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Sun-Times Names Jim Kirk As Senior VP/Editor In Chief

Sun-Times Media Holdings LLC, the parent operation of the Chicago Sun-Times, has named veteran Chicago newsman Jim Kirk as its new Senior Vice President and Editor in Chief. The hiring means that Kirk is immediately exiting in his role as Crain's Chicago Business' Chief of Editorial Operations.

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WLUP-FM Announces Loopfest 2012

WLUP-FM/The Loop may have put the new Rock Girl search on hold for a few months, but they are bringing back another Loop tradition: Loopfest. The new Loopfest 2012 lineup and details was announced today by morning host Pete McMurray. The Loopfest concert will be held on July 13th and will feature three famed Classic Rock artists.

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Comcast SportsNet Chicago Adjusts For Huge Monday Night Of Sports w/ 3 Games At Once

Comcast SportsNet, Chicago's only local full-time sports television station, is preparing for a huge night of sports on their station, and making adjustments to try and fit it all in. Tomorrow night, Monday, April 23rd, CSN will find a way to show a playoff game the Chicago Blackhawks, as well as tough games for both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox -- all almost simultaneously.

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The Drive's 11th Annual Earth Day Guitar Auction

Earth Day is tomorrow, and as they have been doing for years, WDRV-FM/WWDV-FM, aka The Drive, is acknowledging the yearly holiday by having their annual Earth Day Guitar Auction. On The Drive's website, they will be auctioning off a gorgeous electric guitar, personally autographed by Pink Floyd's Roger Waters. The auction begins tomorrow, with proceeds going to to benefit the Save the Earth Foundation.

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News & Notes: Mary Schmich; Ed Sherman; Rick O'Dell; WLUP; Rob Hart; Pogo; Electra; Mancow; Cisco Cotto; Daniella Guzman; Much More

This weekend's gigantic News & Notes features 14 local media stories, including: Mary Schmich brings home a Pulitzer; Ed Sherman launches his site; Frank Thomas back with CSN Chicago; Rick O'Dell back with the Brunch; WLUP back with the 'Fest; Rob Hart does his weekday "Report"; WIQI takes to the streets; Pogo finds new work; Electra finds a new path; Mancow pays a visit; Sarah Jindra gets hitched; Cisco Cotto seen on TV; Daniella Guzman emcees her first Chicago event; and Ginger Zee returns for a weekend. All of the many details are just below...

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Tricia The Loop Rock Girl's Reign To Be Extended

WLUP-FM's spokesmodel, Tricia the 2011 Loop Rock Girl, is now known as the 2012 Loop Rock Girl. Her one year contract to be the station's spokesmodel, which was set to expire next month, will be extended through the end of this year.

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Columbia College Chicago Announces Six 2012 Honorary Degree Recipients

Columbia College Chicago will be honoring its 2,000-student graduating class at commencement ceremonies taking place on May 5th and 6th at the Chicago Theatre. At the ceremonies, six individuals in the entertainment/media/arts fields, whose careers and legacies have been inspirational to Columbia College students, will be receiving honorary degrees. The six honorary degree recipients include music legends, a critically-acclaimed filmmaker, a highly-regarded photographer, a top marketing executive, and video game producer.

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WFLD-TV Hires Lisa Chavarria As 9:00pm Newscast Reporter

WFLD-TV has hired Lisa Chavarria as its newest general assignment reporter, working primarily for the station's 9:00pm weeknight newscasts. She begins with the station on Monday, April 30th.

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The Illinois Broadcasters Association Names 2012 Silver Dome Award Finalists

This week, the Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) announced the finalists for their annual Silver Dome Awards Contest. With the finalists now chosen, judges will listen & watch the entries to decide who gets the honor of being named "Best of State - 2012" in each category.

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

The Arbitron ratings for the Chicago radio market for the March period (which covers 3/01/12-3/28/12) 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.

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Chicago Radio Stars On Talkers Magazine's 2012 'Heavy Hundred' List

Talkers magazine is a radio industry publication that focuses on the talk radio format. Once a year (usually in February, but this year in April), it famously puts out its always-controversial and always-conversational "Talkers 250" which features its "Heavy Hundred" list. That list ranks who the magazine's editors felt were the top 250 American talk radio personalities of the previous year, with a special emphasis & ranking of the top 100. The newest list of their annual ranking was released today. Here is a look at how Chicago radio hosts fared on this list...

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WVON-AM Joins iHeartRadio

Midway Broadcasting Corporation, the parent company of WVON-AM 1690, announced today that it has signed on with the Clear Channel-owned iHeartRadio service. Effective tomorrow, Tuesday, April 17th, WVON becomes iHeartRadio's first ever Urban Talk radio station stream.

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Former WBBM-TV Anchor Mendte: 'The World Has Changed... TV News Hasn't'

Larry Mendte, who was a news anchor and investigative reporter with WBBM-TV from 1991-1996, wrote an editorial column for Philadelphia magazine's new April edition. In it, Mendte brings up many points about why local television newscasts are on the decline and what they can do to fix it.

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Newest ESPN TV Commercial Shot Entirely In Chicago Debuts

The newest television commercial for ESPN makes its debut today. This particular commercial is part of ESPN's "It's Not Crazy, It's Sports" campaign and was filmed entirely in Chicago.

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NATAS To Honor 7 Chicago TV Legends With 2012 Silver Circle Awards

The Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) -- often referred to as the Chicago Emmys -- will be holding their annual Silver Circle Honors gala on Friday evening. The Chicago Silver Circle Awards honor individuals who have have made a significant & outstanding contribution to Chicago television and have spent at least 25 years doing so. This year, The Chicago/Midwest chapter of NATAS will be inducting seven deserving individuals.

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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.

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