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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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News & Notes: Steve Dahl; Steve Cochran; James D. Jones; Dan McNeil; Shawn Knight; Bob Stroud; Much More

In this weekend's News & Notes, there are ten stories from the local media beat, including: Steve Dahl trims down his staff; Steve Cochran trims down his work load; James D. Jones moves his tour bus down the dial; Dan McNeil supporting an Autism event; Shawn Knight finds a new radio job; Vocalo finds a new radio show; Bob Stroud's voice to be part of a new Chicago commercial; plus sad losses for Margaret "RadioGirl" Larkin and the families of Steve Wallace & Bob Granger. It can all be read just below...

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CSN Chicago To Air Chicago Bulls Playoffs; Sees Huge Regular Season Bulls Ratings

Comcast SportsNet Chicago, which has been the primary home for Chicago Bulls telecasts this season, will be the primary home for the first round of the Bulls' postseason, as well. The entire first round of the playoffs, with the Chicago Bulls playing the Philadelphia 76ers, will be shown on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, with the exception of Game 4, which will be shown nationally on ABC-TV.

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WLUP-FM Parts Ways With Byrd

According to inside sources, earlier today, WLUP-FM/97.9 The Loop released its longest tenured rock DJ, Byrd. He had been with the radio station since 2003.

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New Staff Shuffles & Changes At WIQI-FM

There are a few changes taking place at WIQI-FM/FM News 101.1, as Chicago's newest news station continues to make tweaks to its product, looking to perfect its programming. Three news anchors are exiting, while others are being shuffled to different spots.

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J.C. Corcoran To Do Fill-In Shift On WGN-AM Sunday

WGN-TV/WGN-AM's entertainment reporter/host Dean Richards is on assignment in Los Angeles this weekend, which means he will be unable to host his WGN Radio show this coming Sunday morning. To fill-in for Dean Richards will be veteran Midwest radio host J.C. Corcoran, a Chicago native and an extremely well-known personality from St. Louis, MO.

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WGN-TV To Present 'Severe Weather Week' & 'Tom's Weather Day'

This week was declared the first ever "National Severe Weather Preparedness Week" by the NOAA and FEMA, as a way to help inform Americans with tips and strategies to safely make it through severe weather. In that spirit, WGN-TV has declared next Monday through Saturday, April 30th-May 5th, as its own "Severe Weather Week." For that entire week, WGN-TV will have special weather-related stories on its newscasts and online, with it coming to a big finish with a live weather education event in Arlington Heights, hosted by WGN's Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling.

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WXRT-FM Flashes Back To The 80s This Weekend

WXRT-FM, as Chicagoans currently know of it, began broadcasting in 1972. The station is now going to begin celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a series of special radio events over the next four months, the first of which will be this weekend. Starting tomorrow morning on 93.1 FM will be the "XRT 4D Flashback Weekend: The 1980s."

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WIND-AM's Steve Cochran To Host Golf Event Honoring WWII Veterans

WIND-AM's afternoon drive host Steve Cochran has always been a big fan of golf and a big fan of of our country's military. This summer, he gets to combine both of those passions as he will be hosting the Honor Flight Chicago Golf Outing.

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Comcast SportsNet Chicago & WMAQ-TV Sports Anchors Begin To Merge Together

Later today, it is expected that WMAQ-TV will announce that the long-anticipated merger* of sports departments between WMAQ-TV and Comcast SportsNet Chicago will be finally starting... albeit slowly. With both station's parent companies now owned & operated by the Comcast Corporation, it was only a matter of time before the merging of staff & resources started. It will begin to be publicly noticed very soon, first on WMAQ-TV's weekend news & sportscasts.

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WMAQ-TV Makes Two Weekend Anchor Changes

WMAQ-TV/NBC5 made a few announcements today regarding its weekend news anchors. Seeing promotions as of May 5th will be Anthony Ponce and Dick Johnson.

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Chicago Tribune Invests In Journatic; Outsources TribLocal To Them

The Chicago Tribune announced this week that it had made an investment in the Chicago-based media content providing company Journatic. It then announced that it was turning over content operations (but not ownership) of TribLocal -- the Chicago Tribune's suburban periodicals and websites -- to the company. Financial details and other terms were disclosed.

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Merlin Media Takes Over WLFM-LP; Smooth & News Together

Merlin Media, LLC, owner of Chicago's WLUP-FM & WIQI-FM, has entered into an agreement with Venture Technologies Group, LLC's local company WLFM, LLC to take over all programming and ad sales for WLFM-LP/Smooth 87.7. For now, the company plans on adding FM News 101.1 newscasts to the Smooth Jazz/Soft AC format it currently carries. The change is effective this coming Monday, April 30th.

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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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