It's been on WGN Radio. It's made the message board circuit. Now, as promised, here are some of the e-mail responses to Dave Gathman's WGN column, "WGN: A loving radio family turns into angry arguers."
Nice work, Dave.
Program Director | WGN Radio
Thank you for mentioning my name in your column about WGN. It's so nice to be remembered.
It's truly sad to see what they're doing to a once great radio station.
Obviously, I'm happy to be retired.
(NOTE: A former WGN newsman, now residing in the Elgin area.)
Dear Dave Gathman,
Thank you for so eloquently expressing the feelings my husband and I have about the changes at WGN-AM.
We have listened to all the "oldies but goodies" that you mention and we have become increasingly distraught at the new programming. For years, WGN was the background to our breakfasts, with interesting and often amusing topics put forth by commentators we felt we knew intimately--Wally Phillips, Bob Collins, Spike O'Dell and Kathy and Judy. Of late, the only ones we appreciated were Steve Cochran (gone) and John Williams (and even he has gradually moved into the assertive and annoying mode that characterizes the "new" format.)
The notion of infuriating the audience to increase viewers, raise ratings and revenue is lost on us...but then we are in the less-desirable senior demographic, not what WGN is interested in. Any suggestions for a substitute--one that doesn't turn our morning cup of Joe into a bitter brew?
Read more reader responses, add your own, after the jump.