Published on Thursday, 14 October 2010 13:03
Chicago rock & roll radio veteran Mitch Michaels has just launched a new music & story podcast website called "Yeah Baby Tunes
." Approximately twice a week, Michaels will post up a new deep classic rock track and tell the story behind the song as only he can.
The phrase "Yeah Baby" was a signature one of Michaels' from his many years on Chicago radio, and thus it became the name of the website as well.
Although born in Ohio, Michaels has been living in Chicagoland and working in Chicago radio since 1972. He has worked behind the microphone and behind the scenes at most of the biggest FM rock stations in Chicago. He was one of the originators of WXRT-FM. He was the first voice heard on WKQX-FM. He has worked at WGLD-FM, WDAI-FM, WLUP-FM, WBBM-FM, WCKG-FM, WLS-FM, WXCD-FM, WRXQ-FM and the original Nine-FM. Mitch Michaels was the program director of The Loop when the famous "Disco Demolition" promotion literally blew-up. He also was behind the first ever concert movie simulcast, where a sold-out Who concert in downtown Chicago in December 1979 was simulcasted live to nine sold-out Chicago area movie theaters as a Loop promotion. He may be best remembered for his "Ohhhhh, yeah baby"
catch phrase and his hosting the "Rock & Roll Diner" show on a few local stations.
Most recently, Mitch Michaels has been lending his voice to AccuRadio's ChicagoRadioOnline "Classic Rock Chicago
Since the site just officially launched this week, only one podcast is now up. It is a look at Cream's "SWLABR" (aka "She Walks Like A Bearded Rainbow"), the flipside to the single, "Sunshine Of Your Love." More will coming in a few days...
The podcasts are in the same popular vein as Bart Shore's Time Warp Radio
and Bob Stern's Vinyl Schminyl Radio
, but with deeper cuts, deeper backgrounds, and soon, other features such as rare videos.
Mitch Michaels' "Yeah Baby Tunes"
is now live. There is also a Facebook fan page
set up and a Twitter account
, so fans can keep up with Mr. Michaels & the latest additions to the site.
It's enough to make any Chicago rock & roll fan shout out, "YEAH BABY!"