Published on Friday, 17 June 2011 16:01
Nothing is confirmed*, but there are reports that a change will be taking place at the WGN-AM News Department, as it appears News Director Charlie Meyerson may be gone from the station as of today. This afternoon, his bio page and photo was completely scrubbed from the WGN Radio website.
On August 6, 2009, he began his new job as News Director at WGN-AM. He was hired by then-Program Director Kevin Metheny, to replace longtime WGN newsman Wes Bleed, who Metheny had fired a few months earlier for openly disagreeing with the direction Metheny wished to take the station. It now looks as the new Program Director, Bill White, will be searching for WGN-AM's third News Director in less than two years.
This would be the first major change to the heritage Chicago radio station since Program Director Bill White
came aboard in mid-February.
Charlie Meyerson is veteran Chicago radio newsman. His voice was heard anchoring newscasts for over ten years at WXRT-FM. For almost as long, he was the morning news anchor, News Director and Public Affairs Director at WNUA-FM. He began his professional career in radio as News Director at west suburban WMRO-AM and WAUR-FM in the late 1970's, after spending a few years as a DJ, news reporter and news anchor and downstate WPGU-FM, while a student at U of I.
For many years, he was a writer, columnist, senior producer and editor for the Chicago Tribune and the Journal of Oak Park. Meyerson even spent a few years in the 1980's as a newswriting instructor at Chicago's Columbia College.
Charlie Meyeson, a native of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, received his journalism degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was inducted into the Illini Media Alumni Hall of Fame in 2008.
*UPDATE: While there is no official statement from WGN or Tribune management, the news of Charlie Meyerson's forced exit from the radio station has been confirmed from numerous reliable sources. PD Bill White will now act as Interim News Director until Meyerson's replacement can be found.
(Photo credit: Jean Lachat LiVigni)