Power 92 Gets Smooth As Sylk
July 9, 2009 at 4:53 AM (PT)
More than four years after CRAWFORD Urban WPWX (POWER 92)/CHICAGO's plan to hire then-CLEAR CHANNEL Urban WGCI afternoon star SAM SYLK blew up, POWER 92 is getting its man, writes PHIL ROSENTHAL in THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE. "CRAWFORD BROADCASTING announced SYLK will be WPWX's new afternoon-drive host, effective MONDAY.
"He replaces DONNIE DEVOE, whose exit was announced to staff on JUNE 29th.
"I am so excited to join my new radio family," SYLK said in a statement. "POWER 92 is a station that’s dedicated to giving CHICAGO real radio for CHICAGO. I can’t wait to be a part of this all-star lineup."
"POWER 92'S FEBRUARY 2005 attempt to land SYLK fell apart after CHICAGO SUN-TIMES columnist ROBERT FEDER reported a confidential memo from POWER 92 PD JAY ALAN to owner DONALD CRAWFORD detailing his plan to install SYLK on WPWX by mid-MARCH. ALAN's memo trashed the station's morning show at the time as 'lackluster' and called SYLK 'our first choice to replace our current morning team.'
"The hitch: SYLK's contract with WGCI still had six months to go.
"SYLK stayed with WGCI and, coming off seventh consecutive quarters atop the ratings, instead wound up moving in 2006 to CLEAR CHANNEL Urban WUSL (POWER 99)/PHILADELPHIA. But he spent just one year as morning man there before taking his old afternoon job at RADIO ONE Urban WENZ/CLEVELAND."