WLS-AM 890 has tapped Bruce St. James to replace Erich “Mancow” Muller who said that he’s tired of doing “radio without joy.” St. James will join Cumulus-owned WLS starting on December 14.
“Bruce St. James is here to have a conversation, not a lecture. He is not here to change formats,” WLS program director Stephanie Tichenor told staffers in an email today. “He is here to continue what 890 already does best – inform and entertain our listeners.”
St. James had been in Phoenix hosting a midday show at KTAR-FM. The Washington D.C. native is joining a station that sits in 15th place in the mornings with a 2.4 percent audience share, according to the latest Nielsen Audio Survey.
Mancow has been doing radio in the Chicago market since 1989. “Much of the enjoyment I had left doing radio has been sucked out of it,” he told Chicago media writer, Robert Feder. “For me, no interaction has been the radio kiss of death. Talking during this political season and hearing endless tales of woe from my listeners has been radio without joy.”
WTOP Collects Four Regional Murrow Awards
Award for Overall Excellence was 10th in 12 years for the D.C. all-news outlet
WTOP continued its success in the Radio Television Digital News Association’s annual regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, claiming 4 honors.
The Washington, D.C. all-news outlet won the Overall Excellence Award for the 10th time in 12 years.
Other award winning efforts were the station’s coverage of the June 1, 2020 clearing of Lafayette Square protesters, the podcast “Colors: A Dialogue on Race in America” hosted by JJ Green and Chris Core and digital award for overall coverage of news in 2020.
“I am so proud of what our team accomplishes everyday but to be recognized for the work we produced in 2020 is special. 2020 was a year unlike any other in the journalism profession,” said Julia Ziegler, WTOP’s Director of News and Programming. “We are humbled to be recognized for our work across so many of our platforms – radio, web and podcasting.”
Dr. Laura Hits Podcasting Milestone
Schlessinger’s podcast is a segment from her daily SiriusXM show
Legendary talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger reached a major milestone in her illustrious career recently when her Call of the Day podcast reached the 100 Million download mark.
The podcast is a feature that is taken from Dr. Laura’s daily SiriusXM talk show in which she features a call she designates as the best from each day’s show.
“We set forth to make this podcast a new avenue to hear Dr. Laura,” said Take On The Day LLC president Geoff Rich. “It turns out we made it one of the most popular focusing on families and parenting.”
The Call of the Day podcast was launched in 2017 and has consistently ranked #1 in Parenting on ApplePodcasts, is top ranked in Kids and Family, and is among podcasting Global 200 according to Chartable.
Schlessinger moved her daily talk show from terrestrial radio to satellite radio 10 years ago. She was inducted in the Radio Hall of Fame in 2018. Dr. Laura is the author of 13 New York Times best-sellers.
Abrams to Step Down from KYW Newsradio
Abrams career stops included WHUM, WIP and WPEN before KYW.
Longtime Philadelphia anchor, editor, and reporter Mark Abrams announced his retirement from KYW Newsradio Thursday. The multi-talented Abrams worked as journalist for several different companies in both the print and radio industries.
Abrams’ career spanned 24 years. He came to KYW from WHUM in Reading, Pennsylvania. He also anchored at WPEN and WIP. He served as reporter, columnist and desk editor for the Reading Eagle and Reading Times newspapers.
He covered the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Catholic community extensively for KYW, including the papal visit in Philadelphia in 2015. He covered the selections of two different popes, live from the Vatican, both in 2005 and 2013.
“Mark Abrams has long been a versatile part of the KYW Newsradio family,” said midday news anchor Michelle Durham. “I wish you the best of luck in retirement. Your family’s always been your priority, and I’m so thrilled that you will have an opportunity to spend more time with them.”
Morning drive sports reporter Dave Uram: “I think a perfect way to describe your role on KYW for nearly 24 years is versatile. Reporter, anchor, editor — you did it all, and you did it with professionalism, enthusiasm and leadership.”