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Norm Winer Exits WXRT Chicago

Norm Winer 93.1 WXRT Chicago Mitch Rosen Kelly RansfordNot even two months after being moved from Program Director to Director of Music Initiatives & Special Programming at CBS AAA 93.1 WXRT Chicago, Norm Winer is exiting the station completely.

Winer released the following statement directed to the staff of WXRT:

I have never attempted anything like this.

For me, this is uncharted territory.

There is only so much that I can express in words.

I have decided to leave WXRT and CBS Radio.

I have been exceptionally fortunate to have been here, surrounded by people who mean so much to me.

People with whom I have shared so much.

For many, many years, we have stood together, defying conventional “wisdom” governing the way we execute our collective responsibilities. Against all odds, our positive impact has been indisputable. Few in our industry havechosen to relate to their audience with the style, humanity and lofty ideals to which we have aspired.

I am grateful that our employers, first Dan Lee at Diamond Broadcasting, then Westinghouse, CBS, Infinity, and, of course, CBS, appreciated and supported our efforts and acknowledged our successes. The inspirational leadership that they provided us has made this all possible. And has enabled us to have so much fun in the process!

It would be impossible to summarize all the thoughts and memories that are racing through my mind right now. Luckily, I’ll soon have plenty of time to start writing my memoirs while I can still remember all the names, places, and punchlines that have given me so much pleasure – or at least adrenaline — for so long.

Honestly, I never imagined I would be here for even three years – let alone three dozen!

But I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

I’ve chosen to keep this brief, because, like I said, I’m a few years behind schedule.

Before closing, I want to express my profound gratitude and abundant respect for XRT listeners, colleagues, clients, co-conspirators, all the immensely talented artists we’ve discovered and supported, and even our competitors, who certainly helped elevate our game if we ever lacked motivation. (Though I don’t believe we ever did.)

In some ways, I still like to think we made it up as we went along, with mutual support from the people of Chicago and each other. With honesty, humility, and humor.

So proud to have been a part of this station and this great city!
Wishing you happiness and good health in the future.

Thanks,
Norm

Original Report 1/13: After 36 years as Program Director of CBS AAA 93.1 WXRT Chicago, Norm Winer is transitioning to a new role at the station.

Robert Feder reports that Winer has been named Director WXRT Music Initiatives & Special Programming. In his new role Winer will be responsible for maintaining his industry relationships, discovering new artists and producing live events for the station.

WXRT will not fill the now vacant Program Director position. Mitch Rosen, the Operations Director of WXRT and sister Sports “670 The Score” WSCR will handle the administrative end along with marketing and promotions, while Music Director Kelly Ransford will also oversee on-air imaging.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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