The backstory of how this happened to be on airchexx.com is that several years ago, Contributor Allen Beebe sent in a recording of this montage, which was mostly correct but missing some of the original audio you hear here.
What’s really missing is the description of how this montage came into being. Scott Childers, the creator of the WLS Music Montage wrote and graciously donated a copy of the original work. It is an amazing piece of audio candy that anyone who remembers WLS Chicago will certainly love. Here’s the story of The ORIGINAL WLS Music Montage from Scott Childers:
The WLS Music Montage was created in 2001 as part of a Christmas gift for Kipper McGee, Program Director and some of the staff at WLS Talkradio 890.
Since I had a good number of the various jingle packages, I decided to string them together chronologically in a fashion similar to the WLS Musicradio Montage, which I had previously re-edited.
It starts with a recording session at PAMS and then launches right into various cuts from the first package, produced by the Anita Kerr Singers. This is followed by WLS jingles produced by PAMS, Pepper-Tanner, Studio B and finally JAM Creative Productions.
The jingle montage spans 1960-2001, and also features a couple of one offs: a 25th Anniversary cut by KenR Productions, a 1985 sweeper featuring production director and air personality Rich McMillan and a 2001 Legal ID featuring voice talent Jeff Davis (who was also a WLS jock in the 70’s and 80’s and is a fellow WLS Historian).
The piece ends, going back to the PAMS recording session with the group “singing” a Scott Childers jingle (actually sung by the KenR group).
The piece took about a week to research and properly edit. It is one of my favorites and I hope you enjoy it too!
WLS Historical Consultant
Program Director and Afternoon Host – WSSR Star 96.7 Chicago