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The Hot Mix 5 Story 





Special Mention

Armando--Chicago's Legendary Radio Dj Host (The 6th Mbr of HM5 IMO) Most recognized for saying:

"..Saturday Night Live, ain't no jive, Chicago Dance Party....on 102.7FM....B....M....X !!!...." 


WBMX 102.7 FM Chicago:

WBMX was switched from WBMX around 1975 until switching to WVAZ (Oak Park) in the early 1990's

five million people every Friday and Saturday was listening to Wbmx 102.7 fm Chicago radio...

House music itself was a term set to music back in early 1983 when Steve "Silk" Hurley's "music is the key" and Jesse Saunders' "on and on" set the planet on fire with the "house" sound.

Wbmx was the setting where the city's best club jocks were heard on weekend "mix shows", "traffic jamz" and "hot lunch mixes" years before any other station in the world used mixes to enhance their programming.

The era captured here is from the beginning of the movement (1981) many people don't remember that Wbmx was Jammin' all the way back in '81!. to it's last year (1988) of greatness. memories of Armando Rivera's "Chicago street hits" ['a show that broke new music all other stations would be adding months later as "pop hits"] and more. you'll hear a special focus on the hot mix five - from it's first incarnation to it's last. the hot mix five were a mix team formed by cyberradio2000.com's Cto lee Michaels (then pd of Wbmx).

What made Wbmx so special was that it was an urban radio station that had great on air talent (Marco spoon, Veronique, Doug banks, Armando Rivera etc) and had an urban based format that included the inclusion of music from artists like heaven 17, the talking heads, men with hats, tom Tom club and many other "non - urban" artists. you heard the NYC scene as well with musical styles ranging from hip hop to freestyle to breakin'. Wbmx was an aggressively programmed radio station in it's heyday that you could liken to WKTU, Grooveradio, Cyberradio and b96 all put together. to give you an idea of how good it really was; Wbmx was the last music station to beat WGCI out of the #1 music station slot here in Chicago and that was back in 1984! though WGCI is sagging badly now, it still is and has been the #1 music station in Chicago and has been since about 1980 (except the one quarter that Wbmx beat them) it should be noted that when lee Michaels was at Wbmx and dethroned WGCI, lee was brought in by WGCI to get the throne back. Wbmx was eventually sold in 1989 for 28 million dollars. it is now known as v103... 102.7 fm (not too confusing. go figure)

you'll hear the house music from record labels like Dj international, hot mix five and Traxx records. you'll get the imports and the great variety of both urban old skool and dance songs that were made famous by this radio station in both regular rotation and it's mix shows. we actually have mixes as aired with the Djs who were on air hosting the mix shows.

from the "godfathers of house music" to their second generation masters, their mixes and the hits from "Saturday night live, ain't no jive, Chicago's number one dance party on 102.7 fm, Wbmx fm, oak park/Chicago!"

Key Artists:
The Hot Mix Five: Original Members: Kenny "Jammin'" Jason, Mickey "Mixin'" Oliver, Farley "Jackmaster" Funk, Ralphie "The Razz" Rosario, Scott "Smokin'" Silz,

Second Generation:
Include Bad Boy Bill, Mario Smokin' Diaz, Julian "Jumpin'" Perez. Frankie "Hollywood" Rodriguez

Musical Artists:
Colonel Abrams, My Mine, Safire, Jellybean, Fast Eddie, Kool Rock Steady, Joe Smooth, Shalamar, Gazuzu, Bobby "O", D Train, Weeks And Co., Grandmaster Flash, New Order, Hazel Dean, I.R.T., Tracy Weber, Third World, Doctor's Cat, Jimmy Ross, Lime, Fun Fun And More

House defines freedom...

"In the beginning, there was Jack. And Jack had a groove. And from this groove came the groove of all grooves. And while one day viciously throwing down on his box, Jack boldly declared, "Let there be House!" And House music was born. I am, you see. I am the creator. And this is my House. And in my House there is only House music. But I am not so selfish, because once you've entered my House, it then becomes our House, and our House music. And you see, no one man owns House, because house music is a universal language spoke and understood by all. You see, House is a feeling, that no one can understand really, unless you're deep into the vibe of House. House is an uncontrollable desire to Jack your body. And as I told ya before, this is our house, and our House music. And in every house you understand, there is a keeper. And in this house the keeper is Jack. Now some of you might wonder, "who is Jack and what is it that Jack does?" Jack is the one who gives you the power to Jack your body. Jack is the one who gives you the power to do the snake. Jack is the one who gives you the key to the wiggly worm. Jack is the one who learns you how to walk your body. Jack is the one that can bring nations and nations of all Jackers together under one house. You may be black, you may be white, you may be Jew, or Gentile. It don't make a difference in our house. And this is fresh!!!"
Chuck Roberts for Fingers Inc.





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