Published on Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:24
The holidays are here, but so are plenty of local media news items in today's News & Notes, including: a welcome return for Irene Mojica, a return for Scott "Smokin'" Silz, a new job for Kevin Metheny, a new job for Kyra Kyles, a look at Marshal Fields' Christmas spirit by WTTW-TV, a holiday/charity remote for Carlos Mendez & Marcos Rosales, Buzz Kilman and his daughter bring some Christmas cheer to the radio, "Chicago Live!" returns but to a new location, and Dick Clark's "Bloopers" is coming to WGN-TV. All of the details are here...
* * Irene "Mamacita" Mojica is back on the airwaves! The longtime WGCI-FM, WVAZ-FM and WUBT-FM star is currently doing holiday fill-in work at north suburban WZSR-FM/Star 105.5. Starting January 7th, she will begin doing a regular shift on the station, working Saturdays from 10:00pm-3:00pm. Mojica has been off the air since a large Clear Channel cutback released her (and others) from V103 in April 2009.
* * Irene Mojica is not the only Chicago radio veteran beginning a new job at a suburban station, either. Scott "Smokin'" Silz has taken over as the Production Director of WZSR-FM/Star 105.5 and WWYW-FM/Y103.9 in the northern suburbs. Silz was the Director of Production & Imaging for WGCI-FM and WVAZ-FM from March 1996 to this past August
. He may be best remembered as one of the original DJs of WBMX's Hot Mix 5.
* * Former WGN-AM Program Director Kevin Metheny has found new work. Metheny will soon be the Program Director for a brand new Country station launching in Minneapolis next Monday. At the end of last week, the full-timers at Minneapolis' WLTE-FM/Lite FM, including former Chicago host Renee DuBay
, were told that this week would be their last week on the air. It turns out the reason is that CBS Radio has decided to flip the AC station to an all-Country station as of December 26th, very similar to Chicago's WUSN-FM. Kevin Metheny will help get the new station off the ground. This past week, Metheny was at Chicago's CBS Radio offices, home of his old Clear Channel/Jacor friend, Jeff Kapugi, who also happens to be the new Vice President of Country Programming for CBS Radio, solidifying his deal with the company. This does not look to be a long-term stop for the nomadic PD, who moved back to Ohio after leaving Chicago last year. He is being referred to as the Interim PD, charged with the tough job of getting the brand new station up & running smoothly, before handing it off to another PD.
* * Kyra Kyles, who was the pop culture writer of "The Kyles Files" for the Chicago Tribune's RedEye and occasional commentator for WGN-TV, before voluntarily exiting
the Chicago Tribune-owned properties in September, has found new work. In addition to her work on the web-series HR The Series
, Kyles recently accepted a position as a full-time Senior Editor at Chicago's JET Magazine.
* * On Thursday, WTTW-TV will air its well-liked holiday special "Chicago Stories: The Marshall Field's Christmas Windows." The 30-minute special takes a look at the famed Chicago retail store's holiday displays that charmed families for well over a century and what they meant to Chicago. The special will air at 4:30am and 9:30pm on channel 11.
* * WCEV-AM 1450's Carlos Mendez and Marcos Rosales will be doing a live remote for their "Radio Oro" program this Friday afternoon from 4:00pm-6:00pm. The show will be broadcasting live from Pollos el Campestre/Campestre Chicken Restaurant, located at 5311 W. Cermak Road in Cicero. Friday's "Radio Oro" show will be a pre-holiday celebration with Santa Claus and Christmas candy bags for kids. Additionally, Mendez & Rosales will be collecting new & unwrapped toys, all of which will go to the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation
, which supports children with cancer. For those who cannot be at the remote in person, or cannot hear the program on WCEV-AM, it will be streaming live on RadioOroChicago.com
via the TuneIn.com app.
* * Beloved Chicago radio personality Buzz Kilman will be back on the air Saturday morning on WNUR-FM 89.3. He will be the special guest on Ron Lewis' morning show, airing from 7:00am-9:00am. Not only will Buzz Kilman be guesting on the show, but joining him will be his young daughter Piper. It will be a Christmas gift from Buzz.
* * Tickets have gone on sale for the upcoming season of the Chicago Tribune's live stage show, "Chicago Live!" The eight-week season will run from February 2nd through March 22, 2012 and will take place at its NEW
location, the UP Comedy Club, located at 230 W. North Avenue in Chicago's Piper's Alley. The show will continue to hosted by Chicago Tribune writer and WGN-AM host Rick Kogan, and will continue to be taped in front of a live audience on Thursdays at 6:30pm, to be aired two days later on WGN Radio. General admission tickets are $18 and premium seats are $28. Tickets are available online HERE
. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 312-337-3992 and at the Second City box office (1616 N. Wells St., Chicago).
* * In the 1980's a top-rated 60-minute TV reality series was "TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes" hosted by Dick Clark and Ed McMahon. It was announced this week that Dick Clark Productions is bringing back a 30-minute syndicated version of that show, simply called "Bloopers." The all-new show will feature new TV & movie bloopers, along with hidden camera moments and funny home videos. The host has not yet been named. Among the stations that quickly signed on to air the program was WGN-TV. "Bloopers" will premiere in Fall of 2012.