Wiser goes digital as Tribune exec producer
It’s back to Tribune Tower for veteran Chicago producer Jim Wiser. But after almost 30 years in local radio and television, he’ll now be working strictly online.
Wiser, 48, has been named executive producer for video programming at chicagotribune.com, the digital platform for the Chicago Tribune. He started Tuesday.
Until last December, Wiser had spent more than nine years at Tribune Tower as a top producer at news/talk WGN-AM (720). At the Tribune Co.-owned station, he rose to executive producer of programming and ran morning shows hosted by a succession of personalities, including Spike O’Dell, John Williams and Greg Jarrett. He was forced out when the station replaced Jarrett with Jonathon Brandmeier.
Coincidentally, it was Brandmeier who made Jimmy “Bud” Wiser a household name when Wiser worked as his producer at WLUP-FM (97.9) from 1983 to 1992. Between his two radio stints, Wiser spend 10 years as a producer for Fox Chicago, where he worked closely with Bob Sirott on Fox Thing in the Morning.
In his new position, Wiser will oversee video content for the Tribune’s website, according to Bill Adee, vice president of digital for Chicago Tribune. “Jim knows a lot of people in our newsroom already, he knows programming, and he knows Chicago,” Adee said. “So it looks like a really great combination for us to have.”
Wiser is married to former Chicago Sun-Times TV critic Paige Wiser, who now freelances as movie critic for ABC 7’s Windy City Live.