Jim Stagg passed away on Tuesday, one of the guys I came
from high school to listen to on KYW, back in the
sixties. Cleveland's in the groove again, on the Stagg
Cleveland's on the move again, on the Stagg line. And
million dollar music man to start the show.....
Obituaries |Jimmy Pearson Staggs: 1935 - 2007
Longtime Chicago radio deejay
By Trevor Jensen | Tribune staff reporter
November 8, 2007
Jimmy Pearson Staggs was known as Jim Stagg to teenagers
tuned in to
WCFL-AM during afternoons in the 1960s and 1970s. A disc
toured with the in the mid-1960s, bringing
updates on the Fab Four, Mr. Staggs signed off in 1975 as
radio was dying out and started a chain of record stores in
Mr. Staggs, 72, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, at his Lake Forest
complications from esophageal cancer, said his daughter
At WCFL, Chicago's longtime "Voice of Labor," later known
CFL" during its battles with WLS for teen listeners, Mr.
down afternoons with the "Stagg Line" and "Stagg Starbeat."
WCFL program director Ken Draper recruited Mr. Staggs and
other disc jockeys from KYW in to in the
said Jerry G. Bishop, who was also among Draper's hires. At
stations, Mr. Staggs was often the one who lined up the
"He was the music guy. He picked the music," Bishop said.
pretty connected to the record guys."
Bishop and Mr. Staggs were among about a dozen reporters
on the ' private plane during the band's 1964 U.S.
reporters had tags connecting them to the tour and
themselves running through screaming hordes of teenage
along with the beloved Liverpudlians, Bishop said.
"There was amazing hysteria," Bishop said. "[But] I had no
was history, and he didn't either."
During the Beatles' 1965 tour, Mr. Staggs broadcast hourly
a rapt WCFL audience. This tour was much more heavily
Mr. Staggs and other media were relegated to a second
Mr. Staggs had a rich voice and a relatively straight
the era, Bishop said. "Jim was more of a workmanlike guy,
performer," Bishop said.
After leaving radio in 1975, Mr. Staggs opened a record
"Record City," which eventually became a chain with
locations in Lake
Zurich, Skokie, Glenview and Northbrook, with another
. The last Record City closed two years ago,
Mr. Staggs also got into real estate, working with Keller
Realty in , and started a business that
people's lives through video montages and interviews.
A graduate of the University of Alabama, Mr. Staggs worked
in ., , and
landing at KYW.
Mr. Staggs is also survived by his wife, Valene; a son,
more daughters, Lisa Henderson and Dina Jaske; a sister,
and five grandchildren.
Visitation is set for 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, and 3 to 5 p.m.
at N.H. Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home, 1240 Waukegan Rd.,
5 p.m. service will follow the visitation on Saturday.