March 5, 2007
On March 5th 1982 John Belushi was found dead at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles. I remember hearing about it that morning while I was still at home and then dreading going into work and having to talk about it. I was partnered at the time with Garry Meier on WLS-FM and we were both devastated. John and I had become friends. We hung out during the filming of The Blues Brothers, both here and in L.A.
Not close friends, but kindred spirits and certainly two guys who really liked to party. Sadly, John liked to party even more than I did. Acute heroin and cocaine intoxication was the medical ruling. It was a “speedball.” It was a shot to the gut. There was so much more funny stuff he was supposed to do. I still feel like the best was yet to come and we all got gypped. I feel that way about Chris Farley too.
Today we will play some Blues Brothers, of course, since its “Blues Brothers Monday.” I’ve also got several appearances by John on the Steve Dahl show to play for you. A nice two-parter from the Breakfast Club at the Carnegie Theater in November 1979 and John’s Celebrity Jeopardy appearance on our show in September of 1981. They are funny as hell. That is exactly what John was.
25 years later, to the day, Matt Dahl starts doing his own weekly show preceding the Steve Dahl Show. Coincidence? Probably. Matt and Brendan will be on after Stan and Terry at 1:00 p.m. and will lead into my show, which as you know by now begins promptly at 2:00 p.m. Matt wasn’t even born yet the day John passed away. I’m glad I was able to keep myself alive long enough to see and hear it for myself.
Matt has had to re-arrange his college schedule for the last two weeks of the third quarter at DePaul to do the midday thing, and so far everybody there has been very cool and accommodating. He has one more class that he needs to get re-scheduled and he’ll still be able to graduate on time in June. That is VERY important to his mom. It’s important to me too, of course. Even though I am a high school dropout who is VERY successful in radio.