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WGN-TV Newscast Changes - More Hours, Anchors Change Shifts
Aug 19 2014 12:00

As part of its new fall schedule, WGN-TV is making numerous changes to its newscasts. The changes are happening in the mornings and afternoons, with an extra hour of news [ ... ]

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WCKG-AM Moves To New Studios In Oakbrook Terrace
Aug 19 2014 10:05

WCKG-AM 1530 has fully moved in to their brand new, state-of-the-art studios and executive offices as of this past week. The new WCKG-AM location is within the luxurious  [ ... ]

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Steve & Johnnie Return To WGN-AM For Labor Day Fill-In Role
Aug 19 2014 09:15

For the second time in under a year, beloved WGN Radio overnight radio duo of Steve King and Johnnie Putman will be making their return to the Chicago airwaves. This will [ ... ]

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Muchin & Bellow's 'The Dirty Truth' Becomes 'The Big Payoff' - Moves To WGN.FM
Aug 19 2014 08:00

Internet-only radio station WGN.FM has picked up a new weekly business show entitled "The Big Payoff." Hosted by Suzanne Muchin and Rachel Bellow, this live 60-minute pro [ ... ]

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ABC 7 Officially Announces New Daytime Schedule; WCL To Have Week Of Double Shows
Aug 18 2014 12:45

WLS-TV/ABC 7 officially announced its new fall daytime schedule today. Among the changes are the addition of "The Rachael Ray Show," the shifting of some shows back to th [ ... ]

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WGN-TV's Rich King Gets 'Back In The Game' With New Book
Aug 18 2014 11:15

WGN-TV sports anchor/reporter Rich King will soon be releasing a new book about his life, entitled "Back In The Game." The personal story looks at a recent chapter in Kin [ ... ]

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Executive Changes At Univision Chicago: Larry Sands Exiting; Doug Levy Promoted
Aug 18 2014 09:10

Major changes are taking place this month with media giant Univision Communications. These nationwide changes have numerous executives exiting and some being promoted. Th [ ... ]

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Jack Diamond Not Taking WLS-FM Morning Job; Signs With Tijuana/San Diego Radio Station
Aug 16 2014 10:30

For the last week of July, Cumulus-owned WLS-FM gave a "tryout" to a new morning show host, Jack Diamond. Speculation had it that Diamond was a lock to become the new ful [ ... ]

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WMAQ-TV Announces New 11:00am Newscast & Anchors
Aug 15 2014 18:00

WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 will be making some changes to its midday schedule next month, ending its 30-minute Noon newscast, but adding a new 60-minute 11:00am newscast. Announced to [ ... ]

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News & Notes: Terri Hemmert; Star 105.5; St Augustine/Johnson; Ryan Chiaverini/Dave Plier;...
Aug 15 2014 16:45

This weekend's News & Notes features a dozen news items from the Chicagoland media beat, including: Terri Hemmert hosts the Fest For Beatles Fans once again; Star 105.5 h [ ... ]

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WSCR-AM Parts Ways With Dan McNeil
Aug 15 2014 13:00

WSCR-AM/670 The Score and CBS Radio Chicago have officially parted ways with their longtime personality Dan McNeil. After nearly two months of contract negotiations, McNe [ ... ]

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WGN-TV To Broadcast 2014 Arlington Million Horse Race
Aug 14 2014 15:35

For the fourth year in a row, WGN-TV will be airing the Arlington Million live from Arlington Park Racetrack. This will take place on Saturday, August 16th, from 5:00pm-6 [ ... ]

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Robert Feder Exits Chicago Public Media

Robert Feder announced early today that he is leaving Chicago Public Media (CPM) and will no longer be writing media blogs for their websites Vocalo.org and WBEZ.org. In his final blog entry for the company, entitled "A note of thanks - and farewell (for now)," he let his fans know that he was moving on.

In that final blog, he talks about the incredible year it has been since he first started writing for the website, including all of the many important media events that have transpired in that time period. He also thanked CPM CEO Torey Malatia, the staff at CPM, and most of all, the readers and audience he re-connected with after his exit from the Chicago Sun-Times.

Soon after graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's prestigious Medill School of Journalism in 1978, Robert Feder began working for the small, suburban Skokie Life newspaper. However, he is best known for his 28 years as a journalist at the Chicago Sun-Times. He started at the Sun-Times in 1980 as an assistant to media columnist Gary Deeb. A few years later, he took over as the paper's media columnist.

In 2008, the then-struggling newspaper was offering long-time employees a buyout to exit the company. Feder accepted the buyout and walked away from his newspaper home in October 2008.

After just over one year off, he returned to the media beat, as the first star blogger for the fledgling Chicago Public Media website, Vocalo.org.

At the end of October, CPM decided to switch all of its Vocalo.org blogs over to a brand new website created for it's main Chicago radio station, WBEZ.org. To accommodate the switch over, Robert Feder took some vacation time while the web changes were going on. It was supposed to be done in just a few days and he would then return to his writing. Unfortunately, days became weeks and the many problems with the website were not going away. Old columns of his became unreadable, links to the his past work were broken, links and photos within his past columns were messed up or missing, the new site was not as pleasing to the eye and had smaller fonts in sections, and perhaps worst of all, the comments sections of his past columns, which were supposed to immediately migrate over to the new site, went missing. It was the busy comment section and the immediate connection to the readers that helped make his transition from "old media" to "new media" so pleasing for the writer. The missing comments section was a problem.

Robert Feder decided to extend his vacation away from his CPM writing until the website issues were fixed. Since the last column of his before the change over, which was on October 25th, he has only posted one column, not counting today's farewell. Some work was done to the WBEZ website and some problems fixed, but not all and certainly not at a fast pace. The seeming lack of urgency on CPM's side to immediately fix its website's multitude of problems were major contributions to Feder's decision to move on.

Moving on does not mean giving up, though. This is only a goodbye to WBEZ.org and not a goodbye to covering Chicago's media happenings.

Feder wrote in his farewell column today, "let me assure you, I won't be leaving the daily media beat. I expect to make an announcement about my new online home soon."


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