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A Goodbye Note From CRM & Larz

Effective immediately, Chicagoland Radio and Media (CRM) is going on an extended hiatus.

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News & Notes: Linda MacLennan; Spiegel & Parkins; Julie DiCaro; Tom Waddle; Byron Miranda; CSN; More

Today's News & Notes features a handful of local media news items, including: Linda MacLennan returns to anchoring newscasts; Spiegel & Parkins hit the bleachers; Julie DiCaro launches a new podcast; Tom Waddle visits with fans at a grocery store; Byron Miranda looks to be leaving Chicago once again; CSN Chicago has a pair White Sox specials; Facebook wants to talk with Chicago journalists; and another programming note from CRM. All of this can be found just below...

Read more: News & Notes: Linda MacLennan; Spiegel & Parkins; Julie DiCaro; Tom Waddle; Byron Miranda; CSN; More

WCGO Being Purchased By William Pollack

Kovas Communications, the Fort Wayne, IN-based parent company of WCGO-AM 1590, has agreed to sell the radio station to William (Bill) Pollack, based out of Memphis, TN. This will become Pollack's third suburban Chicago radio station in the last year, while Kovas will exit the market completely, and for the most part, the radio industry.

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News & Notes: Tribune Media; FOX 32; Steve Harvey; MeTV; Mike North; Jimmy Mac; W276BM; Ebony/Jet; More

Today's News & Notes features 11 news items with local media ties, including: Tribune Media's suitor Nexstar explains why they didn't purchase the company; FOX 32 unveils its exciting new news sets; Steve Harvey exits Chicago for good; MeTV reveals its summer schedule; Mike North to expand his podcasting; Jimmy Mac featured in a new documentary; the 80th anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster and the WLS-AM radio broadcast of it; David Hagen is forced out; Jim Lawson is forced out; W276BM's sale is off yet again; and Chicago-based publications/websites Ebony and Jet are no longer Chicago-based. These stories are all right here...

Read more: News & Notes: Tribune Media; FOX 32; Steve Harvey; MeTV; Mike North; Jimmy Mac; W276BM;...

Tribune Media Sold To Sinclair Broadcasting

The day that most Tribune Media employees have been dreading for weeks finally arrived. Chicago-based Tribune Media has agreed to sell all of its properties to Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcasting Group. The sale includes 42 television stations (including WGN-TV in Chicago), shared ownership of digital multicast network Antenna TV, cable network WGN America, Chicago cable station CLTV, nearly a third of ownership of the cable Food Network, Chicago radio station WGN-AM, various digital properties and a minority stake in CareerBuilder.com, and a great deal of real estate properties not yet sold off in Tribune Media's recent realty purge.

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Chicago Carpenters Union's 'Built To Last' Series Returns To ABC 7

WLS-TV/ABC 7 will again be the television home for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Labor Management Committee's television series "Built To Last." The fourth season of "Built To Last" will consist of 12 episodes that will explore the work done by union carpenters and contractors, including spotlighting recent projects they've worked on and the people whose lives have been helped by their projects.

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Arlington Racecourse Launching New TV Show On CSN Chicago

Live horse racing begins once again at Arlington International Racecourse in suburban Arlington Heights on Friday, May 5th. The 2017 racing season will run through September 23rd. To commemorate the new racing season, Arlington International Racecourse has created a new, weekly television show that will air Saturdays on CSN Chicago throughout most of the summer.

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News & Notes: Kathy Hart; Steve Dahl; Steve Cochran; Lisa Greene; Jeff Davis; WSCR; Tribune Media; Vincent Sollecito

Today's News & Notes column features eight local media news items, including: Kathy Hart may be exiting WTMX-FM; Steve Dahl is back in the hospital; Steve Cochran talks about himself; Lisa Greene is gone from WEBG-FM; Jeff Davis is mostly gone from WLS-FM; WSCR-AM brings back Ryno; Tribune Media gets closer to new ownership; and WLS-TV is seeking a new General Sales Manager. All of these stories are just below...

Read more: News & Notes: Kathy Hart; Steve Dahl; Steve Cochran; Lisa Greene; Jeff Davis; WSCR; Tribune...

Jill Egan Joins 97.1 The Drive As Morning Show Producer

WDRV-FM/97.1 The Drive has been searching for a new producer for their morning drive program "The Sherman & Tingle Show" for months. The search is finally over with the hiring of Chicago radio veteran Jill Egan, who takes over as morning show Executive Producer effective May 15th.

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WDCB Adds WFMT's 'Sunday Jazz With Dee Alexander' Show

WDCB-FM 90.9/90.7 is adding a new two-hour jazz program to its weekend lineup: "Sunday Jazz with Dee Alexander." The new show, which is produced by the WFMT Radio Network in Chicago, will air Sundays from 8:00pm-10:00pm on WDCB-FM, with the debut happening on May 7th.

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

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 just below...

Read more: News & Notes: Melissa Isaacson; Laurence Holmes; Mike Nowak; WDCB; Roger Badesch; Kenny...

Cumulus Chicago Releases Numerous Staffers

Cumulus Media Chicago, the operator of four radio stations in the Chicago market, fired or released many of its on-air and off-air staffers on Friday. It was the type of radio corporation mass layoff usually reserved for the end of the year, but only this time, coming in the heart of springtime. Traffic reporters, DJs, production people, and more were all told their services were no longer needed by Cumulus management today.

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WGN-TV To Debut New Weekly Entertainment & Lifestyle Show

Starting Sunday, WGN-TV and CLTV will be airing a new half-hour weekly entertainment show entitled "S.E.E. Chicago." The "S.E.E." in the show's title stands for Shopping, Entertainment, and Events. Each weekend, "S.E.E. Chicago" will spotlight Chicagoland happenings in those three subjects.

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WBBM-AM, WBEZ-FM, WGN-TV Win 2017 Regional Murrow Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced the winners of the 2017 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. The awards recognize outstanding achievements by radio, television, and online news organizations nationally and worldwide. Four Chicago news organizations earned such recognition from the RTDNA this year.

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News & Notes: Crystal Radio Awards; WUSN; WSCR; Lou Manfredini; WVON; WRTO; Mancow; David Plummer; More

Today's News & Notes features 15 local media news items, including: Crystal Radio Awards pass over four Chicago stations; WUSN-FM heads to the kitchen; WSCR-AM covers the Bears' first round draft pick; Lou Manfredini takes a bite out of the Big Apple; WVON-AM gets help from a famed Chicago TV reporter; WRTO-AM catches Fire; Mancow's attorney is suing a Mancow advisor; Norris Thompson finally goes full-time; Gordon Mays returns to Illinois; Danny Lee gets the kidney he desperately needed; Dick Penn passes away; Jerry Taft returns; David Plummer gets a new Chicago TV job; Florida Hicks-Orozco needs some help; and Michigan Avenue Magazine gets taken over by its closest rival. All of these stories are right here...

Read more: News & Notes: Crystal Radio Awards; WUSN; WSCR; Lou Manfredini; WVON; WRTO; Mancow; David...

87.7 MeTVfm Hires Bill Cochran As Imaging Director

Chicago radio veteran Bill Cochran has joined WRME-LP/87.7 MeTVfm as its new Radio Image Director. Cochran's voice, imaging skills, and radio production values have been heard on the Chicago radio airwaves for over 35 years.

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News & Notes: FCC Spectrum Auction; Jerry Taft; Svengoolie; WCIU-TV; JBTV; Matt McGill; Steve Dahl; WIIL-FM; More

This weekend's News & Notes features 15 media news items including: FCC's spectrum auction results revealed; FCC begins its spectrum "repacking" which will shift plenty of Chicago stations around; Jerry Taft is M.I.A.; Jesse Kirsch joins ABC 7; Marissa Bailey becomes a mother; Svengoolie becomes a comic (strip); WCIU-TV brings back comics (stand-up); JBTV partners with a streaming service; Matt McGill departs WVON-AM; Steve Dahl returns to the WLS-AM studios; Kenard "K2" Karter finds new work outside of radio; WIIL-FM loses hair and raises funds; Polnet asks for a translator change; Calvary Radio Network asks to sell a translator to Polnet; and WCFLChicago.com travels back to 1974. All of these stories are below...

Read more: News & Notes: FCC Spectrum Auction; Jerry Taft; Svengoolie; WCIU-TV; JBTV; Matt McGill; Steve...

Chicago Bulls 1st Round 2017 NBA Playoffs Series Broadcast Schedule

For the eighth time in nine years, the Chicago Bulls are heading to the playoffs, this year taking on the Boston Celtics in the first round. The first game of the Bulls post-season will be Sunday evening. Locally, all of the games from this first round will be seen on CSN Chicago, while nationally, games will be seen on TNT and ESPN. All of the games' radio broadcasts will be heard locally on the Chicago Bulls Radio Network via WLS-AM 890 and WLUP-FM/97.9 The Loop.

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