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The WDHF WMET Chicago Tribute Page

     Edwin Armstrong began testing his new 43-48 megacycle system in 1934 from atop the Empire State Building in New York. The first known Chicago FM broadcast station was W9XZR, on 42.8 megacycles, owned by the Zenith Radio Corporation went on the air in 1939. In 1942, there were eight Chicago area FM stations on the air..


Bypassing Armstrong patents, David Sarnoff created our current FM radio band. There were five Chicago FM stations on the air in 1945…


 Chicago FM Broadcast Stations in 1950’s..


WEFM 99.5 FM Chicago Classical Format 1961

    Broadcasting on 95.5 Megacycles began in the late 1940’s with the Moody Bible Institute’s WMBI-FM. In 1956 the station was sold to the DeHann Hi Fi Store in Evergreen Park, Illinois. The WDHF format in the 1960’s was classical and easy listening. In 1974, Metromedia Radio purchased WDHF and turned it into a top 40 format. The Casey Casem’ American Top 40 syndication was syndicated on WDHF in 1974 after WCFL canceled it.

December 22, 1974 / WDHF Newsman W.D. Sandaferd

Tony Mann hired at KTLK from WDHF , Kevin Molloy joins WDHF

January 1975..




March 1975..

WDHF Program Director, Ron Dennington (left), General Mgr. Harvey Pearlman (right). June 1975

WDHF Control Room announcer Gary Bryan  June 1975

WDHF 10-2 pm Midday announcer Dave Morgan with 2-6 pm announcer Dan Walker (Right) – Photo Donated by Cindi Bechtel & Lou Viscounti

vumeter WDHF F95 and a half, Dan Walker (smiling) , May 17, 1976 (44:40) My Original Recording.


vumeter WDHF F95 and a half Jingle 1976 (0:09)

vumeter WDHF WMET Air Composite 1974-1978 (35:05)

I originally recorded the WDHF Steve Campbell, Dan Walker, Gary Price and Screamin’ Jay Walker, May-June 1976. I also recorded  WMET’s  Bill Brannigan and Craig Roberts Labor Day 1978.



The first WDHF 1976 Music Survey started on March 19, 1976. Three days after WCFL dropped it’s Top 40 format to Beautiful Music.


August 1975..

May 1975..

WMET 1977..


Aircheck Collector Tim Benko writes to Vox Jox, February 2, 1976..

WDHF 1975 Wall Poster. WDHF ran American Top 40.

My Screamin’ Yellow ‘DHF T-Shirt



vumeter Greg Brown Bio, WVFV, WGLD, WBBM-FM, WDHF to WMET, Released 1979 (22:42)



Billboard Singles Radio Action, September 25. 1976

WDHF takes over WCFL’s (3/11/76 format change to beautiful music) space ..

December 4, 1976 Call Letter Change..

vumeter WDHF-WMET Call Letter Change with FJ Bailey December 1, 1976 (13:49)


  On December 1, 1976, Metromedia owners changed calls from WDHF to WMET. The last song played on WDHF was Chicago’s 1971 hit “Beginnings”. The last week of American Top 40 on WMET was in early 1979. WLS AM 890 carried AT 40 through 1983.

June 7, 1977..

vumeter WMET FM 95.5 Chicago, Ken Cocker with Captain Whammo (start) , February 1978 (8:18)

vumeter WMET Top 40 Labor Day Weekend 1978 Composite (15:45)

vumeter WMET Top 40 Jingles 1976-78 (1:39)


vumeter WMET Top 40 Jingles 1976-78 (4:11)



The Album Rock Format


On April 20, 1979 Metromedia changed WMET to Album rock and competed with WLUP FM 98. WMET’s slogan was “The Mighty MET” through early 1981 then were “Chicago’s Classic Rock”. Metromedia sold WMET in 1983 to Doubleday and the slogan became “Rockradio 95.5” through 1985.

August 1979..


vumeter WMET Album Rock Air Composite 1979-1984 (35:24) My Original Recording except Greg Brown.

vumeter WMET 95 1/2 Chicago, Mike Bechtel, July 3, 1980 (27:47) My Original Recording.



vumeter WMET AOR, Mr. Bill Evans, April 3, 1981 (24:13) My Original Recording. Commemorating WMET’s 2nd Birthday and a Midwest Rock and Roll Weekend.


vumeter WMET 95 1/2 Chicago, Brock Whaley to Scott McConnell, June 30, 1981 (24:07) My Original Recording.





WMET Vice President/General Manager Bruce Holberg (left) and Mayor Jane Byrne presented the Chicago band STYX with an award for their #1 gold album “Paradise Skies” and proclaimed The City of Chicago to have a “Styx Day” in 1983.

    Metromedia sold WMET to the Doubleday Corporation in 1983.The format was changed to a album rock hits format in the summer of 1983. The 1981 personalities were replaced by Ray Sherman and Matt Harrison. The new rock format used heavy microphone reverb, as WBBM-FM did on their Mike Joseph “Hot Hits” format.

August 23, 1982..


The WMET Nite Light was one of many promotion items given away to listeners on Dan Michaels “All Night Drive Show” in 1980 and ’81.




My Pure Rock Dollar..1981