WLS FM gets new program director

Brian Thomas

Brian Thomas

Cumulus Media is dispatching a seasoned corporate program executive from New York to become the new program director of WLS FM 94.7.

Brian Thomas starts August 1 as program director of the classic hits station here, according to an internal announcement Monday by Peter Bowen, vice president and Chicago market manager of Cumulus Media. Continue reading

Legendary DJ Landecker quits WLS FM

John Records Landecker

John Records Landecker

John Records Landecker, one of Chicago radio’s most celebrated disc jockeys, is calling it quits. His last show as evening host on Cumulus Media classic hits WLS FM 94.7 will be Friday.

Landecker, 68, who’s been working without a contract since he started in January 2012, said the decision to leave was entirely his own. Continue reading

Chicago’s ‘fun couple’ ties the knot

Natalie Bomke and Ed Zwiderski

Natalie Bomke and Ed Zwiderski

Wedding bells rang high atop Chicago Saturday night for Natalie Bomke, weekend news anchor at Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32, and Ed Swiderski, a former contestant on ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”

The two were married in an outdoor civil ceremony amid the flying buttresses of Tribune Tower’s 25th floor in the private rooftop veranda known as The Crown. The reception was held at Howells & Hood, the restaurant on the building’s ground floor. Continue reading

Chuck Schaden returns to his thrilling days of yesteryear

Chuck Schaden on WLTD (1974)

Chuck Schaden on WLTD (1974)

As Chicago’s preeminent broadcast historian, Chuck Schaden brought listeners back to the golden age of radio every Saturday afternoon for four decades. Now he’s taking a nostalgic journey of his own.

On Friday Schaden will join afternoon host Milt Rosenberg as a guest from 4 to 6 p.m. on Kovas Communications news/talk WCGO AM 1590. They’ll be in the same Evanston studio and on the same frequency where Schaden started “Those Were the Days” in 1970. Continue reading

ABC 7 moves news to play ball

Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

In the tug of war between baseball and news at WLS-Channel 7, baseball just won.

The second game of Wednesday’s day-night doubleheader between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds will air on the ABC-owned station starting at 5 p.m., bumping the top-rated 5 and 6 p.m. local newscasts as well as “ABC World News Tonight” at 5:30 p.m. Continue reading

A sober Nick Digilio ‘unbelievably thankful to be back’ on WGN

Nick Digilio

Nick Digilio

Nick Digilio returned to his WGN AM 720 overnight show Monday, attributing his monthlong absence to a stomach ailment worsened by alcohol and vowing: “I’m not gonna have a drink ever again.”

In an emotional broadcast his first night back on the Tribune Media news/talk station since mid-June, Digilio said the effects of drinking without eating landed him in Swedish Covenant Hospital for five days and prompted a reassessment of his life. Continue reading