Bill Bailey, 89 WLS Chicago – 1973

890 Chicago WLS Musicradio 89

Bill Bailey WWDJRecording Date: 1973 (corrected)
Station: 890 WLS Chicago (Wikipedia) (Tribute Site) (Current Website) Currently Broadcasts in C-Quam AM-Stereo. Formerly tried broadcasting in IBOC HD from 2008-2013 but abanodoned it due to interference problems. You can listen live to their current News/Talk format HERE.
Format: Top 40
Branded: “The Rock of Chicago
Ownership: (then) The American Broadcasting Company (now) Cumulus Media
Featured Air Personality: Bill Bailey (WWDJ/WLS/WLHT/WHYI/WDRQ)
Contributor: Sandy Bailey (Widow)
Associated Air Talent: Larry Lujack, Joel Sebastian, Ron Riley, John Records Landecker, Jeff Davis, Fred Winston, others
Total Time: 2:05
Aircheck #1,589

A lot of perspiration went down on the court…

Curator’s Notes:

One of the shortest airchecks on our site, this was included at the beginning of the 1970 WWDJ Hackensack aircheck on the same reel. I found it appropriate to split them up and post them separately for the sake of history.

This one, like the aforementioned WWDJ aircheck, required no processing whatsoever. This is direct, off the reel and it sounds like the aircheck reel was wired into the air monitor. But frankly, the quality is so good, I really can’t tell. Perhaps it was recorded out of the studio processor, before the air chain. I’m sure someone knows what WLS’ studio setup was like in 1971. Meanwhile, those of you in a hurry can take two minutes of your precious time to check out yet another, completely UN-SHARED aircheck that the internet has never heard before. It’s a WORLD PREMIERE aircheck heard only right here!


  1. Rick

    “You’re So Vain” wasn’t released until Nov 72 and Bill Bailey mentions that it was a former #1. So I’m guessing that this is from sometime in 1973.

  2. Pete Salant

    Steve, WWDJ hit the air in May 1971.

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