Re: Mike McConnell leaving 700 WLW...
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.