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This profile was last updated on 9/6/10  and contains information from public web pages.
 
Background

Employment History

  • Morning Drive Host
  • Intern
    Melissa Forman

Education

  • Glenbrook North High School
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
11 Total References
Web References
Melissa Forman | Archive | Press
melissaforman.com, 6 Sept 2010 [cached]
Melissa Forman
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From the moment Clear Channel Radio Chicago axed WLIT-FM (93.9) morning drive host Melissa Forman in mid-August, her fans were upset. And it seems they still are up in arms. More than two months after Forman left WLIT, those devoted followers continue to attach their plaintive yearnings for her return to our blog entry that first announced the radio host's departure from the adult contemporary outlet.
As recently as last week, a woman named Diana wrote on our blog that she keeps "checking WLIT occasionally to see if they brought back Melissa and the team. Not yet, but they will. . . ." When we tried to get Forman on the phone to discuss her fans' outcries and her future, she e-mailed to say how "excited" she was to hear from us. But she refused to call back and asked, innocently enough, what people were saying. She also said it's tough for her to conduct interviews because she is "being considerate of her contract."
Her considerate nature aside, Forman no doubt knows history might repeat itself, and she would be better off letting her fans do the talking for her right now. WLIT canned her once before in 2006, and replaced her with a syndicated show fronted by Whoopi Goldberg. The Goldberg era lasted a little more than a year before Forman returned to WLIT. It's too soon to say whether the Sean Valentine show that replaced Forman last month will suffer the same fate the Goldberg show did, but Forman apparently isn't sitting around idly waiting to find out. She's busy writing to her fans, redesigning her Web site, doing photo shoots to create new images for the site and blogging occasionally about what sounds like a fun-filled life. Her latest entry tells of a weekend trip she and husband, Scott, took to New York City, where she discovered a shop with a name that caught her attention - Baked by Melissa. She described the cupcakes the shop sells as "cute" and "delicious."
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Forman, best known as the former morning and afternoon host on Clear Channel Radio adult contemporary WLIT-FM (93.9), earned high marks from Weigel Broadcasting bosses for the four weeks she's been guest-hosting "You & Me This Morning.
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MELISSA FORMAN
I've interviewed Melissa several times over the last few years, including this interview from two years ago. Just a few weeks ago she was let go by the Lite, which was a pretty surprising move. I got in touch with her the other day, and as you might expect, she isn't at liberty to talk about some things (contractually), so I asked if she had anything to say to her fans (who she wasn't allowed to say farewell to.) She replied...
Melissa: Thanks, Rick!
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Melissa Forman does mornings and afternoons on The Lite, WLIT 93.9 FM.
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Melissa: (Laughs) Yes it is.
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Melissa: To be totally honest with you, people genuinely love the holiday music. They're really passionate about it. If that's what they want, I'm totally cool with it. I'm a little Jewish girl from the suburbs, so it's kind of ironic that I'm playing these songs, but I didn't really know them that well. I really do like them. My favorite part about it, though, is the reaction of the listeners. I hear from these rough-and-tumble guys, like firefighters, and they'll say something like that, "Yo, Melissa, I really need to hear O Holy Night.
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Melissa: It's so ironic.
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Melissa: Between 8:30-9:30 we run mostly music on the show, so I stay and talk to people, record some calls, and decompress a little bit, and then I'll start getting the afternoon stuff together.
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Melissa: What you just said is my exact reaction.
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Melissa: Rick Zurick is our news guy (in Cubs shirt in the photo), and I have two producers Tony Lossano (wearing hat in photo) and Jim Gronemann.
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Melissa: That's him.
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Melissa: As for what we're trying to do with the show, I want the people that listen, especially the women, to think "that's how I want my day at work to be.
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Melissa: I don't pretend to be anything other than I am.
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He made me stand up and said "Melissa said no to working with John Records Landecker.
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Melissa: Landecker was one.
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Melissa: My agent pointed that out to me not too long ago, and I didn't even realize it.
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Melissa: Anyone who really listens to us knows that we haven't been Grandma's Lite for a long time. It's not the same anymore, so I'm pretty confident in our product.
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Copyright 2014 Melissa Forman - All Rights Reserved
Lewis Lazare Column | Melissa Forman
melissaforman.com [cached]
Melissa Forman
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From the moment Clear Channel Radio Chicago axed WLIT-FM (93.9) morning drive host Melissa Forman in mid-August, her fans were upset. And it seems they still are up in arms. More than two months after Forman left WLIT, those devoted followers continue to attach their plaintive yearnings for her return to our blog entry that first announced the radio host's departure from the adult contemporary outlet.
As recently as last week, a woman named Diana wrote on our blog that she keeps "checking WLIT occasionally to see if they brought back Melissa and the team. Not yet, but they will. . . ." When we tried to get Forman on the phone to discuss her fans' outcries and her future, she e-mailed to say how "excited" she was to hear from us. But she refused to call back and asked, innocently enough, what people were saying. She also said it's tough for her to conduct interviews because she is "being considerate of her contract."
Her considerate nature aside, Forman no doubt knows history might repeat itself, and she would be better off letting her fans do the talking for her right now. WLIT canned her once before in 2006, and replaced her with a syndicated show fronted by Whoopi Goldberg. The Goldberg era lasted a little more than a year before Forman returned to WLIT. It's too soon to say whether the Sean Valentine show that replaced Forman last month will suffer the same fate the Goldberg show did, but Forman apparently isn't sitting around idly waiting to find out. She's busy writing to her fans, redesigning her Web site, doing photo shoots to create new images for the site and blogging occasionally about what sounds like a fun-filled life. Her latest entry tells of a weekend trip she and husband, Scott, took to New York City, where she discovered a shop with a name that caught her attention - Baked by Melissa. She described the cupcakes the shop sells as "cute" and "delicious."
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Melissa, I just keep waiting for your return to WLIT.
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Melissa: Chicago radio is no good without you.
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Hey Melissa, So good to be here at your web site. It's like visiting an old friend.
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Copyright 2014 Melissa Forman - All Rights Reserved
The Melissa Forman Morning Show on 93.9 WLIT ~ Weekdays 5:30-9 am in Chicago!
www.melissaforman.com, 2 Feb 2003 [cached]
Melissa Forman
HOST
Melissa started her radio career as an intern who got her first break imitating Bart Simpson on THE MIX 94.5 in Champaign.She eventually worked her way up to Morning Host there with Jerome Ritchie.Then she moved onto THE MIX 94.1 Cincinnati with Charlie Wilde followed by her move up to WKIE-FM 92.7/5 in Chicago.Now she has the ear of the Chicago listeners at WLIT-FM 93.9!
Her radio career includes a lot of "stunts" from Dog Fighting in Fighter Planes to hanging from a crane for 2 days...We won't even talk about the rash she got from the Depends that she wore.Her stunts like living in a mall for 4 days and on the roof of U of I for 2 days has earned various charities over $500,000.
Melissa has also interviewed greats like Billy Joel, James Taylor, the cast of HAPPY DAYS, the cast of BRADY BUNCH, Brad Pitt...but her favorite interview was with a Monkey who was an Organ Grinder.
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Melissa Forman > was released from prison 671 days ago.
Email Melissa Forman
Lewis Lazare Column | Melissa Forman
melissaforman.com [cached]
Melissa Forman
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From the moment Clear Channel Radio Chicago axed WLIT-FM (93.9) morning drive host Melissa Forman in mid-August, her fans were upset. And it seems they still are up in arms. More than two months after Forman left WLIT, those devoted followers continue to attach their plaintive yearnings for her return to our blog entry that first announced the radio host's departure from the adult contemporary outlet.
As recently as last week, a woman named Diana wrote on our blog that she keeps "checking WLIT occasionally to see if they brought back Melissa and the team. Not yet, but they will. . . ." When we tried to get Forman on the phone to discuss her fans' outcries and her future, she e-mailed to say how "excited" she was to hear from us. But she refused to call back and asked, innocently enough, what people were saying. She also said it's tough for her to conduct interviews because she is "being considerate of her contract."
Her considerate nature aside, Forman no doubt knows history might repeat itself, and she would be better off letting her fans do the talking for her right now. WLIT canned her once before in 2006, and replaced her with a syndicated show fronted by Whoopi Goldberg. The Goldberg era lasted a little more than a year before Forman returned to WLIT. It's too soon to say whether the Sean Valentine show that replaced Forman last month will suffer the same fate the Goldberg show did, but Forman apparently isn't sitting around idly waiting to find out. She's busy writing to her fans, redesigning her Web site, doing photo shoots to create new images for the site and blogging occasionally about what sounds like a fun-filled life. Her latest entry tells of a weekend trip she and husband, Scott, took to New York City, where she discovered a shop with a name that caught her attention - Baked by Melissa. She described the cupcakes the shop sells as "cute" and "delicious."
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Melissa, I just keep waiting for your return to WLIT.
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Melissa: Chicago radio is no good without you.
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Hey Melissa, So good to be here at your web site. It's like visiting an old friend.
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Copyright 2013 Melissa Forman - All Rights Reserved
Melissa Forman in Lewis Lazare Column | MelissaForman.com
melissaforman.com [cached]
From the moment Clear Channel Radio Chicago axed WLIT-FM (93.9) morning drive host Melissa Forman in mid-August, her fans were upset. And it seems they still are up in arms. More than two months after Forman left WLIT, those devoted followers continue to attach their plaintive yearnings for her return to our blog entry that first announced the radio host's departure from the adult contemporary outlet.
As recently as last week, a woman named Diana wrote on our blog that she keeps "checking WLIT occasionally to see if they brought back Melissa and the team. Not yet, but they will. . . ." When we tried to get Forman on the phone to discuss her fans' outcries and her future, she e-mailed to say how "excited" she was to hear from us. But she refused to call back and asked, innocently enough, what people were saying. She also said it's tough for her to conduct interviews because she is "being considerate of her contract."
Her considerate nature aside, Forman no doubt knows history might repeat itself, and she would be better off letting her fans do the talking for her right now. WLIT canned her once before in 2006, and replaced her with a syndicated show fronted by Whoopi Goldberg. The Goldberg era lasted a little more than a year before Forman returned to WLIT. It's too soon to say whether the Sean Valentine show that replaced Forman last month will suffer the same fate the Goldberg show did, but Forman apparently isn't sitting around idly waiting to find out. She's busy writing to her fans, redesigning her Web site, doing photo shoots to create new images for the site and blogging occasionally about what sounds like a fun-filled life. Her latest entry tells of a weekend trip she and husband, Scott, took to New York City, where she discovered a shop with a name that caught her attention - Baked by Melissa. She described the cupcakes the shop sells as "cute" and "delicious."
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Melissa, I just keep waiting for your return to WLIT.
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Melissa: Chicago radio is no good without you.
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Hey Melissa, So good to be here at your web site. It's like visiting an old friend.
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About Melissa Forman
Melissa is a popular on air radio personality in Chicago and the Midwest! She was one of the only women in radio to hold both morning and afternoon drive slots at the same time. She lives with her family in the Chicago suburbs.
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