“Smokin'” Joe Dawson on WBBM-FM Chicago | February 4, 1986


Dawson’s pace is perfect for this high-energy taste of FM Top 40!. Remember, WLS was STILL a Rock station, so there was a lot riding on the success of WBBM-FM.

And, as one of our visitors pointed out, this isn’t actually the Hot Hits!(tm) era, but quite ‘hot’ nonetheless.

16 Replies to ““Smokin'” Joe Dawson on WBBM-FM Chicago | February 4, 1986”

  1. radiogeek

    The WBBM-FM Joe Dawson ‘check is most definitely from jan-feb 1986 since “Conga”, “Stages”, “Kyire”, “The Sun Always Shines On TV” were all chart hits in early ’86.

    Great tape!

  2. Steve West

    You guys are absolutely right. The person who sent this to me wrote the date as 1984 and I should have caught it based upon the music. I’m gonna stick with February 4, I just think he got his wires crossed when printing the year. I have fixed the title.

    Good catch!

  3. Keith

    Isn’t this post “HOT HITS” – in this aircheck they seem to have gone away from saying HOT HITS. Somehow I remember the real HOT HITS was on WBBM closer to 81/82. I believe this aircheck from 86 features a much wider playlist and a much looser on-air presentation.

  4. Larry

    Even though Hot Hits as a format ended before 1986, WBBM FM is still doing a high energy approach and it sounds good.

    Joe Dawson is cookin with the hits and this is a great aircheck.

  5. Bill

    I hear Joe on a county station in Philadelphia a couple of years ago, he was still cookin’ Don’t know where he is now, but they don’t make dj’s like that anymore.

  6. Mark Windsor

    I’m the guy with the ridiculously low voice saying B96.. Remember this was way before digital audio. I wrapped the capstan on the reel to reel then recorded. When I cut the splicing tape off that is how I sounded. Smokin’ Joe was and still is a good friend and an excllent talent. I may have some Hot Hits tape from B96. When I became Production Director we were still running that format. I have reels of tape that won’t play without baking them.

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