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The 2nd Annual 'Taste Of WVON' To Take Place Saturday

Midway Broadcasting Corporation, the parent company of WVON-AM 1690, will be presenting the 2nd Annual "Taste of WVON" this Saturday. The all-day neighborhood festival will feature a wide array of food vendors, along with craft vendors, music, and family-friendly activities.

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The Kat 105.5 Delivers The Rock, Gets Ready For New Morning Show

WKYT-FM/The Kat 105.5 continues its evolution and will be a decidedly different station come August 6th, than it was just one year before. Being announced later today is a new morning show coming next month and a goodbye to its classic rock past.

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Illinois Entertainer Makes Editor In Chief Change - Forstneger Out, Schaults In

Long-running Chicagoland music publication, Illinois Entertainer is making a change at the top. At the end of this month, Steve Forstneger will be stepping down as IE's Editor In Chief and Janine Schaults will step up into that role.

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Chicago Blackhawks Convention Brings Out Special TV & Radio Coverage

The fifth annual Chicago Blackhawks Convention will kick off tomorrow from the International Ballroom of the Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Avenue) and run through Sunday at the hotel. Over 10,000 fans are expected to attend the sold out convention. Numerous Chicago media personalities will take place in panel discussion throughout the weekend. The event will also bring out special Chicago coverage on television, the Internet and on radio.

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2012 Marconi Radio Award Finalists Announced -- Many Chicago Stations Listed

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced the finalists for the 2012 NAB Marconi Radio Awards this morning. The annual awards honor radio stations and on-air personalities for their excellence in broadcasting. Included in the list of nominees this year are numerous Chicago radio stations and personalities.

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Don Cornelius To Be Inducted Into IBA Hall of Fame; Named One Of The 'Giants Of Broadcasting'

Don Cornelius, the late Chicago-born broadcasting legend, who shockingly died earlier this year from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, will be honored twice in the coming months. Next month, Cornelius will be inducted into the Illinois Broadcasters Association's Hall of Fame, and in October, Cornelius will be named as one of the "Giants of Broadcasting" by the Library of American Broadcasting.

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Media Stars To Become Bartenders For Charity Tonight

Tonight, a few local media stars will get together for a Celebrity Bartender event at City Gate Grille in Naperville to benefit Little Friends, Inc. 100% of our tips the bartenders make tonight between 6:00pm-9:00pm, along with 20% of the patio sales, will go to the charitable organization.

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WLS-FM/WIND-AM/WYLL-AM Team Up To Sponsor 'Rockin' For The Troops 2012' Concert

As they have done for the last six years, WLS-FM & WIND-AM are both sponsoring the annual concert to support our men & women in the US military, the "Rockin' For The Troops" concert. For the second year in a row, WIND-AM's sister-station, WYLL-AM is also one of the concert's sponsors. The concert, which is the seventh annual one, is put together by Operation Support Our Troops - America (formerly known as Operation Support Our Troops - Illinois).

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FM News 101.1 Staffers Reflect On The Now Former-Station

Earlier today, the shocking news was revealed that Merlin Media had decided to kill the FM News 101.1 format on WIQI-FM and flip the station to a jockless Adult Hits music format. A few dozens of the station's staffers are now out of work due to the format flip. CRM reached out to some of the now ex-employees to get their reflections on FM News 101.1 and what their future plans are.

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FM News 101.1 Ends; Flips To Adult Hits I101

After not even a year as a news format, Merlin Media has abandoned the news/commentary format known as FM News 101.1 and flipped the station to a new female-friendly, Adult Hits "Jack"-like format, branded as I101. The change happened right at 9:00am, as Merlin Media was starting a staff meeting for WIQI-FM and New York's WEMP-FM simultaneously.

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Talkers Magazine Names 'Heavy Hundred' Sports Talkers, Including Chicago Radio Stars

Talkers Magazine has released its list of what it feels are the "Heavy Hundred" sports radio talkers in the country. Those on the list are being called "The 100 Most Important Sports Talk Radio Hosts in America." Many Chicago radio hosts made the cut in this first annual list, while there was one stunning omission.

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News & Notes: Peter Whorf; Brendan Greeley; WSCR; Steve & Johnnie; Dan Ponce; Ryan Manno; Eddie Olczyk; Art Norman; Much More

Today's News & Notes features a cool dozen local media stories for a hot day, including: Peter Whorf exits WFMT; Patti Johnson joins Clear Channel Chicago; Brendan Greeley exits WIQI; WSCR prepares to hire a new talk show host; Steve & Johnnie host a concert event; Dan Ponce in the recording studio; Ryan Manno exits JBTV; Eddie Olczyk honored; Art Norman honored; Chicago Nonstop may soon have stops; and Nora O'Donnell & Jan Parr exit Chicago Magazine. All of the details are right here...

Read more: News & Notes: Peter Whorf; Brendan Greeley; WSCR; Steve & Johnnie; Dan Ponce; Ryan Manno; Eddie...

Cumulus Promotes Donna Baker To WLS-AM/FM Market Manager

Cumulus Media, owner of Chicago's WLS-AM and WLS-FM, has made some major shuffles to its major management today. Two of those change have effects on the two Chicago WLS radio stations.

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Chicago Blackhawks Announce 2012 Preseason Broadcast Schedule

The 2011/2012 NHL season just ended one month ago and the 2012/2013 regular season doesn't begin for nearly three months, but the Chicago Blackhawks have released their radio & television broadcast schedule for the 2012 preseason.

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News & Notes: TribLocal/Journatic; WFLD/WPWR; Allison Payne; Erin Carman; Walter Flakus; John Records Landecker; Kerry Sayers; Much More

This weekend's giant-sized News & Notes has 15 local media news items, including: Chicago Tribune suspending its contract with Journatic; Mike Fourcher quits Journatic; Joe Jaime joins WFLD/WPWR; Tera Williams-Barz gets a promotion; Allison Payne interviewed; Erin Carman on WGN-AM; Walter Flakus adds to his MD duties; John Records Landecker recuperates; Liz Braun gets a new job; Roxanne Steele improves ratings once again; Kerry Sayers has a baby; Q101 has a sad anniversary; and the sad deaths of Bob Greenberg, Jesse Moore, and Roy Patterson's father. All of the details are below.

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Judge's Ruling Has Tribune Company Finally Close To Exiting Bankruptcy

After more than 3.5 years of battles and over $400 million in legal fees, Tribune Company today was finally given court approval to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Although a plan has been approved, it has not yet been confirmed and the corporation will still have contend with gaining FCC approvals & exceptions, along with dealing with probable lawsuits from lessor creditors.

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A Look At Chicago's June 2012 Radio Ratings From Arbitron

The Arbitron ratings for the Chicago radio market for the June period (which covers 5/24/12-6/20/12) were released this week. The following is a study of the local ratings for the demographics of Persons 6+ (All Ages) and Persons 25-54, along with quick looks at other demographics and some key stories.

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Robin Robinson Renews With WFLD-TV For One Year

Robin Robinson will be staying at WFLD-TV for one more year, after all, even though there were previous reports that she would be exiting at the end of this month. With only days left to go in her current contract, FOX Chicago management offered Robinson a one-year renewal, which was accepted and made official this week.

Read more: Robin Robinson Renews With WFLD-TV For One Year

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!