Chicago radio’s Winter book results

The winter books are here, and according to Arbitron (click here to see daypart info): WINNERS: WGN-AM: This could be the beginning of a long reign for longtime leader WGN-AM on top of the radio hill in Chicago, as the station fended off WGCI to remain numero uno in Chicago’s Winter Arbitron book, and is expected to remain number one […]

The Fall Arbitron books, Part II

Wondering how the recently-released Fall Arbs fared demographically? Well, here you go, courtesy of All Access (As a bonus, you get San Diego numbers in the article, too!): – Urban contemporary WGCI-FM swept the adults 18-34, 18-49, and 25-54 categories by finishing first. -Thanks to Christmas music, WLIT soared back into the top ten in key 18-49 and 25-54 demos. […]

Doug Banks returns to Chicago

A Chicago radio icon in coming home – well, at least on the air. Chicago radio veteran Doug Banks is back on the airwaves thanks to a deal with Urban Adult Contemporary WVAZ-FM (V103), which will see it become the first station to carry his new syndicated radio show, which is being distributed by ABC Radio Networks (which is actually […]

The Fall Arbitron books

Here are your radio Fall Arbs (+12) for: Chicago Quick analysis: Tribune’s WGN is first, but stumbled. Clear Channel’s Urban Contemporary WGCI is back in second place, while sister Urban AC WVAZ fell from fifth place to eighth (they announced a huge schedule change today – more on that later, so watch the blog.) CC’s WLIT surged to fifth place*, […]

Layoff lane

Cuts at Clear Channel Chicago and 65 layoffs at Oxygen, which was taken over by NBC Universal over the weekend. Among the cuts at CC Chicago: Armando Rivera, a mixer-turned-assistant program director and music director at WVAZ (V103); WGCI’s nighttime jock Victor “The Diz” Blackful; and overnighter Alexx Dupri at Top 40 WKSC-FM. The cuts at Clear Channel mirror those […]

Tom Joyner to stay on V103

In a very smart move, Clear Channel-owned WVAZ-FM (or V103) has renewed the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show in a multi-year deal. There was speculation that WVAZ would can the show and replace it with a local morning show. The TJMS and Radio One would have suffered a big blow if WVAZ didn’t renew the show. Chicago is the second-largest […]

Presenting the Spring 2007 Arbitron book

For Chicago and Milwaukee. Random thoughts: -WGCI-FM, WVAZ, and WPWX all are down from last book. The Howard McGee debacle at WGCI certainly won’t help them as they might not see No.1 for a very long time. – WBBM-FM got pummeled by WKSC-FM (Kiss), falling out of the top 10 and recording their worst numbers since 1982. Time for some […]

Elroy Smith is back – in Philadelphia

Elroy Smith, who recently resigned as program director at Clear Channel’s WVAZ-FM (V103), has now got a new gig: Operations manager of Radio One-owned WRNB-FM, an urban AC-formatted station, and WPPZ-FM, a gospel-formatted station, both in Philadelphia.

Derrick Brown named PD of V103; Tom Joyner comin’ to town

Chicago native Derrick Brown has been named program director of Clear Channel’s urban adult WVAZ-FM (V103), effective July 16. He replaces Elroy Smith in the role, who stepped down several weeks ago. Meanwhile, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, which airs on V103, is coming back to town for the first time in three years. The live “Sky Show” will originate […]

Elroy Smith resigns

Elroy Smith, one of Chicago’s – and the nation’s most successful urban radio programmers – has resigned from Clear Channel Chicago after a fifteen-year run in the Windy City. Smith ran WGCI-FM until last March, when he was replaced. Smith was previously WVAZ-FM’s program director.

WVAZ (V103) gets license renewal

Post No. 200! The Sun-Times Robert Feder reports that Urban AC WVAZ-FM (or V103) “dodged a bullet” from the FCC and renewed the station’s license after it rejected a complaint from a Joliet listener who claims that her family was slandered and harassed by the syndicated Tom Joyner radio show.  

Management shakeup at WVAZ, WGCI

In a move that been universally panned by the blogging and message board community (except this blog, which thinks this is a good idea – Wait a minute. Hold up. Am I praising something Clear Channel is doing? I must be high…), Clear Channel has decided to split the management at top-rated Urban Contemporary outlet WGCI-FM, and successful Urban AC […]

Fall Arbitron books (Updated)

The Arbitron radio books are out today for Chicago, Milwaukee, Peoria, Rockford, South Bend, Bloomington, and The Quad Cities. Robert Feder analyzes the Chicago book for the Sun-Times, while Tim Cuprisin does the same for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Chicago Winners: Urban Contemporary WGCI-FM Chicago’s tops the fall ratings book. WLIT ought to thank Santa for its Christmas music-fueled ratings jump. […]


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