CBS Radio Chicago appears to be in no rush to name a replacement for Sherman Kaplan as co-host of the top-rated “WBBM Noon Business Hour” alongside Kris Kridel.
Kaplan retired September 22 after 46 years at all-news WBBM AM 780/WCFS FM 105.9, where he most recently co-anchored Monday-through-Friday midday newscasts, including the station's highly popular and profitable business news report.
News anchors Veronica Carter, Regine Schlesinger and Cisco Cotto are taking turns filling in with Kridel on the noon show “for the foreseeable future,” according to Ron Gleason, director of news and programming at WBBM Newsradio.
Since Kaplan signed off, the station has shifted to a single-anchor format from 10 a.m. to noon. Dual anchors continue in morning drive and from noon through afternoon drive, Gleason said.
As the radio home of playoff-bound Cubs baseball and Bears football, the station seems well poised for a spectacular month in the ratings.
In the latest Nielsen Audio survey, the WBBM Newsradio combo ranked No. 1 in middays with a 6.6 percent share and cumulative weekly audience of 942,300.