All eyes (or should that be ears) in the radio world are focused on Jonathon Brandmeier. From his start behind the microphone in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin to his wild ride on the famed “The Loop” in the Windy City, Brandmeier has been one of the voices that makes for ratings and plenty of laughs. (Not all the laughs are ‘high-toned’, and therein lies the concern.) But the rumor that is spreading is that Jonathon Brandmeier is about to land a job at WGN radio. Question is, will he fit in on a mature and seasoned talk station? WGN is after all the king of Chicago radio, and to land a slot there is…well…very special. Working at WGN will require a more high-toned style than what Jonathon Brandmeier is often noted for. He is good at what he does, but can be adjust to the listener needs that WGN presents to him? I want him to succeed, but on WGN’s terms.
Chicago broadcasting veteran Bob Sirott and his Monday-through-Friday “Noon Show” have fallen victim to the latest wave of budget cuts at Tribune Co.-owned news/talk WGN-AM (720). Starting Monday, midday host John Williams is expected to take over the noon hour, extending his show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In an attempt to make the bottom line even more black, WGN has made it clear to all ( I think) that Jonathon Brandmeier is destined to have a show at Tribune Towers.
Adding high-octane fuel to speculation that Johnny B. might indeed be headed for WGN-AM (720), the veteran Chicago radio personality was spotted being given a grand tour of the Tribune Co.-owned news/talk station by program director Kevin “Pig Virus” Metheny.
While no formal offer has been made, sources said, Brandmeier’s personal inspection of the studios and facilities — in full view of numerous staffers — was the surest sign yet of WGN’s interest in hiring him. Adding Brandmeier is seen as a way to re-energize the station’s lineup — particularly in mornings, where newcomer Greg Jarrett has been struggling to fit in since June. Middays and afternoons also are possibilities, although frequent preemptions for Cubs baseball broadcasts make those options appear less likely for Brandmeier.
It’s not the first time WGN executives have expressed interest in the funnyman from Fond du Lac, but talks appear to have progressed farther this time than ever before. Tom Langmyer, vice president and general manager of WGN, is known to be a fan and admirer.