GOLDEN GIFT Our thanks to Bill Langill for this authentic DX snapshot of powerhouse WLS in 1979. Bill invites you to join his Yahoo Group devoted to AM Top 40 Radio.
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PLAY John Landecker, WLS Chicago IL July 15, 1979 (10:39)

. . . President Carter .. will be supplementing the nation's oil supply with the WLS coffee machine . . .

[Description by Uncle Ricky]

Contributor Bill Langill recorded this in his bedroom, so this exhibit demonstrates how John Records Landecker sounded in Cherry Hill, New Jersey on July 15, 1979! The high noise-level and static are familiar, and we hope, nostalgic for those who listened to AM nighttime "skip" all over the country.

About 2 minutes in, much of the noise fades to the background, and Landecker lists the Top 10 Albums and Top 10 Requests. Many jocks of the day will recognize that request list - it was nearly the same everywhere. "Stairway To Heaven is always number one", quips Landecker. And he was right!

WLS was really trying to hang on to those rock-obsessed caucasian teens: WLS Rules Rock & Roll and a "double Kiss like this" (despite Donna Summer and Sister Sledge?) Landecker is all over the contest winner promo (Queen For A Day!) and listen to all the live performances coming to Chicagoland! Truly, one of the last grand AM Top 40 stations. Our thanks to Bill Langill for this authentic reminder of the Way it Was.

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