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Robert Sirott (born August 9, 1949), known professionally as Bob Sirott, is a Chicago broadcaster who currently is a radio host at WGN-AM.

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Early life and education

Sirott grew up in the Albany Park neighborhood on Chicago's North Side, on Ridgway Avenue.[1][2] He began working as a page for NBC in Chicago in 1966, while a senior in high school.[3] He then graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Chicago in 1967[4], later earning a bachelor's degree from Columbia College Chicago.[5]

Professional career

Sirott began his career in radio as a summer vacation fill-in disc jockey for WBBM-FM in 1971 before moving to WLS (AM) in 1973.[6] He was a top disc jockey at WLS from 1973 until 1980. Sirott shifted to television in 1980, taking a job at WBBM-TV. After five years at WBBM, Sirott took a job with the CBS newsmagazine West 57th, although the network allowed him to remain based in Chicago.[7]

Sirott left West 57th in 1988, telling the Chicago Sun-Times in an article that ran on December 22, 1987: "If ('West 57th') were more of a personality-oriented show, and if I had the opportunity to do some live things, I'd be able to withstand it longer. But it's just been too difficult for me to work in this system with 25 different producers and not have hands-on control over my own pieces."[8]

In March 1989, Sirott returned to Chicago's airwaves at WMAQ-TV as a noon news anchor and program host; the following year, he launched and was the co-anchor of WMAQ-TV's "First Thing in the Morning" along with Allison Rosati. After four years at WMAQ, he was fired in July 1993—for the first time in his career—after he and management had a difference of opinion over his and his show's autonomy.[9]

In March 1994, Sirott returned to work, anchoring "Fox Thing in the Morning" on Chicago's FOX affiliate WFLD with his future wife Marianne Murciano, until she was moved to another time slot at the station in June 2000.[10] It was ranked high in the Nielsen ratings, and fans were taken aback when they learned that the show was unceremoniously cancelled and renamed "Fox News in the Morning."[10] On September 27, 2000, Sirott was bounced as the station's host—concurrent with the show's renaming. News reports had stated that Sirott didn't want to work with new anchor, Tamron Hall, who had replaced his wife, but Sirott downplayed those rumors in a Chicago Sun-Times article on September 28, 2000.[10] "It's not about Tamron," he told the paper. "It's about changes in the focus and direction of the show."[10] Sirott was removed as co-host with 2-1/2 years remaining on his contract, and he was nominally kept on WFLD's payroll to develop new programming for Fox stations and the company's syndication division.[10]

From June 2002 to December 2005, Sirott hosted "Chicago Tonight" on the Chicago PBS station WTTW.[5][11] At WTTW he also hosted the "Friday Night Show." His contract was not renewed in 2005 because of cost cutting.

In early 2006, Sirott rejoined WMAQ as a weekend anchor joining Anna Davlantes on the weekend 5 and 10 PM broadcasts. He at one time co-anchored the 4:30 PM newscast with Marion Brooks. Most recently, he had co-anchored the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 PM newscasts (briefly succeeding the now-retired Warner Saunders in this capacity) with Allison Rosati and also had been developing new programming for the NBC owned station. However, on June 11, 2009, Sirott left WMAQ-TV after he and the station were unable to come to financial terms in the wake of Saunders' departure.[12]

On April 12, 2007, Chicago radio station WGN announced that it was reviving The Noon Show with Sirott as its host. Sirott also hosts The Sunday Night Radio Special with his wife on that station. Sirott was removed from The Noon Show on January 25, 2010.

Sirott is also known for his "One more thing" commentaries in which he muses on various topics, many of which are Chicago related.

Sirott was also seen in a cameo appearance on the FOX Drama Prison Break during its first season as a reporter.[13]

Personal

Sirott's first wife, Carrie Cochran, was a news anchor at WBBM-TV at the time he worked there. Sirott and Cochran married on November 7, 1981. They worked together at WFLD-TV until they separated in November 1995.[14] The couple didn't officially divorce, however, until April 1999.[15]

Sirott and Murciano married on June 11, 1999.[16] They have one daughter, and Sirott also has two stepchildren from Murciano. Sirott and Murciano reside in Wilmette, Illinois.

Sirott is the uncle of Chicago Cubs's pre-game host and fill-in play-by-play man Judd Sirott.

References

  1. ^ Feder, Robert (November 6, 2001). "Sirott returning to radio to host show for laughs". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 53. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Steve (October 20, 2002). "What's so scary about Bob Sirott? John Callaway's shadow continues to loom as a host plucked from commercial TV takes over Ch. 11's 'Chicago Tonight'". Chicago Tribune: p. 1. 
  3. ^ Feder, Robert (December 1, 2005). "Channel 5 to hire Bob Sirott as anchor". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 69. 
  4. ^ CPS Alumni Journalists & Media Personalities Bob Sirott
  5. ^ a b Feder, Robert (December 16, 2005). "Third time's the charm for Sirott at Channel 5". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 79. 
  6. ^ http://www.theheckler.com/news/templates/?a=241&z=8
  7. ^ http://www.nbcchicago.com/station/newsteam/Bob_Sirott.html
  8. ^ Feder, Robert (December 22, 1987). "Tired of 'West 57th,' Sirott to alter course". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 43. 
  9. ^ Feder, Robert (July 20, 1993). "Bob Sirott fired from Channel 5". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 35. 
  10. ^ a b c d e Feder, Robert (September 28, 2000). "'Fox Thing' dumps Sirott". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 45. 
  11. ^ Feder, Robert (June 21, 2002). "'Chicago guy' Bob Sirott signs on at Channel 11". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 61. 
  12. ^ http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/towerticker/2009/06/bob-sirott-out-at-wmaqch-5.html
  13. ^ Feder, Robert (September 9, 2005). "Nightlife comes alive with CLTV's expansion". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 63. 
  14. ^ Kupcinet, Irv (November 24, 1995). "Kup's Column". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 60. 
  15. ^ Sneed, Michael (April 15, 1999). "Sneed". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 4. 
  16. ^ Zwecker, Bill (June 14, 1999). "'Friends' star Cox, Arquette tie the knot". Chicago Sun-Times: p. 35. 

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