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My trip through the 80's

Apr 05, 2013 -- 2:18pm

I remember the 80's.  I do.  Each Saturday Night at 10p on 95-9 The River.  I also really remember the 80's.  What happened when, what songs were released in what year.  All of it.  OK, most of it.  The rest I can look up.  A little history on the radio show.  Back in 1997 when I was working late nights on WCKG 105.9 in Chicago, I decided to ask my boss if I could play some forgotten tunes of my youth during my radio show.  I figured others wanted to hear them too.  To my surprise, he said ok!  That's where it all began.  Well, it all really began in the 80's when I was in high school (Harold L. Richards High School, Oak Lawn, class of 1984).  Listening to my favorite radio stations at the time...95 1/2 WMET and the old FM98 (when our own Mitch Michael's was there 'doin the cruise'!).  Listening to those stations during my informative years helped shape my future.  Fast forward to where my late night 80's show aired on WCKG until 2000.  I then brought it over to 103.1 WXXY, The Eighties Channel for awhile.  That was a no-brainer.  In the fall of 2000, I took a job doing nights at 97-9 The Loop.  I re-launched my 80's show on WLUP in the fall of 2002, but management didn't exactly let me play many of the songs/artists that made the show so special in the first place.  That's when I decided to create a national show.  I called it The Rockin' 80's.  This Memorial Day weekend will mark the 9 year anniversary of the show.  Not bad for a kid from the southwest suburbs who just wanted to rock a little!

Catch The Rockin' 80's Saturday Nights at 10p on 95-9 the River to hear all the rock you remember, and a few artists and tunes you forgot you even knew!

 

Mark Zander with his 1972 Pontiac Grand Prix, May of 1986.

 

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