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Hubbard Promotes Jeff England To Chicago VP/Market Manager

Hubbard Radio Chicago has named Jeff England as its new VP/Market Manager overseeing Classic Rock “97.1 The Drive” 97.1 WDRV/96.9 WWDV, AC 100.3 WSHE, and Hot AC “101.9 The Mix” WTMX. England comes to Chicago from Hubbard’s Phoenix cluster where he was Director of Sales. He previously served as Director of Sales and later Market Manager for iHeartMedia’s Phoenix cluster from 2003-2012. He fills the vacancy created by John Gallagher’s exit in September. Hubbard Radio President/COO Drew Horowitz today announced that Jeff England was named VP/Market Manager for Hubbard Radio-Chicago. Hubbard Radio operates four radio stations in Chicago: WTMX (101.9 FM The Mix), WDRV/WWDV (99.7/96.9 FM The Drive) and WSHE (100.3 FM). Commented Horowitz, “We are thrill...[Read More]

Sherman & Tingle Reunite At WDRV Chicago

Hubbard Classic Rock “97.1 The Drive” WDRV Chicago/96.9 WWDV Zion is bringing in Brian Sherman and Steve Tingle for mornings starting Monday, October 21. Sherman & Tingle previously co-hosted afternoons and then mornings at Emmis’ “Q101” WKQX until the station’s sale to Merlin Media and flip to “FM News” in 2011. Sherman joins WDRV from mornings at Matrix Broadcasting Classic Rock “103.9 The Fox” WFXF Dundee IL, while Tingle was most recently at Entercom Hot AC “Star 94.1” WSTR Atlanta. Sherman & Tingle will replace “The Morning Drive” hosted by Pete MacMurray, Scott Miller, and Kathy Voltmer. Dan McNeil co-hosted with MacMurray from March 2015 through June 2016.

Dan McNeil Exits 97.1 The Drive Chicago

Hubbard Media Classic Rock “97.1 The Drive” WDRV Chicago has announced the exit of Dan McNeil as co-host of its “Morning Drive” show. McNeil and Pete MacMurray had joined WDRV as morning hosts in March 2015. McNeil had previously spent nearly a quarter of a century in Chicago Sports radio at “670 The Score” WSCR and “ESPN 1000” WMVP. Robert Feder reported earlier this week that McNeil’s presence in recent weeks had been limited to one 3 minute sportcast per hour. He had previously served a ten day suspension for an off-air altercation with management following an order not to discuss the departure of Hubbard VP/Programming Greg Solk. Pete MacMurray will remain in place leading the WDRV morning show. Hubbard Radio Chicago Vice President/...[Read More]

Rob Cressman Joins WDRV As Program Director

Former iHeartMedia Indianapolis SVP/Programming Rob Cressman has been named Program Director at Hubbard Classic Rock “97.1 The Drive” WDRV Chicago/96.9 WWDV Zion IL. Cressman exited his position in Indianapolis last week where he oversaw Classic Rock “Q95” 94.7 WFBQ, Alternative “Alt 103.3” WOLT and Sports 1260/97.5 WNDE. Prior to joining iHeart in 2014 he spent five years running Saga’s two Rock stations in Springfield MA. Cressman fills the vacancy created by the exit of Curtiss Johnson last month. January 28, 2016 WDRV-FM “The Drive” along with Hubbard Radio Chicago VP/Market Manager John Gallagher & Hubbard Radio Senior Vice President of Programming Greg Solk announced today the arrival of Rob Cressman as Program Director for the recently ...[Read More]

Hubbard Names New PD And APD For WSHE-FM Chicago

Hubbard Radio AC 100.3 WSHE-FM Chicago has named Cat Thomas as their new Program Director and Paul Webber as APD for that station and sister Classic Rock “97.1 The Drive” WDRV. Thomas joins Hubbard from Austin where he served as VP/Programming for Entercom’s cluster from 2007 until exiting this past summer. He also spent 12 years in Jacksonville as OM for Cox Media and PD of CHR 95.1 WAPE. Webber had been serving as Interim PD of WSHE-FM since the exit of Marty Bender in April in addition to serving as Direct Marketing Manager for Hubbard Chicago. Hubbard Radio Chicago’s Adult contemporary WSHE – FM (SHE) has recruited Cat Thomas to oversee programming responsibilities. Thomas most recently spent eight years as Vice President of Programming for Entercom Austin. In making ...[Read More]

WDRV Makes Dan McNeil & Pete MacMurray Hiring Official

Hubbard has made the hiring of Dan McNeil and Pete MacMurray for mornings at Classic Rock “97.1 The Drive” WDRV Chicago/96.9 WWDV Zion official. The program will debut in early March with Scott Miller also joining from WGN to serve as producer. WDRV FM “The Drive” announced today that Chicago broadcast veterans Pete McMurray and Dan McNeil will take over Morning Drive at the classic rocker. The Morning Drive slot became available after 14-year morning man Steve Downes announced his retirement two weeks ago. Dan McNeil has been arguably the biggest sports radio host in Chicago for the past 25 years, hosting at both Chicago sports stations WSCR and ESPN 1000. When McNeil was asked to comment on his move to mornings on one of Chicago’s premiere FM outlets, McNeil said “I’ve covete...[Read More]

WDRV Morning Host Steve Downes To Step Down

Hubbard Classic Rock “97.1 The Drive” WDRV Chicago/96.9 WWDV Zion morning host Steve Downes has announced he will step down from mornings in the very near future. Downes has been in mornings at WDRV/WWDV since the format launched in 2001. He has also worked at WLUP Chicago, multiple stations in Los Angeles, Dayton, and Pittsburgh as well as a run hosting the syndicated Rockline during his 44 year radio career. His weekly syndicated “The Classics” program will also continue and will remain on WDRV/WWDV. Downes will exit the morning slot once a replacement is in place in the next few weeks. He will also continue his voiceover and voice acting career where he is best known as the voice of Master Chief in Microsoft’s Halo series. WDRV “The Drive” morning host Stev...[Read More]