Buzz Kilman
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Andy Kaufman
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Garry Meier
(Movies & TV)
Rollie Fingers
John Cusack
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Christina Filiaggi
(Movies & TV)

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Steve Dahl

Knowledge Identifier: +Steve_Dahl


Steve Dahl

American radio personality and humorist add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1954.

Countries: United States (38%), Illinois (33%), Michigan (10%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Buzz Kilman, Chicago Tribune, Andy Kaufman

Linked to: Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago White Sox, Columbia College Chicago, Billboard




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Steve Dahl was born in 1954 add something


In 1976, Dahl's ex-wife told him about an opening for a morning show in Detroit, Michigan on WABX-FM add something


In 1978, after Janet accepted his marriage proposal, Dahl left Detroit for WDAI in Chicago add something


Ten months later, on Christmas Eve, 1978, WDAI changed formats from rock to disco and fired Dahl add something


Dahl began at WDAI Chicago on February 23, 1978 with his solo "Steve Dahl's Rude Awakening" show, but it never achieved solid ratings despite media attention add something


In March 1979, after a few months without a job, Dahl was hired to do a morning show at WLUP where he met overnight DJ Garry Meier add something


During this same time period, Dahl and Meier, along with both Mike Veeck , and Jeff Schwartz of WLUP promotions, came up with a radio promotion and tie-in to the White Sox called Disco Demolition Night which took place on Thursday, July 12, 1979 add something


Currently, Dahl resides in the western suburbs of Chicago with his wife Janet, a non-practicing lawyer, whom he married in July, 1980 add something


He eventually teamed up with Buzz Kilman, who was Dahl's newsman starting in 1980 on WLUP, and the show was available as a podcast at Dahl's website and streamed live on WCKG's website add something


His band, "Teenage Radiation", recorded and performed a number of song parodies and since 1990 he has performed and recorded as "Steve Dahl and the Dahlfins add something


Buzz Kilman - On April Fool's Day, 1980, he went to WLUP-FM in Chicago and did news for "The Steve Dahl Show"


However, in February 1981, WLUP fired Dahl, citing "continued assaults on community standards add something


In 1982, he stated on the air that motorists could allegedly substitute Necco Wafers for coins in automatic toll booths on Chicago 's tollways add something


Andy Kaufman - At Park West Theatre in Chicago on March 26, 1982, Kaufman performed stage hypnosis where he induced local DJ Steve Dahl to urinate while sitting in a large box


They briefly had a morning television show, called "It's Too Early" on local Chicago station, WFBN-TV, which nationally syndicated columnist Bob Greene called "the best program on television", "amazing", and "hypnotic" in his June 20, 1983 column add something


" Dahl has dabbled in acting, appearing in the 1984 cult classic, "Grandview, U.S.A." with John and Joan Cusack add something


Dahl decided to get a vasectomy in March 1989, which was performed live on the air at a urologist's office in Indiana add something


In addition to recording parody songs for his radio show with his early band "Teenage Radiation", Dahl began recording and playing live performance with a new band in 1990, called "Steve Dahl and the Dahlfins" add something


Steve and Garry moved to WLS, but ultimately returned to WLUP where they stayed until their split in 1993 add something


Rollie Fingers - In 1994/1995 a comedy segment entitled "Rollie TV", concerning a fictitious cable television channel devoted solely to the life of Rollie Fingers and helmed by a Rollie Fingers obsessed host named Greg Shuttlecock, aired once a week on The Steve Dahl Radio Show on WMVP AM1000 in Chicago


He has been sober since 1995, the day after a drinking bout at the White Sox home opener, achieving it cold turkey add something


The three co-wrote the song "Your Imagination" which appeared as a single and on Wilson's 1998 album "Imagination" add something


Also in 1999, Steve Dahl admitted secretly recording conversations among staffers at WCKG because he suspected they were talking about him behind his back add something


On June 22, 1999, Detroit's WKRK FM 97,1 dropped his show, replacing it with the Erin & Gonzo Show add something


In 2001, the case was settled add something


Buzz Kilman - On April 1, 2002, the duo moved to afternoons as sidekicks for the Steve Dahl show, replacing Joy Masada and Dave McBride


He appeared in the 2004 film "Outing Riley", and in the 2006 indie comedy "I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With" add something


Dahl's afternoon show was rated fifth among men 25-54 in the winter 2006-2007 ratings report add something


On Friday, August 18, 2006, Dahl was doing a remote broadcast of his show at Oak Street Beachstro, a restaurant on Chicago 's Oak Street Beach add something


In 2007, backed by Des Moines, Iowa , Iowa band The Nadas, Dahl embarked on a tour of Chicago-area concert venues add something


On April 2, 2007, Meier returned to Chicago radio, doing the 8 AM-11 AM show on WCKG. He appeared briefly on Dahl's show that same day add something


Dahl announced on October 29, 2007 that he would move to mornings at WJMK on November 5, 2007 as WCKG changed formats add something


Buzz Kilman - On November 5, 2007, Buzz followed Steve Dahl to WJMK as they became the new morning team


Criminal suspect Drew Peterson and his lawyer, Joel Brodsky, called in to Dahl's show on January 23, 2008 add something


Since Dahl left the air in December 2008, he has maintained a presence with his fans through Twitter, blogs, through regular "Chicago Tribune" articles , and even an occasional television appearance, however this marks the longest he has been off the air and doing daily shows since he was 16 years old add something


On December 5, 2008, Dahl announced the end of his show on Jack FM due to low ratings add something


On September 8, 2009, Dahl began doing daily podcasts from a studio in the basement of his home add something


He served as a columnist for the "Chicago Tribune" in their "Live" section as the resident "vice advisor" until November 2010 add something


On August 1st of 2011, after his contract with CBS ended, Steve Dahl started a subscription-based podcast via his website at and has been growing his network to include other shows add something


On November 9, 2013, Dahl and former partner Meier were both inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in recognition of their work together on the "Steve and Garry Show add something


On October 7, 2014, media blogger Robert Feder reported that Dahl would be returning to terrestrial radio on WLS AM 890 add something


Dahl's first day back on WLS was November 3, 2014 add something


Christina Filiaggi - With the replacement of Roe Conn by Steve Dahl on November 3, 2014, Filiaggi remained with WLS and continues to perform a similar role for Dahl's afternoon show


In October 2018, Dahl confirmed to Feder by email that he was leaving WLS after four years on December 21, 2018, in advance of the major weekday lineup shakeup the station announced would take place in early 2019 add something