Published on Saturday, 29 September 2012 16:22
This weekend's News & Notes features ten local media stories, including: Dan McNeil hosts a national awards ceremony; Brandon Marshall expanding his role at NBC 5; Tribune Broadcasting filming a new TV show here; Dawn Hasbrouck dances with Prince; Joel Hood exits the Trib; Jeff Andrews exits WLS-FM; Harold Lee Rush visits with a "Voice"; Scott Mackay & Mitch Michaels wear bras; and Joe Collins & Cheryl Scott rest their surgically-operated feet. All of the details are below...
* * As first mentioned on this website back in June
, the 2012 National Sports Radio Hall-of-Fame Awards Show will be held here in Chicago on October 6th. There has been a fairly recent addition to that big national show: WSCR-AM/670 The Score's Dan McNeil will now serve as host for the evening. The big show is open to the public and tickets are still available. More information on the event that celebrates 25 years of Sports Talk Radio can be found HERE
* * At the start of this month, WMAQ-TV signed Chicago Bears wide receiver, Brandon Marshall to a contract
to be a regular weekly contributor to the station's weekend sports wrap-up program, "Sports Sunday" throughout the NFL's regular season. However, Marshall has proven to be such a natural on television, that WMAQ-TV now wants him to be a part of their sports programing well beyond the end of this football season and into the off season. Look for plenty of television in this player's future.
* * Chicago-based Tribune Broadcasting will soon be filming seven pilot episodes here in town for a new reality courtroom series starring the grating-voiced, syndicated New York radio host/commentator "Lionel." Sean Compton, Tribune Broadcasting's President of Programming, who comes from a radio background -- as did former CEO Randy Michaels, who hired him -- is looking for a show to compliment his other conflict-based television project, "The Bill Cunningham Show," which also stars a controversial radio host/commentator. Lionel, whose real name is Michael William Lebron, currently appears on Tribune's WPIX-TV in New York as a morning show co-host and evening news commentator. He most recently worked as a frequent commentator on Randy Michaels' & Merlin Media's newsradio stations. With his attorney background and Libertarian political leanings, Lionel has hosted legal and political radio & television shows in the past. To produce the pilots, Tribune Broadcasting is teaming up with ITV Studios America, which also produces Cunningham's talk show. If the pilots are successful, the show will could begin as soon as Fall 2013.
* * For those of you who were at the Prince concert at Chicago's United Center Wednesday night, that was indeed WFLD-TV morning news anchor Dawn Hasbrouck you saw on stage during the song "The Glamorous Life." Prince pulled her onstage from the crowd to dance with him. Dawn Hasbrouck walked away with one of Prince's personalized guitar picks and a memory that will last a very long time. She was also rather sleepy a few hours later for her "Good Day Chicago" shift, but pulled it off like a pro.
* * Chicago Tribune reporter Joel Hood left the newspaper this week, and for now, left his journalism career. Hood tells CRM that after writing for papers ever since college, he "had the itch to step outside of daily journalism for a while." Hood has become a licensed Realtor with Coldwell Banker in Chicago. After working for newspapers from coast to coast, Hood moved to Chicago and joined the Chicago Tribune in 2007.
* * Last December, Jan Jeffries, Cumulus' Senior Vice President of Programming and Program Director for WLS-FM, hired Jeff Andrews as WLS-FM's new Assistant Program Director. This was in addition to his role as Cumulus Media Corporate Program Director. As a programmer, Jeff Andrews has been a bit of a nomad, working in numerous markets, often for short periods of time before moving on. He has been a programmer in Indianapolis, Albuquerque, Montgomery, Huntsville, Flint, Grand Rapids, Madison, Sacramento, Nashville, and most recently in Chicago. He is on the move once again. Beginning October 15th, he will become the new Program Director and afternoon drive personality at Cumulus' KCHZ-FM in Kansas City. He will continue in his role as Corporate Program Director for the company.
* * Terisa Griffin was the powerhouse vocalist from Chicago that America was able to experience for themselves earlier this week
on NBC's "The Voice." Not only was her voice very boisterous, but so was her extremely outgoing personality. After Griffen chose to be part of coach Blake Shelton's team, coach Cee Lo Green smiled and said "Blake definitely has his hands full!" This Tuesday on WKKC-FM's "Live with Harold Lee Rush," Terisa Griffen will be back home in Chicago, co-hosting with Harold Lee Rush from 10:00am-2:00pm. To paraphrase Cee Lo Green: "Harold definitely has his hands full!"
* * WERV-FM/95.9 The River's Scott Mackay and Mitch Michaels were photographed hanging out with some burly bikers, while openly wearing bras. Really! No... CRM is not outing any dark secrets about these veteran Chicagoland DJs. It was a photo shoot for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the upcoming Fox Valley Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, which takes place on October 14th. WERV-FM has put together a team for this walk and is collecting donations. 95.9 The River's midday personality Danielle Tufano will serve as host. More details can be found on the WERV-FM website HERE
. As for Mackay & Michaels, there's no word yet on if they gave the pink bras back or not...
* * Best wishes to longtime WBBM-AM traffic reporter Joe Collins who has been off the air for a short while, recuperating from surgery on his foot. Hopefully, he will be back on his feet (literally) very soon.
* * Also working through the pain of foot surgery is WMAQ-TV's meteorologist Cheryl Scott. She went under the knife to repair a torn Achilles tendon near the start of this month, but has been able to continue working with her multi-colored foot casts. Best wishes on her recovery.