Stephanie Tichenor Named WLS Program Director

890 WLS Rambin Ray Stevens Big John Howell US 99.5 WUSN Lisa DentCumulus Media Talk 890 WLS Chicago has appointed Stephanie Tichenor as Program Director.

Tichenor joins WLS after a decade at Tribune Media’s 720 WGN where she most recently served as Director of News & Operations. She has also served as a producer, Assistant Program Director, and Operations Manager during her tenure. She fills the opening created by the retirement of Peter Bolger.

The station also announced the addition of Lauren Cohn as a newscaster. Cohn has spent the majority of her career in television news in the Chicago and Philadelphia markets and previously co-hosted late mornings on WLS from 2013-2015. She has most recently been serving as a fill-in host at the station.

CUMULUS MEDIA announces that it has appointed two Chicago news professionals to the WLS-AM 890 team. Stephanie Tichenor joins WLS-AM as the new Program Director for WLS-AM 890. CUMULUS MEDIA also announces that it has named Lauren Cohn to the WLS-AM on-air news team. The two appointments are effective immediately.

Tichenor joins WLS-AM 890 from WGN where she is currently Director of News & Operations. She has held positions including Operations Manager, Assistant Program Director and Executive Producer during her tenure at WGN.

Cohn joins WLS-AM 890 after several stops in Chicago television news, including Fox Chicago, CBS 2 Chicago and ABC 7 Chicago. She has also been a contributing reporter and fill-in host on WLS-AM.

Marv Nyren, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Chicago, said: “All of us at WLS-AM 890 are thrilled to have someone with the experience and talent that Stephanie brings as WLS enters its 95th year of broadcasting. Stephanie completes the rebuild of a legendary brand and positions the station for  growth in 2019 and beyond. Her history in Chicago will give her the insight and knowledge to positively affect our local and nationally syndicated programming for our Chicago audience.”

Nyren added: “Lauren Cohn has been a valuable part of WLS-AM 890 for years as a part-time contributor that we will now be able to utilize on a full-time basis. Lauren’s media experience in Chicago television, print, podcasting and radio, makes her uniquely qualified to give the WLS audience a reason to listen on a daily basis. Her journalism background and political knowledge fit perfectly within the station’s focus.”

Tichenor said: “While I am grateful to have had the opportunity to collaborate with such amazing talent at WGN Radio for over a decade, I am very excited to begin this new chapter in my career at another legendary Chicago radio station, WLS-AM.” 

Cohn said: “I am very excited to be back at WLSAM890 full time working with a great news team. Thank you to Marv Nyren for the opportunity. I am grateful I get to continue to do what I love to do covering local and national news every day in a city I adore.”

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