Published on Thursday, 16 August 2012 17:03
Tonight's News & Notes features a large amount of local media stories, including: tickets now available for Michael Essany's "Seven On Ridge" show; the return of Paula Fagan; Julian hits the beach; Steve Kozil hits Rockford; Trey Da Choklit Jok returns to DJing on the Internet; Sam Sylk comes to your phone; a new job for Carlos Correa; a new baby girl for Karen Jordan & Christian Farr; Dan O'Toole passes away; Terri Hemmert's mother also passes away; and a fund set up in the name of Terri Hemmert's mother. All of the details can be found right here.
* * With "Seven On Ridge," Chicago's new late night talk show, set to premiere in one month
, the show has finally begun selling reservations to attend the tapings of the program. Dinner seating tickets can be purchased for between $24 and $57 dollars. Studio seating can be reserved for only $2.00, while a limited number of premium seats will be held for $20 each. Reservations can be made at this link HERE
. The new show, hosted by Michael Essany, is still searching for a permanent downtown Chicago location. However, in the meantime, the next several weeks will be taped at the Genesis Convention Center in Gary, IN, about 30 minutes southeast from downtown Chicago. Numerous celebrity interviews and sketch pieces have already been filmed in advance of the September 17th launch of the show on WJYS-TV. More information on the new program can be found on the "Seven On Ridge" website
* * Since Sarah Jindra accepted the role as CLTV/WGN-TV morning traffic anchor last month
, exiting her role as traffic reporter for WBEZ-FM each morning, the radio station has been looking for the perfect replacement. As of this week, they have their person. Monday, veteran Chicago traffic reporter Paula Fagan took over as morning traffic reporter for Chicago Public Radio. Since the mid-80s, Fagan has worked at numerous radio & television stations as a traffic reporter, including long stints at WLS-AM, WFYR-FM, and WFLD-TV. She has spent many years working outside of radio or television, but now makes her long-awaited return.
* * Tomorrow, rehearsals for this weekend's Chicago Air & Water Show will be going on along the lakefront at North Avenue Beach. WBBM-FM/B96 morning show co-host Julian will be hanging out at the Sensodyne Dental Health Spa kiosk set up at the beach. You can meet him there Friday afternoon from 1:00pm-3:00pm. He and Sensodyne will be handing out numerous prizes, including a one year membership to XSport Fitness, a vacation cruise, Chicago Fire Soccer tickets, and more.
* * Speaking of WBBM-FM... B96 Board Op/Programming Assistant Steve Kozil has picked up a second job. Kozil is the new nighttime DJ on Rockford, IL's WYRB-FM/Power 106.3. He replaces Donnie "The Freakin' Puerto Rican" Devoe, who exited the Crawford-owned station at the end of last month due to a contract dispute. For a short time, nights were being voice-tracked by Ozman, from Chicago sister-station WPWX-FM/Power 92.3, until management decided upon the hiring of Kozil, who began in his new role this past Monday night. He continues on in his role at WBBM-FM, as well. Management at B96 have been supportive of Kozil's new opportunity, since even though the DJs do their parts from Chicago, Power 106.3 can only be heard in the Rockford area and does not compete with B96. He will be on the WYRB-FM airwaves weeknights from 6:00pm-10:00pm and Saturdays from Noon-4:00pm. Steve Kozil is a 2009 graduate of the Illinois Center of Broadcasting.
* * Former WPWX-FM/Power 92.3 star Trey Da Choklit Jok can now be heard working evenings on the Chicago-based Internet radio station, Sam Sylk Radio. The station plays the best in Urban radio hits and features other familiar Chicago Urban radio personalities, including of course, Sam Sylk. It can be heard at this link HERE
. Trey Da Choklit Jok had been loyally working at WPWX-FM since it first launched in March 2001, including being the station's morning personality for many years, but was among the people inexplicably cut from the station in June 2011
, when the entire daytime on-ar staff was fired.
* * Speaking of the "Sam Sylk Radio," not only has that show's stream been added to the CRM Streaming Radio
page on this very website, but Sam Sylk's Internet radio station now has smart phone apps for iPhones, Android phones and Blackberries. They can be downloaded for free from each phone's app store or via SamSylk's website, SamSylk.com
* * Carlos Correa has joined KERO-TV in Bakersfield, CA as a general assignment reporter. Correa began his career in television news as an intern at WMAQ-TV, then getting hired there as an assignment desk editor and field producer. Since leaving Chicago in 2003, he has worked for TV newscasts in Springfield, MO, Ottumwa, IA, and El Paso/Las Cruces, CA. Carlos Correa is a 2002 graduate of Columbia College Chicago.
* * A future Chicago television news star is born. Congratulations to WLS-TV's Karen Jordan and WMAQ-TV's Christian Farr on the birth of their daughter, Vivian Rae Farr. The couple's first child was born last week, weighing in at 9 pounds, 10 ounces. Little Vivian is also the first grandchild for WGN-TV's Robert Jordan.
* * Dan O'Toole, who was Program Director for WKQX-FM/Q101 from the early 1980s until March 1986, passed away suddenly in his home in Doylestown, PA over the weekend. He was only 58. He was laid to rest earlier today.
* * Sincere condolences go out to WXRT-FM/93XRT's midday host Terri Hemmert on the death of her mother. Betty Peterson Hemmert passed away in her retirement home in Cincinnati, OH on Sunday morning at the age of 89. Funeral services were held today.
* * As a way to honor the late Betty Hemmert, who was a music teacher for most of her life, WXRT-FM's Terri Hemmert and the Rock for Kids organization have established a special fund to aid Chicago area students who wish to learn music, but do not have the financial means to do so. Donations to the Betty Hemmert Music Scholarship Fund at Rock for Kids can be made at this link HERE