Bizarrely mirroring the hilarious rock-comedy Airheads, Chicago’s classic rock station WLUP was replaced by Christian music programming and signed off last week one last gesture: giving the devil horns to the new owners.
According to Ultimate Classic Rock who compiled numerous fan reports and videos, the last three songs played before the station nicknamed “the Loop” signed off were Motley Crue’s “Shout at the Devil,” Iron Maiden’s “The Number of the Beast”, and AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”!
The site added a little backstory, explaining that WLUP was founded in 1977, and drew national attention two years later with the infamous Disco Demolition Night. In a pyrotechnic protest against the popular dance music craze, the station actually blew up a pile of disco records that fans brought to Comiskey Park, home of baseball’s Chicago White Sox. Unfortunately, things got out of hand when some of the 60,000 fans in attendance overwhelmed the security team, charging and damaging the field and forcing the cancellation of the second half of the night’s doubleheader.
“We tried to break new ground, to break the rules, to be different and had amazing, talented people,” former station impresario Jimmy de Castro told the Chicago Tribune. “We had a hell of a lot of fun.” After earning a spot as the city’s third most popular station in 1979, WLUP slipped to 15th in the latest Nielsen survey for Chicago, with a 2.9 share.
just listened to the last song and it was Highway to Hell by AC/DC. Here is the earliest ad I could find for “The Loop”. From the Chicago Tribune March 13, 1977. Thank you for the memories. @979TheLoop @jamesvanosdol @Whatareyougoofy @TheCathyV pic.twitter.com/i7rOHzzrtB
— Vanished Chicago (@vanishedchicago) March 10, 2018
Ok…the countdown is on to the switch on The Loop in Chicago 97.9 from Rock to Christian music at Midnight…the last two songs…Shout at the Devil…and Number of the Beast….what is the last song???? Highway to Hell!!!!! Sweet…..horns up!!! pic.twitter.com/vhl52Xh48Q
— ChiTownStoney (@chistoney) March 10, 2018