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
e-mailed to say how "excited" she
was to hear from us.
refused to call back and asked, innocently enough, what people were saying.
also said it's tough for her
to conduct interviews because she
is "being considerate of 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
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.
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.
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
described the cupcakes the shop sells as "cute" and "delicious."
, 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.
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
: Thanks, Rick!
does mornings and afternoons on The Lite, WLIT 93.9 FM.
: (Laughs) Yes it is.
: 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.
: It's so ironic.
: 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.
: What you just said is my exact reaction.
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.
: That's him.
: 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.
: I don't pretend to be anything other than I am.
He made me stand up and said "Melissa
said no to working with John Records Landecker.
: Landecker was one.
: My agent pointed that out to me not too long ago, and I didn't even realize it.
: 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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