Published on Sunday, 20 February 2011 10:36
In today's News & Notes, we look at a handful of smaller media stories, including a salute to Greg Adamski, Dan Diebert going home, Roy Leonard returning to blogging, some changes for Z107.1, Dave Fogel & Marti Jones want to bring you lunch, Dick Biondi wants you to hop in your socks, Chris Heim finding quick syndication success, the NAB/RAB Radio Show is coming to town, Samantha Zackowitz gets hired, Comcast SportsNet raises a lot of money for the March of Dimes, and Anna Tarkov gets timed out. It is all just below.
* * The news of Greg Adamski's death
earlier this week shocked all, including his radio family at WGN-AM. A few WGN staffers, including Chris Duffy, Alex Quigley, and especially producer Kristen Decker, went through untold hours of previous "Legally Speaking" shows of his to put together a one-hour remembrance and salute to Mr. Adamski. This special show will air in the normal time slot for "Legally Speaking," which is tonight at 8:00pm.
* * Dan Diebert, the former WGN-AM host, who had been hosting an afternoon show on Madison, WI's WTDY-AM, is moving back home to the Quad Cities after over 15 years of living in Chicago and southern Wisconsin. Dan Deibert lost his live & local radio job a couple of months back to be replaced by a cheap, nationally syndicated show, plus, Deibert's father, former Quad Cities radio/TV personality Wes Deibert
, has been dealing with ALS for about a year. It just seemed like the right time to be closer to his family. Deibert hopes to continue his radio & stand-up comedian careers from there.
* * Speaking of WGN-AM, former superstar from that station, Roy Leonard, is looking to start blogging on his website, RoyLeonard.com
, once again. He stopped blogging at the end of November to have surgery performed on tendons in his right hand. (He's right handed.) With his hand healing nicely, he hoped to return to blogging soon, only to have his computer die. He was able to let fans know on Tuesday
: "The rehab on my right hand is coming along well and I should have a new blog within a few weeks."
* * On air changes are happening at Northwest Indiana's WZVN-FM/Z107.1. Wes Adams has moved into mornings, replacing Don Clark. Veronica Carter, who exited as morning show co-host in November, is now back on the air working middays. Veronica can also be heard on the radio with her other job, as an overnight night and weekend newsperson on WGN-AM.
* * WLS-FM's morning hosts Dave Fogel and Marti Jones are willing to come to your office and bring you lunch. In a new promotional contest, tied in with Panera Bread, listeners can visit a webage on WLS-FM's website to enter the contest to win a Panera Bread lunch for themselves and their whole office (up to 25 people). The lunch will be delivered by Fogel & Jones themselves, in what is being called "Dave & Marti's Office Tour." Each Friday morning, they will choose a winner to receive the free lunch and visit, with the first winner being named this coming Friday the 25th. If winning name chosen is also already a "MyPanera" card holder, they will receive a $25 Panera gift card on top of the free lunch for their office. To register or to see more details, visit this link HERE
* * WLS-FM's living legend Dick Biondi will be doing another of his Mobile DJ dance parties next Saturday night, February 26th. This time Biondi will be doing a sock hop held at the Whiting Knights of Columbus (1120 119th St, Whiting, IN) from 7:00pm-Midnight. Doors open at 6:00pm. The dance is open to the public, but tickets are not sold at the door. Advance tickets sales only. Tickets are only $20 and can be purchased by calling (219) 659-9837.
* * File this under "local kid does good!" Chris Heim is a Chicago native who has worked at local stations WHPK-FM, WJKL-FM, WXRT-FM, and WBEZ-FM. (She also did some freelance writing for the Chicago Tribune papers.) While in Chicago working at WBEZ-FM, she started one of the first world music shows in public radio and was the executive producer and anchor for national broadcasts of the Chicago Jazz, Blues and Latin Music Festivals. She left Chicago for Wichita, KS' public radio station KMUW-FM in 2007. There she started the World Music show "Global Village." That show just recently launched in syndication and as of this month, is now on the schedule on over a dozen public radio stations and able to be heard in twenty states nationwide... and is still growing. Heim produces and hosts the program which is an eclectic mix of the latest and best in world music, from new releases to classics, as well as music from artists in other genres who feature global influences in their work. Sadly, the show is not heard in Chris Heim's native Chicago because Torey Malatia, the Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Media, WBEZ's parent organization, removed all music programming from the station a few years back.
* * The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) announced that their next joint annual convention, the Radio Show 2011, will be held in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 East Wacker Dr., Chicago) on September 14th-16th. The fact it was being held in Chicago was announced at the end of last year's convention. The exact location was just confirmed this past week.
* * WLS-TV has hired Samantha Zackowitz as a producer for the station's weekend entertainment program "190 North." She will also be working on the food show "Let's Dish" for WLS-TV's digital subchannel the Live Well Network. The Columbia College graduate started as an intern at the ABC station and was soon brought on as a freelance producer. She is now a full-time employee of ABC 7. Zackowitz has already won a pair of local Emmys for her work.
* * The 23rd Annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards took place last Monday night, honoring Chicago athletes for their charitable & inspirational work away from their games. It was hosted by Chicago radio's Steve Dahl. The event was also a fundraiser for the March of Dimes. This year, the Awards ceremony raised nearly $700,000, a new record-breaking amount in the 23 years of this event. This shatters last years' record of $530,000 raised. Since it began, the Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards fundraisers have raised more than $8 million for the March of Dimes.
* * As of Friday, Anna Tarkov is out as the Web Editor of the websites of Time Out Chicago magazine and Time Out Chicago Kids. She had been in that position for only four months. Prior to her time with TOC, Tarkov had been a freelance journalist for the Chicago Tribune's suburban editions, and worked for WindyCitizen.com as a writer, editor and website consultant.