Published on Tuesday, 21 September 2010 15:48
In today's News & Notes, Bob & Tom are off WGN-TV, WGN-TV picks up a new teen drama, a celebration for Terry Armour, a look at Chicago's top radio commercials, Univision relaunches their websites, live remotes for WBEZ & WNUR during the World Music Festival, Kevin Gossett gets more digital, Brandon "Momma's Boy" Krause wants you to "Hollur," and more.
* * Tribune Broadcasting has dropped "The Bob & Tom Show" from WGN-TV and its other Tribune-owned television stations as of September 10th. The program, which had a few cameras inside the radio studios, filming the syndicated Bob & Tom radio show, was met with poor critical reviews and poor ratings. Not helping their situation out was the fact that show's time slot kept getting pushed back farther and farther into the late night/early morning. Their one-hour TV show premiered in November 2008 as part of Tribune bosses Randy Michaels & Sean Compton's desire to bring radio to TV. Bob & Tom's syndicated radio show once aired in Chicago on WRCX-FM and can currently be heard on south-suburban WRXQ-FM.
* * One year from now, WGN-TV viewers can see a new show on weekend nights. Tribune Broadcasting has purchased the new show "Pt Dume" from Twentieth Television, and will be airing it on all of their television stations beginning with the Fall season of 2011. The new action-adventure series -- about a group of good-looking, but troubled teens in a detention program in Point Dume, CA -- is from "Baywatch" creator and executive producer Gregory Bonann. Tribune Broadcasting is looking to have original programming on six nights a week next year instead of five night and this show will be part of that plan.
* * As previously mentioned
on CRM, tomorrow night will be "First Annual T-Dawg Ball," a celebration of Terry Armour, the beloved Chicago Tribune columnist and WCKG-FM radio show host, who suddenly passed away in December 2007. The event is also a benefit for the Terry Armour Media Arts Award at Columbia College. On hand will be special guests (including Stan Lawrence, Bonnie Sporn & Steve Dahl, who were all part of his WCKG radio show), food, drinks, and live entertainment. There will also be plenty of greta items up for auction, including: a trip for 2 to Cancun, a pair of movie tickets for 52 weeks from Hollywood Theater, a party at Justin's Tavern, a gift basket from Ravinia, a autographed Blackhawks jersey from Patrick Sharp, a prize package from Metro, a pair of White Sox Scout Seats, a prize package from Harry Caray's, and more. The "First Annual T-Dawg Ball" is Wednesday night at 7:00pm, at Harry Caray's Downtown (33 W. Kinzie St.). $50 (cash or check only) gets you into the fun. Tomorrow would have been Mr. Armour's 49th birthday.
* * Media Monitors took a look at Chicago radio ads
yesterday. They found that last week, Home Depot was the #1 advertiser, running 1,346 commercials. #2 was McDonald's with 1,055 ads and #3 was Home Depot rival Menards with 920 ads. The #1 commercial king in America is Geico, but in Chicago last week, they were only #4, with 881 ads run. The rest of the Top 10 are #5 Auto Zone, #6 Lowes, #7 Visa, #8 NBC-TV, #9 Verizon, and #10 Jewel-Osco. Home improvement was a huge on commercial blocks last week. Between Home Depot, Menards and Lowes, 3,055 ads for the D.I.Y. retailers ran.
* * Univision has revamped websites for all four of its radio stations and its television station here in Chicago (as well as nationwide). The changes were made Univision Interactive Media to make the sites more user-friendly with easier navigation, more photos, more videos, more social media connections, and finally, unique web addresses and not obviously shared websites with other Univision properties. The new websites for WOJO-FM
, and WGBO-TV
are up now.
* * WBEZ's "Radio M" will be doing a live remote this Friday night. Radio M's host Tony Sarabia will be broadcasting live from Martyrs (3855 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago) from 9:00pm-11:00pm. Joining Sarabia will be Mahala Rai Banda from Romania and BalkanBeats DJ Robert Soko from Germany. The show is part of the World Music Festival Chicago 2010
, of which WBEZ-FM is a sponsor. Anybody over 21 years old can attend the live remote. Martyrs' doors open at 8:00pm and there is a $15 cover.
* * WNUR-FM is doing a live remote every weekday during the World Music Festival Chicago 2010
on their show "Continental Drift." The live remotes are happening each day from Noon-2:00pm from today through September 30th. The shows are being broadcast from the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater, located at 78 E. Washington Street in Chicago. Live performances, along with live interviews with the performers will happen daily. There is no cover charge to attend and it is open to all ages. For those who cannot attend, the broadcasts can be heard on 89.3 FM or WNUR.org
* * Kevin Gossett is getting busier. The man who does weekday afternoons and Saturday middays on WLIT-FM via voice-tracking from Phoenix, AZ, has picked up a new job. In addition to WLIT-FM, he does afternoons at KESZ-FM in Phoenix, where he is also the Program Director. He also does a show that is carried by Clear Channel's iHeartRadio each afternoon, which is picked up by various small market Clear Channel AC stations. As of this week, he is now also the Digital PD for the entire Phoenix cluster for Clear Channel. In this new role & new title, he will oversee digital content development for Clear Channel's eight Phoenix-based websites and the Phoenix social media sites.
* * Brandon "Momma's Boy" Krause, the former WKSC-FM/Total Traffic intern & staffer, has founded a new website called Hollur
. Hollur is similar to Twitter, except instead of typing only 140 characters in a "tweet," you SPEAK and record your thoughts (up to 20 seconds) on a "bit." Like Facebook, replies can be posted under another person's bit. The site is currently active and about to undergo a few more upgrades this week, but why wait? Check it out now.