WGN Radio Time Slot Shake-Up Messy, Steve Cochran, Milt Rosenberg, Steve and Johnnie In Flux
The WGN Radio on-air mess continues to stun and mystify the listeners. You know, the ones who are supposed to be catered to as they are the ones who make the ratings possible, and buy the advertised products. But to hell with the listeners. Every few weeks let’s have more shake-ups and changes to just really PO the very listeners they want to attract. WGN is sliding so fast in the wrong direction one has to wonder if only the shell of a studio will be left when the antics of the current management are finished.
Program Director Kevin Metheny wants to give WGN an edgier sound that would attract a younger 25 to 54-year-old demographic. The only thing Metheny is achieving is totally messing with a finely tuned engine that was WGN Radio. He is making a VW into a Yugo.
(Gary) Meier is switching slots with afternoon drive host Steve Cochran, picking up an extra hour each weekday from Cochran in the trade beginning Friday, as part of a schedule shake-up at Chicago Tribune parent Tribune Co.’s radio station.
Additionally, as of Tuesday, WGN-AM’s John Williams will begin pulling double duty by hosting a two-hour Twin Cities show for CBS Radio’s WCCO-AM from Tribune Tower immediately after his regular 9 a.m.-to-1 p.m. program here ends. Williams spent four years at WCCO before joining WGN-AM full-time in 1997.
Meier’s swap with Cochran, whose contract is set to expire in June, was hardly the only WGN-AM schedule tweak unveiled Thursday, just the biggest.
New weeknight host Jim Laski, (GAG!!! That is my editorial opinion here at CP) the scandal-scarred former Chicago city clerk whose 7 p.m. show makes its debut next week, Cochran in the trade beginning Friday, as part of a schedule shake-up at Chicago Tribune parent Tribune Co.’s radio station.from, picking up an extra hour each weekday
That means Milt Rosenberg’s two-hour Monday-through-Thursday “Extension 720” will begin an hour later, at 10 p.m., and Nick Digilio’s Friday show now will run 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Steve King and Johnnie Putman’s overnight show will lose an hour, running now from midnight to 5 a.m.