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Eddie and Jobo Make Their Triumphant Return to the Chicago Morning Airwaves When the Station Debuts on Monday, March 14

“K-HITS” Will Also Feature Great Local Talents Gary Spears, Bo Reynolds and More
Chicago will have a new destination for all their classic hit music when ’s WJMK-FM unveils a new format beginning on Monday, March 14 (1:04PM).   The all-new 104.3 FM, “K-HITS,” will combine Chicago’s greatest hit music of the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s  with personalities that are synonymous with the Windy City including Eddie and Jobo, Gary Spears and Bo Reynolds, among others. The station will be available on-air, online at www.khitschicago.com, and via the Radio.com app available on a variety of mobile devices.

Showcased on the station will be a who’s who of the industry’s most successful recording artists. The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Billy Joel, , Earth, Wind & Fire, Rod Stewart, Chicago, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, U2, REO Speedwagon, and John Mellencamp are just a few of the bands and musicians that will prominently play on “K-HITS” along with the best of Motown, and top 40 hits of the 70’s and 80’s.
Well-known to Chicago listeners of all ages, Eddie and Jobo are set to anchor “K-HITS'” line-up with their unique brand of comedy interspersed with a variety of music every weekday morning (5:30-10:00AM).  Gary Spears, one of the original B96 Hot Hits jocks from 1982-84, follows as host of middays (10:00AM-3:00PM). Spears also could be heard on B96 from 1990-94. (3:00-8:00PM) will be presented by Bo Reynolds, a Chicago who had a successful run on B96 from 1987-90. Evening and weekend talent will be announced at a later date.   In the meantime, various guest hosts familiar to Chicago audiences will fill-in during these timeperiods.

“This is one of the most exciting days in our long history in Chicago radio,” enthused Eddie and Jobo. “To be rookies again, starting on a brand new radio station in our hometown is, well who said “˜you can’t go home’?

They added, “We knew when we walked out of the building in 2008 we weren’t done.   We weren’t sure where we’d land but we’re excited to have this opportunity to reinvent ourselves.   Waking up Chicago once again is going to be great.”

Rod Zimmerman, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS RADIO Chicago, said, “104.3 K-HITS returns WJMK-FM to its roots as a station Chicagoans will remember for playing the Greatest Hits of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.   As much as the station is about the music, it will be equally about the local community, and the on-air talent who give the station its personality.   From launch, listeners will instantly feel a personal connection to K-HITS.”
“Monday at 1:04pm is going to be an exciting time for not only Chicago music fans but the great group of on-air personalities that we have assembled,” commented Todd Cavanah, WJMK-FM Program Director.   “Eddie, Jobo, Gary and Bo are thrilled about being a part of this brand new radio station, and are just as energized to share the airwaves and work together again as a team.”

The Classic Hits format has been steadily gaining in popularity across the country, improving its position among the most listened to stations in the nation’s top markets.   CBS RADIO’s WCBS-FM in New York averages more than 3.5 million listeners each week (People 12+), while KRTH-FM in Los Angeles consistently finishes among the Top 5 stations with Adults 25-54, and even higher with People 12+.