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News & Notes: Marlon George; Herb Kent; Bob Channick; James VanOdsol/Mick Dumke; CSN; Svengoolie; Barry Butler; Charles Thomas/Art Norman; Reid Reker; Jay Mariotti

Today's News & Notes has a dozen media news items, including: Marlon George becoming LSM, Herb Kent & Mike Julius helping to honor Sam Cooke, Bob Channick taking over the media beat for the Chicago Tribune, Mike Stephen interviews James VanOdsol & Mick Dumke, CSN has a live remote early Friday and special program late Friday, Svengoolie celebrates an anniversary and goes wrestling, Barry Butler also celebrates an anniversary, Charles Thomas is honored and Art Norman emcees, a new job for Reid Reker, and a new trial for Jay Mariotti. It can all be found just below...

* * This week, Clear Channel Radio Chicago named Marlon George as the new Local Sales Manager for its Urban network of stations: WVAZ-FM, WGCI-FM and WGRB-AM. George most recently was the Sales Manager and Digital Sales Manager for the Nashville cluster of Clear Channel radio stations, but before that, he was an Account Executive with WGCI-FM. He replaces Carla Ross as LSM, since Ross was promoted to General Sales Manager for the CCRC Urban stations at the start of this month.


* * Speaking of WVAZ-FM, V103's Herb Kent will be taking part in a ceremony this Saturday honoring legendary soul singer Sam Cooke. Chicago's 36th Street at Cottage Grove Avenue will be named "Honorary Sam Cooke Way" Saturday at 2:00pm. Since Herb "Cool Gent" Kent is a true expert on classic R&B music and is also known as "The Mayor of Bronzeville," it only seems right that he say a few words at the dedication in the heart of the Bronzeville neighborhood. Former V103 personality Mike Myke Julius will also be among those on hand for the ceremonial unveiling of the street sign.


* * The Chicago Tribune will be naming Robert (Bob) Channick as its new reporter covering Chicago media, as well as advertising and marketing. For many years Bob Channick has been a freelance reporter for the Tribune, writing articles for the Chicago Tribune, as well as the Trib Local website & papers. He was previously the General Manager of southwest suburban WCCQ-FM for a dozen years in the 80's and 90's. The radio station was owned by his father Herbert Channick at the time. (It is now owned by NextMedia.) The newspaper's previous media columnist, Phil Rosenthal, was re-assigned and promoted up to Business columnist this week. Bob Channick starts on Monday.


* * On this week's Outside the Loop Radio show, host Mike Stephen talks with a pair of well-known local media men. One guest is James VanOsdol, who talks about his reasons for leaving Q101 last weekend and his brand new book, "Off the Record Collection: Riffs, Rants and Writings about Rock." Also on the program is the Chicago Reader's senior writer Mick Dumke, who talks about his lawsuit against the City of Chicago regarding his Freedom of Information Act requests. Outside the Loop Radio can be heard Thursdays at 10:00am on WLUW-FM and podcast on OutsideTheLoopRadio.com.


* * Friday at Noon, Comcast SportsNet Chicago will a very special expanded edition of the Cubs pre-game show. Hosts David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth will be doing the pre-game show LIVE from a stage set up outside of Wrigley Field at the 1st Annual "Wrigleyville Block Party." The show set up can be found located on the west side of Wrigley Field, bordering Clark Street. Kap & Todd will be talking with fans at the block party, former Cubs greats and some surprise guests. The pre-game show will continue on until 1:20pm, when the Cubs will be ready to take on the New York Yankees.


* * That is not the only special event happening on CSN tomorrow, either. Debuting this Friday at 7:00pm on Comcast SportsNet Chicago will be a special episode of CSN's monthly series "Inside Look." This month's special episode will be focusing entirely on the 1991 Championship Chicago Bulls, with exclusive one-on-one interviews with Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, John Paxson, Stacey King, and Johnny Bach. Luke Stuckmeyer hosts the special. For those who miss it, it will be repeated three more times later this month.


* * If you are a fan of local TV legend Svengoolie and a fan of wrestling, then you are in luck this weekend! On Saturday, WCIU-TV's Svengoolie will be taking part in PCW's "Dream Night X" wrestling event, happening Saturday at the Oak Lawn Pavilion (9401 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Lawn), starting at 6:00pm. Sven won't be wrestling, though. He will be the guest ring announcer and will also be signing autographs. Wrestling superstars Bret "The Hit Man" Hart and Mick Foley will also be on hand for autographs. For more information, visit this link HERE.


* * Speaking of Svengoolie, it was 32 years ago TODAY that Rich Koz first put on the legendary makeup and went on TV as the "Son of Svengoolie." Happy anniversary Rich! (Or should it be... Scary salutations, Sven?!?!)


* * Speaking of anniversaries... this week, Barry Butler celebrated 29 years working in the traffic biz. He started in June 1982 with Shadow Broadcast Services and since September 2002 has been with Clear Channel's Total Traffic Network Chicago, where he is currently its Market Director. He is now in his 30th year of watching over Chicago's traffic reports and has no plans on stopping anytime soon. Congratulations Barry!


* * This Sunday, N'Digo Magazine and the N'Digo Foundation will be holding it's annual gala, this year with the Father's Day theme "A Tribute 2 Men." The black-tie event will be honoring six men, including WLS-TV's political reporter Charles Thomas. The emcee for the night will be former WMAQ-TV anchor/reporter Art Norman. The gala will be held at the Chicago Symphony Center (220 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago), Sunday from 6:00pm-11:00pm. Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will also be part of the event. Ticket ordering and more information can be found at this link HERE.


* * Former Chicago radio programmer Reid Reker has found a new job. This week he was named as the new General Sales Manager for CBS Radio's KLUC-FM and KXTE-FM in Las Vegas. Among the many places he has worked in his career, Reker worked as Program Director in Chicago at WMET-FM in the mid-80's and WCKG-FM in the late 90's.


* * Court hearings for former Chicago sportswriter, radio host and resident Jay Mariotti are now scheduled to begin on June 28th for his most recent crimes he has been charged with, stemming from multiple angry confrontations with with his ex-girlfriend, of whom, he was court ordered to stay away from. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has charged Mariotti with three felonies and two misdemeanors. Because Mariotti is on probation for a previous domestic violence misdemeanor assault against this woman, he now faces up to five years in prison. The always-controversial Mariotti has proclaimed his innocence concerning these charges.

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