Did you get the tweet at noon? Steve Dahl's contract with CBS radio ended on Saturday. The original "shock jock" promised to let loyal listeners know today of his intentions moving forward.
Ever since he signed off from Jack FM in December of 2008, I have searched for a drive-around town alternative. Eric and Kathy?? You bite your tongue.
Quite frankly, I have really "had-it-up-to-here" with Kathy's annoying "name dropping" skills and her ability to make "keeping-up-with-the-Jones'" an Olympic event many years prior to Steve switching to mornings after joining 104.3. Dahl on the morning drive gave me a much needed and welcomed option.
Between you and me I have thought the powers-that-be over at 101.9 should have considered an "Eric and Melissa Show", but that's another blog for another time.
Once my mornings went silent I admit I thought I would never hear Steve broadcast again. I had been listening to him for years...since he first arrived on Chicago Radio.
I remember listening when he announced Janet's pregnancy with his first child. As a kid I looked forward to hearing the "fetus updates" and listened the day Pat was born. I loved hearing the premieres of his "songs", the original words he would write with his band, Teenage Radiation. Remember "Do You Think I'm Disco"... "Another Kid in the Crawl"... "Ayatollah" ?
As kids we listened during the Iran Hostage Crisis when Steve was calling Islamic Fried Chicken ordering buckets for the Americans held in captivity. My younger brother wrote down the number and called from the darkness of our basement out of my mother's earshot to order a couple buckets as well. Moments later the State Department called our mother.
After she hung up with the "lady who sounded pretty important", we were instructed to sit on the couch "until your father gets home". When Dad walked in, he wanted to know what station we were listening to.
We reluctantly gave up the call numbers along with an assurance that Steve was already off the air for the day and suggested he give him a listen the next day after 2:30...Garry did the first half hour solo until Steve arrived thirty minutes later.
The next night we got a lecture about the world crisis and why we should not participate. Dad was also pretty pissed about the pending over-seas-phone-call, saying "that's a toll call for Christ's sake".
Then Dad put two and two together and came up with Disco Demolition. His eyes about popped out of his head as he shouted at us, "Is he the clown that blew up the infield at Comiskey?"
We nodded and quickly got off the couch and exited the room after assuring the stuttering man that we'd be happy to foot the toll call bill.
Dad did listen the next day. He did not say another word to us, with the exception of the words that transpired once the phone bill arrived.
But, we did notice that the call numbers we gave him were saved on his radio in his Lincoln. We got our sense of humor from Dad...he "got" Steve and in turn Steve scored another fan.
I remember listening during the Christmas season one year when Steve pissed his wife off so bad that she had to pull her car over on the Kingery (I believe) to call into the station and completely rip him a new one. I laughed so hard I cried.
I also listened the days prior to his intern Marcus' surgery. I think he was having his adenoids removed. Steve was giving him a lot of grief regarding the procedure. I later cried when it was announced Marcus died on the operating table.
During high school we did a project on Chicago Radio. We were lucky enough to score an interview with the radio personalities at WLS. We arrived hoping to meet The Stever, instead we got good ole "Uncle Lar".
Steve and Garry were in the producers office, something about a "meeting". They had a lot of those during their tenure on the Good Ole '89.
I should have known...I had listened to the on-air fight between Steve, Garry, and Larry Lujack the day before. Priceless. I'm surprised all of them got out of the studio alive.
I've been listening to the Podcast since Steve was banned from the radio and he found another way to fill his need to speak. And today, he announced that he would continue to do so at the price of $9.95 per month.
Facebook fans are freaking the flip out. How dare he charge for something he has been doing for nothing.
I say $9.95 is a bargain. Steve unregulated--completely unplugged? Sign.Me.Up. For less than $.50 a Dahlcast...it is a bargain.
Who else are you going to listen to? Eric and Kathy??