Steve Cochran is a veteran Chicago radio host, so he’s someone familiar with the market as he takes over the morning slot at WLS 89-AM. However, Cochran will be the station’s fifth morning host in the last ten years.
“It’s no secret that this morning show has a huge hole to climb out of, and I believe we will,” Cochran told Robert Feder. “I’m not getting up at 3 a.m. to lose.”
What WLS has going for them is that Cochran is a recognizable name in the city, having spent 30 years on the radio airwaves. Furthermore, he’s encouraging listeners who have followed him throughout the years to tune in and those who disagree with him also to listen to see if they’re right.
“If you liked me in the past, you will still . . . and if you hated my show, you should listen and see if you were right. This show will be local first and inform, entertain, inspire and be funny every day [with] great guests, great interviews, and more politics. It’s kind of my greatest hits plus a bunch of new stuff,” Cochran said.
Feder asked Cochran where he fits in at WLS politically since he’s coming over from rival WGN and will also have a former colleague, Andrea Darlas, who’ll fill in as a contributor while a search is ongoing for a permanent teammate.
“The far left and the far right are the problem — not the solution. One-party rule doesn’t work . . . in Chicago, Illinois, or D.C. I’ll call out any politician gaming the system,” Cochran said.
“The ones who want the power but aren’t so interested in actually serving the people. I intend to inspire real participation. The extremes always show up and call in, but the question is: will the independents?”
Cochran can be heard from 5:30 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.
Ben Shapiro: Donald Trump Endorsing People Doesn’t Carry a Lot of Power
During his show on Wednesday, Shapiro said Trump may hold power over the Republican party but when it comes to local political races, there are other factors at play.
Syndicated radio host and author Ben Shapiro suggested that an endorsement from former President Donald Trump is not the golden ticket it’s portrayed to be.
“So, there’s a difference between Donald Trump endorsing a person, which I don’t think has a lot of power. And Donald Trump is destroying people,” Shapiro said via Mediate.
“He (Trump) actually talked about how Brian Kemp was terrible and horrible and no good and very bad. And Brian Kemp won because he had earned the loyalty of the Republican voting base in Georgia, despite Trump’s anger at Brian Kemp.”
Shapiro concluded that “Trump does not have the sort of stranglehold the media thinks he has on the Republican Party.”
Recently, Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz is one Trump-endorsed candidate that has backed away from the former president.
An Axios analysis of Oz’s social media and campaign website uncovered that the Republican candidate is no longer lauding his Trump endorsement ahead of the midterm elections this fall.
Longtime WIBC News Anchor Retires After Nearly 30 Years
Stan Lehr is calling it quits with his final day coming July 1.
Longtime WIBC-FM news anchor Stan Lehr is calling it quits after nearly 30 years behind the microphone. The Indianapolis Star reports that Lehr’s last day will be July 1.
WIBC is owned by Emmis Communications who last week announced a move to sell its Indianapolis radio properties to Maryland-based Radio One. Lehr’s retirement reportedly had nothing to do with the news of the impending sale.
“This will bring to an end a long chapter in the station’s history,” WIBC News Director Chris Davis wrote in his email. “His reputation as a stickler has been widely-known in the industry for decades.”
Davis described Lehr as a “stickler” who never wanted recognition for his work.
“Instead, he made it clear to all who work or have worked with him that strong writing, accuracy, and excellence in delivery are the best ways to serve the listeners,” added Davis.
WWL, FEMA Unveiling New Emergency Broadcast Studio
The news conference will occur at 9 a.m. CT, leading to official remarks, Q&A, a tour of the facility, and a live demonstration at the WWL PEP station emergency studio.
FEMA and Audacy’s WWL-AM/FM will present the unveiling of an all-hazards upgrade to the “Primary Entry Point” facility on June 28th.
Some of the speakers at the event will include Erik Hooks, Deputy Administrator, FEMA, and Kevin Cassidy, Senior Vice-President, Market Manager, Audacy-WWL.
“The modernization to the emergency studio increases WWL’s resiliency to continue broadcasting under all conditions, including natural disasters and acts of terrorism,” the statement said which Barrett News Media obtained. “This facility is one of 77 across the country that serve as a National Public Warning System Primary Entry Point (PEP) station, participating with FEMA to provide emergency alert and warning information to the public before, during and after incidents and disasters.”
“WWL is the 15th radio station in the country to work with FEMA to complete the all-hazards upgrade, which includes increased sheltering capabilities, expanded broadcast capacity, and sustainable power generation for all types of hazardous events.”
Anyone attending the event will arrive at check-in 15 minutes before the press conference starts.