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C.R.M. Audio Section
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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WBBM-AM - Mal Bellairs interviews 'Yes Virginia' O'Hanlon - 12/24/68

Another rare holiday audio treat... From Christmas Eve 1968, here is legendary Chicago broadcaster Mal Bellairs interviewing the person who wrote the letter to the New York Sun in 1897 asking if Santa Claus really exits. It prompted the world famous "Yes Virginia" response by the paper. From WBBM-AM, here is Mr. Bellairs reading aloud the "Yes Virginia" response in its entirety and speaking with Virginia O'Hanlon. (Running time: 9:29)

WGN - Steve Cochran talks to 'Little Katie' about Santa Claus - 12/25/00

Here is another Christmastime treat. Former WGN-AM afternoon star Steve Cochran spoke on the phone with his supposedly 4 year-old pal, "Little Katie" about the holiday and who she thinks Santa Claus is. A fun & funny segment from Christmas Day, 2000. (Running time: 9:06)

WIND-AM X-Mas Jingle 1976

With this being the week before Christmas, it is time for some holiday-themed audio clips. This first one is a Holiday jingle used by WIND-AM in 1976 & 1977. (Running time: 0:23)

WGN - Mike Rapchak - Glenn Miller Tribute 12/15/84

Mike Rapchak was an overnight host for WGN-AM for many years, working primarily on weekend nights. On December 15th, 1984, Rapchak saluted musical great Glenn Miller on what was the anniversary of Miller's 1944 disappearance and death. He dedicated his entire 4.5 hour show to Glenn Miller this Saturday night/Sunday morning, with plenty of interviews (including with Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme), memories and music. Here is most of that entire program, but with the music trimmed down, news breaks removed and commercial -- mostly from show sponsor Talman Home Federal Savings -- removed. Enjoy the very soothing tones of Mike Rapchak's voice, from this very evening, 27 years ago. (Running time: 2 hours, 39 minutes, 44 seconds)

WGN - Steve & Johnnie Announce Their Exit - 12/05/11

It was announced earlier this morning that after nearly 27 years on the station, Steve King and Johnnie Putman are exiting WGN-AM. Here is the audio of the very start of the show from today, where the couple made the big announcement, which was followed by a fun conversation with former WGN-AM morning show host, Spike O'Dell. (Running time: 20:57)

Jonathon Brandmeier - The Moo-Moo Song

With today's big news about Johnny B's return to Chicago radio, here is a musical blast from Brandmeier's past... the 1986 hit song from Johnny & The Leisure Suits, "The Moo-Moo Song." (Running time: 2:48)

WGRT - John Evans & Tony Quinn - 1967

This audio clip is an aircheck of WGRT-AM ("W-Great") on AM 950 (now known as WNTD-AM) from late August 1967. It features the DJs John Evans and Tony Quinn, along with news from Bob Alexander and horoscopes from Miss Isadore, not to mention plenty of great 60s R&B and Soul. Additionally, a few of the classic commercials from that time period have been left in this nice, long audio clip. (Running time: 25:50)

WLUP - Kevin Matthews interviews Frank Zappa 03/04/88

With the news yesterday of Kevin Matthews' release from Grand Rapids' WLAV-FM due to cutbacks from the new ownership, it seemed like a good time to post up a classic Kevin Matthews moment from his WLUP-AM days. This audio clip features Kev talking about the Frank Zappa concert from the night before, followed by his interviewing Zappa. It comes from March 4, 1988. (Running time: 16:31)

WMET - Patti Haze aircheck 11/80

One of the most recognizable voices in Chicago's rock radio history: Patti Haze. Here is a much-too-quick aircheck from from WMET-FM 95.5 (now WNUA-FM) from November 1980. (Running time: 1:40)

WYSY - 'Danger' Dan Walker aircheck - 06/13/94

This is an aircheck from June of 1994 from WYSY-FM/Y-107.9 (now known as WLEY-FM). It features midday host & Chicago radio veteran "Danger" Dan Walker doing his all-request "Jukebox Lunch." (Running time: 3:35)

WLS National Barn Dance 07/08/44 'Dancing Around'

With WLS' historic long-running radio show "National Barn Dance" being inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame this Saturday night, here is another rare & classic episode of the show on the CRM Audio Page. This episode is from July 8, 1944 entitled "Dancing Around." (Note: The audio clip cuts off abruptly a just few seconds early at the very end.) (Running Time: 29:36)

WGN-TV 'Creature Features' Theme Music

WGN-TV's "Creature Features" aired from 1970-1976. It featured openings and closings with creepy whispered words over some eerie music. Here is the opening theme music, but without the scary words whispered by announcers Carl Greyson or Marty McNeely. The music is Henry Mancini's "Experiment In Terror," originally composed by Mancini in 1962 for the movie of the same name. Happy Halloween! (Running time: 2:17)

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