Robservations on the media beat:
- So what if John Williams has done everything his bosses ever asked of him during his 13 years at news/talk WGN-AM (720)? In today's topsy-turvy Tribune Co., even that doesn't entitle the guy to be treated with an ounce of respect. For almost a week -- ever since rumors started leaking out of Cincinnati that his replacement could be on his way -- Williams has been kept in the dark about his future. A hastily written press release (issued at the ridiculous hour of 10:30 on Monday night) finally confirmed the hiring of Mike McConnell from WLW-AM, but WGN management still refused to tell Williams whether the new guy would be replacing him or Steve Cochran or someone else. Late Tuesday, however, McConnell himself spilled the beans to the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Kiesewetter that he'd be taking over the 9 a.m. weekday slot Williams now occupies, starting Aug. 9. Johnny, we hardly knew ye . . .