Daniel Zampillo, an assistant program director at Tribune Co.-owned WGN-AM (720), is leaving the station to become executive producer of sports programming at Sirius/XM satellite radio. Initially, Zampillo will focus on The NFL Talk channel and Mad Dog Radio channel. Zampillo is relocating to New York to take the new job, which he will start on Sept. 10. Zampillo had been with WGN since 2008.
Zampillo is not the first -- and no doubt won't be the last -- staffer to exit WGN as the news/talk radio station works its way through a massive revamp under program director Kevin Metheny, who is seeking to attract more of the younger 25 to 54-year-old demo that advertisers covets.
Zampillo made a veiled reference to his new job with Sirius/XM on a his Facebook page. He has posted an "Empire State of Mind" video with imagery of New York City, along with the comment "My new home . . . I will miss you Chicago, but it's time to go."