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Mike McConnell
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Market:  Chicago, IL
Radio Station:  WGN
Profile updated: 3/28/11    Submit profile update    Subscribe to profile updates

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Rating: 3.3 out of 5 based on 50 reviews.

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 5/4/13   5   Great show and a great host, I enjoy Mike's show a lot. He has so many ideas that make so much sense, I wish he'd write a book so I'd have them all in print. RID: 33679
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Click to report rating    8/18/12   1   Can't stand him or his show! Constatnly says "take it easy, see you later" after almost every call! Mike, you haven't nor will you at anytime see your callers later! Blow hard of a bore, GO away!!!! RID: 32728
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Click to report rating    6/12/12   1   Seriously WGN, get rid of this miserable, unhappy, arrogant excuse for a man. When I first started listening to him my thoughts went directly to Max Ehrmann's prose poem Desiderata...hence, I now can't turn the radio off fast enough when I hear his voice. RID: 32442
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Click to report rating    5/16/12   1   boring no humor and cuts people off and acts like he is better on every topic. RID: 32323
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Click to report rating    4/20/12   5   McConnell is very entertaining. These people on here that write about getting cut off on his show, got cut because they had nothing more to say. It seems a lot of listeners are use to the host letting callers ramble on and on. I hate that. Call public radio if you want to hear yourself talk,gas bags!! RID: 32219
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Click to report rating    4/6/12   1   I find it interesting that, as of this post, all ratings are either a 1 or a 5, I guess you either love his show or hate his show. I have called in a few times to disagree with him, and I've been cut off each time. Once I e-mailed him back regarding unequal pay of women vs. men. I included a graph from the department of labor illustrating my point and the inequality that still exists. He could not fathom that he could be wrong (he said there was no pay disparity between the sexes). He told me that the dol was comparing unequal jobs, doctors compared to nurses, for example. So typical of conservatives: don't confuse me with facts, my mind is already made up. Get this man off of our radio station! RID: 32145
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Click to report rating    1/17/12   1   send him back to cinncy he is not chicago bring back some real chicago bring back steve cochran RID: 31001
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Click to report rating    12/5/11   5   I cannot think of another talk-show host who gives such a fresh, comfortable spin to such a wide array of topics. Miss him from The Weekend but still occasionally catch him online at WGN mornings. RID: 30762
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Click to report rating    12/3/11   5   Fair and common sense views. Sometimes I find myself asking why didn't I think of that from that angle. Great show. RID: 30756
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 12/2/11   1   December 9 he loses an hour of his show....finally. Cut time until he is out the door. RID: 30749
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Click to report rating    11/30/11   5   He knows his subjects and his voice is wonderful. He is an asset to WGN.I may not always agree with him, but he is very fair and I just love to listen to him.Thank you for putting him on the air. RID: 30723
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Click to report rating    10/25/11   1   If McConnell in Chicago is anything like his time in Cincinnati, he's a vapid loud mouth and intellectual lightweight. Intelligent respondents who disagree with him are promptly cut off. His famous quote: "I am an authority on all things in which I am interested. That he has a job in Chicago is incredible. Poor Chicagoans. RID: 30588
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     9/28/11   SYSTEM: 2 negative duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
Click to report rating    9/24/11   2   not common sense, only his sense of the way the world should be. if everyone could be like him is his point of view. RID: 30471
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Click to report rating    9/15/11   1   Mike doesn't remain neutral on topics therefore all listeners lose. Our office is waiting for him to go. We turn WGN radio on, he's STILL there, therefore we find another to listen to. It's too bad for WGN given their history of intelligent conversation with the people out there. There's got to be a radio host out there who can moderate a conversation so that all can learn. Whether Mike's liberal or conservative doesn't matter. The show is too one sided and the feeling of the show Mike does is not a creative one. Anybody can do what he does given his lack of ability. RID: 30420
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Click to report rating    8/17/11   1   This man needs to be off the air. He is the rudest man that I have ever listened to. Very rude to callers, argues with anyone who does not agree with his point of view and is flat out degrading to callers that try to express opinions on topics or state facts that he cannot verify. Mike go back to Ohio. RID: 30302
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Click to report rating    8/12/11   5   He doesn't let people go on and on, and he listens to peoples opinions. He also has his own thoughts which he expresses very well and he uses facts to back them up. He stimulates conversation. Good addition RID: 30276
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Click to report rating    8/10/11   1   Very rude. Doesn't listen to what callers are trying to say, cuts them off. I have tried repeatedly to listen but after 5 min I have to turn him off. Can't wait till he's gone. RID: 30267
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Click to report rating    7/21/11   5   Great show and well thought out points of view by Mike. Seems to have a practacle side to the topics he discusses whether you agree with him or not. RID: 30171
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Click to report rating    6/26/11   1   He's not a bright as he tries to make himself out to be. From where I sit, he's more contrarian than knowledgeable. RID: 30059
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Click to report rating    4/15/11   1   After listening since he's been with WGN I'm drained. Same thing day after day. Name calling, put downs. Very rarely positive recognition for good in the world. Arrogant. Not an asset to the station. They cleaned house a while ago but they forgot one. RID: 29708
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Click to report rating    4/6/11   5   wow....what a breath of fresh air....finally someone who really is middle of the road. RID: 29662
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Click to report rating    3/29/11   5   Mike's show is always well researched. A "thinking person's show". Looks at all sides of the issue with common sense approach. RID: 29601
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Click to report rating    3/28/11   1   I've read the latest WGN rating reviews & I find it astonishing & troublesome that McConnell's ratings have improving. I think he is the worst personality WGN has employed in my memory. In all the years I have been a listener, I can't recall a host I dislike more. Friends & family I speak with echo my feelings about him - "can't stand him". So, although his ratings have show a 9% increase it's just WGN's way of putting a positive spin a persons ratings, that only had a 2.3 rating to begin with; management has worked hard to sell him & I don't think he's worth it. Personally would rather see him gone. I just don't think he will ever gain an audience that will bolster his time slot or any time slot. My hope would be WGN buys-out his contract. Make him go "bye-bye! RID: 29576
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 1/29/11   5   Mike McConnell is so REAL if you open yourself to reality! Whether you are to the LEFT, RIGHT, or CENTER, the common sense filtration of most any topic comes to the top IF YOU LISTEN. Mike's arguments are not slanted right or left but rather RIGHT ON target to evaluate the pro's and con's of the subject. RID: 29063
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 11/12/10   1   Made me leave WGN during the time he is on the air. Doesn't seem to bright to me. Rude to most callers who don't agree with him. Hello WBBM. RID: 28378
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Click to report rating    10/14/10   5   I love the common sense Libertarian approach. I like the attitude as well. RID: 28158
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Click to report rating    10/7/10   5   I say to Chicagoland listeners: GIve him time to grow on you. He may initially come off as arrogant, but if you listen, he's actually spot-on and uses commmon sense.. I listened to him for years on WLW and fortunately I live/work in an area where I can get both Cincy and Chicago radio. Now I'm WGN until 12:30 everyday. RID: 28097
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Click to report rating    10/1/10   1   He is rude and arrogant. If I wanted nasty controversial show I would listen to Rush and I do not want that kind of show when in the car We are now listening to a station in Iowa during the 9 to 12 slot. RID: 28051
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 9/20/10   1   Monotone voice. Puts the callers down. A real "smart alec.Doesn't interact with his support staff. RID: 28003
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Click to report rating    9/17/10   1   An embarassment to radio broadcasting. Conversations are dull, very rude to callers, cut them off if they don't agree with him RID: 27987
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Click to report rating    9/16/10   1   He's a complete ass, he very often does not have the facts but relies on his producer for the facts and figures.When challenged bya listener he has sarcastic remark how the listener should check their facts then cuts them off, then comments to his producer to double check his fact. RID: 27979
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Click to report rating    9/15/10   2   Another know-it-all. Reads directly from sources instead of giving the premise and then is curt when people disagree with what he's read. Cuts people off when they disagree with him. RID: 27971
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Click to report rating    8/26/10   1   doesn't seem in tune with Chicago. He is not as entertainging as John Williams, Steve Cochran or Bill Leff. Just have their easygoing personality or wit. RID: 27804
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Click to report rating    8/18/10   5   Mike is my favorite talk show host. Habits- He is always falling behind "the clock" and then blaming someone else for getting behind. Pretty funny. His points are pretty straight forward and based on solid common sense. Mike for Earth Czar !! RID: 27707
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Click to report rating    6/9/10   5   Found Mike to be very informed with the facts when discussing a topic and did not cave into polical correctness like the other 80%. RID: 27253
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Click to report rating    5/13/10   5   Mike McConnell is one of the smartest men on the radio. While he does lean right, he is very much a "by the issue" type person whose common sense and straight forward approach, while coming off as egotistical to some, is really a breath of fresh air on the talk show circuit. Great job, Mike! RID: 27126
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Click to report rating    1/24/10   5   My 13-year old son and I were listening to The Weekend with Mike McConnell yesterday and man is he wickedly funny and smart. Some guy was going off on him about how Mike is "the rich" and Mike was like, "well maybe you could also work on the weekends like me," and had the caller stammering and stuttering like a fool. Usually these types of shows either have callers who agree with the host or the host talks over the guy trying to make a point. Mike just let the dude paint himself into a corner. Mike doesn't get excited and what he says isn't necessarily rude or harsh, but just truthful. He was talking about how two kids, each out of college will go to work. One will save the max in their 401k from day one, the other will wait until he's 40. The non-saver will then call up the saver and call him an evil rich guy. Loved it. RID: 26216
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Click to report rating    1/23/10   5   He's excellent. Great discussions. He shows the value of just simple common sense once the hype is stripped from the competing arguments of a given issue. He gets you thinking. RID: 26211
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Click to report rating    7/19/09   5   I have now begun thinking how I think Mike would when I am confronted with any life situation. I sure wish he was my neighbor or a good friend. I do wish 700wlw would put him back on XM daily like it use to be. Not just on the weekends. RID: 24740
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Click to report rating    3/14/09   5   Mike has the sharpest and quickest logic I have ever heard in any medium. I have never heard any host respond to callers' arguments so clearly and decisively. Mike proves what I have long suspected about liberals; that the very concept of calm, rational debate is foreign to the liberal mind. RID: 23720
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Click to report rating    3/10/09   5   For the most part Mike is a pleasure to listen to. I love his logical ideas. It's the best part of his program. I'm so disappointed I can no longer access him in PA on XM 165. I will have to try XM 173 RID: 23681
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Click to report rating    7/7/08   5   Mike is the Best I've seen at politely slapping down the Moonbats with Facts and Logic. It's just a shame they are Incapable of Listening to him. RID: 19742
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Click to report rating    6/9/08   5   A smart show that discusses current events and global issues. A nice change of pace from the average talk show. The opinions expressed by Mike are original and usually thought provoking. RID: 19357
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Click to report rating    4/9/08   5   Easily the smartest talk show host around. Definitely does his homework on current issues and shows it when debating callers and interviewing guests. He should be given the opportuninty to moderate the presidential debates. RID: 18382
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Click to report rating    1/17/08   5   Discovered the show about a year and half ago. Listen every day via podcast. New I was onto something good when my 17 year old daughter turned the radio up so she could listen. Mike is extremely open minded and knowlegeable about many issues. With bias in media he is an important alternative news source. RID: 16736
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Click to report rating    8/6/07   2   Host pretends to be much smarter than he really is. Doesn't listen to callers who disagree with him. He use to claim that people who hung up on him "lost" the argument with him since they gave up but since he became a national talk show host he hangs up on callers several times a show. Needless to say he doesn't comment on how he "lost" the argument with the the caller he cut off. Finally, he's been doing the fake interviews with Tanya Roberts for Consolidated Resorts. I find myself looking for other things to listen to these days. RID: 14149
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Click to report rating    10/31/06   5   mike mcconnell is the best show on radio if the rest of the country had his common sense this would be a better world RID: 8826
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Click to report rating    10/6/06   5   Mike is smarter and quicker than most hosts - even some who are very big in the industry. Unlike some, he has the ability to be articulate and entertaining when discussing topics other than politics. RID: 8201
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Click to report rating    7/14/06   5   The best person on talk radio. Thinks through the issues insted of making his idea fit an idiology. He can destroy an argument by using facts and common sense. A very quick mind. RID: 6891
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Click to report rating    6/18/06   5   The best. Represents the every man. Knowledgable on all issues. Should be syndicated. Has a nation wide weekend talkshow called The Weekend. RID: 6696
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