Chicago media watcher Robert Feder first reported on yesterday’s (12/12) announcement by Westwood One syndicated host Jonathon Brandmeier (left) that the program airing was the last’ live’ show he’d be hosting for the network. Earlier this year, Johnny B. told fans he’d been informed that WW One would end syndication of his WLS/Chicago-based program in February 2017, two years following it’s launch. Feder also notes Brandmeier had some pointed words for management at the Cumulus Media-owned network and the decision to end his daily show. Read more HERE … In other Chicago radio news, heritage News/Talker WGN has signed legendary Windy City news anchor Bill Kurtis to be the station’s new signature voice. Kurtis, who has voiced numerous documentaries and other projects — including the Will Ferrell comedy Anchorman — will be heard voicing WGN’s promos and ID’s beginning with the New Year … Kudos to WSB/Atlanta’s consumer crusader Clark Howard, as his 26th annual Christmas Kids Project reached this year’s goal of providing gifts to nearly 8,400 children living in foster care in the region. Howard was joined in the effort by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, St. Vincent de Paul Georgia and Walmart for this year’s project.
CONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and former colleagues of legendary New York City radio personality Jim Lowe — best known for his lengthy stint at then-Adult Standards WNEW-AM — who died yesterday at his home on Long Island. He was 93. Along with his on-air career Jim also had a #1 hit record, Green Door, which topped the charts in 1956 … WBAL/Baltimore reports the death of long time talk host Allan Prell, who died over the past weekend. He was 79. WBAL reports Prell had undergone surgery several months ago, however he remained active on Facebook — most recently during the recent presidential election.