I listened a few times. Props for reinventing himself. He was OK. The biggest issue with WLS-AM is the commercial load, being on the AM band and not having an FM counterpart and last but not least, not having a direction. Pick your path. Left, Right or Center. This mish mosh is a joke.
Concerning Rush, he was one of a kind, whether you loved or hated him. There was no middle ground. Dan needs to finds way and people need to realize, he is not Rush.