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redsfan1966
06-08-2010, 11:32 PM
I have to think there are more than a few Mike McConnell fans on this board, with WLW being such a big presence in the tri-state area...it is with much dismay (no sarcasm...I am serious) that I heard Mike is leaving to go to WGN in (ugh) Chicago. I have listened to Mike for most of my life (I go back to his 4 hour days...10 to 2) and have always found him to be a great listen. No, I don't agree with everything he espouses---but do think he possessed the most in the way of common sense and levelheadedness (is that even a word?) as opposed to most radio yakkers.

Plus, I always looked forward to the 11 am hour on Fridays for the "lighter topic" and of course, his Opening Day show; usually with Tracy Jones and recently with Eddie Fingers as well. I will miss him and wish him the best in Chicago. Unfortunately, though, WLW is not giving him a chance to say goodbye--they have said he will not be allowed to do a farewell show....

George Anderson
06-08-2010, 11:45 PM
Wow

I have listened to McConnell daily for years now.

Thank God for internet radio.

I will follow him to WGN no doubt.

redsfan1966
06-08-2010, 11:47 PM
That is the beautiful thing about the internet...we can now listen to anyone anywhere...but unfortunately Mikey will be discussing Chicago issues that I will have no clue about...

macro
06-08-2010, 11:49 PM
Man, this is NOT good news! I guess I thought he'd be at WLW his entire career.

I don't get a good daytime signal to WLW, but I download his podcasts frequently. I can still do that from WGN, of course, but I'm not sure it will be the same with the local "flavor" being Chicago instead of Cincinnati. We shall see.

Big loss for WLW, regardless, though. McConnell is one of the best, as evidenced by his apparent following with his syndicated weekend show. I'll be surprised if they're able to replace him with anyone as good.

redsfan1966
06-08-2010, 11:50 PM
Early odds on favorite to replace Mike---Scott Sloan. Sloanie is ok, but not really a good fit for the late morning slot...better suited for the night shift..

Matt700wlw
06-09-2010, 12:00 AM
I'm glad I got an opportunity to produce his show for a while before I was let go. He and Willie.

He'll do great in Chicago.

He'll also be working for Randy Michaels again, and in one of the largest markets in the country..a win win for all.

redsfan1966
06-09-2010, 12:04 AM
I am sure he will do great in Chi-town...and I do wish him well...just cant believe he wont be on "The Big One"...by the way, Matt...did you, Willie and Seg eat the Anthony-Thomas candy I brought you guys or just pitch them in the trash?? :D

Matt700wlw
06-09-2010, 12:07 AM
When was that? I didn't get any candy! Seg probably ate them. :D:

redsfan1966
06-09-2010, 12:08 AM
Oh, I begged Willie to let me and my wife sit in on a "Stooge Report" last summer...and I brought the candy as a gift to represent "Columbus"....hopefully Seggie enjoyed them...

Matt700wlw
06-09-2010, 12:11 AM
I wasn't there last summer. I was laid off in late April of '09.

redsfan1966
06-09-2010, 12:13 AM
Wait, it was before that, we came down before attending a live "Hot Stove League" show at the Reds HOF...you were there....the infamous Matt St---man..

redsfan1966
06-09-2010, 12:14 AM
or as Willie would say, the infamous Matt St---kopf...

Matt700wlw
06-09-2010, 12:15 AM
That's me. Lol.

redsfan1966
06-09-2010, 12:17 AM
You seemed like you were having a lot of fun---best of luck in your future endeavors...

Matt700wlw
06-09-2010, 12:19 AM
Thanks. It was a blast, but it was probably time to move on. :)

Caveat Emperor
06-09-2010, 01:07 AM
Mike McConnell is a fantastic talk show host -- informed and opinionated without being a blowhard or egomaniac. His departure from WLW is a huge loss for the station, both financially and from a programming standpoint. He should be a great fit at WGN, where he'll have access to a huge metro area and the funding of Randy Michaels and the Tribune Co.

Though, if the rumors are true, McConnell might not be the only huge departure from WLW in the near future. The face of Cincinnati radio is changing rapidly, and not for the better IMO.

Dom Heffner
06-09-2010, 01:20 AM
As long as Willie doesn't come to Tampa, he can go wherever he wants.

Javy Pornstache
06-09-2010, 01:31 AM
As long as Willie doesn't come to Tampa, he can go wherever he wants.

Willie's in the running for a TV gig in Chicago.

redsfandan
06-09-2010, 05:54 AM
Furman, Burbank, McConnell, ... Willie?

Wow, at this rate it won't be long 'til I'm only listenning to WLW for the broadcasts of Reds games.

gilpdawg
06-09-2010, 07:34 AM
Terrestrial radio is a dying medium. Writing's been on the wall for awhile now. It's sad, but inevitable. I grew up listening to Burbank and then Sportstalk after school every day. Then the Reds game, then Andy Mac in the early years and Furman in the later years on Extra Innings. (I'm 32 for contextual sake) WLW is a shell of it's former self anyway.

It's totally pathetic that Scott Sloan is hosting extra innings. Good radio guy, good host. Not a sports guy. Clear Channel is so cheap they can't even get a baseball guy to host a baseball show. Pathetic.

OldRightHander
06-09-2010, 08:15 AM
When I started driving I was mostly local but I got XM for those times when I went out of town. I now don't even listen to local radio when I'm home. I have the XM in the vehicle and in the house. I think the only time I even had 700 on recently was to listen to a Reds game the other day. I think I'm probably not the only person who has gone the way I have regarding radio.

Caveat Emperor
06-09-2010, 09:08 AM
Terrestrial radio is a dying medium. Writing's been on the wall for awhile now. It's sad, but inevitable.

See, I don't get this part -- it's a phrase you hear repeated constantly, but the facts on the ground don't really line up.

People still commute to work everyday, and the overwhelming majority of them do it inside of a car (especially in cities like Cincinnati with few mass transit options). Those people are a captive audience -- they can't read, they can't watch television, they can't browse the internet, etc. Radio still has the ability to reach those people and COULD reach those people if they did a better job of offering compelling content.

The death of radio is far from "inevitable" -- it's just a process that has been hastened by mass ownership and self-inflicted wounds.

redsfan1966
06-09-2010, 09:14 AM
^^^Very well stated, Caveat Emperor:thumbup:

redsmetz
06-09-2010, 12:03 PM
So McConnell is gone effective immediately, according to the Enquirer. Clear Channel won't permit him back on the air.

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20100608/ENT11/306080073/McConnell-dishes-on-WLW-departure

Eric_the_Red
06-09-2010, 12:14 PM
See, I don't get this part -- it's a phrase you hear repeated constantly, but the facts on the ground don't really line up.

People still commute to work everyday, and the overwhelming majority of them do it inside of a car (especially in cities like Cincinnati with few mass transit options). Those people are a captive audience -- they can't read, they can't watch television, they can't browse the internet, etc. Radio still has the ability to reach those people and COULD reach those people if they did a better job of offering compelling content.

The death of radio is far from "inevitable" -- it's just a process that has been hastened by mass ownership and self-inflicted wounds.


And more of those captives are opting for iPods/mp3 players and satellite radio. I listen to mostly podcasts during my drives. (No commercials.)

I don't think radio is on it's death bed, but as technology continues to expand, i could see radio going the way of the dinosaur and newspapers.

Unassisted
06-09-2010, 01:03 PM
WLW is an anomaly for a market its size. Nowhere else does the biggest news-talk station in a market that small have local talent covering anything but the AM drive and PM drive hours. The rest of the schedule is covered with the most popular syndicated shows. The schedule of 610 WTVN in Columbus is the most likely future at WLW. (Its web site is down this morning or I'd provide a link.)

Chip R
06-09-2010, 01:36 PM
WLW is an anomaly for a market its size. Nowhere else does the biggest news-talk station in a market that small have local talent covering anything but the AM drive and PM drive hours. The rest of the schedule is covered with the most popular syndicated shows. The schedule of 610 WTVN in Columbus is the most likely future at WLW. (Its web site is down this morning or I'd provide a link.)


That seems to be what they have done with the local sports talk stations and even then only one has a local host doing afternoon drive time. Everything else during the day is syndicated.

savafan
06-09-2010, 01:37 PM
I'm saddened by this. I enjoyed listening to McConnell here at work.

Caveat Emperor
06-09-2010, 02:08 PM
WLW is an anomaly for a market its size. Nowhere else does the biggest news-talk station in a market that small have local talent covering anything but the AM drive and PM drive hours. The rest of the schedule is covered with the most popular syndicated shows. The schedule of 610 WTVN in Columbus is the most likely future at WLW. (Its web site is down this morning or I'd provide a link.)

Clear Channel already owns a 50,000 watt news-talk station that runs syndicated programming -- 55KRC has all of the "heavy hitter" talkers (Beck, Rush, Hannity, Savage). I'm hoping they keep all of them on there and keep local programming on WLW.

WLW is an anomaly, but it's been a tremendously successful anomaly for precisely the reason I was talking about earlier: it offers compelling, live, local content. Instead of being an anomaly, it should be a standard-bearer for how a radio station should be run. Personalities were given the time and resources to develop loyal listener bases and (just as importantly) regular guest lists. They've successfully kept people like me away from podcasts because they offer a better alternative that I need only flip my radio on to hear. And, it's not just me -- WLW has been the #1 station in the market since I was a kid, and guys like McConnell and Willie were huge cash cows for the station.

It's sad that corporate doesn't seem to value this -- love them or hate them, Willie and McConnell were the type of voices that make a community unique. I hope the goal will be to find replacements who don't necessarily ape the style of either man, but who can deliver the same type of content and entertainment without resorting to more syndicated garbage.

Reverend Doo-Rag
06-09-2010, 06:13 PM
Does there exist any "vaults" of past podcasts? I would love to stock up on some if I have to go without McConnell for a while.

fearofpopvol1
06-10-2010, 03:41 AM
And more of those captives are opting for iPods/mp3 players and satellite radio. I listen to mostly podcasts during my drives. (No commercials.)

I don't think radio is on it's death bed, but as technology continues to expand, i could see radio going the way of the dinosaur and newspapers.

Yep, it's true. Radio isn't dead (yet), especially in Middle America, but it is a shadow of its former self and its audience will continue to decrease.

There are a lot of reasons for the demise of radio...but it definitely started with the Telecommunications Act passed in 1996. If you're unfamiliar, read up on it. It damaged radio permanently. Clear Channel benefited from it and ruined a lot of great radio stations as a result. Problem is, advertisers continue to pull out of radio ads, which forces stations with thin margins to cut budgets and allow for cheaper salaries and mediocre personalities.

As a result of that, people have found and continue to find alternatives, like CDs, podcasts and mp3 players.

Radio will die when the buck stops and the buck keeps getting smaller. It's just a matter of time and radio will be dead.

gilpdawg
06-10-2010, 06:27 AM
See, I don't get this part -- it's a phrase you hear repeated constantly, but the facts on the ground don't really line up.

People still commute to work everyday, and the overwhelming majority of them do it inside of a car (especially in cities like Cincinnati with few mass transit options). Those people are a captive audience -- they can't read, they can't watch television, they can't browse the internet, etc. Radio still has the ability to reach those people and COULD reach those people if they did a better job of offering compelling content.

The death of radio is far from "inevitable" -- it's just a process that has been hastened by mass ownership and self-inflicted wounds.
Oh, "dead" is hyperbole. I should say irrelevant. When every car on the lot can pick up wi-fi and you can get wi-fi almost everywhere, which will happen in the next few years, that's ballgame for terrestrial radio. It won't die, but it will be suffering on life support. However, you are correct, content is king. If they were offering something beside the same old, same old, people wouldn't be flocking to things like Pandora or Slacker in droves.

And I haven't even mentioned podcasts/iPods yet.

OldRightHander
06-10-2010, 09:53 AM
The content won't die, just that the means of broadcasting it will continue to change. I still listen to radio every day but it's XM and not the local stuff. It's kind of like newspaper publishers who still think they're in the printing stuff on paper business and not the news publishing business.

bucksfan2
06-10-2010, 10:05 AM
The content won't die, just that the means of broadcasting it will continue to change. I still listen to radio every day but it's XM and not the local stuff. It's kind of like newspaper publishers who still think they're in the printing stuff on paper business and not the news publishing business.

With XM/Sirius hovering in and around bankruptcy I don't know what the future for satellite radio will look like. Also factor into the equation that it isn't free. I have Sirius radio, got it free for 6 months when I bought my car, and ponied up the cash after words. But I still do listen to my local stations from time to time. I will listen to WLW for the Reds games, Bengals games, Bearcat games, and local sports programming. I mainly continued Sirius to keep ESPN radio all the time, Mad Dog Radio, and CNBC radio. Also OSU affiliates in the Cincinnati area are pretty poor, especially for basketball, so it is nice to have the local broadcast over sirius.

As long as basic radio is free to is listeners it will still have a market. I don't envision it any different from where it is now. There are a lot of people who refuse to pay for something they can get for free.

Sea Ray
06-10-2010, 10:41 AM
Unless Wi Fi becomes a free service, local radio will have market. I have found the local talent to be underwhelming so I find myself listening more and more to syndicated radio when in the car. That said, I do enjoy Mike and will miss him. I also like Willie sans his Stooge Report which screams "filler" so I hope he stays

OldRightHander
06-10-2010, 01:09 PM
I see radio heading the same direction tv did. When I was growing up most people I knew didn't have cable and the reason would usually be along the lines of not wanting to pay for something that's free. Now I don't know too many people who don't have cable or satellite, mostly due to the fact that a lot of things that used to be on broadcast tv are only found on cable, like many sporting events. The local channels are still there, but most of the local interest programming is the nightly news. I think that's where radio is headed. The local stations will always be there, but they'll be relegated to national programming with some local news and local sports broadcasts, while just about everything else worth listening to will be found on satellite. People got used to paying for tv programming. Why should it be any different for radio?

redsfandan
06-10-2010, 01:31 PM
With XM/Sirius hovering in and around bankruptcy I don't know what the future for satellite radio will look like. Also factor into the equation that it isn't free. I have Sirius radio, got it free for 6 months when I bought my car, and ponied up the cash after words. But I still do listen to my local stations from time to time. I will listen to WLW for the Reds games, Bengals games, Bearcat games, and local sports programming. I mainly continued Sirius to keep ESPN radio all the time, Mad Dog Radio, and CNBC radio. Also OSU affiliates in the Cincinnati area are pretty poor, especially for basketball, so it is nice to have the local broadcast over sirius.

As long as basic radio is free to is listeners it will still have a market. I don't envision it any different from where it is now. There are a lot of people who refuse to pay for something they can get for free.
Only if there's someone willing to pay the bills.

I see radio heading the same direction tv did. When I was growing up most people I knew didn't have cable and the reason would usually be along the lines of not wanting to pay for something that's free. Now I don't know too many people who don't have cable or satellite, mostly due to the fact that a lot of things that used to be on broadcast tv are only found on cable, like many sporting events. The local channels are still there, but most of the local interest programming is the nightly news. I think that's where radio is headed. The local stations will always be there, but they'll be relegated to national programming with some local news and local sports broadcasts, while just about everything else worth listening to will be found on satellite. People got used to paying for tv programming. Why should it be any different for radio?
Same here. I remember there being only 3 channels on tv. Now? Too many. Local tv could become public access cable channels and it might not take long.

But what local content could sustain local radio stations?

RBA
06-12-2010, 05:31 PM
Rumor: Bill Cunningham going to WGN Chicago too.

Joseph
06-12-2010, 05:35 PM
Rumor: Bill Cunningham going to WGN Chicago too.

And why not. They surely pay better, but more importantly they will put him on a 'stage' akin to the ego he espouses.

savafan
06-12-2010, 05:39 PM
http://cincinnati.com/blogs/tv/2010/06/11/wgn-radio-also-waiting-for-cunningham-decision/

WGN Radio Also Waiting For Cunningham Decision

Matt700wlw
06-13-2010, 04:39 AM
http://cincinnati.com/blogs/tv/2010/06/11/wgn-radio-also-waiting-for-cunningham-decision/

WGN Radio Also Waiting For Cunningham Decision

The answer will come this week.

Sea Ray
06-13-2010, 11:25 AM
The answer will come this week.

I gotta believe it's a harder question for Willie. He has a wife with a job in Cincinnati and can't move to Chicago. He was raised here whereas McConnell did not. And how well will Willie's schtick go over in Chicago? How will the Democrat machine deal with him hammering them everyday?

redsfandan
06-13-2010, 12:42 PM
I gotta believe it's a harder question for Willie. He has a wife with a job in Cincinnati and can't move to Chicago. He was raised here whereas McConnell did not. And how well will Willie's schtick go over in Chicago? How will the Democrat machine deal with him hammering them everyday?
Some good points. I think I'd rather have McConnell but maybe Willie will stick around. Willie bashing a certain national politician might not go over quite as well in THAT city. He'd likely have a bigger paycheck and more exposure but there could also be some downside with that move for him.

medford
06-14-2010, 11:38 AM
There are enough people in Chicagoland that do not like Obama, and/or do not like Dems for Willie's schtick to work. On top of that, there are enough people in Chicagoland that love Obama and/or love Dems that will listen to Willie so they can call in and bash him for what he says. Talk radio is pretty much a conservative format, supported in much greater numbers by conservatives. I'm guessing WGN radio in Chicago is mostly a conservative base to begin with. Why this happens, I don't know, I've heard all the theories and reason, but its backed up by seeing Air America repeatedly fail despite large investements by a couple of liberal supporters.

Anyhoo, sad day for me indeed. I used to love Steve Czaban on the drive in the mornings, wouldn't miss McConnell if I could help it, Willie was ok, his schtick was often entertaining, though I often had to take what he said w/ a grain of salt, and Burbank and the boys were always entertaining on the ride home. Now Czab is off the air nationally, replaced by Steven A Smith (who is better than I originally thought, but rarely listened to), no Mike, Willie (perhaps) which is just OK, and Eddie & Tracy which I can't stand.

Thankfully, Brian Thomas is still around, Sloanie is OK and I can catch 1530 on the ride home. Nationally syndicated is OK, but there are lot of times you want to hear about local issues, local events, local problems. I can only listen to Sean Hanity bash the president so often before I finally say "OK, I get it, you don't like him or his ideas, and while I agree with you more than I dissagree, can't we talk about something else". I think that is why, as mentioned earlier, the Friday Lighter topic was so great.

Chip R
06-14-2010, 12:43 PM
Anyhoo, sad day for me indeed. I used to love Steve Czaban on the drive in the mornings, wouldn't miss McConnell if I could help it, Willie was ok, his schtick was often entertaining, though I often had to take what he said w/ a grain of salt, and Burbank and the boys were always entertaining on the ride home. Now Czab is off the air nationally, replaced by Steven A Smith (who is better than I originally thought, but rarely listened to), no Mike, Willie (perhaps) which is just OK, and Eddie & Tracy which I can't stand.



I basically listen to WLW only for Sports Talk, Reds games/pre-game/Extra Innings and, of course, the Hot Stove League. When I lived in Iowa while in college I used to listen to WLW in the evenings for Sports Talk with Trumpy just to glean any bit of Reds information. Willie was on in the evenings then and I'd listen to him from time to time. I listened to Czaben too and liked him and agree about Steven A. Smith but I don't think he's going to survive in this market.

medford
06-14-2010, 04:09 PM
I assume Willie is gone. Not on today, they still have his blog up, but they've pretty much hinted at Gary Jeff Walker taking over the job while not coming out directly and stating it.

savafan
06-14-2010, 08:21 PM
I assume Willie is gone. Not on today, they still have his blog up, but they've pretty much hinted at Gary Jeff Walker taking over the job while not coming out directly and stating it.

I caught that from Tracy Jones today as well. Kinda made me sick to my stomach.

Joseph
06-14-2010, 08:21 PM
I assume Willie is gone. Not on today, they still have his blog up, but they've pretty much hinted at Gary Jeff Walker taking over the job while not coming out directly and stating it.

Negative. The enquirer has reported he is staying after spending some time mulling it over.

"I had to resolve in my mind where I wanted to be, and I've decided I want to stay in Cincinnati," Cunningham said Monday.

Rejoice, or vomit, or somewhere in between. Big Willy is staying in Cincy.

redsfan1966
06-14-2010, 08:24 PM
WILLIE STAYS!! Yes, the info can be found here...http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20100614/ENT11/6150357

GIDP
06-14-2010, 08:29 PM
Negative. The enquirer has reported he is staying after spending some time mulling it over.

"I had to resolve in my mind where I wanted to be, and I've decided I want to stay in Cincinnati," Cunningham said Monday.

Rejoice, or vomit, or somewhere in between. Big Willy is staying in Cincy.

Great news mainly because losing Willie and Mike would destroy WLW probably.

Eric_the_Red
06-14-2010, 09:00 PM
Oh....yay.

RBA
06-14-2010, 09:01 PM
WILLIE STAYS!! Yes, the info can be found here...http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20100614/ENT11/6150357

Great news!!! For Chicago. :D

LoganBuck
06-14-2010, 11:33 PM
I like Willy!!

Now go find someone else besides Scott Sloan for the 9-12 show.

GIDP
06-14-2010, 11:46 PM
I like Willy!!

Now go find someone else besides Scott Sloan for the 9-12 show.

Yea Sloan doesnt fit Mike spot. Sloan is a good late night guy just because he talks about random stupid stuff and its a good wind down thing.

I dont know how you can replace a guy like Mike. You gotta find a guy who can touch political stuff but still be semi unique.

Bob Borkowski
06-15-2010, 10:07 PM
I caught that from Tracy Jones today as well. Kinda made me sick to my stomach.

Can't take seriously lots of stuff that is said by talkers on 700. They are constantly looking for ways to create drama where none exists.

Mike M. was an exception to the above comment.

redsfandan
06-16-2010, 06:07 AM
Can't take seriously lots of stuff that is said by talkers on 700. They are constantly looking for ways to create drama where none exists.

Mike M. was an exception to the above comment.
Sometimes it felt like McConnell was the lone exception.

redsfan1966
06-16-2010, 07:20 PM
Since he is the station's Program Director, he probably can't do it...but I wish Darryl Parks would take over the McConnell slot. Parks is the closest personality on the WLW roster to McConnell and would fit perfect in the morning...

savafan
06-16-2010, 07:26 PM
Since he is the station's Program Director, he probably can't do it...but I wish Darryl Parks would take over the McConnell slot. Parks is the closest personality on the WLW roster to McConnell and would fit perfect in the morning...

I can agree with this.

redsfandan
06-16-2010, 07:45 PM
Yep that would work for me too.

GIDP
06-17-2010, 09:40 AM
What about that Brian Thomas guy on 550.

Bob Borkowski
06-30-2010, 12:03 PM
He'll also be working for Randy Michaels again, and in one of the largest markets in the country..a win win for all.

Yeah, a 'win-win for all' except for listeners here in the tri-state.

Man, it has been about 3 weeks now and I am really missing Mike in the mornings (and on Saturdays) on WLW.

He was by far my favorite talker on radio...lots of varied topics, local and national...sense of humor...good guests.

I can't imagine how 'LW will be able to find anyone to replace him who will come close to measuring up.

redsfan1966
06-30-2010, 12:58 PM
They cant replace Mike...Sloanie is ok...but nothing can take the place of the common sense of McConnell...I really miss him on Fridays...

George Anderson
06-30-2010, 01:20 PM
I can't wait to hear McConnell in a new market like Chicago. His show over the years somewhat got stale because so many people over the years learned not to call in and argue with him because they found out they wouldn't win. The people of Chitown are in for a treat.

LoganBuck
06-30-2010, 02:55 PM
They cant replace Mike...Sloanie is ok...but nothing can take the place of the common sense of McConnell...I really miss him on Fridays...

Sloan is adapting to the time slot. He is getting more tolerable.

savafan
07-01-2010, 01:25 PM
Sloan is adapting to the time slot. He is getting more tolerable.

And the schtick on Eddie and Tracy is starting to get old...

Chip R
07-03-2010, 01:55 PM
And the schtick on Eddie and Tracy is starting to get old...

No?!

Joseph
07-03-2010, 02:14 PM
Sloan is adapting to the time slot. He is getting more tolerable.

I still hope he isn't the permanent replacement.

savafan
07-04-2010, 03:52 PM
No?!

LOL, well it was getting old a long time ago, it's just now venturing into the unlistenable area where I'm moving the dial back over to FM.

George Anderson
07-17-2010, 07:41 PM
Mike will be on from 8:30 to 12:30 beginning August 9th.

http://www.suntimes.com/business/2501300,wgn-daytime-lineup-071510.article

Bob Borkowski
07-17-2010, 11:45 PM
Mike will be on from 8:30 to 12:30 beginning August 9th.

...and, of course, that would be 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, Cincinnati time.

Jerry Narron
07-19-2010, 11:04 AM
And the schtick on Eddie and Tracy is starting to get old...

I stopped listening several months ago. Hopefully people realize that Rod from Norwood, Richard from Indian Hill, and Nick are all fake and are voiced by the same person.

LoganBuck
07-21-2010, 12:22 AM
Will Mike's new show be on XM?

redsfanmia
07-21-2010, 12:22 PM
I stopped listening several months ago. Hopefully people realize that Rod from Norwood, Richard from Indian Hill, and Nick are all fake and are voiced by the same person.

Rod from Norwood fake? What about his no frills daycare? Is that fake too?

savafan
07-21-2010, 11:29 PM
I stopped listening several months ago. Hopefully people realize that Rod from Norwood, Richard from Indian Hill, and Nick are all fake and are voiced by the same person.

I'd lump Miss C. in with that bunch as well...though maybe not voiced by the same person, though you never know.

GIDP
07-22-2010, 06:21 PM
I'd lump Miss C. in with that bunch as well...though maybe not voiced by the same person, though you never know.

I wouldnt be surprised if that one was real.

savafan
07-22-2010, 06:42 PM
I wouldnt be surprised if that one was real.

I suppose it's possible, but she calls EVERY show...

GIDP
07-22-2010, 06:47 PM
I suppose it's possible, but she calls EVERY show...

I wonder how many people actually do call all those shows, I know there used to be an old guy, maybe there still is, that used to call every sports show back when 1360 was still Homer. Then there is that one older black guy who always calls wanting to talk about NBA or something. I know those 2 arent fake callers. Maybe someone who works or worked at 700 or 1530 can shed some insight into how many of those people are actually fabricated.

redsfanmia
07-22-2010, 08:18 PM
I wonder how many people actually do call all those shows, I know there used to be an old guy, maybe there still is, that used to call every sports show back when 1360 was still Homer. Then there is that one older black guy who always calls wanting to talk about NBA or something. I know those 2 arent fake callers. Maybe someone who works or worked at 700 or 1530 can shed some insight into how many of those people are actually fabricated.

There is a guy "Dick from Dayton" who calls a ton of shows.

George Anderson
07-22-2010, 10:18 PM
Anyone remember Richard from Wheeling?? He was an absolute loon but I am almost positive he was real. I caught him on several talk shows all over the country but haven't heard him in five years or so.

Javy Pornstache
07-22-2010, 11:42 PM
There is a guy "Dick from Dayton" who calls a ton of shows.

haha, yeah, "Dick from Dayton" is 100% real, I've met him several times in my line of work, he is a very strange cat.

Bob Borkowski
07-31-2010, 09:29 AM
Well, this morning's Enquirer (7-31) has verified what I feared: Scott Sloan has been named the permanent replacement for Mike. I was hoping for more but I guess this is the state of local radio these days.

No mention of who will replace Sloan in the evenings.

Sea Ray
07-31-2010, 10:52 AM
Well, this morning's Enquirer (7-31) has verified what I feared: Scott Sloan has been named the permanent replacement for Mike. I was hoping for more but I guess this is the state of local radio these days.

No mention of who will replace Sloan in the evenings.

That just means that I'll continue to listen to nationally syndicated radio on weekday mornings. WLW's loss

Bob Borkowski
08-08-2010, 11:23 PM
Tomorrow is the day. It'll be good to once again hear a real talk show host at work. Interesting that a local station wants to carry Mike's show down here. I say...bring it on.

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/tv/2010/08/06/mcconnell-ready-to-debut-monday-on-wgn-am/

Bob Borkowski
10-01-2010, 01:15 PM
Since Scott Sloan was moved out of the late-night slot on WLW radio into Mike's old morning period, this guy, Doc Thompson, has been tapped to fill the evening hours.

Anybody heard or heard of him?


http://cincinnati.com/blogs/tv/2010/10/01/wlw-am-hires-new-late-night-talk-host/

LoganBuck
10-01-2010, 10:23 PM
I can't stand anymore Scott Sloan. He aggravates me.

Bob Borkowski
10-01-2010, 10:42 PM
Sloan is adapting to the time slot. He is getting more tolerable.

...but wait. What happened?

Joseph
10-02-2010, 12:07 AM
Not a fan of Sloan at all still.

LoganBuck
10-03-2010, 11:19 PM
...but wait. What happened?

For one, my wife is a teacher, and he spends half his show bashing them. He really speaks from his butt, on this issue. I get it, he doesn't want to pay more taxes, but instead of talking about solutions, he spends half his show talking about why teachers are not worth spit. I decided Friday, that I will be listening to much more ESPN radio.

He is such a downgrade from Mike McConnell, it isn't funny.

George Anderson
10-04-2010, 11:25 AM
Anyone listening to Mike on WGN??

I listen everyday but for some reason it just doesn't seem the same.

Sea Ray
10-04-2010, 11:49 AM
Anyone listening to Mike on WGN??

I listen everyday but for some reason it just doesn't seem the same.

I listen occasionally on Wi Fi radio. I will say if they syndicated him on a local station I would listen in my car given the dearth of choices.

I'll be curious as to what Sloan's arbitron ratings are. If the Big One is still number one in his slot then I guess it proves it doesn't matter who you put in there

Reverend Doo-Rag
10-08-2010, 01:34 PM
Perhaps someone should tell Sloan that he only works 3 hours a day with all those commercial breaks off and days off when the Reds play near his time slot and then he gets vacation days off on top of all that.

KittyDuran
10-08-2010, 01:46 PM
Don't want to start a new thread... but for RZs who listen to WLW around 3pm weekdays - here's some news (which you probably already know about).

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/tv/2010/10/07/why-did-wlw-am-cut-off-its-fingers/?s=d&page=

redsfandan
10-08-2010, 11:38 PM
Don't want to start a new thread... but for RZs who listen to WLW around 3pm weekdays - here's some news (which you probably already know about).

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/tv/2010/10/07/why-did-wlw-am-cut-off-its-fingers/?s=d&page=

A little disappointing but not surprising.

savafan
10-09-2010, 12:17 AM
A little disappointing but not surprising.

Eddie was possibly the best thing going on 700. Wonder if he'll wind up at 96 Rock or one of the other Cumulus Stations like WARM 98, who only has one DJ left after firings last month. If so, it would be kinda cool working on the same floor as Eddie.

Matt700wlw
10-09-2010, 06:13 AM
http://cincinnati.com/blogs/tv/2010/10/07/why-did-wlw-am-cut-off-its-fingers/

I don't know Eddie that well, but I know him enough to say he got screwed...he'll be missed. He was a big reason I got in to radio.

He's a guy you'd love to have a few beers with...he was always himself.

Clear Channel made a huge mistake.

96 wouldn't shock me for his next gig

Hell, I got to work with him on air....I was only doing traffic reports, and I had no chance of being as quick witted as him when he would put me on the spot, but it was still pretty cool.

Brutus
10-09-2010, 10:55 AM
Perhaps someone should tell Sloan that he only works 3 hours a day with all those commercial breaks off and days off when the Reds play near his time slot and then he gets vacation days off on top of all that.

With show prep and a lot of back end stuff that radio hosts do, usually it winds up being an 8-hour shift, FYI.

Dom Heffner
10-09-2010, 01:20 PM
With show prep and a lot of back end stuff that radio hosts do, usually it winds up being an 8-hour shift, FYI.

I think this was his point...

Brutus
10-09-2010, 02:17 PM
I think this was his point...

I didn't read it that way, but sarcasm is sometimes tough to see in written form, so I could have missed it.

Dom Heffner
10-12-2010, 04:36 AM
I didn't read it that way, but sarcasm is sometimes tough to see in written form, so I could have missed it.

I'm probably the worst at seeing it FWIW LOL.....

thatcoolguy_22
10-16-2010, 06:54 AM
what is this thread? off topic much?

Remember this everyone.... My bowling ball is an octopus

paintmered
10-18-2010, 07:07 PM
Back on topic, please.

savafan
10-21-2010, 07:04 PM
So... Sloan is replacing Eddie with Tracy now?

Hoosier Red
10-22-2010, 02:44 PM
So... Sloan is replacing Eddie with Tracy now?

Apparantly.

This probably means after Sportstalk my car will go to local Indianapolis stuff or static rather than listening to whomever they put in after 9.
http://cincinnati.com/blogs/tv/2010/10/22/whats-up-doc-thompson-at-9am-sloanie-joins-tracy/

Joseph
10-22-2010, 06:03 PM
This station had the same guys in the same slots for years and years, now they are changing hosts more than my brother changes underwear.

savafan
10-22-2010, 07:38 PM
I just gotta say one more time that they were incredibly stupid for letting Eddie Fingers go.

savafan
10-22-2010, 10:53 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/23/business/media/23tribune.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Tribune Company ousts Randy Michaels

Sea Ray
10-22-2010, 11:38 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/23/business/media/23tribune.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Tribune Company ousts Randy Michaels

Wow. That article does not reflect well on Randy Michaels nor WGN as a whole. Kind of makes you wonder whether McConnell made the right decision. His buddy is now gone and his employer is knee deep in chaos and bankruptcy. Under those conditions contracts can be terminated at any time. This will be interesting to follow

Dom Heffner
10-23-2010, 01:42 AM
I look at that picture of Michaels, read that he was involved in sexual chicanery and have come to the realization that all the hours in the gym have been a complete waste of time.

LoganBuck
10-23-2010, 09:00 AM
I look at that picture of Michaels, read that he was involved in sexual chicanery and have come to the realization that all the hours in the gym have been a complete waste of time.

You just now realized this? Alcohol and money, are great aphrodisiacs.

BUTLER REDSFAN
10-24-2010, 03:30 AM
Not sure how long it will take but Mcconnell will be back at 700 at some point.

Bob Borkowski
10-24-2010, 08:52 AM
Not sure how long it will take but Mcconnell will be back at 700 at some point.

Why do you say that?

BUTLER REDSFAN
10-24-2010, 07:28 PM
Why do you say that?

Just my feelings--nothing to base it on

Caveat Emperor
10-25-2010, 03:01 AM
Not sure how long it will take but Mcconnell will be back at 700 at some point.

He's got a 3 year deal in Chicago -- I don't see WGN paying him to take a walk unless the ratings are really awful. I expect he'll get some time to build an audience there.

As for WLW, they're a different organization now than they were 10 years ago. I don't know if they'd pay to bring Mike McConnell back when they can get Eric Deters or Scott Sloan to host the time for next to nothing (or, in the case of Deters, absolutely nothing). Willie squeezed them for money and guaranteed years on his deal because McConnell was leaving and the station couldn't afford to lose it's two biggest advertising draws. I don't know that the station would be quite as generous to bring McConnell back. After all, the whole reason he went to WGN was because he wasn't getting what he wanted from Clear Channel. If they wouldn't pay him as a current employee, I highly doubt they'll throw cash at him as a returning ex-employee.

medford
10-25-2010, 09:40 AM
I just gotta say one more time that they were incredibly stupid for letting Eddie Fingers go.

I agreed with this statement until I read something that John Keiswetter (sp?) wrote on his blog comparring to when Chanel 5 (?) kept Jerry springer, but let the girl go that everyone liked in order to shake up their lead news team.

Everyone thought Jerry should have been let go, nobody liked thim or his reporting style, and John agreed until a business exec explained the reasoning, which kind of fits the Eddie/Tracy scenerio.

Basically, Eddie/(the girl on Ch5 that I can't remember) are your professional radio/TV people, and while you may like them, from a broadcast standpoint, they're easily replacable. Jerry/Tracy are your unique personalities that you just can't stand, but for some reason keep tuning into to see what's the next thing they're going to say that you can't stand. Basically Jerry/Tracy move the needle, while the Eddie type only catches the people that are going to listen anyways.

Kind of made sense to me.

Regarding Mike, from an outsider, it sure does seem like he made a mistake. perhaps he survives the shuffle, but it seems more likely that they whomever is the new guy taking over will find it easy to replace the guy who's only been there a year (I assume he signed a 1 year deal) while in Cincy he would have more security, a loyal listening base. He could have continued his weekend gig, etc....

Says above he signed a 3 year deal, I guess he's got time to figure things out or at worst, live pretty nice for the next couple of years with out having to do any work.

Caveat Emperor
10-25-2010, 03:37 PM
Regarding Mike, from an outsider, it sure does seem like he made a mistake.

From what I know of the situation, the decision was pretty much made for Mike based on what was being offered (both in terms of dollars and years of guaranteed employment in the contract) by the respective companies.

redsfan1966
08-19-2013, 01:58 PM
....and Mike McConnell has been removed from the WGN On-Air Lineup to doing a podcast for WGNRadio.com....wonder if maybe old Mikey could return to the TriState airwaves in the future???

Sea Ray
08-19-2013, 04:12 PM
....and Mike McConnell has been removed from the WGN On-Air Lineup to doing a podcast for WGNRadio.com....wonder if maybe old Mikey could return to the TriState airwaves in the future???

Sure sounds like a demotion to me. It'd be great to have him back here. His leaving was one of several events that led to a degrading of local talk radio

Caveat Emperor
08-19-2013, 04:30 PM
Tough break for Mike, but the writing was kind of on the wall as soon as Michaels left the company in disgrace.

I suspect there will be room for him somewhere in Cincinnati if he wants it, but I wouldn't blame him at all for not wanting to come back.

Sea Ray
08-19-2013, 05:12 PM
Tough break for Mike, but the writing was kind of on the wall as soon as Michaels left the company in disgrace.

I suspect there will be room for him somewhere in Cincinnati if he wants it, but I wouldn't blame him at all for not wanting to come back.

If the main reason he got the job was because of "who he knows" then he doesn't deserve to keep it. Despite the exit of Michaels, WGN folks had 3 yrs to hear Mike and study his ratings. If after all that they still decide to can him then I'll have to believe that his flavor doesn't go over well in the Windy City. Furthermore, I don't think he'd be any more popular anywhere than in Cincinnati

George Anderson
08-19-2013, 11:43 PM
If the main reason he got the job was because of "who he knows" then he doesn't deserve to keep it. Despite the exit of Michaels, WGN folks had 3 yrs to hear Mike and study his ratings. If after all that they still decide to can him then I'll have to believe that his flavor doesn't go over well in the Windy City. Furthermore, I don't think he'd be any more popular anywhere than in Cincinnati

McConnell's hands were tied after Michaels left. He rarely discussed politics and the callers could call in with the most insane comments and Mike would rarely challenge them. It is almost like he was told by management at WGN to handle all callers no matter how insane with the upmost respect. It made for incredibly boring radio.

He has a very lucrative contract that will last 2 more years. I'm sure he will stick it out with the podcast till he finds something better.

Caveat Emperor
08-20-2013, 01:11 AM
If the main reason he got the job was because of "who he knows" then he doesn't deserve to keep it. Despite the exit of Michaels, WGN folks had 3 yrs to hear Mike and study his ratings. If after all that they still decide to can him then I'll have to believe that his flavor doesn't go over well in the Windy City. Furthermore, I don't think he'd be any more popular anywhere than in Cincinnati

Most people get their job because of who they know -- that's especially true in broadcasting. And, in broadcasting, lots of people see the patience run out as soon as their "patron" gets bounced.

I don't think there's much doubt that McConnell at least deserved the shot to move up to a bigger market. He was a huge pull here in Cincinnati (not exactly a small market) that drew major advertising revenue for WLW and had a very loyal listener base. It didn't translate to Chicago -- it happens.

Sea Ray
08-20-2013, 09:37 AM
Looks like the land of Obama doesn't like Mike:


...McConnell's in-your-face, politically conservative show was programming that was opposite of what the rest of the programming on the station offered. As it turned out, it was opposite of what listeners wanted to hear. Ratings hit deep lows during McConnell's show and advertisers avoided it. When word leaked out that Kevin Metheny was begging friends and Tribune employees to call in to the show, since it was not generating callers on its own, the public embarrassment hurt the show's chances of success even more.

Later in 2010, Randy Michaels was forced out as CEO of Tribune Company. Within a matter of days and weeks, many of his radio cronies, including WGN-AM Program Director Kevin Metheny were fired, as well. With Metheny gone, McConnell attempted to change his show to be more like what the average WGN Radio listener wanted to hear. He stopped being rude and argumentative with callers and avoided purposely creating controversy. Even with his attempts at pleasing the audience, it wasn't until late 2012 that his ratings began to noticeably improve. He was finally beginning to grow on some listeners, even though the overall consensus on his work was negative on social media, websites, and message boards.

McConnell's contract allows him to take numerous vacation days per year and has him doing a large amount of his daily shows not from WGN Radio's Chicago studios, but via an ISDN line set up in his Cincinnati area home.

Starting out on the air as a rock DJ named Alan McConnell in Dayton, Ohio in the mid-70s, he switched to the on-air name Mike McConnell after a few years. In 1982, he moved to Cincinnati, where he he spent the rest of his radio career before coming to Chicago three years ago. The only exception was a few months he worked in Miami, FL radio before quickly returning to Cincinnati. At WLW-AM, he replaced another political shock jock host, Randy Michaels, who left working on the air to become management in the mid-80s. McConnell hosted middays on WLW-AM in Cincinnati for nearly 25 years and developed a large following there.

For less than two years, McConnell had a nationally syndicated weekday talk show with Clear Channel, which was canceled due to lack of interest. He also had a syndicated weekend show, which was canceled when he left Clear Channel to join WGN-AM.

Earlier this year, McConnell entered himself for consideration for Illinois Broadcasters Association's annual Silver Dome Award. Among the three entries the IBA received, McConnell's was judged to be the favorite and he was named as Best Radio Personality at the IBA2013 conference...http://chicagoradioandmedia.com/news/5861-wgn-am-s-mike-mcconnell-removed-from-airwaves-to-be-online-only

Interesting that he still has a home here

George Anderson
08-20-2013, 10:15 AM
I am very familiar with this blog in that I posted on there frequently defending Mike but the reality is people on this site especially the site owner did not like the fact that Mike was from out of town and from all places an unwashed part of the country like Cincinnati (their views, not mine) and didn't hold left wing views which lets face it are popular in Chicago.

Mike has responded via Facebook below but the owner of the blog refuses to respond or allow any more pro McConnell posts on his message board. He put up a hit piece that Mike responds to but now the owner total ignores it and refuses to respond. Quite the coward IMO.

Below is Mikes response on FB the blog post from above.


Take the time to read this link. This comes up on the show from time to time, and it has to do with the difference between a reporte...r and a blogger. I know many of you are aware of this but not all, so I don’t want to insult anyone’s intelligence. A reporter works for a publication, online or otherwise, with a reputation to uphold. Bloggers blog. I typically ignore things that are written about me but I think I’m in a position to use this as a ‘teaching moment’. (I hate that term almost as much as typing)

I am doing a podcast online but not from 10am to 2pm. A podcast is done in sections then edited for downloading by 3pm. The plan is to do a live segment at 11am where I can take calls. This blogger states that you can listen by calling the station and asking to be put on hold. Not on this planet. And likely on none of the other planets either.

I was indeed hired to come to WGN in 2010. I’m referred to as the ‘controversial’ McConnell. At this point, a reporter would cite an example of something controversial that I had once said or done. The same can be said for my supposed ‘in your face’ style. A reporter might give an example of my ‘conservative’ show as this would help me save face with the conservatives who think I’m far too liberal. I tend to lean much more Libertarian than anything else.

As far as ratings ‘hit deep lows’ on McConnell’s show, a reporter might point out something that’s quite closer to reality and typical in the industry, and that is that I was brought in because the ratings were in deep lows. It’s really quite common. As to advertisers avoiding the show, no, we were running a full load other than typical seasonal dips. But if so, a reporter would make it a point to name one.

After Kevin Metheny left, I also heard he had asked others to call the show. I have no idea why Kevin would have thought I was short on callers as he was never in the studio. But I would have called him out on it. Believe me, callers were never a problem -- everyone wanted a piece of me back then. We can skip past rude and argumentative (same as above, no examples).

As to my numerous vacation days, a reporter might want to find out how many qualifies as ‘numerous’. I get 5 weeks of vacation which is pretty typical for someone who’s been in this line of work for 35 years. I’ve been told that a colleague of mine at WGN gets 6 weeks. And if that’s true, I say ‘more power to him’.

I am able to do my show on occasion from Cincinnati. But how many is a ‘large amount’? That’s up to you. So far this year, in 30 weeks I’ve worked 6 weeks of that from Cincinnati, and some of that includes vacation days. It’s not difficult. I read the Trib and Suntimes online, watch tv news and listen to the radio along with the usual online prep. I’d much prefer spending all my time in Chicago but the explanation is simple. My girlfriend’s business is based in Cincinnati. She can’t be in Chicago all of the time, and we kind of like being together. So, that’s part of my deal.

I did go by Alan McConnell at my college radio station. At my first job after college at WTUE in Dayton, THEY changed my name to Mike McConnell. There was already an Alan working there and they didn’t want two.

My daily syndicated show was cancelled after 2 years. A reporter may have discovered it was cancelled by me due to my lack of interest. I appreciate all of the affiliates who carried it but not enough were carrying it live, which doesn’t lend itself to a good mix of callers. I set the date by which I wanted a certain percentage of ‘live clears’, as we call them. When we didn’t hit that number, I pulled the plug. I did also have a syndicated weekend show which the blogger says was cancelled when I left. This would come as a shock to Joe Pags whose hosting the show to this day. A reporter would have Googled that – I did.

The blogger says I entered myself for consideration for the annual Silver Dome Award. Other than buying the occasional lottery ticket, I’ve never entered a contest in my adult life. My producer Kristin Decker has entered me for the last couple of years. And apparently this time they heard something they liked. As to how many total entries they received I have no idea. But I can find no good reason to take this bloggers word.

I’m not suggesting that this blogger is any worse than many of the others. Unfortunately he is all too typical. I enjoy reading blogs myself. It’s interesting to see what information is lacking -- i.e. facts, quotes and attributions. Other than that, it’s just like reporting.


Talk to you online.

Mike

Sea Ray
08-20-2013, 11:03 AM
I am very familiar with this blog in that I posted on there frequently defending Mike but the reality is people on this site especially the site owner did not like the fact that Mike was from out of town and from all places an unwashed part of the country like Cincinnati (their views, not mine) and didn't hold left wing views which lets face it are popular in Chicago.

Mike has responded via Facebook below but the owner of the blog refuses to respond or allow any more pro McConnell posts on his message board. He put up a hit piece that Mike responds to but now the owner total ignores it and refuses to respond. Quite the coward IMO.

Below is Mikes response on FB the blog post from above.

Thanks for that update. It was quite obvious that the blog on Mike was painfully biased against him. Us Cincinnati folks know the guy. He can't fool us. The only thing Mike didn't address is why he was demoted. He says it wasn't due to ratings, callers or advertisers. Be that as it may, Mike's response certainly is enlightening

medford
08-20-2013, 11:38 AM
Perhaps he was demoted at his own request???? I don't know the ins/outs of the radio business like many, but it seems like rarely are people moved from on a regular on air talent job to something below the level of a regular on air talent job at the same station. If the podcast is going to work, I'd generally think that means he has a pretty good fan base that will follow him to that format. not having a daily platfrom limits your exposure.

At any rate, I've never listened to WGN radio (well I guess rarely) I followed Mike over there for about a week, but quickly realized I didn't care enough about Chicago related news to stick with it. Which is a shame, b/c Mike has been my favorite radio personality I've ever listened to. I know a certain part of any radio gig involves a certain amount of Schtick to it, some of it perhaps even using "fake" callers like Ms C or Richard from Indian Hill, but I always felt like Mike was "giving it to me as he saw it" on issues, even if he was using Ms C or some variation there of to make his point. I know he leaned right, but he wasn't hardcore right like a Sean Hannity that often can't see the contradictions in his opinions. He also had a knack for breaking down a complicated situation and presenting a simple solution.

anyhoo, I recall reading on here somewhere, perhaps even early in this thread that clear channel basically offered him a contract that pretty much begged him to take the the WGN gig. Interesting that he's kept the house here, also interesting that he was on 700 for a segment a few months ago. Perhaps there's room for both sides to come back together.

Sea Ray
08-20-2013, 11:42 AM
Perhaps he was demoted at his own request???? I don't know the ins/outs of the radio business like many, but it seems like rarely are people moved from on a regular on air talent job to something below the level of a regular on air talent job at the same station. If the podcast is going to work, I'd generally think that means he has a pretty good fan base that will follow him to that format. not having a daily platfrom limits your exposure.

At any rate, I've never listened to WGN radio (well I guess rarely) I followed Mike over there for about a week, but quickly realized I didn't care enough about Chicago related news to stick with it. Which is a shame, b/c Mike has been my favorite radio personality I've ever listened to. I know a certain part of any radio gig involves a certain amount of Schtick to it, some of it perhaps even using "fake" callers like Ms C or Richard from Indian Hill, but I always felt like Mike was "giving it to me as he saw it" on issues, even if he was using Ms C or some variation there of to make his point. I know he leaned right, but he wasn't hardcore right like a Sean Hannity that often can't see the contradictions in his opinions. He also had a knack for breaking down a complicated situation and presenting a simple solution.

anyhoo, I recall reading on here somewhere, perhaps even early in this thread that clear channel basically offered him a contract that pretty much begged him to take the the WGN gig. Interesting that he's kept the house here, also interesting that he was on 700 for a segment a few months ago. Perhaps there's room for both sides to come back together.

I'm getting the vibe from Mike's comments that he's not cool about his demotion to podcasting. Why would he prefer it to being on the air anyway? I agree with your other comments on him and I'd like nothing better than to hear him back on Cincinnati airwaves

medford
08-20-2013, 12:47 PM
I don't listen to him, so I don't know what his vibe is. I'll assume you are correct, but what I don't understand, was if WGN wasn't happy w/ what they were getting for his "on-air" skills, why not just release him all together? I would assume theres some form of exit clause in his contract, perhaps he made it so air tight that they have to pay him his complete salary no matter if he's on the air or not.

Sea Ray
08-20-2013, 01:06 PM
I don't listen to him, so I don't know what his vibe is. I'll assume you are correct, but what I don't understand, was if WGN wasn't happy w/ what they were getting for his "on-air" skills, why not just release him all together? I would assume theres some form of exit clause in his contract, perhaps he made it so air tight that they have to pay him his complete salary no matter if he's on the air or not.

I'm sorry I wasn't more clear. The vibes I was referring to wasn't anything he said on air. I haven't listened to him for yrs. It was this:


Hello friends,

Were starting something new today. A PODCAST! Some of the show will be prerecorded and some live. The live portion will stream at 11:00am cdt (noon Cincinnati EDT) and your calls are welcome.

The phone number is WGNs old number 312-591-7200. When you call you will go directly on hold and hear the stream. There is no call screener and for now Im experimenting with how to best put it together. The show will then stream in its entirerty at 3:00pm cdt (4pm EDT).

I typed this whole damn thing myself believe it or not. Just part of my commitment to the listening public. Talk to you later. Mike Mc

Chicagoradioandmedia says WGN-AM made the move after months and years of rumors and unfavorable comments from listeners. The WGN-2 stream is the same, rarely used stream that WGN Radio utilizes when it has a two live sporting events or programming conflicts happening simultaneously. It can be heard via the WGN website, via the updated WGN Radio mobile app, or by calling the station and asking to be put on hold. However, sometimes clicking on the WGN-2 stream will still bring up the main WGN-AM stream, making hearing the WGN-2 programming difficult.

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/tv/2013/08/19/mike-mcconnell-off-wgn-am-airwaves-but-heard-online/

Tell me what you think...

George Anderson
08-20-2013, 02:46 PM
I don't listen to him, so I don't know what his vibe is. I'll assume you are correct, but what I don't understand, was if WGN wasn't happy w/ what they were getting for his "on-air" skills, why not just release him all together? I would assume theres some form of exit clause in his contract, perhaps he made it so air tight that they have to pay him his complete salary no matter if he's on the air or not.

That is alot of the rub with the Chicago radio locals is that Randy Michaels gave McConnell a huge contract to lure him to Chicago. Rumor on the street is the buy out is very large so WGN is trying to get McConnell to quit by making him do a podcast instead of actually broadcasting on WGN. WGN is basically saying we will still pay you your huge salary because we have to but we are going to make you suffer, you Cincinnati hick. ;)

Sea Ray
08-20-2013, 03:52 PM
That is alot of the rub with the Chicago radio locals is that Randy Michaels gave McConnell a huge contract to lure him to Chicago. Rumor on the street is the buy out is very large so WGN is trying to get McConnell to quit by making him do a podcast instead of actually broadcasting on WGN. WGN is basically saying we will still pay you your huge salary because we have to but we are going to make you suffer, you Cincinnati hick. ;)

I'm not in on the street "rub" like you seem to be but that's the way it's coming across to me as well. They're going to make it very stressful for him to go to work everyday. Problem is that WLW has cut expenses so much that I'm sure they can't come close to his WGN money. My guess is they'd love to have him back but at Walmart prices

Caveat Emperor
08-20-2013, 05:09 PM
That is alot of the rub with the Chicago radio locals is that Randy Michaels gave McConnell a huge contract to lure him to Chicago. Rumor on the street is the buy out is very large so WGN is trying to get McConnell to quit by making him do a podcast instead of actually broadcasting on WGN. WGN is basically saying we will still pay you your huge salary because we have to but we are going to make you suffer, you Cincinnati hick. ;)

I'd guess this is very accurate.

Jerry Narron
08-20-2013, 05:30 PM
Anyone know the salaries of guys like Jim Scott, Sloan, Cunningham, Fingers and Jones? Are they significantly below McConnell's?

Caveat Emperor
08-20-2013, 05:41 PM
Anyone know the salaries of guys like Jim Scott, Sloan, Cunningham, Fingers and Jones? Are they significantly below McConnell's?

Willie is in another stratosphere compared to just about everyone else in Cincinnati radio.

He turned down Randy Micheals offer to work at WGN to stay in Cincinnati and sign a new contract with WLW. That should give you an idea of his compensation level, currently.

BUTLER REDSFAN
08-29-2013, 03:57 PM
FWIW..last few days on Cunningham's show he has been making remarks that make it sound like something may already be in the works about him coming back to WLW.

Chip R
10-10-2013, 07:27 PM
http://www.robertfeder.com/2013/10/09/radio-silence-for-wgns-mcconnell/

medford
10-11-2013, 10:06 AM
I've always wondered how much he makes/made or any of WLW's personalities. $500k a year, I know Chicago's more expensive, but wow, good for him. As the article speculates, if he does come back to Cincy, and I hope he does as he's still my favorite talk show host that I've heard on WLW, the only one that really made me think about things, I wonder where he slides in. Would they put him on 55krc? I would think they'd want him on WLW as I'm sure he remains popular here and that has a much larger signal. Put him back in his old time slot and bump sloany or move get ride of sloany all together?

I've got to imagine that Sloan, Fingers and Amazon are a little nervous at the moment as this could spell a big change for any of those 3. I imagine Tracy Jones is pretty well entrenched into his role as the antagonist to the "professional radio guy"

Sea Ray
10-14-2013, 09:56 AM
http://www.robertfeder.com/2013/10/09/radio-silence-for-wgns-mcconnell/

I can't imagine anyone in Cincinnati can approach the $500K he was making in Chicago. It'll be interesting to see where he ends up. I will say that Cin Talk Radio has taken a big step back since his departure. I'd love to see him back on the airwaves here. I'd be fine with him replacing anyone on WLW except Willie. WLW has maintained their #1 status w/o McConnell and since he got a settlement from WGN, he's not starving right now so we'll have to be patient and see how this plays out

Caveat Emperor
10-14-2013, 12:20 PM
He'll have a place in Cincinnati radio if he wants it -- but, like I said a long time ago on this thread -- it's fairly well known in the industry that WLW's last offer to McConnell before he left for WGN wasn't nearly in-step for a person who moved the needle and brought in as much advertiser revenue as he did.

Chip R
10-18-2013, 05:59 PM
And he's back. 3-6 with Fingers beginning in January.

http://chicagoradioandmedia.com/news/6040-mike-mcconnell-to-exit-wgn-am-rejoin-cincinnati-s-wlw-am

gilpdawg
10-18-2013, 08:13 PM
And he's back. 3-6 with Fingers beginning in January.

http://chicagoradioandmedia.com/news/6040-mike-mcconnell-to-exit-wgn-am-rejoin-cincinnati-s-wlw-am

Hey, that may be listenable without Jones.

Joseph
10-18-2013, 08:55 PM
I love Chicago, but some of these media pieces out of Chicago are just so damn condescending that its annoying.

George Anderson
10-19-2013, 04:31 AM
I love Chicago, but some of these media pieces out of Chicago are just so damn condescending that its annoying.

The guy that ran the Chicago Radio and Media site named Larz truly hated McConnell for some unknown reason. I hate the phrase "bullying" but boy did he bully Mike anytime his name came up on the board.

redsfanmia
10-19-2013, 12:34 PM
I must be the only person who enjoys Tracy, he makes me laugh.

Sea Ray
10-21-2013, 03:59 PM
And he's back. 3-6 with Fingers beginning in January.

http://chicagoradioandmedia.com/news/6040-mike-mcconnell-to-exit-wgn-am-rejoin-cincinnati-s-wlw-am

Has this been confirmed by anyone yet, like WLW or Mike himself? I can't see him doing a radio show with a partner. I wouldn't think that would appeal to him

Caveat Emperor
10-21-2013, 04:18 PM
Has this been confirmed by anyone yet, like WLW or Mike himself? I can't see him doing a radio show with a partner. I wouldn't think that would appeal to him

Yeah, that sounds pretty suspect.

Plus, I can't see him doing afternoon drive. You're stuck breaking for traffic & weather constantly, which makes it difficult to have longer interviews with people or do the type of caller-driven material that has been McConnell's strong point.

FWIW, no one I've talked to has heard anything about this.

Chip R
11-06-2013, 08:03 PM
Darryl Parks has been fired by Clear Channel.

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/tv/2013/11/06/darryl-parks-fired-by-clear-channel/

Sea Ray
11-13-2013, 04:11 PM
Mike was on with Willie today at one and there were no definitive announcements. Mike made it clear that his first choice would be to replace Willie but Willie would not commit to retiring. Willie tried to talk him into replacing Darryl Parks on Sat mornings and all Mike would say is that he's not ruling anything out. For now he's still living in Chicago and enjoying his "hiatus". He did intimate that he won't continue living there when his settlement money runs out because it is an expensive city to live. Willie ended by asking him about Obamacare and Mike's answer was not flattering to the President and should probably be left to the political section...:D


http://cincinnati.com/blogs/tv/2013/11/13/mcconnell-on-bill-cunningham-show-today/?odyssey=obinsite

medford
11-13-2013, 05:02 PM
I heard the conversation, and I found it all strange. They didn't really talk opinions much, didn't really talk about anything much. If Mike is coming back to WLW, its probably an oral agreement, I'm guessing the stipualation of his settlement is that he can't work for another radio station or sign a contract with another station until the end of this calander year, so from that regard, I didn't really expect any kind of announcement other than perhaps a definetive "no" if maybe he was going to try his hand at something else.

The conversation of Willie retiring was interesting, but given the history of the station, seems more like one of their typical radio setups than anything else. I could see Willie semi-retiring from radio to give him more time for his TV schedule, then subbing back in on a semi-regular basis.

Sea Ray
11-14-2013, 09:53 AM
I heard the conversation, and I found it all strange. They didn't really talk opinions much, didn't really talk about anything much. If Mike is coming back to WLW, its probably an oral agreement, I'm guessing the stipualation of his settlement is that he can't work for another radio station or sign a contract with another station until the end of this calander year, so from that regard, I didn't really expect any kind of announcement other than perhaps a definetive "no" if maybe he was going to try his hand at something else.

The conversation of Willie retiring was interesting, but given the history of the station, seems more like one of their typical radio setups than anything else. I could see Willie semi-retiring from radio to give him more time for his TV schedule, then subbing back in on a semi-regular basis.

What did you make of the awkward silence from Willie on a couple instances? Willie's not held speechless very often

LoganBuck
11-15-2013, 02:09 PM
What did you make of the awkward silence from Willie on a couple instances? Willie's not held speechless very often

Willie was doing that for dramatic effect.

Caveat Emperor
11-15-2013, 04:03 PM
Someone said it best a long time ago, regarding 700 WLW: "The first casualty is the truth."

Dom Heffner
11-15-2013, 04:16 PM
Someone said it best a long time ago, regarding 700 WLW: "The first casualty is the truth."

Once you figure out their pulling your leg, it's much easier to take...

That station is like professional wrestling.