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The Future For The Cubs On Chicago TV & Radio

The Chicago Cubs have been associated with WGN-TV and WGN-AM for many decades. Despite that long history together, after the end of the upcoming 2014 season, the Cubs media outlets could be very different.

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Tom Marker Remaining At WXRT

In 1897, Mark Twain wrote in the New York Journal "the report of my death was an exaggeration." Similarly, an online report last month of Tom Marker's exit from WXRT-FM after 33 years was not correct. Marker was with 93XRT last month, remains there still, and plans on being part of the station going into the future.

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News & Notes: Tom Marker; Alex Quigley; Leslie Harris; WIQI-FM/WKQX-LP; Matt Dubiel; Linda Yu; Theresa Gutierrez; More

Looking for exclusive and important Chicago media news? This weekend's News & Notes has a baker's dozen of news items, including: Tom Marker's missing voice on WXRT returns; Alex Quigley gets a promotion; Leslie Harris is making a move; WKQX-LP begins simulcasting on WIQI-FM and tries to move call letters; Matt Dubiel talks with Brian Jasik; Abe Kanan's show exits Howard 101; Glen Kozlowski gets a new coaching job; John Wiedeman receives a high honor; Bruce Miles also receives a high honor; Linda Yu is recovering; Theresa Gutierrez is recovered; EDM America TV grows; and more! It can all be read below.

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Patrick Elwood Joins WGN-TV As Freelance Reporter

Veteran Chicago news reporter Patrick Elwood will be seen on WGN-TV newscasts as a reporter on a per diem basis. Elwood was previously seen on WFLD-TV as a reporter and anchor for 14 years.

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US99.5's Drew Walker Moving To Middays

WUSN-FM/US99.5 afternoon star Drew Walker will be making a move next week. Starting Monday, Walker will become the station's new midday host, working the 10:00am-3:00pm shift.

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News & Notes: Brian Middleton; WIQI-FM/WKQX-LP; Carl Grapentine; Pete McMurray; WXRT-FM; Dave Savini; More

Today's News & Notes features another cool dozen local media news items, including: Brian Middleton exits WILV-FM's afternoons; WIQI-FM/WKQX-LP will begin simulcasting this week; Carl Grapentine returns next week; Pete McMurray works one hour more; WXRT-FM reveals its results; WSBC-AM loses a pair of long-running Greek shows; Forgotten Hits wants Oldies back on WLS-FM; Jimmy O'Jaye writes a book; Dave Savini gets booked; WGN-TV breaks its record book; Frank Sennett gets hired by Crain Communications; and Tribune Broadcasting makes a pair of executive hires. All of these stores are right here...

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Comcast SportsNet Chicago To Air Special Programming For Hall Of Famer Frank Thomas

Chicago White Sox superstar and Comcast SportsNet Chicago contributor Frank Thomas was today elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. To celebrate this prestigious accomplishment, CSN Chicago will be altering its normal broadcast schedule for the next two days to salute Thomas by offer a great deal of exclusive programming.

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WGN Morning News Wins Ratings On Polar Vortex Monday

On Monday morning, while Chicagoland was stuck in a record-setting deep freeze, more television viewers turned to WGN-TV that any other local station. The WGN Morning News was #1 in the ratings in overall households from 6:00am-10:00am, and #1 with Adults 25-54 from 5:00am-10:00am.

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Che 'Rhymefest' Smith Hosting New Weekly Show On WVON-AM

With no fanfare, WVON-AM premiered a new talk show on Monday night, hosted by the Grammy Award-winning Che "Rhymefest" Smith. The new show will now air each Monday evening from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

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Rick O'Dell's SmoothJazzChicago.net Comes To HD Radio

Greg Solk, Senior Vice President of Programming for Hubbard Radio Chicago, announced today that Rick O'Dell's highly regarded Internet radio station, SmoothJazzChicago.net, will also be simulcast on WTMX-HD2. The simulcast begins today (Tuesday) at Noon.

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WGN-AM Hires Dave Plier As Weekend Host

WGN-AM has officially hired popular fill-in host Dave Plier, after over a year of freelancing for the station. Plier will have the permanent spot of late Saturday night/early Sunday morning 2:00am-5:00am. Additionally, he will continue to fill-in for the station's weekday hosts during holidays, and could figure into an even bigger role on WGN-AM later in the year, after the WGN.FM project expands and some AM hosts shift to the new FM station.

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WLS-FM's Dick Biondi To Host 14th Annual 'Elvis Fest'

As he has done annually for many years, WLS-FM's Radio Hall of Famer Dick Biondi will once again be the host of the next "Elvis Fest," as the King of Chicago radio helps salute the King of Rock & Roll.

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Milt Rosenberg's Classic 'Extension 720' Shows Return

For nearly 40 years, Milt Rosenberg was the popular, top-rated evening host of WGN-AM's "Extension 720." At the end of 2012, Milt Rosenberg was forced out from the radio station and "Extension 720" was cancelled. For the first time since then, fans can once again hear full episodes of those classic shows, only they won't be on WGN Radio. Instead they will be found exclusively at Milt Rosenberg's own website.

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WTTW/WFMT Names Jill Britton SVP & Chief Development Officer

Window To The World Communications, Inc. (WWCI), the parent company of both WTTW-TV and WFMT-FM, has announced the promotion of Jill Britton to the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, effective immediately. Britton is the first woman in the history of the organization to be named to this position.

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News & Notes: Tracy Butler; David Kaplan; Steve Dahl; Rock Girl Shannon; Bob Zak; Rick Vaughn; More

Today's News & Notes features ten local media stories, including: Tracy Butler celebrates a milestone; David Kaplan gets an extension; Steve Dahl gets interviewed; Rock Girl Shannon goes to Las Vegas strip club; Bob Zak enters a Hall of Fame; Acid Flashback celebrates an anniversary; Gabe Salgado exits RedEye; Rick Vaughn exits Clear Channel; Kendall Moore and Chris Reese get engaged (not to each other); and controversial talk show host Bob Grant passes away. All of these stories are just below...

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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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