- Edition #955 - September 17, 2017 -

Station: WIND Chicago
Date: September 1, 1971
Time: 59:00 (unscoped)
34:36 (scoped)

Ron Britain's radio career spanned 11 presidential administrations.

Britain's first radio gig was at WHAS Louisville in 1949, when Harry Truman was the 33rd president. He worked in radio throughout the entire second half of the 20th century, and into the 21st century as well when George Bush 44 occupied the White House. In between, he jocked at leading stations such as WSAI and WKRC Cincinnati, WHK Cleveland, KCMO Kansas City, WCFL, WIND, WJMK, WTMX, WLUP and WLS-FM Chicago. His last radio stop was WRLL "Real Oldies", a short-lived nostalgia station that also featured Chicago legends Tommy Edwards, Larry Lujack, "World Famous" Tommy Edwards, Scotty Brink and Jerry G. Bishop.

On this aircheck, you'll hear WIND's oldies format branded as "#1 Music" which began in the summer of 1971 and lasted until 1974. Britain, who chose his on-air name because of his love of all things English, was at WIND from 1970 to 1974. He was doing mornings when he left in March 1974. As for WIND, the station evolved into a mostly news-talk format by the end of the decade. On December 12, 1985 the station was sold and signed off with "The Whiffenpoof Song" and "The Star-Spangled Banner." WIND reappeared two weeks later with Spanish-language programming.

There's a little bit of Bob DelGiorno on the tail end of this aircheck. DelGiorno worked more than a half-century in radio, including 31 years at WWL New Orleans. He got his start in 1959 in his hometown of Syracuse, New York, also working in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Flint, Michigan.

Enjoy Ron Britain and Bob DelGiorno on WIND (UNSCOPED) here.

Enjoy Ron Britain and Bob DelGiorno on WIND (UNSCOPED) here.

Enjoy Ron Britain and Bob DelGiorno on WIND (SCOPED) here.

Enjoy Ron Britain and Bob DelGiorno on WIND (SCOPED) here.

(The Paul Wolski Collection)

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