Cumulus Media and Merlin Media have decided to give 97.9 WLUP-FM Chicago an on-air farewell after all.
Steve Dahl, the personality most associated with the station’s history, will host a farewell program on Friday afternoon from 2-6pm. That happens to be the same timeslot Dahl normally fills at Cumulus News/Talk 890 WLS.
Dahl launched WLUP-FM into the stratosphere in July 1979 when as morning host he led the infamous Disco Demolition Night during a Chicago White Sox doubleheader at Comiskey Park as part of a promotion between the station and the team. Fans in attendance were offered 98 cent tickets as long as they brought one disco record for Dahl to blow up between games. The event led to an on-field fan riot as they stormed the field and led to the White Sox forfeiting the second game.
Dahl left WLUP for WLS in 1981 but later returned and anchored mornings into its Hot Talk run. He would later spend time at 1000 WMVP, 105.9 WCKG, and 104.3 WJMK before returning to WLS in 2014. He will now also give WLUP-FM at least the partial sendoff it deserves.
— The Steve Dahl Show (@SteveDahlShow) March 8, 2018