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This weekend's News & Notes features 11 local media news items, including: Melissa Isaacson is released by ESPN; Laurence Holmes helps out at WGN-TV; WSCR-AM honors U.S. military veterans; Mike Nowak expands at WCGO-AM; WDCB-FM heads down to the Crescent City; Sound Opinions heads to the movies; Lin Brehmer is mentioned in Rolling Stone; Roger Badesch takes to the stage; Kenny McReynolds is recovering from another health scare; CSN Chicago adds White Sox minor league games; and Nude Hippo celebrates an anniversary. All of these stories are at the link below...

News & Notes: Melissa Isaacson; Laurence Holmes; Mike Nowak; WDCB; Roger Badesch; Kenny McReynolds; CSN; Much More

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    Saturday, April 29 2017, 03:19 PM - #permalink
    It's not hard to get mixed up and figure out who the top rated morning show with hosts that hate each other is. These two individuals should thank their lucky stars for having such a successful run with large salaries that come with the ratings & revenue they bring to their company.

    I say this because I never figured out why so many people tune in to their morning show.. Outside of an annual fundraising they do for a children's charity, name me a benchmark, a big event or something even semi-memorable that this show has ever done. What folks get is a formula: 1. Mention a new survey/ poll question. 2. Discuss it for a few seconds then turn it out to the listeners for their rarely interesting feedback & comments. Then move on to a a stop-set then a lame pop song.

    When this morning duo eventually splits up, they will be remembered for their long run of ratings success but the question will remain, "Why were so many folks in their key demos listening in the first place?
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    Saturday, April 29 2017, 10:16 PM - #permalink
    Where's the story on the top-rated morning show with hosts that hate each other???
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    Sunday, April 30 2017, 12:24 AM - #permalink
    Where's the story on the top-rated morning show with hosts that hate each other???
    Removed by special request. I think most people know the story anyway.
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    Sunday, April 30 2017, 07:33 AM - #permalink
    I wish Kenny McReynolds a speedy return to work.
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    Sunday, April 30 2017, 07:42 AM - #permalink
    Too bad for Melissa Isaacson who spent a better part of the 90s covering the Bulls for the Chicago Tribune during their MJ glory years . I have a feeling though that she won't be "on the beach" for very long. As for the drama at that Chicago top rated morning radio show, another sign of trouble can be seen across current Chicagoland billboards which no longer feature the duo in pictures but only mention their names. Lastly, best wishes for a speedy recovery to Kenny McReynolds.
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    Monday, May 01 2017, 04:49 PM - #permalink
    I feel bad for Melissa Isaacson as well. Unfortunately, ESPN isn't making nearly as much money as The Walt Disney Company would like. As a result, people like Isaacson became expendable. Here's hoping Isaacson resurfaces sooner rather than later.

    The business of sports has gotten very expensive, even for ESPN. Rights' fees are up. Revenues & ratings are down. The "Worldwide Leader" isn't in as many U.S. homes anymore either.

    In hindsight, ESPN is regretting all the money they spent to continue airing the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, the College Football Playoff (The former Bowl Championship Series) & Major League Soccer. Quite frankly, I don't think they're done cutting back.
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