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“Mike Baker And The Forgotten 45s” presented popular and forgotten songs from the golden age of top-40 radio, memories of yesteryear and the music of our generation (1995-2012).

Mike Baker And The Forgotten 45s interview with Ron Smith, author of “Eight Days A Week: Births, Deaths And Events Each Day In Oldies History” on WJJG-AM 1530 Saturday, May 21, 2011…


Chris Torres plays Love Songs on ‘FYR – Continuous Soft Hits 103.5 WFYR weekdays 7pm-midnight. Holiday music programming Christmas Eve/Christmas Day from the Prudential Building in Chicago.

December 18, 1990 – As a producer for Chris Torres “Love Songs on “FYR”, I assisted with “Love Letter” segment. Could not come up with a related listener letter for the song by Elvis so I wrote my own in the WFYR studios on the 23rd Floor in the Prudential Plaza…


I was fortunate to be background talent in a 30 second McDonald’s commercial featuring the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). I was in two shots, the second, I am seen in front. The TV spot was filmed after trading hours over a two evening/night period on the lower trading floor when the commodities exchange was located on Wacker Drive in December 1988. All background and foreground talent were paid along with breaks and a meal by Gootsan, Oakes and Schumacher agency. Because the thirty second ad was filmed over a two day period, all talent had to wear the same attire both days. Talent lip synced to a soundtrack for “Happy Birthday” that was pre-recorded. The title of the McDonald’s commercial “Happy Birthday Big Mac” aired January 22nd through January 29th in 1989, including Super Bowl XXIII…
(footage at Adland.tv https://adland.tv/adnews/mcdonalds-trading-floor-1989-030-usa)


The Q-Crew, The Cosmic Cowboy and Engineer Mike on Q-Country 98.3 WCCQ.  Weekends: The Q-Country Cavalcade, Saturday night’s all-request show | The Bluegrass Connection | The True Value Country Showdown (1985-1989)


WLTL-FM 88.1 with Mike Baker And The Forgotten 45s

WLTL-FM 88.1

As an alum of Lyons Township High School (class of ‘79), I have returned to my alma mater to supervise the students participating on the campus’ radio station. I have lectured at Columbia College as well as Prairie State University. I was also a teachers assistant at NIU. Now, I am returning the education that was given to me as a student. Help that developes talent and skill with hands on experience. Guidence that is better than any words you can read in a text book.

LT students participated in radio dating back to 1922 when the school began a wireless club. High Schoolers were first heard on WTAQ. LT high school was close to going on-the-air. The first choice of a call sign was turned down. WLTH would have stood for Lyons Township High. The second choice was WLTL, Lyons Township LaGrange or Lyons Township Lions. WLTL hit the airwaves January 5, 1968. The station first broadcasted on 88.3 MHz. The next year WLTL moved to 88.1 MHz so another high school station could squeeze on the dial. Milestones include: using WIND/Group W as a news resource; moving the studio from the third floor of the Vaughn Building to Room 9 at North Campus; increasing from 10 to 180 watts; and turning a mono signal to stereo.

From the Lyons Township High School newspaper “The Lion”

Radio Supervisor celebrates 25 years at WLTL by Maddy Cohen

WLTL recognizes supervisor | Mike Baker reflects, celebrates past 25 years supervising LT radio station (photo by Maddy Cohen)



Mike Baker And The Forgotten 45s - Eagles

Eagles: The Music Of An American Band

A music timeline of the group/solo forty-fives

06/1972     “Take It Easy” Eagles (written by Jackson Brown/Glenn Frey)

09/1972     “Witchy Woman” Eagles

02/1973     “Peaceful Easy Feeling” Eagles

06/1974     “Already Gone” Eagles

12/1974     “Best Of My Love” Eagles

06/1975     “One Of These Nights” Eagles

09/1975     “Lyin’ Eyes” Eagles

01/1976     “Take It To The Limit” Eagles

12/1976     “New Kid In Town” Eagles

03/1977     “Hotel California” Eagles (Grammy Record of the Year)

05/1977     “Life In The Fast Lane” Eagles

12/1977     “Short People” Randy Newman (Eagles w/o Felder backing vocals)

07/1978     “Life’s Been Good” Joe Walsh

11/1978     “The Power Of Gold” Dan Fogelberg (Henley harmony vocal)

12/1978     “Please Come Home For Christmas” Eagles

10/1979     “Heartache Tonight” Eagles

12/1979     “The Long Run” Eagles

03/1980     “I Can’t Tell You Why” Eagles

03/1980     “Fire Lake” Bob Seger (w/ Frey, Henley, Schmit)

06/1980     “All Night Long” Joe Walsh (from the movie Urban Cowboy)

09/1980     “Look What You’ve Done To Me” Boz Scaggs (w/ Frey, Henley, Schmit)

11/1980     “Deep Inside My Heart” Randy Meisner

01/1981     “Seven Bridges Road” Eagles

02/1981     “Hearts On Fire” Randy Meisner

06/1981     “A Life Of Illusion” Joe Walsh

09/1981     “Hard To Say” Dan Fogelberg (w/ Frey harmony vocal)

11/1981     “Leather And Lace” Stevie Nicks (w/ Henley)

07/1982     “Wasted On The Way” Crosby, Stills & Nash (w/ Schmit harmony vocal)

07/1982     “I Found Somebody” Glenn Frey

08/1982     “Never Been In Love” Randy Meisner

09/1982     “The One You Love” Glenn Frey

10/1982     “Southern Cross” Crosby, Stills & Nash (w/ Schmit harmony vocal)

11/1982     “Dirty Laundry” Don Henley

07/1984     “Sexy Girl” Glenn Frey

12/1984     “The Boys Of Summer” Don Henley

01/1985     “The Heat Is On” Glenn Frey

03/1985     “All She Wants to Do Is Dance” Don Henley

05/1985     “Smuggler’s Blues” Glenn Frey

07/1985     “Not Enough Love In The World” Don Henley

09/1985     “Sunset Grill” Don Henley

09/1885     “You Belong To The City” Glenn Frey

10/1987     “Should’ve Known Better” Richard Marx (w/ Schmit harmony vocal)

10/1987     “Boys Night Out” Timothy B. Schmit

09/1988     “True Love” Glenn Frey

07/1989     “The End Of Innocence” Don Henley

09/1989     “Call It Love” Poco (w/ Meisner)

11/1989     “The Last Worthless Evening” Don Henley

03/1990     “The Heart Of The Matter” Don Henley

08/1992     “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” Patty Smyth (w/ Henley)

11/1994     “Get Over It” Eagles

01/1995     “Love Will Keep Us Alive” Eagles


Eagles 45s sources:

eaglesband.comChicago Top 40 Charts – compiled by  Ron Smith

The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Hits – Joel Whitburn, Top Pop Singles – Record Research, billboard.com, 

cashboxmagazine.com, rria.com, apple.com/itunes



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