New this week in ’69: October 25

(Above: a magazine that eludes my collection.) October 25, 1969 Earlier in the week "Beat Generation" fixture Jack Kerouac is laid to rest in Lowell, Massachusetts. Kerouac died in the early morning hours of the 21st as the result of longtime alcohol abuse. Years later the band 10,000 Maniacs will sing to him and self-aware … Continue reading New this week in ’69: October 25

School’s out for winter: The Billboard Hot 100 for December 15, 1984 (and what we probably listened to instead)

(Above: I was clearly enjoying my junior year of high school and in no hurry to go on break.) Friday, December 14, 1984 was the last day of school before the Christmas break began. If I remember correctly, we got out early from school that day, and a bunch of us went to Dave-we-called-Fritz's house, … Continue reading School’s out for winter: The Billboard Hot 100 for December 15, 1984 (and what we probably listened to instead)

Congratulations to Johnny B! Johnny and the Leisure Suits, “Just Havin’ Fun” (1981)

(Above: In the early 90s, in Chicago, you had this CD. It was the law.) The Hyper Rooster is in the Hall. For the second year in a row a local Chicago radio legend has gotten the call for the Radio Hall of Fame.  Jonathon Brandmeier, who held down mornings at WLUP in Chicago through … Continue reading Congratulations to Johnny B! Johnny and the Leisure Suits, “Just Havin’ Fun” (1981)

So long, WLUP: Songs I learned from “The Loop”

Word spread rapidly this morning that Merlin Media, who had been trying to sell Chicago's WLUP, finally found a buyer: the Educational Media Foundation. EMF serves the contemporary Christian format over satellite to its affiliates.  The format, called "K-Love," has been on the air on a signal out of suburban Elgin for some time, but … Continue reading So long, WLUP: Songs I learned from “The Loop”

College radio classics: Squeeze, “Hourglass” (1987)

(Above: Another 45 that college radio made me buy. It was a very expensive extra-curricular.) As a part of my month-long celebration of college radio (lining up with the fact that I started in it 30 years ago, which is surreal), I've been going through surviving recordings of shows from my freshman year in radio. … Continue reading College radio classics: Squeeze, “Hourglass” (1987)

Great lost hit: David and David, “Welcome To the Boomtown” (1986)

In the summer of 1986 David Baerwald and David Ricketts paired up to record a series of stories set to music.  At least that's how I describe the songs on Boomtown, an album that managed to get to number 39 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart despite little support on the singles chart. It's … Continue reading Great lost hit: David and David, “Welcome To the Boomtown” (1986)