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WGN-TV Newscast Changes - More Hours, Anchors Change Shifts
Aug 19 2014 12:00

As part of its new fall schedule, WGN-TV is making numerous changes to its newscasts. The changes are happening in the mornings and afternoons, with an extra hour of news [ ... ]

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WCKG-AM Moves To New Studios In Oakbrook Terrace
Aug 19 2014 10:05

WCKG-AM 1530 has fully moved in to their brand new, state-of-the-art studios and executive offices as of this past week. The new WCKG-AM location is within the luxurious  [ ... ]

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Steve & Johnnie Return To WGN-AM For Labor Day Fill-In Role
Aug 19 2014 09:15

For the second time in under a year, beloved WGN Radio overnight radio duo of Steve King and Johnnie Putman will be making their return to the Chicago airwaves. This will [ ... ]

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Muchin & Bellow's 'The Dirty Truth' Becomes 'The Big Payoff' - Moves To WGN.FM
Aug 19 2014 08:00

Internet-only radio station WGN.FM has picked up a new weekly business show entitled "The Big Payoff." Hosted by Suzanne Muchin and Rachel Bellow, this live 60-minute pro [ ... ]

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ABC 7 Officially Announces New Daytime Schedule; WCL To Have Week Of Double Shows
Aug 18 2014 12:45

WLS-TV/ABC 7 officially announced its new fall daytime schedule today. Among the changes are the addition of "The Rachael Ray Show," the shifting of some shows back to th [ ... ]

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WGN-TV's Rich King Gets 'Back In The Game' With New Book
Aug 18 2014 11:15

WGN-TV sports anchor/reporter Rich King will soon be releasing a new book about his life, entitled "Back In The Game." The personal story looks at a recent chapter in Kin [ ... ]

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Executive Changes At Univision Chicago: Larry Sands Exiting; Doug Levy Promoted
Aug 18 2014 09:10

Major changes are taking place this month with media giant Univision Communications. These nationwide changes have numerous executives exiting and some being promoted. Th [ ... ]

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Jack Diamond Not Taking WLS-FM Morning Job; Signs With Tijuana/San Diego Radio Station
Aug 16 2014 10:30

For the last week of July, Cumulus-owned WLS-FM gave a "tryout" to a new morning show host, Jack Diamond. Speculation had it that Diamond was a lock to become the new ful [ ... ]

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WMAQ-TV Announces New 11:00am Newscast & Anchors
Aug 15 2014 18:00

WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 will be making some changes to its midday schedule next month, ending its 30-minute Noon newscast, but adding a new 60-minute 11:00am newscast. Announced to [ ... ]

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News & Notes: Terri Hemmert; Star 105.5; St Augustine/Johnson; Ryan Chiaverini/Dave Plier;...
Aug 15 2014 16:45

This weekend's News & Notes features a dozen news items from the Chicagoland media beat, including: Terri Hemmert hosts the Fest For Beatles Fans once again; Star 105.5 h [ ... ]

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WSCR-AM Parts Ways With Dan McNeil
Aug 15 2014 13:00

WSCR-AM/670 The Score and CBS Radio Chicago have officially parted ways with their longtime personality Dan McNeil. After nearly two months of contract negotiations, McNe [ ... ]

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WGN-TV To Broadcast 2014 Arlington Million Horse Race
Aug 14 2014 15:35

For the fourth year in a row, WGN-TV will be airing the Arlington Million live from Arlington Park Racetrack. This will take place on Saturday, August 16th, from 5:00pm-6 [ ... ]

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Bob Sirott & Marianne Murciano Joining WGN-AM As Weekday Hosts

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...


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."

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