WGN Radio has abandoned the idea of trying to find a permanent home for its Radio Walk of Fame plaques, according to Roger Feder.
Management announced that they will instead offer the plaques to the inductees themselves.
“While we hoped to find a suitable place to display the plaques when we realized that the honorees would rather be in possession of them, we felt it would be a more fitting tribute to grant their request,” said station vice president and general manager Mary Sandberg Boyle.
The WGN Radio Walk of Fame was created as a promotional gimmick about seven years ago.
The plaques ended up at the station’s transmitter site in a northwest suburb of Chicago following the sale of the station in 2018.
WGN sales promotion coordinator Marlene Wells, who was inducted into the Walk of Fame in 2019, reportedly keeps her plaque in her garden at home.
Ryan Hedrick works for WIBC in Indianapolis as a Morning News Anchor/Digital Content Producer. Prior to moving to Indy, he served as Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. His career also includes stints at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA, Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and WIBW-AM in Topeka KS where he earned the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.
Dan Bongino: Best Thing Radio Hosts Can Do is Make An Announcement About An Announcement
“Honestly folks, if you’re in this business long enough, one of the best things you can do, if you ever get in it, is make an announcement about an announcement.”
Dan Bongino has teased an announcement for his syndicated radio show and joked that’s the best thing he can do as a host.
During The Dan Bongino Show Wednesday, the host pitched that he would announce details on the future of the program on Thursday.
“I got some cool news for you tomorrow. ‘Well, why are you telling us today?’ Because I can’t say anything today but I definitely will say something tomorrow. And I just want you all to know, because I love you all,” said Bongino. “And I just want you to know we got a pretty cool announcement. I mean nothing like bananas or anything, but if you’re interested in this show, and you like everything that’s going on, you’re probably gonna like this, too. Lots of good stuff.”
Dan Bongino then joked that he’s keenly aware that he’s announcing that he has an announcement, but that’s one of the best things you can do as a radio host.
“Honestly folks, if you’re in this business long enough, one of the best things you can do, if you ever get in it, is make an announcement about an announcement. You know why? Here’s the apple,” Bongino said as he mimicked the sound of eating an apple. “You get it? You can make an announcement about an announcement…There is a real reason I can’t get away but it’s pretty cool. And I hope you like it.”
Bill Handel: Ken Chiampou Retirement ‘Big, Big Hit to KFI’
According to KFI, John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou are the longest-running duo in talk radio history.
KFI AM-640 host Ken Chiampou is in his final week hosting the station’s early afternoon show before he retires. Morning host Bill Handel shared his sentiments on the longtime host Tuesday.
John and Ken are airing a series of tributes to Chiampou throughout the week, and Tuesday, Handel shared that the loss of the radio host is a big one for the iHeartMedia station.
“Frankly, it’s a big, big hit to KFI. Obviously, you’ve been a huge part, not only of the radio station, but of talk shows all over the country,” Handel said. “Everybody knows who you are. Even though I hate to say this — because that’s not how I role — you are going to be missed. And it’s kind of a nice feeling to end a career the way you are doing, leaving at the high end of your career.”
According to KFI, John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou are the longest-running duo in talk radio history. The pair have been working together since 1988, when they joined 1400 WOND in Atlantic City, NJ, after leaving competing stations in Elmira, NY.
Hugh Hewitt: I Will Never Discuss Colleagues On the Air
“It is professional courtesy and I extend it to all my collegaues, present and past.”
Hugh Hewitt welcomed author Tim Alberta to his Salem Radio Network morning show Wednesday to promote Alberta’s recent book. However, there was a point of contention about how the interview would be conducted.
While promoting that he’d appear with Hewitt, Alberta shared that he had agreed not to discuss Eric Metaxas and Charlie Kirk — Hewitt’s Salem Radio Network colleagues — during the interview, despite being prominent figures in his book The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism.
“I agreed to keep his Salem Radio colleagues, Charlie Kirk & Eric Metaxas, whose radicalism I document in detail, out of this conversation,” Alberta wrote in a post to X.
Hugh Hewitt followed that post up by pointing out the condition for Alberta to appear on the program and not talk about Salem Radio Network hosts isn’t a new policy for the longtime radio host.
“In the interests of accuracy, (Tim Alberta), on air I told you I don’t discuss colleagues from (NBC), (The Washington Post), or (Salem Media Group) on air and that therefore we wouldn’t be discussing Charlie or Eric, and you agreed to my groundrules,” Hewitt wrote. “It is a rule set for every interview with every author and guest for all three platforms. It is professional courtesy and I extend it to all my collegaues, present and past.”