Steve Cochran (radio host)
March 14, 1961 |
Ithaca, New York, U.S.
|Show||The Steve Cochran Show|
|Station(s)||WGN 720 AM, Chicago|
|Time slot||5:00 AM - 10:00 AM|
|Website||Steve Cochran Radio Show|
Cochran was adopted. On June 4, 2003, he had his birth mother, Ann Sommers, as a guest on his show.
At the age of 18, Cochran attended Ithaca College for a year before dropping out to start his radio career. He sold radio advertising for a summer before starting his career at WTKO in his home town as a DJ.
In 1993, he had a cameo as a TV weather man in the film Grumpy Old Men.
Cochran was originally hired by WGN in early 2000 as a substitute host in various rotating shifts. He became a regular host unexpectedly after morning drive time host, Bob Collins, was killed in a collision while piloting his private airplane. To replace Collins, Spike O'Dell moved from afternoon drive to morning drive, John Williams moved from mid-afternoon to afternoon drive and Cochran filled the mid-afternoon time slot. The Williams and Cochran shows swapped time slots in 2007.
He broadcast The Steve Cochran Show on weekday afternoons. He described his show as being "a combination of funny and serious elements with special attention paid to charitable causes and kid issues."
WGN management decided not to renew Cochran's contract in mid-2010. His final day on the air was June 25, 2010.He returned to the station in July 2013.
Life outside radio
Outside of radio, Cochran also does stand up comedy and has done comedy shows on New Year's Eve. He is married to Maureen and has a son, Ross and a daughter, Amy. Cochran lives in Naperville, Illinois.