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Media: July 2020

Media: July 2020

| June 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

When John Williams arrived at WGN in 1997, he was thrilled because he grew up listening to the station. “I grew up listening to Wally (Phillips) and Roy (Leonard) and Kathy (O’Malley) and Judy (Markey) and Bob (Collins). I thought Roy was one of the most capable interviewers I ever heard. Wally was one of the most seamless broadcasters I ever heard. Bob Collins had the most […]

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Media – June 2020

Media – June 2020

| June 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

Marc Silverman was already having a tough go of it, trying to do a sports talk radio show (Waddle & Silvy, afternoons, ESPN Radio AM 1000) in a time with no live sports, when he began to suspect there might be something wrong with his health. “I didn’t really have any symptoms. I wasn’t feeling […]

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Media – May 2020

Media – May 2020

| May 1, 2020 | 1 Comment

The Mix Morning show (WTMX, 101.9FM) is now officially called Eric in the Morning with Melissa and Whip. After an unprecedented run of success during morning drive time in Chicago, everyone knows Eric Ferguson, the star of the show. Most also know Melissa McGurren, a trusted co-host for many years. But who in the world […]

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Media – April 2020

Media – April 2020

| April 1, 2020

Steve Darnall remembers the exact moment he became obsessed with old time radio. “It was 1977, and I was driving in the car with my dad. I asked him to turn on the radio, and he turned on Chuck Shayden’s program, which aired old-time shows from the Golden Age of Radio. Dad told me that […]

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Media – March 2020

Media – March 2020

| March 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

How long has Pat Cassidy been delivering us the news on the radio by “the dawn’s early light?” “The alarm clock has gone off at 2:30 am for over 40 years,” he says with a laugh. “I go to bed early. The bottom line is that I start going to bed around 6:30 or seven […]

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Media: February 2020

Media: February 2020

| February 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Scott Miller was a regular on the radio in Chicago for several decades (WJMK, WCKG, WGN, WDRV, News 101.1 FM, Oprah Radio). Still, a few years ago, after his stint at the Drive (97.1 FM) with Pete McMurray and Dan McNeil, Miller found himself out of work. Despite knowing just about everyone in town, he […]

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Media – January 2020

Media – January 2020

| January 1, 2020 | 1 Comment

  When Brad Edwards was asked to be the co-anchor of the 5, 6, and 10 pm newscasts on CBS-2 Chicago in March of 2019, he was a little taken aback. Edwards had been a big part of the award-winning CBS investigative team since 2012, and “anchor” was a whole different ballgame. He knew what […]

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Media – December 2019

Media – December 2019

| December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Chicago media community lost several greats this year. Among them, WLS Channel 7’s long-time reporter Russ Ewing, WLS disc jockey Jim Dunbar, and WGN-TV’s Marshall Brodine. All of them were giants in this town that left lasting legacies, but two others passed away in 2019 that were personal friends of mine, and I wanted […]

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Media: November 2019

Media: November 2019

| October 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

For seven months, Jenniffer Weigel occupied a co-host chair in Mancow’s studio at WLS. She already knew him socially but was impressed by seeing Mancow work firsthand. “He works very hard on his show,” she says. “He’s the first one there every morning. Watching him run the board is like watching someone with ADD fly […]

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Media: September 2019

Media: September 2019

| August 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Tim Virgin first hit the airwaves in Chicago over twenty years ago. “(Loop program director) Greg Solk hired me in 1996. At that time, they were thinking of turning the Loop into an XRT-ish type format, the best music on the planet, and he needed an alternative guy, and that was me. When they went […]

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Media: August 2019

Media: August 2019

| July 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Twenty years ago this summer Phil Manicki started working for the radio company Bonneville International. At the time they also owned The Loop (WLUP), and just a few years later would create a brand new radio station called The Drive (WDRV). Manicki became part of the on-air lineup on that very first day and has […]

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Media: July 2019

Media: July 2019

| July 1, 2019 | 1 Comment

On July 12th the Chicago White Sox will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of one of the most famous stunts in radio history. On that day in 1979, WLUP radio morning personalities Steve Dahl & Garry Meier went onto the field of Comiskey Park between games of a White Sox doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers […]

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Media: June 2019

Media: June 2019

| June 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

  No one in this town has been a part of the Chicago media scene longer than WGN-Radio’s (and The Chicago Tribune’s) Rick Kogan. He was literally born into it. His parents, Herman and Marilew, were both fixtures in the heyday of Chicago’s print media. They lived the life. They hung out with Chicago’s glitterati. […]

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Media: May 2019

Media: May 2019

| April 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Jim O’Donnell has been off and on the media beat for Chicago area newspapers for four decades. As of a few months ago, he’s back on, and he’s landed at a familiar place, The Daily Herald. “That’s where my career started,” he says, “and now I’m doing a sports and media column thanks to a […]

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Media: April 2019

Media: April 2019

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you listen to the veterans of the radio world, you begin to hear a few common themes. One is that there is a dearth of young talent. Another is that the young talent that has emerged doesn’t know and appreciate radio history, and are therefore unappreciative of what radio was and what it can […]

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