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Recording Date: 04.08.1985
Station: 890 WLS Chicago (Wikipedia) (Website)
Format: Top 40
Ownership: (Then) The American Broadcasting Company/Cap Cities / (Now) Cumulus Broadcasting
Branded: “The Rock of Chicago”
Featured Air Personality: Various
Contributor: Michael J. DeLaRosa
Original Post Date: 12.29.2009

Original Notes:

Available in parts elsewhere, the complete, unedited broadcast as heard on WLS 890 Chicago as recorded by new contributor Michael J. DeLaRosa. He writes:

Hope you are able to use this. I cannot believe we are coming up on the 25th of the 25th. I recorded this as it aired at 6:00pm April 8, 1985. I have heard similar pieces voiced by Jeff Davis and played at various WLS parties…but this is the original voiced by Tommy Edwards.

Running over an hour in length, this then history of MusicRadio 89 WLS is well chronicled, from the jocks, to the music, the promotions, commercials and more!


By Steve West

Steve West is a 41 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve is the founder of and - All the BIG Hits!

2 thoughts on “WLS 25th Anniversary Broadcast | April 08, 1985”
  1. Wow! Just wow! SO many memories here that it’s hard to pick out any part to say something about… The flubbed live commercials were one highlight for me! I spit out my Diet Dew during the wiener commercial! Love these radio days!

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