Published on Tuesday, 13 March 2012 11:35
Syndicated music & relationship radio show host Delilah suffered two losses his week -- a painful personal one by losing her son, and a professional one by losing her show in Market #3.
Delilah's personal tragic loss this week occurred on Sunday morning as her adopted son Sammy Young Dzolali Rene passed away from sickle cell anemia, after an almost two week stay in the hospital. Delilah Rene is a single mother of twelve children. Sammy was one of her eight of her adopted children.
In a case of horrible timing, Delilah's Chicago outlet, WLIT-FM, decided to cancel her show from its schedule as of this week -- the second time in less than five years it has done so. Before this week, her program aired on WLIT-FM seven nights a week from 7:00pm-Midnight. Delilah's syndicated program was previously canceled from that station in November 2007, only to be brought back again in October 2008.
Delilah's syndicated radio program is distributed nationally by Premiere Radio Networks, which is owned by Clear Channel, as is WLIT-FM. Since the show is still heard on hundreds of stations nationwide, upset Chicago fans can easily find a station to stream her show online each night.
WLIT-FM also unveiled a new logo this weekend (first mentioned HERE
on Sunday), removing the light bulb that had been part of logos for "The Lite" for most of the past 20 years. With the removal of Delilah and the "hot" new logo, many are wondering if WLIT-FM isn't going to be abandoning its softer adult contemporary past and shifting to a more upbeat AC or Hot AC format, which is more popular with the advertiser-preferred demographic of Women 25-54.