Because the radio frequency of WLUP
was 97.9, they decided that as part of the promotion they would admit for 98 cents anyone who brought a disco record to the park.
In spite of all Henderson's academic justifications for the series, the staff of WLUP
couldn't help being gratified when one of their titles became a surprise popular hit in 2004.
The extensions are designed to allow Merlin to find a buyer or assume control of WLUP
and Q101 outright.
* Alone among his radio colleagues, Garry Meier not only failed to show up for the four-hour star-studded send-off on the last day of broadcasting for Cumulus Media's classic rock WLUP
97.9-FM, but he also backed out of a well-publicized commitment to appear on a tribute to The Loop on Tribune Broadcasting's news/talk WGN 720-AM.
"Jonathon Brandmeier (then morning host on WLUP
) used to call me once a month, but I'm not even talking to him because of the deal.
Muller most recently hosted mornings for Cumulus Media on the former WLUP
(aka The Loop) before it was sold in March.
Earlier this year, Educational Media Foundation bought The Loop -- former classic rocker WLUP
-- from Merlin Media for $21.5 million.
The frequency's roots as a sports station go back to 1993 when former owner Evergreen Media changed the call letters from WLUP
AM to WMVP (for "Most Valuable Player") and switched to an all-sports format.
Erich Mancow Muller has been keeping a low profile since he signed off in March as morning personality on WLUP
97.9-FM, the former Cumulus Media classic rock station.
* Mancow will hit the airwaves in Chicago on The Loop WLUP
The stellar performances of The Drive and 94.7 WLS were attributed in large part to the demise of their two direct competitors -- classic rock WLUP
and classic hits WJMK -- both of which changed formats in recent months.
Jonathon Brandmeier, who took Chicago by storm as morning star of the former WLUP
97.9-FM in the '80s, has been elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame on the first ballot.