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WLS-FM/WIND-AM/WYLL-AM Team Up To Sponsor 'Rockin' For The Troops 2014' Concert

As they have done for the last eight years, Cumulus-owned 94.7 WLS-FM and Salem-owned WIND-AM/AM 560 The Answer are both sponsoring the annual west-suburban event to support our men and women in the US military, the "Rockin' For The Troops" concert. For the fourth year in a row, WIND-AM's sister-station, WYLL-AM/AM 1160 is also one of the concert's sponsors. The concert, which is the ninth annual one, is put together by Operation Support Our Troops - America (formerly known as Operation Support Our Troops - Illinois).

Read more: WLS-FM/WIND-AM/WYLL-AM Team Up To Sponsor 'Rockin' For The Troops 2014' Concert

WLS-TV's Val Warner Interviews Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters has been working in television for nearly 53 years and at ABC-TV since 1976. On Friday, she will be semi-retiring from television and exiting her daily show that she co-created and co-produces, "The View."

WLS-TV/ABC 7 co-host of "Windy City Live," Val Warner traveled to New York last week to talk with Barbara Walters about her long and inspirational career. That taped interview will be shown tomorrow morning on "Windy City Live" at 11:00am.

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WYLL-AM Hires Mark Elfstrand As Afternoon Host

WYLL-AM 1160 announced today the hiring of Chicago radio veteran Mark Elfstrand, who will take over as the station's afternoon host beginning May 20th. "Let's Talk with Mark Elfstrand" will be heard each weekday from 4:00pm-6:00pm.

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News & Notes: DNAinfo Chicago; IBA Silver Dome Awards; SportsTalk Live; Rover; Simon Badinter; Svengoolie; JET; More

Today's News & Notes features 10 local media-related news items, including: DNAinfo Chicago expands its streaming news radio service; IBA Silver Dome Award finalists are announced; SportsTalk Live uses local radio personalities; Rover pleads guilty; Simon Badinter gets syndicated; Svengoolie gets an award; Me-TV gets ready to celebrate summer; Azteca America makes a name change; Dom Mancuso gets a new job; and JET prepares to go digital. All of the details can be found right here...

Read more: News & Notes: DNAinfo Chicago; IBA Silver Dome Awards; SportsTalk Live; Rover; Simon Badinter;...

WGN-AM To Commemorate Its 90th Anniversary With 'WGN Radio Walk Of Fame' & Other Events

On June 1, 1924, the Chicago Tribune changed the radio station WDAP-AM into WGN-AM. That station went on to become one of the most historic and important radio stations in U.S. history. For next month's 90th anniversary of the famous call letters' start, many events are planned. One of these events includes the unveiling of a new street-side Walk of Fame, featuring famed WGN Radio personalities.

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A Look At Chicago's April 2014 Nielsen Radio Ratings

The Nielsen Audio ratings for the Chicago radio market for the "April" period -- which covers the dates of 03/27/14-04/23/14 -- were released on Monday. The following is a study of the local radio ratings, along with quick looks at some key stories.

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News & Notes: NATAS Silver Circle; Eddie Olczyk; Jim Ruddle; WFMT; Gary Spears, Jimmy Mac; Roger Ebert; Much More

This weekend's News & Notes features a dozen local media stories, including: the Chicago/Midwest NATAS inducts six people into its Silver Circle; Eddie Olczyk considers leaving broadcasting; Randy Salerno's childhood friend gets in deeper trouble; Jim Ruddle writes a book; WFMT signs with a new distribution company for its syndicated programming; Gary Spears re-signs with CBS Radio, Jimmy Mac is given an honor by the Star Wars Celebration convention; Tribune Publishing grows; Toni Ginnetti exits... sort of; Roger Ebert's movie will hit Chicago soon; and the sad passing of John Crispe. All of these stories can be read below.

Read more: News & Notes: NATAS Silver Circle; Eddie Olczyk; Jim Ruddle; WFMT; Gary Spears, Jimmy Mac; Roger...

Chicago Radio Stations Asking Listeners To 'Put The Guns Down'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago are teaming up with numerous Chicago radio stations to help spread the message of anti-violence. The new radio initiative, which began today, is called "Put The Guns Down." The initiative aims to promote safety throughout the local communities and help to lessen the senseless gun violence that has plagued Chicago.

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Freak Returns To WRXQ-FM

Less than two months after his exit from WYKT-FM/The Kat 105.5, Freak will be making his return to the local radio airwaves. It is also a return to a former radio station for Freak, WRXQ-FM/Q Rock 100.7.

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WDRV-FM Program Director Patty Martin To Step Down

One of the most respected and beloved radio executives in Chicago radio today will soon be voluntarily exiting. Longtime Program Director for WDRV-FM/97.1 The Drive announced that she will be stepping down from the position she has held for the last 13 years.

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'Late Show With David Letterman' Announcer Alan Kalter Records PSAs For Illinois Radio

The longtime comedic announcer for CBS-TV's "The Late Show with David Letterman," Alan Kalter has been hired by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) to record a pair of radio public service announcements (PSAa) to let Illinois residents know how to prepare for weather emergencies.

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News & Notes: Rivet Radio; Roger Badesch; Dan Diebert; Steve & Johnnie; Dave Plier; Mike North; WCPT; Much More

Today's News & Notes features 15 local media news items, including: Rivet News Radio teams up with the Chicago Sun-Times; Roger Badesch makes a tough announcement; Dan Diebert returns to WGN-AM; Steve & Johnnie return to WGN-AM's website; Dave Plier hosts an event; Mike North hosts videos for FOX Sports Radio; Anna Kopsky exits WSSR-FM's morning show; WCPT announces some major broadcasting changes; Birach Broadcasting will soon have a second Chicago radio station; Digity continues its fast expansion; InternetFM.com expands; Chicago Football Magazine picks a new marketing firm; Antenna TV hires a maid for Mother's Day; Ryan McGuffey's family grows; and sad news about Wild Bill Scott. All of these stories can be read right here...

Read more: News & Notes: Rivet Radio; Roger Badesch; Dan Diebert; Steve & Johnnie; Dave Plier; Mike North;...

JET Magazine Becoming Digital-Only, Ending Print Publication

The Chicago-based media outlet Johnson Publishing Company announced this morning that its famous JET magazine will soon be ending its printed form. Instead, JET is launching a new app and will become a digital-only publication, beginning this summer.

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WBBM-TV's Megan Glaros Interviews President Barack Obama On Climate Change

WBBM-TV/CBS 2 meteorologist Megan Glaros was among a select few weather experts invited to the White House today to interview President Barack Obama.

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WBBM-TV Hires Erin Kennedy As Weekday Morning News Anchor

WBBM-TV/CBS 2 has finally filled the long-vacant position of early news co-anchor. Effective May 19th, Erin Kennedy will join Kris Gutierrez behind the station's anchor desk each weekday morning.

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CRM Website Information

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