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News & Notes: Tribune Newspapers; Bob & Ron; Dolly McCarthy; Steve Cochran; WXRT; Scott Childers; WSCR; Me-TV; Art Norman; Terry Glover

Today's News & Notes has 10 local media items, including: a possible new owner for the Tribune Company newspapers; Bob & Ron bring back their Record Club; Dolly McCarthy helps ring in the New Year in Naperville; Steve Cochran rings in the New Year in Crystal Lake; WXRT rings in the New Year on the air; Scott Childers rings in the New Year with his countdown show; The Score goes Orange on New Year's Day; Me-TV gets a Bewitching new schedule; Art Norman gets hitched; and sad news about Terry Glover. It can all be read right here...

* * Aaron Kushner is the Publisher of The Orange County Register (a competitor of the Los Angeles Times) and the CEO of the investor group 2100 Trust LLC. Kushner said yesterday that his group would be interested in purchasing all of the Tribune Company's newspapers once the company exits bankruptcy in a few days and then places the newspapers up for sale. Said Kushner: "We clearly have the means and the team by which to look seriously at the Tribune papers and, from the outside, they may very well have enough of the elements that we're looking for." Kushner's 2100 Trust purchased Freedom Communications Inc. and its newspaper, the O.C. Register, this past July. If this happens, look for this to become one of the biggest media stories of 2013...

* * Fans of the former WCKG-FM weekend show "Bob & Ron's Record Club" will be happy to know that the show is back. The program aired on WCKG-FM from 2004-2007, playing rock music exclusively from vinyl albums from the duo's record collection of over 10,000 LPs. It was a throwback to the old "underground" shows on progressive rock FM stations of the late 1960s/early 1970s. Despite the show's popularity, Bob & Ron's program went away when WCKG-FM itself went away. (CBS Radio flipped the talk/music format to the AC format known as Fresh 105.9 in 2007.) That severely "harshed the mellow" of the Bob & Ron fans. Now, those fans can party on once again, as "Bob & Ron's Record Club" can now be found on the website Black Sunshine Media. There, archived episodes of the now-classic WCKG-FM shows will be hosted. Additionally, brand new episodes in the form of podcasts will begin streaming in 2013. MYMNBH again.

* * This Monday, CLTV news anchor Dolly McCarthy will be leading the New Year's Eve countdown, along with Naperville Mayor A. George Pradel, as part of Naperville's family-friendly New Year's Eve Celebration at the Millennium Carillon on Rotary Hill. There will be a countdown at 6:00pm and again at Midnight. (Dolly McCarthy will be a part of the 6:00pm countdown.) For more information about the Naperville holiday event, which starts at Noon, visit this link HERE.

* * Almost every December 31st for a great many years (with the exception of last year), WIND-AM's Steve Cochran has hosted an early evening comedy show to help ring in the new year. He is back at it again this year. "Steve Cochran's New Year's Eve Comedy Show... For People Who Can't Stay Awake Until Midnight" will take place next Monday at 7:00pm at the Raue Center For The Arts, 26 N. Williams St, Crystal Lake, IL. Also appearing in this show are local comedians Patti Vasquez and John DeCosse. Tickets are $50.00 each and can be purchased at this link HERE.

* * For New Year's Eve, WXRT-FM is looking to be the soundtrack behind your party. From 8:00pm until 1:00am, the station will be playing it's annual 5-hour marathon of "XRT's Best Party Music of All Time." The station is also promising minimal commercial interruptions for this show.

* * WSSR-FM's Scott Childers will be hosting his annual countdown show on the air on New Year's Eve. The "Star 96.7 Big 50 Countdown" show from 7:00pm-Midnight Monday. It will feature this year's top hit songs, retrospectives, and tributes to musical artists that passed away in 2012, including Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, and Robin Gibb. At the stroke of Midnight, Childers will have a New Year's music montage to play. The entire countdown show will be repeated on New Year's Day from Noon-5:00pm.

* * WSCR-AM/670 The Score will be carrying the radio broadcast of the Orange Bowl on January 1st, as the Northern Illinois Huskies take on the Florida State Seminoles. Pre-game coverage begins at 7:00pm. Before that even starts, WSCR-AM will have a special Orange Bowl preview show, broadcasting live from Fatty's Pub & Grill in DeKalb (1312 W. Lincoln Highway). The Score's Brendan McCaffrey and Nick Shepkowski will be on hand from the remote, which will take place from 3:00pm-7:00pm.

* * Chicago-based classic television network Me-TV has a new line-up starting next month. Being added are shows such as "Bewitched," "I Dream of Jeannie," "The Odd Couple," "The Saint," "Mr. Lucky," and "Wagon Train." The new lineup can be viewed or downloaded HERE.

* * Congratulations to WMAQ-TV's Art Norman, who was married to his girlfriend Terri this past weekend. It's marriage #2 for Art Norman, whose first wife, Ondina passed away in August 2010 after a long battle with brain cancer. The couple had been married for 38 years.

* * Terry Glover, the Managing Editor of Chicago-based Ebony magazine, passed away Monday in her Chicago home. Her magazine's own website made the sad announcement on Christmas Eve. Glover, 57, had been battling colon cancer for two years, but lost her battle this week. She had joined Ebony/Jet in 2006 as its Senior Website Editor and was promoted to Managing Editor of Ebony in 2009. Prior to that, Terry Glover worked as an editor for Savoy magazine, Uptown magazine, and Playboy.com.

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