Published on Thursday, 25 October 2012 14:05
WLEY-FM/La Ley 107.9 was happy to announce its new lineup that starts today, featuring a new morning show, and its old morning show becoming a new afternoon show. However, with the additions come the subtractions. Jose Luis Marquez, aka "El Pitufo," is out as the station's Program Director, afternoon host and Chicago Bears play-by-play announcer.
Jose Luis Marquez joined WLEY-FM
as Program Director on June 6, 2011, adding the duties of afternoon drive host the following week. At the start of last month, he was named
as the play-by-play announcer for La Ley's Spanish-language broadcasts of this season's Chicago Bears games.
As of this week, Marquez is gone from all three of those jobs. No reason for the exit has been given. A spokesperson for WLEY-FM simply said: "We wish him well in his future endeavors."
As announced earlier today
, Raul "La Bola" Bernal takes over as afternoon host. As far as La Ley 107.9's Chicago Bears broadcasts go, color analyst Liz Liz now replaces Marquez as play-by-play announcer. Alexis "El General" Hernandez will take over as the new color commentator. A replacement for the Program Director role has not been announced.
UPDATE 3:25pm: The reason for the exit is because SBS has eliminated all Directors from the Chicago market, as well as other markets nationwide. That meant the removal of the Program Director (Marquez), and even the Promotions Director and Station Manager. This is being done in a corporate cost-cutting move.
Prior to joining SBS' WLEY-FM, Jose Luis Marquez worked for Clear Channel Radio's WNUA-FM/Mega 95.5, where he was the station's Assistant Program Director, Production/Imaging Director and former afternoon on-air personality. Marquez joined WNUA-FM in July 2009, very soon after the station flipped formats from Smooth Jazz to Hispanic CHR. (The station has since changed musical directions a couple of times and is currently a Regional Mexican format.)
Jose Luiz Marquez, 31, is originally from Sante Fe, NM. He has been in love with radio since he was a child and working in the business in one capacity or another since he was only 12 years old. Marquez has long been known by nickname "El Pitufo," which translates in English as "The Smurf."