To say that WBBM-Channel 2 has nothing to lose by flushing its morning show down the toilet is an understatement. Last month the CBS-owned station averaged a paltry 0.8 rating from 5 to 7 a.m. weekdays.
As far as I'm concerned, the Loop hasn't been a real Chicago radio station since last March. That's when Emmis Communications, owner of classic rock WLUP-FM (97.9), fired most of the people who had any brains and outsourced all programming, imaging and branding functions to St. Louis.
I never imagined that something I wrote would cause a painful public rift between two of Chicago's most prominent media luminaries (who also happen to be two of the colleagues I respect and admire most in the world).
This just in: Jonathon Brandmeier, one of the last of Chicago radio's million-dollar superstars, is signing off at the Loop. After four years this time around as morning personality at classic rock WLUP-FM (97.9), Brandmeier is expected to part company with the Emmis Communications station.
With a tip of the hat to legendary broadcaster and all-around great guy Roy Leonard, whose Turkey of the Year Awards were a Thanksgiving Day tradition for decades, we hereby bestow our Chicago media Turkeys to a cornucopia of worthy recipients:Warner Saunders, just three months shy
Anyone who's ever attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University is familiar with something called "The Medill F." Designed to drive home the importance of accuracy, it refers to the automatic failure given to a student who makes a factual error on a story.