Since its inception in the late 80s, Streetbeat’s foremost goal has been to play the most forward-thinking, cutting-edge, underground dance and hip-hop cuts the world has to offer. Streetbeat has programming on the station six nights a week, covering material from industrial to progressive, hip-hop to tech house.
From the beginnings of house music in Chicago, WNUR has brought to the airwaves a side of dance music that doesn’t get exposure elsewhere on the dial, in the clubs, or even in the party scene. While WBMX’s Hotmix 5 was playing the latest local cuts during house music’s big explosion, WNUR’s role was playing the imports. Such legendary DJs as Derrick Carter and Mark Farina held shows on WNUR in the late 80s/early 90s. In the mid 90s, DJ Snuggles’ Strictly Jungle show gained national recognition for being the first weekly drum ‘n bass show in the country. Streetbeat’s present mission is to provide Chicago and the world with a source of consistently good underground electronic/dance music in all its variety, both new and old, whether local or imported.
If you’re interested in what Streetbeat does, if you want to send Streetbeat copies of your music, or if you go to Northwestern and want to try your hands on the decks, feel free to contact Streetbeat for more information.