Category Archives: R.I.P.

December 8, 1980

40 years ago I was getting ready to come in and do my overnight shift on Chicago’s WIND radio when I heard a news bulletin that said John Lennon had been shot. When I got to the station, I was … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Lou Pallo

We were saddened to hear the news that our friend, New Jersey guitarist, Lou Pallo, who was part of the Les Paul Trio, died on Wednesday, October, 28, at 86. We first met Lou in 2003 when we were in … Continue reading

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B.B. King — The Thrill Ain’t Gone!

Riley “B.B.” King would have turned 95 on September 16th, 2020. I’ve been thinking about him and, if you’ll indulge me, I thought I’d share a little of what’s been playing in my head. In no particular order: As a … Continue reading

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R.I.P Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels has been a part of the soundtrack of our lives for a long time.  In the days of our solo radio careers, Charlie’s records were regularly a part of our respective radio lives. In fact, before radio was … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Little Richard

That original album (Vinyl, thank you very much!) is safely ensconced in our music room. When it first landed, there was nothing safe about it. It was scary!  At least, that’s what a lot of 50s mid-America’s adults thought about … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Clark Weber

Like many of us who lived in the Chicago area, I (Steve) first knew him as “Mother Weber’s Oldest.”  It was a nickname Clark Weber used from the very first time I heard him on WLS. That first time, by … Continue reading

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R.I.P. D.J. Fontana

We’ve lost the man who defined the backbeat of Rock & Roll.  More importantly, we’ve lost a gentle, humble man with an easy, shy smile who we were privileged to know, Dominic Joseph Fontana, better known throughout the world as … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Milt Rosenberg

One of the most amazing “perks” of our time spent at WGN radio is that we’ve had the luxury (and pressure!) of working with an incredible cast of genuine broadcast legends.  Wednesday morning we got the sad news that one … Continue reading

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Chuck Berry: An Appreciation

Chuck Berry taught me how to play guitar! Oh, sure there was that first year of formal guitar lessons I had, taught by an accordion player who played a little guitar on the side.  But, after that first year, when … Continue reading

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R.I.P. “The Greatest”

As I write this, it’s only moments after hearing the news that Muhammad Ali passed away.  Numerous stories will be written and told of his achievements and career and why, over the years, his name became synonymous with the phrase … Continue reading

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