How does someone get to the point where he runs a website devoted to legal IDs? Glad you asked (but I’m guessing you won’t be in a few sentences).
In 1993, I bought my first home computer (a bad-ass B&W Mac Classic II…represent!) and was introduced by a convenience store co-worker to the magical world of ISCA BBS. A couple years later, I moved to Minneapolis to study broadcasting at Brown Institute (“College,” my ass) and was introduced by a computer store co-worker to the magical world of the WWW. One night at home, I was surfing this joyous new toy at blazing 28.8 speed when I came upon a couple of websites that started a fascination. One was Jon Ellis’ Upper Midwest Broadcasting site and the other was Scooter and Garrett’s bostonradio.org. Both had audio files of radio stations and I became intrigued by the whole call letter/city of license thing.
A few years later, knowing of my rabid fandom of the Minnesota Timberwolves, a salesperson at a station I was working at offered to sell me an extra ticket she had to a Wolves-Bulls game at Chicago’s United Center. For reasons then unknown to me (but very clear now), I took along a boombox and recorded my first tape of legal IDs.
The tape was packed away and moved several times over the next eight years until I unearthed it just days ago. Now, it’s presented here: the first eleven legal IDs I ever recorded. Touching, isn’t it?
Enjoy it: Chicago, April 1998.