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Former Dahl Producer Mary Sandberg To Produce B96 Morning Show

Mary Sandberg, best known to many as the longtime (nine years) Executive Producer and personal assistant to Chicago radio legend Steve Dahl, has been hired CBS Radio Chicago to become the new Executive Producer of the WBBM-FM/B96 morning show.

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WGN-TV's Mark Suppelsa To Take One Month Leave Of Absence

WGN-TV's Mark Suppelsa announced late today that he is taking an extended personal leave of absence from his job. Suppelsa will be voluntarily entering a one-month program at a rehab center in Minnesota next week.

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News & Notes: Jim Gudas; Susanna Negovan; Lisa Parker; Colleen Kelly; WCPT; MJ Witt; Erica Cobb; Merlin Media; Much More

Today's enormous News & Notes contains 16(!) local media news items, including: Jim Gudas exits WGN-AM; Susanna Negovan exits Michigan Avenue magazine; Medill School of Journalism finds a new Dean; Professor Sam Danna prepares to exit Loyola; Lisa Parker & NBC5 to gain a bigger investigative presence online; Colleen Kelly goes traveling; WCPT-AM adds and subtracts programming; WLTH-AM does a radiothon; WBBM-FM celebrates Cinco de Mayo; MJ Witt returns to WGN Radio; Mark Baggio exits B96's morning show; Rob Austin gets a new deal done; Erica Cobb gets a new job; Joey Epperson gets a new baby boy; Merlin Media adds some Smooth Jazz to its HD lineup; and Cumulus Media prepares to add some downstate radio stations. All of the many details are right here...

Read more: News & Notes: Jim Gudas; Susanna Negovan; Lisa Parker; Colleen Kelly; WCPT; MJ Witt; Erica Cobb;...

Chicago Media Stars Shine At Saturday's 18th Annual 'Bark In The Park'

This Saturday morning, May 5th, will be the 18th Annual "Bark in the Park," a yearly tradition created to raise funds and awareness for The Anti-Cruelty Society's programs and services. Over 3,000 people, most joined by their canine companions, are expected to attend at this year's event, which takes place at Chicago's Montrose Harbor and the surrounding park area.

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WGN-TV Wants Fans To Pick Top 5 'Friends' Episodes

WGN-TV is doing a new promotion called "Your Best Friends Week." The station is asking fans to pick their five most favorite episodes of the classic sitcom (1994-2004) "Friends." The ones which receive the most votes will air at 6:30pm on WGN-TV the week of May 21-25.

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WBBM-FM's Imaging Director Michael Horn Joins Killer Hertz

WBBM-FM's Imaging Director Michael Horn recently joined Killer Hertz, the radio imaging service. This will be in addition to the great work he is doing at B96, where he has worked since 1994.

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WLPR-FM/The Lakeshore To Premiere New Show: The TED Radio Hour

Northwest Indiana's WLPR-FM/The Lakeshore will be one of only seven NPR affiliates in the country to debut the newest NPR program, "The TED Radio Hour." The show will be heard tomorrow, Wednesday May 2nd from Noon-1:00pm, and again from 6:00pm-7:00pm.

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Circulations Reports: Chicago Sun-Times Up, Chicago Tribune Down

Circulation figures for Chicago's two largest newspapers came out today, showing an increase for the Chicago Sun-Times and a decrease for the Chicago Tribune. According to those numbers, this makes the Sun-Times the #1 Chicago newspaper and #9 in the country, while the Tribune falls to #2 in Chicago and #10 in the country. However, the numbers can be deceiving.

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WRXQ-FM Begins 'Metamorphosis'; Rebrands As 'Q Rock 100.7'

At 5:00pm, south-suburban rocker WRXQ-FM begun what the station is describing as a "metamorphosis." Slowly over the course of the month, fans will start to see subtle changes and upgrades. The first of which was revealed a short while ago...

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The Top Billing TV Stations In Chicago For 2011 Revealed

Last month, BIA/Kelsey -- the independent market researcher and advisory firm for media and technology companies, specializing in the local advertising business for those companies -- released information regarding the top earning radio stations locally, as well as nationally. (The Top 10 earning radio stations was exclusively revealed HERE on CRM.) This month, BIA/Kelsey releases its findings on local television revenues for 2011.

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Nude Hippo Celebrates 15 Years Of Chicago TV Fun

The Chicago television comedic entertainment production of "Nude Hippo" celebrates its 15th anniversary this Thursday. To commemorate the event, the Nude Hippo staff has put together a new 60-minute special entitled "Nude Hippo @ 15," which will be aired on NBC Nonstop on Saturday night.

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Ridgewood High School Station WRWX-FM Flips To Smooth 88.1

WRWX-FM, one of the two radio stations run by Ridgewood High School in Norridge, Illinois, has flipped from classic hits "88.1 Jack FM" to smooth jazz/AC/easy listening "Smooth 88.1." The change occurred earlier today at around 9:00am.

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Sun-Times Sports Columnist Cowley In Trouble Over Sexist Twitter Comments

Yesterday, Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist Joe Cowley was a passenger on an airplane that was being delayed. He spent his time waiting for the flight to take off by posting up a handful of terribly sexist comments (and one racist one) on his Twitter account. That lead to him getting into a sexist war of words with a female sports reporter. All that nonsense may have led to Cowley being suspended from the Sun-Times today.

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Chicago Media Outlets Win 2012 National Headliner Awards

Earlier this month, the The Press Club of Atlantic City announced the winners of the 2012 National Headliner Awards. A few Chicago media outlets were handed the awards recognizing journalistic excellence. Here is a look at the local winners...

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WLFM-LP's Rick O'Dell Says Farewell For Now

Rick O'Dell hosted his final "Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch" on WLFM-LP/Smooth 87.7 today. There was no tearful goodbyes, though. It was just a classy "so long" from one of the classiest men in radio today.

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