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WGN-TV Newscast Changes - More Hours, Anchors Change Shifts
Aug 19 2014 12:00

As part of its new fall schedule, WGN-TV is making numerous changes to its newscasts. The changes are happening in the mornings and afternoons, with an extra hour of news [ ... ]

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WCKG-AM Moves To New Studios In Oakbrook Terrace
Aug 19 2014 10:05

WCKG-AM 1530 has fully moved in to their brand new, state-of-the-art studios and executive offices as of this past week. The new WCKG-AM location is within the luxurious  [ ... ]

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Steve & Johnnie Return To WGN-AM For Labor Day Fill-In Role
Aug 19 2014 09:15

For the second time in under a year, beloved WGN Radio overnight radio duo of Steve King and Johnnie Putman will be making their return to the Chicago airwaves. This will [ ... ]

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Muchin & Bellow's 'The Dirty Truth' Becomes 'The Big Payoff' - Moves To WGN.FM
Aug 19 2014 08:00

Internet-only radio station WGN.FM has picked up a new weekly business show entitled "The Big Payoff." Hosted by Suzanne Muchin and Rachel Bellow, this live 60-minute pro [ ... ]

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ABC 7 Officially Announces New Daytime Schedule; WCL To Have Week Of Double Shows
Aug 18 2014 12:45

WLS-TV/ABC 7 officially announced its new fall daytime schedule today. Among the changes are the addition of "The Rachael Ray Show," the shifting of some shows back to th [ ... ]

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WGN-TV's Rich King Gets 'Back In The Game' With New Book
Aug 18 2014 11:15

WGN-TV sports anchor/reporter Rich King will soon be releasing a new book about his life, entitled "Back In The Game." The personal story looks at a recent chapter in Kin [ ... ]

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Executive Changes At Univision Chicago: Larry Sands Exiting; Doug Levy Promoted
Aug 18 2014 09:10

Major changes are taking place this month with media giant Univision Communications. These nationwide changes have numerous executives exiting and some being promoted. Th [ ... ]

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Jack Diamond Not Taking WLS-FM Morning Job; Signs With Tijuana/San Diego Radio Station
Aug 16 2014 10:30

For the last week of July, Cumulus-owned WLS-FM gave a "tryout" to a new morning show host, Jack Diamond. Speculation had it that Diamond was a lock to become the new ful [ ... ]

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WMAQ-TV Announces New 11:00am Newscast & Anchors
Aug 15 2014 18:00

WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 will be making some changes to its midday schedule next month, ending its 30-minute Noon newscast, but adding a new 60-minute 11:00am newscast. Announced to [ ... ]

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News & Notes: Terri Hemmert; Star 105.5; St Augustine/Johnson; Ryan Chiaverini/Dave Plier;...
Aug 15 2014 16:45

This weekend's News & Notes features a dozen news items from the Chicagoland media beat, including: Terri Hemmert hosts the Fest For Beatles Fans once again; Star 105.5 h [ ... ]

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WSCR-AM Parts Ways With Dan McNeil
Aug 15 2014 13:00

WSCR-AM/670 The Score and CBS Radio Chicago have officially parted ways with their longtime personality Dan McNeil. After nearly two months of contract negotiations, McNe [ ... ]

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WGN-TV To Broadcast 2014 Arlington Million Horse Race
Aug 14 2014 15:35

For the fourth year in a row, WGN-TV will be airing the Arlington Million live from Arlington Park Racetrack. This will take place on Saturday, August 16th, from 5:00pm-6 [ ... ]

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Robin Robinson On The Way Out From WFLD-TV After 25 Years

Robin Robinson, who has been lead news anchor at WFLD-TV since it first launched full newscasts in August 1987, is on her way out after 25 years at the station. According to multiple inside sources, Robinson's contract, which expires next month, is not being renewed.

This marks the biggest change to the station's newscasts in many years, and the biggest since Vice President and News Director Phyllis Schwartz took over in that position in January.

Robinson, 54, is a Chicago native who has been working in TV news for 33 years, with 28 of those years in her hometown. She began in 1979 as reporter for San Diego's KGTV-TV, later moving up to morning news anchor. Three years later, she accepted a job as a consumer reporter for Denver's KMGH-TV. Two years later, in 1984, Robinson was brought back to Chicago to be the consumer reporter for WBBM-TV/CBS 2. She was later promoted up to weekend/fill-in news anchor and reporter.

In 1987, WFLD-TV was looking to launch full newscasts on its station and put together a new and exciting news team. One of the first hired was Robinson (then going by the name Robin Robinson-Brantley), who was paired up with Philadelphia news anchor Kris Long to be the "Fox 32 News" nighttime news anchors. Long was her co-anchor until 1993. From 1993-2004, Walter Jacobson was her co-anchor, followed by Mark Suppelsa from 2004-2008 and Jeff Goldblatt from 2008-2010. Since 2010, she has been paired with Bob Sirott, who still has one year remaining on his WFLD-TV contract.

Robinson is, or was, the last remaining on-air staffer from WFLD-TV's original news team from 1987.

Despite WFLD-TV's ever-sinking ratings, for most of those years, the on-air performance of Robin Robinson was always a strong point for the station. She came off to the viewer as trustworthy, intelligent, a capable news reader, and appealing to both the eyes and the ears. In recent years, there were incidents where Robin Robinson did not come off as appealing to the public, especially when she would speak freely and not from a teleprompter or script. When Chicago radio personality Steve Dahl would do commentary segments on the newscasts last year, Robinson could not control the upset look on her face. She made national headlines, embarrassing the station, when last December, she blurted out her feelings that parents should tell their children that there is no Santa Claus. This forced an on-air apology from Robinson later that week to help quiet down the thousands of angry emails, phone calls and website comments it caused. There have also been questions of on-air chemistry with her co-anchors and the occasional flubbing of lines while reading the news.

For those reasons, combined with her high salary (FOX's budgets run from July to July and cutting out this salary would help the station out financially), and the fact that WFLD-TV is desperate to make positive ratings changes, it would appear that Robin Robinson will soon be a free agent.

Though she was born in Chicago, Robinson was raised in California, and achieved her Bachelor's degree in Journalism from San Diego State University. She has won numerous Emmy Awards for her television work throughout her entire career.

As there has not been any official statement from WFLD-TV officials, there has not been any replacement for Robinson named.

Numerous other major changes are rumored to be coming in the next few weeks at WFLD-TV, as well. General Manager Mike Renda's contract expires at the end of August. Insiders say that his contract also will not be renewed by FOX. Major changes, both in front and behind the camera, are said to be coming to the station's low-rated morning program "Good Day Chicago" later this summer.

NOTE: See very important updates on this article HERE and especially HERE.


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