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Chicago Political Reporter Bill Cameron Rejoins WLS-AM


Bill Cameron
Bill Cameron

Chicago political reporter Bill Cameron rejoins Cumulus' WLS-AM/Chicago as Producer and Host of "Take 1 with Bill Cameron," a new weekly program and podcast that debuts on Sunday, May 1 and airs every Sunday from 5-6pm. Cameron retired from fulltime reporting in August, 2021 after more than 50 years of covering Chicago politics. The new show will present Cameron's unedited interviews with Chicago newsmakers and discussions about local breaking news. His first guest on Sunday, May 1 is Senator Dick Durbin.

"It's impossible to walk away from Chicago," said Cameron. "This is the city with politics that wouldn't be believable in a movie script, architecture that architects worldwide come to study, Nobel Prize-winning intellectuals, nationally renowned restaurants, performing arts, and museums, eight professional sports teams that alternately thrill and confound diehard fans, and more than 200 diverse neighborhoods in 78 community areas."

"Take 1 with Bill Cameron" is the kind of program ideally suited to radio," added Cameron. "Ask a question, get out of the way, don't interrupt, and let interesting people tell their stories - no sound bites, no spin, no shouting, no editing."

WLS-AM Program Director Stephanie Tichenor commented, ""We are delighted to welcome back Bill Cameron to the Big 89. The news doesn't stop and neither does Bill."

Cameron, a longtime fixture in Chicago broadcasting, has won local and national recognition throughout his esteemed career - including a Peabody Award, two Edward R. Murrow awards, two Gabriel Awards, and more than a score of awards from the Associated Press and United Press International.

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