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Audio clips of classic Chicago radio!
(And sometimes, even classic Chicago TV audio...)
Airchecks, funny bits, vintage moments, songs, jingles, rarities, and so much more!

CHECK BACK OFTEN! New audio clips will be added approximately once or twice each week!

Please note: The audio quality has been improved as much as possible, but overall quality will vary from recording to recording. Some older recordings may contain weaker audio, minor tape hiss, or even vinyl record snaps & pops.

Chicagoland Radio & Media makes no ownership or copyright claims on any of the audio recordings below. Recordings are posted here for entertainment, historical, and educational purposes only.

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Tom Graye aircheck - Disco DAI 7/18/79

With this being the 35th anniversary of the famous "Disco Demolition" radio stunt of WLUP-FM, it seemed like a good time to also look at what the local Disco music station sounded like 35 years ago this month. This aircheck comes from WDAI-FM, aka "Disco DAI," and features nighttime jock Tom Graye from July 18, 1979. Graye also was a DJ on that same frequency a few years later when the station flipped to hit music station WLS-FM. (Running time: 2:59)

WGCI-FM - Jeanne Sparrow aircheck - 7/18/95

Long before she was the beloved television star on WCIU-TV's "You & Me This Morning," Jeanne Sparrow was a Chicago radio personality. This audio clip is an aircheck of Sparrow's from 19 years ago on this very date (July 18, 1995) when she worked at WGCI-FM. (Running time: 11:08)

WGRT-AM - Three Jingles From 1971

This audio clip features three station ID jingles from the Chicago soul music station of the late 1960s and early 1970s, WGRT-AM. These jingles were heard over the airwaves in 1971. (Running time: 0:32)

Franklyn MacCormack's 'The Torch Hour' - WGN-AM 6/27/65

In the 1960s, WGN-AM's overnight host was Franklin MacCormack, who played quieter, romantic songs after Midnight, occasionally reading long-form poetry -- all in contrast to the station's normal news, talk, and sports programming during the daytime. One segment of the "All Night Showcase" program he hosted was called "The Torch Hour," featuring the softer music of years gone by. This audio clip contains most of a "Torch Hour" of MacCormack's from the very early morning hours of June 27, 1965 -- exactly 49 years ago today. This particular episode was a live remote from a sponsor's restaurant in the Wisconsin Dells. The old music, poetry, and live-read commercials (Meister Brau beer) are left intact here. Some of the audio in the first half of the selection is not completely crystal-clear, but has been cleaned up as much as possible. (Running time: 53:47)

Tommy Edwards - WLS-AM June 1975

This aircheck comes from 39 years ago this month. It features famed WLS-AM midday personality Tommy Edwards, recorded on June 8th, 1975. (Running time (5:50)

Alan Kabel aircheck - WYTZ-FM Summer 1987

This aircheck features nighttime host Alan Kabel having fun with his listeners on the WYTZ-FM/Z-95 airwaves (now WLS-FM). The audio comes from the summer of 1987. (Running time: 3:47)

WGN-AM Commercial Live Reads - 1940

This audio clip comes from 1940. It features some commercials read live on the air during a news broadcast on WGN-AM. (Running time: 1:21)

WSCR-AM - Mike Murphy's Theme Song - May 2009

Original and longtime WSCR-AM/The Score sports talk show host Mike Murphy always began his shows with a theme song, "Here's Mike Murphy." The lyrics, written by a fan, were:
Here's Mike Murphy.
He's the man of the fans, nothing more.
Here's Mike Murphy.
Here's the show with the most on the Score.
Well he's never been in a press box,
Or talked with the jocks through the locker room door.
Yes, here's Mike Murphy.
Just fans talking to fans on the Score.
And that's Murphy's law... Murphy's law... MURPHY'S LAW!

The following audio clip is that theme song, sung by Howard Berk, as recorded from one of Murph's midday shows from May 2009. (Running time: 0:33)

Don Wade and Roma talk about Spam - WLS-AM, May 2008

This audio clip comes from six years ago this month, as longtime WLS-AM morning show hosts Don Wade & Roma talk about the subject of Spam -- not unwanted bulk email, but the processed canned ham-like substance sold in food stores. Apparently, Don Wade was a huge fan of the gelatinous food product, as this radio segment will prove. (Running time: 3:03)

Steve & Johnnie Interview Leonard Baldy's Son - WGN-AM, May 2006

Longtime, beloved overnight hosts for WGN-AM, Steve King & Johnnie Putnam took a look back at another beloved WGN Radio icon, "Chicago's Flying Officer" Leonard Baldy. In May 2006, Steve & Johnnie spoke with Len Baldy's son, Tim, who wrote a book about his famous father. Tim Baldy talked about his book "Chicago's Finest: The Story of Flying Officer Leonard Baldy," as well as telling personal stories about the iconic radio traffic reporter. (Running time: 19:31)

Alan Kalter's PSAs For Illinois Radio

The longtime comedic announcer for CBS-TV's "The Late Show with David Letterman," Alan Kalter was hired by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois Broadcasters Association to record a pair of radio public service announcements to let Illinois residents know how to prepare for weather emergencies. (See the full article HERE.) The following audio selections are those two radio spots:
Alan Kalter's IEMA PSA "Preparedness" - 30 seconds

Alan Kalter's IEMA PSA "Preparedness" - 60 seconds

Eric Austin Aircheck - WJMK-FM 5/5/12

This aircheck comes from WJMK-FM/103.5 K-Hits from Cinco de Mayo 2012. It features weekend DJ Eric Austin. Some will remember Austin as the afternoon host on WCFS-FM, as well as the weekend/fill-in host on WJMKJ-FM. He also worked as Ric Stone for WTMX-FM/101.9 The Mix. Most will know him as the DJ named Shark, who worked at WKQX-FM (when it was Q101), WKIE-FM 92.7/WKIF 92.5 (when it was 92Kiss-FM and again when it was Energy 92.7 & 5), WZZN-FM (when it was The Zone), and WKQX-LP (when it was Q87.7). He also was the original Public Address announcer for the Chicago Rush arena football team. The following aircheck from two years ago tonight shows the Chicago radio veteran's fun nature, regardless of what his on-air name may be at that time. (Running time: 3:16)

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