Published on Monday, 05 April 2010 18:55
In tonight's News & Notes, Jeanne Sparrow returns, WGN-AM gives a ratings gift to WIND-AM, The Heckler & Rick Telander throw a Cubs party, and Nate Berkus leaves Chicago for NY.
* * Jeanne Sparrow returned back to work today after a five week medical leave. The host of WCIU-TV's "You & Me This Morning," segments of which airs weekdays from 6:00am-9:00am, is now feeling better from her procedure (though she continues to heal and take it easy). She is beginning again to film her parts for the show. Welcome back!
* * Due to scheduling conflicts on WGN-AM, the Chicago Blackhawks announced today that three of the radio broadcasts for their games over the next few days will be switched from WGN-AM to WIND-AM. The three games are Wednesday, April 7 at 7:30pm), Friday, April 9 at 8:00pm, and Sunday, April 11 at 2:00pm. John Wiedeman and Troy Murray will still be calling the games on WIND. The Blackhawks' game on Tuesday will still be heard on WGN-AM. The television schedule remains unchanged.
* * The Heckler, Chicago's #1 newspaper (assuming none others are counted) is throwing a big party Saturday night. The party is the "102nd Annual Next Year Day" at Harry Caray's Wrigleyville (3551 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago), and it kicks off at 8:00pm. The event will be hosted by the Sun-Times' Rick Telander. There will be music by JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Hired Goons, and the Mighty Del-Crustaceans (which is Rick Telander's band). Chicago's Improv Olympic will also be performing. There will be prizes handed out that night, including Cubs ticket giveaways and Cubs-Sox rooftop giveaways. Cost is $12 at the door or $10 in advance. Money goes to benefit JDRF Illinois. For many more details, visit NextYearDay.com
* * This morning, Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television announced that Zev Shalev was hired as the Executive Producer of the new "Nate Berkus Show"
and that Terry Murphy was hired as the show's Co-Executive Producer. As far as Chicago is concerned, that wasn't the big news, though. The big news was that they also announced that the "Nate Berkus Show" will not be taped here in Chicago, as first thought. In a bit of a surprise, it was announced that the show will now be taped in New York. It was expected that the show would be made here in Chicago, where Harpo Studios already has sets & staff available and because Berkus lives in Chicago. There was the possibility of the show being taped in Los Angeles, where Oprah's company & Sony Pictures has facilities now, plus Berkus is often in LA. Instead of the production money coming into Chicago, it will now belong to New York, where Harpo and Sony's other series, "Dr. Oz," is also produced. Berkus' show will launch this fall, and be seen here on WMAQ-TV.