Published on Monday, 08 October 2012 16:06
Today's News & Notes has plenty more local media news items, including: Merlin Media begins to sell off properties; Walter Jacobson sells books; CLTV goes virtual; Emmy Award nominations coming tomorrow; Kevin Manno returns to TV; WCPT/WIND team up for debates; Monica DeSantis co-chairs a fundraising event; XRT's Jason Thomas hosts a haunted houseboat party; and sorry ladies, but WLS-FM's Dan Wolfe is officially off the market. All of the details can be read here...
* * Merlin Media, the Chicago-based owner of WLUP-FM & WIQI-FM and two other stations in other markets, has entered into a deal to sell it's one New York station, WRXP-FM to CBS Radio for approximately $75 million. The former FM News station turned Alternative will now become a simulcast of CBS Radio NY sports talker WFAN-AM, starting by the middle of next month. In January, the full simulcast will end and one of the two sports talk stations will become the flagship home of the syndicated CBS Sports Network. (The same plan has been in the works for Chicago by CBS Radio's corporate offices, to simulcast WSCR-AM on the FM band to pave the way for the CBS Sports Network to appear here in the new year, but so far has not taken place.) WRXP-FM was purchased at the same time that WLUP-FM and WIQI-FM (then WKQX-FM) was purchased. Talk continues to swirl regarding at least two radio companies looking at purchasing the two Chicago radio stations of Merlin Media's for a combined price tag of that similar to what the one NY station just sold for. What little magic Merlin Media once had appears to have worn off.
* * The autobiography of WBBM-TV news anchor Walter Jacobson was officially released last week, to largely rave reviews. He covers most every aspect of his career, from his start in Chicago newspapers to his long tenure in Chicago television news, as well as background information about the local news scene and some personal aspects of his life. The 216 page book retails for $24.95 (although it can usually be purchased for less online) and is available in hardcover
or a Kindle version
* * CLTV has been experimenting with "virtual sets" for parts of its newscasts, in what could very well be the future for newsroom sets. Using a higher quality version of the "green screen" or chroma key technology, Tribune Broadcasting is looking at ways to give its news & sports programming better visual appeal. The use of virtual sets on CLTV has been sparse so far, but will grow over time. It could become a big part of CLTV & WGN-TV's upcoming election night coverage. Last week, the industry website TVNewsCheck talked with Greg Caputo, News Director for CLTV & WGN-TV, about the new chroma key virtual sets and the many advantages it brings to CLTV & WGN-TV. That interview can be read HERE
* * The 2012 Emmy Nominations Party, where this year's Chicago/Midwest possible Emmy winners will be announced, will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, October 9th, starting at 6:00pm at Rockit Bar and Grill, (22 W. Hubbard, Chicago). The hosts for the evening will be the Chicago television husband and wife team of WMAQ-TV's Christian Farr and WLS-TV's Karen Jordan. Tickets to attend are only $10 for NATAS members or $15 for non-members, which can be purchased in advance at this link HERE
* * The new reality show on the Lifetime network called "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition," which is hosted by Chicago radio's Kevin Manno, now has an official start date. The show, first mentioned on this website two months ago
, will make its debut tomorrow, Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00pm. Tomorrow night's premier will be two-hours long, with a 60-minute casting special, followed by the official Episode #1.
* * WIND-AM and WCPT-AM/FM are co-sponsoring the next debate between Joe Walsh and Tammy Duckworth, who are both running for office in the 8th Congressional District. The debate will take place Tuesday night before a live audience at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows (2950 W. Golf Road) from 7:00am-9:00pm. It will be moderated by Roosevelt University's Dr. Paul Green, and also feature a panel featuring WIND-AM's Steve Cochran and WCPT-AM's Dick Kay. The debate will be heard live on the radio on both WIND-AM and WCPT-AM/FM.
* * Envision Unlimited is a Chicago-based organization that provides aid & services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This Thursday, October 11th, the Friends of Envision will be holding a special fundraising party, entitled "An Autumn Wine Party." The event will feature "hand crafted wines and upscale appetizers." Additionally, there will be a silent auction on numerous prizes. Among the prizes to bid on are: one hour of airtime with WJOL-AM's Scott Slocum, two hours as co-host with WSSR-FM/Star 96.7's new morning team of Josh Cooper & Anna Kopsky, Chicago Bulls tickets (second row, right off the floor!), a foursome of golf at the Bolingbrook Golf Club, and much more. Star 96.7's Josh & Anna will be at the event. The Co-Chairperson for the event is Chicago radio's Monica DeSantis (WBBM-AM, WLS-AM, WIQI-FM), who will also be in attendance. "An Autumn Wine Party" will take place at Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant, located at 510 Village Center Drive in Burr Ridge. Tickets can be purchased at this link HERE
* * WXRT-FM is giving away tickets to join afternoon DJ Jason Thomas on a special Halloween-themed Shoreline Sightseeing cruise on Saturday, October 20th. "XRT's Haunted Houseboat" will be a two-hour tour on Lake Michigan with a costume contest. Participants in the "Haunted Houseboat" will then get into a bus and be taken to an after-party at Reggie's Music Joint (2105 S. State St., Chicago). No tickets will be sold -- only given away by 93XRT. Sign up to win at this link HERE
* * Congratulations to WLS-FM morning show producer Dan Wolfe. He and his girlfriend Nicole Marie are now engaged. Best wishes to the couple! (Just so there's no confusion, Nicole is in the middle of the picture, while Dan's the one on the right, not the left...)