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OT --WLS in Chicago

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  1. flinter58

    flinter58 TS Member

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    As a teenager in the south during the late 60’s – early 70’s , when the winter nights were cold and clear, we used to enjoy listening to an AM station out of Chicago that went by the call letters WLS. As the nights get cold my memory goes back to that enjoyable time…great music …. the news was the Jeffery Hendrix report…..I can remember the weather reports talking about the wind and the chill factor (really bad) and on Saturday night there was a program that started about 10:00 or 11:00 called (I think) Beaker Street ----my memory is fuzzy here ----but the DJ that did that program spoke in a real quite – strung out voice and he would have somewhat psycho music in the back ground -----Anyone know anything about WSL in Chicago? Waht is the dial # - I forgot - I remember it was on the left hand side of the dial......
    Pappa
     
  2. superxjeff

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    With Larry lujack in the morning and animal stories. I remember that from growing up in Chicago. Steve dahl and the insane coho lips... Goood times. Jeff
     
  3. kehrby

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    WLS is 890 on AM but they don't play music anymore and haven't for quite awhile. Its all talk radio and news. Rush Limbaugh etc.

    Steve
     
  4. mizzou

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    The "wild" guy at night in the early 60's was Dick Biondi..WLS..other than that, I have no recollection..Mizzou
     
  5. WilliamMR

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    Actually, Dick Biondi is making a comeback on 94.7 FM, 9PM-midnight together with John Landecker, 3PM-7PM

    Lujack & Little Tommy were on 1600 AM until a few months ago when the station closed up shop

    Bill Radwan
     
  6. W.P.T.

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    Ahhhh, the wild man Dick Biondi, remember him well ... He used to live or at least stay at Lake Point Towers (505 N. Lakeshore Drive) a lot, a Buddy of mine lived there and introduced me to him ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  7. WilliamMR

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    When listening to Biondi today, you would think he just stepped out of a time warp. He has not changed in 40 years. You can listen to him over the internet off the 94.7 website.

    Bill Radwan
     
  8. Kynoch

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    That's "Little Snot Nosed Tommy" to you Jeff. High point of the day at 6:45 AM before a shift in the factory. Gave one something to smile about off and on for part of the day. Tried not to miss it.
     
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    KAAY 1240 AM Little Rock and WHB 710 AM Kansas City The Wolfman started here! And WBT 1010 AM Charlotte
     
  10. Wayne In ny

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    When I was in the US Navy there was a station with call letters AWOL.

    AWOL coming to you from over the hill on forty strands of barb wire.
     
  11. shooter99

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    As a kid gowing up I too listen to WLS and the Silver Dollar Survey. It was the best show around. I even had it on my transistor radio to listen on Sunday nights when I was on break at the local radio station that I worked at.
    Check out the listed web site. It has some info that you should like.

    Cheers!
     
  12. KRE

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    As a young man just out of the military in 1967, at the age of 21 I recall listening to WLS every night. The summers were great in Northern Indiana, while tooling around in a new (to me) 1966 Chevelle SS with a 425hp 396. The tunes WLS were playing then, are known as oldes now, but I enjoy them just as much now as back then. I can still smell the nights, recall many wild nights on back roads racing, or just in the rear seat with the flavor of the night.

    I recall what got Dick Biondi canned, something to the effect,... if the skirts got any shorter, the girls would have two more cheeks to powder, and more hair to comb. He was gone shortly there after.

    Thanks for bringing back great times,

    Kenneth
     
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    WLS and Little Snot Nosed Tommy made my drive to work on those cold Indiana mornings a lot more fun. GW11 thanks for the web site, fun to take a trip down memory lane.

    tbar
     
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    I'm a native of Pittsburgh, PA and KQV was our rock 'n roll station. At night, if we were lucky, we might pick up WABC (NY), WBZ (Boston) or WLS (Chicago). FYI, Dick Biondi is still on the radio here in Chicago. The station is WZZN-FM 94.7 and is a 24/7 oldies channel. The above link is a recent article in the Sun Times about Dick Biondi.

    If you cut and paste the following link, you can listen on the Internet.

    http://www.947thezone.com/

    Gene Batchelar
    Wheaton, IL
     
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    I remember fiddlin' with the dial to keep KMOX commin' in just to hear Harry Caray callin' the Cardinal's games out of old Sportsman Park in St. Louis.
     
  16. Whiz Bang

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    What I remember about WLS were those great advertisements from Union Grove Dragway and Mr Norms Grand Spaulding Dodge. I wish I had all those great cars I had while listening to WLS.
     
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    How about Sunday, Sunday, Sunday at smokin' US 30 dragstrip!!! Try the link above for a trip back to your youth!!

    Steve
     
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    Wasn't whailing (wailing??) US 30 drag strip? I remeber going to that drag strip with my dad and brother as a kid and my old man poining out the blacks betting on the drag races.This would have been about 1976 or so. Jeff
     
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    For you young guys, How many remember the WLS Barn Dance...Lulla Belle and Scotty..................Roger
     
  20. Hill topper

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    You guys are killing me!

    I remember the Grand Spaulding Dodge ads and Mr. Norm.
    I believe their sponsored driver was Gary_____ something.
    Help me out.

    We are talking heavy stuff here, Dick Biondi, Mr. Norm, all a part of my youth and unrealized aspirations.

    Never got the hemi, but thinking about the current one.
    Just afraid I couldn't feed it.

    Didn't get the corvette either.

    ed.
     
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