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Todd Stroger to join Maze Jackson on WVON

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

* Love him or hate him, more Chicago politicos talk about Maze Jackson’s morning show than just about anyone else. Press release…

Midway Broadcasting Corporation announced that former president of the Cook County Board, Todd Stroger has signed on as the co-host of the Maze Jackson Morning Show effective immediately. The show airs weekdays from 6am-9am on WVON 1690AM, Chicago’s premier Urban Talk radio station.

Stroger is a life-long Chicagoan with a name that is synonymous with local politics. He has served as a state representative, alderman and as president of the Cook County Board, which is the second largest county in the nation, a seat previously held by Todd’s father, John Stroger, who was a stalwart in the Democratic Party.

He joins an elite list of former politicians-turned- talk- show hosts, who’ve built second careers in the media industry including former Alderman Edward Vrdolyak, Congressman Joe Walsh, and WVON’s Cliff Kelley, who retired in March from the station. Stroger has sat in regularly as a guest host with Jackson.

Midway Broadcasting’s Chairwoman, Melody Spann Cooper says, “Todd joining the team is a no- brainer in a town where politics is a second sport. I’m excited about what we are doing with talk radio in this town right now, and Maze and Todd are so much a part of it.” In addition to politics, The Maze Jackson Morning Show with Todd Stroger will continue to deliver special features, and local and national newsmakers and celebrities.

The Talk of Chicago has established itself as Chicago’s premier content provider. For more than 56 years, the station has been considered one of the most credible and highly-respected media institutions in the nation providing an interactive forum for its vast listening audience to discuss social, economic and political issues that impact the African-American community. - MG Media

* Feder

The last time WVON appeared in a Nielsen Audio survey, its morning show tied for 39th place with a 0.3 percent share and cumulative weekly audience of 33,600.

* Also from Feder

Another former Chicago alderman, Cliff Kelley, stepped down in March after 25 years as a talk show host at WVON. His interim replacement from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays is the team of Matt McGill and Kimberley Egonmwan.

I was on that show the other day and they were a delight…



- Posted by Rich Miller        

14 Comments
  1. - Annonin' - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 12:59 pm:

    Why do it “rarely”? You have a face that is perfectly suited for the medium :)


  2. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 1:02 pm:

    ===He joins an elite list of former politicians-turned- talk- show hosts,===

    I’m not sure “elite” is the best word to use there, but probably sounds better than “infamous.”


  3. - City Zen - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 1:17 pm:

    Get lost with the “Toddler n’ The Maze.”

    Mornings on WVON.


  4. - A guy - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 1:21 pm:

    ==Todd joining the team is a no- brainer===

    Never was anything more true if you stop the sentence right there.


  5. - wordslinger - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 1:33 pm:

    –Chicago politicos talk about Maze Jackson’s morning show than just about anyone else. –

    That’s some self-contained silo, considering this:

    –The last time WVON appeared in a Nielsen Audio survey, its morning show tied for 39th place with a 0.3 percent share and cumulative weekly audience of 33,600.–

    What’s in it for the radio listening people (WIIFTRLP)? Not much, apparently.


  6. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 1:34 pm:

    word, as I tell potential advertisers when they ask, it’s not how many people visit the blog, it’s who.


  7. - Grand Avenue - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 1:37 pm:

    Todd Stroger’s life got a lot better when he turned 55 last year because it means he started to get his State Rep/Alderman/County President pension. Godspeed on the new endeavor.


  8. - Donnie Elgin - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 1:43 pm:

    I guess that means Maze is out of the running to be appointed to fill the Melissa Conyears-Ervin seat.


  9. - Henry Francis - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 1:48 pm:

    ===He joins an elite list of former politicians-turned- talk- show hosts,===

    2 of the 3 did time. The other almost did when his unpaid child support exceeded $100k. And are Walsh and Fast Eddie considered “elite” by Maze’s listeners?


  10. - lake county democrat - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 1:55 pm:

    kinda like how Morning Joe is more valuable to advertisers than even its demo ratings reflect - all the beltway movers/shakers are watching.


  11. - The Joker - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 2:20 pm:

    @Annonin’

    If you’re good at something, never do it for free.


  12. - GateHome Corporate Comms - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 2:23 pm:

    “…it’s not how many people visit the blog, it’s who.”

    This business concept makes zero sense to us. Fake news!


  13. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 2:35 pm:

    I watched Maze on a City Club panel, and he seemed fine, but his writings and blog, oof. He is a poor writer, and I don’t think he understands the danger of his rhetoric.


  14. - Sonny - Wednesday, May 15, 19 @ 3:51 pm:

    Definitely a hate him - he’s a homophobe and firebrand who peddles gossip and innuendo. Don’t listen. Wont ever.


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