At the end of the 4:30 p.m. newscast on WMAQ-TV yesterday, Bob Sirott (a former DJ himself) addressed the firing of Howard McGee at WGCI during his One More Thing segment and talked about radio’s problems in Chicago, especially when it comes to replacing local talent with out-of-town syndicated programming.
Though he missed two items (Harvey’s show is based in New York and Tom Joyner’s show is actually owned by Radio One but airs on a Clear Channel station here), Sirott hit the nail right on the head. It’s a troubling trend, and terrestrial radio is starting to fade itself out of existence.
Not only that, another D.J. at a Chicago Clear Channel station was axed yesterday – WKSC-FM (Kiss) canceled the Mack at Night show, according to All Access.
There is no such thing as job security in radio anymore.
(I know what you all are going to say in the comments section about what I just said. “Well, Duh?”)
You can watch Bob Sirott’s excellent One More Thing piece by clicking here.