Just to set the record straight, as mentioned elsewhere on this message board, Tom Marker has NOT been released from WXRT. He was on the air tonight sounding great and will be on the air again tomorrow night, as well. I haven't read the "report" (singular, not plural -- there is just one "report"), but if it says that Marker is gone, then it is very premature.
As has been said repeatedly on this website this month, CBS Radio has been cutting veteran salaries from its payrolls nationwide. Chicago was not spared from that swinging that budget ax. (Although there were other factors involved beside just saving payroll for some of the cuts.) Michael Horn, Steve Grzanich, and Trish Biondo have been cut already from CBS Chicago. Some more may be coming this week. Some deals/payouts for those with longer contracts may take a while to sort out. Some, like Marker, if/when it comes to pass, may still be part of their station in a diminished role. Before people start flipping out over things that haven't happened yet, wait until all of the facts are firm.
The sad thing is that those three names mentioned above that were released this month had a combined 67 years of experience and loyalty to CBS Radio. (That is not even counting Marker's over 33 years with the same station, since, as I mentioned before, he's still with them.) At one time, loyalty, longevity, and experience was something that was rewarded. In today's please-the-shareholders, cheap-is-good, corporate radio world, longevity and experience are huge detriments. What a twisted shame.