With over 6,2oo broadcasts under their belts during almost 26 years Steve and Johnnie will say so-long from the WGN studios this Friday. The famed couple of over-night radio in Chicago made the announcement at that the top of their show early Monday morning. The final week is going to be one long goodbye with a series of guests and memories.
No one wants to see this happen, but as Steve King and Johnnie Putnam explained to listeners (who already knew) they have a whole series of side projects that now can be ramped up. One of them is the Nashville TV show that has taken some of their time, and now can be done without ‘buring both ends of the candle”.
I am pleased to know they soon will have a regular schedule, and enjoy breakfast time and coffee like most folks do. Late at night they would sometimes talk about the food they were hungry for and planning to eat once they left the studios at 5:00 A.M., and it was rarely breakfast foods. In addition they can take the blinds off their windows and sleep during the night, instead of the day. That will be worth everything to them.
It will not be retirement for Steve and Johnnie as they are so active with music, and I suspect at least one book. More will be seen and heard from them, but not on a nightly basis.
While it is sad to lose friends over the airwaves, we all know radio changes. But the memories of Steve and Johnnie will remain forever.
It was Christmas Eve 1984 Steve was first heard on WGN and Valentine’s Day, 1985, we newlyweds were first heard as a duo on WGN. This Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, our last show, we will wrap 6,207 shows that started as three and a half, then four, then five, and, until recently six hour shows. They were always Sunday night through Thursday night with a few years of Saturday night and Sunday afternoon shows thrown in. That’s a LOT of talking, a lot of history covered, a lot of friendships made with guests and with those of you who were nice enough to hang out with us on the other side of your radio speakers.