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Life after WDGC finds me at NIU campus in DeKalb, IL. I stayed away from radio during my first year, but decided to join the staff of NIU radio station WKDI-FM in the fall of 1985, my sophomore year. As a newbee to the station, I land the Sunday morning 6-9am time slot. Not exactly the best time for a college student, nor does it typically provide the best audience size. But I take it anyway, and I drag Dave Jackson with me for my first show. Here is one bit where we are on the air together. My college radio career lasted exactly two weeks. I did not like the fact that I could not do my own thing – I was forced to abide by strict station format – no personality radio. Oh – did I mention – this wasn’t even a real radio station. It did not broadcast over the airwaves. It was more like cable radio. Only those in the college dorms could pick it up.
Season 3 Episode 9: This episode of “Get a Life” is from the very last Chris and Dave show – The Final Chapter. By now, we had the delivery and timing down for this. Included here are actually two callers. The first one is by far the liveliest contestant we ever had. The second caller is Fred Moore who wins the Grand Prize for the season! He was such a good sport that evening and never said anything about us talking for six straight hours on that last episode of the Chris and Dave Smorgasbord.
Season 3 Episode 9 – Chris and Dave: The Final Chapter. On this last broadcast of the Chris and Dave Smorgasbord, we invite WDGC-FM General Manager Fred Moore on the show to present several recognition awards to him including a sentimental plaque and a very seedy tie.
Season 3 Episode 8: The second to last Chris and Dave broadcast. This time we broadcast live from the moon! Of course we didn’t really think anyone would believe this – we were just having fun. I think we got a real kick out of doing the fake broadcast from the Carlisle six weeks prior that we decided to do something totally ludicrous that even the most gullible of listeners wouldn’t fall for it.
Season 3 Episode 8 – Baba Gonesh and his presentation of Comedy Camel. The question still stands – Do camels have tails, and if so are they hairy?
Season 3 Episode 8 – Another episode of the game show “Get a Life”.
Season 3 Episode 7: Baba Gonesh stops by the studio to share a little “Comedy Camel” with the gang. Hey – these are just recycled elephant jokes!!!
Season 3 Episode 7: Another episode of Get A Life. The first life given away is a bit of an inside joke. Peet lost his job as buyer of Home Hardware earlier that day, so the life being given away ties in with that real life event.
Season 3 Episode 7: Canadian astrologer Mystical Melinda guest stars on the Chris and Dave show and takes calls from the listeners.
Season 3 Episode 5: Another episode of “Get a Life”. This caller was a real downer. In hindsight, she may have actually called to get a new life but all she got was this lousy bit.
Season 3 Episode 5: Chris and Dave try to get the skinny on the opening night performance of Roger Waters’ Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking Tour. We spoke to the events manager at the New Jersey Meadowlands Arena and got a verbal description of the performance.
Season 3 Episode 5: Jerry Malauskas spends his 19th birthday with Chris and Dave.
Season 3 Episode 4: After getting the F-bomb delivered on a recent show, Chris and Dave take things into their own hands by creating their own delay system out of two reel-to-reel tape decks. It actually worked! So maybe it was a little late after 2 years of random incidents, but it was a feel-good to have finally accomplished this after so many prior failed attempts.
Season 3 Episode 4: This is an abbreviated episode where Peet delivers the prize for the caller. He is going off complete memory here because he lost the script. He almost slips with a word here…but then recovers before it goes out over the air. “We don’t have to cut off your…” what?
Season 3 Episode 4: Without a working delay system, Chris and Dave were often working without a safety net by taking live on-air phone calls. Here’s a caller who, besides being an absolute moron, calls up to request a song during a talk show. When we give him the business, he drops the F-bomb on us. One of a handful of times we were glad General Manager Fred Moore was not listening.
Season 3 Episode 3: Chris gets fired from his part-time job as a telemarketer for Time Magazine. The first half of this bit is Chris describing the job and what pressures the salespeople are under to meet a minimum quota. The second half is spent going through some actual scripts with Dave as the customer. After this job I returned to my safe and cozy job at Disc Jockey Records.
Season 3 Episode 3: We could never guarantee that any of our mail sent to us by our listeners would ever get to us. Often times we would find that other staff members would open our mail and post in on the station’s bulletin board before we would even get it. So we decided to establish a P.O. Box. But since we were cheap, we decided to ask Peet’s mom for permission to use her P.O. Box. This is us calling her to get her permission before giving the address out on the air.
Season 3 Episode 3: This the debut of the game show “Get a Life”, which was one of more popular features in season 3. Peet wrote all the “life” prizes that we gave away. Often times we didn’t even read the script until we got on the air so that it would be spontaneous. The life we give away on this first bit is another risque topic for a high school radio program, but somehow we got away with it. Fred Moore must have been out of town. You’ll hear that the kinks had not yet been worked out with how this game show would work, but the concept is still there.
Season 3 Episode 2: Chris and Dave’s live “broadcast” from the Carlisle Banquet Hall in Lombard. This was actually a fake remote broadcast with actual party sound effects to create the illusion of a real party taking place. Dave and I put together the background atmosphere soundtrack at the College of DuPage radio station sound effects library that morning. The show was apparently so realistic that listeners actually started to show up in droves to the Carlisle looking for Chris and Dave and the free food. The Carlisle called the radio station to complain as we were packing up for the evening. This was our little “War of the Worlds”. Too bad we didn’t get this good of a turn out for our real remote show from the Barn three months earlier! We actually got this idea while listening to all the other radio stations broadcasting from the Taste of Chicago. We thought it would be cool to have our own “Taste of the Smorg”. This is the entire broadcast from that evening.
Here’s a rare gem! The theme song from the 1984 season of the Chris and Dave Smorgasbord radio show. The artist is the Peter Moon Band out of Hawaii. In the 25+ years that have gone by since we signed off the air for the last time, I never heard this tune used anywhere else, nor do I even know whether the Peter Moon Band is still around. And please don’t email me about this. Chris and Dave switch to Friday nights for the third and final season at WDGC-FM.
Following a 6-week hiatus after getting suspended for parking my car on the radio station’s lawn, I wrote this script for General Manager Fred Moore to read. This opened up every Chris and Dave show in Season 3 (Summer of 1984). This bit served as a constant reminder that “Fred Moore doesn’t go to sleep at 8 o’clock.” The fact that Mr. Moore did this for us showed us he really wasn’t out to get us.
Chris and Dave took a break from one another during the 1983-1984 school year. Each did their own separate show. For a very brief period, Dave teamed up with Jerry and the result was a disaster. The chemistry was definitely not there. So this bit was Chris’s attempt to get the two together to hash out their differences.
Part 2 of 2: The Dating Game broadcast from Dave Jackson’s solo Sunday night show “Open Mind”. Find out who Kathy picks for a date at Ponderosa.
Part 1 of 2: This is a recording from Dave Jackson’s “Open Mind” Sunday night radio program. Chris joins as a special guest and hosts the Dating Game with Dave. Kathy Kelly, host of CATV’s Suburban Showcase, takes calls during the program and picks one lucky winner to take her to Ponderosa, which Chris and Dave judged as the restaurant having the best salad bar in the western suburbs.
Chris and Dave call various restaurants in the Downers Grove area in search of the best salad bar. The selected restaurant will be the destination for Chris and Dave’s winning couple of “The Dating Game” which airs the following evening. Peet joins Chris and Dave for this broadcast. The bit ends with a blooper.