Monday, June 15, 2009

Greg Jarrett lands at WGN as morning man

Greg Jarrett, who had been at KGO-AM for 16 years until he was laid off in January, has landed at one of the nation's most powerful news-talk stations, WGN Chicago, where he will be doing the morning drive shift solo.

"I have always wanted to work in Chicago," Jarrett said in the station's announcement. "When I first started in radio at age 17, we would sit around late at night and listen to WGN. It was the ideal, the place to work. WGN Radio connects Chicagoans to each other and the rest of the world. It is an honor to now be part of that process.”

Like KGO, WGN has been doing news-talk for years and is one of that market's leading stations. WGN is owned by Tribune Co, which owns the Chicago Tribune, and here is that paper's story about Jarrett's arrival. (Photo credit: WGN)

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jarrett shouldn't feel too comfortable. WGN gave the guy he's replacing 6 months to boost ratings. Chicago also thinks they're getting a successful San Francisco talk show host. Uhh that wouldn't be correct.

Anonymous said...

What many readers may not realize is that almost anyone would have been an improvement over John Williams (the guy Jarrett replaces after less than 6 months).

As a long-time WGN listener, I can tell you that Jarrett -- after just one broadcast -- has returned much of the class and interesting ambience to the WGN morning time slot that Wally Phillips, Bob Collins and Spike O'Dell sustained for more than 40 years.

bill powell said...

Wgn is rearranging the charis on the titanic.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the comment about his returning class to the morning time slot, I wholeheartedly agree! He reminds me a little of Spike, wants to learn, even had an astronaut on today. Hurray!!

Anonymous said...

I jsut miss Spike. Sure wish he would reconsider and return to 'GN!

Anonymous said...

While I never cared much for Spike O'Dells "Aw' shucks" humor, Greg Jarrett actually makes me miss him. Spike at least would do his homework in preparing questions for Paul Green. The first time I heard Greg Jarrett with Prof. Green, he led with a question about Michael Jackson. The "hour" of Paul Green on Wednesdays breaks down to about 6-7 minutes of Paul with constant interruptions by Greg Jarrett. If you notice, he never misses an opportunity to say his name. This, it's never "Paul Green" but "Greg Jarrett WITH Paul Green".

The more I listen to Jarrett, the more he comes off as a self-centered boor. His show is no fun. I feel like I am getting lectured every time I turn it on.

This is the last straw for me. Goodbye WGN.

Anonymous said...

Jarrett doesn't add too much to the morning air waves in Chicago. He certainly isn't showing any signs of originality. There seems to be some signs of desparation -- he's doing segments that former WGN broadcasters did - Spike's talks with Paul Green, Kathy & Judy's "speak your piece", etc. He is too reliant on his west coast connections to fill up air time. I find myself turning the station in the morning.

Anonymous said...

he doesn't stay on topic. brings things up and never allows the "public" to further discuss them..isn't that the meaning to talk radio?? bring on a local guy..garry meier?? he is great..

Anonymous said...

I really agree with 2 quotes from above:

"While I never cared much for Spike O'Dells "Aw' shucks" humor, Greg Jarrett actually makes me miss him."

"The more I listen to Jarrett, the more he comes off as a self-centered boor. His show is no fun. I feel like I am getting lectured every time I turn it on."

No wonder he was laid off in S.F. How did we wind up with this guy? He's actually a boor AND a bore.