today announced that overnight co-hosts Steve King and Johnnie Putman are ending their 26-year run as Chicago's top-rated overnight program. Their final show on WGN Radio will be Friday, December 9, featuring a retrospective of the duo's illustrious careers at the station with special guests and friends of the show. Steve & Johnnie announced the decision earlier this morning live on-air.
"Steve and Johnnie have been an integral part of WGN Radio's rich history and trusted friends and voices to thousands of listeners over the years," said Tom Langmyer, WGN Radio's vice president and general manager. "We are so thankful for their dedicated companionship and service to our listeners. They will be missed."
2010 and 2011 marked many significant milestones for Steve & Johnnie, including having Governor Quinn issue a proclamation for "Steve & Johnnie Day," winning the Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award for Best Local Broadcast Team, and broadcasting their 6,000th show on WGN Radio. After more than a quarter century hosting Chicago's #1 all-night radio show, Steve & Johnnie said they are looking forward to "closing out this chapter of our broadcast career and moving on to new broadcast challenges, including a television show, completing book projects and learning to sleep nights."
Current fill-in host Bill Leff will take over overnight duties on WGN Radio from midnight to 5:30 a.m., effective Monday, December 12.
"We're excited that Bill Leff will be joining the station full-time to carry on Steve & Johnnie's tradition of live and local overnight talk on WGN Radio," said Langmyer.