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87.7 MeTVfm Hires Bill Cochran As Imaging Director

Chicago radio veteran Bill Cochran has joined WRME-LP/87.7 MeTVfm as its new Radio Image Director. Cochran's voice, imaging skills, and radio production values have been heard on the Chicago radio airwaves for over 35 years.

While not necessarily a household name, the majority of the Chicagoland residents have probably heard and enjoyed Cochran's work. The multi-talented man has been a local radio DJ and famed imaging voice for WNUA-FM (during its Smooth Jazz era), WLFM-LP (during its Smooth Jazz/Smooth AC era), WTTW-TV, SmoothJazzChicago.net, and WXRT-FM (twice -- first in 1979 and returning in 2013). He was WXRT-FM's Director of Creative Content until this year. His voice has been heard on numerous commercials and he also has created graphics designs for Chicago radio websites.

Additionally, Cochran is the leader of the Chicago-based band Great Moments in Vinyl.

Neal Sabin, Vice Chairman of Weigel Broadcasting, the parent company of 87.7 MeTVfm, said in making the announcement on Monday: "I consider Bill the premiere radio production and imaging specialist in the Chicago market, and one of the best voices in radio. His insights and inviting delivery will be a welcomed addition at MeTVfm."

By joining WRME-LP, Cochran will be reunited with his friend and longtime co-worker Rick O'Dell, who currently serves as 87.7 MeTVfm's Program Director. Cochran and O'Dell previously worked closely together at WNUA-FM, WLFM-LP (which coincidentally is now WRME-FM), and SmoothJazzChicago.net.

Said O'Dell on Monday: "Bill's uncommon ability to write highly visual copy, bringing promotional and imaging concepts to life, will be invaluable as MeTVfm continues to grow. His addition to the team will be a major creative resource for the station."

Cochran stated today: "Neal Sabin has made some amazing things happen over the years, and I'd like to get caught up in his vision. I'm looking forward to combining my skills and strengths with Rick O'Dell once again after working side by side with him in the broadcasting trenches for years and years. How could I say no?"

At WRME-LP and Weigel Broadcasting, Cochran replaces Michael Horn, who announced his exit from WRME-LP earlier this month. After working for the Chicago Blackhawks organization on a part-time basis since 2013, Horn was offered the opportunity to join full-time as the team's Game Presentation Manager.


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