Published on Friday, 16 April 2010 17:03
In tonight's News & Notes, we look at a change for WIIL-FM, Wayne Messmer's new radio show & website, Chet Coppock replacing Geoff Pinkus for a night, Eddie Griffin guesting on Jeffery Leving's show, and Peter Gammons helping out WSCR.
* * NextMedia's WIIL-FM 95.1/95WIILRock has officially changed their community of license from Kenosha, WI to Union Grove, WI. With its Kenosha license, the station was considered part of the Chicago market. With the transfer to Union Grove, it is now considered part of the Milwaukee market (even though about 75% of its audience and its marketing is in Chicago's far northern suburbs). This change was done to comply with the FCC ruling that stated because of their recent bankruptcy, which resulted in an official changing of ownership name, it no longer allowed them their grandfathered status of owning more FM stations than the law allowed. NextMedia's Chicago market was over by three FMs, causing them to put two FM stations in a trust for sale
and moving WIIL to another market. The license change does not mean any changes to the station itself, though. The format & staff remain the same and the omni-directional signal continues to blanket Lake, Kenosha & Racine Counties.
* * Wayne Messmer, the public address announcer for the Chicago Cubs and the man famous for singing the "Star Spangled Banner" for most of Chicago's sports teams before a game, has a new radio show each Saturday morning on WIND-AM. "Homelife with Wayne Messmer" is not a political show, though. It is a look at average American lives, introducing the audience to special (non-celebrity) people you should know, talking about lifestyle tips, health information, home improvements, vacations, finances and more. It is described as "a radio show about where and how we live." The brokered show is owned by Wayne Messmer's own company. The show will air each Saturday morning from 8:00am-9:00am. There is also a brand new website set up for the show, which can be found HERE
. This is not Wayne Messmer's first time on the radio, as he used to be the morning news anchor for the "Barsky's Morning Zoo" on Z95 in the mid-late 80's.
* * Fans can meet Wayne Messmer the next couple of Saturdays, as he will be broadcasting his Saturday radio show live from the Home Improvement Showcase locations. Tomorrow will be at the Lake Barrington Fieldhouse (28156 W. Northpoint Pkwy., Lake Barrington) and next Saturday at the St. Charles SportsPlex (1400 Foundry St., St. Charles). Admission and parking are free. Messmer will be sticking around until Noon to meet & greet people there.
* * Speaking of WIND, this weekend's edition of "Livin' Large with Geoff Pinkus" will be without its host, Geoff Pinkus. Pinkus' deep love of the elderly will have him volunteering Sunday at the St. Weinberg Home For The Criminally Old, where he whole-heartedly enjoys serving food in the cafeteria and changing linens. (Either that or he got roped into going to some relative's wedding.) Regardless, the show's host this weekend will be none other than the man, the myth, the legend: Chet Coppock. You can hear the Chetster on AM 560 Sunday from 5:00pm-7:00pm or watch the streaming video of the show on GeoffPinkus.com
* * Also going on Sunday on the radio, will be a special guest to the "Fathers' Rights Legal Show" with attorney Jeffery Leving, which airs on WSRB-FM/Soul 106.3 from 2:00pm-2:30pm. Eddie Griffin, the famed comedian, actor, singer and choreographer will be guesting on the show with Leving. In a more serious tone than usual for the funny Griffin, he will be talking about when he was 16 years old and met his father for the first time, as well as his feelings and opinions about women's and men's rights. Eddie Griffin also plans on being part of the upcoming Fatherhood Symposium on June 5th, which takes place at Malcolm X College in Chicago and is hosted by Fathers' Rights Attorney Jeffery Leving, along with Congressman Danny Davis.
* * Peter Gammons -- the award-winning sportswriter and baseball analyst for the MLB Network, MLB.com, Sporting News Radio, NESN, and elsewhere -- has been hired to talk baseball on WSCR-AM 670/The Score. He will be live on the air each Friday with The Score's "Mully and Hanley Show" for a baseball segment. Gammons will also write a daily commentary on baseball for the station. He was signed this week by CBS Radio to contribute to Chicago's WSCR-AM, as well as Baltimore's WJZ-FM, Boston's WBZ-FM, Philadelphia's WIP-AM, Pittsburgh's KDKA-FM. This should come easy for him, as Gammons has been doing the same for a few other morning radio shows across the country.