McMurray, McNeil New Morning Show Team At WDRV 'The Drive'
February 17, 2015 at 1:31 PM (PT)
As previously reported in ALL ACCESS (NET NEWS, 2/10), HUBBARD BROADCASTING Classic Rock WDRV (97.1 THE DRIVE)/CHICAGO announced today that local broadcast veterans PETE McMURRAY and DAN McNEIL will take over morning drive succeeding 14-year morning man STEVE DOWNES, who retired two weeks ago.
McNEIL has been doing Sports radio in CHICAGO for the past 25 years, hosting at both Sports stations WSCR and ESPN 1000. “I’ve coveted a show like this for a long, long time," he said. "That it’s coming to a reality on THE DRIVE -- the crown jewel of CHICAGO radio -- is incredible. I’m enormously grateful because my real life again is exceeding the dreams I had for it. It’s like an NFL player, late in his career, signing with the PATRIOTS looking for those last few shots at a championship ring.
“There’s more to me than point spreads and pucks and my listeners know that. In high school, I loved classic rock and wrote about music for the paper. I was front and center at the AMPHITHEATRE or HAMMOND CIVIC CENTER for RUSH or CHEAP TRICK -- mini-notepad in one pocket and a half-pint in the other. I’ve been to more ALICE COOPER shows than college basketball games. I think any doubters will come on board after digesting my classic rock resume.”
MCMURRAY comes to THE DRIVE after nearly two years across the street at WGN-A, where he most recently held the 7-11p (CT) show. He came to CHICAGO in 1998 and has worked at the former WCKG, WLUP and WKQX. He has also been very visible on local TV, working on CHICAGO BEARS “pregame shows on FOX as well as NBC.
“I loved every single moment working with the entire WGN family,” McMURRAY said. “However, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work for one of the top Rock stations in the country -- the legendary WDRV -- and HUBBARD BROADCASTING, one of the most-respected broadcast companies in AMERICA. Not to mention alongside DANNY MAC, someone I have admired from afar my entire career. It’s going to be a ton of fun and a great, great drive!”
HUBBARD CHICAGO VP/Market Manager JOHN GALLAGHER commented: "We are all very excited to bring two well-known CHICAGO personalities together with one iconic Rock brand. THE DRIVE has maintained a dominant Classic Rock position in the market for many years. The departure of STEVE DOWNES offered us the opportunity to reevaluate our mission and once again bring something unique to mornings.”
Added SVP/Programming GREG SOLK: "We built this station and achieved market dominance on a foundation of music. And now we’ll be presenting a unique show that features great rock with two local guys who will combine their love of music with their passion for all things CHICAGO. PETE and DAN will deliver a relevant show that will resonate with CHICAGO morning commuters, enhancing FM radio’s connection to listeners who demand great local content in an increasingly crowded media landscape.”
Slated to debut in early MARCH, the show will be under the direction of WDRV PD CURTISS JOHNSON and produced by SCOTT MILLER, McMURRAY’s producer at WGN.