Longtime Chicago radio personality Steve Cochran still has a lot to say, and after doing 88 episodes as a test flight he is committing to launching a podcast. Cochran launched Live From My Office in March as a social media series using the Facebook videos feature after he was dismissed from news-talk WGN (720) last December for a second time. “It’s just time to make it a full-fledged podcast,” he said in a Twitter post to fans, joking, “Plus by law, apparently everyone must have a podcast in 2020. I’ve always been known as a real rule follower.”
In a teaser about where he intends to take the podcast, Cochran says Live From My Office will include a mix of interviews and his own thoughts on the news. “There’s millions and millions of podcasts, but I know how to do this — I promise I will entertain, inform and maybe even infuriate you,” he said. Cochran said the podcast will be more similar to his longtime radio show than the Facebook posts have. He will publish new episodes on Tuesdays and Fridays. Episodes have ranged from two minutes to about an hour.
Cochran exited mornings on WGN in December after six years with the station as part of a series of changes under new owner Nexstar. The broadcaster, who was added to Chicago’s Walk of Fame in 2015, had previously worked at WGN from 2000 to 2010. With a radio career that dates to the 1980s, he earlier worked in markets including New York, Detroit, Miami, Baltimore, St. Louis and Minneapolis.
Media blogger Robert Feder reports Cochran is working with recently-retired all-news WBBM Chicago news anchor Felicia Middlebrooks and retired Chicago television news anchor Ron Magers to help create the podcast.