Featuring Bill Cameron, Bob Roberts, Studs Terkel
and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley
note: Infinity Broadcasting retired the WMAQ call letters (and abandoned
the station's all-news format) on August 1st, 2000. Infinity moved its sports-talk
station WSCR from 1160 kHz to the 670 kHz frequency formerly occupied by WMAQ.
(FCC regulations required Infinity to sell one of its Chicago AM frequencies.
The 1160 kHz channel was far more expendable).
18th, 2000: Later today WMAQ radio's 44 staffers will be told whether
or not they will have jobs at WBBM-AM (Infinity's remaining all-news station in
Chicago) after WMAQ goes dark.
segment #1: The camera strolls through the WMAQ radio newsroom and into the
on-air studio where Bill Cameron and Larry Langford are broadcasting live. (Runs
segment #2: Reporter Bob Roberts reflects on the passing of WMAQ, its illustrious
history...and frets about his professional future. (Not to worry: Bob was one
of the lucky few 'MAQ staffers asked to join the news team at WBBM-AM.) (Runs
Segment #3: City Hall reporter Bill Cameron (a 30-year veteran of WMAQ) on
the business of broadcasting in the 21st century. (You can now hear Bill on WLS-AM).
31, 2000: It's mid-afternoon on WMAQ radio's last day. Bill Cameron
and Larry Langford are on the air for the last time as a team. Two celebrities
Segment #4: Studs Terkel drops by the studio and describes his first visit
to the NBC Merchandise Mart studios in 1937 when Chicago was the world's soap
opera capital. (Runs :56). (Click
here for more on Studs and his contribution to the "Chicago School"
Segment #5: Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley calls in and tells listeners who's
really profited from the deregulation of the broadcasting industry. (Runs 1:33)