Cumulus Media News/Talk 890 WLS Chicago is revamping its lineup for 2018.
Exiting the station are 10am-12pm hosts Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano. The married couple joined WLS one year ago after previously hosting together at WFLD-TV, 105.9 WCKG, and 720 WGN. Sirott was previously a DJ during the station’s Top 40 heyday from 1973-1980. They will be replaced by Cumulus’ syndicated Chris Plante. Plante, based at 630/105.9 WMAL Washington DC will air live from 9am-11am.
Along with the addition of Plante, Big John Howell and Ramblin’ Ray Stevens’ morning show will move from 6-10am to 5:30-9am, Rush Limbaugh’s show will move back to a live clearance from 11am-2pm instead of being delayed one hour, and Steve Dahl will move up from 3-7pm to 2-6pm.
Cumulus Media-Chicago announces an enhanced new programming line-up for Chicago News/Talk radio station WLS-AM 890 featuring live broadcasts of The Chris Plante Show and The Rush Limbaugh Show. Beginning January 1, 2018, The Chris Plante Show, nationally syndicated by Westwood One, will broadcast live on WLS-AM 890 weekdays from 9am-11am, with The Rush Limbaugh Show returning to a live feed from 11am-2pm weekdays on WLS-AM 890.
Peter Bolger, Operations Manager/Program Director, WLS-AM 890, said: “Listeners made it very clear they wanted to hear Rush Limbaugh live. People want to call in to the show. And in this busy news cycle, it’s important he talk about what’s happening in real time.”
Marv Nyren, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Media-Chicago, said: “With the addition of Chris Plante, I’m pleased that we have great continuity between the end of Big John and Ramblin’ Ray’s show at 9, and the start of Rush at 11. It just makes good sense.”
After 17 years at CNN assigned to the Pentagon and covering U.S. military and intelligence communications, Chicago native Chris Plante joined Washington, D.C. News/Talk radio station, WMAL. In 2016, his program was nationally syndicated through Westwood One. Plante brings a unique world-view to radio, and largely conservative/libertarian values to his role as talk show host. Although he hastens to add he marches in lock step with no politician, Chris says his political party is “Practi-crat”, “…because of my distinctly practical political leanings.”
Plante said: “I look forward to being the Washington embed, giving a first-hand description of what’s happening in Washington and what it can mean to my hometown of Chicago, where I grew up listening to WLS!”
Added Bolger: “This line-up, with local icons Big John and Ray as well as Steve Dahl, and strong hosts with a national perspective, is a spot on response to what our listeners said they wanted and expected from WLS-AM 890.”