WGN Radio announces Roe Conn to afternoons, Saturday lineup changes

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Station to hold live blog Q&A at 2:00pm
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WGN Radio today announced changes to its programming lineup that adds Chicago radio vet Roe Conn to afternoons and moves John Williams to a powerful Saturday lineup. WGN Radio VP of Content & Programming Todd Manley will host a live blog Q&A at 2pm on wgnplus.com to address questions and comments regarding the moves. Listeners can submit their questions via text to 312-521-8600, Twitter at @wgnradio #askwgn or Facebook at facebook.com/wgnradio.

Effective January 26, the Steve Cochran show will air from 5-9am. The Bill and Wendy show moves to 9am-12pm while Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano continue “The Business Lunch” from 12-1 and their 1-3pm shift. Roe Conn will host afternoon drive from 3-7pm. The evening and overnight shows remain the same.

“Roe craves what’s behind the curtain of breaking news,” said Todd Manley. “He’s a master of investigative conversation, so you’ll learn and you’ll laugh.” Noting that Conn’s show will also feature WGN-TV’s Tom Skilling and Mark Suppelsa, Manley said, “We’re building an even stronger bridge between our radio journalists at the Tribune Tower and the incomparable newsroom at WGN-TV.”

January 31 highlights John Williams’ move to Saturdays and a lineup laden with WGN Radio legendary hosts. Expanded to a sixth day, “The Business Lunch” will follow Kathy & Judy from 12-1pm. Host Steve Bertrand will offer market analysis and feature Chicago’s business innovators. “The World of John Williams” will air from 1-3pm and will integrate with mobile app urVibe, a news- polling social platform that he developed. “The Beat,” a dedicated sports show hosted by Jarrett Payton, Connor McKnight and Adam Hoge, will air 3-7pm.

Explaining Williams’ move, Manley stated, “Two shows in two cities – five days a week – is just too much for someone who crafts talk the way John does and WCCO has first rights to John.”

Conn started his career in 1986 and became a staple in the Chicago radio market. After stints as a producer for personalities like Don Vogel and Walter Jacobson, Conn began his 25-year run at WLS-AM in 1989 and became a fixture in the afternoon drive spot. He expanded his broadcasting career to include television work in 2011 on ABC’s “Windy City Live,” where he continues to serve as a regular contributor. Conn remains actively involved in numerous charitable causes, including the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and the USO of Illinois.