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More events from the history of 
WLS in chronological order.
From the various local newspaper
and national trade magazines
from the beginning to the end.

WLS Big 89 Countdown Jingle Montage from Tim Brown

The WLS Big 89 of the Year
(Thanks to Bill Danning the Oldiesloon and Scott Childers WLS History site)
The Top 20 of 1964 # 1
I Want To Hold Your Hand
The Beatles
The Top 20 of 1965 # 1
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Rolling Stones
The Top 20 of 1966 # 1
Hanky Panky
Tommy James & Shondells
The Big 89 of 1967 # 1
Ode To Billie Joe
Bobbie Gentry
The Big 89 of 1968 # 1
Hey Jude / Revolution
The Beatles
The Big 89 of 1969 # 1
Sugar Sugar
The Big 89 of 1970 # 1
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Simon & Garfunkel
The Big 89 of 1971 # 1
Joy To The World
Three Dog Night
The Big 89 of 1972 # 1
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Roberta Flack
The Big 89 of 1973 # 1
You're So Vain
Carly Simon
The Big 89 of 1974 # 1
Seasons In The Sun
Terry Jacks
The Big 89 of 1975 # 1
Love Will Keep Us Together
Captain & Tennille
The Big 89 of 1976 # 1
Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Elton John & Kiki Dee
The Big 89 of 1977 # 1
You Light Up My Life
Debbie Boone
The Big 89 of 1978 # 1
Stayin' Alive
Bee Gees
The Big 89 of 1979 # 1
My Sharona
The Knack
The Big 89 of 1980 # 1
Lost In Love
Air Supply
The Big 89 of 1981 # 1
Start Me Up
Rolling Stones
The Big 89 of 1982 # 1
Haard To Say I'm Sorry / Getaway
The Big 89 of 1983 # 1
Every Breath You Take
The Big 89 of 1984 # 1
Let's Go Crazy
The Big 89 of 1985 # 1
Phil Collins
The Big 89 of 1986 # 1
Sweet Freedom
Michael McDonald
WLS Christmas Jingle and ID Montage from Tim Brown

Here's a special WLS Christmas Jingle Medley

Don Phillips
Passed away December 17, 2021

Don was best known as the host of "East of Midnight" on WLS
He passed away from heart failure on December 17, 2021.

Marty Greenberg
Passed away January 19, 2021
Former WLS VP and GM Marty Greenberg passed away Tuesday January 19. He began his media career with ABC, and was a director of WXYZ Radio in Detroit and President of ABC's FM Radio Station Division. While with ABC, Marty served for over six years as the Vice President and General Manager of WLS Radio. He is survived by his wife Elin and many loving children and grandchildren.

Clark Weber
November 24, 1930 - March 7, 2020
Former WLS Personality Clark Weber passed away Saturday March 7, 2020. joined WLS in 1961. He moved to mornings in June 1963. In July 1965, Emperor Weber becam WLS Program Director. Clark Weber left WLS for WCFL in July 1969.

Former WLS Program Director Mike McCormick (James Hankins) passed away in Austin Texas on January 26, 2018. Mike was at WLS twice, first as Production Director in 1968 and then from 1970 - 1973 as Program Director. Mike was inducted into the Nebraska Radio Personalities Hall of Fame as a Legendary Performer in 2003.

95 Years - AprIl 12, 1924 - APRIL 12, 2019

This WLS Video features PD John Rook from 1969

WLS's Kris Erik Stevens with the late David Cassidy

Congratulations to John Records Landecker
2017 National Radio Hall of Fame Inductee

Congratulations to John Gehron
2017 Conclave Rockwell Award Winner

John Harlan Rook
10/9/1937 - 3/1/2016
It is with great sadness that I pass this on from Charlie Van Dyke. Charlie reports that John Rook, former KQV and WLS program director has passed away. John passed away Tuesday 3/1/2016. John was 78. He died in Coeur d'Alene, ID with his sister Dot and his adopted son Jason. There will be no funeral. Instead he will be cremated and his ashes spread in his beloved Coeur d'Alene. RIP John!

Thanks to Ken Justiss for providing the sonovox from for this WLS Pams Series 18 Jingle

Thanks to everyone for your support during 2017.
Here's an aircheck from WLS New Years Eve 1971 with JJ Jeffrey

From theCollection
WLS Jingle Montages from Starbrelz. 
This is a WLS Jingle montage. It is 17 minutes long. Enjoy!
WLS Jingle Montage

This one covers the John Rook - Mike McCormick era. It includes jingles from PAMS and Jodie Lyons. It is 25 minutes long. 
WLS Jingle Montage

This one covers the Tommy Edwards - John Gehron Era. It includes jingles from PAMS, Sundance and Thunder. It is 15 minutes long.
Another WLS Jingle Montage

The Shamrock of Chicago - 1973
Charlie Van Dyke, Bill Bailey, Ted Anthony, Tommy Edwards

St. Patrick's Day 1976 - Bob Sirott and John Landecker

Jeff Davis in WLS Studio in 1979 on the first shift of combo operation.
WLS used a McCurdy board, Sennheiser mic, Koss Headphones.
The music was on cart. The cart machines were ITC SP.

Chuck Buell & Kris Erik Stevens Nights on the Big 89
Courtesy of Chuck Buell 1969

Larry Lujack 1940 - 2013
Larry Lujack has passed away. Superjock died from cancer on December 18, 2013.
(photo courtesy Scott Childers) (click above for reactions from his friends and coworkers)
John Records Landecker has written a book. "Records Truly Is My Middle Name"  The book is available through Eckhartz Press. Clik on the cover to the left for more information. If you love WLS and John Records Landecker, make sure you get your copy.

WLS fan Ken Laughlin of Des Plaines, Illinois sent us this photo of 2 WLS Silver Dollars he won from WLS from Clark Weber's "Say Something Bad about Riley" contest. They still have the stickers that were on them when he won. Does anyone else still have the ones they won from WLS? Ken wonders what the value may be. Recenlty (October 8, 2012) a 1925 Peace Silver Dollar with a WLS sticker sold on ebay for $43.01 
There are a number of WLS videos on You Tube. Check out some WLS videos including jingles and contests on the WLS You Tube page. Thanks to all who worked so hard in putting these together.

On February 14th 1972, WLS personalities appeared on WLS-TV 7
Kennedy And Company with Bob Kennedy. This is a portion of that
program. (click above) This video clips it provided by The Museum
of Classic Chicago  Television and FuzzyMemories.TV

Over the years, WLS gave away a lot of great prizes...
including vacations, cars and homes, 
(click on the pictures below for more)
Walt Disney World in Florida
Brand New Homes
Instant Summer Trips to Acapulco
This picture of a WLS T-Shirt was sent to me.
Can you name all of these WLS Personalities?

Top row... Dick Sainte, Chuck Knapp, Fred Winston, Charlie Van Dyke, and J.J. Jeffrey.
Front row... Bill Bailey and John Landecker.
Click on the picture to see a bigger version.
(Thanks to Scott Childers& Tommy Edwards for the correct names)

In 1993, Stew Salowitz published a book called "WLS Disc Jockeys of the Early 1960's."  There are a limited number of copies still available. The cost is $17.50. Click on the cover to the left for more details and ordering information.

Stew did a great job on this. Lots of great insights on the guys at WLS plus some details on some of their later careers after The BIG 89.

Congratulations to long-time WLS personality Larry Lujack, a 2004 inductee into the Radio Hall of Fame. Way to go Superjock !

Larry Lujack Superjock Jingle

Former WLS Program Director John Rook was writing a book before he passed away called "Passing Thru". Excerpts of his book, plus other comments from John are on line at
WLS Surveys from This Week in History
Click Here to See This Week's Number 1 Songs on the WLS
Silver Dollar Survey, Hit Parades and Music Radio Surveys

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 WLS Web Pages Updated December 30, 2018