Published on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 17:44
Plenty of local media stories in today's News & Notes, including: WLS-TV adds a newscast; Natasha Korecki moves to a new position; Daniel Carcillo gains a new "decoration" for his home; Steve Bertrand shows off WGN-AM's new radio studios; Margaret Larkin named producer for Sirott & Murciano's Sunday night program; WKIF-FM changes from Nine FM to The Valley; Angi Taylor goes cruising; the Effn Rock Network brings back the battle of the bands; Gabe Salgado joins Bleacher Report; Lenny McAllister releases a new book; and Luchy Luchy gets married married. It can all be read just below...
* * WLS-TV/ABC 7 does not want to risk losing viewers to WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 because of the highly popular Olympics coverage. The station is trying something different for those who want to watch the Olympics until coverage ends around 11:00pm, but don't want to miss the late-night WLS-TV newscast. Starting yesterday, and continuing on as long as the 2012 Olympics are being televised, WLS-TV's 10:00pm news team returns to the airwaves at 11:00pm to deliver an abbreviated, seven-minute newscast, featuring the top stories and updated weather forecasts. (The "Jimmy Kimmel Live" program will not be preempted, just delayed.) This is a tactic all of the ABC-owned and operated television stations are doing to keep pace with the NBC stations in their markets.
* * The Chicago Sun-Times has promoted their federal courts reporter Natasha Korecki to become its new political reporter. Korecki herself made the announcement
via her Twitter account last Friday afternoon. She now replaces Abdon Pallasch, who exited the Sun-Times earlier this month to become Illinois' new Assistant Budget Director.
* * When WGN-AM moved from the first floor of the Tribune Tower to the seventh floor this summer, all new studios, with all nearly all new equipment was used. So what became of the old equipment? Well, one of the old radio control boards went to one of the Chicago Blackhawks. Daniel "Car Bomb" Carcillo, the Chicago Blackhawks' Left Winger/Forward, claimed one of the consoles for his own. Carcillo loves old music and radio stations, and is especially fond of WGN-AM. Last year, he hosted a couple of his own shows on the air there, entitled "The Bomb Shelter
." Before the old equipment could be sold or donated elsewhere, Carcillo picked up one of WGN Radio's 1986 Pacific Recorders-built boards. The board now can be found in Carcillo's home. Pictured below is Carcillo (on the right) removing the board from WGN Radio on a cart, with a little help from fellow Blackhawks player, Steve "Monty" Montador.
* * Speaking of WGN-AM's new radio studios, WGN Radio's morning news anchor Steve Bertrand recently recorded an almost 15 minute tour of the facilities, detailing out all the new features, including: the windows, the ways the hosts and anchors can view each other on monitors, more windows, the new newsroom, some windows, the nearly impossible to open doors, what appears to be windows, new computer screens, and even more windows. (They are clearly quite excited about finally having windows to the outside world.) The video can be seen at this link HERE
* * Also at WGN-AM, Margaret "RadioGirl" Larkin has been brought on as the new producer for Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano's "Sunday Night Radio Special." The one-hour interview show airs each Sunday night (unless preempted by a sports broadcast) at 9:00pm.
* * The sale of WKIF-FM 92.7 from Newsweb Corporation to Milner Broadcasting Enterprises for $1 million is official. (The sale was first mention here on CRM on June 9th
.) Monday morning, "The Morning Ride with Mike Sanders" played the final songs of the Nine FM format. Sanders ended his show and his employment at the radio station with a handful of "goodbye" songs. Soon after that, Milner Broadcasting took over and began simulcasting the Classic Hits format of WVLI-FM/95.1 The Valley on WKIF-FM.
* * This Friday, August 3rd, WKSC-FM/103.5 Kiss FM morning show co-host Angi Taylor, along with the Kiss FM Beat Freaks, will be the guests of honor on a special "Club Kiss Happy Hour Cruise" with Mystic Blue Cruises. The Lake Michigan cruise will feature dinner, a rooftop lounge, cash bar, and Kiss FM music for one price. The cruise lasts from 6:30pm-8:30pm, with boarding beginning at 6:00pm. Prices start at $36.90 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, visit this link HERE
* * Chicago-based Internet radio station company Quest Broadcasting Group and one of its Internet radio stations, the Effn Rock Network, are bringing back their weekly live & local rock music concert series: "Battle of the Effn Rock." As they did earlier this year
, the Effn Rock Network will invite three local rock bands to compete against each other each weekend, with one band moving on in the competition, until one is crowned "Champion of the Effn Rock" in late October. Once again, the competition will be hosted by model Vanessa Ceron, and held at Shark City Bar & Grill, located at 2240 Bloomingdale Road in Glendale Heights, IL. The "Battle of the Effn Rock- Series II" concert competition kicks off this Friday night, August 3rd.
* * Chicago radio veteran Gabe Salgado (WBBM-AM, WVON-AM, WWWN-FM, WXLC-FM, Radiate Traffic, more) has been hired as a writer for BleacherReport.com. His first report for the sports website was posted up HERE
* * Former WVON-AM host Lenny McAllister has released another new book as of this week. "Spoken Thoughts from an Amalgamated Advocate in Today's America" is a compilation of many of McAllister's popular speeches and more. It is available now in book form
and in a Kindle version
* * Congratulations to WOJO-FM/La Que Buena 105.1's midday host Luchy Luchy! On this past Saturday, Lucy Herrera was wed to her boyfriend of three years, Manny. Best wishes to the happy couple.