The End of Oldies: 104.3 WJMK Chicago | March 2, 2005

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Here’s a recording of WJMK “in transition” from “Oldies” to “Variety Hits”. The actual format change wouldn’t come for three more months, but apparently what we have here, is an aircheck of the day WJMK dropped the term Oldies and just went with the call letters. This was the start of a new jingle package reflecting that.

Three months later, “Jack” would arrive and turn the market on its ear. Listeners hated it, much like they did in New York City, when WCBS-FM dumped Oldies for Jack’s Variety Hits. But that’s for a later story.


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Steve West is a 39 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve currently works on-air for the Super Radio USA media group out of Minnesota. Steve is the founder of the Airchexx Media Group and manages Airchexx.com and Airchexx Live - the official station of Airchexx.

Comments

Paul in PHX
June 5, 2011 at 6:32 am


The Chicago White Sox would go on to win the World Series later that year!



Erik
December 3, 2017 at 10:37 am


So sad! The energy of the previous years was completely sucked out of the station.



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