Kathy and Judy Are Coming Back

Is it Christmas and no one told me? I’m seriously doing a happy dance of joy here.

A mere three days after my post waxing nostalgic about the dynamic Chicago radio team of Kathy O’Malley and Judy Markey, this news:


Judy Markey and Kathy O'Malley

Judy Markey and Kathy O’Malley

A little background information you should know.  (I didn’t include this in my Letting Go post because I wanted to focus on the positive message but you need to hear this part of the story.)

In late 2008, WGN Radio, the most popular, successful and well respected station in Chicago, hired a new program director.

Let’s call him Bozo McStupid.


McStupid was with WGN a mere 2 years before being unceremoniously dumped. Unfortunately, before the big bosses at Tribune Broadcasting looked up from their newspapers, McStupid had wreaked all sorts of havoc, running roughshod over the on-air talent, stifling their talents and driving away listeners. The tension between the on-air hosts and McStupid was obvious and palpable.

After watering down the shows, McStupid had the nerve to use the lower ratings (for which he was responsible) as an excuse to attack the staff with a pink slip machete.

Among those shown the door were the “Girlfriends”, Kathy and Judy. It was shocking and heartbreaking.

Both former newspaper journalists, these gals entertained, informed and amused listeners every weekday morning for 20 years.  These women are brilliant, warm, hilarious and fearless. The American Women in Radio & Television awarded the duo a Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Talk Radio in 2008.

Just months before they were booted by McStupid.

Every year Kathy and Judy hosted a weekend long fan convention – the ultimate Girlfriends’ Weekend – at a big, fancy hotel in downtown Chicago.  Every year, tickets for the event sold out in the blink of an eye. These gals had a passionately loyal, very large and very vocal fan base.

So when McStupid pulled the plug, forcing Kathy and Judy to announce on May 22, 2009 that listeners were hearing their last show, the fans went crazy.  If McStupid thought ratings were down before…he had no idea how the loyal listeners (myself included) would flock away from the Super Station.

To show you a little more about McStupid’s character, about a month after his monumentally bad staffing decision, Bozo McStupid had the nerve to say, in an interview, that Kathy and Judy actually retired and were not canned. The ever feisty (and always fabulous) Kathy and Judy smacked that falsehood down REAL QUICK.

McStupid, himself, was released in 2010 and it has taken this long for the WGN Radio executives to right the ship.  As is unfortunately the case in these “what-the-hell-were-you-thinking-when-you-hired-that-bozo” situations, WGN suffered a big loss of talent and trust. Today’s announcement is a start in their attempt to acknowledge and repair the damage done during McStupid’s short stay.

Although Kathy and Judy will not be on the air daily, I’m thankful that they are returning for a weekly broadcast every Saturday morning starting in September. You can listen to the live stream of WGN here.

Welcome back, Girlfriends! We’ve missed you!

And once again, I should point out that these opinions are mine and I am not being compensated in any way for my wildly enthusiastic endorsement.  What can I say? This girlfriend is one of those passionately loyal fans!

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  1. There are too many McStupids in positions of power, aren’t there? I wonder if I can listen to the ladies on Sirius radio? I’ll have to check it out.

  2. I used to listen to Steve Dahl years ago when I lived in the area. These ladies sound great. I will look into whether I can get them on Sirius. Thanks for the tip.

  3. I love good radio duos! So excited to read about them.-Ashley

  4. Hooray! The girlfriends are back! I grew up listening to the ladies and have long missed Merry Medical Christmas. Three cheers to WGN for finally pulling their heads out of their asses.

  5. Too bad for all the McStupids. Without them the world would not only be a better and more peaceful place, it would be a wiser and kinder place as well.

  6. A story with a happy ending – sounds like someone came to their senses and is bringing a successful program back to loyal listeners. Thanks for telling the story and enjoy Saturday mornings!

  7. This is the absolute best news. Welcome back Girlfriends!

    Boy have we missed you.


  1. […] PS Three days after publishing this post, WGN Radio announced that the incomparable duo of Kathy and Judy will be returning to the airwaves. Read about my dance of joy here. […]

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