Effective Oct. 18, Brian Paruch will be the new sidekick and news anchor for Chicago's No. 1-rated morning drive radio show with Eric Ferguson and Kathy Hart on Bonneville International's hot adult contemporary WTMX-FM (101.9).
Paruch replaces Mark Suppelsa, who is leaving the station to concentrate on his job as an anchor at Tribune Co.-owned WGN-Channel 9. Suppelsa said he wanted to spend more time doing investigative reporting in addition to his anchor responsibilities for the station's early and late newscasts.
For Paruch, his new WTMX job is a dream opportunity. "I could not be more excited," said Paruch, 37, who is no stranger to his new full-time role on the "Eric & Kathy Show."
On numerous occasions Paruch had filled in for Suppelsa over the past two-and-a-half years. So Paruch already knows he feels at ease working with Ferguson and Hart. "From the first time I was on air with them, I just felt totally comfortable fitting into their conversation," said Paruch, who believes the show is so successful in part because "no one is trying too hard" to make it work.
In addition to filling in for Suppelsa on the "Eric and Kathy Show," Paruch had been a freelance host and sports updates talent for the past four-and-a-half years on CBS Radio Chicago's sports talk WSCR-AM. Though Paruch said he likes to talk about a lot of subjects, sports is a passion and another reason he's going to like his new job. "Eric (Ferguson) knows as much or more about sports than I do," said Paruch. In announcing Paruch's departure from the Score, program director Mitch Rosen called Paruch a "tremendous team player" who will be missed at the station.
Eric Ferguson said he likes Paruch's versatility. "Brian can handle a lot of different aspects of our show, and his familiarity with the program will make the transition from Mark to him relatively seamless," added Ferguson.
Paruch began his radio career in the early 1990's at WKQX-FM (101.1), and among various jobs he held during his eight years at the station was a gig as sidekick for Mancow Muller. Paruch also previously worked at a hard rock station known as WZZN-FM, which changed call letters and format to become the popular oldies station WLS-FM (94.7). Paruch was born in Blue Island, grew up in Roselle, and attended the University of Illinois.