Published on Saturday, 30 January 2010 13:45
In this long weekend edition of News & Notes, we look at WXRT's Terri Hemmert classical hosting, V103 playing Cupid, WGN-AM secret construction, Mark Carman talking sports & media, Nancy Loo being quiet about WFLD's changes, Geoff Pinkus having fun & living large tomorrow, WBEZ-FM's tax break for you, and Alan Cox gets some company. It's all below...
* * The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is doing another series of their ClassicEncounters concerts where "Rock meets Bach." Once again, WXRT's Terri Hemmert will be the host for this series of four shows that will feature everything from Beethoven to The Beatles, Rachmaninov to Radiohead, Rossini to R.E.M. The concerts will be on March 4th, April 1st, April 22nd, and May 20th. To order a subscription package to all four ClassicEncounters concerts, call 312-294-3000. Free wine, beer and munchies are included with the shows.
* * Friday, February 12th, V103 will be having a "Valentine's Day House Party" at the Willowbrook Ballroom in Willow Springs (8900 S. Archer Ave.). The party will be hosted by WVAZ's Ramonski Luv & Joe "The Show" Soto and featuring the V103 Old School Friday's resident Mixmasters: DJ Kenny "Jammin" Jason (formerly of WBMX-FM) and DJ Maurice "Ice" Culpepper. Six additional DJs will be spinning that night, as well. There will be three different rooms of music going on simultaneously, with House Music on the Main Floor Ballroom, Old School in the lower level Bunkeris, and Slow Jams in the Dusty Room. The V103 "Valentine's Day House Party" will start at 8:00pm and run until 2:00am. Tickets are $10 in advance (available by phone at 708-839-1000), $15 at the door.
* * WGN-AM has gone through a serious big cutbacks in the last few weeks in what the Tribune-owned station described as necessary cost cutting moves. However, is that a brand new, state-of-the-art, very expensive, radio studio being built for WGN radio that should be ready this Spring? Just askin'...
* * Speaking of WGN-AM, the Producer of WGN's Sports Central, Mark Carman is the subject of an interview podcast on Margaret Larkin's Radiogirl podcast site this week. Mark talks about working with David Kaplan, how he got started in the business, why he has man-love for Dan "Bass" Levy, and much more. It's ready to be streamed or downloaded at this link HERE
* * As mentioned on here a few days ago
, Nancy Loo will soon be replaced by WFLD-TV's newest hire, Dawn Hasbrouck, as the News Anchor of the Noon newscasts on Fox Chicago News. While Loo has not had any public statement about the demotion, and probably cannot say much since she is still under contract with the station for a few more months, she did write the following on her blog
today: "It's been a bad week. ... There's really not much I can say about that at this point. ... I'll never be able to respond to the hundreds of messages and emails I've received about (the Fox changes). Wow! Thank you."
* * Tomorrow, Sunday the 31st, Geoff Pinkus will have a lot of special guests on his "Living Large" program on WIND-AM. Joining the "Pinker" and Producer Frank E Boy, will be Chet Coppock, Lise Dominique, and the former Producer of the Mitch Michaels' Rock-n-Roll Diner on WCKG (among other radio jobs), Denise Kase-Nabat. Other surprises are planned, as well. The show will be on AM 560 from 5:00pm-6:30pm.
* * There is a way to donate your old car for a tax write off, without ever having to deal with that annoying "Kars 4 Kids" commercial. You can donate your car to Chicago Public Radio. The men from the "Car Talk" show have made it possible & easy to donate your vehicle, no matter what shape it is in, so you get the break on your taxes and while WBEZ gets funds to keep operating. Details on the program can be found at this link HERE
* * Chicago's Alan Cox, who left this market to take a high profile job on Cleveland's WMMS-FM last month, is having two new co-hosts added to his afternoon show. The program will still be called "The Alan Cox Show," but now joining Alan each day will be Erika Lauren, a cast member on MTV's "The Real World: Washington, D.C." and a former Chicagoan living in Cleveland, and Chad Zumock, a local Cleveland comedian who has worked with National Lampoon's Radio and Spike TV. Hopefully, there will still be plenty of Alan Cox's personality in the show and it won't get lost in the jumble, ala the earlier version of "The Morning Fix" on Q101