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October 17, 2021
890 WLS Chicago
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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?!

Comments:

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.


13 thoughts on “Ron Riley, 89 WLS Chicago | October 11, 1968

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. I generally date these based upon what’s written on the tape. In this case, the CD. Thanks for looking up the info. When I get 5 minutes I’ll change the date.

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