Published on Friday, 12 March 2010 20:06
A quick Friday night News & Notes, featuring news about former Q101 DJ Alex Quigley, Jeff Goldblatt & Judy Markey feeling "famous" in Highland Park, Me-Too TV remembers the late Merlin Olsen, and more mystery surrounding Mega 95.5 & El Patron 95.5.
* * Former Q101 afternoon & evening personality Alex Quigley is coming back to Chicago's airwaves! Tomorrow morning, he will the host of WGN-AM's "ChicagoNow Radio." Since Bill Leff exited as host of the show, WGN is experimenting with different hosts. Sarah Spain was given a couple of weeks and now they are trying out somebody with a great deal of radio experience (what a novel idea!) in Alex Quigley. The radio show will air Saturday morning from 9:00am until Noon. Not so coincidentally, Quigley also has a blog on ChicagoNow entitled "All Q'd Up."
* * Saturday night at 6:00pm, the Highland Park Historical Society will unveil its brand new Hall of Fame at its benefit gala called "Here's Lookin' At You." The emcee for the evening will be WFLD-TV news anchor Jeff Goldblatt. Also, the evening will have a special guest speaker: Judy Markey, of WGN's Judy & Kathy fame, and a Highland Park hometown star. The gala will be held at The Birchwood Club, 1174 Park Avenue West in Highland Park. For more information on this event, go to the HPHS website at this link HERE
* * Former NFL star and actor, Merlin Olsen passed away on Wednesday. Weigel Broadcasting's digital TV channel, Me-Too, will paying tribute to him by showing back-to-back episodes of the TV show, "Little House On The Prairie" on Sunday morning. The two episodes prominently feature Olsen in them. The first one, entitled "The High Cost of Being Right" will air at 8:00am, with the second episode, entitled "A New Beginning," airing at 9:00am. Me-Too TV can be found on digital channel 26.3, Comcast channel 247, and AT&T U-verse channel 48.
* * At the start of the month, this very site mentioned the news
about Clear Channel registering the domain name of ElPatron955.com
and then pointing it right to Chicago's Mega 95.5 website. This followed after a month and a half of rumors that CC wanted to bring the Regional Mexican format called El Patron to Chicago after a Hispanic Media publication mentioned the rumor, which was then posted up on Radio-Info's message board. Perhaps spurred on by this site's uncovering of the domain name situation, this past week, Clear Channel made a slight change with it. When going to ElPatron955.com
, the image below now appears. It translates roughly to "Do not believe the gossip. Mega is here to stay! The only Boss in the City of Chicago is Mega 95.5".
After a few seconds, it then redirects to the regular Mega 95.5 website. However, it does not address the burning question of just why Clear Channel bought the ElPatron955.com
domain after weeks of rumors saying they were bringing the format to Chicago. It does not explain why they would bother having it point to WNUA's website instead of just leaving it blank. Their "Do not believe the gossip" poster is as believable as any promise Clear Channel has made in the past. At the first sign of slipping ratings, look for that poster to disappear, along with Mega's Hispanic CHR format.