Throughout his long and distinguished career as one of Chicago's most respected radio personalities, television hosts and pop culture critics, Roy Leonard never pulled any punches. So why would he start now?
True to form, the 79-year-old broadcast legend has kicked off his new website at royleonard.com with a candid assessment of Tribune Co.-owned news/talk WGN-AM (720), where he held forth for 31 years -- most notably as midday personality and resident entertainment critic -- before his retirement in 1998.
"The question I am asked most often these days is: 'What‚ has happened to WGN?' "‚ he wrote in the first installment of his weekly blog. "Radio stations are in the business to make money, and the most desired audience is the group from somewhere around 25 to 49.‚ And the changes that have been made at 720 on the dial are supposed to attract that group of listeners, and only time will tell to‚ know if it works."‚ Here is Leonard's show-by-show critique of today's WGN: