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The WLS Big 89 Montage – 1960-1979

As December 2015 drew to a close, ideas were flying around as to what ‘new’ programming I could come up with for my own internet radio show. The first, most logical choice, was a take on the memory of what WLS Chicago did every year after they played the Number One song of whatever particular year they were doing their Big 89 Countdown. The WLS Music Montage (it never really had a name) played immediately before Midnight of the new year. It was always timed out perfectly, so that Auld Lang Syne would air after the montage was over. And each year, WLS production would add a new assortment of song clips (I believe they were each Number One songs) for the current year. So, I amused myself and listened to the original montage in its final version for 1988, and decided I wanted to d...

John Records Landecker Promos, 94.7 WLS-FM Chicago | 2012

In the queue for a couple of years for posting is this couple of promos for John Records Landecker, who recently retired from WLS and radio, in general. According to Contributor Mark Shayler, these promos aired during the start of Landecker’s last stint doing nights on WLS-FM, beginning on January 23, 2012. The promos were produced and parts narrated by former (and current) WLS DJ Jeff Davis, who was still the voice of WLS AM and FM at the time these aired. Davis hosts his own show on 94.7 WLS-FM. Aircheck #1,379 since May 2, 2002!

Airchexx and Big Apple Airchecks Present: A Tribute to “Superjock” Larry Lujack

On December 18, 2013, the broadcast world and millions of devoted fans said goodbye to a man who had become a fixture in Chicago radio. Larry Lujack first became a well known DJ in Seattle, at KJR “Channel 95” (950 AM), before moving east to the Windy City. In no time at all, Superjock became a household name, holding down Afternoon Drive on 89 WLS, and later at “The Voice of Labor”, WCFL before returning to WLS to do mornings. But this website is not here to post Lujacks’ resume. In conjunction with Big Apple Airchecks, we at Airchexx present a tribute to Superjock Larry Lujack. This audio tribute is just that. Stories and interviews with friends and co-workers – the very people who knew Lujack the best. From the Big Apple Airchecks website, “Many...

Larry Lujack with Animal Stories; Tommy Edwards – WLS AM & FM Chicago | January 1984

Larry Lujack (June 6, 1940 – December 18, 2013) is heard once again on an excellent quality aircheck from his morning show on WLS AM and FM. This recording was made off the FM 94.7 side, so the audio is a clean as can be. Listen for the WLS jingles, that AWESOME reverb, the incomperable Larry Lujack, AND…. a complete ANIMAL STORIES, with Li’l Tommy! Another, from Robyn Watts, who so graciously donated a ton of material in 2004.

Susan Platt, 94-7 WLS-FM Chicago | January, 1985

Courtesy of our good friends over at AircheckDownloads.com, Susan Platt holds down the overnight shift, back when there were live, warm bodies in the studio at Midnight. Here’s one you shouldn’t miss! WLS-FM was the logical continuation of the “Big 89”, and at this point in time, 890 AM was still playing the hits – although that wouldn’t last very long, nor would Larry Lujack’s morning show which was simulcast on AM and FM. Susan Platt makes reference to Lujack’s show in a live promo about 2/3rds of the way through. Don’t judge this aircheck by 1979 WLS (AM) standards. This is solidly classic 1980s CHR – and really, the best it sounded the whole decade. As for WLS-FM, the station seemed to have ratings trouble and as the decade wo...

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