Sam Lawson’s Audio Vault: 890 WLS-AM, Chicago with Larry Lujack, October, 1984 DXed from Spokane

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Advance disclaimer, you’ll have to wade through a bunch of noise and fading to catch all of this. It was recorded in Spokane around 4:30am Pacific Time, 6:30am in Chicago. Superjock was on the air with Jeff Hendrix and Catherine Johns in the newsroom. See if you can pull “Animal Stories” with Uncle Lar’ and Lil’ Tommy out of the slop.

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Author: Sam Lawson

Student engineer at pioneer Nathan Hale High radio station KNH 1210 in 1970, (prior to KNHC ), also attended LH Bates radio broadcast technician program where he obtained his First Class FCC License; Sam's career includes time as a KRKO radio personality and engineer in the mid-1970s, also KRLC in Idaho, In 1976 Sam worked overnights at KTAC (as Cory Landon), and then moved to weekends at KING. In Spokane, Sam was Program Director of Solid Gold Hits KJRB (1986). Lawson also worked as a voiceover artist and announcer at KISC FM and TV station KAYU-Spokane. He moved to LA in 1989 as an engineer and announcer at KZLA/KLAC. Also engineered for KFI, KOST, KBIG, Premiere Radio Networks, and the CBS radio cluster (now Entercom), Currently retired and living back in the northwest.

3 thoughts on “Sam Lawson’s Audio Vault: 890 WLS-AM, Chicago with Larry Lujack, October, 1984 DXed from Spokane

    1. When I first started to go to eastern Washington in the late 80,s , I would try to dx WLS and instead I picked up a station in Canada on 890kc playing music.

  1. WLS is receivable out here on a high end communications receiver & good outside antenna – it’s necessary to use filters to diminish adjacent channel splatter from KIXI but it IS audible some nights when AM propagation from the east is enhanced. The Canadian station Ed hears on 890 is my first radio employer – country station CJDC Dawson Creek in northeastern BC which, although only 10 kW has a blowtorch signal throughout the western states, provinces & northern territories.

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