Susan Platt, 94-7 WLS-FM Chicago | January, 1985

890 Chicago 94.7 Chicago WLS AM & FM Susan Platt Larry Lujack Jeff Davis 94.7 AM FM Chicago John Records Landecker

Courtesy of our good friends over at, Susan Platt holds down the overnight shift, back when there were live, warm bodies in the studio at Midnight.

Here’s one you shouldn’t miss! WLS-FM was the logical continuation of the “Big 89”, and at this point in time, 890 AM was still playing the hits – although that wouldn’t last very long, nor would Larry Lujack’s morning show which was simulcast on AM and FM. Susan Platt makes reference to Lujack’s show in a live promo about 2/3rds of the way through.

Don’t judge this aircheck by 1979 WLS (AM) standards. This is solidly classic 1980s CHR – and really, the best it sounded the whole decade. As for WLS-FM, the station seemed to have ratings trouble and as the decade wore on, would eventually morph into WYTZ, and then even later, would drop CHR altogether as it tried different formats including Talk Radio in the 90s.

Today, 94.7 is once again WLS-FM, doing a reprise of it’s former CHR format featuring mainly music of the 1970s & 80s. Even John “Records” Landecker has returned. You can listen to today’s incarnation of WLS-FM HERE.

This is probably from the very best era at 94-7.