In what may be the first of many changes inside Tribune Tower in a post-bankruptcy world, Tribune Broadcasting’s WGN Radio announced the departure yesterday of General Manager Tom Langmyer after seven years at the station.
The move comes as Tribune is expected to exit bankruptcy in the next few weeks as the company may be looking to sell many of its stations off. Director of Sales Jeff Hill has been appointed the interim GM.
Despite often anemic ratings in the 25-54 demo, WGN was near or at the top in billings and revenue in the Chicago market during Langmyer’s tenure, including the tumultuous Randy Michaels era at Tribune – including a disastrous time when Kevin Metheny ran the station as program director and inexperienced hosts Jim Laski and Blackhawks player Daniel Carcillo had shows at the station.
Tribune owns four newspapers and more than twenty TV stations, including WGN-TV here in Chicago, and WPIX in New York and KTLA in Los Angeles. Over the weekend, their was speculation regarding Rupert Murdoch eying two newspaers the Trib owns: The Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.
WGN-AM is Tribune Broadcasting’s lone radio property.