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(WGNTV Chicago)   Oh Wally: Chicago's WLUP, home of Steve Dahl and "Disco Demolition Night," to go off the air after 41 years   ( wgntv.com) divider line
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2018-03-06 12:14:44 PM  
I knew guys in college that just loved that station. None of them will be sticking around to hear really bad lyrics and organ chords though.
 
2018-03-06 12:45:54 PM  
And disco outlived the station that tried to kill it.
 
2018-03-06 12:46:58 PM  
At least this means that Mancow will be off the air again. Hopefully for good this time.
 
2018-03-06 12:49:59 PM  
And nothing of value will have been lost.

Now, if WXRT were going off the air, that station I'd miss. WFMT, too.
 
2018-03-06 12:54:45 PM  
I worked there for a while but I didn't really talk to the on air talent. What I mostly remember is the room full of mind boggingly hot ad sales chicks who were always happy to see me and mostly kinda tipsy after lunch.
 
2018-03-06 01:00:33 PM  

phaseolus: And nothing of value will have been lost.

Now, if WXRT were going off the air, that station I'd miss. WFMT, too.


WXRT is the best station in the area and has been since 96.7 Will Rock went off the air.
 
2018-03-06 01:00:47 PM  

phaseolus: And nothing of value will have been lost.

Now, if WXRT were going off the air, that station I'd miss. WFMT, too.


I'm so glad I can hear both of those stations through the Internet now.

/Anybody remember Larry Lujack on WLS?
//AM 89!
///three
 
2018-03-06 01:01:42 PM  
Spiffy tag out enjoying a cigarette....🚬
 
2018-03-06 01:08:45 PM  
The radio station I loved in the '70s (WBCN in Boston) went off the air years ago, as did my station from the '80s (WNEW in NYC). Nothing lasts forever.
 
2018-03-06 01:12:40 PM  
Wow I thought Steve Dahl would be dead by now.
 
2018-03-06 01:13:39 PM  
Chicago, I am disappoint.

/old Steve and Garry fan
 
2018-03-06 01:14:44 PM  
Another part of my "ute" is disappearing.
 
2018-03-06 01:15:19 PM  

LesterB: phaseolus: And nothing of value will have been lost.

Now, if WXRT were going off the air, that station I'd miss. WFMT, too.

I'm so glad I can hear both of those stations through the Internet now.

/Anybody remember Larry Lujack on WLS?
//AM 89!
///three


Uncle Lar and little snot-nosed Tommy!
 
2018-03-06 01:20:15 PM  
Now I won't be able to hear Zeppelin 3 times an hour.  That just sucks.

Really, it's a decent station and will be missed.  XRT is still here and The Drive isn't too bad.  Maybe some day they'll bring back Z95.
 
2018-03-06 01:22:32 PM  
Gusto- Disco's revenge (original mix)
Youtube UOC4VWQpnDM
 
2018-03-06 01:30:37 PM  
According to Robert Feder, the classic rock station will flip to a noncommercial Christian music format under it's K-Love brand, currently heard on a string of suburban radio stations.

So, the same SOBs that just killed The Sound in LA.
 
2018-03-06 01:32:35 PM  

LesterB: phaseolus: And nothing of value will have been lost.

Now, if WXRT were going off the air, that station I'd miss. WFMT, too.

I'm so glad I can hear both of those stations through the Internet now.

/Anybody remember Larry Lujack on WLS?
//AM 89!
///three


Uncle Lar! And Little Tommy! ANIMAL STORIES!
 
2018-03-06 01:39:18 PM  

Phionix: According to Robert Feder, the classic rock station will flip to a noncommercial Christian music format under it's K-Love brand, currently heard on a string of suburban radio stations.

So, the same SOBs that just killed The Sound in LA.


Don't blame the fundy whackos too much. This is more the end result of the clear channel consolidation that started in the 90s
 
2018-03-06 01:50:43 PM  
Kevin Matthews was my favorite in high school.
 
2018-03-06 01:59:20 PM  

buwolverine: Kevin Matthews was my favorite in high school.


He lived in the town I grew up in.  Saw him at the 7-11 a few times.
 
2018-03-06 02:14:03 PM  
Back in my teen days I used to flip between The Loop and Z-Rock.  106.7 FM.  Was listening to Z-Rock when it went from Metal music to Polka at midnight of the last day it was on in Chicago.  It went from Metallica's Ride the Lightning to some crappy accordion filled Oom-pa-pa music.
 
2018-03-06 02:15:01 PM  

Jeebus Saves: Now I won't be able to hear Zeppelin 3 times an hour.  That just sucks.

Really, it's a decent station and will be missed.  XRT is still here and The Drive isn't too bad.  Maybe some day they'll bring back Z95.


Anyone ever listen to The Fox (WJKL)? Say, between '74 and '80?
 
2018-03-06 02:37:14 PM  

Tom_Slick: Phionix: According to Robert Feder, the classic rock station will flip to a noncommercial Christian music format under it's K-Love brand, currently heard on a string of suburban radio stations.

So, the same SOBs that just killed The Sound in LA.

Don't blame the fundy whackos too much. This is more the end result of the clear channel consolidation that started in the 90s


K-Love is in the hunt to upgrade to full power signals in every city they operate in. They're the only ones that want to buy. But, who's funding their expansion? As a non-profit, they just can't have millions upon millions of dollars just sitting around, unless a Evangelical billionaire like Phil Anschutz is behind it.
 
2018-03-06 02:38:31 PM  
Lorelei - WLUP
Youtube J7a0zgyZZ10
 
2018-03-06 02:54:14 PM  
I vaguely remember Steve Dahl, commercials for Larry Lujack, and Murphy in the Morning.

By high school I was listening to Ed Volkman and Joe Bohanan on B96.

Then I found Q101 right about when they flipped to their all alternative format... and eventually Lance and Stoley in the morning. And when Lance proposed to... what was the traffic and weather girl's name, live on air. "Get on your knee you jerk!"

What was it...103.5 THE BLAZE, I think before Mancow entered the market. Right after the Heaven's Gate thing they had a call in contest, if you were the 103rd caller after the played a clip of Marshall Applewhite trying to convert you, you won a coffin full of the complete catalogs of The Cult and UFO, a pair of nikes, purple pants, and a roll of quarters. The best thing Mancow ever did was call auto parts stores as Pops Racer looking for parts for the Mach 5.

At least I can stream XRT downstate.
 
2018-03-06 02:57:12 PM  

Slypork: [Youtube J7a0zgyZZ10 image 480x360][Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/J7a0zgyZ​Z10]


Chicago TV ads in the 80's, man.

The hilarious part about this one is Sheena Easton's showing off all the goods, then you find out, yeah, this ad was airing DURING DUCK TALES. I'm going to guess some Chicago kids grew up real fast.

80s Sheena Easton Chicago Health Club Commercial
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2018-03-06 03:02:53 PM  

exparrot: LesterB: phaseolus: And nothing of value will have been lost.

Now, if WXRT were going off the air, that station I'd miss. WFMT, too.

I'm so glad I can hear both of those stations through the Internet now.

/Anybody remember Larry Lujack on WLS?
//AM 89!
///three

Uncle Lar! And Little Tommy! ANIMAL STORIES!


not so CSB: I know a person who was mentioned on WLS animal stories and another who was talked about on Q101 Murphy in the Morning's embarrassing stories.
 
2018-03-06 03:19:37 PM  

Slypork: exparrot: LesterB: phaseolus: And nothing of value will have been lost.

Now, if WXRT were going off the air, that station I'd miss. WFMT, too.

I'm so glad I can hear both of those stations through the Internet now.

/Anybody remember Larry Lujack on WLS?
//AM 89!
///three

Uncle Lar! And Little Tommy! ANIMAL STORIES!

not so CSB: I know a person who was mentioned on WLS animal stories and another who was talked about on Q101 Murphy in the Morning's embarrassing stories.


I still miss both those shows......

I believe there is now a CD set of animal stories....
 
2018-03-06 03:31:56 PM  
A radio thread? How quaint, and old timey! Personally never saw the allure... radio always sounded like a podcast or playlist that you have no control over.  But I'm sure it was high tech back in the 40's.

Kind of like that old fashioned thing I heard about last week... It was called a "magazine". It's basically a website that never updates, don't bother looking into it.
 
2018-03-06 03:41:31 PM  

Chuck Wagon: At least this means that Mancow will be off the air again. Hopefully for good this time.


Nothing exemplifies second city syndrome like Mancow.  Just because NYC had Stern, Chicago had to get their own Stern and then pretend he wasn't worse.

XRT was the best.
 
2018-03-06 03:43:12 PM  

Vacation Bible School: What was it...103.5 THE BLAZE, I think before Mancow entered the market.


With The Blaze Girls:
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A friend of mine aspired to be one of them.

Even now, when I see that Glenn Beck outlet "The Blaze", my first thought is always hair metal.
 
2018-03-06 03:53:48 PM  
WZAZ, where disco lives forever!
 
2018-03-06 04:01:25 PM  

likefunbutnot: I worked there for a while but I didn't really talk to the on air talent. What I mostly remember is the room full of mind boggingly hot ad sales chicks who were always happy to see me and mostly kinda tipsy after lunch.


you worked there?
 
2018-03-06 04:03:31 PM  
Marshall Fields... "Sears" Tower... Hot Doug's... now the LUP...

Where is Ferris to save Chicago?
 
2018-03-06 04:17:01 PM  
Getting harder to find the classic rock like the Curly Shuffle.
 
2018-03-06 04:20:43 PM  

DrewCurtisJr: Getting harder to find the classic rock like the Curly Shuffle.


LOL, wow, I remember hearing that at some point in the 80s on some station.
 
2018-03-06 04:22:17 PM  

UtileDysfunktion: Anyone ever listen to The Fox (WJKL)? Say, between '74 and '80?


I remember circa 1981 when I had an Engineering school co-op job in a nearby steel mill, Chicagoland had an AM station with an all Bluegrass format. Apparently, at the same time as the 'great migration' of African-Americans Northward from the Deep South, there was a lesser hillbilly migration from Appalachia to the Chicago area, and this station was still around to serve the old folks. It had changed formats by 1982.
 
2018-03-06 04:30:20 PM  
WZAZ, where disco lives forever!
 
2018-03-06 04:36:45 PM  

aquigley: you worked there?


I was an IT contractor there. It was a fairly shiatty gig, but I also worked at ABC and WGN around that time period. One of the things I remember about being at the radio stations was that, other than ESPN radio, no one wanted to listen to anything that might've been playing on the station where they worked. I was there in maybe 1999 or 2000 and only for a couple months.
 
2018-03-06 04:39:30 PM  
Pfft.  We had Dahl first.

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Remember when the Sox played the Tigers on Disco night and Steve Dahl orchestrated nearly burning down Comiskey Park?  We were watching from home and listening to Al Kaline mutter over and over again, "This is just a disgrace.  Just a disgrace".

Yeah, Steve Dahl was in Chicago by then, but I always found something ironic about Disco Demolition Night happening with Motown in the house.
 
2018-03-06 04:44:12 PM  

KwameKilstrawberry: Disco Demolition Night happening with Motown in the house.


and on the field
 
2018-03-06 04:44:13 PM  

Warmachine999: Back in my teen days I used to flip between The Loop and Z-Rock.  106.7 FM.  Was listening to Z-Rock when it went from Metal music to Polka at midnight of the last day it was on in Chicago.  It went from Metallica's Ride the Lightning to some crappy accordion filled Oom-pa-pa music.


I'm morbidly fascinated by this, but can't find any more info on it. Are you sure it was polka? The closest one seems to be this one switching to smooth jazz: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W​PPN
 
2018-03-06 05:00:24 PM  
Some of the funniest shiat I ever heard was when Steve and Garry were "simulcasting" during televised press conferences for Desert Storm.  I went to one of their live shows once as well.  Loved listening to their shows
 
2018-03-06 05:22:50 PM  

aquigley: likefunbutnot: I worked there for a while but I didn't really talk to the on air talent. What I mostly remember is the room full of mind boggingly hot ad sales chicks who were always happy to see me and mostly kinda tipsy after lunch.

you worked there?


I did. I remember when Mancow started across the hallway at 103.5. Somebody called "Turd" was coming back from an at-least-three-martini lunch and handed me a Frederick's of Hollywood calendar. It was not the beginning of the year.
 
2018-03-06 05:23:09 PM  

waffledonkey: WZAZ, where disco lives forever!


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and, just cuz

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2018-03-06 06:40:17 PM  

LesterB: phaseolus: And nothing of value will have been lost.

Now, if WXRT were going off the air, that station I'd miss. WFMT, too.

I'm so glad I can hear both of those stations through the Internet now.

/Anybody remember Larry Lujack on WLS?
//AM 89!
///three


Uncle Lars and LittleTommys Animal Stories.
 
2018-03-06 06:41:52 PM  
A format change from hard rock to christian "music"? Wow, that's going to be a shock to many.

Glitchwerks: And disco outlived the station that tried to kill it.


Oh, disco definitely died that day. The phoenix which rose from those ashes is now called House music. The city's most notable musical export since Rhythm and Blues.

phaseolus: Now, if WXRT were going off the air, that station I'd miss.


XRT is *fine*; they sometimes go overboard on playing U2 though.

/if someone can get WIIL-rock to move beyond late '90s nu-metal, I might tune back in to them
 
2018-03-06 06:44:09 PM  
I remember Wednesday was dubbed Hamster Bondage Day by Steve and the crew but don't remember what the rest of the days of the week were called . They would also call the Dan Ryan expressway the Irene Ryan expressway instead . Good times .
 
2018-03-06 07:12:52 PM  

Fireproof: I'm morbidly fascinated by this, but can't find any more info on it. Are you sure it was polka? The closest one seems to be this one switching to smooth jazz: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP​PN


You may be correct, it was 1987 when it happened, and hell, I was off as a college freshman, and was a little inebriated at the time.  Could have been some sort of jazz polka.  I just remember being horrified by the switch and knocking over a table full of MGD bottles to turn off my radio.
 
2018-03-06 07:14:48 PM  

Warmachine999: Fireproof: I'm morbidly fascinated by this, but can't find any more info on it. Are you sure it was polka? The closest one seems to be this one switching to smooth jazz: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP​PN

You may be correct, it was 1987 when it happened, and hell, I was off as a college freshman, and was a little inebriated at the time.  Could have been some sort of jazz polka.  I just remember being horrified by the switch and knocking over a table full of MGD bottles to turn off my radio.


Empty ones.  If they had been full, it would have been alcohol abuse.
 
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