Don't look now, but Chicago radio is about to lose another one of its good guys. After almost four decades in the business, Harvey Wells says he's leaving to "reflect, re-think and re-invent" himself.
Wells, 59, announced Tuesday that he's stepping down amicably at the end of February when his contract expires as vice president and group station manager for Newsweb Radio, a division of printing and broadcast magnate Fred Eychaner's Chicago-based Newsweb Corp.
Given the challenges facing the industry -- and his stations in particular -- Wells' decision was not nearly as surprising as his move in 2004, when he left CBS Radio after a 25-year association with adult rock WXRT-FM (93.1) to join Newsweb. During his six years at Newsweb, he oversaw the expansion of the company's radio holdings from four stations to nine and its shift from mostly time-brokered ethnic and foreign-language programming to mainstream music and progressive talk formats.