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WSCR's Matt Spiegel Welcomes 'New Blood' Danny Parkins To Middays

As previously reported here, WSCR-AM/670 The Score is shaking up its lineup, moving midday co-host Jason Goff to afternoons and adding relative newcomer Danny Parkins as co-host in middays. Longtime midday co-host Matt Spiegel took to social media today to share his thoughts on his new on-air partner.

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WSCR-AM Adds Danny Parkins, Revamps Lineup

WSCR-AM/670 The Score celebrated its 25th anniversary at the start of the month. The station also lost one of its most popular personalities, as original Score host Terry Boers chose to retire. As such, changes are coming to the sports station next week. These changes include moving midday host Jason Goff to afternoons and the addition of a new host, Danny Parkins.

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2017 Chicago Cubs Convention Brings Out Special TV & Radio Coverage

Even though it feels like the Chicago Cubs' 2016 season just ended (thanks to the team going all the way in the post-season), it is now time to look toward the Cubs' next season. That begins this weekend with the 2017 Cubs Convention, which takes place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. CSN Chicago and WGN-TV, along with all of CBS Radio Chicago's stations are planning to broadcast special programming from and about the convention.

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Cubs Give Contract Renewal To TV Announcers Kasper & Deshaies

The Chicago Cubs organization has given three-year contract renewals to both of its television broadcasters: play-by-play announcer Len Kasper and analyst/color commentator Jim "J.D." Deshaies. The new deals for both men will keep them calling Cubs games on Chicago television through the end of the Cubs' 2019 season.

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Chicago Tribune's RedEye Changing To A Weekly Publication

The Chicago Tribune's free daily publication aimed at younger readers, RedEye, isn't going away... yet... but it will dramatically shrink in scope next month. Starting on the first full week of February, RedEye will become a once-a-week-only publication, coming out just on Thursday mornings, focusing on weekend events for readers.

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WLS-FM Hires NY DJ Ron Parker As Afternoon Host

Ron Parker, a Bronx native who has never worked in Chicago radio before, has been hired by WLS-FM as its new afternoon voice. Although a delayed airplane flight prevented him from making his WLS-FM debut on Monday, he begins this afternoon at 3:00pm.

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News & Notes: Marty Zivin; Zecom Radio; Danny Parkins; Mike North; WIND-AM; Gina Ferraro; WFLD-TV; More

Today's News & Notes features ten news items, including: Marty Zivin succumbs to cancer; Zecom Radio is no more; Danny Parkins makes an announcement; Mike North has kind words for WSCR-AM; WIND-AM adds a new weekend show; Ken Coe passes; Gina Ferraro releases a single; WFLD-TV will keep on Dishing; John Malan gets ready to retire; and CareerCast says to not work in media. All of these stories are just below...

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Mason & Remy Lose St. Louis Radio Show, Will Now Focus Solely on BIG 95.5 Morning Show

Mason Schreader and Zach "Remy" Hoesly now only have to focus on their Chicago radio morning show, WEBG-FM/BIG 95.5's "Mason, Remy & Alabama." That is because at the end of last week, iHeartMedia St. Louis management decided to cancel Mason & Remy's afternoon show in St. Louis, which the hosts where creating each day from the WEBG-FM studios in Chicago.

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WLS-TV Partners With American Red Cross For 3rd Annual 'ABC 7 Great Chicago Blood Drive'

January is National Blood Donor Month. For the third year in a row, WLS-TV/ABC 7 is teaming up with the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and Northern Illinois to host a blood drive in Chicagoland, which will be held on Monday, January 9th. As they did last year, the all-day blood drive will take place at two different locations -- one in the city and one in the suburbs.

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News & Notes: Terry Boers; WSCR; WVON; Bob Roberts; Michael Mann; Jen DeSalvo; Jason Cage; Nelly Carreno; More

This weekend's News & Notes features ten local media news items, including: Terry Boers reveals his illness; WSCR-AM's pigskin weekends; WVON-AM helps out the CPD; Bob Roberts gives an interview; Michael Mann gets promoted; Jen DeSalvo gets hitched; Jason Cage gets even closer to returning to Chicago radio; President Barack Obama talks with Chicago television journalists; JBTV ends its crowdfunding campaign early; and Nelly Carreno returns to work. All these stories can be found below...

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Terry Boers Retires, Says 'Thanks For The Memories'

WSCR-AM/670 The Score gave an incredible salute to retiring host Terry Boers for over five hours on Thursday afternoon. Called "The Toast To Terry," the program, hosted by Boers himself, was the final-ever radio broadcast for one of the sports talk station's original hosts, featuring an amazing group of over 30 guests in front of an intimate crowd of co-workers and admirers.

Read more: Terry Boers Retires, Says 'Thanks For The Memories'

BIG 95.5's Steve Stewart Takes Over Hosting USRN's 'The Road' Weekly Show

WEBG-FM/BIG 95.5 Program Director and midday host Steve Stewart has added to his work duties. Effective this weekend, Stewart will take over as the host of the United Stations Radio Networks (USRN) syndicated weekend live Country music show, "The Road." Additionally, WEBG-FM will now become the flagship radio home of "The Road," which is heard on nearly 100 stations nationwide.

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Tammie Souza Announces Her Departure From FOX 32

Longtime Chicago meteorologist Tammie Souza announced she will be leaving WFLD-TV/FOX 32 and the city later this winter. She has accepted a position as evening meteorologist at WCAU-TV/NBC 10 in Philadelphia.

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WGCI's Johnnie D Promoted To Program Director

Johnnie D, who has been the Assistant Program Director for WGCI-FM/107.5-WGCI and WVAZ-FM/V103 for a year and a half, has been promoted to the role of WGCI-FM Program Director. He becomes the first official PD for the station since the start of December 2014.

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WCGO-AM Revamps Saturday Mornings, Adds Mighty House & Mike Nowak

WCGO-AM 1590 is making some changes with its Saturday morning lineup, adding two new shows that should be familiar to Chicago AM radio audiences. Starting January 7th, "Mighty House Home Improvement Radio" and "The Mike Nowak Show" will both be heard on WCGO-AM, as part of that station's new "Smart Living Saturdays."

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Ben Bradley Joins WGN-TV As Investigative Reporter

WGN-TV has announced the hiring of Ben Bradley as the station's newest investigative reporter for WGN Investigates. Bradley, the former WLS-TV/ABC 7 news anchor/reporter, begins with WGN-TV effective today.

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93.9 MYfm Makes Midday Change: Brooke Hunter Out, Robin Rock Returns

WLIT-FM/93.9 MYfm has released one Chicago radio veteran and re-hired another. Midday host Brooke Hunter, who has been with WLIT-FM for three and a half years, was informed this morning that her services were no longer needed at the station. Robin Rock, who was released from WLIT-FM in 2013 after 16 years with the station, has been re-hired and returns back to her former role as midday personality. The changes are effective immediately.

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News & Notes: Jason Cage; WSCR; WXRT; WDRV; Dickerson & Hood; Dick Biondi; Simon Badinter; Mark Bazer; JBTV; More

Today's News & Notes features 11 local media news items, including: Jason Cage looking to return to Chicago radio in 2017; WSCR-AM celebrates its silver anniversary; WXRT-FM reveals its poll results; WDRV-FM's upward momentum in spite of a troubled year; Dickerson & Hood return to ESPN Radio; Dick Biondi will have Elvis' birthday free; Denny Case makes a move in the south suburbs; Simon Badinter gets a new weekly show; "A Prairie Home Companion" is coming to Chicago; Mark Bazer's excellent "Interview Show" returns to WTTW-TV; and JBTV needs help to make a few upgrades. All of these stories can be found right here...

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