Published on Thursday, 16 February 2012 21:52
Today's News & Notes has another cool dozen local media stories, including: Comcast SportsNet Chicago making big money for a big charity; CSN doubling chances for fans to see spring training baseball games; Chet Coppock returns to the squared circle; Milo Hamilton gets ready to retire; Bill Mullen retires already; Chicago Magazine has a powerful list; Lisa Dent & Ramblin' Ray and Trish Biondo don't get an ACM Award this year; Lou Dobbs coming to town and sticking with WIND-AM; Lin Brehmer spreads his wings; Jaime Black talks with JBTV; Bob Stern turns 500 (although he looks much younger); Bounce TV to air the Whitney Houston funeral; and local legend Paul Gallis passes away. All of the details are right here...
* * This past Monday night was the 24th Annual "Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards,"
which hosted by Chicago broadcasting legend Steve Dahl, held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, and broadcast live on Comcast SportNet Chicago. Between ticket sales for the sold-out event, donations, and the silent auction held before and during the event, CSN was able to raise a record $720,000 for the March of Dimes. This shattered last year's amount of $701,000.
* * Speaking of Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the local sports network announced today that all of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs pre-season games that it will be showing in late March and early April (a total of seven games between both teams) will also be repeated in their entirety much later that same night, for those who may have missed the games earlier in the day. Additionally, it was announced that thanks to the shared ownership with NBCUniversal, fans can see CSN's reporters featured on the "NBC SportsTalk" daily news show on the NBC Sports Network, delivering news updates on the Cubs and White Sox, as well as seeing CSNChicago.com's Cubs and White Sox content featured on NBC's digital platforms, such as NBCSports.com, Hardball Talk, Rotoworld, MSNBC.com, and Xfinity.com.
* * Chicago sports broadcasting legend Chet Coppock will serve as emcee and ring announcer for the Resistance Pro Wresting event taking place tomorrow night at 7:00pm at Excalibur (632 N. Dearborn, Chicago). Resistance Pro Wrestling is the new Chicago-based wrestling organization founded by Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. (Corgan will be at the show, as well.) Tickets will be available at the door. For more information about the event, visit this link HERE
* * Radio Hall of Fame sports broadcaster Milo Hamilton has announced that this upcoming 2012 baseball season will be his final one before retiring. Since 1985, he has been calling games for the Houston Astros. The retirement does not come as a shock, though, as the 84 year-old Hamilton has been calling baseball games since 1953. Since 2006, he has been only calling home games for the most part, due to his age and health making it difficult to travel. Chicagoans will remember Milo Hamilton quite well as he called baseball games for both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox for many years. Hamilton worked with the Cubs first for three seasons, from 1955-1957, working with the legendary voices of Jack Brickhouse and Vince Lloyd. He called White Sox games for four seasons, alongside Bob Elson, from 1961-1965. He returned to the Cubs for five seasons, 1980-1984, working first with Jack Brickhouse, under the impression that he would take over for Brickhouse when he retired in 1981. Instead, the Cubs went back on their word and brought in Harry Caray to take over as lead announcer. Caray & Hamilton strongly disliked each other and publicly feuded, eventually leading to Hamilton's firing. In the 50s & 60s, Milo Hamilton also worked as a DJ in Chicago, playing music on WJJD-AM and WIND-AM.
* * Last month, the Chicago Tribune asked for volunteers from among the newsroom staffers to take part in a "voluntary separation program."
One such Tribune staffer who has decided to accept the buyout offer is reporter William "Bill" Mullen, who decided to retire after being with the newspaper since 1967. In his almost 45 years with the newspaper, Bill Mullen won two Pulitzer prizes for writing excellence.
* * Chicago Magazine has published its annual list of the "100 Most Powerful Chicagoans." Among the local media personalities on the list are the Sun-Times' Roger Ebert, Tribune Company's Sam Zell (whose company owns Chicago Magazine), Johnson Publishing's Desiree Rogers & Linda Johnson Rice, Chicago Tribune's R. Bruce Dold, and Midway Broadcasting/WVON's Melody Spann-Cooper. As with any list, it has become controversial for some of the additions to the list (Devin Hester... Really?)
, and the many omissions. The complete 2012 list can be seen at this link HERE
* * Last month, the Academy of Country Music released their full list of nominations for this years ACM Awards. In the category of "On-Air Personality of the Year - Major Market," two out of the five nominees came from Chicago's WUSN-FM: the morning team of Lisa Dent & Ramblin' Ray and midday host Trish Biondo. This week, the ACM wasted no time in revealing the winners (even though the awards will not be until April 1st). Even with a 2 out of 5 chance in winning, US99.5 came up short this year. Denver, CO's KYGO-FM's Kelly Ford & Rider won the award. Just as is often the case with Chicago sports teams... maybe next year.
* * Lou Dobbs is leaving the United Station's Radio Networks on February 24, where he hosted the daily three-hour "The Lou Dobbs Show" and the smaller "Lou Dobbs Financial Reports," as well as the weekend "Best of Lou Dobbs." He is doing so to spend more time focusing on his television work on "Lou Dobbs Tonight" for Fox Business Channel. However, he is not leaving radio entirely. He has signed on with Salem Radio Network to host the three times a day small segment show, "The Lou Dobbs Financial Report," beginning on Monday, February 27th. It will be nearly identical as the USRN "Lou Dobbs Financial Reports." Locally, these USRN segments aired twice a day on WIND-AM. With WIND-AM owned by Salem, they will of course be carrying the new Salem version of Lou Dobbs' financial reports starting February 27. Fans of the reports should hear little difference. They will continue to air on AM 560 as they have been at 7:40am during Big John Howell & Amy Jacobson's show and at 6:02pm during Steve Cochran's show.
Additionally, WIND-AM is bringing Lou Dobbs to Chicagoland on Saturday, March 24th, as the keynote luncheon speaker at their AM 560 Wealth Summit. Dobbs will share his insights on politics, the economy and more, as will other speakers at the event to be held at the Westin near the Yorktown Shopping Center in Lombard. Additional information can be found at this link HERE
* * Sunday, February 26th, will be the 13th annual Chicago WingFest. The best-tasting chicken wing contest will be held once again at the Bailey Auditorium (1340 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago) from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. Returning again, as he has done every year at WingFest, will be WXRT-FM's Lin Brehmer, who will serve as host, emcee, and celebrity judge. He will also provide the hilarious play-by-play calling for the "Lord of the Wings" eating contest. Also present will be Brehmer's trusty sidekick, Chicken-Man. For more information on this spicy annual event, visit this link HERE
* * Former WKQX-FM/Q101 staffer Jaime Black's local music podcast, ChicagoVerseUniteD, just finished its 150th show... and its a special one. For this podcast, Jaime Black interviews JBTV's Jerry Bryant and Ryan Manno at JBTV studios, where they discuss the show's upcoming national launch on the new NBC Nonstop Network, the show's longevity and just why JBTV is so special. It can be heard at this link HERE
* * Another Chicago podcast celebrating a milestone is Bob Stern's Vinyl Schminyl Radio. This Sunday's one-hour podcast will be its 500th show. It (along with the other 499 podcasts) can be heard at this link HERE
* * Bounce TV
, the first-ever national over-the-air broadcast television network specifically targeting African-Americans, will carry the funeral of singer Whitney Houston live, commercial-free, uninterrupted, and in its entirety on Saturday morning. Locally, the broadcast will begin at 11:00am and be seen on Weigel Broadcasting-owned WWME 23.2. Houston, the multi-talented entertainer who also has numerous addiction problems in her life, was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room last Saturday afternoon from what appears to be caused by a deadly mixture of alcohol and prescription drugs. She was 48 years old.
* * Paul Gallis, the highly-regarded Chicago record promoter, entrepreneur, and 1940's/50s performer, passed away yesterday afternoon at the age of 88. Friends of his are expressing there love of the man in various ways today. Two most noteworthy are a touching blog written by friend David Martin, which can be read HERE
and a salute done on the air on WFLD-TV this evening by Bob Sirott, which can be viewed HERE
. Paul Gallis' family will be holding a wake for him tomorrow from 3:00pm-9:00pm at Belmont Funeral Home (7120 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago).