Published on Friday, 25 March 2011 18:56
In tonight's News & Notes, we look at a handful of media stories, including Sam Sylk joining Chris Base to talk about his amazing story, Donnie Devoe returning back home to Power 92, Laurence Holmes getting to stay at his home at The Score, a Classic contest at The Drive, traffic reports come to Smooth 87.7 afternoons, three Chicago area media celebs will help judge a basketball contest for charity, Oprah Winfrey receives a high honor, WBBM-TV's studios are safe & sound, and the son of the late Ron Santo will carry on a tradition on Cubs opening day. All this can be found just below.
* * Saturday morning at 10:00am, WPWX-FM's Sam Sylk will be Chris Base's special guest on "BaseLine with Chris Base," heard live on WYAM - JammChicago.com
. Base will be talking with his fellow radio host about Sylk's recent face-to-face first meeting with the son he never knew he had. It is an incredible story
and definitely one you will want to hear. If you happen to miss Saturday morning's live show, Chris Base will podcast the program soon afterwards HERE
* * Donnie Devoe, aka "The Freakin' Puerto Rican," is retuning back home to WPWX-FM/Power 92 on Saturday. The former afternoon jock at the station will be working weekends. Tomorrow, you can catch him from 10:00am-2:00pm. Since leaving Power 92 in the summer of 2009, Devoe has been working weekends for WGCI-FM. Tomorrow also happens to be Power 92's 10th Anniversary, so there will absolutely be a party atmosphere there at the station with these two happenings.
* * WSCR-AM's Laurence Holmes has renewed his contract with The Score for another two years. Holmes will continue to be heard on weekday evenings, 6:00pm-10:00pm (except when preempted by Chicago White Sox broadcasts). He has also been a regular guest on Steve Dahl's daily podcasts
* * WDRV-FM/WWDV-FM, aka The Drive, has come up with a unique promotion. They are asking fans to submit a list of their their ten favorite Classic Rock albums. From the submissions they get, they will compile a list of the 100 favorite Classic Rock albums. Then, on April 7th, The Drive will award one lucky listener who submitted their 10 favs, with all 100 Classic Rock albums from that list, collected from The Drive's own music library. They will also get a brand new turntable and sound system on which to play those albums. Additionally, on April 7th, the station will begin playing entire album sides from those 100 albums. Submissions must be entered by April 4th. To enter your list of ten albums, visit this webpage HERE
* * Starting this coming Monday, March 28th, WLFM - Chicago's Smooth 87.7, will be adding live traffic reports to the afternoon drive home. The station has been using Metro Traffic reports for the morning drive since October
, but fans have asked for more. As of next week, fans will hear Metro's Mike Pries delivering live traffic & weather updates at 4:30pm, 4:50pm, 5:30pm and 5:50pm.
* * Also on this coming Monday, will be the "McDonald's All American 2011 Powerade Jam Fest," held at the Jones Convocation Center on the campus of Chicago State University (9501 South King Drive, Chicago). The event kicks off at 4:30pm and will feature 48 young men & women competing in a basketball skills competition, 3-point shootout, and slam dunk contest. Judging the slam dunk competition will be, among others, WLS-TV's Jim Rose, WCIU-TVs Kenny McReynolds, and WVAZ-FM's Ramonski Luv. Tickets are still available and can be purchased HERE
. Proceeds go to McDonald's charities.
* * It was announced this week by the Illinois Broadcasters Association that Oprah Winfrey will be inducted into the IBA's Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place on May 3rd, just three weeks before the final new broadcast of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" from Chicago's Harpo Studios. Winfrey will have the entire spotlight, as she will be the only one inducted this year. WLS-TV's Cheryl Burton will emcee the induction luncheon.
* * Despite what was written in the Sun-Times' Michael Sneed column earlier this week
, WBBM-TV studios are not in any danger of being sold or going under new ownership. The Block 37 mall & complex, which was owned by Joseph Freed & Associates LLC, went into foreclosure last year. It went up for auction this week and was purchased at that auction by Bank of America for $100 million. BoA was one of the banks that was owed money from the failed mall. However, WBBM-TV's studios are located at the building at 22 W. Washington St. building, which is considered part of the Block 37 complex, but was not directly part of the Freed development or auction.
* * The Chicago Cubs today announced festivities that will be taking place on Opening Day, Friday, April 1st at Wrigley Field. Among the events going on will be a special 7th Inning Stretch. Ron Santo, Jr., the son of the beloved Cubs radio broadcaster and player, who passed away this past December
at the age of 70, will lead the crowd in the singing of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch. Ron Santo, Jr, will also spend time visiting with the Cubs broadcasters in both the radio and TV booths. During the last 13 seasons, no one led the crowd in the singing of the seventh-inning stretch more than Cubs broadcaster Ron Santo.