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News & Notes: WXRT; Sound Opinions; Donnie Devoe; Dave Eanet; Jack Brickhouse; Abe Kanan; Larry Mendte; More

It is time for another News & Notes! This edition, we look at WXRT's weekend cover-up, Sound Opinions visit the land of beer & cheese, Donnie Devoe throws a birthday bash, Lakeshore Public Television having a special report from Haiti; Dave Eanet's daughter shows her smarts, Jack Brickhouse is coming back stronger than before, Abe Kanan & Company make with the funny, and Larry Mendte finds new work in the Big Apple. It is all just below...

* * WXRT-FM is going "under cover" all day today and through the weekend. It is their "Under the Covers" weekend, an extended version of their popular Friday Feature, "Not by the Original Artists." From today until Sunday at 7:00pm (not counting "Saturday Morning Flashback", "XRT's Eleventh Hour" or "Breakfast With The Beatles"), the station will be playing many cover songs each hour -- tracks performed by someone other than the composer or recording artist who first popularized them.


* * Tonight, Chicago Public Radio's hosts of "Sound Opinions" will be up in Milwaukee, doing a live event. "Sound Opinions Live" will take place this evening at 8:00pm at the Pabst Theatre (144 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI). The Sun-Times' Jim DeRogatis & the Tribune's Greg Kot will be discussing the best (& worst) Rock & Roll movies of all time. Those who wish to be in attendance can do so buy getting tickets at this link HERE.


* * Also going on tonight is Donnie Devoe's Birthday Bash. Donnie "The Freakin' Puerto Rican" Devoe, the former Power 92 personality and current WGCI fill-in host, will be having a huge party at Moretti's in the West Loop (1645 W. Jackson, Chicago) starting at 8:00pm. A pair of other former radio DJs will be spinning the music tonight at this party: The Boolumaster and Julian Jumpin' Perez. There will be two floors of non-stop house music. Tickets for this birthday party are available at this link HERE.


* * Lakeshore Public Television's reporter Mike Janssen has traveled to Haiti as part of a mercy mission organized by a local charter service. Janssen will have a special report from Haiti on "Lakeshore News Tonight" this evening at 9:00pm. Lakeshore News Tonight is northwest Indiana's only local televised news source. Lakeshore Public TV can be viewed over the air and on satellite through DirecTV and Dish Network on Channel 56, on cable channel 17 in most Northwest Indiana communities, and on channels 17 and 21 in Chicago and its suburbs. More information can be found on the Lakeshore PTV website.


* * WGN Radio sports director Dave Eanet's daughter, Lindsay is becoming a star in her own right. Lindsay was one of 15 college students competing on the TV game show Jeopardy, as part of their two-week College Championship special. Proudly wearing her bright yellow University of Missouri sweatshirt, the Deerfield native made it all the way to the semi-finals and walked away with around $10,000 in prize money. Congratulations to Lindsay Eanet!


* * The statue of WGN sports announcer Jack Brickhouse will be making its return to Pioneer Court on Michigan Avenue. Although the statue looks basically the same, it has been cleaned up on the outside, while the inside & base has been reinforced with steel to handle the vibrations that occur from the Chicago River Bridge located right nearby the statue. The work is almost complete and the official re-dedication will happen on April 8th.


* * Abe Kanan's latest podcast is filled with former and current Q101 radio people. In addition to Abe, Dan "Bass" Levy, Ryan Manno and Kevin Manno are all part of the show. You can check out the laughs at this link HERE.


* * Larry Mendte, the former WBBM-TV reporter & anchor, who found himself in some legal issues in 2008 when he was found hacking into a co-worker's email account at a Philadelphia TV station where he worked, has found new work. It is expected that Mendte will soon be announced as the newest hire for WPIX-TV, the Tribune-owned CW station in New York City. Mendte will be that station's newscast commentator, airing segments 5 nights a week. Mendte has already been doing a few commentaries for the station as an experiment. The segments have been well received and WPIX wants to make it all official. Larry Mendte and his wife, Dawn Stensland, also a former WBBM-TV reporter/anchor, will remain in Philadelphia. He will commute into NY, as needed.

UPDATE: 2/19/10 6:00pm -- This afternoon, the Chicago Tribune's Phil Rosenthal mentioned on his blog that not only is Larry Mendte signed on to do commentaries for the Tribune-owned WPIX-TV in New York, but the Tribune-owned WGN-TV will also be airing many of Mendte's commentaries on their newscasts, beginning with tonight. WGN-TV's News Director Greg Caputo believes Chicagoans will enjoy seeing Larry Mendte again, as well as his commentary pieces. Mendte was previously on WBBM-TV from 1991 to 1995 as an investigative reporter and occasional anchor. According to Wikipedia, Mendte won a record 27 Emmy Awards in Chicago and was named Best Reporter by the Illinois Associated Press twice.

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