95.5 WMET

Captain Whammo, WMET Chicago | April 1978

Date of Recording: 04.xx.1978 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 95.5 WMET Chicago, Illinois, USA Featured Air Personality: Jim Channel (“Captain Whammo”) (WDHF, WMET, WCFL, others) “I Feel like a little screamin’ and yellin’ tonight!” Comments: Jim Channel, aka “Capt. Whammo” is heard here on 95 1/2 WMET. Note the disco music and the WCFL-style jingle package in use at the time which kinda sounds out of place considering the year. They sound good at this point, but I’m at a loss as to why WMET had some of the worst jingles ever heard prior to ’78… low budget, maybe? And, in your humble webmaster’s opinion, the imaging voice is and was horrible, but that’s made up for the fact that the format itself slams, and Whammo ...

Cat Simon, 95.5 WMET Chicago | February 6, 1985

I’m often amazed at the amount of (or lack of) information regarding radio stations that were once popular in a particular city. Case in point is this 90 minute cassette of 95.5 WMET Chicago. Now, if you’re under the age of 35, chances are you don’t remember WMET even if you lived in the Windy City all your life. It’s been Spanish WNUA since 2009 and before that was New Age/Smooth Jazz. About this aircheck: This was apparently recorded within the first few days of a major format change at WMET. For many years, 95.5 was owned by Metromedia – a company known for it’s Rock stations – such as 102.7 WNEW-FM New York and 94.7 KMET Los Angeles. Metromedia also owned and operated the former WNEW Eleven-Three-Oh in NYC, a station which popularized American ...

Greg Brown, 95 1/2 WMET Chicago | March 20, 1977

Here’s a long scope of Greg Brown on the old WMET Chicago. Original jingle package, classic mid-70s Chicago commercials and the cool sound of Greg Brown. At this point in the history of 95.5, WMET had been on the air with those call letters for just under 5 months (check out the call letter change from December 1, 1976 here.) and the station is really on fire. Compare this with this aircheck from Capt. Whammo (Rev. Jim Channel) from April, 1978. The energy level on WMET was always incredible!

Format Change in Chicago: WDHF Becomes WMET | December 1, 1976

Description by Contributor Keith Teicher: Here’s the call letter change over from WDHF to WMET, Chicago on 12/1/1976. Note in the first stopset after the change the wrong jingle is played by FJ Bailes (WDHF instead of WMET). Promo voice (as I remember) is PD Gary Price.

Composite: 95 1/2 WMET Chicago | March 1977

Who knows what became of this 1970’s FM competitor in the Windy City? Certainly, there’s plenty of personality on 95.5 FM (including ol’ Captain Whammo aka Jim Channel), but the jingles in use are probably the worst ever heard in contemporary radio. I suppose that would be unique enough to keep an audience, but one would think that MET had enough personality playing the hits to give WLS a run for its money. Not being from Chicago, I know next to nothing about WMET other than it existed and that Captain Whammo went on to become a preacher with his own ministry sometime after his MET days. Come to think of it, the jingles and top 40 approach seems similar to the John Long sound at X-Rock 80 down in Juarez, Mexico… minus the cutsey Mexican female voice 🙂 This composite...

Mal Vincent, “Dusty 45s”, 95 1/2 WMET Chicago | 1985-1987

Mal Vincent was a “supersub’. He would substitute for various DJs, usually at night. Scattered throughout a period of 4 years, he was on the air from 1983 through 1987. During his time with WMET Chicago, 95.5 FM, he was never given his own time-slot. This tape is a mixture of airchecks from June 1985 thru June 1987. WMET’s format was Oldies from the 60s thru 80s, with an occasional current hit thrown in. In June of 1987, WMET disappeared from Chicago. It was replaced with a Smooth Jazz format, which remained for 22 years. It’s currently an Hispanic music station. WMET Chicago 95.5 FM was one of the few major market radio stations to use freelance supersubs. Most of the aircheck is from Mal’s show that he entitled “Dusty 45s.” He played seldom heard...

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