That's all just speculation on my part, it would be something different though. I would really like a station that would give WBBM some competition whether it be news or business or both. WMAQ was always a better news station, IMHO, if they were still an all news station, I'd still be listening, I never listened to WBBM much when they were around.
You have to remember though WCPT is Fred's baby. He wants the format here so it is unlikely he gives it up.
Jeremy, I wanted to get back to you about WSBC/WCFJ.
They had a few programs that were unique, like Lesbi-Gay radio. They had one for a time called Miles Ahead, It was on in afternoon drive, the first two hours ran only on WCFJ and the last hour or two simulcast on WSBC. It was a jazz program, with local news, traffic, weather and features like The Green Mill report. When I got my uncle into listening(a die hard WGN listener, I think it was the first time he changed the dial on his radio in 25 years), he said it reminded him of the type of shows WGN aired in the late 70's and early 80's. It did have a really old-timey, very local feel to it. It was very well produced and a fun listen to a radio geek like me.
The host decided to end it because he was losing money after he paid the station for the time and the advertising he hoped would come, never caught up to his costs.
I mentioned when Newsweb first bought the station, when they were first getting settled in and trying to find their pace, they did a full service type morning show.
The guy hosting the show was someone Fred brought in from Ch. 50 and worked in sales and promotion.
I remember his first day on the air, he was asking people who stumbled upon the station to call in and let him know what they wanted in a local morning show, so being me I called in a bunch of times..lol
He played a mix of oldies and soft AC, some Frankie and Dino thrown in for good measure. He did the usual timechecks, temps, traffic, stock prices, calls from listeners etc;.
In the times he talked to me he said that they wanted to put on a show that could take some listeners from WGN, focus on things of interest to people who lived in the areas on the north side and south suburbs that the big stations overlooked. It was a novel idea, unfortunately it never got very far, brokering was much more profitable for WSBC and was always their format. They gave up on the show altogether when they found someone to buy the last unsold hour from 6-7AM. It was originally on from 6-9.
At that time it really gave me the feel of a small town station, in the heart of the city.
I think if Newsweb would have gotten into radio about 10 years sooner than they did, we might have gotten some intersting radio from them. A far cry from what they became.
One thing that I still find odd about the Newsweb operation is when the progressive talk format was coming together, they passed on it and let it go to 950AM. It lasted what, less than a month over there?
It was getting so much media attention at the time, yet Fred with all his stations by that time didn't pick it up right after the dispute with the owners of 950, when it was in the spotlight. Then when he did get it he put on 850 instead of 820, I guess money was still more important at that time than the format??
Also at the time, with 850's weak signal, reception was bad in the south suburbs and Indiana, yet WCFJ had all of prob 5 or 10 listeners, if that, and he refused to simulcast on there. I don't remember anymore where this was being discussed, could have been here or the other Chicago board, maybe the old Radio-Info, people were asking him to add the format to 1470, they refused. Then within a year they moved to the stronger 820 signal and eventually all the "9 FM" signals.
They wouldn't risk the crappy signal of 1470 for the talk format, yet only a couple of years later they give up all their FM's for the format??
Once again, why is radio in the shape it is today? Oh yeah, those kids with those damn phones
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