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103.5 Kiss FM Announces Jingle Ball 2014 Lineup

WKSC-FM/103.5 Kiss FM today announced the line-up for their second annual holiday concert, Jingle Ball. This year's Jingle Ball, which features multiple artists, will be taking place on Monday, December 18th.

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Rick O'Dell & WDCB-FM Bringing 'Sunday Jazz Brunch LIVE' to Suburbs

An established staple of Chicagoland weekend mornings has been the periodic "Sunday Brunches" -- live remotes at local restaurants featuring Smooth Jazz music, hosted by Chicago radio superstar Rick O'Dell. For the first time ever, the live event will come to suburban Glen Ellyn and will be presented by WDCB-FM, the jazz-formatted public radio station owned by the College of DuPage at 90.9 FM.

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WLS-AM Begins Major On-Air Changes - Conn/Roeper Exit, Dahl Returns, Corcoran Added

WLS-AM 890 has been struggling with the lowest ratings in its talk era. To change its fortunes, the station has begun to make some major changes to its on-air staff. The first change is to its afternoon show, as Roe Conn, Richard Roeper, and Ron Magers are off the air. Starting next month, Chicago radio legend Steve Dahl will take over. J.C. Corcoran will be among the interim hosts until Dahl takes over.

Read more: WLS-AM Begins Major On-Air Changes - Conn/Roeper Exit, Dahl Returns, Corcoran Added

WCPT-AM/FM Holding Live 'Get Out The Vote' Rally

WCPT-AM/FM, aka Chicago's Progressive Talk, will be holding a live rally to help shine a spotlight on the importance of voting in the upcoming election. The "Get Out The Vote Rally" will be held in the suburbs, done as a remote broadcast for two of the station's local hosts, and in front of a live audience.

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News & Notes: Mancow; Chicago Bears; Dan Proft; Frank Fontana; Dan Deibert; Wayne Randazzo; Joe Cicero/Tina Bree; More

Today's News & Notes features ten stories from the local media beat, including: Mancow loses his WPWR-TV show; Chicago Bears beginning to lose games and ratings; Dan Proft gets sued; Frank Fontana makes a move; Dan Deibert gets a new radio job; Wayne Randazzo can be heard nationwide; WRHS-FM gets spooky; Joe Cicero and Tina Bree host a zombie party; Bo Reynolds is looking for radio work; and a sad loss for Tony Kelly. All of the details can be found below...

Read more: News & Notes: Mancow; Chicago Bears; Dan Proft; Frank Fontana; Dan Deibert; Wayne Randazzo; Joe...

WTTW-TV's 'Chicago Tonight' To Host 7 Live Candidate Forums In Late October

As it gets closer to the November elections, "Chicago Tonight," the nightly newsmagazine on Chicago public television station WTTW-TV/WTTW11, will be taking part in and hosting seven candidate forums. These forums, underwritten in part by The City Club of Chicago, will take place throughout the second half of October.

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CSN Chicago To Debut New Shows For Bears & Blackhawks

Comcast SportsNet (CSN) Chicago will debut two new regular shows this week -- one spotlighting the Chicago Bears and one showcasing the Chicago Blackhawks. Both "Bears Life" and "Blackhawks All-Access" will premiere Tuesday night.

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Former WGN-AM Program Director Kevin Metheny Passes Away

According to multiple reports out of the San Francisco, CA area, former WGN-AM Program Director Kevin Metheny has passed away. He was apparently found unresponsive earlier today at his desk at KGO-AM, where he is Operations Manager/Program Director. Metheny was rushed to a local hospital, where he was first said to be in critical condition due to an apparent heart attack. He passed away a short time later.

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News & Notes: Rivet News Radio; Tribune Media; Roger Ebert; Theresa Gutierrez; Svengoolie; Steve Dahl; Much More

This weekend's News & Notes features another ten local news items, including: Rivet News Radio comes to some luxury cars; Tribune Media comes into millions thanks to Cars; Gracenote makes a purchase down under; Roger Ebert receives another high honor; Claire Bushey returns to Chicago; Theresa Gutierrez prepares to say goodbye; Svengoolie hits Volo; David Jennings and Summer Jackson host a charity event; CRM has a new record month; and sad news for Steve Dahl and his family. The details can all be found right here...

Read more: News & Notes: Rivet News Radio; Tribune Media; Roger Ebert; Theresa Gutierrez; Svengoolie; Steve...

New Show 'Lossano & Friends' To Launch Saturday From The Museum Of Broadcast Communications

A brand new, one-hour talk show, hosted by Tony Lossano, the creative force behind the long-running Chicago TV show "Nude Hippo," will launch this weekend. "Lossano and Friends" will be recorded each Saturday afternoon from the radio studio located inside of the Chicago-based Museum Of Broadcast Communications.

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Sports Anchor Dionne Miller Exits FOX 32, Heading To...?

WFLD-TV/FOX 32 weekend/fill-in sports anchor Dionne Miller has voluntarily exited the station as of this week. She had been with the station for two and a half years.

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Former WLS-TV News Anchor Sylvia Perez To Fill-In On WLS-AM

In June 2013, WLS-TV/ABC 7 news anchor Sylvia Perez was escorted out of the State Street studios when she was informed that her services were no longer required at the television station. Tomorrow, Perez returns to that same building at 190 N. State, only this time it will be for work on radio station WLS-AM.

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Fourth Annual 'College Radio Day' Coming Tomorrow

Friday, October 3rd, is the fourth annual College Radio Day. The goal of the day-long event is to remind people to tune in to their local college radio stations, support the college radio programming, keep college radio frequencies out of the hands of corporate radio, and remind both the public at large and college administrators how important independent college (and high school) radio stations actually are.

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Comcast SportsNet Chicago Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

A little over ten years ago, Chicago sports television executive Jim Corno felt Chicago needed a premium local sports station. Corno had previously run Chicago's SportsVision, which evolved into SportsChannel. He helped launch Fox Sports Net Chicago in 1988. In 2004, Corno teamed up with Comcast Cable, along with the the ownership of the Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, and White Sox. Together they launched Comcast SportsNet Chicago on October 1, 2004.

The station is today celebrating its tenth anniversary, and will continue to do so throughout the month of October.

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News & Notes: Felicia Middlebrooks; WOJO; WVIX/WVIV; WMVP/WSCR; James VanOsdol; Weigel Broadcasting; WGN-TV; More

Today's News & Notes features 16 local media news items, including: Felicia Middlebrooks celebrates a milestone; WOJO-FM celebrates a return to high ratings; WVIX-FM/WVIV-FM rebrands again; WMVP-AM and WSCR-AM battle it out in the radio ratings; Colin Lazorka hits Detroit radio; Mariam Sobh exits WBEZ-FM; Cher Ames exits WBBM-AM; James VanOsdol gets a "riveting" promotion; Matthew Nickerson exits the Chicago Tribune; Weigel Broadcasting starts a new diginet; Ginger Zee heads out to sea; Ji Suk Yi emcees an event; Ji Suk Yi also visits "The Chew"; WGN-TV will be adding a new crime solving show; Danny McGowean passes away; and happy news for Bryon Henderson. All the details can be read just below...

Read more: News & Notes: Felicia Middlebrooks; WOJO; WVIX/WVIV; WMVP/WSCR; James VanOsdol; Weigel...

iHeartMedia Promotes Earl Jones To SVP/Urban Operations, Names Matt Scarano As New Chicago Market President

iHeartMedia made a pair of executive announcements today that have an impact on the Chicago radio market. Effective immediately, Earl Jones becomes the Senior Vice President of Urban Operations for iHeartMedia, a new role created for him, while Matt Scarano will make his return to Chicago to take over Jones' previous role as iHeartMedia Chicago Market President and Manager.

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WERV-FM & WRXQ-FM Promote Interim PDs To Full-Time Program Directors

Digity owned and operated suburban radio stations WERV-FM/95.9 The River and WRXQ-FM/100.7 QRock announced the promotion of both stations' former Assistant Program Directors to full-time Program Directors. The promotions are effective immediately.

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CSN Chicago To Broadcast Original, Inspirational Documentary 'Guts: The Jeff Hobbs Story'

Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the local all-sports station, will have something rather unique to broadcast Tuesday night. It will be a brand new, exclusive documentary which chronicles the inspirational journey of a far south suburban native who wishes to become an athlete, despite being born with a severe disability.

Read more: CSN Chicago To Broadcast Original, Inspirational Documentary 'Guts: The Jeff Hobbs Story'

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