Station(s): WCFL AM 1000, WLUP/WLUP-FM 97.9 Chicago, Illinois
Featured Air Talent: Steve Dahl, Gary Meier, Jonathan Brandmeir, Patty Hayes, Various others
Contributor: Frank Davis
Aircheck Entry: 1,423
“WCFL – Nothing has changed but the religion…”
At the stroke of midnight, 4.29.87, The legendary WCFL call letters disappeared forever from AM 1000. So, too, did the unique religious programming. In a final half hour in which the station hosts said goodbye, a farewell show worthy of a great Top 40 station, the staff takes the time to say goodbye to dozens of callers… then goes out with a prayer. The next hour of this hour and a half aircheck is all the new WLUP (AM) in the minutes following the midnight flip, then later in the day. Lots of really GREAT talent heard here on this classy format change.
A much shorter, brief version of this format change is posted on FormatChange.com. Listen to it HERE.
Today, Chicago’s AM 1000 is All-Sports WMVP.
3 thoughts on “Format Change in Chicago: WCFL AM 1000 Becomes WLUP | April 29, 1987”
Hey! Where’s the audio?!
I made a goof! I pointed the player to a dead link! LOL. It happens. All fixed now, try it!
Thank you SO much for sharing this WCFL sign-off show. I lived in Lynchburg, VA and did afternoon drive at one of the very few CCM stations in the nation (1050 WBRG-AM). When I left the station in the evening after powering off, I would listen to WCFL when the radio waves drifted . When I graduated from high school in June, 1986, I had the privilege of visiting WCFL’s studios and tour the station with these guys on this aircheck, then saw the station engineer hold a florescent bulb in the air at the base of the tower (without touching anything) and saw it glow. WCFL was a pioneer in CCM programming and was an inspiration to me at the inception of my broadcast career.