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WBBM-TV Unveils New Weather Vehicle

WBBM-TV/CBS 2 Chicago has announced a new weather station on wheels. The CBS 2 Mobile Weather Lab was officially unveiled this morning. In addition to being a rolling billboard for the station, the vehicle features state-of-the-art weather forecasting equipment throughout it.

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Rocker 'The Kat 105.5' To Flip To All-Sports '105.5 The Ticket'

"The Southland's Rock & Roll Animal" is being put down. Far south-suburban WYKT-FM/The Kat 105.5 will soon be dropping its current hard rock format and flipping to an all-syndicated sports talk format, branded as 105.5 The Ticket. The format change at the STARadio-owned station will take place on July 10th.

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Beth Reynolds Exiting WILV-FM, Joins WERV-FM As Night Host

Chicago radio veteran Beth Reynolds is joining WERV-FM/95.9 The River. She will take over as the station's newest evening DJ, beginning June 23rd.

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News & Notes: WTTW; Emily Barr; Jeff Hoover; WKQX; Rick Hall; Larry Lujack; Mike McConnell; Bart Shore; More

Today's News & Notes features a dozen local media news items, including: WTTW-TV simulcasts within Millennium Park; WTTW-TV's "Check Please!" goes on the road; Emily Barr gets honored; Leah Hope emcees a charity event; Jeff Hoover gets interviewed and comically assaulted; a concert featuring Chicago musicians and three local media stars takes place; WKQX-FM packs a bigger PiQniQ basket; Rick Hall moves to the Big Apple; Larry Lujack heard again thanks to a Big Apple website; Mike McConnell back on Cincinnati radio; Bart Shore meets the wife of a Blues legend; and condolences to Margaret Larkin. All of these details can be read below.

Read more: News & Notes: WTTW; Emily Barr; Jeff Hoover; WKQX; Rick Hall; Larry Lujack; Mike McConnell; Bart...

WDRV-FM Selects Curtiss Johnson As New Program Director

Curtiss Johnson, a 36-year veteran of rock radio in the southwest, has been selected as the new Program Director for WDRV-FM/97.1 The Drive. He officially begins in his new role on Monday, June 23rd.

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Chicago Radio Legends Dick Biondi & Clark Weber To Host Ringo Starr Art Show

In 1967, Ringo Starr famously sang with The Beatles that he "gets by with a little help from my friends." When Ringo Starr's touring art show comes to downtown Chicago in a few days, he will be getting a little help from two of his radio friends from the 1960s: Dick Biondi and Clark Weber.

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News & Notes: Univision; FOX; Alexa Helms; Megan Glaros; Marty Lennartz; B96; Byrd; WBEZ-FM; Bill Kurtis; Ginger Zee; More

This weekend's giant News & Notes article features 19 local media news items, including: Univision possibly going up for sale, FOX TV says goodbye to Nielsen ratings; Alexa Helms says hello to FOX32; Megan Glaros goes national again; Jessica Carleton is Emmy-bound; Svengoolie wrestles with announcing at an event; Marty Lennartz is at Bonnaroo; B96 streams its big Bash; Byrd is the word on Rivet Radio; WBEZ-FM joins iTunes Radio; Bill Simonson goes "Huge" nationwide; Jim Teckenbrock is honored; Jet magazine has its final printing; Bill Kurtis wants vacationers to man-up; "Sirens" continue to be heard (and seen) in Chicago; Ginger Zee is off the market; Spike O'Dell and Steve Dahl become grandparents once again; and sad news about the too-young passing of two local media figures: Marlyn Gutierrez and Bob Abrahamian. The details can all be found right here, right now...

Read more: News & Notes: Univision; FOX; Alexa Helms; Megan Glaros; Marty Lennartz; B96; Byrd; WBEZ-FM; Bill...

WCIU-TV To Simulcast Chicago Bears MNF Game On September 22

The Chicago Bears are coming to The U this September. As expected, WCIU-TV has obtained the rights to simulcast ESPN's "Monday Night Football" broadcast of the Chicago Bears vs the New York Jets football game on September 22nd. Those without cable television in the Chicago market will now have an easy way to watch the game.

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WLS-TV To Broadcast Chicago's Puerto Rican People's Parade

WLS-TV/ABC 7 Chicago will have the exclusive broadcast of Chicago's annual Puerto Rican People's Parade. Although the parade takes place on Saturday afternoon, the broadcast itself will be shown on WLS-TV late Saturday night.

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ESPN 1000 To Be Exclusive Radio Home Of 2014 FIFA World Cup

The biggest sporting event on the planet is now taking place, held this year in in 12 cities within Brazil. WMVP-AM/ESPN 1000 will be the exclusive Chicago radio home of the English-language broadcasts of the 2014 FIFA World Cup games. 26 games, including all of Team USA's matches, will be heard on the local sports station.

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WDCB-FM Partners With Chicago's CAN TV

Beginning Thursday at Noon, the jazz, blues, world music, and news programming from suburban public radio station WDCB-FM will be heard streaming on one of CAN TV's five public access cable channels in Chicago.

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20th Annual ABC 7 5K Run & 3K Walk Honoring Jim Gibbons

This Thursday, June 12th, will be an annual 5K run and 3K walk done in the name of former WLS-TV investigative reporter and news anchor Jim Gibbons. The "20th Annual ABC 7 5K Run & 3K Walk Honoring Jim Gibbons" will be taking place this year at Chicago's Lincoln Park. Proceeds from the yearly event will go to benefit the Jim Gibbons Memorial Chapter of the Leukemia Research Foundation.

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WBEZ-FM Wins 2014 National Edward R. Murrow Award For Overall Excellence

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) today announced its national winners for its Edward R. Murrow Awards, which honor excellence in electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations worldwide. Only one Chicago outlet was awarded, but it is a very large award. WBEZ-FM was named the 2014 Large Market Radio winner for Overall Excellence.

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Introducing: The CRM Radio Network

The Chicagoland Radio & Media website is pleased to introduce another new feature: The CRM Radio Network. The network will consist of exclusive Internet radio stations tailored for Chicago audiences.

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17th Annual WXRT 'Blues Breakers' Blues Fest Broadcast Taking Place Thursday

An annual summertime local tradition is the Chicago Blues Festival, the largest free blues fest in the world, which takes place each June in downtown Chicago. Another annual tradition is WXRT-FM's Blues Festival pre-party and "Blues Breakers" live remote, taking place the night before. Both of those annual traditions repeat again this week.

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Chicago Radio/TV Star Nina Chantele To Host Ozzie Guillen Foundation Charity Event

Nina Chantele -- host on WKSC-FM/103.5 Kiss FM, WGCI-FM/107-5WGCI, and "Windy City Live" (WLS-TV/ABC 7) -- will be the host of a very special charity event this month for former Chicago White Sox player and manager Ozzie Guillen's foundation.

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ABC-TV Ending Its Live Well Network Digital Subchannel

ABC-TV's Live Well Network isn't so well, after all. The digital subchannel, which got its start in Chicago, will be coming to an end in mid-January 2015.

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WCIU-TV's 'You & Me This Morning' To Add An Additional Hour

Weigel Broadcasting Co. and WCIU-TV/Channel 26 The U today announced that they will be adding an additional hour of live and local programming to their weekday morning schedule this fall. Their show "You & Me This Morning" has been growing in popularity, so to capitalize on this, the show will run live from 6:00am-9:00am starting in September.

Read more: WCIU-TV's 'You & Me This Morning' To Add An Additional Hour

CRM Website Information

The Chicagoland Radio & Media website (abbreviated as CRM) is a celebration of all things relating to Chicago-area media matters. CRM is a news source, a location for fans to voice their opinions, and an online museum of Chicago media's past and present, with a hopeful eye to its future. For the visitors, readers, and fans of the website, CRM is a both a resource and a release, both educational and an escape, and both factual and fun.

If it has a connection to Chicago area radio, television, print, and/or other forms of media -- information on it can be found here at ChicagolandRadioAndMedia.com!