Published on Saturday, 30 October 2010 12:19
In this weekend's News & Notes, we have stories about Steve Dahl's exit from the Chicago Tribune, WXRT-FM & WLS-FM have spooky weekends planned, the murder of WKSC's DreX, Rick Kogan talks about Martians, Eric Zorn and Scott Stantis are joined again by Phil Rosenthal, Megan Glaros's baby daughter tries to win a contest, JBTV needs help fast, Jarrett Payton talks about his famous father, and tickets for Roger Ebert's Film Festival go on sale soon.
* * Chicago radio legend Steve Dahl had been doing weekly written work for the Chicago Tribune as the newspaper's "Vice Advisor" columnist since January, 2006. As of Friday, it appears he has written his last Tribune column. Using his trademark sense of humor, Dahl wrote on his Twitter account
on Friday afternoon: "Unceremoniously dumped by the Chicago Tribune today. Apparently my $400 a week was preventing them from exiting bankruptcy." Steve Dahl continues to do popular podcasts five days a week on his website Dahl.com
* * WXRT-FM is going all out for Halloween. Beginning tonight at 7:00pm and going until 11:00pm is the "XRT Halloween House Party." It will be four straight hours or rockin' monster songs. On Sunday, starting at 10:00am, XRT will be mixing in plenty of scary Halloween songs into their regular playlist for the day. At 8:00pm, WXRT will play the 1981 Halloween concert by Frank Zappa and at 9:00pm will be the "Halloween-A-Go-Go" special on Little Steven's Underground Garage.
* * WLS-FM is having a "Halloween Spooktacular Weekend." All weekend long, 94.7 is mixing in some classic rock & roll scary songs, such as "Monster Mash," "Witchy Woman," and "Spooky" into their music rotation.
* * Kiss-FM's DreX is dead -- murdered by the hand of a mystery assassin! His killer will be found and revealed tomorrow. Before you get too sad by the untimely death of WKSC's morning host, it is all part of a Halloween Murder Mystery Party put on by WKSC-FM and Murder Mystery Maniacs Inc. The party will be held at the rooftop bar of the Wit Hotel (201 N.State St., Chicago) from 2:00pm-5:00pm. Kiss-FM personalities Angi Taylor, Nina Chantele, Jordan, and Special K will be on hand to see who "killed" DreX. The killer in attendance may not even realize that they were indeed the dastardly villain. The party is completely free. However, you must at least 21 years old to attend and no actual murder weapons are allowed.
* * Also happening Sunday afternoon will be a re-creation of the classic Orson Wells Halloween radio broadcast of H.G. Wells' book "War of the Worlds." The re-creation will take place live on stage at the Skokie Theatre (7924 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie) on Sunday at 2:00pm. Chicago Tribune columnist and WGN-AM host Rick Kogan will be the narrator of "War of the Worlds: A Radio Play." Tickets can be purchased at this link HERE
or at the door. All proceeds go to the Skokie Theatre Music Foundation.
* * The "Prickly Pair" podcasts may have to soon change its name to the "Thorny Three." "Prickly Pair" podcast hosts Scott Stantis and Eric Zorn are once again joined by their fellow Chicago Tribune co-worker, media writer Phil Rosenthal on their latest program. You can hear the Trib Trio's latest podcast at this link HERE
* * Megan Glaros, WBBM-TV's new morning meteorologist and entertainment reporter, had her first baby at the start of this year. Now, her little baby girl Lana is up for consideration to be the next Gerber baby! You can vote for Megan's cute daughter at this link HERE
. Click the "Search Photos" box at the bottom, and then enter the number 130761 into the "Entry ID" search box. That will bring up her baby's picture and you can then cast a vote for her to be Gerber's next superstar.
* * JBTV, the award-winning 25 year local rock music program, must raise $8,500 in just a few days in order to pay for mandatory broadcast insurance needed to air their show on television. They don't have the funds and desperately need to raise this amount. Click on this link HERE
to donate and see more details. That link will also show some special perks, such as seeing your name on JBTV, passes to a taping of a show, or even, getting the opportunity to introduce a video on the air on JBTV! No matter how small the donation, please help out this Chicago TV & local music treasure.
* * Monday is the sad 11th anniversary of the death of Chicago Bears Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton. His son Jarrett Payton recently began hosting an Internet radio sports talk show on ChicagolandSportsRadio.com
, the Illinois Center for Broadcasting's sports radio website. The son of "Sweetness" is planning a pair of Internet radio shows on Monday celebrating the life and achievements of his father, one the greatest football players of all time. Among those scheduled to call in and talk with Jarrett are Jim McMahon, Jim Brown, Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Ahman Green, Merrill Hodge, Fred Mitchell, and Chet Coppock. The two separate three-hour programs will run Monday at 9:00am and 7:00pm. Walter Payton died on November 1, 1999, from a rare liver disease at the age of 45.
* * The 13th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival will be taking place at the University of Illinois on April 27 through May 1, 2011 at 5:00pm. A dozen important films will be shown, plus Roger Ebert and many special guests will be in attendance. The movies & guests will not be announced in March of next year, but tickets to "EbertFest" go on sale on Monday at this link HERE
. More details about the event can be found at EbertFest.com