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WLS Airchecks - 1977 to the present

 

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Date (YYYY/MM/DD) Start Time Disk Jockey Duration (min) Scoping
WLS disk jockey jingles.  Heard are jingles for Art Roberts, Ron Riley, Clark Weber, Bernie Allen, Jerry Kaye, Larry Lujack, Chuck Buell, Kris Erik Stevens, Buddy Carr, Tom Lee, Bill Bailey, Joel Sebastian, Fred Winston, Chuck Williams, Gary Gears, Scotty Brink, Steve Lundy, Jim Hampton, Charlie Van Dyke, J. J. Jeffrey, Bob Sirott, John Landecker, Steve King, Yvonne Daniels, Jim Kerr, Tommy Edwards, Jeff Davis, Gene Michael Donovan, and Bill Price. 13 ------
1977
1977/01/05 08:03 Larry Lujack 27 None
1977/01/08 18:57 Jeff Davis 29 None
1977/04/20 07:44 Larry Lujack 44 None
1977/05/02   Bob Sirott.  17th anniversary of WLS's rock format. 181 None
1977/06/07 18:04 John Landecker 62 None
1977/06/08 23:56 Steve King 54 None
1977/06/09 08:01 Larry Lujack 59 None
1977/06/16 08:00 Bob Sirott for Larry Lujack 61 None
1977/06/17 13:01 Bill Price for Tommy Edwards 60 None
1977/06/18 03:11 Yvonne Daniels 60 None
1977/09/23 09:44 Larry Lujack with full Animal Stories segment followed by Tommy Edwards 30 None
1977/10/12 06:36 Larry Lujack 62 None
1977/10/13 07:44 Larry Lujack 61 None
1977/11/02 ------ Bob Sirott (scoped version of the one below) 10 Scoped
17:14 Bob Sirott 92 None
1977/11/30 07:28 Larry Lujack 61 None
1977/12/01 07:15 Larry Lujack 62 None
1977/12/26 21:58 Bob Sirott 39 None
1978
1978/01/01 00:00 Steve King 63 None
1978/01/27 07:31 Larry Lujack 45 None
1978/04/07 ------ Larry Lujack 29 Scoped
1978/04/29 10:23 Tommy Edwards followed by Bob Sirott (at 2 p.m.).  Rock Hall of Fame Countdown.  Recording starts at song #339, "Lonely Days" by the Bee Gees and ends with #250, "Cathy's Clown" by the Everly Brothers.  The beginning of song #249, "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix, is heard, but the recording ends just as the song is starting. 388 None
1978/07/11 07:06 Larry Lujack 61 None
1978/09/18 07:43 Larry Lujack 52 None
1978/10/17 07:08 Larry Lujack 47 None
1978/12/31 23:51 Art Wallis 46 None
1979
1979/06/03 16:33 John Landecker 31 None
1979/06/06 06:59 Larry Lujack 57 None
1979/11/14 17:58 John Landecker. 123 None
1979/11/15   Yvonne Daniels 121 None
05:24 Larry Lujack 60 None
1979/12/06 15:00 Bob Sirott/John Landecker 428 None
1979/12/14 16:30 Bob Sirott 61 None
1979/12/15 16:36 Bob Sirott.  Last show at WLS. 63 None
1979/12/17  13:59 John Landecker.  First afternoon show. 61 None
1979/12/20 06:59 Larry Lujack 89 None
10:30 Tommy Edwards 88 None
1979/12/31 23:57 Jeff Davis 46 None
1980
1980/01/01 00:00 Jeff Davis 46 None
1980/01/11 06:07 Larry Lujack 56 None
1980/01/25 09:37 Larry Lujack 24 None
1980/02/08 09:14 Larry Lujack/Tommy Edwards 95 None
10:30 Tommy Edwards 94 None
1980/02/09 13:27 Tommy Edwards 91 None
1980/03/01 02:05 Yvonne Daniels 91 None
22:57 Tom Kent (first two minutes slightly distorted) 94 None
1980/04/08 14:18 Tommy Edwards until 2:30 (12 minutes), then John Landecker 45 None
1980/04/30 07:02 Larry Lujack 59 None
1980/05/04 18:23 Tom Kent 176 None
1980/06/29 01:01 Tom Kent 71 None
1980/06/15 17:16 Jeff Davis 37 None
18:00 Art Wallis 57 None
1980/07/02 16:58 John Landecker 88 None
22:58 Jeff Davis 90 None
1980/07/03 09:56 Tommy Edwards 90 None
20:59 Brant Miller 89 None
1980/07/04 07:00 Larry Lujack 42 None
1980/07/05 00:58 Tom Kent 91 None
1980/07/06 12:57 Tommy Edwards 52 None
1980/09/23 18:44 John Landecker followed by Jeff Davis 40 None
1980/10/23 06:40 Larry Lujack 124 None
08:39 Larry Lujack 46 None
1980/10/27 07:07 Larry Lujack 31 None
1980/10/28 06:47 Larry Lujack 61 None
1980/10/30 23:46 Jeff Davis 46 None
1980/11/-- 01:46 Jeff Davis/Yvonne Daniels (slight dx) 60 None
1980/11/07 06:07 Larry Lujack 88 None
1980/11/10 00:01 Jeff Davis 87 None
12:45 Tommy Edwards 45 None
1980/11/11 14:59 John Landecker 91 None
1980/11/19 07:00 Larry Lujack 52 None
1980/11/21 06:35 Larry Lujack 61 None
1980/11/24 06:32 Larry Lujack 61 None
1980/12/05 06:40 Larry Lujack 89 None
1980/12/25   Holiday Festival of Music.  Features Larry Lujack on Christmas morning for about 20 minutes, then Christmas music. 367 None but not continuous
1980/12/31 23:58 Jeff Davis 46 None
1981
1981-85 ------ Larry Lujack/collection of Animal Stories 43 ----------
1981/01/01 00:00 Jeff Davis 46 None
1981/01/10 22:59 Tom Graye 62 None
1981/03/10 06:40 Larry Lujack 124 None
1981/03/20 17:31 John Landecker 30 None
1981/05/03 09:08 Tim Kelly 94 None
1981/06/-- 15:08 John Landecker 95 None
1981/06/13 15:20 John Landecker (last show, for now) 179 None
1981/07/01 08:01 Larry Lujack with Tommy Edwards 90 None
1981/07/03 00:22 Jeff Davis 86 None
1981/07/13 06:46 Larry Lujack with Tommy Edwards.  Animal Stories segment. 63 None
1981/07/22 20:58 Brant Miller 62 None
1981/07/23 08:58 Larry Lujack. 61 None
17:43 Tommy Edwards 46 None
1981/07/24 20:59 Brant Miller 63 None
1981/07/27 08:00 Larry Lujack 63 None
1981/08/17 05:53 Larry Lujack 61 None
1981/12/31 23:58 Jeff Davis 50 None
1982
1982/01/-- 21:16 Brant Miller 59 None
1982/01/01   Jeff Davis ("The Big 89 Composite Music Panorama") 46 None
1982/01/04 09:00 Larry Lujack.  Lujack introduces new WLS dj Chris Shiebel.  Overlaps slightly the aircheck below. 63 None
09:54 Chris Shiebel (introduced by Larry Lujack) 32 None
1982/01/04 14:50 Tommy Edwards 32 None
1982/02/01 08:58 Larry Lujack 63 None
14:59 Tommy Edwards 48 None
1982/02/04 09:01 Larry Lujack 60 None
1982/03/18 ------ Jeff Davis/Yvonne Daniels (DX'd) 46 Scoped
1982/03/31 18:08 Tommy Edwards 59 None
1982/04/02 10:18 Chris Shiebel 59 None
1982/04/15 15:06 Tom Gray (in for Tommy Edwards) 59 None
1982/04/19 22:37 Brant Miller 61 None
1982/04/21 08:58 Larry Lujack 61 None
1982/05/19 06:54 Larry Lujack 44 None
1982/07/08 23:27 Jeff Davis 34 None
1982/07/28 15:58 Tommy Edwards 48 None
1982/07/29 07:11 Larry Lujack 61 None
1982/08/21 17:55 Don Geronimo 62 None
1982/08/24 20:00 Brant Miller 62 None
1982/09/11 18:54 Don Geronimo 58 None
1982/09/18 02:50 Susan Platt 30 None
1982/10/01 16:48 Don Geronimo (in for Tommy Edwards) 60 None
1982/10/04 16:58 Tommy Edwards 63 None
1982/10/08 00:19 Jeff Davis 52 None
1982/10/22 23:14 Jeff Davis (mild dx) 34 None
23:56 Jeff Davis (mild dx).  Aircheck picks up eight minutes after above aircheck ends. 38 None
1982/11/--   Jeff Davis (mild dx) 59 None
1982/11/19 22:35 Brant Miller 24 None
1982/11/29 22:59 Jeff Davis 52 None
1983
1983/02/05 17:44 Tommy Edwards/Fred Winston 45 None
1983/02/07 09:54 Larry Lujack/Fred Winston 45 None
1983/03/01 11:34 Fred Winston 183 None
1983/03/04 09:57 Fred Winston 180 None
1983/03/17 06:46 Larry Lujack 81 None
1983/04/12 06:43 Larry Lujack 43 None
1983/04/18 16:30 Steve Dahl and Gary Meier 46 None
1983/06/06 09:58 Fred Winston 63 None
1983/06/22 17:37 Steve Dahl and Gary Meier 46 None
1983/06/28 15:46 Tommy Edwards 61 None
1983/07/04 09:59 Fred Winston 120 None
1984
1984/01/13 08:57 Larry Lujack 62 None
1984/01/13 11:58 Fred Winston 61 None
1984/02/14 07:57 Larry Lujack 124 None
1984/03/02 09:00 Larry Lujack 62 None
1984/07/03 12:58 Fred Winston 62 None
1984/08/11 00:07 Don Nelson for Jeff Davis 54 None
1984/04/15 00:07 Tim Kelly (mild dx) 24 None
1984/05/12 23:42 Chuck Britton (mild dx) 20 None
1984/05/18 11:02 Jeff Davis (mild dx) 48 None
1984/05/24 08:58 Larry Lujack 62 None
1984/05/30 08:57 Larry Lujack 62 None
1984/06/20 09:43 Larry Lujack followed by Fred Winston 46 None
1984/06/30 10:00 Fred Winston 62 None
1984/07/02 08:58 Larry Lujack 62 None
15:58 Tommy Edwards 62 None
1984/07/07 23:33 Chuck Britton 21 None
1984/07/18 09:58 Fred Winston 62 None
1984/09/21 23:58 Jeff Davis 63 None
1984/10/29 09:59 Fred Winston 47 None
1984/10/31 14:29 Steve Dahl and Gary Meier 280 None
1984/11/22 08:28 Larry Lujack 44 None
16:24 Chuck Britton 44 None
1984/12/06 08:59 Larry Lujack 62 None
1984/12/14 12:01 Fred Winston 59 None
1984/12/21 07:18 Larry Lujack 31 None
1985
1985/01/15 19:57 Brant Miller 63 None
1985/01/23 23:58 Jeff Davis 62 None
1985/01/28 08:59 Larry Lujack 62 None
1985/02/08 07:37 Larry Lujack 61 None
1985/03/01 19:58 Chuck Britton 63 None
1985/03/21 08:32 Larry Lujack 46 None
1985/03/23 07:59 Art Wallis 63 None
1985/03/26 08:31 Larry Lujack.  Lujack takes ill shortly after 9 a.m. and Art Wallis takes over. 94 None
1985/03/29 08:31 Larry Lujack 93 None
1985/04/01   25th Anniversary Retrospective 58 None

WLS 25th Anniversary Celebration.  April 12 - May 5, 1985.  Features many then current and former WLS djs, some live and some on tape.

A total of about 73 hours broken down as follows (all daypart times are approximate). Most certainly not complete.
1985/04/12 61 minutes. Gene Taylor, Bob Hale, Mort Crowley, Officer Vic, and Sam Holman.  None
1985/04/13 15 hours, 8 minutes total
-- Larry Lujack, Gene Taylor, Sam Holman, Maggie Peterson (6 a.m. to 10 a.m.)
-- Chuck Britton, Mort Crowley, Sam Holman (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
-- Mort Crowley, Sam Holman (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
-- Jeff Davis, Sam Holman, Gene Taylor (4 p.m. to  5 p.m.)
-- Bob Hale, Sam Holman, Gene Taylor, Rich McMillan (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
None
1985/04/14 4 hours, 2 minutes
-- Chuck Britton, Dick Biondi, Gene Taylor, Sam Holman (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
-- Jeff Davis (5 p.m. to about 5:12 p.m.)
None
1985/04/19 2 hours, 59 minutes
-- Chuck Britton, Ron Riley, Art Roberts, Clark Weber, Don Phillips (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
None
1985/04/20 9 hours, 20 minutes
-- Larry Lujack, Ron Riley, Joel Sebastian, Garry Meier (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
-- Steve Dahl, Garry Meier, Joel Sebastian, (6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.)
None
1985/04/21 5 hours, 16 minutes
-- Clark Weber, Chuck Britton, Don Phillips ( 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
None
1985/04/26 3 hours, 2 minutes
-- Fred Winston, Kris Erik Stevens, Chuck Buell, Scotty Brink (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
None
1985/04/27 8 hours, 34 minutes (10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
-- Fred Winston, Chuck Buell (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
-- Fred Winston, Chuck Buell, Kris Erik Stevens, (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
-- Kris Erik Stevens, Jeff Davis (3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
None
1985/04/28 53 minutes
-- Fred Winston, Scotty Brink (1 p.m. to 2 p.m.)
None
1985/05/03 2 hours, 55 minutes (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
-- John Landecker, Bob Sirott, Steve King (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
-- J. J. Jeffrey, Charlie Van Dyke, Chuck Knapp (9 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
None
1985/05/04 12 hours, 11 minutes (6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. to about 7:30 p.m.)
-- Larry Lujack, Charlie Van Dyke (6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. to 10 a.m.)
-- Fred Winston, J. J. Jeffrey (10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
-- John Landecker, Bob Sirott, Tommy Edwards (2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
-- Rich McMillen from Ed Debevic's Restaurant (7:00 p.m. to about 7:35 p.m.)
None
1985/05/05 7 hours, 21 minutes (1 p.m. to about 8:20 p.m.)
-- Chuck Knapp, Tommy Edwards, Bob Sirott (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
-- Steve King, Jeff Davis (5 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.)
None
 
1985/05/03 22:05 Jeff Davis 61 None
1985/05/04 08:05 Larry Lujack/Charlie Van Dyke/ Tommy Edwards 59 None
1985/06/25 07:01 Fred Winston 47 None
1985/07/11 08:57 Larry Lujack 62 None
1985/08/23 05:20 Larry Lujack.  Last day of WLS AM/FM simulcast. 282 None
1985/09/14 16:20 Harry Shearer 90 None
1985/09/15 18:07 Jeff Davis.  Musicradio Countdown show. 47 None
1985/09/20   Steve Dahl and Garry Meier ("Steve and Garry") 30 None
1985/09/27 09:58 Fred Winston 126 None
1985/10/03 19:59 Jeff Davis 63 None
1985/11/07 10:02 Fred Winston 80 None
1985/11/08 05:29 Larry Lujack.  Full show. 276 None
1985/12/03 17:38 Larry Lujack "hijacks" the Steve and Garry show. 31 Scoped
1985/12/04 06:58 Larry Lujack 62 None
1985/12/05 06:59 Larry Lujack 62 None
1985/12/19 19:00 Jeff Davis (mild dx) 44 None
1985/12/23 19:21 Jeff Davis.  Classic Rock Hour. 40 None
1986
1986/01/02 06:57 Fred Winston 62 None
1986/01/03   Steve Dahl and Garry Meier ("Steve and Garry").  Last show 47 None
1986/01/06 ------ Larry Lujack (first p.m. show) 46 Scoped
1986/02/10 09:59 Don Wade and Roma 280 None
1986/02/24 19:09 John Landecker.  Mr. Landecker begins this show, his first upon returning to WLS after a stint at WCKG, by walking, microphone in hand, from the WCKG studios to the WLS studios, which were not too far apart on Michigan Avenue.  Along the way, he interviews passersby on the street, asking if any of them could name any Chicago radio stations or had ever heard of John Records Landecker. 91 None
1986/03/13 19:00 John Landecker 87 None
1986/05/13 15:40 Larry Lujack 90 None
17:48 Larry Lujack 91 None
20:35 John Landecker 90 None
1986/06/01   Paul Shaffer (of David Letterman show fame).  Live broadcast from the Hardrock Cafe in New York City.  Mr. Shaffer calls Mr. Letterman during the show. 44 None
1986/06/24 05:29 Fred Winston full show followed by a few minutes of the Don Wade show which followed. 288 None
1986/07/11 18:58 John Landecker 92 None
1986/08/13 15:59 Larry Lujack 63 None
1986/10/28 09:57 Don Wade 94 None
1986/10/29 03:59 Chuck Britton 90 None
1986/12/-- 03:30 Tori Ryder 92 None
1987
1987/03/09 12:22 Don Wade and Roma 90 None
17:19 Larry Lujack 89 None
1987/03/10 01:03 Bob Bateman (in for Chuck Britton) 91 None
06:26 Fred Winston 90 None
18:51 Begins with ending of the Blackhawks' "Fan Talk with the 'Hawks" radio call-in show with Larry Lujack hosting.  Then follows a one hour remote broadcast from "Ditka's City Lights" featuring a discussion of the then upcoming 1987 NCAA Basketball Tournament, the pairings for which were announced the previous Sunday.  Hosted by Rich MacMillan and featuring commentators Billy Packer and Al McGuire.  Last 25 minutes is regular programming with Chuck Britton in for John Landecker. 90 None
1987/03/16 22:04 Dave Sainte and Phyllis Levy 91 None
1987/03/26 19:00 John Landecker.  First hour is Blackhawks' "Fan Talk with the 'Hawks call-in show hosted by Landecker. 92 None
1987/04/11 18:58 Chuck Britton, live from Ed Debevic's Restaurant 46 None
19:45 Chuck Britton, live from Ed Debevic's (about a minute gap between the end of the aircheck above and the start of this one) 46 None
1987/04/18 22:19 Chuck Britton, live from Ed Debevic's 92 None
1987/05/12 22:03 John Landecker 89 None
1987/06/01 23:35 Phyllis Levy (call-in talk show) 91 None
1987/06/18 21:00 John Landecker (first 30 minutes features Barbara Walters interview with Donna Rice, she of Gary Hart fame, with Landecker inserting noises and commentary in the background) 93 None
1987/06/26 05:28 Fred Winston full show followed by a few minutes of the Don Wade show which followed. 278 None
1987/07/23 14:35 Larry Lujack 90 None
1987/08/12 14:41 Larry Lujack 41 None
1987/08/24 14:42 Larry Lujack 62 None
1987/08/28 ------ Larry Lujack (last show) 65 Scoped
14:30 Larry Lujack (complete last show) 271 None
1987/11/01 12:16 Bob Bateman ("60's on Sunday" show) 61 None
1987/11/10 15:38 John Landecker 45 None
1988
1988/03/03 11:00 Don Wade and Roma 63 None
1988/04/14 09:58 Don Wade and Roma 279 None
1988/07/12 06:23 Fred Winston 90 None
1988/07/21 05:00 Mike MacDonald/Fred Winston 93 None
1988/08/30 07:53 Fred Winston 93 None
1988/11/07 01:00 Mike McDonald 45 None
14:30 John Landecker 90 None
1988/11/30 15:50 John Landecker 92 None
1989
1989/03/01 06:58 Fred Winston 94 None

Post-Music Era Programming

The last day of WLS's music programming was 8/23/89.

(You can hear the sign-off at this this site as well.  The last song was played leading into the 7:00 p.m. news.)

1997/08/30 18:02 "WLS, The Musicradio Years, 1960-1985" special 90 None
1999/05/30 20:00 "History of WLS" special hosted by Jeff Davis with guests Art Roberts and John Landecker among many others. 332 None
1999/07/05 15:05 "The History of Musicradio WLS" special 540 None
1999/07/23 05:01 Don Wade and Roma.  Jeff Hendrix retires.  Larry Lujack is guest.  Full show. 247 None
2007/03/14   John Landecker 47 None
2007/05/28 07:52 Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards.  WLS "Rewind" Memorial Day Special. 47 None
10:22 Fred Winston. (dx) 47 None
14:37 Chris Schebel 23 None
15:00 Jeff Davis 162 None
18:00 John Landecker 114 None
2008/05/26 06:13 Chuck Knapp.  WLS "Rewind" Memorial Day Special.  Aircheck overlaps the one below by 10 minutes. 31 None
06:34 Chuck Knapp.  WLS "Rewind" Memorial Day Special. 94 None
  Bill Bailey 94 None
12:05 Jeff Davis 93 None
18:00 John Landecker 186 None