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News & Notes: Felicia Middlebrooks; WOJO; WVIX/WVIV; WMVP/WSCR; James VanOsdol; Weigel Bro...
Sep 30 2014 18:45

Today's News & Notes features 16 local media news items, including: Felicia Middlebrooks celebrates a milestone; WOJO-FM celebrates a return to high ratings; WVIX-FM/WVIV [ ... ]

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iHeartMedia Promotes Earl Jones To SVP/Urban Operations, Names Matt Scarano As New Chicago...
Sep 29 2014 17:30

iHeartMedia made a pair of executive announcements today that have an impact on the Chicago radio market. Effective immediately, Earl Jones becomes the Senior Vice Presid [ ... ]

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WERV-FM & WRXQ-FM Promote Interim PDs To Full-Time Program Directors
Sep 29 2014 16:16

Digity owned and operated suburban radio stations WERV-FM/95.9 The River and WRXQ-FM/100.7 QRock announced the promotion of both stations' former Assistant Program Direct [ ... ]

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CSN Chicago To Broadcast Original, Inspirational Documentary 'Guts: The Jeff Hobbs Story'
Sep 29 2014 12:05

Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the local all-sports station, will have something rather unique to broadcast Tuesday night. It will be a brand new, exclusive documentary which [ ... ]

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B96 Announces Jingle Bash 2014 Lineup
Sep 26 2014 23:00

Each December, WBBM-FM/B96 holds its annual multi-artist holiday concert, Jingle Bash. Late Friday, the station announced its exciting lineup for Jingle Bash 2014.

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WBBM-FM Releases Morning Show Producer Mary Sandberg
Sep 26 2014 18:30

For the past two years, Mary Sandberg was the Executive Producer of the WBBM-FM/B96 morning show and frequent on-air contributor. She is also well-known for her nine year [ ... ]

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News & Notes: Bears; CSN Chicago; Brandon Marshall; Mayhem; Radio Disney; Dan Proft; B96; ...
Sep 26 2014 13:50

This weekend's News & Notes has yet another ten news items from the Chicagoland media beat, including: Chicago Bears continue to win in the TV ratings; Comcast SportsNet  [ ... ]

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ABC 7 To Broadcast Four Political Candidate Debates In October
Sep 26 2014 08:45

As it gets closer to the November elections, WLS-TV/ABC 7 will take part in and broadcast four political candidate debates in October. Two of the debates will be done in  [ ... ]

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WTTW-TV To Broadcast 7-Hour 'American Graduate Day' Event
Sep 25 2014 17:00

This Saturday, WTTW-TV will take part in a seven-hour broadcast event, aimed to stress the importance of staying in school and high school graduation. The third annual "A [ ... ]

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WGCI-FM Unveils New Logo And 2014 Big Jam Concert Lineup
Sep 25 2014 13:30

WGCI-FM/107.5WGCI has a pair of exciting developments this month. The first is the unveiling of a dramatic new logo. The second is the announcement of the lineup and tick [ ... ]

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Chicago Tribune Losing Reporters, Staffers
Sep 25 2014 12:30

Newspapers lose reporters, editors, and staffers all the time, especially in recent years, as the print media has fallen on hard times. For various reasons, the Chicago T [ ... ]

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WGN-AM Adding Anna Davlantes, More News
Sep 24 2014 22:30

As WBBM-AM/Newsradio 780 & 105.9 continue to do incredibly well in the ratings, while talk station WGN-AM continues to be well below in the ratings and trending downward, [ ... ]

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Steve & Johnnie Return To WGN-AM For Labor Day Fill-In Role

For the second time in under a year, beloved WGN Radio overnight radio duo of Steve King and Johnnie Putman will be making their return to the Chicago airwaves. This will take place on Labor Day, as they fill in for the WGN-AM morning show, working the 5:00am-10:00am shift.

This will be a one-day-only treat for fans of classic WGN Radio, happening on September 1st.

The last time Steve King and Johnnie Putman were on the radio was a highly-regarded WGN-AM fill-in role during the week of Christmas this past December.

Steve & Johnnie will be able to work out of the station's famed showcase studio, with windows facing Michigan Avenue and Pioneer Court. This will allow some of their many fans the opportunity to stop by and wave at their favorite radio couple. For much of their almost three decades at WGN Radio, King and Putman did their overnight and late night shows in WGN-AM's secondary studio, away from the watchful eyes of street-side onlookers.

Budget cuts by an ownership that was mired in an ongoing bankruptcy resulted in the release of numerous WGN-AM veterans a few years ago, including King and Putman. The duo exited the station in December 2011.

The loss of Steve & Johnnie from WGN-AM was a devastating one to their legion of fans. For many years, their overnight show had been Chicago's #1 most-listened to radio program during those hours. The husband and wife team put on one of the finest overnight radio programs in the history of Chicago radio. Steve & Johnnie's fans aren't just Chicagoans, either. With its strong signal at night, WGN-AM can be heard in well over 30 states and up into Canada, not to mention being heard worldwide via the Internet. They received calls, texts, emails, and postings on their Yahoo Group and Facebook accounts from people listening from all over the country and world.

Together, Steve & Johnnie did over 6,200 shows for WGN-AM, most of which ran between 4-6 hours in length -- an incredible feat.

Along with the upcoming fill-in role, there is more good news for Steve & Johnnie fans...

In the near future, many of their former WGN-AM "Life After Dark" overnight show's archived in-studio musical performance videos will be coming back to the Steve & Johnnie page on the WGN-AM website. They will also be featured on the hosts' own website, SteveAndJohnnie.com. Among the dozens of artists found on these in-studio videos are show favorites Jim Peterik (with and without The Ides Of March), Tommy Emmanuel, Imelda May, Doyle Dykes, Cathy Richardson, and many more.

As for the various projects King and Putman have been working on since leaving full-time radio work, and especially recently... that will be discussed and revealed on their Labor Day radio show on WGN-AM. Longtime fans will want to tune in.


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