Marti Jones, who's been a news and traffic reporter on a variety of Chicago outlets for 13 years, has been hired full-time by the Citadel Broadcasting station. As an employee of Metro Networks/Shadow Broadcast Services, she most recently worked with afternoon personality Drew Walker on CBS Radio country WUSN-FM (99.5).
At WLS-FM, Jones will replace Maura Myles, whose last day on the air was Friday. Before participating in the launch of Fogel's show last March, Myles had spent three years in various roles at Citadel news/talk sister station WLS-AM (890) and co-hosted "Women of Mass Discussion" on weekends with Wendy Snyder. Myles previously worked for Metro/Shadow, too.
"I'm looking forward to the next opportunity to contribute to a beloved Chicago station," Myles said. "I've enjoyed a great relationship with a lot of great people at WLS -- from Jerry Agar, Pat Cassidy and Mancow to Scott Shannon, Greg Brown and Dick Biondi. I think the world of them."
Jones, a Chicago native who grew up in Oak Park and graduated from Columbia College, got her start on the air in Toledo, Ohio, before joining Metro/Shadow here in 1997. She was featured in a Food Network special in which she competed to create a new flavor for Haagen-Dazs -- cannoli ice cream -- in 2006. Jones also writes the "Traffic Diva Dishes" blog for the ChicagoNow‚ network.
Insiders at WLS-FM said the change was in response to underperforming ratings for Fogel's show. In the latest Arbitron Portable People Meter survey, mornings ranked 19th‚ with a 2.6 percent share of listeners between 25 and 54. Overall, the station tied for ninth with a 3.5 share.