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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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'The Abe Kanan Show' Picked Up By Sirius/XM; Set To Air Weekly

Last February, this website mentioned the big news about some Chicago radio guys who were about to see a bright national spotlight, as "The Abe Kanan Show" was being given a three-day tryout on the Howard Stern Sirius/XM channel "Howard 101." That tryout went incredibly well and has paid off for the stars of the radio program. Starting this coming Saturday, June 11th, "The Abe Kanan Show" becomes the newest addition to Sirius/XM satellite radio.

Beginning this weekend, "The Abe Kanan Show" can be heard weekly on the satellite radio network, airing LIVE & uncensored from Chicago each Saturday at 4:00pm and running for two hours straight. Although Sirius/XM is headquartered in New York City, the show will be done locally, broadcasting from Chicago's JBTV Studios. Since the new Sirius/XM version of "The Abe Kanan Show" is completely live and not a podcast, fans are encouraged to call in and be part of the fun. The number to join the party is 1-888-STERN-101 between 4:00pm and 6:00pm.

The entire cast that fans have come to love from the regular "Abe Kanan Show" podcasts: Abe Kanan, Ryan Manno, Dan "Bass" Levy and Sam Kanan will be part of the program each Saturday. Regular podcast segments such as warped Hollywood reports from "Danny Gaga" and Abe's hilarious prank phone calls are part of the broadcast, as well.

"The Abe Kanan Show" podcasts began back in November 2009 and came out on a semi-regular basis for over a year. Abe Kanan and his friends put out a fast-paced podcast that gained in popularity. The show had drawn interest from numerous outlets -- locally, out of market and nationally -- because of its increasing popularity. It was rumored that the previous management at WGN-AM was strongly considering adding the show to its weekend line-up, prior to the regime change there.

Kanan, Manno, and Levy, all Chicago radio veterans, as well as, Abe's brother Sam, and other special guests (including former WZZN & WKQX host Sludge), get together to talk about life & current events with a slightly twisted view. The past podcasts can be found on Abe Kanan's website, AbeIsAwesome.com, as well as here on the podcast page of Chicagoland Radio & Media.

Abe Kanan, a Columbia College graduate, was at WKQX-FM/Q101 from 2001-2006, where he first started as an intern before being hired on by the station. He was a creative producer doing voices, characters (including his most famous one, the bratty kid Magellan) and funny phone calls for Mancow's show and others on the station. From 2007-2009, he was the morning show co-host with Chicago's Sludge in Richmond, VA's WDYL-FM/Y101 before station cutbacks moved the morning show to afternoons, releasing Kanan. (The station has since flipped formats, releasing everybody.) In addition to his podcasts, Kanan has also been dipping his toes into stand-up comedy around Chicagoland. His prank phone calls are now being syndicated out to morning shows at radio stations in other markets, including stations in Houston and Philadelphia.

Ryan Manno, a North Central College graduate, may be best remembered for his many years at WKQX-FM/Q101, where he had numerous positions, including being a cast member on Mancow's Morning Madhouse, and even more so for hosting radio shows both on his own and with his younger brother Kevin Manno. (Kevin Manno now works for MTV in New York City, hosting their new entertainment show, "The Seven.") Ryan Manno was with Q101 from 2001 to 2009. He since then has gone on to be the new host for JBTV for the last year, has been the Music Curator and the host of his Wednesday "One Man(no) Show" at the the Angels & Kings bar (now located inside the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago at 230 N. Michigan Ave.), and was recently hired as the Program Coordinator for the Chicago-based experiential marketing firm All Terrain.

The deep voice of Dan Levy has been heard all over Chicago radio for over a decade. He started out as a morning host on WCRX-FM, was a producer and occasional host for WSCR-AM, was a producer and contributor to Mancow's morning show on WKQX-FM (where he was nicknamed "Ballz"), has been a traffic reporter for Shadow-Metro, and a sports reporter for various shows, including Geoff Pinkus' overnight radio show. He also runs Levy Media and has produced numerous podcasts for other people including Chet Coppock, and even recently began doing his own podcasts called "When The Levy Breaks." Additionally, Levy, a Columbia College graduate, works at the Illinois Center for Broadcasting and does fill-in Public Address announcing at DePaul University sporting events.

Sam Kanan is Abe's older brother, who somehow keeps getting roped into appearing on the show each week, against his better judgment.

In a statement tonight, Abe Kanan said: "Thanks to everyone for the continued support. We would not be here without you guys. ... Thanks to Howard Stern, Tim Sabean, Jim Mcclure, and the whole Howard Stern Crew for giving us this amazing opportunity. This will be the radio show that I have always wanted to do since starting in radio 10 years ago. UNLEASH THE FURY!!!"


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