Friday, April 15, 2016

Ron Magers '97

One of the incredible challenges of writing “Records Truly Is My Middle Name” by John Records Landecker was that there was sooooo much great material to choose from, it became difficult to decide which stories made the cut, and which ones did not.

One of the big stories from John’s time at WJMK Radio was the scandal at Channel 5 News in the late 90s. At that time, a “genius” named Lyle Banks ran Channel 5, and he thought it would be a great idea to have Jerry Springer come on the 10pm news every night to do a commentary. Well, as you might imagine, that did not sit well with the two anchors at that time–the legendary Carol Marin and Ron Magers. Carol immediately quit to protest the move. Ron left shortly thereafter.

Magers went on to a huge career at Channel 7, and now nearly twenty years later, has announced that he is retiring. Seems like a good time to go back in the Landecker archives and see how John handled that big blow up at Channel 5.

You can listen to the audio here. Ron Magers himself makes an appearance.