The Descent into the Archives allows podcast subscribers to relive Steve Dahl’s early days. Despite his reputation as radio’s Bad Boy, Steve determined that it would be good to have a permanent record of his shows. This evidence was only held against him once, in a divorce action by Garry Meier.
Steve’s anal retention is your treasure trove today. First captured on Beta Max tapes at WDAI, (the only format able to grab 4.5 hours without a pause) the aforementioned archives permit listeners to time travel back to WDAI, where a squeaky voiced Detroit import held court with a crew of mythical cohorts. Rex Reational, Travis T Hipp, Art Nouveau, Baba Ganoush and other vaporous cast members entertained Chicago until Disco DAI sent Steve ducking for cover at WLUP.
The VHS years include a 15 year run with Garry Meier that straddles seminal WLUP, 5 years of WLS, and a return engagement at the Loop AM/FM. The latest episodes include WMVP with Bruce Wolf, and a 13 year run at CBS.
There are highlights (Pat’s first breath) and lowlights (I’m only here as a courtesy) and everything in between. Guests galore. It is a peek into a different era, where a California boy dared to talk on the FM band, changing broadcasting forever. These flashbacks conjure up memories and smiles, whether being re-heard, or experienced for the first time.