Tribune snares another from Clear Channel


Clear Channel Radio’s WLW-AM Cincinnati officially announced the departure of long-time midday host Mike McConnell to a “dream market” for him – Chicago. Scott Sloan will fill in temporarily until WLW settles on a permanent host.

There’s no word yet on exactly where McConnell will land in the lineup of Tribune Company’s WGN-AM Chicago. The station confirmed that he will begin work there August 9th, but said his time slot will be announced later.

McConnell may not be the only WLW news/talk personality heading to WGN. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported last week that both McConnell (9 am – noon) and Bill Cunningham (noon-3 pm) were being courted to make the move to Chicago. Both worked for Tribune Company CEO Randy Michaels and Tribune Television President of Programming Sean Compton at WLW when both were at Jacor and then Clear Channel.

RBR-TVBR reported last week that Compton was continuing to move forward on a potential syndicated TV show featuring Cunningham. The Enquirer story says Cunningham’s contract with WLW will be up this summer.