Fan demand in Chicago led to a schedule adjustment putting Alex back on WCKG in his live time slot.
WCKG’s revamped lineup includes Mancow Muller Sunrise-8am, Dan Patrick 8a-11a, Alex Jones 11a-2p, Mancow Muller Replay 2-6p, and Free Talk Live from 6p-Sign Off.
Chicago listeners are glad to have Alex back LIVE!
WCKG’s Mancow Muller wears the same shirt weekly on his new History Channel Reality series: God, Guns & Automobiles!
July 29, 2013 Chicago, IL
Geoff Pinkus was the first live and local weekday show on AM 1530, WCKG. The “Pinker” (as friends and fans call him), is taking an extended break, and he may or may not return after these messages.
“My daughter is getting married this fall. This is the time to slow things down a bit.”, said Pinkus. “I’m working on taking my MAN DIET to the next level and between that and my media launch of a new e-cigar, it’s a good time to take a break from radio. I have a great relationship with Matt Dubiel (WCKG General Manager) and the other hosts on WCKG though. You never know what’s coming down the road! I’m sure you’ll hear me from time to time, popping in.”
The station has boasted bombastic big names like Mancow Muller, Michael Savage, Alex Jones, sports giant Dan Patrick, and WCKG has promised to focus on an area overlooked by Chicago media: Suburban Chicago.
Much like WSCR in the early days of Sports Talk Radio, WCKG is a day time AM signal which means the station signs on daily at Sunrise and signs off daily at Sunset on 1530 AM. Fortunately for WCKG, people mostly listen to the radio from sunrise to sunset. Much has been said about the demise of print and the challenges of AM radio, but according to Arbitron and various Pew Research studies over 90% of Americans listen to terrestrial radio every week.
1530 WCKG may not reach Orland Park, but it covers all of DuPage County and blankets over 3 Million suburbanites surrounding O’Hare, Oak Brook, Hinsdale, Elmhurst, Naperville, Rosemont, and Downers Grove.
WCKG is the best way for local Suburban businesses in Chicago to reach highly targeted high income potential customers. The average income in DuPage County is $122,000 and WCKG focuses on those listeners. The station is so sure of this, they are offering a dirt cheap “test drive” of WCKG’s advertising programs here.
WCKG ownership and management continue working on bringing WCKG Radio Studios to one of those hot suburbs where residents can witness the magic of radio in person with windows-to-the-world studios much like those of WGN Radio and ESPN Radio (WMVP) in Downtown Chicago.
For now, WCKG is on the hunt for more local programming to showcase the fabulous business leaders, community events and news and views of people who’s voices often get drowned out in the shadows of the Chicago Skyline…Suburbanites in Chicago-land.
In a written statement WCKG General Manager Matt Dubiel had this to say about Pinkus:
“We wish Geoff all the best in everything he does. On a personal level we’ve become friends and I am glad he’s going to be able to soak in and enjoy giving his daughter away and working on projects he has enormous passion for. With the passing of our friend (sports director at WCKG) Johnny Von [Vondruksa] earlier this year, we’ve all made an effort to slow life down an enjoy the little things, which are truly the big things. True to form, The Pinker will continue Livin’ Large, his way.”
Geoff Pinkus’ last show in middays on WCKG will be Tuesday, July 30, 2013 from 11a-1p.
As WCKG moves in a new direction, it sounds as if new shows will be announced soon. Station management is mum about who or what kind of shows those might be.
For the time being, expect the Alex Jones Show back to it’s live airtime of 11am-2pm Weekdays.
Fans and listeners who are eager to support Free Speech and WCKG’s programming may do so here.
I upgraded my Dish Network package just to get the additional channels so I could watch Dan Patrick on NBC Sports Network. Ironically, with this upgrade I get another radio guy’s TV feed in Glenn Beck’s The Blaze.
Glenn Beck is a story for another time though.
AM 1530 WCKG recently added the Dan Patrick Show after losing Michael Savage. It was a gamble to air Mancow, Alex Jones, and DAN PATRICK….but Dan Patrick along with the best sports updates on Chicago radio from WCKG’s Jonny Von have proven to be some of the BEST programming on the air in Chicago.
Not that we’re complaining at WCKG…but it begs the question: Why isn’t WMVP (ESPN’s AM 1000) or WSCR (The Score) in Chicago airing DP’s show?
Their loss is our gain. We’re damn glad to have Dan’s show on WCKG.
The real question is: What do YOU think about the Dan Patrick Show on AM 1530 WCKG?
PLEASE COMMENT BELOW:
Mancow came into Chicago in the early 1990s. He lit up the radio scene. Radio success in Chicago followed. Chicago loves Chicago Radio Stars. Chicago success led to syndication.
Mancow was on top of the world. Then Q101 dropped Mancow’s show in Chicago.
Chicago’s radio star, was no longer on Chicago radio, even though he was broadcasting a radio show daily, mornings, from Chicago. Then came WLS-AM and a new radio show. Mancow worked double duty and did two shows daily.
Then WLS-AM dropped Mancow.
Until AM 1530 WCKG picked up Mancow’s radio show for Mornings AND Afternoons in Suburban Chicago, Mancow was UNHEARD in Chicagoland radio.
What’s developed is a clear change in Muller’s radio show. Phrases like “see” and “look” take on a whole new meaning as Muller refers to things only a handful of those viewing on TV can actually see. The rest of those tuning in on AM 1530 and other stations across the country are left “in the dark” during these visual references.
Other radio shows have been adapted for TV. WCKG’s own Dan Patrick Show is also simulcast on NBC’s Sports Network and Dish Network. Howard Stern’s radio show used to be broadcast on TV as well. Two keys to the success of both shows were the fact they were radio shows first, and TV shows second…and the way they were broadcast on TV fit with the audience they served. The jury is still out as to whether Mancow’s target audience is at home, in front of a TV from 6am-8am Mornings.
Mancow’s own website boasts his TV Show Channel, but makes no mention of his Chicago radio flagship…the station which airs him in morning and afternoon drive…. 1530 WCKG.
Have you noticed a difference in Mancow’s radio show? Do you enjoy the show?
Please leave your comments below.
By ALLISON HORNE – email@example.com
Don’t touch that dial, folks, because there’s a new show in town.
It may have been around since 1974, but the station formerly known as WJJG now is getting a facelift, starting with some famous call letters: WCKG. When General Manager Matt Dubiel took over the Elmhurst station in October 2011, he set out to develop a fresh direction. With more than 2.8 million people within the WCKG AM 1530 signal, and 30,000 online listeners per month, Dubiel realized the station had a niche it needed to focus on — the suburbs….
With WCKG one of the few stations based inside DuPage County, Dubiel sees its advantages: location, listeners and a need for something local and relevant. Dubiel is still fine-tuning the big changes. From a possible new location to brand new shows, he says WCKG aims to cater to area businesses and suburban listeners.
What’s new for WCKG?
Changing the call letters shined up the station, but there are a couple of things that are key for us. We got all new equipment that improves the quality of the station, and we put it at full power. We weren’t operating at full power before. Our website is in tip-top shape too, so our online presence is there. Mancow Muller is a Chicago radio show in the morning that’s syndicated, but it’s local. He’s someone people know. He lets us get our feet off the ground. We’re trying to add more local shows, like ‘The Geoff Pinkus Show.’ He’s live and local from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (weekdays). The next phase of programming lineup changes is to add another show.
What are you trying to do and what’s next?
We’re working on finding a home for the studios in a main street, high traffic, suburban area so people can see, hear and experience the magic of radio in a community way. It would be right in the heart of the action. We’re looking at a handful of suburbs including downtown Elmhurst, Naperville and Rosemont. I’ve considered that we need to be in a place that fits for the people and the businesses around us. Towns that have a nice downtown area like Downers Grove, Hinsdale and Elmhurst would be great. I imagine regular folks walking by, sitting in on radio shows, and creating a great opportunity for the community.
Some say Alex Jones “lost it” on CNN. The WCKG talk radio host was invited to CNN’s New York studios to be on the low rated Piers Morgan show. Alex made news online via Matt Drudge’s DrudgeReport.com on his way to NYC when the TSA gave Jones a little hassle at the Austin airport. CNN asked Jones to be on because Alex Jones started a petition to have Piers Morgan deported for calling for a ban on guns, or gun control.
The drama didn’t stop there. Alex unleashed the furry on Piers Morgan for nearly two solid segments. It’s a miracle he made it to the end of the first segment. Alex Jones followed up his CNN appearance with a much more reserved and mellow video from his hotel room. Alex expresses fear for his life based on his spirited performance on CNN.
Following Alex Jones, Piers had Alan Dershowitz on who suggested Alex Jones was an example of why guns need to be controlled. Alex Jones is a known 9/11 truth movement believer and this is another issue Piers mentioned to discredit Jones and present him as “unhinged”. Alex clearly was fired up….do YOU think he “showed them” or do you think he helped prove Piers’ point?
Leave your comments below.