgh. In early October 2007, rumors began swirling that the Chicago outlet would soon change. Speculation ran from Rock to Spanish but kept coming back to the “Fresh” AC brand. On October 30 it was officially announced that the station would be changing formats. Afternoon host Steve Dahl was the only survivor as his show would be moved to morning drive on sister “104.3 Jack-FM” WJMK. Outside of Dahl’s show, the station went into stunt mode with Best-Of clips from Dahl’s 11 yea...

“Onda 92” WKIE/WDEK Signs-Off

Previous Format: Spanish CHR New Format: Variety Hits Date & Time Of Change: November 22, 2004 at 12:00am More Info: Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/109.mp3

92.7 WKIE & 92.5 WDEK begins simulcasting “Nine-FM” WRZA

Previous Format: Spanish CHR New Format: Variety Hits Date & Time Of Change: November 22, 2004 at 9:00am More Info: Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/110.mp3

106.7 The Fish Gives Way To Pasion

Previous Format: Christian AC “106.7 The Fish” WZFS New Format: Spanish AC “Pasion 106.7” WPPN Date & Time Of Change: November 1, 2001 at 12:00am More Info: Wikipedia Aircheck contributed by Jeremy Andrews http://formatchange.com/audio/466.mp3

WRZA Becomes Nine-FM

Previous Format: Regional Mexican “La Raza 99.9” New Format: Variety Hits “99.9 Nine-FM” Date & Time Of Change: June 15, 2004 More Info: Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by Jeremy Andrews http://formatchange.com/audio/171.mp3

Energy 92.7 & 5 Signs-Off

Previous Format: Dance “Energy 92.7 & 5” New Format: Spanish CHR “Onda 92” Date & Time Of Change: January 5, 2003 at 12:00am More Info: Airchecked, Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/333.mp3

106.7 The Fish Debuts

Previous Format: Christian Talk WYLL New Format: Christian AC “106.7 The Fish” Date & Time Of Change: March 1, 2001 at 9:00am More Info: Wikipedia Aircheck contributed by Jeremy Andrews http://formatchange.com/audio/149.mp3

96.9 WNIZ Begins Simulcasting 101.9 WTMX

Previous Format: Classical Simulcasting 97.1 WNIB New Format: Hot AC Simulcasting 101.9 WTMX Date & Time Of Change: February 11, 2001 More Info: Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by Jeremy Andrews http://formatchange.com/audio/478.mp3

103.1 WXXY becomes Viva 103.1

The Chicago division of Big City Radio offered some of the more interesting programming on the Windy City’s radio dial. However, three times, a format they debuted on one of their sets of suburban frequencies (103.1 or 92.7/92.5) ended up being copied and presented in a different form on a full signal in the market. WXXY and WYXX brought the “Jammin’ Oldies” format to Chicago, but AMFM (now Clear Channel) decided to debut its own “Jammin Oldies” on the powerful 103.5 FM. This led to the debut of “The 80’s Channel, 103.1 WXXY” on the 103.1 duo, in August 1999. Many considered The 80’s Channel to be the best-implemented version of the all-1980’s format, not only because of its willingness to play diffferent styles of 80’...

92.7 WKIE/WKIF + 92.5 WDEK “92 Kiss-FM” becomes “Energy 92-7 & 5”

The Chicago division of Big City Radio offered some of the more interesting programming on the Windy City’s radio dial. However, three times, a format they debuted on one of their sets of suburban frequencies (92.7/92.5 or 103.1) ended up being copied and presented in a different form on a full signal in the market. When “92.7 Kiss-FM” (later 92 Kiss-FM) debuted in November 1998, it represented the first serious attempt at a CHR/Pop outlet in the Chicago area since the early 90’s. The suburban trio of 92.7 WKIE/Arlington Heights, 92.7 WKIF/Kankakee, and eventually 92.5 WDEK/DeKalb combined to produce ratings near or at a 2 share 12+. (In comparison, those three signals consistently combined for a “no-show” in the 12+ ratings before Big City took control ...

“103.5 The Beat” flips from Rhythmic Oldies to CHR “Kiss-FM”

Upon completion of the Clear Channel/AMFM merger, many expected Clear Channel to launch a CHR/Pop outlet right away. After all, Chicago was one of the few markets remaining that lacked a full-signaled Top 40 outlet. Plus, in the early 90’s, Clear Channel C.E.O. Randy Michaels was involved with WYTZ 94.7 FM (“Z-95”, later “Hell 94-7”, and after that, “Hot 94-7”) — a station which was designed to dethrone CBS-owned CHR/Rhythmic outlet WBBM 96.3 FM “B-96”. But Michaels’ first attempt was a failure, and so it seemed logical to believe that he was ready to compete with B-96 again. As months began to pass, with no format changes, rumors began heating up and they centered around either AC WLIT 93.9 FM or Rhythmic Oldies WUBT 103.5 ...

WMAQ Signs Off

Previous Format: News WMAQ New Format: Sports “670 The Score” WSCR Date & Time Of Change: August 1, 2000 at 6:00am More Info: Wikipedia, Rich Samuels Aircheck Contributed by Jeremy Andrews http://formatchange.com/audio/392.mp3

103.1 WXXY/WYXX becomes “The 80’s Channel”

Summary contributed by Jeffrey T. Mason. I think I am qualified to give a summary of the 80’s Channel/Chicago sign-on, seeing that I was one of the folks who orchestrated it! Contrary to popular belief, Big City Radio – not Chancellor Media – was the first company to debut a “Jammin’ Oldies” type format. It was not called “Jammin’ Oldies,” but “103.1FM, Chicago’s Heart & Soul.” They purchased WVVX/Highland Park and WJDK/Morris, both at 103.1 to create the simulcast. Call letters were changed to WXXY and WYXX. Due to a poor signal, and some bad judgment in their outdoor campaign (billboards placed in areas that could NOT receive the station), “Chicago’s Heart & Soul” didn’t see much suc...

WCBR Becomes 92.7 Kiss FM

Previous Format: Brokered “The Bear” WCBR/WBRO (Temporary Stunt Simulcasting KLYY Los Angeles) New Format: CHR “92.7 Kiss FM” WKIE/WKIF Date & Time Of Change: November 14, 1998 at 12:00pm More Info: Wikipedia http://formatchange.com/audio/334.mp3

100.3 WPNT becomes “Windy 100” WNND

In late 1996, rumors began swirling about the future of WPNT 100.3 FM in Chicago. One of the more interesting theories presented had Evergreen (WPNT’s owners at the time) debuting a CHR/Dance format, modeled after WKTU/New York, which the company had debuted in February 1996 and had become an instant ratings success. Someone at CBS-owned CHR/Rhythmic WBBM 96.3 FM “B-96” must have heard this rumor, because in late 1996, B-96 adopted a slogan of “Chicago’s Dance Beat” and began placing a heavy emphasis on Dance music, trying to send the message that it was THE home for Dance music in Chicago. But, that rumor never materialized. Evergreen (which became Chancellor Media) eventually sold WPNT to Bonneville. WPNT’s Adult CHR format was known simply as &#...

WCFL Becomes WLUP

Previous Format: Christian WCFL New Format: Talk/Rock “The Loop” WLUP Date & Time Of Change: April 29, 1987 at 12:00am More Info: Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by Frank Davis http://formatchange.com/audio/479.mp3

WDHF Becomes WMET

Previous Format: Rock 40 WDHF New Format: Rock 40 WMET Date & Time Of Change: December 1, 1976 More Info: Wikipedia Aircheck Contributed by Keith Teicher http://formatchange.com/audio/524.mp3

WLS Advertises on WCFL

Previous Format: CHR New Format: Beautiful Music Date & Time Of Change: March 15, 1976 More Info: Wikipedia, RadioTimeline This clip is not the actual format change, but rather a commercial for WLS to promote the station to soon to be displaced WCFL listeners. http://formatchange.com/audio/7.mp3

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