Detroit Jock Switch; Chase to CKLW, Slagle to WXYZ
DETROIT, May 17 — A major switch of local disk jockeys is slated for tomorrow, with Eddie Chase, famed for his Make Believe Ballroom for the past five years on WXYZ, moving to CKLW, with Johnny Slagle returning from New York to WXYZ to take his place.
Chase has developed one of the top jockey reputations in this territory and the move is a major surprise, although it comes after a few weeks after some speculation and rumors–vigorously denied–of a switch involving Russ Mulholland instead, a WJR jock.
New Twist for Slagle
Slagle, a former top staff announcer at WXYZ, left a year ago to work on network shows in New York. This is his debut as a jockey.
Chase’s opening on CKLW involves a heavy program, including a 75-90-minute afternoon period, a late Saturday night and a Sunday morning show. His advent is being well publicized by the station, notably in a series of recordings by such top orchestra band leaders as Carmen Cavallaro and Sammy Kaye, advising listeners that they would meet Chase on the new station Sunday. The Make Believe title of the show moves over to CKLW with Chase, who has long featured special recordings and direct guest appearances by recording artists on his shows. END.
(Information and news source: Billboard; May 24, 1947)