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WGN Says Goodbye To Greg Jarrett, Listeners Rejoice At Departure

December 2, 2011

UPDATE…Steve and Johnnie rumored to leave WGN airwaves.

There is no way to state how glad I am to hear that WGN’s morning drive-time windbag Greg Jarrett is leaving the famed studios on the Magnificent Mile.  Greg Jarrett is off the WGN airwaves immediately.

I do not want to sound overly rude or look like I am kicking a man when he is down.  I sincerely hope Jarrett lands another radio job, but at a station I do not listen to.

There is no way to state how utterly unprepared Jarrett was to step into the WGN chair that Wally Phillips once broadcast from.  I am old enough to recall the magic connection that Phillips had with the listeners, and I am old-fashioned enough to think that style of broadcasting is still being sought by listeners.

Jarrett never even tried.

When Jarrett arrived at WGN he felt a need to state how many people he knew, and all that he had done in radio.  There was always a need to convey to his listeners that he was important.


A professional broadcaster need not tell listeners such a thing, the day-to-day on-air work will just allow that fact to be established.

After two years WGN listeners were still waiting.

If this all sounds tough about a person in radio, perhaps that is because I have high standards for the folks who are invited into our home.  When we turn on the radio we invite the radio host or broadcaster to be our guest.  In time, it is hoped the announcer is so welcomed they no longer need to knock.

That is how I truly feel about radio.

I recall the words penned by media columnist Robert Feder that sums up all one needs to know how Jarrett blustered his way into the Windy City.

It’s been more than a year now since Jarrett got off the bus from San Francisco and stepped right into the WGN morning job — arguably the most venerated and important radio position in Chicago — without one day’s prior experience in the market. From the moment he signed on here, he’s shown a penchant for parading his ignorance of local personalities and places. Nevertheless, his bosses repeatedly have defended their decision to hire him, even as they recently announced plans to cut his show back by 30 minutes. At least that’s a step in the right direction.

With Jonathon Brandmeier having been announced today as the new morning man at WGN radio I trust another line such as I penned in August 2010 will not be needed on CP.

Isn’t there another soccer match anywhere in the world that we can pay Greg Jarrett to attend, and have him off the WGN airwaves?  The best weeks recently for morning radio in Chicago were the ones Jarrett spent in South Africa.

75 Comments leave one →
  1. eric brenner permalink
    May 11, 2017 2:02 PM

    Greg Jarrett is a sissy boy, a low life scum of the highest order. I worked with him at kgo and can tell you the man was universally hated.

    Once one got past his horrific bad breathe, the sick reality set in, Greg Jarrett was in your face.

    You have to understand what a punk Greg Jarrett realy is. He helped spread a false rumor that I was a gay porn star. In fact, I was booked as “Castro Man” on the award winning film “Milk”, my character was gay. Greg Jarrett would also brag to others in the newsroom about his visits to asian massage parlors. One anchor commenting to me :”He must have an arrangement with his wife.” I could not believe this guy had a wife, not only because of his defacating-dumping ground mouth, but his vile and bile self loathing, insecure persona. What kind of woman would be hungry for such a loser? It turns out his wife lived in Portland, hundreds of miles away. She most likely would have to fumigate the home after he went back to SF for another week on the massage tables.

    Another Gregg Jarrett moment occured years later while reporting news for 790 kabc. Drew Hayes hired me as reporter after sharing with me Jarrett had been hired and quickly fired for his grotesque, sub par persona, trying to bully the program director.

  2. Kevin Card permalink
    June 2, 2013 3:22 PM

    I just came across this piece above writtten by…I don’t know who wrote, ”WGN Says Goodbye To Greg Jarrett, Listeners Rejoice At Departure” as the author has forgotten to tell me what his/her name was when they penned the article on 12/2/11. I do know they (newspaper critics) give midwesterners the tag of cow town people to people like me who have had the oppporntry to live all over this country.The author writes as a jealous scribe whose resume coudn’t come up to Jarrett’s knees when it comes to having been around the world as a journalist and are seemingly penned by people who have not known newsmakers first hand as has Jarrett. I like to listen to bright people who validate themselves. I don’t appreciate articles like the one I refer to above…who don’t juxtapose themselves with Jarrett and tell us what fruit they eat that makes them wiser than Jarrett. WGN made a programming error, it’s that simple.

  3. Noreen permalink
    January 23, 2013 3:45 PM

    I don ‘t like turning my radio on in the morning and have Jonathon Brandmeir blaring whatever at me!!!!! How old is he? He sounds like he needs to grow up. I will not listen to him and I have been a very long time WGN radio fan.
    Love Garry Meier in the afternoon. I miss John Williams. He was the last of the good ones to go. Boo Hoo!

  4. Mary Rose permalink
    January 4, 2013 11:47 AM

    When Johnny b starts acting like a clown, I immediately change the station. I called the
    Show and told them so. I have been listening To WGN for fifty years. After Spike left
    And they moved John Williams (and now he is gone) the morning show is not WGN. They
    Say they want to get a younger listening audience – that’s crazy – they either work or do
    Not listen to radio. Who is left? The older people. Why don’t the powers that be GROW

  5. Harold Takashi permalink
    December 22, 2012 7:22 PM

    can’t stand Brandmeir, he’s a blusterer

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