WLS in Chicago will move more conservative come January 1. The husband-wife team of Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano, who now host middays, will be replaced by the syndicated Chris Plante Show (9 a.m.-11 a.m.), and Rush Limbaugh will be broadcast live (11 a.m.-2 p.m. Chicago time). One year ago Sirott and Murciano replaced Jonathon Brandmeier. The duo also hosted a show 2013-2015 on WGN.
Cumulus Chicago Market Manager Marv Nyren said, “With the addition of Chris Plante, I’m pleased that we have great continuity between the end of Big John and Ramblin’ Ray’s show at 9, and the start of Rush at 11. It just makes good sense.” Ops Manager Peter Bolger added, “Listeners made it very clear they wanted to hear Rush Limbaugh live. People want to call in to the show. And in this busy news cycle, it’s important he talk about what’s happening in real time.”
After 17 years at CNN assigned to the Pentagon and covering U.S. military and intelligence communications, Chicago native Chris Plante joined Washington, D.C., News/Talk radio station WMAL. In 2016, his program was nationally syndicated through Westwood One. Plante said, “I look forward to being the Washington embed, giving a firsthand description of what’s happening in Washington and what it can mean to my hometown of Chicago, where I grew up listening to WLS.”