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":
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