Doug: For me, the be-all-and-end-all of radio in my youth was the "Big 89", WLS radio out of Chicago. I understand that at night, WLS could be heard throughout the Midwest and adjoining Canada, and perhaps even farther. The line-up that I most remember consisted of Larry Lujack in the mornings, followed by Tommy Edwards in the late morning/early afternoon, Bob Sirott on the drive home, John "Records" Landecker in the early evening, and Brant Miller to take us through bedtime. There were numerous regular moments in each program, like Sirott's "Let's Talk Softball" -- wondering why a show like that? The game of 16" softball was invented in the Windy City, and is still a mainstay of the lakefront parks to this day! However, the highlight of all listeners' days was the broadcast of "Animal Stories" near the end of Lujack's show. "Uncle Lar" would welcome in "Little Tommy" and the two would examine the previous day's animal headlines from around the world. You can listen to a sample of their program here; it was often quite hilarious, as the two men would get to laughing so hard they couldn't get through the next story.
Doug: Most of those guys remain fixtures in the area. While Lujack is retired in New Mexico, Tommy Edwards spent years as the PA announcer at the Chicago Stadium and United Center for Bulls games (including during the championship years). Bob Sirott is the 10:00 anchor on the local Fox Evening News, while Brant Miller is the lead meteorologist for the local NBC affiliate. Landecker continues as a disc jockey, working around town on the various "Oldies" stations. Great times, great memories -- how about you?