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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
30 Years Ago Today

Here is an animated commercial for FM 100 featuring Lionel Richie's "Hello".

"Chicago's only Beautiful Music Station" was WLOO 100.3 FM. Some people called it elevator music. Except for legal IDs, the station didn't use its call letters and instead just referred to themselves as "FM 100" WLOO spelled out W-100. FM 100 as WXEZ and then WPNT from the late 1980's to early 1991 was simulcasting former WAIT 850 AM. Today 100.3 is WILV.

Many people remember "The Hour In The Middle Of The Evening" with host Herb Graham and the haunting whistling lullaby theme song "Mack The Knife" by the Dick Hyman Trio titled "Moritat". This song even has a third name, "The Threepenny Opera."

This aired on October 2, 2014.

FM 100 - "The Music Station" (Commercial, 1984)

Here is an animated commercial for FM 100 featuring Lionel Richie's "Hello".

"Chicago's only Beautiful Music Station". WLOO FM 100.3

This aired on local Chicago TV on Tuesday, October 2nd 1984.

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good ol' FM 100! I guess by this time, they were playing more than so-called elevator music. I don't recall ever hearing or knowing the call letters- it was just known as FM 100. we may have been kids, but even we needed to give our ears a break from all the rock and roll and some summer vacation nights, we'd go from the BIG 89 WLS (from morning to around midnight) over to FM 100 and PROMPTLY zone out!
Comment posted by thecromiecircle on Tuesday, February 5th 2008 at 8:31pm.

was it 99.5 or 100.something
Comment posted by pantaloon123 on Tuesday, February 5th 2008 at 8:49pm.

I know it's unreliable, but Wikipedia has a look at what was FM100 now WILV.

According to the article, 100.3 started as being owned by Marshall Field as WFMF. In 1970, the easy listening format of WLOO (W-100) later FM100. As time went on and EZ became AC, the station became known as 100.3 The Point WPNT--adopting a more upbeat AC mix leading towards Hot AC.

After a few more changes, like calls to WNND Windy 100, current owner Bonneville changed the calls to WILV with a rhythmic AC format ala New York's WKTU. Needless to say it's a failure. WILV goes by 100.3, Love FM.

NYC's answer to FM100 was WRFM Stereo 105, which had an EZ format till 1985 when it changed to WNSR Soft Rock 105 with a more upbeat AC Format. In 1991, Mix 105 took its place as well as the calls WMXV. Later in the 1990's it became an Alt-based music station WDBZ Da Buzz, and even hired Danny Bonaduce!

By 1998, Jammin Oldies took over as WTJM. I actually liked that station. But by about 2003, the sub-culture called hip hop took it over as WWPR--Power 105.

Comment posted by BobAnthony on Tuesday, February 5th 2008 at 8:57pm.

And who can forget that wonderful rendition of "Mack the Knife" played every night at 9pm? FM100 did have some good jox, like Bill Taylor.
Comment posted by Menutia on Tuesday, February 5th 2008 at 9:15pm.

It was 100.1 FM, WLOO Chicago. They shifted a little bit, to 100.3, maybe two or three years after this.

This was the ONLY station my parents would allow on their stereo, so I grew up with this music and I recall seeing this ad many times. They had a few other nice commercials as well...the one with an animated Humphrey Bogart (from a few years later) was my favorite.

"Mack The Knife" by the Dick Hyman Trio (I believe) was the intro/outtro music for an hourlong music/monologue show every weekday evening at 8pm....

"And now it's time for The Hour In The Middle Of The Evening, with your host...Herb Graham"
(pause)
"Good evening...."

I used to hate hearing that music at the end of the show (although he frequently played the whole piece at the end) because that meant it was 9pm and time for bed!

Comment posted by SuperCFL on Tuesday, February 5th 2008 at 10:21pm.

One more thing...the last effort as 100.3 WNND, played an 80s/90s format that was one of my favorites. I was furious when Bonneville flipped formats to that stupid "Love FM" format that's there now!
Comment posted by SuperCFL on Tuesday, February 5th 2008 at 10:23pm.

Boy do I miss FM100!! In my very stressful line of work (I'm a litigation assistant for a downtown Chicago law firm) I've found "elevator music" to be a very good friend, indeed! Especially when I'm trying to wind down and fall asleep or de-stress from an especially stressful event. Thankfully XM has their version - Escape (XM 78).

I especially remember Jack Taylor as one of the announcers at FM100, and sometimes he even did the newsbreaks. And yes, CFL, I remember "The Hour In The Middle Of the Evening" too. College for me was not all New Wave and House Music all the time - even then, I used FM100 as my "de-stressing station", and have ever since - until they went AC on me (which sux).

Comment posted by madsixtian on Tuesday, February 5th 2008 at 11:13pm.

My mom used to listen to this station. I remember it well.
Comment posted by 1980sfan on Wednesday, February 6th 2008 at 8:23am.

I'm glad that I was not the only one who had "lullaby" music every night at 9pm. Yes, the song was by the Dick Hyman Trio, titled "Moritat".

That station was the only FM station in the house and car... our AM was WGN!!! Oh, how I do miss "Beautiful music from Chicago".

Comment posted by Menutia on Wednesday, February 6th 2008 at 1:50pm.

That's right...I was trying to remember which title the Dick Hyman Trio used. (This song even has a third name, "The Threepenny Opera"!)

Madsixtian, how interesting...my father was a lawyer too. I wonder if he listened to it for the same reason. (He never had a radio in his office though.) And even now, at least once I day I find myself dialing the XM receiver over to Escape!

Comment posted by SuperCFL on Thursday, February 7th 2008 at 5:46pm.

FM 100 as WXEZ and then WPNT from the late 1980's to early 1991 was simucasting former WAIT 850 AM.
Comment posted by dth1971 on Thursday, February 7th 2008 at 10:27pm.

Okay what radio station had a haunting whistling theme at 8 or 9 at night during the early 70's?
Can't for the life of me remember what that tune was called or the station that played it.

Comment posted by mprender on Friday, February 8th 2008 at 11:15pm.

Was it the opening to "The Stranger" by Billy Joel?
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Friday, February 8th 2008 at 11:22pm.

No that wasn't it either. The Billy Joel song is too recent.
Comment posted by mprender on Saturday, February 9th 2008 at 8:39am.

I wonder if you're thinking of the same thing we were discussing earlier..."Moritat" by the Dick Hyman Trio. It opens and closes with a beautiful (and, looking back, I would agree--haunting) whistling solo (with a little guitar backing).

That was the opening and closing theme to a program called "The Hour In The Middle Of The Evening" that went from 8 to 9 each weeknight on FM 100.

Comment posted by SuperCFL on Saturday, February 9th 2008 at 9:56am.

Yes that's it. Just downloaded it from itunes! I've been looking for that info for years! Thanks!
Comment posted by mprender on Saturday, February 9th 2008 at 11:39am.

Here it is, for everyone to enjoy. :-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, February 9th 2008 at 12:33pm.

Boy, do I remember this commercial! I was only 12 at the time, but I thought that the idea of weather changing from stormy to sunny just because Lionel Richie's "Hello" was playing was silly.
Comment posted by OldTVNut on Tuesday, August 16th 2011 at 7:15pm.

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