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News & Notes: Marshall Rosenthal; Dave Eanet; Kevin Patrick; WXRT; Rick Kaempfer/Brendan Sullivan; Brittney Payton; Mike North; Much More

Today's News & Notes has 11 local media news items, including: the sad passing of Marshall Rosenthal; a high honor for Dave Eanet; a new job for Kevin Patrick; a new job for Judy Lindsey; a new job for Sludge; poll results from WXRT; a chance to hear and learn from Rick Kaempfer & Brendan Sullivan; a chance to hear & learn from Margaret "Radiogirl" Larkin; good news for Brittney Payton; 'DaWiseGuys' try to go big; and a new music video from Mike North. All of this is explained in bigger detail, just below...

* * Sincere condolences go out to the family, friends and fans of longtime Chicago journalist Marshall Rosenthal, who passed away peacefully in his Evanston home at the age of 71 yesterday. He had been diagnosed with liver cancer this past summer. Rosenthal, the beloved Chicago media writer/producer/reporter/editor, may be best known for his many years at WMAQ-TV & WBBM-TV as a news writer and producer, but he also was a longtime contributor to the Chicago Daily News, the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Seed, and even for a time in the early 70's, Rolling Stone magazine.


* * WGN-AM Sports Director/Anchor, WGN-TV Sports Anchor, and Northwestern Wildcats Football/Basketball play-by-play announcer Dave Eanet was named as the 2011 Illinois Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Though he has won numerous awards in his career, including four Silver Dome Awards from the Illinois Broadcasters Association for "best sports play-by-play" and "best local sportscast," this was the first time he has won the Sportscaster of the Year honor. Congratulations to Dave Eanet!


* * Reporter Kevin Patrick left WIQI-FM this week. He has accepted a position to join the brand new CBS-owned FM news station in Washington DC, WNEW-FM, which launches January 19th, so he and his family will be relocating out east. (Kevin Patrick's hire has not yet been officially announced by WNEW-FM.) Overnight news anchor Mike Wilson will now shift to daytime reporting, filling the vacancy left by Patrick's departure. Instead of going outside of the company, Chicago's Brad Robinson, who has been a writer & editor for FM News 101.1 since the start, has now been promoted from within to overnight anchor. The changes began yesterday.


* * Judy Lindsey, a native Chicagoan with over 30 years of fundraising and human services experience, has been hired as Chicago Public Media's new Vice President of Philanthropy. In this role, Lindsey will oversee Chicago Public Media's strategies to build upon the organization's $15 million capital campaign, as well as manage the staff responsible for major and leadership level gifts, foundation and corporate relations, planned giving, donor stewardship and administrative operations supporting these programs. She joins Chicago Public Media, owners of WBEZ-FM & WBEW-FM, following 12 years as the Director of Development for the University of Chicago's six libraries.


* * A week later than expected, but former WZZN-FM/WKQX-FM/WRCX-FM host Sludge can finally reveal what his new radio job in Philadelphia is. Brian Haddad (aka Sludge) has been hired as the new Creative Services Director for Sports Talker WIP-AM/WIP-FM. Sludge will also do some on-air work for the station.


* * Who needs caucus results? This Friday afternoon, January 13th, WXRT-FM will be unveiling the results of their annual XRT Listener Poll, starting at 3:00pm. This will be done from a live remote taking place at the Craftsman Experience (233 W. Huron St, Chicago) and hosted by WXRT-FM morning personality Lin Brehmer. Many other XRT hosts will be on hand and serve as presenters. The live broadcast is not open to the public, though. Passes must be won in advance. Details HERE.


* * Authors Rick Kaempfer and Brendan Sullivan, both former Chicago radio people, will be discussing how they created their new book "The Living Wills" in front of an audience at a special session at the innovative meeting/events space, The Catalyst Ranch (656 W Randolph St, Chicago). The two authors often met and brainstormed at this location during the formation of the new novel, so it made sense to have this gathering here this month. The event will take place on January 24th from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The Catalyst Ranch asks that attendees donate two children's books for Open Books or $15. For those who have not yet picked up a copy of "The Living Wills," the book will be sold at the event and the authors would be happy to autograph it. More information on this evening can be found HERE.


* * Margaret Larkin, host of the very popular "Radiogirl Podcast," will be doing a free seminar later this month entitled "How to Create a Podcast." She will be going over the basics of creating a podcast, including the tools needed, where to post it online, creating content, promotion, and more. It will take place on Saturday, January 28th from 3:00pm-4:00pm at the Community Meeting Room of the Sulzer Regional Library, located at 4455 N. Lincoln Avenue (just north of Montrose) in Chicago. In addition to her podcasts and freelance work for WGN-AM, Margaret Larkin is also a teacher for the City Colleges of Chicago and has a Master's degree in Education.


* * Congratulation to Brittney Payton, co-host of WGN-TV/CLTV's "Chicago's Best," brother to WMVP-AM's Jarrett Payton, and daughter of Walter & Connie Payton. Over the holidays, she and her longtime boyfriend Jordan Benson became engaged.


* * The locally produced web series, "DaWiseGuys" is looking to shift from a low budget series to a bigger budget show, which can be produced faster and possibly picked up by a cable network. In order to achieve this, the team behind the project have recently started up a Kickstarter campaign to raise the needed funds. Those interested in helping this Chicago show get off the ground, can find out more information on the Kickstarter campaign HERE. "DaWiseGuys" is being produced by a pair of Chicago radio veterans, Sal Amato and Frankie "Hollywood" Rodriguez.


* * Speaking of web videos... as first mentioned HERE last week, Chicago broadcasting star Mike North released a brand new music video today for his 2005 parody song "Caucasian Man." The video, done just for fun, was shot on location around Chicagoland, especially in the Edison Park area. In addition to Mike North, be on the look out for former Bears coach Mike Ditka starring as a bowling alley attendant and Dan Levy (WBBM-AM/Metro Traffic & SiriusXM Radio) as... Dan Levy. Unlike what was previously mentioned, the new video uses the original lyrics written by North and John "Shakey" Siuntres, and not revamped lyrics. The new music video can be seen right now on Mike North's website NorthToNorth.com, YouTube, and on the CRM Video Page.


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