Dahl To Jack; Meier, Others Exit WCKG
October 29, 2007 at 3:18 PM (PT)
Evidence of the imminent flip of CBS Talk WCKG/CHICAGO mounted, as afternoon host STEVE DAHL officially took the morning gig at sister WJMK (JACK FM), effective NOV. 5th. Meanwhile, middayer GARRY MEIER said on the air TODAY (10/29) that this was his and the rest of the staff's last day on the air. The station will fill the schedule with DAHL's live show through FRIDAY and "best of STEVE DAHL" material for the rest of the day ("seems like a bit much," said DAHL), with DAHL moving to JACK the following MONDAY (11/5).
Confirming a report in the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, STEVE DAHL segues from afternoons at CBS Talk WCKG/CHICAGO to mornings at sister WJMK (JACK-FM); he starts MONDAY, NOV. 5th. DAHL’s show will be broadcast live on-air and online at www.iknowjack.com weekdays, beginning at 5:30a and airing until 10:00a ("I got us out of 5-10," he joked while announcing the move on the air this afternoon). DAHL noted that the rest of the airstaff had said their goodbyes earlier in the day and that son MATT had known that last SATURDAY's show would be his last but professionally said nothing on the air, which he contrasted with financial host DAVID HOCHBERG, who said on the air SATURDAY that his show would be ending.
"We are very excited to bring STEVE to WJMK," said VP/GM PETER BOWEN. "He is the only radio personality on the planet that we would ever consider putting on JACK. Having a proven ratings power like STEVE DAHL anchor the station in morning drive will elevate and reinforce the individuality of the station. As for the rest of the day, JACK will continue as a jock-free radio station, with the same heavy focus on music with limited commercial inventory that our listeners have come to expect."
Meanwhile, the CHICAGO BULLS have left WCKG and landed on their former home, ESPN Sports WMVP-A (ESPN 1000), just in time for the regular season. The BULLS moved from WMVP to WCKG last season and are returning due to the impending format change, inking a five-year deal with ESPN 1000.