Published on Friday, 17 August 2012 18:50
This weekend is the 54th annual Chicago Air and Water Show, taking place on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am-3:00pm. It can be enjoyed all along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach as its main focal point. As they have done for many years past, Newsradio 780, heard on WBBM-AM and simulcast on WCFS-FM, will broadcast this weekend's 2012 Chicago Air & Water Show.
Thanks to last year's addition of the simulcast on 105.9 FM, this will be the second year that the show is broadcast in FM stereo.
In addition to broadcasting on the radio, WBBM has set up a special webpage for this annual event, AirAndWater.CBSLocal.com
, which will be streaming both audio & video of the entire two-day event live. That page currently has plenty of additional information about this weekend's show and will be posting up exclusive photos and special video reports of the event after this weekend.
Those looking for immediate information this weekend can text "airshow" to 780780. WBBM will then text your cell phone alerts about which air act is coming up next, as well as any breaking news alerts during the show.
For those heading to the free show at North Avenue Beach this weekend without a radio, you will be able to enjoy announcer Herb Hunter. This will be Hunter's 25th year announcing the show for those in attendance, as well as his 34th year of being involved with it. The longtime voice of the Air Show is a U.S. Air Force veteran who has logged over 24,000 hours in the air as a pilot.
For even more Air & Water Show media action, a 30 minute highlight program of the 54th annual Chicago Air and Water Show will air on WLS-TV/ABC 7 on Sunday night at 11:00pm. As it was last year, the special is entitled "Chicago's Top Guns: A Wet and Wild Weekend," and is again hosted by station meteorologists Jerry Taft and Tracy Butler. It will also feature WLS-TV reporter, Michelle Gallardo, as she documents her trip inside one of this weekend's stunt planes. The special will be repeated only once, on Sunday, August 26th at 4:30pm, but will also be made available on demand on the station's website, ABC7Chicago.com
According to the City of Chicago, the Chicago Air & Water Show is the "the largest free show of its kind in the United States," with well over two million people watching the event each summer from the downtown lakefront.