Illinois Entertainer September media column
Kris Erik Stevens’s arrival in Chicago in the late ’60s involved a bit of serendipity.
“I was on my way from San Francisco to a gig I had just taken in Pittsburgh, and I stopped in Chicago along the way to see an old buddy of mine, Lyle Dean, who I had worked with in Omaha. I said I wanted to meet the program director. Lyle said, “Well, he’s the guy you just brushed off on the way in here. You didn’t even say hello.’ I thought, ‘Oh No!’ So I ran down the hall and went into his office and said, ‘Mr. Rook, I’m so sorry; I always wanted to meet you.’ And I introduced myself. He told me that he had heard a lot of good things about me. Sure enough, after I was in Pittsburgh for about four months, he gave me a call, and before I knew it, I was on WLS.”
Having grown up in Michigan listening to the station, it was a dream come true.
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