Longtime overnight team at WGN Radio out Friday
By TINA SFONDELES Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org December 5, 2011 8:40AM
Steve King and Johnnie Putman
Updated: January 7, 2012 8:06AM
Longtime WGN-AM (720) radio overnight co-hosts Steve King and Johnnie Putman are ending their 26-year run.
Their final show will air Friday. The married duo made the announcement early Monday on the air.
It’s the latest on-air shakeup at WGN. Last week, the station named Jonathon Brandmeier its new morning man and released Greg Jarrett.
Putman said she asked WGN program director Bill White and Vice President/General Manager Tom Langmyer if the layoff was ratings related, “and they said, without hesitation, ‘If we could right now we’d sign you to a 10-year contract.’ ”
Current fill-in host Bill Leff will succeed King and Putman starting Monday on the midnight-to-5:30 a.m. shift.
The final “Steve & Johnnie” show will feature a retrospective of their careers at the station.
King and Putman said they’ve already fielded another e-mail offer from a local program director and are “keeping the door open” to doing future guest spots on WGN. They also have a book project and television show in the works.
Contributing: Mike Thomas