WYEN FM 107 - "Request Radio" (Commercial, 1979)

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Here's a commercial for WYEN FM 107 ("Request Radio," licensed to neighboring Des Plaines - and today Spanish-language WPPN, "Amor 106.7"), featuring snippets of such tracks as "No Tell Lover" by Chicago, "Last Time I Saw Him" by Diana Ross, "Forever In Blue Jeans" by Neil Diamond, and "Too Much Heaven" by the Bee Gees.

The "Request Radio" slogan referred to the station playing music requested by listeners.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Saturday, September 22nd 1979 during the 6:00pm to 7:00pm timeframe.


Date Uploaded: 07/21/2017

Tags: 1970s   Local Commercials   Chicago Radio Station Commercials & Related Material     




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The "Request Radio" slogan referred to the station playing music requested by listeners.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Saturday, September 22nd 1979 during the 6:00pm to 7:00pm timeframe." /> Share

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W.B. 07/22/2017 Reply

For anyone who knows their jingle production companies: Can anyone say for certain which firm would have done that for this station at the end of this commercial?

Smctopia 07/23/2017 Reply

My mom listened to this station a lot in the 1980s and won a lot of trivia phone-in contests from this station.

Detroit4Chicago 07/23/2017 Reply

WB - I think the jingle package was produced by TM Productions of Dallas for WNBC in New York; I believe it was named "Image 73."

It think was also used at stations such as WOWO in Ft. Wayne, KDKA Pittsburgh, WXYZ in Detroit and in the '80's at WAKY in Louisville, KY.

This package, along with various titles such as "Design '70," Design '72," The Propellants," "Where Your Friends Are," "Phase II," "Phase III," "Shockwave" and of course, "The Sound Of Chicago" were (and are IMO) many of the finest jingle promotional works ever accomplished by TM.

Szake 01/05/2018 Reply

Christopher Michael offers two tales about a common radio mental hiccup - "At WYEN in Des Plaines, Illinois where I was an overnight jock, several of us were talking about Chicago's WCFL, and wouldn't you know, a song ended, I opened the mic and proudly said 'WCFL...' Then I paused for what must have seemed like an eternity while I tried to figure out just what the heck I would do next. I think I said something like "Well, actually, no, this is WYEN. But you knew that." We were known as Request Radio, but one night I was listening to WLS, 'the Big 89,' on my way to work and was really connected to the music and J.J. Jeffries doing the evening show. So I got on the air and with my first selling of the phone number for requests, I gave the phone number for WLS. We were a suburban Chicago station with a fairly low number of listeners - or so I thought. I learned otherwise when people started calling me, saying the guy at the phone number I gave was getting really angry that our listeners were calling him!" Christopher went on to work for Mutual, NBC, was an editor and writer for Paul Harvey - and is now a news anchor at WLS.