Radio Broadcasters of Chicagoland


30-Minute Commercial-free Radio Broadcast aired simultaneously on over 40 Stations

(Springfield, IL) In a show of unprecedented collaboration, more than 40 Chicagoland radio stations simultaneously air eda 30-minute broadcast conversation with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a “Chicago Radio Town Hall Meeting.”  These member stations of the Illinois Broadcasters Association interrupt ed regular programming at 6pm on Monday, November 14, 2016, to highlight the strength of Chicago, and host a conversation about pressing issues facing the city.

            Award winning and IBA Hall of Fame broadcast journalist Bill Kurtis moderated the Chicago Radio Town Hall Meeting, aired on a diverse group of stations involving all formats including music, spoken word and Chicago’s Spanish language stations. Programmers from a number of the participating stations are collaborating to produce the program while General Managers have cleared the time to air the program commercial free.

            "This project showcased the high value that radio broadcasters have in a media marketplace,” says Doug Levy, Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) Chairman of the Board and Chair of the IBA’s Radio Broadcasters of Chicagoland Committee responsible for the program. “My colleagues and I all share a deep sense of responsibility to our audiences. This unprecedented broadcast connects an enormous number of people with their elected leader tasked with making lives better for everyone in Chicago.”

“I recently asked the leaders of Chicago-area radio stations to utilize their powerful platforms and tremendous reach to motivate Chicagoans to take a more active role in making our city stronger,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “They answered the call with this unique broadcast opportunity. I look forward to sharing my thoughts with the people of Chicago about how, when we work together, we make our city better for everyone who calls it home.”       

            “The fact the most popular radio stations in Chicago were willing to set aside regular programming and commercial inventory to air this 30-minute conversation with the Mayor is a prime example of local broadcasters doing what they do best; serving the needs of their listeners within their communities of license,” said Dennis Lyle, president & CEO of the IBA.

In advance of the broadcast, participating radio stations gave listeners a chance to submit questions of the Mayor by visiting the RBC’s designated website or through social media with the hashtag #ChicagoRadio. Kurtis used some of those questions during the broadcast.

“Radio stations have a unique ability to create a meaningful conversation because of the intimate relationship the medium has with its audience,” continued IBA/RBC Chairman Levy. “Chicago is a world class city with some of the best radio stations in the country.  I am proud that we are leading the dialogue about how to solve some of our biggest problems and take full advantage of some of our greatest strengths."


Doug Levy, Chairman, Sr. VP & GM-Univision Media Chicago, 312-494-2766, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

About the Chicagoland Radio Broadcasters:  broadcasters from stations throughout Chicagoland form the RBC branch of the IBA for the purpose of creating a favorable media atmosphere to both sellers and clients. Members are selected by the IBA to represent their stations.

2016-2017 Committee

Marv Dyson, Urban Radio

Drew Horowitz, Hubbard Radio

Chairman-Doug Levy, Univision Media

Dennis Lyle, IBA

Jeff Reisman, Salem Broadcasting

Jerry Schnacke, iHeart Media

Matt Scarano, iHeart Media

Melody Spann-Cooper, Midwest Broadcasting

Tim Pohlman, CBS Radio

Jim Pastor, WMVP

Peter Bowen, Cumulus Chicago

Leticial Aguilera, WLEY

Jeff Hill, WGN-AM

Todd Manley, WGN-AM



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