Official: Mike McConnell Exits WLW, Heading To Chicago
June 8, 2010 at 12:15 PM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WLW-A/CINCINNATI makes it official and announces the departure of longtime midday host MIKE MCCONNELL to join TRIBUNE Talk WGN-A/CHICAGO. MCCONNELL is out at WLW effective immediately. SCOTT SLOAN will fill in temporarily while the station looks for a successor.
"We'll miss MIKE," said CLEAR CHANNEL CINCINNATI President and Market Manager CHUCK FREDRICK. "We've long known that CHICAGO has represented a 'dream market' for MIKE -- and we firmly believe everyone has the right to chase their dreams. We wish him all the best."
For WGN's part, VP/GM TOM LANGMYER said, "There are really just a handful of truly unique radio hosts in this country -- and MIKE is one of them. He's successful based on being who he is, not by imitating others. He's straightforward, and his common sense approach to topics will be a great fit for WGN listeners. He has tremendous experience and a winning track record as a local talk host. He'll be a great addition to our growing programming line-up."
"MIKE MCCONNELL is arguably the most gifted of all American broadcasters at leveraging the news and events of the day into compelling radio shows. We're fortunate and delighted he is joining WGN," said WGN PD KEVIN METHENY.
"I've always enjoyed CHICAGO and never met anyone who's lived, worked, or visited there who has a bad word to say about the people or the city of CHICAGO. I can't wait to be a part of it and particularly WGN Radio," said MCCONNELL.