I came across the WLS History site when trying to find out where Bob Lassiter might be these days. I used to listen to him daily and was disappointed when I moved from the area and came back to find Bob was no longer with WLS. Your site brought back so many memories. There’s nothing I could say to you in an email that you probably haven’t read a million times from others. So, I’ll just say thanks for helping me to remember some of the people I spent so much time with on my commutes back and forth to work and on trips from my office in Ft Wayne, IN to Michigan City, IN. I’ve listened to WLS since the 60’s, and it’s been a part of the lives of millions. I remember so many of you who made WLS the only station I listened to.
Not too long ago I came across a cassette I made, probably back in 1969 or thereabouts. It’s got the song “I’m Into Something Good” by Herman’s Hermits, and then the WLS DJ comes on afterward…and for whatever reason, I taped the weather report that came on immediately following that (was a cold night in Chicago…imagine that!).
Have a great holiday season and a safe and prosperous new year, Scott.
– Larry Dickens
Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Bob passed away in 2006. He was 61.
Lassiter, who entertained listeners during “Talkradio 890’s” infancy, also hosted programs on WFLA in Tampa, as well as WPLP, and WSUN, had been suffering from complications related to diabetes. He spent his final year blogging about his experience.
“I always thought that I would live until I died – I did not realize that it could take so long, be so hard,” he wrote in his blog. “In some respects, it’s amazing how a body that clearly is failing clings on to life – fighting a losing battle, refusing to give in to the inevitable.”