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LoopFest '80 Promo - WLUP-FM, January 1980

This audio clip comes from 37 years ago this month. WLUP-FM/The Loop was promoting its huge two-day concert event LoopFest and created this on-air promo to sell tickets to it. LoopFest '80 took place on February 2nd and 3rd that year (12 hours long each day) and featured over 20 artists with Chicago connections, as well as station personalities and the original Loop spokesmodel Lorelei on stage to talk with the audience and introduce the acts. The bands playing included Steve Dahl & Teenage Radiation, Survivor, Off Broadway, Pezband, The Boyzz, The Hounds, The Kind, Tantrum, M&R Rush, Bitch, Pearl Handle Band, Dreamer, Arion, Europe, Ollie Ryce, Hot Mama Silver, Freeze, and others. Tickets were merely $2.98 in advance, or just $1 more at the Amphitheater box office the day of the show. It was a massive success for the Chicago rock station as 50,000 fans were said to have attended over the two days, gaining WLUP-FM a great deal of attention from the mainstream press. The voice heard in this ad is that of original announcer of The Loop, Russ James, also known on-air as "Russ Albums." (Running time: 0:59)

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