7th heaven

The Chicago-area Supergroup 7th heaven are well on their way to becoming national
superstars. We are glad to help them on their road to success and proud
to call you friends! If you haven’t had a chance to see them play,
do yourself a favor and check them out!

L-R: Richie, Keith, Mike, Nick, Mark, me.

Never A Dull Moment

It’s about 11pm on April 20th I am sitting watching TV and all of a sudden I hear these animal screams. And as I listen, it sounds as if they are coming from INSIDE my house! I mute the set and head for the basement door.

yap yap yaaaaaaappppp.

Oh, crap…..

I go downstairs and sure enough – an animal is stuck in the window well! And while it kind of looked like a dog – I knew it wasn’t a dog! I have no idea how to get him out. And I am NOT gonna get bit.

yap yap yaaaaaaappppp.

I look in on him and he is shivering – probably very scared. So I call the local police department. About 20 minutes later, a squad pulls up and we look outside. He sez “yep – baby fox. Don’t see that everyday!”

So I grab some tools after he tried to grab it with his hand. Fox started to snap. He used the little lawn rake to get him out and baby fox scampered off down the street.

Talked to the cop awhile who said that often they get calls of dead animals that couldn’t make it out of the window wells.

This little guy got lucky. Never a dull moment!


Remembering Ray Rayner

A listener to my afternoon show on Star 96.7 recently asked about TV legend Ray Rayner. Ray worked in Chicago television, beginning in the 1950’s, but his biggest influence would be to all of us kids growing up in the 60’s and 70’s. Ray was the one who woke us up every weekday as the host of “Ray Rayner & Friends” from 1962 through 1981 on WGN-TV Channel 9.

Ray with Chelveston the Duck and Cuddly Duddly

I was fortunate enough to have met Ray when he was a guest on Fox Thing In The Morning On Channel 32, where I was traffic anchor. What a thrill it was! I still have the picture up in my office.

 Ray passed away from complications caused by pneumonia in 2004.

Dick Biondi Toy Drive


Another great year at the annual Dick Biondi Toy Drive, the day after Thanksgiving
at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale. Several WLS History books were
raffled off for charity and Jim Peterik (and fellow Morton West HS alum) along
with the Ides of March stopped by to play some songs!


Chicago’s WLS Radio Book

As the creator of the WLSHistory.com website,
my book: CHICAGO’S WLS RADIO, is the  illustrated history of the Big 89 will take you from it’s inception by Sears  Roebuck in the 1920’s all the way to the Big 89 Rewind! With over 200 pictures, CHICAGO’S WLS RADIO will be a must have for any radio fan! Part of the Images Of America series by Arcadia Press.

You can find my book: CHICAGO’S WLS RADIO at your Chicago area Barnes and Noble and other retailers that carry the Images of America books. Plus Amazon at this link!

Dean Richards interviews Scott on WGN TV Midday News on 11/24/2008.