Re: Mike McConnell leaving 700 WLW...
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.