WBEZ | Mancow Muller http://www.wbez.org/tags/mancow-muller Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Memo to Randy Michaels: It's time for Chicago radio to go 'Nostalgic' http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-06-23/memo-randy-michaels-its-time-chicago-radio-go-nostalgic-88271 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-23/Mancow2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/chicago-media-blog/14822651/ready-or-not-it%E2%80%99s-showtime-for-ringmaster-randy-again">Randy Michaels is back, baby</a>.</p><p>The former Clear Channel executive and Tribune CEO has purchased the Chicago radio stations Q101 (101.1FM) and WLUP (97.9FM). And now all eyes will shift to what Michaels will be doing with a new format at Q101.</p><p>Staffers of the alternative rock station will learn their fate within the next month and Michaels has already leaked that the new format will be more of the news and talk variety, possibly even all news.<br> <br> Might I make a suggestion? Chicago has news radio. It has talk radio. We have conservative and liberal formats, and we are deluged with sports. Music channels run the gamut. But you know what we don't have? A one-to-one connection to our radio past.</p><p>Mr. Michaels, I would like to pitch you on a no-risk, guaranteed winner format. I call it "Nostalgic Radio."&nbsp;<br> <br> All too often, the DJs and personalities get older and have to adapt to keep working. This means you get some of the better radio personalities adhering to awkward formats or developing political opinions to stay relevant.</p><p>Chicago radio was built on the backs of the zoo-crew. We bring back oldies and disco music. I implore you to hire all of the out of work Chicago jocks to do their shows once again. And not new shows. The same old shows.<br> <br> Q101 has a great history of morning zoos. Here is what I would do to the new Has-Been radio line-up. Ready?<br> &nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-23/Mancow2.jpg" style="width: 177px; height: 177px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title="">M-F 6am-10am: <strong>Mancow's Morning Madhouse</strong></p><p>Mancow was at his best when he was running amok weekday mornings on Q101. His brand of free speech radio included stunts, fake callers, a hot weather girl and the infamous Turd (sidekick). Bring him back and let him do the same shtick again. He was a controversial hire when he was brought into Q101 back in the day, so bringing him back to helm mornings would controversial all over again. But as we all know, Michaels thrives on controversy.</p><p>Bring Mancow back and break the chains, Randy!<br> &nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-23/kevin matthews 2.jpg" style="width: 175px; height: 263px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>10-2pm: <strong>Kevin Matthews</strong> <strong>Show</strong></p><p>Return of the Kev-Heads! Free Bird!</p><p>Kevin Matthews was arguably the best mid-day show in Chicago radio history. His assembled crew included his own brand of characters, including Jim Shorts. Even his famous sidekick sports announcer Bruce Wolf had an alter-ego. This show has to come back. And so does Shorts and Chet Chit-chat.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-23/brandmeier.jpg" style="width: 177px; height: 207px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title=""></p><p>2pm-6pm: <strong>Johnny B. on the Loose!!!!</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.johnnybontv.com/">Johnny B</a> has been rumored to be back on the airwaves soon. But let's be honest - they would be putting him in some slot to talk about the Middle East and why Obama is ruining this country. No. That's not the Johnny B Chicago is nostalgic for. Bring back Brandmeier, Buzz and the rest of this famed zoo-crew. Randy, hire away Jimmy "Bud" Wiser from WGN and invest in a horn section. We want more "<a href="http://www.lucidsound.com/jb/audio/13%20We%27re%20All%20Crazy%20in%20Chicago.mp3">We're All Crazy in Chicago</a>."</p><p><br> &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-23/Steve-Dahl_thumb.png" style="width: 181px; height: 171px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>6pm-10pm <strong>Steve &amp; Garry</strong></p><p>Dahl. Meier. Everyone else. This would be a no-brainer. Randy, you have to pay these guys. Everyone in radio management has tried to reunite these two pioneers. Can you do it? Throw some of that Trib-like money at them and see what happens. If they aren't avail, I guess you could get Bonaduce.<br> &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-23/howard_photo.jpg" style="width: 178px; height: 187px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title=""><br> 10pm-2am: <strong>Crazy Howard McGee</strong></p><p>Let's mix it up: Go ahead and bring back <a href="http://chicagoradioandmedia.com/news/143-former-wgci-star-qcrazyq-howard-mcgee-breaks-his-silence">Crazy Howard McGee</a>. Howard was a mainstay morning voice at WGCI-FM. He is probably best known for his morning show, but he might find a space to flourish in the nighttime hours. McGee never really did zoo-crews, but that form of African-American radio (there's a party in the studio!!!!) is as nostalgic as they come. Give Crazy Howard the microphone and let him invite three or four friends in studio. Best party in Chicago radio.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-23/Eddie-Jobo.jpg" style="width: 173px; height: 173px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title="">2am-6am: <strong>Eddie &amp; Jobo </strong></p><p>Best overnight? Hmmm, this is tough. But I gotta go with my guys Eddie &amp; Jobo. Eddie &amp; Jobo are probably the most notorious morning radio music team in Chicago history. They did talk radio, but they did it interspersed with top 40 hits. And I figure they could have the overnight spot so if they slip up and talk about Joan Esposito or Horace Grant, it will be at an hour where the FCC will not be listening.&nbsp;Now, they are already back on commercial radio (104.3FM), but you are Randy Michaels! Steal these guys away.<br> &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-23/Z-95 logo.gif" style="width: 177px; height: 126px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title="">Weekends: <strong>Barsky!</strong></p><p>Weekends are usually a dead time for commercial radio, but this might be a great opportunity for you to bring out the best zoo-crew to have ever roamed the Chicago market. Z95's <a href="http://chicagoradiospotlight.blogspot.com/2011/02/paul-barsky.html">Paul Barsky should be brought back to the area</a>. His zoo-crew was very popular and it also gave rise to some of Chicago's biggest radio names: Eric Ferguson was a producer and Wayne Messmer was the news guy.<br> &nbsp;</p><p>Now I'm sure I have omitted some great names and you have your own opinions of who should be featured on "nostalgia radio," but in the end it's not our call. It's Randy's call and Chicago is listening.</p><p>And whatever you do, please bring back the radio commercial. We need to see more of this on Chicago television:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2P31qhcndAM" frameborder="0" height="349" width="425"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 19:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-06-23/memo-randy-michaels-its-time-chicago-radio-go-nostalgic-88271 Happy first birthday to us: Vocalo blogs on the move http://www.wbez.org/blog/robert-feder/happy-first-birthday-us-vocalo-blogs-move <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2010-October/2010-10-27/streamimage.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Robservations on the media beat:</p> <p>A personal note: One year ago this week <a href="http://vocalo.org/robertfedermessage">I signed on</a> to the launch of the Vocalo blogs and began what I&rsquo;d hoped would be a daily conversation about the media. It&rsquo;s been an exhilarating year, thanks largely to so many thoughtful readers who&rsquo;ve shared opinions and insights on the issues raised here. My thanks to them &mdash; and to you &mdash; for making my transition from ex-newspaper columnist to blogger as rewarding as it&rsquo;s been. While the Vocalo blogs undergo a makeover and move to the redesigned website of Chicago Public Media&rsquo;s <a href="http://wbez.org/default.aspx">wbez.org,</a> I&rsquo;ll be on a short break. Barring any media emergencies, see you again in a week or two.</p><ul><li>Shocking a shock jock: Commenting on <a href="http://blogs.vocalo.org/feder/2010/10/over-and-out-tribune-co-cancels-randy-michaels/40538">the ouster of Tribune Co. CEO</a> <b>Randy Michaels,</b> former-shock-jock-turned-talk-host <b>Mancow Muller</b> told listeners to his <a href="http://blogs.vocalo.org/feder/2010/09/wabc-extending-mancow-brand-to-new-york-radio/36752">Sunday night radio show</a> on WABC-AM in New York about the time he met with Michaels about a possible job. <img src="http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif" title="More..." class="mceWPmore mceItemNoResize" alt="" />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m sitting there in his Tribune Tower office and the first thing he asks me was how I felt about women&rsquo;s shaved genitals,&rdquo; Muller later recalled. &ldquo;I enjoy a good joke as much as anyone, but even I was shocked that a man in his position would be so base.&rdquo;</li><li>The latest wave of layoffs at the parent company of the Sun-Times has claimed its chief spokesperson. Although she&rsquo;s usually on the other side of announcements like this, <b>Tammy Chase</b> confirmed that her own position as director of corporate communications for Sun-Times Media has been eliminated. Her last day is expected to be Friday. Chase, who joined the paper as a business reporter in 2000 and was promoted to lifestyles editor in 2004, shifted to the corporate side in 2006 when she became director of investor relations. She was named to her current position in 2008. Chase previously was a reporter for Bloomberg News.</li><li>AccuRadio&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.chicagoradioonline.com/">Chicago Radio Online</a> is getting a jump on Clear Channel adult-contemporary WLIT-FM (93.9) and its annual &ldquo;Holiday Lite&rdquo; format. <a href="http://www.chicagoradioonline.com/">&ldquo;Chicago&rsquo;s Christmas Channel&rdquo;</a> kicks off today, featuring customizable online holiday music, streaming free through the end of the year. Hosted by AccuRadio&rsquo;s all-star lineup, it&rsquo;s being programmed by Chicago radio veteran <b>Tommy Edwards,</b> who said: &ldquo;I think everyone will love this music and enjoy hearing all the familiar Chicago radio air personalities. Plus, listeners don&rsquo;t have to put up with endless commercials either. It&rsquo;s our gift to listeners &mdash; all their favorite holiday songs.&rdquo;</li><li>In light of <b>Juan Williams&rsquo;</b> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/21/business/media/21npr.html">firing last week</a> by National Public Radio, how&rsquo;s this for a timely topic? &ldquo;Covering Islam&rdquo; will be the subject of a Chicago Headline Club panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Veteran journalists <b>Rummana Hussain, Kristin Szremski, Ray Hanania, Jawaid Riaz</b> and <b>Steve Franklin</b> will discuss &ldquo;complex and sensitive issues news professionals face when working on stories about Muslims or Islam.&rdquo; The event at Roosevelt University&rsquo;s Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan, is free, but reservations are required. (<a href="http://www.headlineclub.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=37:oct-27-covering-islam">Here is the link.</a>)</li></ul></p> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/robert-feder/happy-first-birthday-us-vocalo-blogs-move NBC 5 turns staffers into Auto Show cheerleaders http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/02/nbc-5-turns-staffers-into-auto-show-cheerleaders/15173 <p><p>Robservations on the media beat:</p><ul> <li><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//logo-autoshow.jpg"><img width="194" height="186" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//logo-autoshow.jpg" style="border: 1px solid black; margin: 1px 5px;" class="alignleft size-full wp-image-15190" /></a>All but overshadowed by NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics' opening weekend was WMAQ-Channel 5's <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/station/as-seen-on/live-auto-show--84278022.html">annual genuflection</a> to the Chicago Auto Show. Though billed as a special (a &quot;multiple Emmy Award winning&quot; special, no less), it again was nothing more than a one-hour infomercial for the Chicago Automobile Trade Association. Half a dozen Channel 5 staffers gushed unabashedly over new car models -- and, in the case of <strong>Ginger Zee,</strong> gushed over a couple of <em>human</em> models known as &quot;The Fiat Twins.&quot; Host <strong>Brant Miller</strong> landed some face time for his son, <strong>Joey,</strong> who fronted an unappealing segment on &quot;finding fun&quot; at the Auto Show. News anchor <strong>Allison Rosati</strong> turned up to raffle off a Chevy Equinox for charity. And, as always, there was the obligatory sound bite from Channel 5's big boss, <strong>Larry Wert.</strong> Recession? What recession?</li> <li>The March issue of Esquire features <a href="http://www.esquire.com/print-this/roger-ebert-0310">a must-read profile </a>of <strong>Roger Ebert</strong> and how America's greatest movie critic was transformed by the health problems that took away his ability to speak. It poignantly attests to Roger's amazing courage, resiliency and indomitable spirit. &quot;Today he is producing the best work of his life,&quot; writes Esquire's <strong>Chris Jones,</strong> who adds:<!--break--></li> </ul> <blockquote>&quot;It's almost impossible to sit beside Roger Ebert, lifting blue Post-it notes from his silk fingertips, and not feel as though he's become something more than he was. . . . &quot;ËœThere is no need to pity me,' he writes on a scrap of paper one afternoon after someone parting looks at him a little sadly. &quot;ËœLook how happy I am.' &quot;</blockquote> <ul> <li><a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/towerticker/2010/02/richard-roepers-movie-reviews-come-to-hulucom.html">Good news</a> about Ebert's former television partner: Sun-Times columnist <strong>Richard Roeper</strong> has made his movie reviews for Starz subscription movie channel available on <a href="http://www.hulu.com/richard-roeper-and-the-movies">Hulu.com.</a> It's another piece of Roeper's expanding <a href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2009/11/rich-gets-richer-roeper-to-review-movies-again/9405">multimedia presence.</a> Also this week, Roeper's upcoming book, <em>Bet the House: How I Gambled Over a Grand a Day for 30 Days on Sports, Poker, and Games of Chance,</em> scored&sbquo;&nbsp;a <a href="http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6718602.html?industryid=47159">favorable review</a> in Publishers Weekly.</li> <li>From what I've read, reviews of Second City's <a href="http://www.secondcity.com/Performances/Detail/125">&quot;Rush Limbaugh! The Musical&quot;</a> haven't been too kind. But none has been as vitriolic as <strong>Betty Mohr's </strong>over-the-top condemnation of the tuneful spoof in her <a href="http://www.southtownstar.com/entertainment/mohr/2038341,021110Limbaugh.article#Comments_Container">Southtown Star critique.</a> Calling it a &quot;screaming hate fest,&quot; she even found a way to invoke <strong>Adolf Hitler: </strong></li> </ul> <blockquote>&quot;It's a shame that Second City Theatricals spent so much time on this sound and fury signifying nothing. Every time someone attacks Limbaugh, they make him stronger, increase his audience and energize him and his listeners. Hitler once said, if you tell a lie big enough, everyone will believe it. No, they won't. Not anymore.&quot;</blockquote> <ul> <li>It didn't take long for <strong>Richard Greene</strong> to resurface on Chicago's progressive talk stations after the demise of Air America Radio. Under a new syndication deal, his &quot;Hollywood Clout&quot; talk show returned Monday to its 8 p.m. weeknight time slot on Newsweb Radio's WCPT-AM (820), WCPY-FM (92.5), WCPT-FM (92.7) and WCPQ-FM (99.9).</li> <li>As executive producer of MeTV Sports, <strong>Fred Weintraub</strong> has logged more than 32,000 air miles in the last six months. That's because the former station manager of Weigel Broadcasting now lives in London but continues to head high school sports production for the Weigel outlets here. Live coverage of the Chicago Public Schools' <a href="http://www.gameoftheweekcps.com/">boys basketball championship</a> will air at 7 p.m. Friday on WCIU-Channel 26 and online at <a href="http://wciu.com/">WCIU.com.</a></li> <li>Love him or hate him, <strong>Mancow Muller</strong> continues to inflame passions in the market. Posts here <a href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/02/out-in-wls-radio-shakeup/14628">Wednesday</a> and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/02/will-cassidy-hop-along-back-to-newsradio-780/14724">Thursday</a> about his firing from Citadel Broadcasting news/talk WLS-AM (890) so far have generated a total of more than 270 comments from readers. That's far and away the most on any topic since this blog began Nov. 2.</li> </ul></p> Tue, 16 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/02/nbc-5-turns-staffers-into-auto-show-cheerleaders/15173 Are the CTA cuts just some sort of nasty payback for not getting the Olympics? http://www.wbez.org/blog/are-cta-cuts-just-some-sort-nasty-payback-not-getting-olympics <p><p style="text-align: center;"></p> <a href="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4346282194_2d7fba1c49.jpg"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4346282194_2d7fba1c49.jpg" alt="" width="375" height="500" /></a> <code> </code> <strong>Top story:</strong> After three days of trudging through snow and longer commutes, have you felt the <a href="http://chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=39876" target="_blank">CTA cuts yet</a>? I didn't want to believe it, but I have. The CTA buses I take in the morning have either: a) not been on time, b) been bunched in threes, or c) been non-existent due to cutbacks. Something tells me this drastic move by our transit agency is retaliation. I know, I know, but for the sake of the bit, weren't we talking about adding trains and renovations to the CTA for the 2016 Olympics? The people of the city do not cooperate, in turn we don't get the Olympics and the CTA officials strike back by cutting budgets. This is on you, Chicago. Okay, funny non-plausible rant over.‚  Now back to your regularly scheduled programming... <strong>B story:</strong> Robert Feder <a href="/feder/2010/02/out-in-wls-radio-shakeup/14628">broke news yesterday</a> that Mancow was fired from WLS. <a href="/feder/2010/02/will-cassidy-hop-along-back-to-newsradio-780/14724">Today he has quotes from Mancow</a>, who talks about the demise of Chicago radio. <!--break-->Someone in the comments (120+ comments) made a great point about the volatility of talk radio. He makes the point that talk radio is for a younger demographic and our aging Chicago shock-jocks (Dahl, Johnny B, Mancow) are biding time in a young man's game. There is no place for them on the dial. Live by the sword, die by the sword.‚  The transition of shock-jocks to more WGN-like talk-show hosts is looking like a failed experiment. <strong>C story: </strong>In Scott Lee Cohen's media blitz, has the press brought up at all his desire (or lack of) to run for Lt. Gov. as an independent? I was too busy <a href="/jkaufmann/2010/02/wikipedia-files-scott-lee-cohen/14651">doing bits with him</a> to ask about it. Cohen says voter support is higher than ever and if the Dems choose unwisely, there may be a window. Is this being covered and just glossed over or is this a unique thought (no way)? I'll bet it has been talked about, but where's your front-page coverage, Chicago newspapers? <strong>Valentines:</strong> I would like to take a minute to talk to the 26-year-old Justin. "Dude. You still have one day til Valentine's weekend. Time to stop playing Sega and mobilize! <a href="/dolinsky/2010/02/valentines-day-foodie-forecast-last-minute-restaurant-ideas/13162">Dolinsky gave you this list</a>. Suck it up and call a few. Get a table and then go down to build-a-bear and act like you put some thought into this. And a key to your apartment is not a Valentines gift. That's just lazy." <strong>Weather:</strong> Is that all you got, Chicago? <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/weather/" target="_blank">Apparently not</a>. <strong>Sports:</strong> I was listening to sports radio yesterday and the conversation was all about packaging Tyrus Thomas, Kirk Hinrich and John Salmon's contracts for mid-season trades. The Bulls want to free up money next year, so they could go after a huge free-agent. Haven't I heard this before? Didn't the Bulls send Benny the Bull to the airport to greet NBA superstars back in 2000/2001? Remember that? And no one wanted to come here? Note to Reinsdorf: when wooing the 25-year-old superstar NBA player, lose the mascot and Luv-a-Bulls schtick. Instead, class it up like an episode of<em> Entourage</em>. <strong>Kicker:</strong><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/2040676,chris-chelios-dui-charge-021010.article" target="_blank"> Best DUI argument ever</a>: Chelios' lawyer says "knee surgeries" caused him to wobble in his sobriety test, not on the account of being loaded. Is that the same argument Walter Jacobson made?</p> Thu, 11 Feb 2010 08:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/are-cta-cuts-just-some-sort-nasty-payback-not-getting-olympics Radio earthquake: Mancow & Cassidy out at WLS http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/02/out-in-wls-radio-shakeup/14628 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><sup><strong><em><img width="400" height="499" alt="Mancow Muller" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//mancow.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-14643" /></em></strong><strong><em><br />Mancow Muller</em></strong></sup></p><p style="text-align: center;"><code> </code></p><p>The Chicago radio odyssey of Matthew Erich &quot;Mancow&quot; Muller took another unexpected turn Wednesday when he was fired after 16 months as <a href="http://www.wlsam.com/Article.asp?id=956634&amp;spid=28931">midday personality</a> on news/talk WLS-AM (890). The surprise move just after he got off the air was part of a swift program realignment by the new management team of the Citadel Broadcasting station. In his first public comment after his ouster, Muller said:</p><blockquote>&quot;There's no rhyme or reason to this business. I've stopped trying to figure it out. I thought we were doing a great show. I think it had a lot of interesting elements, and I'm proud of the show we did.&quot;</blockquote><p>Also out in the shakeup is 40-year radio veteran Pat Cassidy, who had been Muller's <a href="http://www.wlsam.com/Article.asp?id=906741&amp;spid=28931">co-host and straight man.</a> Cassidy is expected to be returning to CBS Radio all-news WBBM-AM (780), where he'd anchored mornings before joining WLS in August 2008. His former bosses have kept the seat alongside Felicia Middlebrooks <a ëœnewsradio="" href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2009/11/newsradio-reluctant-to-sign-off-on-hultman/9163">officially open</a> since Cassidy left. &quot;Pat Cassidy was Felix to my Oscar --&nbsp; and I loved every minute of it,&quot; Muller said of their &quot;Odd Couple&quot;-like partnership.<!--break--></p><p>Replacing Muller and Cassidy from 9 to 11 a.m. weekdays, effective Thursday, is Cisco Cotto, who's been co-hosting Roe Conn's afternoon show on WLS since he <a href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2009/12/wls-makes-room-for-roe-cisco-in-afternoons/10542">returned to the station</a> last month from Salem Communications news/talk WIND-AM (560). By most accounts, Conn and Cotto did not mesh particularly well on the air. New partners for Cotto in middays and Conn in afternoons are expected to be named soon.</p><p>Earlier this week, Ron Magers returned as a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/robert-feder/back-you-ron-wls-radio-restores-magers-role">regular contributor</a> to Conn's show. The top news anchor at ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7 had been a staple of the afternoon show for 12 years before he was <a href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2009/12/woe-is-roe-no-room-for-ron-magers-at-wls-radio/10661">axed in a budget cut</a> last December.</p><p>The latest talent shuffle was engineered by Michael Damsky, who was <a href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/01/management-shakeup-at-wls-fowler-out-damsky-in/11767">promoted to president and general manager</a> of WLS on Jan. 15, and by Drew Hayes, who was hired by Damsky as <a href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/01/wls-radio-brings-back-drew-hayes-as-program-boss/12992">operations director</a> two weeks later. Reached for comment Wednesday, Damsky said:</p><blockquote>&quot;Mancow has been an outstanding talent and an ideal employee in every respect. Unfortunately, he does not fit the needs of the radio station as we try to fulfill a very clear vision of what listeners expect, and try to restore credibility to conservative talk. We thank him and Pat Cassidy for their contributions, and wish them both well.&quot;</blockquote><p>Muller, 43, has been a captivating and polarizing figure on the local media scene since 1994 when he arrived from San Francisco to host mornings on the former WRCX. After four years there, he jumped to alternative rock WKQX-FM (101.1). His firing from Q101 in 2006 remains the subject of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Muller filed against parent company Emmis Communications. He joined WLS in October 2008, and hit No. 1 in the Arbitron ratings just four months later. Though off the air here now, Muller continues to host a nationally <a href="http://www.mancow.com/">syndicated morning show</a> from Chicago for <a href="http://www.talkradionetwork.com/">Talk Radio Network.</a> He identifies his politics as libertarian.</p><p>At the <a href="http://archives.chicagotribune.com/2008/oct/22/business/chi-081022mancow-returns">time of his hiring </a>at WLS, Muller was described by then-general manager Mike Fowler as &quot;a younger version of Rush [Limbaugh], with some Roe Conn thrown in.&quot; But Damsky and Hayes pointed to audience research that showed Muller's edgy, hyperkinetic act did not appeal to the core audiences of Don and Roma Wade's morning show preceding it or Limbaugh's midday show following it. &quot;The two hours [from 9 to 11 a.m.] has to be a very consistent bridge between those two programs, and Mancow's show just wasn't the bridge,&quot; Damsky said.</p><p>A lightning rod for publicity throughout his career, Muller made worldwide headlines last May when he staged a live <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local-beat/Mancow-Takes-on-Waterboarding-and-Loses.html">waterboarding stunt </a>on his WLS show to determine whether the interrogation technique was a form of torture. After several seconds of being doused, he concluded that it was, indeed, &quot;absolutely torture.&quot; (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUkj9pjx3H0">Here is the link to video of the incident.</a>)</p></p> Wed, 10 Feb 2010 11:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/02/out-in-wls-radio-shakeup/14628