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News & Notes: Terri Hemmert; WSCR; WCKG; Nick Digilio; Roy Leonard; ABC 7; Chet Coppock; Svengoolie; More

Today's News & Notes features a dozen local media news stories, including: Terri Hemmert helps Paul McCartney announce his new music; 670 The Score helps NIU fans hear the thrilling finish of Saturday's game; WCKG adds a new show with Peter Schiff; Nick Digilio goes to the movies; Roy Leonard goes to ChicagoNow; Belinda Babinec goes to a new job; Andy Friedman also goes to a new job; ABC 7 debuts its new web-only newscast; Chet Coppock goes to Windy City LIVE and the Chicago Bears; Svengoolie gets a new coffin; Aereo set to begin streaming in Chicago; and bad financial news for Tribune Company. All the details can be read here...

* * On Thursday, Sir Paul McCartney released a new single, entitled "New," which is a preview from his upcoming new album. To promote the single, McCartney made a few phone calls from home. One of those few calls was to WXRT-FM's Hall of Fame DJ Terri Hemmert. The two talked about the making of the "New" album, McCartney's thoughts on retirement, why he's now playing some of the bigger summer festivals, and much more. The interview, which made national headlines, can be heard on 93XRT's website HERE.


* * On Saturday afternoon, WSCR-AM aired the first football game of the season for the Northern Illinois University Huskies. The Huskies, who had trailed in the score for much of the day, were able to tie it up late in the game. The game was running long, however, and WSCR-AM contractually had to broadcast the Chicago White Sox game at 7:00pm. With the NIU game tied and the White Sox game about to begin, WSCR-AM management quickly connected with White Sox management to let them know of the dilemma. If they cut off the NIU game, they stood the chance of greatly angering NIU fans with their own smaller-scale NFL/"Heidi" controversy. White Sox management gave 670 The Score permission to stay with the NIU game. As it turned out, shortly after 7:00pm, the Huskies broke the tie by kicking a game-winning 36-yard field goal with only seconds left on the clock. The Score was able to then cut to the Chicago White Sox game in progress by the end of the first inning. It was a case of WSCR-AM and the Chicago White Sox working well together as a team and staying in strong communication. NIU fans had plenty of reasons to celebrate on Saturday night.


* * WCKG-AM has added financial expert Peter Schiff to their line-up. Schiff's show can now be heard from 2:00pm-4:00pm on AM 1530. This adds yet another Libertarian voice to the station's line-up, which also includes Mancow Muller, Alex Jones, and "Free Talk Live." Only Dan Patrick's morning sports talk show is free from a Libertarian viewpoint during weekdays. WCKG-AM is slowly setting itself up as a Libertarian alternative to political talk stations on the far right or left which are found on Chicago's AM dial.


* * Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 3rd, will be the latest get-together of the Nick Digilio Film Club -- a monthly gathering of film, food, and fun, hosted by WGN-AM's Nick Digilio. The movie being shown will be the original 1933 classic film "King Kong." The event will begin at 7:00pm at Bogart's Restaurant, located on the 2nd floor of Muvico Theaters Rosemont 18 (9701 Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont), and then move upstairs to the state-of-the-art Muvico Premium Theatre for the film at 8:00pm. Nick Digilio will introduce the movie and then host a discussion of it immediately afterward. The ticket price to attend is only $10, which can be purchased in advance HERE or at the door. (Price does not include food & drinks.) Free parking with validated ticket, too.


* * Nick Digilio's mentor and friend Roy Leonard has started blogging for ChicagoNow as of this past Friday. His new blog there is called "Roy Leonard's Ramblings." A handful of new blogs appeared all at once, including Leonard's thoughts on the new WGN-AM schedule, "Lee Daniels' The Butler," Gloria Gaynor, and more. His blogs from the recent past can still be read at RoyLeonard.com, as well. As previously mentioned on CRM, Roy Leonard will be making regular appearances on Nick Digilio's Saturday night WGN-AM radio show, beginning this coming Saturday, September 7th.


* * Belinda Babinec has found new work. The Chicago native has been named as the new News Director and morning news anchor for WIKY-FM in Evansville, IN. She most recently worked as the morning news producer/editor for the ill-fated FM News 101.1 on WWWN-FM/WIQI-FM from June 2011-July 2012, as well as spending four and a half years with WBBM-AM as a news writer/editor. Additionally, she has worked for many years in the Houston, TX market.


* * Speaking of former WIQI-FM employees, Andy Friedman has also found new work. Trade show organizer and magazine publisher Penton announced its hire of Friedman last week. Friedman has been named as the Executive Director of Content and User Engagement for Penton's Electrical Energy & Mechanical and Manufacturing & Supply Chain markets. He will be traveling plenty, but based out of Chicago. Friedman was most recently the Head of Content Operations for AOL Patch, based in New York, but lost his job a few months ago when the struggling AOL Patch greatly slashed its workforce, eliminating 40 management positions, including its own CEO. Friedman was the Vice President of Interactive Content & Programming for Merlin Media in Chicago, overseeing the launch and operations of WWWN-FM/WIQI-FM, aka FM News 101.1. He was among the many who lost their jobs when Merlin Media abruptly pulled the plug on the radio station, flipping it from a news/talk format to a 90s music format in July 2012. Prior to that, Friedman was Vice President of Interactive Content for Tribune Company for over three years and a previous News Director at WBBM-AM.


* * Today was the debut of WLS-TV's new web-only newscast, "ABC 7 To Go." The approximately 10 minute newscast (give or take a few minutes) is being made available on the station's website and all of the ABC 7 branded apps. The newscasts feature Alan Krashesky as news anchor. For today's debut, Krashesky looked very casual, without wearing a suit jacket, and sitting in a relaxed, newsroom setting. There are weather updates from Mike Caplan (also without a suit jacket), and will be regular field reports from Jason Knowles and Jennifer D'Onofrio. Those who miss the live stream at Noon can catch the on-demand version of the "ABC 7 To Go" on the WLS-TV website's video page a short while later the afternoon.


* * Chicago broadcasting legend Chet Coppock will be attending his 63rd consecutive home opener for the Chicago Bears this coming Sunday. In advance of Sunday's Bears/Bengals matchup, Coppock will be a guest on WLS-TV's "Windy City LIVE" in the 11:00am hour on Friday to talk about the game and his long streak of attending home openers, going back to when he was just a child.


* * After over 30 years of being used and abused, the coffin of Svengoolie, which has been around since Jerry G. Bishop wore the Svengoolie makeup in 1972, is being retired. A new coffin will be making its debut this coming Sunday night. At 9:00pm on Me-TV, Svengoolie will be showing the classic horror film "Mad Ghoul." During that broadcast, the new coffin will be making its first television appearance. Segments will include how the locally based Acme Design Incorporated staff created the impressive prop. The original coffin will be donated to the Chicago-based Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC). An official event will be planned at the MBC sometime early next year.


* * As mentioned on this website this past June, Aereo -- the service that allows subscribers to stream & record local television on their computers, tablets or smart phones -- will begin soon in the Chicago market. The launch date has been set for September 13th. To see the counties in which this service will work, visit this link HERE.


* * Tribune Company released their second quarter financials. The reports showed a sharp decline in revenue, thanks largely to Tribune Broadcasting's revenues declining nearly 20% -- approximately a $66 million loss. Lower advertising revenue for WPIX-TV in New York and WGN-TV in Chicago were mentioned as causes, as well as last year seeing one-time only royalty payments, inflating the 2012 numbers in comparison to the 2013 numbers. Individual stations within Tribune Broadcasting -- including its sole radio station, WGN-AM -- are not broken down separately in the financial report.


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