Tribune talk WGN/Chicago has announced that Chicago radio legend Jonathon Brandmeier is joining the station to host morning drive.
Brandmeier has had a storied career in Chicago that began in 1983 when he dominated the market as the morning host on WLUP-AM & FM (97.9 the Loop). After 14 years he parted ways with the station and moved to Los Angeles where he was heard on KLSX and KCBS-FM. He returned to WLUP in Chicago in 2005 but left again in 2009.
Now, after a two-year hiatus, Brandmeier moves to the AM band full time, replacing morning host Dale Jarrett on Tribune's only radio station. "Jonathon Brandmeier is a Chicago superstar and we're thrilled to have him on the air, at the station where he belongs," said Tom Langmyer, WGN Radio's vice president & general manager. "Johnny's high energy, humor and unique Chicago experience make him an exceptional fit as 'The Voice of Chicago' evolves with another generation of listeners."
Brandmeier's show will run from 5:30 - 9 a.m. while the rest of WGN's lineup will remains essentially the same with Mike McConnell from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., John Williams from 12-3 p.m., and Garry Meier - who was also on WLUP-AM during Brandmeier's 1980's heyday -- from 3-7 p.m.