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   Edwin Armstrong began testing his new 43-48 megacycle frequency modulation system, much of which was patented in 1933. During the summer of 1934, tests were conducted between the Empire State building and Westhampton Beach, Long Island which proved excellent.

   The first known Chicago area FM broadcast station was W9XZR on 42.8 megacycles, owned by the Zenith Radio Corporation which began broadcasting in 1939. In 1942 the call was changed to W51C transmitting on 45.1 megacycles. The transmitter and studio was on the 45th Floor of the Field Building (later the La Salle Nat’l Bank Building) at 135 S. La Salle Street.

W51C FM  Transmitter..

 

W51C FM  Studio..

Chicago Tribune article, October 12, 1941..

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  Bypassing Armstrong’s 44-48 megacycle band and patents, David Sarnoff created the current FM broadcast band in 1945.


Directory of Illinois FM Stations in 1947 (88-108 megacycles)

This list shows WDLM (WMBI) Moody Bible Institute occupied 95.5 megacycles.


WMBI FM 95.5 megacycles, October 1948..


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WEFM 99.5 FM Chicago Classical Format 1961

WDHF FM 95.5

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WDHF Ownership Change, December 31, 1963..

     Mr. James De Haan, President of the De Haan Hi-Fi Store in Evergreen Park, Illinois was owner / chief engineer of WDHF and the Federal Broadcasting Group. On December 31, 1963, WDHF was sold to the Federal Broadcasting Group, owned by George R. (Bob) Newhart and Frank J. Hogan. The station format was classical music in the 1960’s through the early 1970’s. Metromedia Radio purchased WDHF on March 13, 1973 and changed to a live adult contemporary format. WDHF owners changed to Top 40 June 20, 1974 and shortly after carried Casey Casem’s American Top 40. After the call letter change (December 1, 1976) to WMET AT 40 continued until 1979. 89 WLS ran AT 40 into the early 1980’s and  WCFL prior to 1974.

vumeter Chicago AM-FM Radio Composite, May-June 1973 (27:59) I’m still sorting through boxes of reel and cassette tapes. Here’s a great 28 minute aircheck I acquired back in the late 1970’s. MANY Thanks to Greg Barman for originally recording this piece of history back in ’73 and presenting it here on Radio Timeline. com.

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


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

January 1975..

 

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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.

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


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

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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.

 

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

 

July 1976..


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


Arbitron Ratings Chicago Market April / May 1976..


Arbitron Ratings Top FM Stations April/May 1976..


Arbitron Ratings Top AM/FM Stations April/May 1976..


WDHF 1975 Wall Poster. WDHF ran American Top 40.

My Screamin’ Yellow ‘DHF T-Shirt

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

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Billboard Singles Radio Action, September 25. 1976

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

WMET FM 95.5

WDHF becomes WMET, December 1, 1976

December 1, 1976 Call Letter Change..



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

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  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.


Chicago Arbitron Ratings April / May 1977..


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


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


 FM 95.5 WMET Chicago, Scott Carpenter, January 1979 (4:45)


 WMET Top 40 Jingles 1976-78 (1:39)


 WMET Top 40 Jingles 1976-78 (4:11)

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The Album Rock Format

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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.

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The AOR battle continues..January 1981..


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April 1982..  Hot Hits launches in June ’82.. 

 

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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.

 

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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.

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

 

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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.

 

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

WLUP FM  97.9 98 Where Chicago Rocks!

 

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 WLUP FM 97.9 98 Steve Dahl & Garry Meier, July 13, 1979 (00:00)

(Audio coming soon)

The morning after the Disco Demolition riot at Comiskey Park.


Steve Dahl at Comisky Park for Disco Demolition July 12, 1979..

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 WLUP FM 97.9 98 Sky Daniels, December 31, 1979 (21:30)


 WLUP FM 97.9 98 Chip Hobart, December 31, 1981  (16:23)


The AOR battle continues..January 1981..

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