Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano head to WGN Radio full-time

Marianne Murciano and Bob Sirott. (WBEZ)
Marianne Murciano and Bob Sirott. (WBEZ)

According to a post on Robert Feder’s Facebook page today, Bob Sirott and his wife Murianne Murciano are joining WGN Radio’s daily lineup.

The couple already have a Sunday night program on the station.

This is the latest move from program director Jimmy DeCastro’s continuing plan on making over WGN-AM’s schedule.

No timetable has been set on where or when Sirott and Murciano would be placed on the weekday schedule. Sirott currently co-anchors WFLD’s 9 p.m. weeknight newscast with Robin Robinson. According to Feder, Sirott’s contract expired on July 6 but was extended, while Robinson’s one-year contract expires in August. Currently, Mike McConnell holds down a 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. slot on WGN-AM with the 2 to 3 p.m. time period now occupied by a variety of guest hosts. Previously, McConnell’s shift was split with a one hour noontime show hosted by now-departed host Carol Roth.

With Garry Meier not going anywhere, McConnell’s show could be shortened to make room for Sirott/Murciano. On the other hand, McConnell could be also given his walking papers.

This would be Sirott’s second stint on the WGN weekday shift at the radio station: Sirott hosted a solo show in the noontime hour from 2007-10.

An 1994 promotional poster. (Michigan Ave. Magazine)
An 1994 promotional poster. (Michigan Ave. Magazine)

Both Sirott and Muricanno were teamed up on WFLD’s Fox Thing In The Morning beginning in early 1994 and was a modest hit. Their chemistry was so good, you can say it rubbed off on them -they married each other in 1999. In an-ill fated move however, Murciano was replaced by Tamron Hall, as Fox Thing lost ground to WGN-TV’s surging morning show. Sirott exited the station and later joined WTTW’s Chicago Tonight.

Bob Sirott has been a remarkable 40 years in Chicago media, including stints at WBBM-FM (where he began his career), WLS-AM, and television work for four Chicago stations. He was also a correspondent for CBS News’ West 57th in the 1980’s.

Edited at 1:16 p.m. on 2013-07-12 (WBBM-FM, WLS-AM were in the wrong places in the article)