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WLS-TV Names John Idler As President/General Manager

ABC-owned WLS-TV has announced that John Idler will return to the station that he left four and a half years ago, but this time will serve as the President and General Manager of the station. Idler was previously a Vice President and Sales Manager for WLS-TV from 2002-2007.

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WMAQ-TV To Award $100,000 In Grants To Local Non-Profits

The NBCUniversal Foundation is partnering with the ten NBC-owned television stations, including Chicago's WMAQ-TV, on a new initiative entitled 21st Century Solutions. The program will be handing out $1.2 million in grants to local non-profit organizations in the ten markets where NBC owns TV stations. Locally, WMAQ-TV will be awarding $100,000 to three Chicagoland non-profits.

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The Drive's Weekend Changes: Carla Leonardo Temporarily Out, Byrd In

WDRV-FM/WWDV-FM, aka The Drive, has had to make a change in its weekend lineup, at least temporarily. Carla Leonardo is taking a personal leave of absence from the station to deal with a health issue. In her place, The Drive has picked up former WLUP-FM mainstay Byrd.

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News & Notes: Hot Mix 5; WGN/CLTV; Steve Dahl Network; Nick Digilio; Mark Napoleon; Fred Winston; Kathy McFarland; More

More news from the Chicago media beat in today's News & Notes, including: a return for the Hot Mix 5; a special presentation for WGN-TV & CLTV; a new addition to the Steve Dahl Network; Nick Digilio hosts a "Blow Out" next week; Sky Daniels gets upped; Art Norman & Earl Jones get honored; Mark Napoleon & Fred Winston are recovering from heart scares; and the sad passing of Kathy McFarland, Elaine Mulqueen, and Professor Robert Walker. More information is just below.

Read more: News & Notes: Hot Mix 5; WGN/CLTV; Steve Dahl Network; Nick Digilio; Mark Napoleon; Fred Winston;...

WRTO-AM TO Become Part Of New 'Univision America' Network

WRTO-AM/La Tremenda 1200 AM will be undergoing a transformation in just over a month, as the station will joining the new "Univision America" AM radio network. Chicago's WRTO-AM will be one of nine Univision-owned AM radio stations nationwide that will now carry the new national network News/Talk programming, which begins on July 4th.

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Sun-Times Announces Major Reorganization Of Editorial Department

The Chicago Sun-Times today unveiled a new, reorganized Editorial Department, with many promotions, a new hire, and a new focus on its digital properties. Jim Kirk, Editor in Chief of Sun-Times Media, announced the reorganization of the Chicago Sun-Times editorial department to the staff this afternoon.

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WGN-TV & Chicago White Sox Team Up For 'Every Inning Ticket Giveaway'

WGN-TV and the Chicago White Sox organization have teamed up for a unique give-away promotion for this season. Starting with today's game at Noon and running through Labor Day, WGN Sports will be giving away four tickets to a future White Sox game once during every single inning of White Sox games shown on WGN-TV.

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Executive Editor John Barron Quits Sun-Times

John Barron, a 17 year veteran of the Chicago Sun-Times, who most recently held the title of Executive Editor, resigned today. He leaves the newspaper effective immediately.

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Jaime Black Joins JBTV As Contributor

Jaime Black has joined JBTV as an on-camera contributor, effective immediately. Black will be conducting artist interviews and more for the Chicago-based rock & roll television show.

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Chicago Sun-Times' 'Daily Splash' Section Debuts

The Chicago Sun-Times' newest daily feature section, entitled "The Daily Splash" made its debut in today's newspaper. The new section will appear each Monday-Friday and cover subjects such as entertainment, gossip, fashion, and society events. The Sun-Times has lined up 30 Chicago celebrities -- including famous Chicago actors, comedians, singers, musicians, politicians, sports executives, and more -- who will each rotate at writing a column for the Daily Splash section.

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News & Notes: WFLD; WJMK; WKQX; Indy 500; Me-TV; Antenna TV; Tomasulo/Belaval/Sculfield/Rogers; Brooke & Jill; More

In this holiday weekend News & Notes, we have plenty of news items from the Chicago media beat, including: WFLD-TV loses EP Phil Landeros; WSNS-TV loses GM Celia Chavez; Univision Chicago loses OM Cesar Canales; K-Hits changes morning hours; PJ turns PD; Q87.7 gives you Bush; Indy 500 on the radio; Me-TV & Antenna TV salute Memorial Day; Gabe Tartaglia introduces Pandora's local sales office; Tomasulo/Belaval/Sculfield/Rogers team up for some "Media Madness"; and Brooke & Jill team up for more podcast fun. All this and more is just below...

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Sun-Times Reveals Numerous New Features Coming Soon To Boost Circulation

Michael Ferro Jr., the Chairman of the Board of Wrapports LLC -- parent company of Sun-Times Media Holdings, which operates numerous Chicagoland periodicals, including the Chicago Sun-Times -- revealed yesterday plans to add numerous features and extras to the Chicago Sun-Times in the coming months, in an effort to increase circulation.

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Final Episode Of 'Mike Baker & The Forgotten 45s' To Air Saturday On WJJG-AM

It's the end of an era, as the long-running oldies music show on WJJG-AM, "Mike Baker & the Forgotten 45s," will air its final episode this Saturday afternoon. The station has chosen to cancel the show to focus on other musical programming on weekends.

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Weigel Broadcasting Chairman Howard Shapiro Passes Away

Howard Shapiro, the longtime Chairman of Chicago-based television corporation Weigel Broadcasting Company, passed away today from pneumonia at the age of 86. He had been the guiding force behind Weigel Broadcasting since the mid-1960's.

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News & Notes: Tribune Broadcasting; WXRT; Maya Gavin; Dave Shakes; Ty Bentli; Steve Dahl; Colleen Kelly; Bill Kurtis; More

It's a baker's dozen of local media News & Notes today, including: Tribune Broadcasting prepares for new owners; WXRT flashes back to the 70s; Cliff Kelley talks with Tom Ricketts; Maya Gavin moves to WVON-AM; WLPR-FM picks up a new NPR show; Don Clark is promoted by ICB; Edgar Ybarra is hired by ICB; Dave Shakes gets a new programming job; Ty Bentli loses his radio job; Steve Dahl gets out of his basement; Colleen Kelly looks to have a winner of a TV show; Bill Kurtis lends his voice to a movie preview; and Eddie Blazonczyk passes away. All the details are just below.

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Mike North Joins The Daily Herald As A Columnist

One-time Chicago radio mega-star Mike North has yet another new job to add to his list of many others. Starting June 19th, North will become the newest columnist for the suburban newspaper, the Daily Herald.

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Chicago Sun-Times Owner Purchases Chicago Reader

The parent company of the Chicago Sun-Times, Wrapports, LLC, today announced its purchase of the alternative weekly newspaper, the Chicago Reader. Wrapports also acquires the Chicago Reader's web-properties, ChicagoReader.com and StraightDope.com. Terms of the transaction, which closed late yesterday, have not been disclosed, although the purchase price is said to be just under $3 million.

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WSCR-AM Holds New 'Score Search' To Find New On-Air Sports Talk Host

WSCR-AM/670 The Score is holding its 4th annual "Score Search," this time looking for a new on-air sports talk host. The search began today and will continue on through early July. The final decision will come in late July.

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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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