Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Defender scoops Sun-Times on WVON/Riles

Today, September 6, 2006, Robert Feder of the Sun-Times reports that WVON-AM has named Jerry Riles as its program director:

Jerry Riles, producer of Cliff Kelley's morning show at WVON-AM (1450), has been promoted to program director of the Midway Broadcasting African-American talk station. The appointment comes just two weeks before WVON moves up the dial to 1690 AM and expands to 24-hour broadcasting.

Riles previously was an executive producer at CBS Radio sports/talk WSCR-AM (670) and a reporter for Shadow Broadcast Services in Milwaukee.

It should be noted however that the Chicago Defender reported this on Friday, August 25:

Riles named program director of new WVON

by Demetrius Patterson, Chicago Defender
August 25, 2006

Jerry Riles, producer of "The Cliff Kelley Show," has been named program director for the new 24-hour WVON-Am/1690 radio station.

Click here for story.

On Tuesday, August 22, 2006 Feder delivered this item:

Ty Wansley, veteran radio news anchor and talk show host, is a leading contender for the new program director job at WVON-AM (1450). The Midway Broadcasting black talk station expands to 24-hour operation and moves up the dial to 1690 next month.

Too bad he got it wrong. Granted Feder has been on vacation since his August 22, column but its always refreshing when a small African American paper beats the mainstream press to the punch. Kudos to the Chicago Defender!

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