|Roe & Roeper|
Although both hosts had months to go on their current deals, Robert Feder at timeoutchicago.com, sez the new agreements announced Tuesday lock them in through the end of 2014, and solidify their on-air partnership by linking the effective dates of their contracts. Financial terms were not disclosed.
With the WLS morning team of Don Wade and Roma also under a multiyear deal, the two drive-time duos are secure as the station prepares for new owners. Earlier this year, Cumulus Media agreed to buy Citadel Broadcasting, including WLS and oldies WLS-FM (94.7), in a $2.5 billion transaction. The transfer is expected within the next few months.
Feder writes the public vote of confidence for Roe and Roeper came one day after they shined during a six-hour recap of the Rod Blagojevich trial, which they’d been covering from the get-go with gusto and authority — a fact not lost on Michael Damsky, president and general manager of WLS.
Another boost for the show came last November when NBC began airing a video simulcast from 3 to 6pm weekdays on its Chicago Nonstop digital subchannel.