Published on Monday, 12 April 2010 15:17
Pat Cassidy is proving you can go home again. The former WBBM-AM morning anchor is no the station's future morning anchor, as he has finally signed on with the station once again.
In July 2008, Cassidy surprised many by announcing his exit from Newsradio 780 to join WLS-AM, in an attempt to return to his talk show roots. Unfortunately, the proper opportunities never really opened at WLS for him. After guesting on some of their shows, he was finally paired up with Erich "Mancow" Muller on a late morning two-hour program. In early February of this year, the "Mancow and Cassidy Show" was canceled by WLS and both hosts were let go. Meanwhile, at WBBM, Cassidy's morning show slot was never truly filled. Former morning show host John Hultman was named as "fill-in," but he did not want the position full-time, even though he stayed as "fill-in" for a year and a half now. Although quite a few interviewed and auditioned for the job, it seemed WBBM was really wanting only one person in that co-anchor chair: Pat Cassidy.
Cassidy was previously at WBBM-AM for eight years (2000-2008). During his time, alongside co-anchor Felicia Middlebrooks, WBBM was always at or very near the top of the morning ratings. Prior to first joining WBBM, Cassidy spent 25 years at the former newsradio WMAQ-AM.
Cassidy, who turns 60 this year, is a Chicago native who has been working in radio for over 40 years. He began his radio career at suburban WEXI-FM (now WCPT-FM).
Pat Cassidy returns to WBBM-AM on the morning of Monday, April 19th -- one week from today. John Hultman, will now go back into semi-retirement, but continue to do occasional fill-in work for the station.