Remembering WBEE Harvey, Illinois

Remembering WBEE Harvey, Illinois

Posted in the Jazz Forum

First Prev
of 2
Next Last
Marty

AOL

#1 Aug 20, 2007
Does anyone remember WBEE? It was a jazz station on 1570 A.M. in the Chicago area. It used to broadcast the raunchiest jazz and blues between 7:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. They broadcasted from a studio with four transmission towers just off of the Tri State Tollway and 159th Street.
The cool thing about listening to this station was not just the jazz they played. The jazz they played was "real jazz." Stuff designed to strengthen your love and feel good. Also, I love the reception I got of the station. Even though the signal was kind of weak, this signal pretty reached the southern suburbs of Chicago. I love having some static and a lot of bass because it made my listening pleasure so relaxing and soothing.
My questions are: why did they sign off in 2003? Where are the WBEE disc jockeys now? The only source in the Chicago area for jazz these days is WDCB, but I usually don't listen to the radio. I love the raunchy, romantic grooves on Music Choice. BTW, the community bulletins channel plays the Music Choice jazz station over their announcements. So any good answers to my questions would be fine.=)
Chicago Expatriate

United States

#2 Nov 17, 2007
I remember the station well. It was my constant companion in the car, as I did a lot of traveling for my work. Jazz is fading into the sunset, as our culture gets more and more debauched and dumbed down. Jazz just doesn't have the audience it once did, and it's unfortunate that in Chicago of all places, it's hard to find jazz of any kind on the radio. Yeah I miss WBEE, but I also miss Syd McCoy and Yvonne Daniels and the late great Daddy O'Daylie on WJPC. Those days are long gone, and I fear that things won't get any better any time soon.
Expatriate 3

United States

#3 Sep 22, 2011
I also rememeber the station quite well. I particularly remember one of the coolest and hippest jazz dj's of the year 1970..that dj's name being Marty Faye. He was the openieng dj for the Monday through Friday shows and his show ended at 10am., I believe. I remember either during or immediately following the show from 10:30am until 11am, there was a segment of jazz that was slow-moving and sultry, containing songs which were sung by leading vocalists or played by leading instrumentalists. For example, Billy Eckstine, Billy Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McCrae, Ella Fitzgerald (the divas were all sultry and slow-paced); Arthur Prysock, Grady Tate, Donny Hathaway,Cal Tjader, Quincy Jones,Roberta Flack, Billy Paul, and a host of others who were new to the scene and prospered later. In 1970, that section was called "the mushy music spotlight" That section might be referred to as the equivalent of "love jazz" as we call it in some circles at present but more "bluesey". Coltrane and Miles Davis were frequently played too as well as Phil Upchurch and Minnie Riperton In 1970 in Chicago,
the essence of jazz was played on WBEE and the seeds of my appreciation for jazz were both planted and germinated with the assistancce of Marty Faye and Daddy O' Daly. Good years and great jazz in Chicago!

Since: Aug 09

Park Forest, IL

#4 Oct 8, 2011
I too remember WBEE-1570 AM in Harvey, Illinois. I really did love that radio station. It was a low-wattage radio station whose signal faded out somewhere around the Hyde Park community of Chicago. The station was sold, I believe, to a gospel music format station, and I don't know and cannot tell whether it is still in existence. They had an extraordinary collection of recordings, some of which sounded as if they were recorded offstage at performances by a reel-to-reel tape recorder. I too was a huge fan of Marty Faye; he was a wonderful radio host. His show was proceeded for many years by the Antioch MBE Church in Chicago (Rev. Wilbur N. Daniel - "And the Lord Bless You - a-Real Good!" was his signoff). WDCB-FM (College of DuPage) is as close as we can get for local jazz music programming to a substitute for the wonderful WBEE.
Bill S

Chicago, IL

#5 Mar 16, 2012
WBEE was a cool station. I workeed there as a young white kid. I played around in the stations' production room, where I learned how to make commercials. I enjoyed Bill Kenner and the rest of the crew. Long gone, now.
Don

Greenway, VA

#6 Dec 12, 2012
Growing up in Gary, Indiana, I listened to WBEE every day. It was my favorite station. We didn't have much radio in Gary. I remember a disk jockey named Herb Kent, The Cool Gent. Very cool dude indeed! He had a mellow, mellow voice. Someone mentioned Marty Faye. Marty became very upset when Jose Feliciano's music was blackballed because of the way Jose sang the National Anthem at the World Series in Detroit. For a while, Marty played Jose's version every day. In Gary, we had one black disk jockey who was on WWCA once a week. She was Vivian Carter-Bracken and she owned a record shop in Gary and also managed The Spaniels singing group who were also from Gary. I think they attended Roosevelt High School. Man, that was a loooooong time ago. So glad I stumbled across this site.
Louis M

Oceanside, CA

#7 Mar 29, 2013
Growing up on Chicago's South Side (Englewood) I accidentally tuned to 1570 AM one evening and began listening to WBEE moreso than WVON, which was THE radio station at the time. I loved Daddio Daylie and Yvonne Daniels - they were who truly turned me on to jazz and educated me on the music and the artists who performed the music. Because of the weak signal I remember sometimes having to move my transister radio across the street or down to another corner to re-aquire the signal. I now live in the San Diego area where we have a great jazz station KSDS, very straight-ahead, but WBEE I'll always remember as the best jazz station of all that I've ever listened too.
Paul

Rockville, MD

#8 May 21, 2013
As a white kid growing up in Markham in the 60s, I built a crystal radio and the only station I got was WBEE whose transmitter was a mile away...you guessed it,I'm a straight ahead jazz fan today...and WDCB is the best we have, especially when Jean Franks hosts on Sunday nights...my mom was also friends with the WBEE DJs and I still have some old records from the station, Lightning Hopkins, for example.
sam

Lehigh Acres, FL

#9 Dec 4, 2013
I have a poster advertisement from that radio station, WBEE 1570 A.M. with a Marshall auto insurance company sponsor ad. also has an emblem from a none for profit organization called Documents of truth incorporated. Klent El Woods. executive director. 1950s ?
Ken Masson

Chicago, IL

#10 Dec 24, 2013
WBEE was sold because the owner, Charles Sherrell, said he was losing money on the station, although he brokered half of the station's operating time to gospel music DJs and churches. Earlier, the owner tried to purchase 0o FM station in Lansing, Illinois. (WLNR) where he would have transferred the jaizz format. The deal to buy the station didn't go through and Johnson Publishing bought WLNR which became WJPC-FM. Robert Feder, former radio and TV critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, wrote a column about pop sale in the early 2000s.
Anonymous

Chicago, IL

#11 Jan 13, 2014
On Chicago Jazz Radio – WBEE and its WAAF Roots

WBEE 1570-AM in Harvey was wonderful while it lasted – from the Spring of 1955 through 1989 when the call letters were changed to WMNN and the format became gospel & religious.

It took me a long time to discover the jazz programming on WBEE. One day in the early 80s was driving on Chicagoland’s South Side (maybe Alsip), going to a business meeting. I was searching the AM dial looking for something worth to listening to. Suddenly, I was transformed into the past - I heard the wonderful voice of the outspoken Marty Faye who had gained fame for his jazz programming on WAAF (along with Daddy-O Daylie, Dick Buckley, Jesse Owens and Jerry Leighton), and also on Television with his interview/variety shows on Channel 7-WBKB and Channel 26-WCIU. Some sources have alleged that Marty Faye was the brother of movie star Alice Faye, but Alice Leppert adopted Faye as a stage name. I have not found any sources to indicate that they were related. Marty was from Brooklyn, Alice from New York City.

I hadn’t heard Marty Faye’s voice in years but I recognized it immediately. I set 1570 as one of my selected stations on the car radio right away – despite the low quality of the reception. I loved his voice, loved his spiels and that he was playing jazz on the radio – as were other jocks on WBEE. As a kid, I loved listening to Daddy-O Daylie , Marty Faye, Dick Buckley and the other program hosts on WAAF 950-AM with that solid mostly jazz programming. I also enjoyed listening to Sam Wiedrick and Vince Garrity doing the sports show just before WAAF’s sunset sign-off. Daddy-O also had gigs on WAIT and WMAQ for a while – but the WMAQ show on Saturday Night was transcribed – pre-recorded.

While in college in the 60s, I used to leave my tape recorder running when I went to class during what Daddy-O Daylie called “Killer Day” on WAAF. On Fridays he featured the mega-hits of the 30’s, 40s and 50s on both his morning and afternoon shows. I’ve got a lot of air checks from those shows. When WAAF became WGRT and later WJPC, Daddy-O played less jazz and more soul and blues. Then Daddy-O and the other jazz jocks pretty much disappeared from the airwaves for a while.

After the demise of WAAF, Dick Buckley ended up doing voice overs and program hosting in WAIT that was playing “The World’s Most Beautiful Music”– e.g. Andre Mantovanni, the Boston Pops, Andre Kostelanetz etc. I often tuned to WAIT just to hear Buckley’s wonderful voice doing commercials for Cal-Can pet food (and products) just to hear his voice.

One of these days, I’ll research this this subject more thoroughly and do a time line of Chicago radio stations and their Jazz and Blues programming.

For a brief history of WBEE 1570-AM: http://24.15.236.20/public/zec om/museum/Chiradhist/southsubu rban.htm#WBEE

For a brief history of WAAF 950-AM: http://24.15.236.20/public/zec om/museum/Chiradhist/950.htm#W AAF
Anonymous

Chicago, IL

#12 Jan 13, 2014
On Chicago Jazz Radio – WSDM, WCFL, WNIB

In the 60s one could also catch jazz all day on WSDM 97.9-FM (Smack Dab in the Middle of your FM Dial!) with Yvonne Daniels, and other “Den Pals”. WSDM was owned and operated by the Chess Brothers who also operated WVON 1450-AM, Chess Records and other record labels. The Chess Brothers introduced a unique concept – all female program hosts called “Den Pals”. Yvonne Daniels (daughter of singer Billy Daniels), was the only Den Pal to use her name and the other Den Pals used nicknames on the air. One such Den Pal who got her start on radio was Linda Ellerbee . WSDM became known as “The Station with the Girls – And All That Jazz”. Some of the programming on WSDM was “canned”– i.e. the music, intros and trailers were pre-recorded – as opposed to having a live program host.

In the late 50s and early 60s WCFL 1000-AM had some jazz programming (mixed in with its sports coverage of the White Sox and labor coverage – anyone remember “The Eye Opener” news program with their opening theme of John Brown’s Body by the MJQ?). There was Music Til Midnight (with Howie Roberts) and the All Night Show (with Mike Rapchak), Milo Hamilton had a program and later other late night jazz programs with hosts Yvonne Daniels, Sid McCoy and others.

In the late 60s and early 70s Dick Buckley brokered time for an evening show on WNIB 97.1-FM. Buckley left that station after while and turned up on WBEZ 91.5-FM as one of the hosts of “Jazz Forum”. Neil Tesser then brought his show,“Straight No Chaser” to WNIB for several years.

One of these days, I’ll research this this subject more thoroughly and do a time line of Chicago radio stations and their Jazz and Blues programming.

For a brief history of WSDM 98.7-FM: http://24.15.236.20/public/zec om/museum/Chiradhist/979.htm#W SDM
Anonymous

Chicago, IL

#13 Jan 13, 2014
On Chicago Jazz Radio – WXFM, WBEZ, WDCB

For a while, jazz programming had all but disappeared from Chicago’s airwaves. Then WBEZ 91.5-FM started programming a pretty full plate of Jazz & Blues, featuring various hosts for “Jazz Forum” such as Dick Buckley, Richard Steele, Neil Tesser, Tony Chrisopher, Norm Spaulding, and Linda Prince, and “Blues Before Sunrise” with Steve Cushing. A few years ago, WBEZ’s current station manager terminated most of the music programming except for Buckley’s show. When Buckley retired, so did WBEZ’s jazz programming.

For a while, WXFM was a brokered station and several program hosts of jazz reigned supreme there. Count BJ (Benedetto Masarella) had a show and a following. The Count eventually got other jazz program hosts such as Buckley and Daddy-O to buy time on WXFM – making that station into a jazz powerhouse. Daddy-O reactivated the “Gofer’s Club” on WXFM.

WDCB 90.9-FM has become the home of Chicagoland’s jazz and blues programming. However, being located in DuPage County, reception in certain parts of Chicagoland can be quite difficult. Some issues depend on where you’re trying to listen and others depend on the quality of one’s FM receiver. However, you can listen to WDCB 24x7x365 via their website: www.wdcb.org .
I’ve left off many of the blues hosts such as Al Benson (WGES) and Big Bill Hill (WOPA)– to name a few. But this was supposed to be a short remembrance of WBEE.

One of these days, I’ll research this this subject more thoroughly and do a time line of Chicago radio stations and their Jazz and Blues programming.

For a brief history of WXFM 105.9-FM: http://24.15.236.20/public/zec om/museum/Chiradhist/1059.htm# WXFM
Dave Alpet

Loma Linda, CA

#14 Feb 5, 2014
Marty Faye was FRANCES Faye's sister.

- DRA
Anonymous wrote:
On Chicago Jazz Radio – WBEE and its WAAF Roots
WBEE 1570-AM in Harvey was wonderful while it lasted – from the Spring of 1955 through 1989 when the call letters were changed to WMNN and the format became gospel & religious.
It took me a long time to discover the jazz programming on WBEE. One day in the early 80s was driving on Chicagoland’s South Side (maybe Alsip), going to a business meeting. I was searching the AM dial looking for something worth to listening to. Suddenly, I was transformed into the past - I heard the wonderful voice of the outspoken Marty Faye who had gained fame for his jazz programming on WAAF (along with Daddy-O Daylie, Dick Buckley, Jesse Owens and Jerry Leighton), and also on Television with his interview/variety shows on Channel 7-WBKB and Channel 26-WCIU. Some sources have alleged that Marty Faye was the brother of movie star Alice Faye, but Alice Leppert adopted Faye as a stage name. I have not found any sources to indicate that they were related. Marty was from Brooklyn, Alice from New York City.
I hadn’t heard Marty Faye’s voice in years but I recognized it immediately. I set 1570 as one of my selected stations on the car radio right away – despite the low quality of the reception. I loved his voice, loved his spiels and that he was playing jazz on the radio – as were other jocks on WBEE. As a kid, I loved listening to Daddy-O Daylie , Marty Faye, Dick Buckley and the other program hosts on WAAF 950-AM with that solid mostly jazz programming. I also enjoyed listening to Sam Wiedrick and Vince Garrity doing the sports show just before WAAF’s sunset sign-off. Daddy-O also had gigs on WAIT and WMAQ for a while – but the WMAQ show on Saturday Night was transcribed – pre-recorded.
While in college in the 60s, I used to leave my tape recorder running when I went to class during what Daddy-O Daylie called “Killer Day” on WAAF. On Fridays he featured the mega-hits of the 30’s, 40s and 50s on both his morning and afternoon shows. I’ve got a lot of air checks from those shows. When WAAF became WGRT and later WJPC, Daddy-O played less jazz and more soul and blues. Then Daddy-O and the other jazz jocks pretty much disappeared from the airwaves for a while.
After the demise of WAAF, Dick Buckley ended up doing voice overs and program hosting in WAIT that was playing “The World’s Most Beautiful Music”– e.g. Andre Mantovanni, the Boston Pops, Andre Kostelanetz etc. I often tuned to WAIT just to hear Buckley’s wonderful voice doing commercials for Cal-Can pet food (and products) just to hear his voice.
One of these days, I’ll research this this subject more thoroughly and do a time line of Chicago radio stations and their Jazz and Blues programming.
For a brief history of WBEE 1570-AM: http://24.15.236.20/public/zec om/museum/Chiradhist/southsubu rban.htm#WBEE
For a brief history of WAAF 950-AM: http://24.15.236.20/public/zec om/museum/Chiradhist/950.htm#W AAF
CABchi

Olney, MD

#15 Feb 9, 2014
I don't remember the radio station-- and growing up on the north side I'm sure we couldn't have gotten it anyway. But oh how I remember Marty Faye from his Channel 7 late night program. My dad often got home late and if I was going to have time with him, I was going to have to do it on his schedule. And his late night schedule included Marty Faye's crazy program. I was just a kid, but the jazz just blew me away. It was the first time I heard an incredible young Canadian pianist named Oscar Peterson. Marty also often had his sister, Frances Faye, on the program. I'm glad I'm not the only one who remembers.
Gary Mattes

Chicago, IL

#16 Jun 23, 2014
I delivered furniture for Scandinavian Design around the south side and the truck only had an AM radio. That was the the late 70s. WCFL or WLS got old fast. They had great jazz, blues & soul from sun up to sun down. Broadcast or streaming I have never found a better station.
Anon

Sierra Vista, AZ

#17 Sep 22, 2014
Herb Kent "The Cool Gent" in the 50s. Listened often from Elmhurst
Al Prince

Chicago, IL

#18 Nov 28, 2014
Anon wrote:
Herb Kent "The Cool Gent" in the 50s. Listened often from Elmhurst
Oh my God !!! "WBEE, Harvey, Chicago". I remember it well. The absolute best collection of jazz ever! From John Coltrane to Pharaoh Sanders to Leon Thomas. Memorable but unforgettable was WBEE!
Moira

Chesterton, IN

#19 Jan 26, 2015
I remember listening to this station on the way to work and on the weekend. Sure miss it. Some one used to sing "One day at a time" during the Antioch Baptist Church segment. I had that cassette but lost it. Does anyone know who sang it? I have written the church multiple times but never go an answer. Thanks.
krice0606

Chicago, IL

#20 Apr 19, 2015
Marty wrote:
Does anyone remember WBEE? It was a jazz station on 1570 A.M. in the Chicago area. It used to broadcast the raunchiest jazz and blues between 7:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. They broadcasted from a studio with four transmission towers just off of the Tri State Tollway and 159th Street.
The cool thing about listening to this station was not just the jazz they played. The jazz they played was "real jazz." Stuff designed to strengthen your love and feel good. Also, I love the reception I got of the station. Even though the signal was kind of weak, this signal pretty reached the southern suburbs of Chicago. I love having some static and a lot of bass because it made my listening pleasure so relaxing and soothing.
My questions are: why did they sign off in 2003? Where are the WBEE disc jockeys now? The only source in the Chicago area for jazz these days is WDCB, but I usually don't listen to the radio. I love the raunchy, romantic grooves on Music Choice. BTW, the community bulletins channel plays the Music Choice jazz station over their announcements. So any good answers to my questions would be fine.=)


Check out DJ Carl David, a former WBEE late night DJ....go to.....www.jazzradiodc.com.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 2
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Jazz Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Trump-supporting GOP mayoral candidate says rap... 1 hr reality 1
News Book Chronicling Lucille Ball's 1956 Visit To L... Apr 27 millennials Dont ... 1
News New Orleans celebrates 300 years of survival fr... Apr '18 nigglette 1
News Philip Payton Jr.: The Crusading Capitalist Who... Mar '18 Afrocentric is HATE 1
News New Sussex Symphony announces concert Mar '18 Irritated 1
News No pushover: Meghan McCain brings conservative ... Feb '18 Guest 9
News Hark! The Herald Amy Sings Feb '18 Anonymous 2