Jonathon Brandmeier announced today that his Westwood One syndicated talk show will end when his contract expires in early 2017.
Brandmeier states that Westwood One has decided not to renew his contract and he “completely agrees with that decision”. The show debuted in March 2015 as a replacement for Dennis Miller. Brandmeier is based at Cumulus News/Talk 890 WLS Chicago, which airs the first two hours of the three hour show live from 9-11am central.
The longtime Chicago and Phoenix personality made the announcement on his blog:
I always say we’re not here for a long time – we’re here for a good time! And now you know why…
Our syndicated radio deal with Westwood One officially ends in early 2017. They decided not to renew and I completely agree with that decision. I truly believe this is the best move for all involved. It was only a matter of time, and there are no hard feelings.
When I was offered this shot at attempting to “change talk radio”, I couldn’t resist. However, I quickly realized talk radio is not ready to be “unhinged”.
Still, I don’t regret the risk. I met some good people at Westwood One, we picked up new listeners from across this great nation of Murica, and I realized what has always driven me in this business was missing: the spirit of JUST HAVIN’ FUN. It’s time for me to get back to that.
We plan to honor our agreement and continue on the air until it’s officially over – or until they literally pull the plug.
I have no idea what the future holds, but I’m as pumped as ever to create content for the people of earth.
Please do not tell my radio pals Buzz, Gino or Hectorrrrrr…. they will be scared.
I’m Jonathon Brandmeier and I approve this message.