This is truly awesome. It's like THE BIG BANG THEORY opening titles but with music. WLS was the powerhouse AM rock outlet in Chicago (and most of the country thanks to it's enormous signal). At one time in the '80s my father was the General Manager so I have a particular fondness for the station. AM music radio was struggling but Dad fought hard to keep it going. It was a losing battle. Shortly after he left the station flipped to news-talk.
A WLS tradition during the thirty years they played popular music was to end the year with a montage of hits from that year. And as each year passed the montage was expanded to include the new additions. Originally the montage was like a minute. By the end it had grown to almost a half hour.
What you're going to hear are quick snippets of just about every hit song, masterfully edited together. Considering how the styles, tempos, and genres changed it's remarkable how cohesive this montage is. Credit to Scott Childers who assembled this and to the many production people of WLS who contributed over the years.
Radio stations were known for doing special holiday weekend programming. So in the spirit of that, I invite you to just sit back and relive the soundtrack of your life. (You'll notice I didn't turn this into a cheap plug for my book on the '60s available here and the perfect companion while listening to this presentation?)
Happy Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy!