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Robin Robinson On The Way Out From WFLD-TV After 25 Years

Robin Robinson, who has been lead news anchor at WFLD-TV since it first launched full newscasts in August 1987, is on her way out after 25 years at the station. According to multiple inside sources, Robinson's contract, which expires next month, is not being renewed.

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Even More Changes At WIQI-FM: Jarrett To Mornings, Talks Shows, More

WIQI-FM/FM News 101.1 continues to make change after change after change in an attempt to figure some combination that will connect with listeners. In its latest change coming Monday, former WGN-AM morning show host and veteran newsman Greg Jarrett joins the staff and takes over as morning host.

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IBA 2012 Silver Dome Award Winners Announced

On the evening of June 20th, at the IBA2012 Conference held at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Normal, IL, the Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) announced the winners of their annual Silver Dome Awards. The awards are meant to honor broadcasting quality & excellence by Illinois radio and television stations, as well as their staffers, each year.

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Chicago Public Media Purchases WRTE-FM/Radio Arte

It is being announced today that Chicago Public Media (CPM) has purchased distressed Latino public radio station WRTE-FM/90.5 Radio Arte from its owner, the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA). CPM is also looking at purchasing some of Radio Arte's programming, which could now see its way to CPM's Vocalo programming on WBEW-FM and vice versa.

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95.9 The River Goes Raft Racing With The Schaumburg Boomers

WERV-FM/95.9 The River is teaming up with suburban-based professional baseball team the Schaumburg Boomers for a unique promotion. Starting this Saturday and for each home game for the rest of this season, fans in attendance can watch the River's daytime radio personalities compete in a River Rafting Challenge on the stadium's big screen in between innings.

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CBS Radio & Cumulus Media Team Up To Form Sports Radio Network

At the start of next year, CBS Radio and CBS Sports will be launching a new 24 hour a day sports radio network, featuring a line-up of sports talkers and reporters from across the country, including Chicago. The new "CBS Sports Radio Network" could become the largest sports radio network in the country, eclipsing ESPN and FOX Sports Radio. Cumulus Media will serve as the new network's exclusive distributor and sales partner.

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Chicago Reader's 'Best Of Chicago 2012' Issue Released

The Chicago Reader's giant annual issue featuring the "Best Of Chicago" picks, as voted on by readers and Reader staffers, is being released later today. Among the many dozens of "Best..." categories were a few Chicago media entries. Here are some of the media "Bests" for 2012, as found in the newest issue of the Chicago Reader and on its website.

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News & Notes: WVAZ/WGCI/WGRB/WVON; John Williams; Smooth 87.7; Svengoolie; WCIU-TV; WGN-TV; Waddle & Silvy & Cutler; Much More

Today's News & Notes features a "baker's dozen" of news items from the local media beat, including: WVAZ/WGCI/WGRB/WVON teaming up to help stop the ongoing senseless violence; John Williams visits the new Salvation Army facility; Rick O'Dell and other former Smooth 87.7 staffers bring back the Sunday Brunch; Svengoolie goes to the rodeo; "Green Screen Adventures" wins an Emmy; WCIU-TV & WGN-TV sign on to air new syndicated shows; Waddle & Silvy team up with Jay Cutler for a fundraiser; Lenny McAllister launches a new site; Darren Davis gets another Clear Channel promotion; Sludge gets a new part-time job; Jim Moran gets a new wife; and the sad passing of programmer Pat Evans. All of the details are just below.

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Merlin Media Names Pat Kelley As Chicago Cluster Director of Sales

Merlin Media LLC has named Pat Kelley as its Director of Sales for the company's cluster of Chicago radio stations it programs: WLUP-FM, WIQI-FM, and WKQX-LP. The hire is official as of today. The local sales veteran will report to Merlin Media Executive Vice President of Revenue Greg Janoff.

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WNUA-FM Flips To 'El Patron' Regional Mexican Format

Hot on the heels of yesterday's rumors of an upcoming format flip, Clear Channel Media + Entertainment Chicago has changed the format of WNUA-FM at Noon today from the Hispanic Hot AC/CHR-formatted station known as Mega 95.5 to the Regional Mexican-formatted station, now branded as El Patron 95.5.

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CSN's 'The Batter's Box' Set To Debut On July 1st

Comcast SportsNet Chicago's new baseball trivia game show, "The Batter's Box" will make its debut on July 1st, one week from Sunday. The show will pit 16 contestants -- eight Cubs fans and eight White Sox fans -- against each other in a trivia contest, where one person will walk away with prize of a "Game Day Experience of a Lifetime."

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Format Change Coming To WNUA-FM?

It would appear that Clear Channel Media + Entertainment Chicago is planning a major change in the very near future for WNUA-FM. A pair of new domain names have been registered for Chicago's 95.5 FM, with both currently pointing to Clear Channel's iHeartRadio website.

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Windy Citizen Website Shutting Down

The Windy Citizen, the online local news aggregation website, will be shutting down as of this week. Founder Brad Flora made the surprise announcement on the website earlier this morning.

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The 2012 National Sports Radio Hall-of-Fame Awards Show Coming To Chicago

This summer marks the 25th anniversary of the 24-Hour Sports Radio format, which began with New York's WFAN-AM on July 1, 1987 -- a format that is now broadcast on over 800 radio stations nationwide, including Chicago's WSCR-AM and WMVP-AM. To recognize this milestone anniversary, the 2012 National Sports Radio Hall-of-Fame Awards Show, a celebratory fall benefit at the Chicago Theatre, is being announced today.

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Lake Geneva Residents On The Water To Receive Free Sun-Times Delivery All Summer

The Chicago Sun-Times and Gage Marine Services have partnered up on a unique promotion which will give free delivery of the Sun-Times newspaper to homes on Lake Geneva via the Lake Geneva Cruise Line's historic "Mail Jumper" tour boat. This will take place from this weekend through the end of summer.

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News & Notes: CSN Chicago/WGN; Svengoolie; Me-TV; Antenna TV; the A.V. Club; ESPN 1000; Lisa Dent; More

This weekend's News & Notes contains ten more media news items worth mentioning, including: CSN Chicago & WGN get ready for another crosstown classic; Rich Koz's Svengoolie turns 33; Me-TV & Antenna TV celebrate Father's Day; the A.V. Club loses its local flavor; a website wonders if Jay Mariotti is the biggest asshole; ESPN 1000 joins Slacker Radio; Geraldo Rivera looks to grow his radio empire; Lisa Dent emcees a golf event; and Daniella Guzman & Stefan Holt emcee a luncheon event. All of the details are just below...

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Clear Channel Chicago Promotes Two Radio Sales Managers

Clear Channel Media + Entertainment Chicago (formerly Clear Channel Radio Chicago) has made a pair of promotions to its sales staff. Today, the company announced it had named a new General Sales Manager and Local Sales Manager.

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The Difficulties Of Selling Off Tribune Properties

In less than a month, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Carey is expected to rule on allowing Tribune Company to go ahead with a reorganization plan that will allow the company to finally exit the bankruptcy it has been mired in for 3.5 years, costing over $400 million in legal fees. It will also assign ownership to the largest creditors -- Oaktree Capital Management, JPMorgan Chase, and Angelo, Gordon & Co. It is expected that the new Tribune creditor owners will then begin to sell off Tribune properties for quick cash. The question is... how easy of a task will that be?

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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.

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!