Published on Friday, 15 January 2010 13:24
WNTD-AM 950, Sovereign City Radio Services' radio station is making a few changes to it's evening programing. During the daytime, WNTD airs Relevant Radio, the Catholic talk format, from 5:00am to 6:00pm, on a fairly weak signal. In the evenings, the signal increases, but the format is different. For the last few months, from 6:00pm until 5:00am, WNTD was playing the "Timeless Cool" format, featuring Jazz & Blues-based music, both old & new. It calls itself Avenue 950 in the evenings. While Avenue 950 isn't leaving, it will be starting later or have interruptions on some nights.
Tuesdays, from 8:00pm-10:00pm, WNTD has been airing "This Is Chicago Jazz" with Mike Jeffers from Chicago Jazz Magazine, hosting local jazz artists' music, as well as some talk & interviews for the local Jazz community.
Fridays, it is "Live! From The Green Mill" from 8:00pm-10:00pm, playing live music from one of Chicago's famous Jazz nightclubs -- usually featuring music by the Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra that was performed at the Green Mill the night before.
Both of those shows fit in nicely with the Timeless Cool format. However, on Wednesdays evenings, there will be a new talk show that is quite un-Jazzy. The Sun-Times' Lewis Lazare is reporting
that starting next Wednesday the 20th, WNTD will air "The Skinny & Houli Show" from 6:00pm-8:00pm. "Skinny" is James "Skinny" Sheahan, former director of the Mayor's Office of Special Events. "Houli" is Mike "Houli" Houlihan, who is former Sun-Times columnist, a current columnist for the Irish American News, an author, an actor and the head of a public relations firm, Mike Houlihan Creative. The pair (along with the occasional special guest) will discuss the past week's top local news stories involving politics, sports and entertainment. They also plan on having a "Special Olympics Spotlight" segment, where they will mention a noteworthy achievement of a Special Olympic athlete, coach or volunteer.
The "The Skinny & Houli Show" was originally supposed to begin back on November 11th, 2009. For reasons not yet been made public, it did not start then. Instead, it was decided to begin next week.
While it is always good to have new local talk shows hit the airwaves, disrupting the popular Avenue 950 for a show so decidedly different from what is normally aired at that time, will only serve to anger & frustrate "Timeless Cool" fans. Wouldn't this program have been better suited for weekends on WNTD or another AM station altogether? Something that wouldn't harsh the mellow of all that jazz?