Published on Tuesday, 19 January 2010 19:49
It's been a few days, so it's time for a new batch of News & Notes! This time we look at an unveiling for WXRT, the return of a pair of local & national publications: Chicago Rocker Newsletter and E&P, CLTV expanding beyond CL, an expansion of sorts for Red Bar Radio, sad news about Bob Strube, get well wishes for Big Dan Jiggetts, and congratulations for Angi Taylor!
* * Broadcasting live from the John Hancock Observatory tomorrow night, WXRT-FM will be unveiling the results of their annual Listener Poll. The special show begins at 6:00pm on 93.1. The fan-based resulted will reveal who Chicagoans thought were the best albums, songs, concerts, concert venues, movies & TV shows of 2009.
* * In the late 80's and early 90's, the Chicago Rocker Newsletter was free local publication that was found monthly at bars all across Chicagoland. It featured information, interviews and articles on local rock bands. As the hairband music of that time period faded away, so did the newsprint magazine. It resurfaced as a website around 2003, but that lasted only a matter of weeks. Chicago Rocker Newsletter is now back, only this time, it can be found as a section inside the Illinois Entertainer. The January IE has the first CRN section, which supposedly will be a new, permanent feature inside each month's issue of IE. The rock of the 80's may not be back, but the Rocker is.
* * Another famous publication is finding its way back to life, as well. A few weeks ago, the Nielsen Company announced the abrupt cancellation of "Editor & Publisher," the one-time "bible of the newspaper industry," much like they cancelled "Radio & Records" a few weeks before that. The Duncan McIntosh Co., an Irvine, CA magazine and newspaper publisher, has purchased the E&P brand from Nielsen and plans of resuming publication of the famed periodical right away, with a February issue soon. The E&P website
continues to now operate, as well. Now the question is, will somebody bring back R&R, too?
* * Phil Rosenthal reported today
that the Tribune-owned CLTV television station will be made available to the markets around Rockford, IL and South Bend, IN via Comcast Cable. This will give CLTV a larger regional presence and reasons to do stories that are farther reaching than just Chicago & it's immediate area.
* * The men behind the Chicago-based comedy talk show podcast Red Bar Radio Show, have started a new venture outside of radio. Mike David and Dean Carlson have opened up a brand new stand-up comedy room at the Ontourage Night Club in Chicago (157 W. Ontario St.). The Red Bar Comedy Show will feature varying stand-up comedians each Saturday night, starting at 8:30pm. More information can be found on the Red Bar website
* * Bob Strube Sr. passed away last week at his home in Glencoe. Strube was a co-founder of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. He also was a former president of the South Water Market Association and the owner of the Strube Celery & Vegetable Company. Why this is being mentioned here is because for over 20 years, Bob Strube contributed his almost-daily "Fresh for Health Produce Report" on WBBM-AM. He proudly told listeners why eating certain vegetables was healthy for you, where they could find deals on produce, vegetable recipes and more. Strube was 91 years old at the time of his passing. His funeral was earlier today.
* * With CSN's "Monsters in the Morning" off the air since the end of last month and the brand new WBBM-TV "Monsters & Money in the Morning" show not scheduled to start until the beginning of next month, what does host Dan Jiggetts do with his free time? Well, Jiggs decided to get a new hip. January really is "down time" for the former Bears star and sports talker, as he is recuperating from the recent hip replacement surgery. He is expecting to be ready and rarin' to go for the start of the new CBS morning show in just over two weeks, though. Best wishes go out to Dan Jiggetts on an easy recovery!
* * Congratulations go out to WKSC-FM's Angi Taylor. DreX's co-host on the Kiss-FM morning show became engaged to her boyfriend, Capitol Record's promotion man Jason Prinzo last Friday night. A wedding is being planned for a year from now.