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News & Notes: Kerry Sayers; FM News 101.1; Mary Frances Bragiel; Chet Coppock; Lisa Dent & Ramblin' Ray; RedEye; Skip Haynes; Lane Venardos; More

In today's News & Notes, we have a bunch of media stories with local angles, including: Kerry Sayers gets hitched, FM News 101.1 gets online, Mary Frances Bragiel gets a new radio home, Chet Coppock gets back with the Golden Domers, Lisa Dent & Ramblin' Ray give away some cash, Jeff Mauro is making some Chicago-style sandwiches on national TV, Chicago's Philly radio connection gets rubbed out, RedEye will soon close on weekends, famed singer-songwriter Skip Haynes begins a new podcast series, and Lane Venardos passes away. All this can be found just below...

* * Kim Kardashian may have hogged all the wedding headlines this past weekend, but that was not the only new marriage taking place. Kerry Sayers, WFLD-TV & WSCR-AM sports anchor and reporter, married her longtime boyfriend, local banking Vice-President Matt Doucet over the weekend. Best wishes to the happy couple!


* * As of this past week, WWWN-FM finally began streaming its radio broadcast online. The new FM News 101.1 station had not been streaming since just after Merlin Media canceled the alternative rock format, Q101 on July 14th. WWWN-FM's current streaming device is a temporary fix until a more robust device can be put in place. The new streaming can be heard HERE.


* * WBBM-AM part-time reporter Mary Frances Bragiel has left the Newsradio station after six years there and moved to WLS-AM as the its newest evening news anchor during the station's nighttime syndicated tape-delayed shows. She will also work as a reporter during the daytime shifts for the WLS newsroom. Mary Frances Bragiel replaces Lise Dominique and Monica DeSantis who both left WLS-AM to join WWWN-FM this summer. The Chicago area native began her media career as an intern at WGN-AM and has also done work for CLTV and television stations in other markets. Bragiel started in her new role yesterday.


* * Also at WLS-AM, Chicago sportscasting legend Chet Coppock has signed on the dotted line to return for a sixth season as host for WLS-AM's Notre Dame football broadcast pre- and post-game shows. As was the case in years' past, look for the 60 minute pre-game shows to be done as live remotes at drinking & eating establishments around Chicago. The first pre-game show on WLS this season will be at 1:30pm on Saturday, September 3rd. (Live remote location to be determined.)


* * WUSN-FM's Lisa Dent & Ramblin' Ray will be slowly giving away $25,000 over the next few weeks. A secret amount between $500 and $5,000 will be chosen by the station. At select times each weekday morning, callers can try to guess the exact amount. Lisa & Ray will then tell the caller if they are too high, too low, or right on the money. A correct guess by a caller wins that amount. The Hi-Lo promotion will continue on until all $25,000 is given away. Complete rules to "Lisa & Ray's Hi-Lo Jackpot" can be read HERE.


* * Chicago food is once again getting the national spotlight on the Food Network's new show "Sandwich King." Elmwood Park's own Jeff Mauro won the 7th season of the "Food Network Star" reality show and gained his own program on the network. The professional chef, who also did some comedic acting in the Chicago production of "Tony & Tina's Wedding," can now combine his two passions of food & performing. Jeff Mauro's "Sandwich King" can currently be seen on Sundays on the Food Network at 10:30pm. More information on Mauro and the new show can be found HERE.


* * What was rumored at the beginning of August, has been confirmed. Some former Chicago radio personalities will soon be out of job in Philadelphia. CBS Radio is killing off the classic rock station WYSP-FM, after 40 years in Philly radio, to simulcast their local sports radio station, WIP-AM. The majority of WYSP's weekday line-up are former Chicago radio staffers, including former WLUP-AM/FM talker Danny Bonaduce, former WKQX-FM Program Director/DJ Brett "Spike" Eskin, and former WKQX-FM DJ/Marketing man Gordon "Mr. Gordon"/"Uncle Gordon" Mays. Bonaduce will be retained by CBS, moved to another station, while Eskin & Mays (a Chicago native) are certainly out. The flip happens after Labor Day.


* * Also coming to an end after Labor Day weekend will be the weekend edition of the Chicago Tribune-owned RedEye newspaper. Unlike the weekday edition of the free newspaper, which is distributed mainly to newspaper racks/vending boxes and handed out for free at train stops, the weekend edition was entirely home delivered for only $1 a week. With declining revenue and rising delivery costs, the weekend RedEye could not afford to continue on. Any content normally found on weekends in the tabloid, will now be found online only on the RedEye website. The Monday-Friday editions of the newspaper will continue on, at least for the immediate future. Saturday, September 3rd will be the final Saturday RedEye paper.


* * Chicago's very own Skip Haynes, famous as the singer & songwriter of Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah's super-hit "Lake Shore Drive," has a new project. He is now hosting a podcast series based on his book "Road Stories & Tales of the Tropicana or What's A Nice Guy Like Me Doing In A Band Like This?," which is a semi-factual look at his twelve years on the road with with the band Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah, and their time here in Chicago. Haynes has already posted up the second episode called "A Day In The Life." This particular episode is a bit of Chicago musical history involving the band, some Playboy Bunnies, New Year's Eve at the famed Windy City club Ratso's on Lincoln Avenue, an elephant, a pound of weed, black magic markers, white shoe polish and kazoos. The podcasts can be found on Skip Haynes' website LakeShoreDriveMusic.com and clicking on the "new podcast" link, or at this direct link HERE.


* * Lane Venardos, a multiple Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer for CBS News has passed away at the age of 67 due to a heart attack. Venardos started his long career in broadcast media in his hometown of Alton, IL at radio station WOZK-AM in the early-60's while still in high school. In the late 60's, his career really took off at Chicago's WBBM-AM -- first as a producer, and then as acting News Director. In the early '70s, he also became the Assistant News Director at WBBM-TV News. From Chicago, the talented newsman was recruited by CBS to go out east and work nationally, becoming a producer of CBS Radio news specials. He quickly moved to CBS Television, where he was the Executive Producer of the "CBS Evening News," working with both Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather in the 1980s, and later was the network's Vice President for hard news. Although he "retired" in 2000, Venardos almost immediately began working as a consultant with CBS and others on CBS' election coverage, "Survivor" live finale episodes, and NBC reality shows such as "The Apprentice" and "The Biggest Loser." He is survived by his wife, four children and four grandchildren.


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