Tom Langmyer is stepping down as VP/GM of Tribune’s News/Talker WGN-AM 720 Chicago. In a memo sent to WGN staff late 10/22, Langmyer did not elaborate on the reasons for his departure, which takes effect immediately: “WGN is a very special place, and I’m very lucky to have spent nearly eight years as part of it,” Langmyer said a memo, reported The Chicago Tribune.
Jeff Hill, the station’s DOS, has been named interim GM after six years at the station. He joined WGN Radio in 2006 as LSM and was upped to DOS in 2010.
The station and Langmyer parted on good terms. As you know, Tribune is going through a reorganization right now, so this is likely a part of that.
Langmyer came to WGN in March 2005 from CBS Radio’s KMOX-AM St. Louis, where he was VP/GM. He joined CBS-owned KMOX as PD in 1992. A Buffalo native, Langmyer previously worked at a number of stations in upstate New York, starting his career at WBEN-AM in Buffalo.
Langmyer’s tenure with WGN saw an infusion of new talent and the departure of longtime morning man Spike O’Dell, who retired in 2008, and the midday team of Judy Markey and Kathy O’Malley, who were let go the following year. Key programming hires included afternoon driver Garry Meier, who joined the station in 2009, and fellow WLUP alum Jonathon Brandmeier, who took over as WGN’s morning man last December, reported the Tribune.
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