Steve Dahl Rips WGN, Steve Cochran Answers
September 29, 2014 at 3:57 AM (PT)
Is TRIBUNE Talk WGN-A/CHICAGO "like the worst station ever now" and guilty of "heinous broadcasting crimes"? That's the opinion of legendary CHICAGO personality STEVE DAHL, who ripped WGN's recent revamping of its lineup and programming on his FRIDAY podcast.
ROBERTFEDER.COM reports that DAHL, reacting to a photo posted on host MARIANNE MURCIANO's FACEBOOK page of the WGN staff posing by a plaque honoring CUBS announcer PAT HUGHES, said WGN is "as bad as it was when I got to town in 1978, only it’s people my age and younger doing it."
DAHL, describing the photo, reserved some of his sharpest criticism for WGN Pre. JIMMY DECASTRO, saying, "You know they’ve got that fake WGN Walk of Fame or whatever, which is classic JIM DECASTRO ... It’s like the whole WGN staff out there. The great BILL LEFF and WENDY SNYDER, the world’s worst afternoon show. It’s to honor PAT HUGHES, right? But he’s in the back row, and out in front is JIM DECASTRO, like posing. I wanted to write on MARIANNE's post: 'When did JIM DECASTRO announce for the CUBS?' ... That guy’s such a f-cking glory hog ... (he) made his bones off of STEVE AND GARRY, JOHNNY BRANDMEIER, other people’s talent. And now he acts like he’s the talent behind that radio station. It’s really weird."
In response, WGN morning host STEVE COCHRAN, who DAHL termed a "f-cking dipsh-t," wrote a response saying, "Never heard your podcast but I read FEDER every day. We both know your goal here is to use us to get someone to subscribe to your 'show.' Can’t help you there. But I’m sure when you read this you will at least have some new material.
"Why so bitter, STEVE? You had a nice run. Enjoy your golden years. Maybe break out some old tapes and listen when BILL and WENDY were on your show. You were occasionally funny then. Or listen to how you sounded when you worked for DECASTRO because you certainly must know he didn’t need you ... you needed him.
"So JIMMY didn’t hire you. It’s not the end of the world. Maybe someone will. Or has everyone said no already? Come to think of it, WGN would never have worked for you even if you had a show. Everyone is happy to be working for JIMMY. You could never work in an environment like that.
"So we’ll keep winning and you keep whining. But definitely keep analyzing photos like you did about the PAT HUGHES picture. Radio Photo Analysis ... good bit. Oh and thanks for listening."