Now that Pat Cassidy is headed back to his old job as morning news anchor at WBBM-AM (780), will his 18-month detour as an opinionated talk show host and foil for the controversial Mancow Muller affect the way listeners perceive him?
"I don't think it's going to have a major impact," Cassidy said just after his return to the CBS-owned all-news station was announced Monday. "I think a percentage of the audience -- if not a large percentage of the audience -- still viewed me as newsman when I was doing the talk show. I never lost that image to a lot of people."
Declaring he was "happy to be back on the best radio news team in America," Cassidy, 59, will officially rejoin longtime anchor partner Felicia Middlebrooks next week -- from 5 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.