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  • #43624
    Randy_in_Eugene
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    https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Broadcasting_Yearbook_Summary_of_Editions_Page.htm

    Looking at the 1990 Broadcasting Yearbook, the possibilities, however remote are:

    WJJD Chicago IL, 50kw Day, 5kw night, MOR (Adult Contemporary) format. Directional NWN null day, deeper western null night.

    WACY Fenton MI, 1kw, Country format, but a real long-shot. Directional with western null day and night.

    KFHM San Antonio TX, 10kw day, 1kw night, “Spanish” format. Night directional null towards KSL.

    Donelson TN, and Hawesville KY are also remote possibilities, and the rest are in east coast states.

    #43628
    paulwalker
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    Happy New Year PDX’ers. My contribution in this new year is a fascinating video from 1977 of a major DJ from WLS Chicago. Enjoy.

    #43631
    Shirley Knott
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    That was fabulous Paul. What an interesting look inside of radio 42 years ago. Wow.

    I remember listening to the ‘John Landecker Radio Leviathan’ on WILS in Lansing, Michigan. He did the overnight show while he was at Michigan State.

    What I didn’t know was that it was his first DJ gig. He sounded way better than the usual overnight guy back then.

    That’s probably because Records really is his middle name.

    #43635
    paulwalker
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    Thanks, Shirley. My family traveled almost every year to the midwest to see relatives, and WLS was my favorite radio station in the 70’s. Unmatched IMO. WCFL had a good run but in the end it was all WLS. The other interesting thing (atleast to me) is that Landecker sounded like a normal human here unlike the giant reverb-powered processing that ‘LS used at the time. Also note WLS was a union station so the jocks were directing the board ops.

    #43731
    Steve Naganuma
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    Paul, here are a couple of Chicago airchecks from 1975.

    John Landecker WLS
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/cxwzngwiw4t/JohnLandeckerWLS_1975.mp3/file

    Larry Lujack WCFL
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/hewzv9ooo215wqn/LarryLujackWCFL_5_75.mp3/file

    Enjoy!

    #43734
    paulwalker
    Participant

    Thanks, Steve, but I am unable to download anything from these links.

    #43736
    Steve Naganuma
    Participant

    Paul, try clicking the Green download button with the name of each MP3. MediaFire being free is very busy with ads. If you still have trouble I am happy to email them to you.

    #43737
    paulwalker
    Participant

    Nope, that just brings up an ad for women’s swimsuits, which isn’t wrong, but I have no need for a woman’s swimsuit. 🙂

    #43738
    Randy_in_Eugene
    Participant

    I was able to get them, but it is a minefield of links.

    #43739
    Broadway
    Participant

    Beware of mediafire…never will go there again…

    #43744
    Alfredo_T
    Participant

    Years ago, I recall reading a story on rec.radio.broadcasting on how bureaucratic it was to work at WCFL. No doubt, WLS was the same given what is shown in the announcer profile video linked above.

    What I recall reading in the WCFL account was that creating an announcement or promo required at least four people, per the contract that the station had with the unions. These people were: the voice talent, a recording engineer, a tape editor, and a secretary to type the label that was affixed on the cart before it was placed in the studio.

    The WLS video shocked me a bit in the number of cigarettes shown in this announcer’s ashtray and in the high volume levels playing in his headphones. It is sad that these were the self-imposed occupational hazards of working in a radio studio during the not-so-distant past.

    #43747
    semoochie
    Participant

    You mean to say that it didn’t require an intern to bring the cart from the secretary’s desk to the studio? 🙂

    #43750
    Alfredo_T
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    The intern might have been too insignificant to waste keyboard typing strokes, but I’m sure that (s)he was there to do the gruntwork. 🙂

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