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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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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)

Jerry G. Bishop 'She's Gone' - 1966

With Halloween around the corner, Chicagoans often start to think about Svengoolie, the city's top horror movie host. The original Svengoolie, Jerry G. Bishop, was also a DJ on WCFL-AM for a few years prior to putting on the TV makeup and Transylvania-esque accent. Right before coming to Chicago radio, when he was a DJ on Cleveland radio in 1966, a young Jerry Ghan (Jerry G. Bishop's true name) recorded a small local hit single called "She's Gone." Billed as "Jerry G & Co.," the song featured Bishop's vocals over an Eastern Soul/Brit Pop musical track by a local Cleveland group, The Statesmen. The song was also played often on WCFL-AM after Bishop arrived here in 1967, making it a small hit in Chicago. While there are no traces of Svengoolie's corny sense of humor, it does showcase Jerry G. Bishop's musical talent, which did appear almost weekly with his Svengoolie character on WFLD-TV's "Screaming Yellow Theatre." Here now is that rare single from Jerry G & Co., "She's Gone." (Running time: 2:50)


WIND-AM Aircheck Compilation - October 1976

This audio is a compilation of the entire line-up of WIND-AM from 35 years ago this very month. The then-music & talk station had a superstar line-up, which can all be heard on this piece. Featured here are Dave Baum, Chuck Benson, Stu Collins, Connie Szerszen (your "Top Rock Girly Jock"), Clark Weber, "Chicago" Ed Schwartz, newsman Jim Gannon, sports reporter Jim Durham, and more. (Audio clip compiled/edited & courtesy of Marty Zivin.) (Running time: 5:38)


WERV - The Arm Wrestling Match: Mackay vs Michaels - 10/14/11

On WERV-FM/95.9 The River this week, afternoon host Mitch Michaels took offense at being called "old" on the air by morning host Scott Mackay and challenged him to an arm wrestling match. Fans were asked to donate to either Mackay's or Michaels' "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" donation page as a way of voting in advance just who would win the match. (Read the complete story HERE.) Mackay won the most "votes" and received more donations. However, it was Mitch Michaels who won the bragging rights by defeating Scott Mackay in the arm wrestling match. That arm wrestling match took place live on the air earlier today. This is the audio play-by-play of that epic battle. (Audio courtesy of NextMedia and WERV-FM.) (Running time: 8:20)

Barney Pip - Let It All Hang Out - 1965

Here is yet another rare treat that can't be easily found elsewhere. It is from 1965 and features famed WCFL-AM jock Barney Pip having some fun singing (if you can call it that) the song "Let It All Hang Out." (Running time: 2:08)

WKQX Chicago 101 Jingles - Early 80s

Here is a very rare treat, not heard anywhere in many years... a collection of quick jingles from WKQX-FM from the very early 1980s. This is before it was known as "Q101" and way back from it was called "WKQX - Chicago 101." (Running time 0:28)

Energy 92.7&5 - Jammin' Down JD aircheck - 09/28/02

"Energy 92.7 & 5" was the all-dance music station heard on WKIE-FM/WKIF-FM/WDEK-FM from January 2001 until January 2003. Here is a nice long aircheck of Jammin' Down JD from 9 years ago this week. (Running time: 22:32)

WSDM Jingles 1970

This audio clip (courtesy of Marty Zivin) was originally posted on the CRM Audio Page in the Spring of 2010, but with the salute to WSDM-FM happening this week, it seemed right to post it here once again. The following clip is a pair of jingles from Chicago's WSDM-FM 98 from around 1970. (Running time: 0:27)

WSDM - Yvonne Daniels' Final Show 6/01/73

Here is another treat from WSDM-FM, this one featuring an aircheck of the final broadcast for Yvonne Daniels, who was leaving the station after this show on June ist, 1973. She then went on to fame on WLS-AM. (Audio clip courtesy of Greg Barman.) (Running time: 4:06)

CRM Website Information

The Chicagoland Radio & Media website (abbreviated as CRM) is a celebration of all things relating to Chicago-area media matters. CRM is a news source, a location for fans to voice their opinions, and an online museum of Chicago media's past and present, with a hopeful eye to its future. For the visitors, readers, and fans of the website, CRM is a both a resource and a release, both educational and an escape, and both factual and fun.

If it has a connection to Chicago area radio, television, print, and/or other forms of media -- information on it can be found here at ChicagolandRadioAndMedia.com!