A night in front of the TV: REO Speedwagon, “Roll With the Changes” (1978)

(The famous Los Angeles Times photo of the Bronco chase.) "So - what are we going to do about the O.J. thing?" This was the topic of conversation after my morning show finished on Monday, June 20, 1994. I was working as the lead character of the show on Oldies WQQL-FM in Springfield, Illinois. The … Continue reading A night in front of the TV: REO Speedwagon, “Roll With the Changes” (1978)

40 Christmases ago in Chicago: The WLS Top Forty-Fives, December 23, 1978

(Above: Clearly, someone was keeping score at home.) Christmas 1978 would have placed me in the fifth grade at Helen Keller Elementary School in Tinley Park, Illinois. The upcoming year would see me start to pretend that I was on a radio station for a class assignment; this career aptitude (or ineptitude) would not be … Continue reading 40 Christmases ago in Chicago: The WLS Top Forty-Fives, December 23, 1978

Forty years ago in Chicago: The WLS Top 45s, April 1, 1978

(Above: No one has ever doubted this claim.) April Fool's Day 1978 would have been at the end of fourth grade for me. By this time I was starting to add my own records into the pile of vinyl that I had inherited from my parents (written about variously here and here, among other places). … Continue reading Forty years ago in Chicago: The WLS Top 45s, April 1, 1978

Forty years ago in Chicago: The WLS Survey, January 28, 1978

(Of course he does.) The last week of January, 1978 saw me as a fourth-grader at Helen Keller School in Tinley Park, Illinois. I was still about a year and a half away from "playing radio" in Mr. Johnston's sixth-grade class.  I would have been about two months away from receiving my first stereo system … Continue reading Forty years ago in Chicago: The WLS Survey, January 28, 1978