CHICAGO, May 22, 2009 — WGN Radio 720 AM announced it is discontinuing the “Kathy & Judy Show,” featuring program hosts Kathy O’Malley and Judy Markey, at the end of today’s broadcast. Friday’s show will present some of the duo’s finest, funniest and most poignant moments and the hosts’ reminiscences about their 20 years together on WGN.
The show was unprecedented in local radio when WGN brought together O’Malley, then a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, and Markey, a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. They took on topics that were once taboo in talk radio, injecting wit, wisdom and women’s insights into their daily mid-morning conversations.
“Kathy & Judy have been a phenomenal chapter in WGN Radio’s rich history,” said Tom Langmyer, VP/General Manager of WGN Radio. “They have a level of personal connection with their listeners that is extremely rare. They’ve shared fun, laughter, joy and a wonderful relationship with their many ‘Girlfriends.’ They will be missed and we wish them much happiness.”
“This was a business decision,” Langmyer added. “The media business and the Chicago radio market have changed dramatically in the last few years, including a new method of ratings measurement. WGN needs to respond to these changes, and this is the time to move in a new direction.”
Though they will not be on-air program hosts, O’Malley and Markey will continue to be employed by WGN and will be heard in commercial announcements.
WGN will name a replacement host or hosts for the mid-morning program in the coming weeks.