On November 15th, 2018, Jonathon Brandmeier was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame: “It’s our mission to recognize the most impactful personalities and individuals to our medium and honor them,” National Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin said. “We’re proud to induct these individuals for their contributions into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2018, our 30th year.”
Robservations on the media beat: An afternoon snowstorm in New York Thursday delayed the start of the 30th annual National Radio Hall of Fame ceremonies – including the induction of Chicago legend Jonathon Brandmeier and 10 others.
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Jonathon Brandmeier’s radio career began at age fifteen at WFON-FM in his hometown of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. In January 1980, he was at WOKY-AM Milwaukee, Wisconsin when he was selected as one of the top five deejays in the country in a Los Angeles-based talent search, alongside Howard Stern.
A month later, he accepted an offer from KZZP-FM in Phoenix, where he tripled the ratings in only six months. In 1983, Chicago’s WLUP-FM, The Loop won a nationwide battle for his services. Brandmeier became “The King of Chicago Mornings” and his band, The Leisure Suits, was the hottest performing act in Chicago.
During his years at The Loop, Brandmeier made appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Arsensio Hall, which led to a television development deal at NBC. In 1995, he won the Marconi Radio Award for “Personality of the Year.”
In 1997, after The Loop was sold, Brandmeier moved his morning show to Los Angeles. He returned to Chicago in 2005 for a final run at The Loop. In 2013, while at WGN Radio, Governor Pat Quinn declared a “Johnny B Day” in Illinois. In 2015, The Jonathon Brandmeier Show was nationally syndicated.