Tag Archives: Jeffrey T Mason


Since we last chatted, much has happened. I took some time off to relax after 104.3 K-Hits went bye-bye. Then I joined Big 95.5 for a couple weekend shows. You know…to ease my way back into things. I’m starting to think maybe I’m a curse because that station went off the air Labor Day weekend of 2020. Soooooo what’s the deal now? I get that question all the time since I’m no longer on the air in Chicago.

Here’s the deal: I am still working for iHeartRadio (owners of the former Big 95.5). Why do I “heart” them? Because they pay me!!! And they feel strongly enough about my show to air it on almost 50 stations nationwide. That’s a pretty nice vote of confidence.

I hope you’ve downloaded the iHeartRadio app. Nobody seems to own a radio anymore! Everyone listens online. And it just so happens that’s the easiest way to hear my shows. Yes, “shows” plural. I currently do five every weekday. Those five then get sent to dozens of stations as mentioned above. Sure, you can listen to each of those stations individually, but I’m not going to list them all here. Who has the time? If you want to know where I am on-air across America, shoot me a message and I’ll be happy to share that info with you.

It’s much easier to check out the five different formats where I can be heard weeknights from 7p-12a Eastern! Save these and listen often 🙂

BIG CLASSIC HITS (70s, 80s, 90s)
COOL OLDIES (70s & 80s)
REAL OLDIES (60s & 70s)
LITE ROCK (70s through today)
SOFT ROCK (80s through today)

I also just relocated from the South Loop to the <gasp> BURBS! As much as I love the city, this move just made sense. I get over twice the space for half the price. And since I now work from home, it doesn’t matter where I am! Though, as I’ve told you before, it will continue to be right here in Chicagoland. Can’t get rid of me that easily! Once I have the new studio fully decorated, maybe I’ll post a video. Is that a promise or a threat?

Thank you – as always – for listening. I’m forever grateful.

Radio’s Revolving Door…And A Promise

As I have said on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, I am SO grateful for the last four-and-a-half years you’ve listened to my show on (the now-former) 104.3 K-Hits! Sadly, that era has come to an end.

Hey, I’ve been doing this radio thing since 1990. November 23rd to be exact. So, I’m about to celebrate 27 years behind the microphone! The reality is losing my job to a format change has become “old hat.”

Listeners and friends have been extremely kind to reach out and ask if I’m OK. The answer is “YES!” These things don’t bring me down. In fact, it’s the nature of this business I chose. You know the old saying: “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” I know how this game plays out! With very few exceptions in my career, the experience has been worth the end result – whatever that may have been.

Nearly 15 years ago, I was in a similar predicament when the company that owned Energy 92-7 & 5 folded. I wanted desperately to stay on the radio here in Chicago. So, I stuck around. Eventually, the severance ran out. Then, the unemployment ran out. Finally, my savings and patience ran out. I had to find work elsewhere. That’s when I took a job doing mornings in Indianapolis.

I told myself it was only temporary…until something opened up in Chicago. I would only be three hours down the road and could just come back home. While the job DID turn out to be “temporary” (it lasted only one year), my next stop wasn’t Chicago. Nor was the next one…nor the following one…nor another four for that matter! It took TEN years for me to find the right opportunity in my favorite city on Earth. That, of course, was at 104.3 K-Hits.

I will NOT repeat this a second time! I have zero intention of leaving Chicago again. The key difference this time is that I’m 100% willing to walk away from radio. If no opportunities present themselves here in a timely manner, I’m “hanging up the headphones” as they say.  I’ve finally reached the point where quality of life trumps passion. I love this city so much, I’ll sacrifice a nearly 30 year career to stay.

This decision was not made hastily. I’ve had to pack my things, move to a new city, and basically uproot my life TWELVE times! While that was fun as a teenager in the early ’90s, the whole experience lost its luster many years ago. There won’t be a 13th time.

Sooooooo, you will either hear me on the radio soon…or find me packing boxes at Amazon! If it’s the latter, please subscribe to Amazon Prime. See? I’m already on the job! A.B.C. Always. Be. Closing.