Thursday, July 20, 2006

Hurricane Whoopi

It was announced in May that Whoopi Goldberg would soon have her own syndicated radio show, beginning next month on radio stations across the country, but no stations have been disclosed.

Until today.

As the news broke today of the first major station to pick up the new Wake Up with Whoopi morning radio show, something sort of obvious occurred to me. For every new Whoopi affiliate that is announced, one-by-one, you will also hear the sound of each those stations' existing morning DJs being fired, one-by-one. Picture Whoopi flying across the country, or up the coast like a hurricane - Hurricane Whoopi (will they ever name one that? Not according to the NOAA) - overtaking stations and replacing DJs as affiliate deals are signed. Maybe it won't be total destruction. If we're all lucky, the Whoopi show will replace Jack-FM in some markets!

The first victim of Whoopi's global radio expansion? The beautiful and probably-very talented Melissa Forman, as Whoopi ascends upon WLIT in Chicago; Melissa has hosted the Melissa Forman Morning Show for 5 years on the dial at 93.9 FM in Chicago. Five years as a morning host in a tough town like Chi-town is nothing to sneeze at, but where will Melissa go now that Whoopi is here?

67 comments:

Anonymous said...

What happened to Melissa Foreman?

a loyal listener

We miss her. I will not be listening to her replacement.

Anonymous said...

I've listen to Whoopi and all I can say is get rid of the mumble mouth and bring back Melissa.

Anonymous said...

WHERE IS MELISSA FORMAN???? I SURE WAS SORRY TO HEAR THAT SHE WAS REPLACED BY WHOOPI. ( CAN'T STAND HER) I CAN TELL YOU NOW, I WILL BE LOOKING FOR ANOTHER RADIO STATION.

Anonymous said...

My God, where are those brains that hired Whoopi? Can't stand her. Please bring back our Melissa and the boys.

Anonymous said...

I would like to know why Melissa was replaced? She had a great show! Very bad decision!

Anonymous said...

Melissa and Jim's show was for the most part, good humor. At times it could get a bit too cheesy, but I loved Melissa's sense of humor. Whoopi can take her show on some other road because this "loyal listener" just tuned out!

Anonymous said...

Whose bright idea was it to replace Melissa Forman with that mumbling (can't even understand her) Whoopi G? I will definitely NOT listen to WLIT anymore -- you have definitely lost another loyal listener.

Anonymous said...

Ditto....I miss Melissa. I looked hard to find her a few years ago. Can't stand Whoopi as a radio announcer. (movies are ok)
I'll find another radio station, too.

Anonymous said...

As usual, management doesn't know their ass from a whole in the ground. To replace Melissa et.al morning crew was a HUGE mistake. I like Whoopi as an actor, but RADIO, get real. I also will not be listening any longer.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with the other comments. This "Lite Loyal Listener" has changed the channel!

Anonymous said...

I can not believe that Melissa Forman would be replaced by Whoopi. Who cares about Whoopi? No one even watches her movies so why would we listen to her. Too bad. I am changing the car radio where WLIT was on the number 1 button. No longer to exist and I am telling everyone never turn to that station! I don't have to no one will listen anyway.

Anonymous said...

Melissa Forman, Rick and Jim will truly be missed. It was a shock to our office to hear Whoopi. After only one day of listening we are changing channels. We are no longer loyal listeners of WLIT. We think it was a poor choice to change such a good thing.

Anonymous said...

I can't listen to this station any more Melissa was great what a HUGE mistake to replace her sorry I already change my radio station

Anonymous said...

I also have wiped WLIT off my radios - what a stupid idea to replace her and the crew - morning ride into work is boring now and I refuse to listen to any of their other DJ's til they come to their senses and bring them back!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Man oh man....did you make a big mistake....no longer do I listen to WLIT....Who's next Delilah?

Anonymous said...

Mellisa really made my morning a "good morning". Whomever made the deision to replace Melissa needs to fired! Whoopi is in NewYork. Let her Stay there. BRING BACK MELISSA AND THE GANG!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I THOUGHT I HAD THE WRONG RADIO STATION,GET MELISSA BACK.
WHOPPI IS OK IN THE MOVIES, SHE HAS A RADIO FACE BUT NOT A RADIO VOICE. I SWITCHED STATIONS, ANYTHING IS BETTER THEN WLIT NOW.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't believe it when I turned on the Lite one morning and heard Whoopi Goldberg. Melissa made the drive into work every morning. I miss her and will not be listening any longer. Bring Back Melissa!!!

Anonymous said...

Melissa's show made the long drive to work enjoyable. The whole crew had a great sense of humor. Melissa and the boys were down to earth and very entertaining. Whoopi is not even in the same ballpark as Melissa. WLIT has made a huge mistake!

Anonymous said...

I was sorry to not hear Melissa and Jim ... while I like Whoopi . . .the syndicated show lacks references to Chicago which is part of what makes listening fun ... maybe Mayor Daley should require all DJs to live in the city ;-)

Anonymous said...

MELISSA: WE TRULY MISS YOU!!!! WLIT: I've been a loyal listener for many years and I've never enjoyed a morning show more than I have listening to Melissa Forman and her crew. I'm very disappointed because it appears that you do not have a grasp of what your listeners desire out of a morning show. Whoopi: No offense - stick to TV. I hate your show. I think I'll start tuning in to Eric and Kathy on the Mix. WLIT: Effective today, you've lost yet another listener.

Anonymous said...

I teach so in the summer my schedule is different and I’m not always up and listening to the radio during the 5-9 a.m. time slot. Thursday started yet another school year and I was SO excited to return to my “extended family” of Melissa, Jim, and Rick only to discover we now have Whoopi!?!? What’s that about? I can’t even bring myself to listen. I truly feel like I’ve lost part of my family. They made my drive to work so enjoyable and got my day started off to a good start! In fact, one of my sisters teaches and she listened to WLIT as well and we would call each other to discuss or share a laugh about the topic on the radio. I can’t imagine what anyone was thinking that has resulted in the change, as it seemed everyone loved the morning trio. This is just like the educational system . . . the bureaucracy always thinking they know what's right for everyone and they don't have a clue!!! Snap out of it and get Melissa back! For whatever it's worth though I can tell you that it has cost you this loyal listener.

P.S. Everyone should email his or her comments to WLIT - I did. Maybe they'll smarten up and bring Melissa back!!

Anonymous said...

I thought maybe Melissa had gone on vacation, I can't believe you would replace this woman with Whoopi. I miss Melissa, she was intelligent, informative and sensitive. I will not listen to your radio station until you bring her back. I hope you have to pay the a.. to get her back too. If you read this Melissa, hold out for the money, you are worth it, don't let these yuppie men control you. Good Luck.

Anonymous said...

I thought maybe Melissa had gone on vacation, I can't believe you would replace this woman with Whoopi. I miss Melissa, she was intelligent, informative and sensitive. I will not listen to your radio station until you bring her back. I hope you have to pay through the a.. to get her back too. If you read this Melissa, hold out for the money, you are worth it, don't let these yuppie men control you. Good Luck.

JOYCE said...

I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU GOT RID OF MELISSA. I NO LONGER LISTEN TO WLIT AND WON'T UNTIL MELISSA COMES BACK

Anonymous said...

Melissa was awesome! I miss her. She sounds like someone you could meet on the street and she would be genuinely interested in you. She was like a friend on the radio. I will continue to look for her and listen to that station. My mornings are not the same. What a huge mistake! Plus she even SOUNDS pretty!

Anonymous said...

Big mistake! Melissa was awsome. Whoopi is out of her element and it's pretty obvious. I tried listening but couldn't stand it and turned the station off. Really too bad.

Anonymous said...

I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL ANOTHER STATION PICKS MELISSA FOREMAN UP. YOU CAN BET SHE WILL BE ON ANOTHER MORNING PROGRAM SOON BECAUSE SHE IS AWESOME! I HAVE ALSO TURNED OFF THE LIGHT WHAT A SHAME.

Anonymous said...

Agree with all others comments. I cannot believe that you have broke up the best team in morning radio. I've turn the lite off in this former loyal listeners car/office also. I guess it is back to Eric and Kathy

dee said...

I will not be listening to the lite anymore I cant beleive they got rid of the morning gand for whoopi goldberg what are they thinking.maybe they will change there mind when the low ratingsd come in.I sure will miss the mrning crew I tried listening today and its not the same goodby wlit

Anonymous said...

I would rather ride to work with the radio off than to listen to
Whoppi. I have enjoyed Whoppi as an actress, but not as a radio DJ. Chicago has wonderful radio personalities, we don't need a syndicated show. I miss Melissa!

Anonymous said...

I couldn't believe when I turned on the radio and heard Whoppi's voice. I checked and double checked that I had tuned into WLIT.
I almost had a HEART ATTACK!!!! STUPID, STUPID, STUPID MOVE. There is no warmth, caring, personality or charisma to the morning show. NO ONE WILL EVER HOLD A CANDLE TO MELISSA FORMAN. I can't wait to see who picks her up. This is probably a blessing in disguise for her. She can now NAME HER PRICE. I CANNOT STAND WHOPPI "G" sounds like the name of a gang banger. GOOD LUCK MELISSA & JIM.....I LOVE YA & MISS YOU GUYS EVEN MORE.

Anonymous said...

I too am very disappointed that Melissa & Jim are gone. I've enjoyed listening. When I first heard Woopi I thought the old gang was on assignment somewhere but when a few days passed and no mention the Melissa I couldn't believe she had been replaced!!!! Please bring her and Jim back. Whoopi is not even in CHICAGO, who cares about anyone calling in from another state. We want to hear about Chicago and Chicago callers and we enjoyed being part of Melissa, Jim and Rick's lives. A travisty has been committed. Everyone I know that was a listener is not any longer. Signed: A BIG FAN in Mundelein, Melissa if you get to see any of these comments, Sorry to you and the best of luck.

Anonymous said...

I too am disappointed that Melissa was fired from WLIT her, Jim and Rick were the only reason I listened to WLIT. I cannot stand Whoopi and really don't want to hear her on the radio that early in the morning. Please bring Melissa and Jim back. I refuse to listen to WLIT and am trying to find another station to listen to. Melissa you are a tough act to follow and its hard to find another morning show like yours. Miss you on the radio..

Anonymous said...

I have listened to Melissa Foreman for all of the 5 years she has been on the morning show. I thought she was both entertaining and informative. Whoopi G is a joke. Maybe she can do stand up comedy but as far as waking up with her in the morning, forget it. I want to wake up gradually. I don't want to be jarred awake by a loud mouth.

Anonymous said...

I've have tried listening to Whoopi and all I can say is what the hell were you thinking. You need to bring back Melissa and Jim. Melissa I wish you all the best and I miss your show. Your the BEST!!!! I am no longer a loyal listener.

DJ-M said...

Now, she's doing it in Denver, too, and an entire station flips from "Mega 95.7" to "95.7 The Party".

Anonymous said...

BRING MELISSA AND THE GANG BACK! MORNINGS ARE NOT THE SAME! I AM NO LONGER A LITE LOYAL LISTENER.

Anonymous said...

WLIT...are you reading all these comments???? Haven't read one that supports your decision. You must not have understood your market if you thought the people who enjoyed listening to Melissa (soft, sweet and funny) in the morning would also enjoy Whoopi (loud, brash and not so funny). Very bad decision...you've lost this listener!

Anonymous said...

Whoppi sucks! This loyal listener is now at the mix and wonder what kind of idiot would replace the wonderfull morning show with Melissa, Rick and Jim with the arrogant, NEVER funny whoppi who talks like sha has a mouth full of shit. Melissa, where are you?? I know you are on the air somewhere!! You rock, and my mornings will never be the same.

Anonymous said...

Melissa, if you are reading, never come back to the LITE even if they promise you the moon. I will continue searching for you on the air. Surely someone has picked you up by now. What assholes to fire the best thing to ever happen to Chicago radio. You are deeply missed. Whoppi Sucks!

Rose said...

They dropped Melissa so they could compete with Eric & Kathy... right? Well there is no other morning station now, since the Trio, Melissa, Jim & Rich are misplaced - WLIT sent me to Eric & Kathy as Whoopie may be a good comedian but after listening to her on 8/14/06, my Lite is off.
Melissa ... hope all is well with you - COME BACK!

Sandy said...

My butt would be canned if I made a mistake like that. What were you thinking? Melissa, Jim & Rick made an awesome team . . . . your loss - oh wait a minute, I mean Chicago's loss.

Anonymous said...

I tried listening to Whoopi for two days, but was disgusted! I miss hearing the Hollywood Trash every morning and the silly jokes from the crew. I started listening to another station, but still check once in a while to see if Melissa has mysteriously returned. WLIT- BAD, BAD decision!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I miss Melissa, I can't stand Whoopi annoying voice. Sorry WLIT, but you last yet another Lite Loyal Listener. Melissa where ever you are, please rescue us.

Anonymous said...

It's been 5 months without Melissa, Rick and Jim. The reason why everyone liked them because they were 'real' people, with families, problems, opinions, etc. Plus, Whoppi's voice is a bit too gravely in the morning. Miss you Melissa!!!!

Anonymous said...

I was elated when Melissa joined WLIT 5 years ago. I really enjoyed her on Q101 with Bill Leff before she joined the WLIT family. I have boycotted Q101'S morning show since they replaced them with Mancow (YUK!) I tried listening to Whoopi a couple of times and cannot tolerate her show. Everyone at work feels the same. You have lost listeners. It's back to Eric & Kathy in the morning.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry Whoopi next week they won't even remember Melissa's name.Keep on going in Denver. Its better to hear you than all that yacking they do on the radio

Anonymous said...

I miss Melissa and the crew. They would make me laugh so hard. I loved the show. I have already found a new station. BIG MISTAKE you made!!!!

Anonymous said...

I miss you Melissa!!! I used to listened to you everyday on the way to work. What happened? One day your here and the next your gone! I have not and WILL not listen to The Lite anymore! I'm sure you are doing great where ever you maybe. I wish you the best of luck and just know that you are deeply missed here in Chicago.

Anonymous said...

I have tried to listen to Whoppi G and found that I miss Melissa and the gang more than ever. There is no Chicago tie and not enough laughter. Melissa and the gang made my day. Big mistake LITE-FM for the switch. I'll have to listen to someone else in the morning.

Anonymous said...

The lite is not the same without Melissa. She even made the holidays special. Whoopie needs to realize that if she couldn't make it as a comedian or actress, she definately should not have tried radio! WLIT needs to bring Melissa back!! She was one of us, a true Chicagoan!! BRING BACK MELISSA!!

Anonymous said...

I miss Melissa & Jim soooo much! Bring them back to radio please

Anonymous said...

The replacement of Melissa is a big mistake .I hope someabody will bring Melissa back .

Anonymous said...

Melissa - we miss you!! We're not forgetting you or your guys!! My co-workers and I e-mailed the LIT after the announcement was made your final week and the response from management was "no one likes change." Well, I hope the LIT likes the change of losing listeners due to their poor decision. I have not listened to LIT since the morning of Whoopi's debut.

Melissa - We're still your loyal fans and we want you back on the air!!

Anonymous said...

Melissa and Jim you are truly missed. I won't even listen to Whoopi, her radio show is terrible. So many people want Melissa and Jim back, When will the Lite realize what a big mistake they made! My drive seems much longer now without a good radio station to listen to. To bad :(

Amber said...

I agree with all other comments posted. What idiots at WLIT!!! I was deeply saddened when I found out that Melissa Forman was being replaced, I listened to WLIT online for a year and a half, and came across Melissa's show. I have been e-mailing with Melissa for almost 2 years now, and she sceems like a caring, loyal person. (and you can tell how real she was) talking with callers, giving advice, etc. I think WLIT has made a huge mistake! For those who don't know, Melissa has her own site located at http://www.melissaforman.com which you can check out. (and I made a message board for all Melissa's Loyal Listeners too) which you can also check out: http://melissaformanfans.myfastforum.org hope you'll join. I am hoping and praying Melissa and Jim return to radio soon!!!! :) Please come back Melissa! We miss you!!!!

Anonymous said...

Melissa Foreman made listening to the radio fun!When I listen to a radio host talking I DON'T want to hear about stuff happening in New York. What were they thinking?!
Whoppi should stick to television and movies. I have not listened to WLIT since the change; not even during the holidays! Melissa where are you????

Anonymous said...

OK, DJMoves, you've been asked a thousand times already.

Time to actually answer!

Where's Melissa Forman?

DJ-M said...

Melissa Foreman is back on the air, same station, but in the afternoons.

nsoprych said...

okay - enough of this whoopi - the ratings for WLIT have got to be down.

BRING BACK MELISSA!!

She made my day - that whole crew on that morning show was the best you will ever find.

Nancy from Chicago

Anonymous said...

I have read all the comments on the Melissa Foreman show. I agree with them all. Melissa and the gang were so entertaining and my drive along with many others was enjoyable. I sit in my car 1.5 hours in the morning and I couldn't wait until I turned the station on and really looked forward to her show each day. You do need to BRING HER AND THE GANG BACK. It is good for the station and good for Chicago. Get rid of Whoopi. You have lost another avid listener. I switched to 94.7 and judging from all the other responses you've lost quite a few and these are the ones you know about. What a stupid mistake !!!!! Correct it and we all would come back and listen.
Patty

Whatsinaname said...

Im out of Chicago. But still curious! Is the evening host Delilah still there or not? Im worried now...

Anonymous said...

Bring Melissa back . She and the rest of the morning gang were the best. They started the day just right. Whoopi just does not cut it. She is better on the view.

Anonymous said...

YEAH@!!!!! MELISSA IS BACK!!!!

DJ-M said...

It's true, she's back. First day was today, 10/22/07. Welcome back Melissa - From the looks of my web traffic, listeners certainly do like you in the morning. More here.

glenn said...

Will not listen to lite fm unless Melissa is on in the mornings