New hip hop 'Streetz 95.1' hits the ground running in Chicago

Streetz 95.1/105.1 HD 2

Ready or not, Chicago has another hip hop and R&B radio station.

This week marks the launch of Streetz 95.1/105.1 HD 2, billed as featuring “the hottest current and upcoming hip hop and R&B artists.” While its website remains under construction, the station announced its debut on Facebook Wednesday.

Yung Joc

Headlining the station is rap artist Yung Joc, star of VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” whose given name is Jasiel Amon Robinson. With him as co-hosts of the syndicated “Streetz Morning Takeover” are Mz Shyneka & Shawty Shawty.

Veteran radio programmer Steve Hegwood, whose Atlanta-based Core Radio Group has been expanding its hip hop “Streetz” brand on HD2 signals and translators across the country, is behind the venture.

Two previous efforts to program music formats on 95.1 FM proved unprofitable.

Chicago’s principal hip hop stations are iHeartMedia’s WGCI 107.5-FM and Crawford Broadcasting’s WPWX 92.3-FM.

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