Jonathon Brandmeier isn't the only would-be poet out there when it comes to delivering angry diatribes against clueless radio bosses. Just as his deliciously wicked comic/rap music video (titled "Johnny B. The Unemployed Radio Mo Fo") was getting nationwide attention Wednesday, supporters of two other former Chicago radio stars were on a rampage of their own.
Fans of Kathy O'Malley and Judy Markey still haven't gotten over the midday duo's firing last May after an extraordinary 20-year run at Tribune Co.-owned news/talk WGN-AM (720). Although they had little in common demographically with Brandmeier's target audience, Kathy and Judy's loyal legion of "girlfriends" was every bit as put out by the ham-fisted way WGN dispensed with them. It was a shameful example of station management's ongoing disrespect and disregard for listeners.
One of the faithful, Laura Keene Hohm, not only established a Facebook page called "Petition to Keep Kathy and Judy on WGN," but composed a parody poem in the spirit of the holidays. (The Tom Langmyer to whom she refers is the vice president and general manager of WGN. For the record, I emphatically do not believe that he is a "dim-witted louse." But it does make for a nice rhyme.)
Here is "A Poem for All Girlfriends":
Elsewhere on the media beat:
- "Heart & Soul," a new series of quarterly specials on the culture of Chicago's African-American community, will debut at 6 p.m. Saturday on ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7. It will be rerun at noon Sunday and streamed on demand at abc7chicago.com. Hosting the first episode will be Cheryl Burton and Hosea Sanders. Alternating hosts and contributors include Jim Rose, Karen Jordan, Charles Thomas, Leah Hope and Evelyn Holmes. Producer is Rubye Wilson.
- Dave Santrella, general manager of Salem Communications' news/talk WIND-AM (560) and Christian talk WYLL-AM (1160) and operational vice president of the company's stations in Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Denver and Colorado Springs, has been promoted to president of Salem's radio division. The move confirms a tip here Nov. 10. Santrella joined Salem in 2001 from CBS Radio all-news WBBM-AM (780), where he was general sales manager.
- Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting, parent company of WCIU-Channel 26 (among other local outlets), has been named 2009 Multiplatform Broadcaster of the Year by Broadcasting & Cable magazine. It's a new award given to the broadcaster "doing the best job of connecting with its audience via the multiple media platforms."
- How fast, affordable and open should the Internet be? A Federal Communications Commission hearing on how broadband technology can help small businesses spur growth and reach new markets will be held Monday in Chicago. One in a series of hearings on development of a National Broadband Plan, it will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the University of Chicago's Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive.