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WGN-TV Newscast Changes - More Hours, Anchors Change Shifts
Aug 19 2014 12:00

As part of its new fall schedule, WGN-TV is making numerous changes to its newscasts. The changes are happening in the mornings and afternoons, with an extra hour of news [ ... ]

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WCKG-AM Moves To New Studios In Oakbrook Terrace
Aug 19 2014 10:05

WCKG-AM 1530 has fully moved in to their brand new, state-of-the-art studios and executive offices as of this past week. The new WCKG-AM location is within the luxurious  [ ... ]

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Steve & Johnnie Return To WGN-AM For Labor Day Fill-In Role
Aug 19 2014 09:15

For the second time in under a year, beloved WGN Radio overnight radio duo of Steve King and Johnnie Putman will be making their return to the Chicago airwaves. This will [ ... ]

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Muchin & Bellow's 'The Dirty Truth' Becomes 'The Big Payoff' - Moves To WGN.FM
Aug 19 2014 08:00

Internet-only radio station WGN.FM has picked up a new weekly business show entitled "The Big Payoff." Hosted by Suzanne Muchin and Rachel Bellow, this live 60-minute pro [ ... ]

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ABC 7 Officially Announces New Daytime Schedule; WCL To Have Week Of Double Shows
Aug 18 2014 12:45

WLS-TV/ABC 7 officially announced its new fall daytime schedule today. Among the changes are the addition of "The Rachael Ray Show," the shifting of some shows back to th [ ... ]

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WGN-TV's Rich King Gets 'Back In The Game' With New Book
Aug 18 2014 11:15

WGN-TV sports anchor/reporter Rich King will soon be releasing a new book about his life, entitled "Back In The Game." The personal story looks at a recent chapter in Kin [ ... ]

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Executive Changes At Univision Chicago: Larry Sands Exiting; Doug Levy Promoted
Aug 18 2014 09:10

Major changes are taking place this month with media giant Univision Communications. These nationwide changes have numerous executives exiting and some being promoted. Th [ ... ]

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Jack Diamond Not Taking WLS-FM Morning Job; Signs With Tijuana/San Diego Radio Station
Aug 16 2014 10:30

For the last week of July, Cumulus-owned WLS-FM gave a "tryout" to a new morning show host, Jack Diamond. Speculation had it that Diamond was a lock to become the new ful [ ... ]

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WMAQ-TV Announces New 11:00am Newscast & Anchors
Aug 15 2014 18:00

WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 will be making some changes to its midday schedule next month, ending its 30-minute Noon newscast, but adding a new 60-minute 11:00am newscast. Announced to [ ... ]

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News & Notes: Terri Hemmert; Star 105.5; St Augustine/Johnson; Ryan Chiaverini/Dave Plier;...
Aug 15 2014 16:45

This weekend's News & Notes features a dozen news items from the Chicagoland media beat, including: Terri Hemmert hosts the Fest For Beatles Fans once again; Star 105.5 h [ ... ]

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WSCR-AM Parts Ways With Dan McNeil
Aug 15 2014 13:00

WSCR-AM/670 The Score and CBS Radio Chicago have officially parted ways with their longtime personality Dan McNeil. After nearly two months of contract negotiations, McNe [ ... ]

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WGN-TV To Broadcast 2014 Arlington Million Horse Race
Aug 14 2014 15:35

For the fourth year in a row, WGN-TV will be airing the Arlington Million live from Arlington Park Racetrack. This will take place on Saturday, August 16th, from 5:00pm-6 [ ... ]

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WGN-AM Cubs Announcer Moreland Announces Exit After 3 Years In Broadcast Booth

WGN-AM today announced that Chicago Cubs radio color analyst Keith Moreland will not be back next season. Moreland has decided to step away from the broadcast booth to spend more time with his family in Texas.

Keith Moreland was hired by WGN Radio and the Cubs in February 2011. He bravely accepted the role of filling the void left by the death of beloved Cubs radio announcer Ron Santo, who had passed away in December 2010.

In his three seasons in the broadcast booth sitting alongside play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes, Moreland was able to fill the shoes of Santo and develop his own fanbase of Cubs radio listeners who enjoyed his baseball commentary and knowledge. Despite calling a Cubs team that delivered little to be excited about on the field, Moreland was able to keep an upbeat attitude on the air.

Keith Moreland played twelve season in Major League Baseball, half of which was spent as a member of the Chicago Cubs. (He also spent time with the Phillies, Padres, Tigers, and Orioles.) He was a key part of the Cubs 1984 National League Eastern Division championship team, although his best season with the team was 1985, when he batted .307, with 14 home runs, 106 runs batted in, and 12 stolen bases. During Moreland's six years as a Chicago Cub, the outfielder (primarily) also played third base, first base, and even catcher. In 902 games as a Cubbie, he had a batting average of .281, hit 100 home runs and had 491 runs batted in.

Additionally, Moreland has the honor of being immortalized in the classic Steve Goodman song "A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request." He was mentioned by name (along with Ernie Banks and Jack Brickhouse) within the popular song's lyrics. Goodman wrote:
"Have the Cubbies run right out into the middle of the field,
Have Keith Moreland drop a routine fly
Give everybody two bags of peanuts and a frosty malt
And I'll be ready to die."

Keith Moreland came to the Chicago Cubs broadcasting booth with a great deal of broadcasting experience already under his belt, in addition to his years of experience as a player. For sixteen years, Moreland has been the radio color analyst for the University of Texas Longhorns baseball team, as well as the radio color analyst for the UT Longhorns football team for the past nine seasons. Moreland is himself a former UT Longhorn. While a student at the University of Texas, Moreland was a three-time All-American and helped lead the Longhorns to three NCAA College World Series berths, including a national championship in 1975. In 2008, he was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame and last year, the University honored Moreland by retiring his #3 jersey.

For a few years, he had done some fill-in work on Cubs television broadcasts for color analyst Bob Brenly and on Cubs radio broadcasts for Ron Santo. Moreland's familiarity with calling Cubs games helped make him the favorite choice to sit alongside Pat Hughes in the broadcast booth after the passing of Santo.

Born Bobby Keith Moreland, he has gone by the name of Keith his entire life. The only other name he is known by is "Zonk" -- a nickname he picked up while a player.

The long baseball season meant many months on the road or in Chicago. This also meant long stretches of time away from his wife and home in Austin, TX. This played into Moreland's decision to step away from the Cubs' broadcast booth.

In today's announcement, Moreland wrote: "I would like to thank the fans, the folks at WGN Radio, my colleagues in the booth, the Ricketts family, and the Cubs for this great opportunity. After spending three years doing it, I've simply decided that I want to spend more time at home in Texas."

Said Moreland's on-air partner Pat Hughes today: "I immensely enjoyed my three years with Keith. He was fun to be around, insightful, and a team player. Like our listeners, I feel like I learned a little more about baseball each day from him. I wish Keith all the best and I will miss him greatly."

For the second time in just under three years, WGN Radio is now searching for their next baseball color analyst.

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