Published on Tuesday, 21 December 2010 18:00
In today's News & Notes, we look at a (temporary) return to Chicago radio for Mike North, a (temporary) return to Chicago radio for Steve Cochran, The Drive jingles its bells at least 10 times, WLS-FM jingles its bells for at least 24 hours, Mike Baker jingles some forgotten bells, US99.5 raises money to help children, Carol Marin does a special on two men named Daley, plus three Chicago radio personalities try to get voted onto TV next month.
* * Once a fixture on Chicago morning radio on the AM dial, Mike North makes his return to morning radio tomorrow. The former WSCR-AM host will fill-in for Big John Howell on WIND-AM, alongside Amy Jacobson, on both Wednesday and Thursday mornings. The show can be heard an AM 560 from 5:00am-9:00am.
* * Former WGN-AM host Steve Cochran will also be making a return to Chicago's AM radio dial this week. He and Sarah Spain will be filling-in for Waddle & Silvy on WMVP-AM/ESPN1000 on Friday from 9:00am-1:00pm. Additionally, Cochran will be making an appearance on WFLD-TV's "Good Day Chicago" tomorrow morning.
* * Each weekday morning at 10:00am, The Drive does its special feature called "Ten @ 10," where Bob Stroud usually plays ten great classic rocks songs from one particular year. (The feature is repeated at 10:00pm, too.) This Friday will be a special edition of WDRV-FM's "Ten @ 10," as the station plays ten of the best classic rock & roll Christmas songs. Bob Stroud has Friday off, so Steve Seaver will be filling in and spinning the tunes to start your Christmas weekend off with a bang.
* * Starting at 11:00am on Christmas Eve Day, WLS-FM will play nothing but Christmas music, especially holiday hits by True Oldies artists. It's being called "The 24 Hours of Christmas," but don't let the title fool you, as it will be going on for longer than just 24 hours on 94.7 FM.
* * WJJG-AM's oldies show, Mike Baker and the Forgotten 45s, will once again be doing its annual "Hometown Christmas" show. It can be heard December 25th, Christmas Day, from sunrise to sunset (7:15am-4:15pm). As he has been doing for 16 years in a row, Mike Baker will be playing Christmas favorites, not heard on the radio in a very long time. Holiday hits from the big band era, to rock & pop from the 50's-70's. As always, the show can be heard in Elmhurst and its surrounding cities, or online at WJJGAM1530.com
* * Kudos & congratulations to WUSN-FM/US99.5! A week and a half ago, Chicago's Country station held its 20th annual Country Cares For St. Jude Kids Radiothon. The efforts of Lisa Dent, Ramblin' Ray Stevens, Trish Biondo, Drew Walker, and the staff of the station, were able to raise over $894,000. The two-day event featured many hours of live broadcasting from Chicago's Navy Pier. This year's Radiothon may be over, but donations are still be accepted at this link HERE
* * This Sunday, WMAQ-TV will air a brand new special that looks at two generations of Chicago Mayors named Daley. "Like Father, Like Son," hosted by NBC5 Political Editor Carol Marin, will compare the two two Mayors and feature numerous interviews from local politicians that knew both men. The special will air on Sunday, December 26th at 9:00am, with a repeat showing on January 1st at 5:00pm.
* * Earlier this year, the syndicated television show "Live with Regis & Kelly" did a very successful promotional stunt, when they asked female radio personalities to try and gain votes to become a guest host with Regis Philbin on the show. Now the show is doing it again, but this time, they are looking from male radio hosts who wish to co-host a day with Kelly Ripa. The list of names has been gathered and fans can now vote for one of the Top 100. On that list are three Chicago radio personalities: WTMX-FM's Eric Feguson, WKQX-FM's Steve Tingle and WLUP-FM's Pete McMurray. Former Chicago radio personalities Alan Cox, Danny Bonaduce, Mark Goodman, Mike Greenberg and Steve Harvey are also among the many on the nominee list. The voting does not begin until January 10. You can see the whole list of names at this link HERE