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WMBI-AM Flips To Spanish-Language Christian Format

Moody Radio has flipped their Chicago AM radio station, WMBI-AM 1110, from an English-speaking Christian talk format, which was often a simulcast of their WMBI-FM 90.1, to an all new Spanish-language Christian talk & music format. The change took effect earlier today.

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News & Notes: Jonathon Brandmeier; WSCR/WRTO; Brian Sherman; Kevin Manno; Dick Biondi; Nick Digilo; More

This weekend's News & Notes has eight local media news items, including: great news for the fans of Jonathon Brandmeier's TV show; a Super Sunday for WSCR-AM and WRTO-AM; Brian Sherman has fun in Milwaukee; Kevin Manno has fun on YouTube; Dick Biondi is sock-hopping again; Nick Digilo goes to the movies again; AddictedToRadio.com and Dance Factory are nominated for awards; and Harpo Studio's "The Rosie Show" slims down. All of the details are here...

Read more: News & Notes: Jonathon Brandmeier; WSCR/WRTO; Brian Sherman; Kevin Manno; Dick Biondi; Nick...

FCC Sides With WMAQ-TV For Not Airing Anti-Abortion Ad During Super Bowl

A man who was upset when WMAQ-TV refused to air his anti-abortion commercial during tomorrow's Super Bowl, and then filed a complaint against the station with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the hopes of forcing them to air that commercial, has had his complaint denied. The FCC ruled that WMAQ-TV was well within their right to deny the upsetting, graphic commercial for a pair of reasons.

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Chicago Tribune Once Again Removes 'Doonesbury' Comic Strip, Angers Fans

(2/6/12: Updated with a response from the Chicago Tribune.)
For the second time in less than five months, the Chicago Tribune has removed a "Doonesbury" comic strip from its newspaper, for reasons that again appear to be suspiciously conservative politically motivated. While "Doonesbury" appeared in over 1,400 newspapers and publications worldwide, as it normally does each day, only the Chicago Tribune chose to find fault with today's content and pull it from its newspaper and website.

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WVAZ-FM & Herb Kent To Present 'Don Cornelius Day' Sunday

WVAZ-FM/V103 and Herb Kent will have a special presentation on the air this Sunday, calling it "Don Cornelius Day." During Herb Kent's regular Sunday shift of Noon-7:00pm, instead of just playing old favorite music, the show will be focused on an old favorite legendary talent: the late Don Cornelius. For seven hours, the station will be celebrating the life and legacy of legendary, trailblazing broadcaster.

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News & Notes: Mike North/Dan Jiggetts; Rewind 100.3; WGN; WVON; TribCo; John H. Johnson; Carol Marin/Mary Ann Ahern; Allison Rosati; WFLD

A large helping of local media stories in this morning's News & Notes, including: a radio reunion for Mike North & Dan Jiggetts; a new website for Rewind 100.3; a new Cubs song contest for WGN Radio; a new radio show for WVON-AM; the cost of the Tribune Company bankruptcy rises; an honor for John H. Johnson; a new political show for Carol Marin & Mary Ann Ahern; an honor for Allison Rosati; and the changes keep on comin' at WFLD-TV. All of the details are right here...

Read more: News & Notes: Mike North/Dan Jiggetts; Rewind 100.3; WGN; WVON; TribCo; John H. Johnson; Carol...

WCIU-TV To Pay Tribute To Don Cornelius And 'Soul Train'

With the shocking news earlier today of the death of Don Cornelius, the former Chicago radio/TV personality and creator/host of the iconic "Soul Train" television show, Weigel Broadcasting's WCIU-TV will pay tribute to the legend tomorrow morning, and then again for many hours this weekend. WCIU-TV, the first television station Don Cornelius ever worked for and where "Soul Train" was created, will do this first on their weekday morning program "You & Me This Morning," and then later by simulcasting a seven-hour marathon from Bounce-TV on Saturday night.

Read more: WCIU-TV To Pay Tribute To Don Cornelius And 'Soul Train'

WFLD-TV Parts Ways With Executive Producer Mike Leiderman

Since the start of this year, major changes have been happening at WFLD-TV. The latest change has taken place late today within the offices of FOX Chicago, as the station has suddenly parted ways with Mike Leiderman, the Executive Producer of FOX Chicago News at 9:00pm, and a veteran of Chicago television, both in front of and behind the camera.

Read more: WFLD-TV Parts Ways With Executive Producer Mike Leiderman

Former Chicago Radio Personality, 'Soul Train' Host Don Cornelius Found Dead

According to numerous reports, Don Cornelius, the former Chicago radio personality and creator/host of the iconic "Soul Train" television show, has died. Reports claim that Cornelius was found in his at his Mulholland Drive home in Los Angeles at approximately 4:00am (PST), dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his own head, in what looks to be a suicide. He was officially pronounced dead at 4:56am at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Authorities are investigating deeper.

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WGN-TV/CLTV To Revisit Blizzard Of 2011, Hold Two Twitter Events

WGN-TV and CLTV will be utilizing new media, specifically Twitter, to connect with their viewers this week, with a pair of special events. They will also be looking back at one of the biggest stories of last year.

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ESPN Deportes To Also Debut Tomorrow On 97.5 FM

As mentioned on here weeks ago, and confirmed on here yesterday before anywhere else, ESPN Deportes will be taking over translator W248BB, heard in the Chicago area on 97.5 FM. The Spanish-language sports & sports talk station ESPN Deportes will also take over the WNUA-HD2 signal, which is what will be transmitting over W248BB. This will happen tomorrow, February 1st, the very same day that ESPN Deportes takes over WKRS-AM 1220 in the north suburbs.

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News & Notes: Mully & Hanley; Tom Marker; Johnnie Putman; Mary Sandberg; WGN-TV; ESPN Deportes Chicago; More

In the first News & Notes of the week, there are local media stories of: Mully & Hanley going on the road; Tom Marker breaking some Blues news; sad news for Johnnie Putman; a new blog for Mary Sandberg; "Those Were The Days" visits MBC; WGN-TV picks up some new Fall shows; and ESPN Deportes Chicago is getting ready to launch both up north AND downtown. All of the details are just below.

Read more: News & Notes: Mully & Hanley; Tom Marker; Johnnie Putman; Mary Sandberg; WGN-TV; ESPN Deportes...

The Steve Dahl Network Expands

Steve Dahl announced yesterday afternoon that the Dahl.com podcasts are now the "Steve Dahl Network." With more than just his own daily DahlCast show being offered to subscribers, it was time to make the new "Network" name official.

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News & Notes: Steve Bertrand; US99.5; Joe Collins; WSCR; WMVP; Lenny McAllister; WMBI; Pat Harvey; CSN; Much More

In this weekend's News & Notes, a dozen new local media stories, including: Steve Bertrand receives an honor from his alma mater; US99.5's morning team and midday host are up for an ACM award; Joe Collins is thankfully feeling better after a scare; Rick Kaempfer & Brendan Sullivan meet & greet once again; The Score is talking from SoxFest; ESPN1000's Carmen, Jurko & Harry go to the Super Bowl; Lenny McAllister is podcasting and more; WMBI-AM/FM celebrate Black History Month; Jack Landreth gets a new job; Lisa Erspamer now needs a new job; Pat Harvey is honored; and CSN Chicago breaks more records. All of the details are just below...

Read more: News & Notes: Steve Bertrand; US99.5; Joe Collins; WSCR; WMVP; Lenny McAllister; WMBI; Pat...

Chicago White Sox Announce 2012 Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

The Chicago White Sox organization have announced their plans to broadcast much of their Spring Training games on one or more mediums of either television, radio, or Internet audio stream. In total, 20 out of the team's 33 Spring Training games will be made available for the eyes or ears of fans.

Read more: Chicago White Sox Announce 2012 Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

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