Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Merlin Media Quickly Hires Meyerson

Charlie Meyerson has quickly landed a new gig.

The former WGN Radio News Director was forced out June 17th after two years and, according to Robert Feder at timeoutchicago.com, is among the first hired made by Andy Friedman. Friedman is VP of Internet Initiatives for Randy Michaels' Merlin Media.

Meyerson resume includes FM news at 93.1 WXRT-FM and 95.5 WNUA.

Merlin Media is expected to start programming Q101 and The Loop in mid-August.

When Meyerson left the Trib building last week, he listed accomplishments for Chicago media:

"It's been almost two years of continual and tremendous change for WGN News. We moved the news team from its home of a quarter-century on the 1st floor of Tribune Tower to the 4th floor, integrating it more tightly with the Chicago Tribune and WGN-TV news teams. We launched aggressive email and text alert services for our listeners. We overhauled and improved WGNradio.com several times. We aired some of Chicago's smartest radio news reporting and analysis -- on technology, the weather, the environment, politics, civic affairs and more. And the WGN Radio News team's hard work has been recognized with several significant awards this year: The AP/Illinois prizes for Outstanding News Operation and Best Newscast; the Chicago Headline Club Lisagor Award for Best Newscast; and a contributing role in the Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome awards for Station of the Year and Best Station Website. It's been a privilege to work with as accomplished a group of broadcast journalists as you'll find in Chicago."

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