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Ron GleasonDirector of News and Programming WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9 FM
Ron Gleason has more than 30 years of broadcast experience. He has been WBBM Newsradio 780’s Director of News and Programming since November 2005, and has helped transition the station to an FM simulcast on 105.9FM. He started his career as a sports anchor and reporter at Sportsphone while finishing his last year at Northwestern University at the Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill.
After he graduated, Ron spent a year in Cheboygan, Michigan at WCBT-AM and FM, and five and a half years at WJOL and WLLI in Joliet before he started his career as a sports reporter and anchor at WBBM in 1985. In 1988, he accepted a sports director position at WMAQ, where he also served as a backup play-by-play announcer for White Sox baseball. Gleason also did freelance play-by-play of NCAA basketball and high-school championship contests for what was then known as Sportschannel. He stayed for three years at WMAQ, until moving to WSCR, The Score, as the station’s first Director of Sports and Programming in 1991.
He added radio play-by-play duties for DePaul basketball in 1997, a role he enjoyed until taking his current job at WBBM eight years later. Gleason oversaw The Score until 2001, when he joined the Chicago Bears Football Broadcast team at WBBM and in 2004, was hired as a news anchor as well. During this time, he also served as president of the UBC Radio Network, and worked in the media training field.