Ron Riley, 89 WLS Chicago | October 11, 1968

Date of Recording: 10.11.1968
Station: 890 WLS Chicago, Illinois, USA
Format: Top 40
Featured Air Personality: Ronald Riley (WLS/WBKB (TV), others)
Contributor: Jim Hampton
Airchexx Entry: 1,487

…10:31 LS most music time Ron Riley feelin outta sight baby! How ’bout YOU?!


From the era before John Records Landecker & Fred Winston, the Big 89 had the edge in Chicago music radio. Here’s America’s number one Batman fan Ron Riley talking between every record and doing what so many jocks imitated over the years (to their detriment) – ‘puking’… But this is Sir Ronald Riley doing what he was best known for.

There are two (incomplete) newscasts featuring WLS News Anchor Jerry Golden. Listen for a story by reporter John Schubeck (sp). News reports will give a more complete picture of the date of this broadcast.

Steve West is a 39 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve currently works on-air for the Super Radio USA media group out of Minnesota. Steve is the founder of the Airchexx Media Group and manages and Airchexx Live - the official station of Airchexx.


March 5, 2017 at 9:12 am

This is so cool, I am from NE Ohio, and listened to WLS at night time in the 60s and early 70s… The best times…

March 6, 2017 at 11:34 am

Is something wrong with this file? I can’t play it.

March 6, 2017 at 4:13 pm

It looks as if the date of this aircheck might be Oct 20, 68, as Ron Riley mentions it’s a Tuesday night, which wouldn’t be the 11th. Also, on the newscast Jerry Golden mentions the Presidential election is in 2 weeks.

March 6, 2017 at 6:27 pm

Correction, the date should be the 22nd or the 29th of Oct. In any event a great aircheck. Thanks!

Dr Akbar
March 6, 2017 at 6:28 pm

Of all the “Silver Dollar Survey” jocks, Ron Riley handled the new format of PD John Rook the best. He keeps things moving and knows how to use intros to keep the momentum going. However, I can’t believe all the bubble gum and stiffs being played on this aircheck of the Big 89! Oh well, at least Ron knows it’s Mary Hopkin, not Hopkins as so many jocks mispronounced her last name.

March 6, 2017 at 8:49 pm

I remember Ron went on briefly to WORD Spartanburg, SC.

Bill Miller
March 8, 2017 at 9:20 am

Is that Lyle Dean doing the SRC & Quicksilver Messenger Service concert commercial?

Mark Shayler
March 8, 2017 at 4:49 pm

Ron was at WCAO Baltimore in 1972. A scoped check of him there is included on the album BOOTLEG TOP 40 VOLUME 2.

March 9, 2017 at 6:44 am

That Wrigleys commercial at 13:58 is a total ripoff of The Association’s song “Windy”.

Chris Akanora
August 11, 2017 at 5:01 am

This was during the most intense period of my long-time addiction to WLS, so it’s likely I heard this. The reports of fires caused by smoking in bed were all too frequent as were concerns about ghost voters (the more things change the more they stay the same). I remember the Electric Theater, but had forgotten about the name change to Kinetic Playground! Also, I’d completely forgotten SRC. I’ll have to remedy that.

Kevin Killion
August 13, 2018 at 5:58 pm

Yup, it’s Tuesday, October 22, 1968. I looked up the fire that was reported as “tonight” in the Chicago Tribune archive and that was on October 22.

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