Wow. What a bummer. Steve Dahl, a Chicago radio LEGEND for more than 30 years, told his WJMK-FM 104.3 listeners that he was leaving the CBS Radio outlet after yesterday's broadcast. I always caught bits and pieces of shows w/ former partner, Garry Meier, as a youngster downstate on faint AM signals when they were with WLS and AM1000.
More importantly, he started his long-running afternoon show on WCKG roughly the same time I moved up to Chicago in 1996...i've been a loyal listener since then, 12 freaking years, even when he switched back over to mornings. After saying 'Aloha' one last time on WJMK, Dahl played Jimmy Webb's 'If You See Me Getting Smaller, I'm Leaving.'
While he's come back even stronger from numerous splits w/ previous stations, it seems he'll be holding CBS to the 2 1/2 years remaining on his current contract...meaning he may be off the air just as long. A sad commentary on the state of radio today, i'll miss him while he's gone...but will remain hopeful this isn't the end of his story.
Aloha, Stever...and thanks for making each and every car ride to work and back one of the best parts of my day.