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Audio clips of classic Chicago radio!
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Lin Brehmer interviews David Bowie - WXRT-FM, September 2003

Yesterday would have been music icon David Bowie's 70th birthday and tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of his sad death. To commemorate Bowie, this audio selection features longtime WXRT-FM/93XRT morning show host Lin Brehmer interviewing Bowie in late summer 2003. Bowie was on a promotional tour for his album "Reality," which brought him to Chicago. This was the month before he began his worldwide tour for the album, which brought him back to the Chicago area from January 13-16, 2004, when he and his band played at the Rosemont Theatre. Bowie took time to visit Brehmer at WXRT-FM during that initial September 2003 Chicago trip. The conversation went far beyond the typical morning radio interview subjects, and delved into various levels of realities, post-modernist thought, Bowie's reuniting with guitarist Earl Slick, and much more. It can all be heard below. (Running time: 8:03)

Terry Boers' Farewell Speech - WSCR 01/05/17

One of WSCR-AM's original hosts, Terry Boers, retired after 25 years with the station. 670 The Score sent Boers off with an incredible show running over five hours long called the "Toast To Terry," done on a large stage in front of a live audience. An amazing group of over 30 guests, including many former co-workers of his, came to the show to wish Boers well in his retirement. The emotional highlight of the show came at the very end when Boers said his final words over the radio airwaves at the very end of the broadcast. The following audio clip is that speech. (Also heard on this clip before and after Boers is Executive Producer Matt Abbatacola.) (Running time: 6:16)

Joel 'Jax' Jaxson - US99.5 NYE aircheck 12/31/13

Joel "Jax" Jaxson joined WUSN-FM/US99.5 in October 2013. As the new kid on the block, Jaxson had to work on New Year's Eve that first year. The following audio selection is an aircheck from that particular night -- three years ago this very night -- as he counts down to midnight. "Jax" has since exited WUSN-FM, as he was among the majority of staffers who were blown out in this past summer in a full station revamp. He now works in Milwaukee radio. (Running time: 4:35)

CBS Radio Mystery Theater - A Christmas Carol - WBBM-AM 12/24/78

The following audio clip is an episode of the nationally syndicated "CBS Radio Mystery Theater." This particular episode originally aired on December 24, 1975, but this audio clip comes from a repeat airing of the show on December 24, 1978 on WBBM-AM in Chicago. The episode recreates for radio the Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol." The shows were normally hosted by famed actor hosted by E.G. Marshall. For this special show, Marshall himself starred in it, playing Ebenezer Scrooge. Because this aired on WBBM-AM, there are Chicago commercials inserted before and after the program, as well as the voice of the late WBBM-AM newsman Marvin Mullins before the episode begins.
(Running time: 64:43)

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WLUP-FM's Kevin Matthews/Jim Shorts - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

In 1992, WLUP-FM host Kevin Matthews released a comedic Christmas album to benefit the Maryville Academy. The album (released primarily on cassette, with a few rare CDs released) featured plenty of Christmas songs -- half sung by various characters voiced by Matthews and half jazzy instrumental tracks. The following is the lead-off track from that album as Matthews characters Jim Shorts and Pee Wee sing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." (Note: The sound quality isn't perfect. Better versions of this song and others from the album are being sought out.) (Running time: 1:46)

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Jeff Davis aircheck - WLS-AM, December 1976


The following audio clip comes from 40 years ago this month. It is an aircheck of Jeff Davis' on WLS-AM from December 1976. Davis was a DJ/production creator with WLS-AM for over 15 years, starting in 1974. For many years after that, he served as WLS-AM's imaging voice during the station's talk format. In 2012, Davis returned to his DJ roots by becoming the nighttime/weekend voice on WLS-FM, working remotely from his home studios in near Los Angeles. (Running time: 7:55)

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Herb Kent aircheck - WVON 11/30/80

The legendary Herb Kent, who had been working in radio since 1944 and never retired, passed away last month at the age of 88. Kent has been known by a few nicknames, including The Cool Gent, The King of the Dusties, and The Honorary Mayor of Bronzeville. Most of all he is known for being one of the longest-lasting and most important figures in Chicago radio history, as well as one the most influential and respected voices to ever be heard on American radio. Spanning a career of over seven decades, Kent has worked at such Chicago area stations as WVON-AM (where he was one of the station's famous "Good Guys"), WJJD-AM, WBEZ-FM, WGCI-FM, WMAQ-AM, WGES-AM, WBEE-AM, WHFC-AM, WJOB-AM, WGRY-AM, and of course, WVAZ-FM, where he had been since 1988.

The following audio clip is an aircheck of Kent's recorded off the airwaves by Greg Barman. The aircheck features Kent working a Sunday afternoon shift on WVON-AM from 36 years ago this very date -- November 30, 1980. (Running time: 5:23)

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WSCR-AM's Terry Boers announces his retirement - 11/29/16

This week, longtime WSCR-AM/670 The Score afternoon host Terry Boers announced he will be stepping down from the station and leaving radio altogether, effective on January 5, 2017 -- three days after his 25th anniversary with the radio station. Read the full story HERE. The following audio clip is Boers' emotional announcement, letting his fans and listeners know that the end of his time on-air is near. (Running time: 9:07)

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WBBM-FM's 'Killer B' 1989 Jingles

In 1989, WBBM-FM/B96 was moving into a more dance-oriented pop hit radio station and wished to change its imaging to better promote itself. The branding was changed to "Killer B - B96," new logos were created, and a new jingle package was put together by Dallas-based radio jingle production company TM Communications. Found below is that complete "Killer B" jingle package created in 1989.
(Running time: 2:21)

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WRCX-FM/Rock 103-5 flips to Jammin' Oldies - November 1998

Chicago's 103.5 FM has had its fair share of format flips over the years. In July 1994, the station became Rock 103.5. Just over four years later, the station abandoned its rock format and changed to a Rhythmic Oldies station, branded at first as "The NEW 103.5 FM - Chicago's Jammin' Oldies." The format flip occurred on the evening of November 2, 1998. The station then held a contest for a new name. The next month, the branding was changed to "The Beat 103.5" and the call letters were changed to WUBT-FM. This Jammin' Oldies format lasted until 2001, when the station flipped formats again, this time to Top 40/CHR, where it has been ever since. The following audio clip is the actual format change from 11/02/98 where Rock 103.5 ended by playing Metallica's "Sad But True." After some promos for the new format, The NEW 103.5 FM - Chicago's Jammin' Oldies began with the Temptations' "Get Ready." (Running time: 2:17)

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US*99's New 2016 Jingle Package

WJMK-FM/104.3 K-HITS recently began using a new jingles package, created by Seattle, WA-based radio jingle/imaging company ReelWorld. Now, sister-station WUSN-FM/US*99 has done the same. The new jingle package for WUSN-FM is also created by ReelWorld, but is even more extensive than WJMK-FM's. There are 20 different core themes, each with four different versions (one long, one medium length, and two quick edits). There is also a Top of Hour jingle in three different lengths, opening and closing themes for weather forecasts and contests, plus instrumental beds for news and traffic reports. A total of 89 different tunes are included in this package, which is found below.
(Running time: 15:18)

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Harry Caray's Final 'Take Me Out To The Ballgame' Performance

Harry Caray was the Chicago Cubs television play-by-play announcer from the start of the 1982 season until the end of the 1997 season. During the seventh-inning stretch at all home games, Caray would lead the Wrigley Field crowd in singing the iconic baseball song, "Take Me Out To The Ballgame." The audio clip below comes from WGN-TV. It features Caray singing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" for the final time ever, recorded on September 21, 1997.

In 1991, Caray famously said: "As sure as God made green apples, someday the Chicago Cubs are gonna be in the World Series." With the Cubs just a few wins away from reaching the World Series, hopefully this song will help them reach their lofty goal.

(Running time: 1:14)

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