Published on Thursday, 11 July 2013 16:24
WGN-AM announced today that famed Chicago media duo Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano will be joining the station in a full-time role. The husband and wife team will host a weekday show at a time to be determined in the near future.
The two have hosted a one-hour weekend show, the "Sunday Night Radio Special" for WGN-AM since 2007. That same show had previously been heard on WCKG-FM from 2005-2007, until that station flipped formats. That show currently continues to be heard each Sunday from 9:00pm-10:00pm. It is not yet known if the "Sunday Night Radio Special" will be able to continue on once the hosts begin working a full-time weekday shift.
For Bob Sirott, it is a return to weekday radio work at WGN-AM. He previously hosted "The Noon Show" from April 2007 until January 2010. For Marianne Murciano, this will be her first time doing radio full-time, after doing so part-time for many years.
Sirott also continues to be the co-anchor of WFLD-TV's low-rated 9:00pm newscast. His three-year contract with FOX Television expired at the start of this month, but he remains at the station under a temporary extension. WFLD-TV's new executive team are supposedly looking at a shake-up of their news anchors for all dayparts, including the 9:00pm newscast, with a target date for making these changes before the end of this summer. This could involve the exit of Bob Sirott (and others) from WFLD-TV, although no firm decisions have been made.
These past three years have been Sirott's second go-round with WFLD-TV. For close to six years, between 1994 and 2000, he was the co-host of WFLD-TV's morning show, "Fox Thing in the Morning." His co-host for much of those years was Marianne Murciano, who ended up becoming his co-host in real life. The two were wed in 1999.
Bob Sirott has been a top talent on both Chicago radio & television since the early 70's. He started in radio, first as a part-time DJ on WBBM-FM in the summer of 1971, and then became a full-time DJ on WLS-AM in 1973. He quickly went from "Who is that new guy on WLS?" to one of the iconic radio station's top jocks. He left WLS-AM and radio in 1980 to pursue a television career.
As an NBC-TV/WMAQ-TV page during high school, Sirott always had a love for the television business. Starting in 1980, he was a featured reporter for WBBM-TV for five years. He won the Peter Lisagor Award for his reporting on the death of John Lennon in his first year at WBBM-TV. That job eventually led to a national job with CBS-TV on the magazine show "West 57th" and occasional reports for CBS' "Sunday Morning" program. A few years later, he joined WMAQ-TV as anchor for their Noon newscast, and then as co-host for "First Thing In The Morning," WMAQ's popular morning show. WFLD-TV then stole him away for the aforementioned "Fox Thing in the Morning." After leaving Fox, Sirott joined WTTW-TV to take over as host of Monday-Thursday "Chicago Tonight" program and the Friday version of the show, the simply-named "Friday Night Show." A few years later, Sirott was back with WMAQ-TV, anchoring various afternoon and evening newscasts for the station, until he exited in 2009 over a contract dispute. He has been at WFLD-TV since July 2010.
Should he exit WFLD-TV, as many expect will happen, it would not be a surprise to see him turn up at WGN-AM's Tribune Broadcasting-owned sister-station WGN-TV in some reoccurring on-air role before the year is out.
The upcoming addition of Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano, along with the rumored upcoming full-time addition of Steve Cochran
, seem to point to the upcoming removal of at least one of their current weekday hosts. That will most likely be the current midday host Mike McConnell, who was hired in 2010 by the controversial previous regime of Randy Michaels, Sean Compton, and Kevin Metheny (although Compton remains with Tribune Broadcasting in another capacities).
The following is today's full press release from WGN-AM...
BOB SIROTT & MARIANNE MURCIANO TO JOIN WGN RADIO FULL-TIME
Chicago, Illinois (July 11, 2013) - WGN Radio announced today the expansion of Bob Sirott & Marianne Murciano's role later this summer. The husband-and-wife duo currently host the "Sunday Night Radio Special with Bob and Marianne" on Sundays from 9p.m. to 10p.m.
“Bob's respected reputation and vast experiences on radio & television make him the perfect fit for 'Chicago's Very Own 720,'" said Jimmy de Castro, President/General Manager. "I'm excited to expand Bob's role and allow him to share more of his rich Chicago stories and Marianne adds another strong female voice to the tradition of WGN Radio."
Sirott hosted "The Noon Show" on WGN Radio from 2007 to 2010 and currently co-anchors the FOX Chicago News at 9 weeknights with Robin Robinson. His acclaimed broadcasting career includes stints at WBBM-FM and WLS radio and national and local Emmy awards for his work on CBS, NBC and PBS television. Murciano is a seasoned journalist and media personality, having co-anchored WFLD-TV's "Fox Thing in the Morning" with Sirott and working as a feature reporter for WTTW-TV's "Chicago Tonight".
"When I was growing up in Chicago, WGN was the 'Radio home of millions throughout mid-America', and this is still very much true," Sirott said. "Marianne and I are thrilled to call WGN our radio home."