Russ Salutes WCFL Chicago With Online Offering
always wanted to be the PD of WCFL … and now I ARE one!”
programmer J.R. Russ.
You can do that kind of thing with the Internet.
Russ, a voiceover talent and consultant with various radio endeavors under his
belt, tells us that his website www.roadmasterrock.com has flipped format to www.WCFLchicago.com. The station can be heard on its site or via TuneIn, Shoutcast and
several other platforms.
To be clear, this audio service is not formally
related to the radio station that aired for many years on 1000 kHz out
of Chicago; nor is it related to the current holder of those call letters on
FM, nor to the Chicago Federation of Labor. Rather it seeks to honor the
historic WCFL through its name. Russ says he wants to give new meaning to the
call letters, namely “Where Chicago’s Favorites Live.”
“The late, great AM station
from Chicago was once owned by a union and identified itself as ‘The Voice of
Labor,’” he writes. While that era ended in the 1970s, Russ says that
recapturing the station’s earlier sound “became a ‘Labor of Love’ so, what
better time of the year to launch a new ‘Voice of Labor’ but on Labor Day
According to the announcement, WCFLchicago “won’t be a typical ‘tribute
station,’ musically trapped in a decade or two,” but a fresher, classic hits
format that will feature five decades of hits. Kris Earl Phillips will handle
liners, and the audio runs on the servers of Hy Lit Technologies of
J.R. Russ adds that he is offering veteran or
novice DJs a chance to do the station’s Top of the Hour ID. Email him to inquire.
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