Published on Monday, 01 February 2010 15:30
In what many are calling a surprise move, WLS-FM's Operations Director Michael La Crosse announced the hiring of Dave Fogel to be the station's newest morning host. He replaces Brant Miller who left WLS-FM at the start of January when his contract was not renewed.
Who is Dave Fogel you ask? He does a have a brief history with Chicago radio. Fogel's radio career started in college in Kansas City, MO. He then found some work in radio in San Diego, CA and Washington, D.C., before finally making a name for himself in Detroit, MI, where he did afternoons on WHYT-FM 96.3 from May 1989 until December 1996. In December 1996, he then moved to Chicago and started working afternoons at WLUP-FM until September 1997, when he moved over to (then) sister-station WTMX-FM to do the afternoon shift. (At that time, both stations were owned by Bonneville Communications). He was at The Mix until September 2004. It was September 2004 when he left Chicago to return to Kansas City, MO. There he worked at KMXV-FM, KC's version of The Mix, doing middays until February 2006. He then moved over to Kansas City's KCKC-FM as solo afternoon host and finally moved to mornings there as a co-host in December 2007, where he has been until this month.
Dave Fogel was raised in Los Angeles and is the son of TV actor Jerry Fogel, who starred in "The Mothers-In-Law" in the late 60's and was a frequent guest star on numerous TV shows in the 70's. Before becoming an actor, Jerry Fogel was a rock & roll DJ in Rochester, NY and Kansas City, MO, so his son Dave comes by it naturally. The Fogel family moved back to Missouri, when Dave was in school. Supposedly, John Elway played quarterback for his high school football team and Valerie Bertinelli was in his algebra class. While attending the University of Missouri, Dave claims to have received singing instructions from Sheryl Crow and shared a house with a young Brad Pitt.
Fogel starts back on Chicago's airwaves on March 1st, working WLS-FM's 6:00am-10:00am shift. He will be teamed with Maura Myles, who will provide the news, weather & traffic updates. Myles will be returning from maternity leave and coming over from sister-station WLS-AM. Dave & Mo will have to walk that tightrope of trying to connect with the audience in brief segments, while still being a music intensive show. For the remainder of February, the shift will still be filled-in by Chicago radio veteran, Tom O'Toole.
Fogel is the third full-time morning show host since 94.7 became an oldies format just a few years ago. He was preceded by Scott Mackay and Brant Miller.