Tracey V. Bell’s, 95.1 FM, Chicago will become a 100% digital station, at the
end of March 2021.
At the initial launch of the station, station officials developed and launched a digital App which can be accessed
wherever there is Wifi direct from Apple and Android play store. Unlike other streaming apps, it maintains audio in
real-time even when switching between devices.
An unintentional dress rehearsal, in May 2020, 95.1 FM operated solely from its digital App, due to a flood at the
Sears Tower, which stripped the station of its FM signal, for 3 weeks. During that month, the station’s audience
A 24-hour music station, 95.1 FM Chicago, now streams across the US, 79 other countries, and has more than 300K
listeners. Its APP earns more than 2MM impressions a month and on average, the station adds more than 20K new
digital listeners each month. Moreover, the station’s number of weekly digital listeners exceeds all competitors in
Chicago, the nation’s 3rd largest market, who vie for the same listener.
As such, 95.1 Chicago is set to become the first Black-Female owned, radio station to proactively go ALL digital,
and compete on the national scale, with international in its sight. Bell made the strategic decision so that the station
can focus on enhancing digital solutions in this budding digital age. Immediately, the decision elevates the station to
be considered with streaming leaders, Pandora and Spotify.
Taking streaming to another level, the 95.1 Chicago App has become the first and ONLY to innovate audio AND visual via the inclusion of a digital theater, within the same app. With successful performances in 2020 that included international Smooth Jazz artist Nick Colionne and the
R&B legendary Whispers, the performances streamed coast to coast through the 95.1 Chicago App.
When asked about the impact on Chicago, the station’s birth city, Program Director, First Lady, who also dubs as
Midday Personality and Mixer on the station said; “New York has its fashions. LA has its movie stars and Chicago
has its Music…like Curtis Mayfield, The Emotions, The Chi-Lites, Sam Cooke, Earth Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan,
Jennifer Hudson, Minnie Ripperton, Common, and the list goes on. It makes sense that we share this music with the
world. That’s what it means to take Chicago around the world.
We are the only station systematically playing this kind of music…and we go deep not just what charted. So now, we elevate our culture to the next level by launching digital. 70% of our audience already listens via our App so we are just giving the people more of what they asked us
for. As far as our local advertisers, small businesses with an online business model will receive incremental
Excited to lead Black-Female owned radio into the digital age, Bell emphasized that none of this is possible, without
God. “He [GOD] combined music, message, and mission. The timing of it all epitomizes Victor Hugo’s meaning of
nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”
The soft soothing sound of WHUR’S 24/7 Quiet Storm Station is expanding, giving more Washington, D.C. area
listeners a chance to experience the relaxing romantic format.
The expansion comes as the heritage flagship station 96.3 WHUR FM is set to mark
its 50th Anniversary this year. “WHUR has long been a trailblazer in the industry
and we are always looking for new opportunities to expand our brand. The addition
of 98.3FM now allows us to have a greater reach across the DMV,” said WHUR
General Manager Sean Plater.
The Quiet Storm Station was launched last December on 96.3HD2 holding true to
the original flavor of the Quiet Storm set in place back in 1976 by the late Melvin
Lindsey and still heard nightly on WHUR 96.3FM. “Whether in your office, car, or at
home; the Quiet Storm Station sets the right mood for the DMV and now with
98.3FM there are more ways for Washington to relax and unwind,” added Plater.
The Quiet Storm Station is available at 98.3FM and 96.3HD2 with an HD Radio. It’s
also available at www.thequietstormstation.com and on The Quiet Storm Station
WHUR 96.3 FM is the flagship station of the Howard University Radio Network. Broadcasting to the Washington region since 1971, WHUR is one of
the few University-owned commercial radio stations in America. The station can be heard daily by nearly a half million listeners in five states and
around the globe on the web at whur.com. The first radio station in the Washington area to broadcast in HD, WHUR is the recipient of numerous
awards including the prestigious NAB Marconi for Best Urban Station of the Year and NAB Crystal Radio Award for Excellence in Community Service.
96.3 WHUR has long been the dominating radio station on Sundays in the DMV and with a new Sunday program line-up that winning streak is continuing. Sunday mornings are now being turned over to radio veterans Winston Chaney and Jacquie Gales Webb beginning Sunday, September 20th.
Chaney, a DMV radio icon, will hit the airwaves with “Wake-Up” from 5 am to 8 am
followed by Gales Webb who will move to 8 am to 11 am. Chaney and Webb will
carry on the legacy of the “Gospel Spirit.” Both Chaney and Webb are radio legends with
careers spanning decades.
WHUR is also excited to welcome to the Sunday mix Stellar Award-Winning Gospel
Artist Anthony Brown with “Blessings on Blessings Radio” from 12:15 pm to 2 pm.
Brown has broken Stellar Awards history with 10 wins in one night with his “Group
“These changes round out the WHUR Gospel Experience, which also includes Tracy
Morgan heard Monday thru Friday from 5 am to 6 am. We look forward to building
on the foundation laid by our beloved Patrick Ellis,” said WHUR General Manager
Sean Plater. Ellis, who reigned on Sundays from 6 am to 11 am for 40 years, passed
away in July following complications from the coronavirus.
The award-winning Howard University Rankin Chapel broadcast will continue on
Sundays from 11 am to 12 pm followed by “The Journey,” hosted by Howard
President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick.
“In thinking of how we could keep the Patrick Ellis mission going and honor his
incredible legacy, we assembled a team of all-stars able to inspire, entertain, and
serve every DMV listener. I can’t wait to hear this stellar combination,” said WHUR
Program Director Al Payne.
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Of the 10K plus AM/FM radio stations in the US, only 19 are licensed to
African American women. In 2019, Chicago’s 95.1 FM became No. 20 and will celebrate its 1st
anniversary with a virtual performance, on August 29th, 5p-8p, starring Award-winning, Smooth
Jazz Guitarist, Nick Colionne, featuring R&B artist, Terisa Griffin.
Year 1 for the station included the World’s Largest Day Party, a phrase used by Tom Joyner to describe his retirement party hosted by the station, December 2019. During the event, the
infamous “Fly-Jock,” passed the morning show torch to the popular Ramonski Luv, propelling
the launch of Chicago’s only LIVE and LOCAL morning show for mature African American
listeners. In January, to honor listeners, the station staged a takeover of Chicago Transit
Authority’s Red Line with Black McDonald Owner Operators (BMOA). In February, the station gave over 400 new and gently worn coats to residents of the West Side of Chicago. Two (2) days later, from Operation Push, after learning that Beacon Light Ministries and Food Pantry
of the Roseland Community suffered a total loss as a result of a fire, the station led the effort to
fill a 17-feet truck with donated supplies to help offset the devastation.
Further, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the station became the Executive Producer of WE ARE CHICAGO, a we-are-the-world project of Chicago artists. Available for purchase at www.WeAreChgo.com,
100% of the proceeds from the sale of the song will benefit small businesses in Chicago,
negatively impacted by the pandemic. Other wins include The Mayor’s Minute, developed by
and was exclusively on 95.1 FM Chicago, whereby Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her
the executive team participated in a weekly segment which guided listeners through the early days of
“Our 1st year has been hard-fought, but we survived despite a global pandemic, the disappearance of advertisers, and a flood at the Willis Tower where our signal transmits, which for weeks, knocked many stations without back-ups off the air.
We have since launched our own virtual theater, which streams from our App and operates like Pay-Per-View, where there are
over 100K listeners,” says CEO Tracey V. Bell. “In fact, the Omni-Channel Theater is set to play
host to Smooth Jazz Guitarist Nick Colionne, feat R&B powerhouse, Terisa Griffin, August 29th
for our 1-year anniversary celebration.
Reimagining radio beyond the dial, we will combine our ability to attract an international audience with our ability to entertain. To do so, 95.1 FM Chicago becomes more than a radio station. We transform into The FM Omni-Channel.”
For more station information and to purchase access to the stream, visit www.951FMChicago.com