Roeser Retires Radio - WLS

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Posted by WYEN on May 22, 2011 at 15:21:20:

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Tom Roeser, long one of Chicago’s leading conservative voices in the media, has retired after 17 years as a talk show host on WLS-AM (890). The Citadel Broadcasting news/talk station announced Roeser’s retirement on its website Saturday after he’d been missing from his weekly show several times in recent weeks. Roeser, 82, who is in the hospital for an undisclosed ailment, could not be reached for comment. Drew Hayes, operations director of WLS, said Roeser had asked to be replaced on the station’s schedule. “Tom has been a part of WLS since the early ’90s, and his straightforward, no-nonsense approach really resonated with our listeners,” he said. “Tom’s show was always a great way to end the week — and start the week — and he will be missed.” Filling in as host from 8 to 9pm this Sunday will be WLS Saturday morning personality Jake Hartford. Hayes said the station would continue to fill the timeslot locally, adding: “We have a number of ideas, and will stay current news/issues focused.” In addition to his work on WLS, Roeser was a blogger, author, teacher, frequent contributor to other radio and television broadcasts, and op ed columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Wall Street Journal. Most recently he has been publisher and editor in chief of the online Chicago Daily Observer. A former vice president of government relations for The Quaker Oats Company, Roeser held a number of government positions during the Nixon Administration and was a Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University. He also formed the Chicago-based lobbying firm Thomas F. Roeser & Associates.

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