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WLS-FM - Spoke Show - Summer 1968

In the groovy summer of 1968, WLS-FM aired a two-hour, late-night, locally-produced, underground progressive rock show called "Spoke." The DJ was a deep-voiced man using extremely heavy reverb who played the acid rock of that time period. Sometimes he would lay down some heavy raps before and after the songs, sometimes he would do it right over the song. Whatever trippy mood struck him at that moment. He also liked to use the word "spoke" every chance he could -- as a noun, as a verb, as sexual innuendo, etc. The show used film, TV show and newsreel audio clips between songs to add to the mad mind-trip. (It was a precursor to shows like Alan Stagg's "Sanctuary.") Here is an aircheck of "Spoke" from the summer of '68 with the music trimmed down. (Running time: 21:17)

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