Rock and Roll radio has seen better days. The great stations are slowly disappe…

Written by on March 13, 2018

Rock and Roll radio has seen better days. The great stations are slowly disappearing. Case in point.

WLUP-FM in Chicago was a mainstay of Rock and Roll for 41 years. The station, better know as ‘The Loop’ was one of the first stations to use the Lee Abrams “Superstars” format and it was the home to one of the first morning ‘shock jocks’ Steve Dahl and Garry Meier. (Think ‘Disco Demolition’).

Last Friday, The Loop ended its Rock legacy. The station was purchased by a Christian Radio group. The same happened to ‘The Sound’ in Los Angeles a few months ago.

One the final day, The Loop had Steve Dahl, who currently does an afternoon show on WLS-AM in Chicago, simulcast his show on the station. Steve really made the show more about the history than about himself. He had past jocks on the show including Mitch Michaels Salchow, The Jonathon Brandmeier Show, Sky Daniels and many others. Dahl said he had tried to get his original show sidekick Meier on but to no avail. When Steve finished his broadcast, The Loop played music with no live talent until midnight when the format changed.

But they didn’t go peacefully….remember they were switching to a Christian format. The final song that aired on The Loop Friday night was AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell,” just as Steve Dahl suggested. That was preceded by Motley Crue’s “Shout at the Devil” and Iron Maiden’s “The Number of the Beast.”

The Loop still continues to broadcast online and on a Hi Def radio channel in Chicago. But the legendary 97.9 FM is gone as a rocker.

RIP WLUP-FM 97.9 You will be missed.

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