WLS: Fowler out, Damsky in top spot


In Chicago Public Radio’s Vocalo.org, Robert Feder reports Citadel Broadcasting Chicago’s Talker WLS-AM and oldies WLS-FM saw Michael Fowler ousted 1/15 after two years as president and GM of news/talk. Named to succeed him was Michael Damsky, who has been VP/DOS for the two stations since July 2008. Damsky previously spent 24 years at CBS Radio’s WXRT-FM, where he rose up the sales ranks to become VP/GM.

Both moves, said the story, were carried out in person by Farid Suleman, chairman and CEO of Citadel Broadcasting. “I have known and worked with Michael Damsky for a long time, and I know his background will be critical in taking both of our stations to new highs,” Suleman told WLS staffers in a memo.

“Under Fowler, WLS had been cutting costs and restructuring many of its talent contracts in recent weeks. The latest moves included the dismissal of Brant Miller as morning host at WLS-FM and the ouster of news anchor Ron Magers as a contributor to Roe Conn’s afternoon show on WLS-AM. Reduced salaries also were in negotiations for Conn and the WLS-AM morning team of Don and Roma Wade,” said the story.

In the Arbitron survey for December, among adults between the ages of 25 and 54, WLS-FM was tied for 13th place with a 3.0 percent share, and WLS-AM was tied for 22nd place with a 2.1 share.