Chicago Radio

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Illinois Broadcast Pioneer Award

Here is a video That IBA prepared to honor Mal. He gave this talk in 1995. The award was given in June 2009 when Mal was 89 and no longer as spry. This link shows you others who have been given the broadcast pioneer award. The video above was...

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Remembering Art Hellyer’s Career

Here’s a great video about Art Hellyer, another Chicago radio pioneer. Some of the comments about Art are by Mal. In a home where we mostly listened to Dad on the radio, I still managed to listen to Art’s AM radio show on WCFL. I love that the video also credits Lenny Kaye. Dr. Kaye was a true artist.

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Mal’s notes on his bio

Here are handwritten notes Mal made when preparing to talk about his work. (If you have heard his talk you understand he never typed a word.) Interesting things he mentions that you may not hear in the talk — His first job in on the air was a commercial...

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In 1995 Mal spoke at the Midwest Broadcast Museum

Dad got a chance to stand up and talk to a group of Chicagoland broadcasters about his life. He talked about his early years in Wyoming, his discovery of Chicago and acting. He talks about future greats he got to know at the Pasadena Playhouse and his service during...

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North Shore Walk of Fame

North Shore Hilton and North Shore Magazine put Mal on the North Shore Walk of Fame in 1994. Jack Brickhouse, a longtime friend, made the presentation. Here is Mal putting his hand prints on the walk: And here is the plaque commemorating the award: Previous honorees included Scott Turow,...

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Chuck Schaden Interview

WBBMYesterday

In 1987 Chuck Schaden was writing a book on the history of WBBM radio. He taped a one hour interview with Mal talking about WBBM in the post-war years and Mal’s career there. There is a lot of real inside baseball here about Chicago radio in the 50’s and 60’s. The audio came off of a cassette not intended for air and is not great; playing time is just under 57:00.

Chuck Schaden went on to be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame for his work in documenting the early days of radio.

WBBM Yesterday and Today, back cover

WBBM Yesterday and Today, back cover

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