This aircheck is, apparently, from the second month of WMAQ’s new Country format. The tape begins at the very end of an NBC Network newscast. It then goes into a (legendary) Top of the Hour and show kickoff ID. (Illegal).
Between this and the 1972 WJJD aircheck, I’m amazed at what Country music sounded like. WJJD, WMAQ’s new competitor, took out ads in Chicago area newspapers touting its “square” music. WMAQ came along and was much more hip. With a full news department and the resources of the NBC Network at it’s disposal, WMAQ was never lacking in good information coverage.
Ellie Dylan would eventually end up at WNBC New York during it’s ‘less talk, more music’ phase when Imus was sent to Cleveland.