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WGN Radio Resurrects Garry Meier

By April 3, 2009

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WGN-AM/Chicago has hired Garry Meier to do the early afternoon slot between 1 - 4 p.m. Meier begins his new gig today (4/3/09). Phil Rosenthal has a good article on Meier in the Chicago Tribune.

Meier told Rosenthal: "This is all I know, so believe me, I'm very happy to be back and I think you'll see that in my work..."

Meier had been WLS-AM's afternoon co-host from 2 - 6 p.m. from 1996 until early January, 2004. Then Meier's Chicago radio career came to a screeching halt when extended negotiations did not result in a new contract with the station. He was pulled off the air a month before his contract was up.

After that he did a brief stint in 2007 doing early evenings at WCKG-FM. A format change scuttled that.

More: Profile of Garry Meier

Comments
April 4, 2009 at 12:32 am
(1) Devon says:

Long over due.Welcome back Garry!

April 5, 2009 at 12:33 am
(2) michele says:

GREAT NEWS I’ll be listening every day from 1-4.

April 6, 2009 at 8:05 pm
(3) karen says:

we missed you. welcome back.

April 13, 2009 at 7:28 pm
(4) Liz says:

Sorry, not a fan. You are not WGN material. I turn to WBBM as soon as I hear your grating voice. Go back to FM.

April 15, 2009 at 10:34 am
(5) mary ann sullivan says:

I am so glad to have Garry back. I imagine its is because e loves to talk about things that relate to me…. growing up It is a touch of spring for radio

April 20, 2009 at 8:00 pm
(6) Mary Lou Strick says:

Congratulations to WGN for bringing Gary Meier back on radio. Missed you Gary. I stopped listening to the last station you were on when you left. Welcome!

April 21, 2009 at 2:54 pm
(7) Judy Rauch says:

Boy do you guys know how to insult . No Susan Boyle isn’t good looking but her voice is great I would hope that she goes a long way if you had your way and your callers had their way she should just crawl under her rock . I’m disppoint in you and some of your listeners like you are all movie stars.Thats what is wrong with this world you can not enjoy a beautiful voice some talk show has to make a big deal about your looks well I guess tho your job is pointless at least you have a job.

April 21, 2009 at 2:56 pm
(8) maureen says:

can’t stand him…turn right to WLS when he comes on… i am not a young male and he is manic and repeats, repeats, repeats…
big mistake WGN

April 21, 2009 at 3:57 pm
(9) jo ann says:

Gary, When you did Williams show – thought the sound of your voice was just a tone better then on the afternoon show – don’t know how all that works…. maybe you were closer to the mic ? All I know is that you sounded exastly LIKE YOU USE TO on the radio – just wanted to tell you that – it may be something useful – don’t know and also
wanted to say it is good to hear your voice any which way back on the radio. Thanks
Jo Ann

April 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm
(10) sark boyajian says:

Dear Garry, Alice and I welcome you back to your town (West Pullman). If I had my Aerial banner company I would do this around chicago.
The Armenians all say Hi!!
Sark Boyajian

April 22, 2009 at 7:01 pm
(11) JIM BIVER says:

GARY;
KNOWN YOU SINCE YOU WERE A SKUM -BAG -WORMY IDIOT! WHAT DOES MAYOR DALY DO WITH THAT $126 MIL. OF EASY MONEY FROM MIDWAY???
STIR THE POT!!!I’M GONNA LOVE IT! THANKS!
JIM SO. BEND.

April 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm
(12) joe says:

I’ve never really listened to you before.SoI can’t say welcome back.But,I really like your show.

April 23, 2009 at 9:37 am
(13) joe kovarik says:

I’ve been a WGN radio’er ever since Howard Miller – - maybe even before that. And I’m here to tell ya that the likes of Gary Meier does not belong on a premier station like WGN . That’s OK , I guess , I’ll just switch over to WIND or WLS .
Thank you for allowing me to vent my anti Gary feelings .

April 24, 2009 at 5:48 am
(14) Richard Schneider says:

I can’t believe the negative comments on Garry Meier. I always hated WGN, now I listen to Garry as often as possiable! Don’t waste your time listening to that nerdy/winny Roe Cann, I stopped right after Garry left.

April 24, 2009 at 5:00 pm
(15) FRANCESCA says:

WELCOME BACK. I NO LONGER LISTEN TO WLS. THE FIRST DAY YOU CAME BACK, I FOUND THAT I COULD NO LONGER LISTEN TO ROE. HIS VOICE BECAME TOTALLY ANNOYING. THIS IS A WIN-WIN FOR WGN !!!

April 24, 2009 at 8:46 pm
(16) Tim says:

Meier stinks. His best day are behind him. Take him off of WGN before he sinks the station. He is not ‘GN material. Tribune company must be looking for the cheapest personnel since they’re in bankruptcy. Hope no-one is getting a bonus for signing this talentless hack!

May 1, 2009 at 12:36 pm
(17) Betty says:

I used to love to listen to WGN in the afternoon. Now I only listen to the cub’s games. Garry Meier is terrible and his sidekick who imitates Ron Santo is horrible. I will listen to Steve Cochran on my way home; however, cannot stand his theme song and have to turn the radio off when it comes on.

May 3, 2009 at 11:16 pm
(18) bARBARA says:

I’ve been listening to WGN since I was 11 yrs. old..I’ll be 62 this month. I only change radio stations when Gary Meier comes on…he doesn’t fit in and I won’t listen. Randy Miller is more fun, original, and the quality of WGN’s radio hosts. I listen from early a.m. to 1pm, then wait for Steve Cochran….Gary can go “bye-bye”……don’t let WGN’s radio reputation slide down hill…

May 6, 2009 at 1:07 pm
(19) Judy says:

I will never listen again!!

May 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm
(20) mary lou says:

I will not listen to wgn during this time slot. I have been a faithful listener,but not any more. Things are c
hanging on this station and they are not good.

May 17, 2009 at 1:14 am
(21) lunchbreak says:

Gary is so fun to listen to on lunch hour escape
from the rat race!

May 18, 2009 at 7:05 pm
(22) John Gaudio says:

The debut of Garry Meier on WGN. The best thing for WLS-FM between 1 and 4 every day.

May 19, 2009 at 11:05 am
(23) Bonnie says:

I will not listen to that idot, Garry Meier. I listen to a different station during that time slot. He makes Jerry Springer look like a gem! The sound of his voice is like nails scratching a chalkboard! I can’t imagine the thinking behind this choice…was there any (thinking)?

May 20, 2009 at 2:45 pm
(24) Terri says:

I was flipping through stations and what a pleasant surprise….I thought, I know that’s Garry Meier! I listened when you were with Roe Conn..but I will definitely turn the dial now. So glad to hear you’re back on the air.

May 21, 2009 at 11:46 am
(25) Maria says:

I love GM on GN. I look forward to the afternoon to hear his program. My 20 year old daughter is now a WGN fan thanks to Gary Meier. I tell everyone to listen to him because he tells is like it is and cracks me up.

May 22, 2009 at 11:46 pm
(26) roger says:

WGN’s new direction: Gary Meier is in, Kathy and Judy are out. The new direction is DOWN, DOWN, DOWN. What a bunch of idiots are running this joint.

May 23, 2009 at 1:35 am
(27) Kathie says:

Maybe it was just me, but I could already tell back in Dec. when Spike retired, that the station was headed in a different direction, as they say. I feel many WGN fans are going to look in a different direction also. I listened because it felt like family, since I was 9 yo. I am 57 now. I don’t want to hear people YELL at each other.
Thanks but no thanks to Gary.
WGN had a style that the average person liked.
PLEASE don’t mess with John & Steve, also.
Nick was your edgy guy, and enough to be enjoyable. After all these yrs. I will most likely switch to Public Radio. THEY DON’T YELL AT ME.

May 23, 2009 at 8:05 am
(28) carolyn breakville says:

I’VE LISTENED TO WGN FOR 20 PLUS YEARS. WAS SAD TO HAVE SPIKE LEAVE, MAY NOT AGREE WITH KATHY AND JUDY,BUT ALWAYS LISTENED, ENJOYED JOHN W. AND STEVE. BUT GIVEN THE NEW ROAD GN IS TRAVELING I AM LOOKING FOR A NEW STATION. ATTITUDES IN THIS LIFE ARE ALREADY TROUBLESOME…I SURE DON’T NEED TO BRING IT INTO MY HOME. SO SORRY THE STATION IS CHANGING.

May 23, 2009 at 6:12 pm
(29) emma says:

I’ve loaded up my car with CDs. After 60 years of loyalty to WGN, I cannot stand how the quality of your on-air people has dropped, especially in the afternoon. My radio is no longer set to 720. I’ll be listening when the Cubs play…or are they the next to go????? (And how dare your new hire used Ron Santo to try and boost his ratings? Sleaze personified.)

May 23, 2009 at 10:25 pm
(30) jjsaluki says:

I am a little stunned by what is going on at WGN. WGN is an institution and now it seems headed towards some hip new format idea that will last months instead of decades. Who was the idiot that decided that this was good idea? WGNs ratings are about to tank and sponsors will run away from everything, but the Cubs games. I will click over to John Williams in the morning, Lou M on the weekends, but they’ll probably be replaced by some Rush Limbaugh clones or talentless jerks. What I liked about WGN and what set it apart was it’s willingness to not go negative. If I want negative I will turn on WLS, or listen to the news on WBBM.

May 24, 2009 at 2:19 am
(31) Kathy and Bob Lifka says:

My grandparents, my parents, myself and my siblings all listened to WGN for many years because of the high quality of conversation and topics. The personalities felt like family. However, as with the Tribune, the station is going the way of the advertising dollars rather than with the support of loyal listeners. What a shame that money is more important than the listeners. Look out John Williams,Steve Cochran, Milt Rosenberg, Dean Richards, Orion and Max, your jobs won’t be around long because you are too classy for the new WGN.

May 24, 2009 at 11:49 am
(32) nannette mattichio says:

WGN is now the station of insult, inane conversation. The withdrawal of the Kathy and Judy show and the addition of the afternoon radio host were big mistakes. Management started making mistakes when they hire the evening host. What a loser—always talking down about his girlfriend. Sure glad I have a great collection of cd’s and public radio to listen to.

Disgusted!!

May 24, 2009 at 3:56 pm
(33) Gerry says:

How dumb cancelling the girls and bringing in that dumber than a stone Gary Meier (sp?) He’s loud and thick upstairs. It’s time to evaluate WGN’s leaders and dump a few to save money and THATS what it was all about.

May 25, 2009 at 7:41 pm
(34) HSD says:

I am stunned!!!
I cannot imagine in what “direction” WGN is heading – other than South! Gary Meier is not at all intellectually interesting…he is boorish. Kathy and Judy were funny, intellectual, entertaining and, in my house, the main reason our radio dial was set on 720.
It seems that it is time to “switch the dial”.
HSD

May 25, 2009 at 11:12 pm
(35) chris says:

definitely not a fan…wbbm has my attention now at least until cochran is on…no kathy and judy either….wgn needs a stimulus

May 26, 2009 at 1:50 pm
(36) John says:

I agree with all of you above who say that WGN is going DOWN. It takes no brains to raise the panic level about everything little thing in the news. The News Junkie is worried about the “numbing down” of America — guess what? He’s one of the new “dumbing down” folks on WGN now. There must ne real money in that!

May 26, 2009 at 3:44 pm
(37) Sue says:

What has happened to WGN??? First Spike, now Kathy & Judy. I am from Wisconsin and for 25 years I have listed to WGN, but no more. The guy in the afternoon, Gary Maier is most irrating!

May 26, 2009 at 8:16 pm
(38) Milly says:

Gerrie Meier is a wanna-b-shoack jock and in that he even fails.If you want this station to fail(I think you do)keep cancelling the really talented people and get more like him.
I will not listen to wgn any longer and I am in the age bracket that buys the sponsors products. Milly

May 26, 2009 at 11:12 pm
(39) Bill says:

I am very disappointed in the hiring of Gary Meier. He sounds like a Don Imus without brains. Now that Kathy and Judy are no longer on the air I have switched to other radio stations. Good bye WGN.

May 27, 2009 at 12:12 am
(40) Dennis says:

Gary Meier does not belong on GN. What is going on at GN? First Spike, then Kathy & Judy. Who’s next Milt,Steve & Johnnie? What are you people doing?

May 27, 2009 at 1:52 pm
(41) Mary says:

Since I agree that WGN is longer worried about its long time listeners I am ready for a change. What station is being recommended??? Maybe GN will get the hint!!!

May 28, 2009 at 10:42 am
(42) Bonnie in Rockford says:

I can’t stand Gary and his always negative opinions. He has always been a butt and over the years he hasn’t changed. Besides the out dated hair style I can’t stand too look at him or listen to him and now without the girls WGN 720 is no longer the house radio station.

Good bye WNG

May 29, 2009 at 10:56 am
(43) Mary says:

When one of the new hosts introduced Orion Samuelson as “Oh-rye-un” that says it all. Tradition is gone from WGN; I do not want to be yelled at. I want pleasant conversation from people who were like on-air family. YOu want the younger crowd and are throwing away the long-time listeners. Good luck with that strategy.

May 30, 2009 at 6:02 pm
(44) Ruth says:

Shame, shame on you WGN! The reason WLS said adios to Garry was that he thought he was “Top Banana” but he will always be a “Second Fiddle.” He just can’t keep a good conversation going and if you bother to listen, he’s definately not very smart! It’s back to WLS for me….

May 31, 2009 at 12:42 am
(45) Long time talk-radio fan says:

I agree with the person who said that Garry is a Second Fiddle. He’s always been from way back! The only reason I tolerate him is because Chicago Radio has changed so much in the past 2 years, and I need my “fix”.
Where do we get the “ratings pager thing” and who is controlling the ratings out there?
Sign me up, I would gladly wear it to make a difference here in Chicago. There is nothing like radio in Chicago both talk and music choices of all genres!

May 31, 2009 at 11:14 am
(46) Doris Allen says:

Please keep Gary Meier on radio. I have loved him since way back.

June 1, 2009 at 12:14 am
(47) Charles H. says:

Great to hear Garry back on his 50,000 watt blowtorch.Someone who tell’s it like it is and let’s the lisenter’s have their say.Tired of all the politcal talk show’s,on the left and right blabbering on for hour’s why we should support their crooked politician rather than the other partie’s crooked politician’s.

June 2, 2009 at 10:47 am
(48) Jerry says:

Wgn; what have you done? I have been a loyal listener since Bob Collens but no more. In todays times I don’t need the negative blabber from your 1to4host. I am now a part time listener. Also, your new 9 to 12 slot doesn’t make me happy either. Bye WGN.

June 2, 2009 at 11:03 am
(49) Tom Scorby says:

After years of loyalty as a WGN listener, I have switched all my radios to NPR. The addition of Gary Meier, was bad enough, and then to follow that poor decision with the cancellation of the Kathy and Judy show was the last straw. Gary Meier has never ever been funny, and seems uncomfortable in his own skin, and unable to establish a report with virtually everyone he speaks with. I still really like John Williams, but can’t take three minutes of good conversation, interrupted by countless minutes of news, traffic, sports, and endless commercials.

June 4, 2009 at 3:49 pm
(50) lou says:

WGN is taking a turn to the right and i think that stinks. The republicans have enough control over radio in Chicago. I hope that people can still think for themselves and find someplace else to get info from.

June 5, 2009 at 10:52 pm
(51) craig says:

Great to see Garry back!Chicago talk radio has become pathetic. The right wing psychopaths at WGOP(WLS)are just not listenable. More of the same at WIND. An earlier post mentioned Bob Collins; I still miss his show.

June 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm
(52) nick says:

gm and program director get your head out of your ass

June 8, 2009 at 11:43 pm
(53) david says:

Wow! I’ve lisened to ‘GN since Bob Collins, Roy Leonard, Wally Phillips; I still enjoy Max Armstrong, Orien Samuelson, John Williams, Steve Cochran. What a shame Kathy and Judy have been cancelled! They always were interesting and entertaining, even educational. I don’t like their replacement at all; nor I do care for that Meyer character. WGN has really hit the skids! Too bad; you were always such a high-quality station; not any more. At least you still have the cubs.

June 9, 2009 at 3:31 pm
(54) Bill Brunswick says:

How in the world did tis guy land a gig at WGN? He has the intellect of a box of rocks. That does not stop him from spewing his confused opinions about everything. I give him six months tops. Where is Steve Dahl?

June 12, 2009 at 10:07 am
(55) Pat B says:

WGN just isn’t the same anymore. I used to keep it on all my radios all over the house and in the car. Now I listen only when I know I’ll still get good programming. since the departure of K & J, where is the “female voice”!?

June 15, 2009 at 10:39 am
(56) Paul says:

Wgn has lost my trust. The changes to the right wing complainers of government are forcing me to change the dial. Garry and this other new guy are not right for WGN. Thank you for at least keeping Steve and John so I can get a few hours of good talk radio each day.

June 16, 2009 at 9:35 am
(57) Nancy says:

I have been listening to WGN Radio in WI since 1975 after leaving Chgo. If you think replacing Kathy & Judy can be done you are so wrong. Where did you ever find Gary…what a dissapointment for you and me. He is all mouth and nothing interesting comes out. Help or I am out of here.

June 16, 2009 at 11:03 am
(58) Michelle says:

Here is an idea…..John Williams, Kathy and Judy, Steve Cochran and Orion and Max should all leave WGN in the lurch and start there own radio station!
I won’t listen to WGN as I have for the last 25 years. Too bad that things went south really fast after Spike left.
I am sorry for the talent that WGN is letting slip away.
You will regret it. I already do!

June 16, 2009 at 2:24 pm
(59) MARGE says:

GARY MEIER – WRONG, INSENSITIVE, AND BORING.
BRING BACK KATHY AND JUDY. STEVE BERTRAND IS
SMART AND INTERESTING. WHAT HAPPENEND WGN?

June 16, 2009 at 5:26 pm
(60) Mel says:

Bring back Bob Collins!

June 16, 2009 at 6:39 pm
(61) Linda says:

WGN, what can you be thinking? After being a faithful listener for many years I won’t listen to such annoying idiots. All they do is rant and rave – they are obnoxious to listen to and inpolite to callers. We have enough of that in our society. Who’s next to go, John and Steve? How sad. I will have to switch to NPR.

June 17, 2009 at 3:38 pm
(62) Karen says:

I too am not in favor of the addition of Garry to the WGN daily lineup. I will turn off the radio when I hear his voice…which this week has meant my morning trip to work. Can’t wait for my favorite, John Williams, to return. John and Steve Cochran are the ones that drew me to WGN a few years ago. Garry Meier adds nothing worth listening to and his voice irritates me. He’s not funny, interesting, intelligent or entertaining.

June 18, 2009 at 2:46 pm
(63) Mike says:

I managed the Condominium Associaiton he lives at – both he and his wife/agent are two of the most pompous and arrogant people you would ever want to me.

I hope and pray WGN comes to its senses and ends this abomination.

His voice is WORSE than John Williams’

June 18, 2009 at 4:38 pm
(64) mike says:

Garry should be on any station he can find but not WGN. “50,000 watt blower” may be what Garry thinks about WGN, but it is not what the long standing WGN fans are about.

June 19, 2009 at 3:36 am
(65) vicki says:

altho I don’t understand the firing of Kathy and Judy..i applaud WGN for hiring Gary…very bold move…when I 1st heard him I thought how many people would not like him for being very rough around the edges..Bring back Kathy and Judy…leave Gary where he is..and do NOT touch John Williams or Steve Cochran

June 19, 2009 at 10:01 am
(66) Fiona says:

Thank goodness you are putting John Willams back to a time when I can hear ALL of his programme

June 19, 2009 at 8:21 pm
(67) Sara Hibberson says:

John, glad to have you at mid am. Really missed you in the afternoon, but at least I can hear you again. It will be the only show I listen to! You (and Steve Bertram) are the best!
It’s a shame what they are doing at WGN! They are now just another radio station.

June 22, 2009 at 10:19 am
(68) Rudy says:

Gary and Roe to me, were only entertaining together. Both have very boring shows without each other. But theres no reason to bad mouth anybody. Turn the dial.

June 22, 2009 at 3:10 pm
(69) Jennifer says:

I thought I was the only one, but by the looks of the other comments, there are many people out there who are saddened by the new direction of WGN.

720 has nearly always been my radio channel of choice, but this 45 year old female finds herself switching to either 890, 720, NPR, or even Air America.

I love John Williams but won’t be able to hear him any more on my morning commute, and I’m really upset about the loss of Kathy/Judy. Where the heck are the women on WGN? To be honest, Gary is really a better sidekick guy. He and his sidekick don’t seem to gel well at this point.

Maybe the head honchos know what they’re doing, but from what I’m reading and hearing, WGN is in for a rough road ahead.

June 23, 2009 at 7:28 pm
(70) sally metzger says:

I agree w/ most of your listeners. I am glad you are back on the air, but you are SO NEGATIVE, AND LOUD. ( agree w/ your mom). There has to be something that keeps you here. If you are this unhappy w/ all going on – why do you stay. I don’t live in the city, but appreciate the clean city I come to see. When my family from N.Y. comes in, they cannot believe how clean our City is. Tone it down, and do some positive things Garry. You are so negative. Not good for your show. Are you trying to prove something??? I understand You are upset w/ what is going on, but, You have to look at everything. Just ONE DAY, I would like to tune in to your show, and not feel we are under attack by someome. Your show could be so good, if it was not political. You are so focused on beaning every one, it becomes repetitive, and frankly BORING

June 25, 2009 at 2:54 pm
(71) Russ says:

I have stopped listening to WGN in that time slot, bad move

July 1, 2009 at 12:35 am
(72) Johnnie Nutpan says:

I like Garry Meier. I tune in to WGN just to listen to him, he is THAT entertaining. Nick D and Brian Noonan are awesome too! You people need to lighten up. Perhaps a nice warm shot of Geritol prior to tuning in will help you people out, either that or Chocolated Ex-lax. (it works for me!)

July 6, 2009 at 10:59 am
(73) joann says:

Gary Meier is an obnoxious boor–when he is on FM stations here we come! Send him back to where he came from.

July 9, 2009 at 2:19 pm
(74) Laura says:

The direction WGN is taking a bad turn. The range of listeners for Kathy & Judy was amazing.It was great to have the female point of view on MANY subjects. Listening to Garry makes me nervous. He does not have a smoothe style at all, he is a whiner and a screamer…and would someone please show him where the buttons are.

July 21, 2009 at 10:48 am
(75) Carolyn says:

The only time I am listening to WGN is 9AM to Noon and only because Jon Williams addresses some of the topics Kathy and Judy did. I cannot tolerate Gary Meier. Whoever is programming has lost a lot of listeners in Wisconsin. What a waste of air time/

July 22, 2009 at 2:54 pm
(76) steve says:

Man, WGN must not want you to contact any of the talant. I fished around the site for 10 min without any luck. I guess I’m not smart enough to work for them. I do remember writting Judy of Cathy & Judy show…
and she wrote back to me in 1 day! Wow, the new WGN.

July 22, 2009 at 3:08 pm
(77) mark says:

I agree with most of the comments, I have listened to gn for years first because that’s all my Dad would listen to and then because I grew into and I followed Spike here from the quads. Now Spike’s gone (makes me wonder if he was pushed out) you’re messing around with John Williams (that’s no good eventhough I like the time slot) The guy in the morning is okay Gary M isn’t growing on me and I have given him a listen, then this guy the News Junkie is terrible and hangs up on people so he can get the last word in and then insults people what a coward. I though gn had class but it is quickly dwindling and so is my listening what’s next are you giving up the Cubs! We don’t need another loud, obnoxious radio station. And what you did to Kathy and Judy was totally class-less. Somebody is definitely not thinking.

July 27, 2009 at 12:32 pm
(78) Sara says:

Agree with most comments. No longer listen to WGN all day, it is now just another Chicago talk station. I do listen (for now) to John Williams, but he too is getting too politically opinionated. Where can we go to just listen to enjoyable talking topics???

July 29, 2009 at 1:39 pm
(79) Nancy says:

We live in Wisconsin and love listening to Gary Meier. WGN keep him and pay him well.

August 4, 2009 at 11:57 pm
(80) ROBERT GIBBONS says:

My family and I have always enjoyed the quality talk shows on WGN Radio which has always taken the high road.
But todays Gary Miers show was sick, sick, sick, which also atracted the sickos that called in and connected with this sick format about President Clinton and his return from North Korea. Mr Miers does not represent the family values of WGN
or its listeners. Bring back the likes of The Girls, Bobby and Spike and let us not forget Wally.

August 6, 2009 at 2:22 pm
(81) GORDON STANLEY says:

I HAVE BEEN A LOYAL LISTENER, GOING BACK TO WALLY PHILLIPS. I HAVE PUT UP WITH ALL THE DIFFERENT CHANGES. I LIKED JOHN WILLIAMS, I LIKED KATHY AND JUDY, BUT WHEN YOU PUT A FRENCH MEN ON MY STATION, I’M DONE.
THANKS FOR MANY YEARS OF ENJOYMENT, BUT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

August 6, 2009 at 4:39 pm
(82) Rich says:

I now live in Washington,DC, where almost all radio is syndicated..Rush, Hannity, Levin, no real local feel. You never hear about events or great restaurants. WGN was the Heart & Soul of Chicago. They were a neighbor, a friend, Bob C. and Spike were your buddies, and you never worried about your mom or kids listening to what WGN people said. I also love the Cubs, but CUBS TRADITION, not any specific player..except Ernie. They come and go, now just like WGN talent.

August 11, 2009 at 5:04 pm
(83) jojoM says:

Sorry but when garry Meier (yuk) comes on at 1pm–guess what–bye bye WGN–

August 14, 2009 at 12:19 am
(84) Joan says:

I must be the only person who did not know who Gary Meier is. Gees – I love your wit – on going never ending comments – the way you just keep on talking – its like you never take a breath – so funny. I know my son Bill listens to you – and sure it makes his day cause when we talk on phone during the week will bring up some of your comments -especially about the weather. Oh so funny – don’t change your way – it keeps this 69 years young women going in the afternoon. I also love your voice – its so sassy and sexy. Like having hot flashes – lol

August 18, 2009 at 11:35 am
(85) cindy says:

I’ve given it a try, I thought it was a matter of getting used to, but I can no longer listen to WGN in the morning. GM isn’t personable – it doesn’t feel like you are listening to someone in the family or a friend anymore. GM is continually touting himself – where he’s been, who he knows, who he has had dinner with and just the other day – ending a conversation with one of his friends “meet you at so-and-so restaurant at the booth with my name on it”.
I’m not impressed with his arrogance.
WGN is changing – it is now trying to be one of the crowded list of stations that yell, complain, are crass, deride other people, etc. I always listed to WGN because they were different. Everything always had a positive twist to it – something we desparately need in this world.

August 26, 2009 at 1:28 pm
(86) karen dawson says:

I like Gary’s dry sense of humor. He always makes
laugh even when I feel down. His voice is fine with
me and is quite pleasant to listen to. I have enjoyed his show with Dahl and Con as well. Best
wishes Gary. PS He is around my age as well,
and I am a female for those wondering.

September 3, 2009 at 9:44 pm
(87) Ruth C. Melvin says:

We don’t get your daytime talk shows here in Southern Ohio. But, we LOVE Steve and Johnnie all night. I have to work to stay awake for them but, I do manage to hear part of their show most every night. Being a product of the fifties, I enjoyed their tributes to Les Paul recently when he died. Don’t ever let go of Steve and Johnnie–no more than a week or two in Panama City, Fla., every year.!

November 18, 2009 at 12:49 pm
(88) mike says:

gary and his ? elton john? (lol) there just like mancow and turd :]- lol

November 28, 2009 at 7:56 am
(89) jerome says:

g/m does not belong on wgn radio ! sounds like radio from old wls !and take agar with him when he goes !
two losers !

January 23, 2010 at 2:40 pm
(90) tom w. says:

I have always liked garry Meier. His humor is just quirky enough, though he sometimes tries too hard for a laugh and it sounds a little forced. It’s interesting that both times that he partnered up the shows became great successes. neither of his old partners were as good without him. If the stations had given him some respect and not insulted him by paying less than half of what his partners made, they’d still be on top. I hope WGN gives him a chance to work out the rough spots in his show I wish him all the best. And all those cranky old liver-spotted fans of that incredibly boring, bland,overpaid hack Spike, will be dead soon anyway. I do miss Kathy and Judy though.

January 24, 2010 at 11:49 am
(91) Bill w says:

Can’t stand Agar, to loud and opinionated. Gm needs to find a new producer, Elton Jim is a phony.

January 28, 2010 at 9:34 am
(92) wrigleygal says:

Garry-Bring it on. My afternoons are so enjoyable listening to your show. I am reliving my youth each day with your stories of the past and I laugh out loud. You are on top of current events and I always agree with your take on things. Thanks for representing our generation who are not too old too enjoy new things and laugh at ourselves. Welcome back to radio.

February 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm
(93) BIG MIKE says:

Gary your the best on WGN!

March 2, 2010 at 9:58 am
(94) Bill Brunswick says:

Last year I wrote “How in the world did tis guy land a gig at WGN? He has the intellect of a box of rocks. That does not stop him from spewing his confused opinions about everything. I give him six months tops. Where is Steve Dahl?”
Well, guess what? I have done a complete 180 and am now hooked. I look forward to his show each day. I am not sure who changed, but I admit I was wrong.

March 25, 2010 at 10:55 pm
(95) Larry Corcoran says:

Gary is the best thing going on WGN right now. At 4PM I usually switch to another station because I have NEVER heard Steve Cochrane(ahhhhhhhh) say anything that was remotely funny. I just don’t get him at all and I resent the fact that he gets paid a good radio salary when he never has anything interesting to say.

April 12, 2010 at 6:43 pm
(96) MJ says:

Your show is the only reason (besides going to sleep at night) to turn off WGN. And who’s the goon they pay to laugh at your “humor”?

April 16, 2010 at 10:20 am
(97) Bill K. says:

Your a dork.But I think thats why I like listening to you.I think Steve doesnt like you.He seems very grumpy.Tell him to take a xanax.He will feel better. A LOYAL CUB FAN!

May 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm
(98) Frank Kelly says:

After listening to the negative comments the last from days from unhappy listeners I had to comment. I have listened to WGN since 1970. The transition from Wally Phillips to Uncle Bobby (my favorite) to Spike to John Williams to Greg have all had good and bad comments. I have like some and disliked others and with time it has all worked out. It is my thoughts that with time it will all work out ok for you also. I think in addition to us getting used to you, you also need to get used to us. I know this is long, but I think it needed to be said. Thank You from a very devoted and long time WGN and I hope a long time more listener. Frank Kelly

June 2, 2010 at 5:42 pm
(99) Joan says:

Love Garry and all he does, I miss him when he is not on and was disappointed when they put Jim Lasky on during the day, what a waste of air time.

Garry has sparked some great talk and has great ideas for what is right and/or wrong in our world. Thanks for having him here!

June 6, 2010 at 12:14 pm
(100) PEG says:

I LOVE GARRYS SHOW..I HAVE LISTENED TO WGN FOR YEARS EXCEPT WHEN ROE AND GARRY WERE ON …. WHEN GARRY LEFT I STOPPED WLS ALTOGETHER…I WAS SO EXCITED TO GET GARRY ON MY FAVORITE STATION..KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK GARRY…LOVE YOUR SHOW

July 19, 2010 at 12:38 am
(101) Annie Bean says:

I’m late but I don’t live in Chicago and I just discovered that Garry Meier is back on the radio on WGN in the afternoons and I am VERY happy!! I will be listening to WGN every afternoon from now on, now that Garry’s back. That is very good news!! He’s a very funny guy and I really like his style on the radio. Welcome back, Garry, and thank you WGN!!

September 6, 2010 at 11:22 am
(102) ken says:

shows you don’t have to have any talent, just know someone to get a job.

October 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm
(103) Rethink This says:

Garry Meier’s debut skit on channel nine news: I understand the sarcasm but I think he needs to try harder next time. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan from way back.)I’m sure some of the kids in Gary watched the video while eating their cereal this morning and maybe some of their parents only had it on to catch the weather and in edition, enjoyed a sideshow of some boob offhandedly bashing where they live. I agree, Gary needs something but it didn’t need that.

November 13, 2010 at 12:52 am
(104) LLL says:

So glad Garry is on WGN. He has a fantastic sense of humor and tells it like it is. A big fan from way back. I like Mike McConnell, too.
I was raised on WGN but never listened much as an adult (except to Paul Harvey) as I found the commentary by other hosts pretty boring. I welcome the changes to the new format and am so glad Steve Cochran and Kathy & Judy are gone-now those were some annoying voices and personalities.

Some of the longtime audience members might have left WGN, but now there’s many new audience members listening to it now that didn’t before because of the recent changes.

November 30, 2010 at 5:04 pm
(105) dave says:

garrys the best

February 17, 2011 at 11:44 am
(106) steve says:

I move the dial when a garry commercial comes on

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