Monday, December 31, 2007

Streams again for 2008 on January 1

The Big 89 of 1969 was originally broadcast on January 1, 1970, by WLS in Chicago. It was first presented here over the 2001-2002 New Year's Holiday. It was a marvelous and memorable exhibit.

It broke all records. It was a remarkable chance to return to that day and time. Since then, we
have repeated this special four times, on January 1 and 3, 2004, January 1, 2007, and now, January 1, 2008.

As for this historic aircheck: On the first day of 1970, no Chicago radio station out-rated John Rook's WLS. The station was number one in all Pulse and Arbitron books with a total audience of 4.2 million listeners each week. This one-of-a-kind recording begins just after 1PM with Art Roberts warming up for the Countdown. At 2PM, Larry Lujack enumerates from 89 through 32. At 6:10PM, Chuck Buell picks it up at #31 and takes it home to Hit #1. (An additional half-hour of Chuck follows the countdown).

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