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Saying Goodbye to WMAQ
last few hours of live programming on WMAQ were hosted by long-time award-winning
Chicago news gurus Bill Cameron and Larry Langford. Combined, they've
got more than a half-century of experience covering the city that makes
them invaluable storytellers for the common good.
So it was appropriate that they spent
the time fondly reminiscing about their years on the station - and discussing
the reasons for going off the air.
Cameron & Langford had quite a few
guests on their show. The following were some of the more poignant moments
during WMAQ's final hours.
Simply click on each link to listen for
yourself. Real Audio required.
RA Studs Terkel
Chicago broadcasting icon and preeminent chronicler of history was
one of the city's first radio stars. His radio career is almost as long
as the existence of the business.
RA Mayor Richard M. Daley
been in office since 1989, and is the son of former
Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, one of the notable big-city "bosses"
of the mid-20th century. Sometimes he can be straight with the media;
his last appearance on WMAQ shows there can be a small grain of truth
in the answer of a politician.
RA Mike Wallace
The 60 Minutes star "grew up professionally" on WMAQ
radio. But this bulldog's too chicken to come out and take on his boss
for decision to kill the station.
RA Roe Conn
talk show host on WLS-AM (owned by ABC/Disney) got his professional
start at WMAQ. He called the station on its last day and demanded to
be put through to Cameron & Langford while they were on the air.
As a result, this conversation was simulcast on two major Chicago stations
- making for 100,000 watts of power behind this clip.
RA Bob Roberts
I've met Bob before while covering stories. Bob's the model radio journalist
- tenacious, yet passionate about his craft. He loved his job, and he
loved WMAQ. He immersed itself in its history during his years at the
station, and Cameron & Langford let him give the final words about
its demise. Less than 60 seconds after Bob said this, WMAQ's live microphones
were turned off - for the last time.