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Chicago Sun-Times Reverses Its Decision To Not Endorse Candidates; Endorses Investor In Newspaper

In January 2012, the Chicago Sun-Times made the bold decision to no longer provide political endorsements, instead choosing to stay completely neutral in races. This decision included local, county, state and national elections. The ownership felt that by providing the best information for its readers, those readers could then make their own educated choices on which candidates to vote for. The Sun-Times has suddenly reversed that decision, so that it can back a certain candidate for the Illinois Governor's race -- a candidate that helped fund the current newspaper's ownership group.

Read more: Chicago Sun-Times Reverses Its Decision To Not Endorse Candidates; Endorses Investor In Newspaper

V103 Hosting 'R&B & Old School Fest'

While plenty of Chicago radio stations this year are hosting holiday concert events, bringing the latest pop stars to town, WVAZ-FM/V103 is doing something similar... only for a slightly older generation. The "V103 R&B & Old School Fest" will be taking place in late November, bringing the Isley Brothers, Keith Sweat, and others to town for one big live concert.

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Mariam Sobh Joins WBBM-AM

Former WBEZ-FM midday news anchor Mariam Sobh has joined WBBM-AM/Newsradio 780 & 105.9 as a part-time news reporter and anchor. She was hired earlier this month and began on the air today.

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News & Notes: Pat Quinn/Bruce Rauner; 190 North; Billy Dec; CSN Chicago; Billy Corgan; 101WKQX; Shannon Ihrke; More

This weekend's News & Notes feature another dozen media news items, including: Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner spend a lot on local TV and radio; ABC 7's "190 North" returns on Sunday; Billy Dec becomes a police officer; Comcast SportsNet Chicago's "Bears Classics" returns; Tribune Broadcasting keeps its Seattle TV station, but doesn't yet have Chicago WPWR-TV; Billy Corgan's AMC deal gets body-slammed; Nielsen Company agrees to reissue almost a year's worth of ratings; 101WKQX gives away its Big Black Box contents; Loop Rock Girl Shannon Ihrke featured in another magazine; Ashley Fields adds to her CBS Radio Chicago duties; Anne Hudson comes to Chicago radio sales; and Warren Ballentine will soon have his day in court. All these stories can be read right here...

Read more: News & Notes: Pat Quinn/Bruce Rauner; 190 North; Billy Dec; CSN Chicago; Billy Corgan; 101WKQX;...

WLS-TV Officially Names Dionne Miller As Weekend Sports Anchor

It wasn't exactly the best kept secret in town, but WLS-TV/ABC 7 today officially named Dionne Miller as the station's newest weekend sports anchor -- its first female sports anchor in the station's history. Miller will also do some weekday reporting for the ABC 7 sports team, starting in her new role as of Monday, October 20th.

Read more: WLS-TV Officially Names Dionne Miller As Weekend Sports Anchor

Shannon The Loop Rock Girl's Contract Extended Once Again

Shannon Ihrke, the spokesmodel and "Rock Girl" for WLUP-FM/97.9 The Loop, is going to be sticking around, promoting the radio station for a lot longer. Originally known as Shannon the 2013 Loop Rock Girl, and currently known as the 2014 Loop Rock Girl, she will soon be known as the 2015 Loop Rock Girl.

Read more: Shannon The Loop Rock Girl's Contract Extended Once Again

WBBM-TV Comes To Computers & Mobile Devices Via New Digital Subscription Service

CBS Corporation today launched CBS All Access, a new digital subscription service that will allow viewers to live stream the 14 CBS-owned television stations -- including Chicago's WBBM-TV/CBS 2. Subscribers can also watch new and classic television shows on demand. The subscription fee for CBS All Access is only $5.99 per month.

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WGN-TV's Dean Richards & Dina Bair To Again Host 'Stories of Hope: Facing Breast Cancer'

With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, WGN-TV will once again be presenting its annual program on the subject of the devastating disease, "Stories of Hope: Facing Breast Cancer." The all-new, 30-minute special will include discussions with healthcare professionals about the past year's advancements in cancer diagnosis and treatments, regaining one's life after a diagnosis, and inspirational survivor stories.

Read more: WGN-TV's Dean Richards & Dina Bair To Again Host 'Stories of Hope: Facing Breast Cancer'

News & Notes: NBC 5; Catherine De Orio; Me-TV; Nielsen; Sylvia Perez/Hector Molina; DreX; 120 Sports; Much More

Today's News & Notes features a dozen media stories with a local connection, including: WMAQ-TV issues a strong statement; Catherine De Orio returns; Me-TV returns to the Roller Derby; Nielsen admits a ratings mistake; WGN America renews its original dramas; Sylvia Perez and Hector Molina are honored; DreX makes a radio return; Tim Richards gets promoted; Steve Davis gets promoted; Mark Zander and Catie Cryder get hitched; Tribune Media looks to buy back much of its stock; and 120 Sports teams up with MSN. All these details are just below...

Read more: News & Notes: NBC 5; Catherine De Orio; Me-TV; Nielsen; Sylvia Perez/Hector Molina; DreX; 120...

Two Suburban Radio Stations To Walk For Breast Cancer Charities This Sunday

This weekend, the staffs of at least two suburban Chicago radio stations are donating their time and energies to help bring awareness and financial support to charities helping in the battle against breast cancer. Actively taking part in walks this Sunday will be the staffs and their families from Digity-owned WERV-FM/95.9 The River and Matrix Broadcasting-owned WZSR-FM/Star 105.5.

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101WKQX Announces 2 Holiday Concerts: The Nights We Stole Christmas

WKQX-FM/101WKQX has announced the lineups for for its third annual holiday concert event, which for this year is being split up into two separate shows over the course of a week.

Read more: 101WKQX Announces 2 Holiday Concerts: The Nights We Stole Christmas

FCC Allows WGWG-LP To Broadcast Beyond September 2015 Deadline

WGWG-LP/The Game 87.7, which was to be shut down at the start of September 2015 when its broadcast signal was to be changed from analog to digital, will now be allowed to continue past the deadline, according to a decision passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at the end of last week.

Read more: FCC Allows WGWG-LP To Broadcast Beyond September 2015 Deadline

2014 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon Coverage On 670 The Score & NBC 5

On Sunday morning, the 2014 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon will wind its way through over 26 miles of Chicago neighborhoods. Coverage of this annual racing event will be heard on the radio, as well as seen on television and online.

Read more: 2014 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon Coverage On 670 The Score & NBC 5

Q-Rock 100.7 Turns Up The Volume, Enhances Its Rock Format

It's not a format flip like some hoped and many feared, but WRXQ-FM has made a big change to its playlist as of 5:00pm today. Q-Rock 100.7 has "opened up the vaults" and changed the station to rock from all decades, not just classic rock.

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News & Notes: FOX 32; Svengoolie; Check Please!; The Garage; Sam Panayotovich; Steve Darnall; WXRT; Much More

This weekend's News & Notes features another 10 stories from the Chicago area media beat, including: FOX 32 shifts around its news anchor chairs; Svengoolie gets honored and makes a suburban appearance; "Check Please!" runs a weekend marathon; WFXF-FM's "The Garage" holds a contest; Sam Panayotovich goes national; Steve Darnall goes to some suburban libraries; WXRT-FM has a spooky boat ride; Chicago Sun-Times creates new sub-websites; Tribune Publishing buys into a viral video company; and the Tribune's Peter Hernon announces his retirement. All the details can be read right here...

Read more: News & Notes: FOX 32; Svengoolie; Check Please!; The Garage; Sam Panayotovich; Steve Darnall;...

Chicago Radio Legend Richard Steele To Semi-Retire

After 47 years working in radio, including the past 27 years at Chicago's WBEZ-FM, Richard Steele is ready to semi-retire from radio. As of tomorrow, October 10th, "The Real Steele" will step away from his full-time radio duties with WBEZ-FM, preferring to only work on a very part-time basis in radio by hosting one show per week.

Read more: Chicago Radio Legend Richard Steele To Semi-Retire

103.5 Kiss FM Announces Jingle Ball 2014 Lineup

WKSC-FM/103.5 Kiss FM today announced the line-up for their second annual holiday concert, Jingle Ball. This year's Jingle Ball, which features multiple artists, will be taking place on Monday, December 18th.

Read more: 103.5 Kiss FM Announces Jingle Ball 2014 Lineup

Rick O'Dell & WDCB-FM Bringing 'Sunday Jazz Brunch LIVE' to Suburbs

An established staple of Chicagoland weekend mornings has been the periodic "Sunday Brunches" -- live remotes at local restaurants featuring Smooth Jazz music, hosted by Chicago radio superstar Rick O'Dell. For the first time ever, the live event will come to suburban Glen Ellyn and will be presented by WDCB-FM, the jazz-formatted public radio station owned by the College of DuPage at 90.9 FM.

Read more: Rick O'Dell & WDCB-FM Bringing 'Sunday Jazz Brunch LIVE' to Suburbs

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