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NBC 5 & Telemundo Chicago's 'Chi-Town Rising' 2016-2017 Broadcasts Set

For the second consecutive year, WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 and WSNS-TV/Telemundo Chicago will have a live and local New Year's Eve broadcast, as the two stations are the official local television partners for Chicago's "Chi-Town Rising" event. More local hosts will be part of the broadcast this year, too.

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WGN-TV's 14th Annual WGN Morning News Drive-Thru Toy Drive

WGN-TV's 14th Annual WGN Morning News Drive-Thru Toy Drive has kicked off. The toy drive will culminate in a big, five-hour television event on the morning of December 22nd. WGN-TV and those partnering up with the station are seeking to gather up thousands of toys to pass on to needy children in Chicago, right before Christmas.

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Alpha Media Suburban Radio Station Staffers To Again Perform 'Wonderful Life' Live Play

Numerous on-air hosts and staffers from at least four Alpha Media-owned south suburban radio stations will be getting together Friday night to perform a radio play live on stage. This will be the 11th consecutive year that Alpha Media (previously Digity and NextMedia) stations have put on a production of "It's A Wonderful Life - Live Radio Broadcast."

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Inspiration 1390's 'Biggest Give & Receive Holiday Jam' 2016 Event Happening Friday

As it does each December, WGRB-AM/Inspiration 1390 will be holding a giant holiday concert this week. Inspiration 1390's "Biggest Give & Receive Holiday Jam" is done to raise spirits, but also to collect toys and food for those in need during the year-end holidays.

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WSCR To Celebrate 'The 12 Days Of Cubsmas' This Month

WSCR-AM/670 The Score has had an incredible 2016, thanks in large part to becoming the flagship radio home of the Chicago Cubs. Of course, the Chicago Cubs had an incredible 2016, as well, becoming World Series champions for the first time in 108 years. WSCR-AM has come up with a way to celebrate its 2016 ratings successes, pay tribute to the Cubs, and give a holiday present to Cubs fans. The sports station will be doing so with a promotion they are calling "The 12 Days of Cubsmas."

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The 2016 US*99 Country Cares For St. Jude Kids Radiothon

WUSN-FM/US*99 is currently holding its 26th Annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon -- two days of live remote broadcasts to help raise funds and awareness for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The radiothon began this morning at 5:30am and will run until 7:00pm tonight, picking up once again tomorrow from 5:30am-7:00pm.

Read more: The 2016 US*99 Country Cares For St. Jude Kids Radiothon

'Koolout Radio' Returns To WVON w/ Johnny Starks, Chris Base, Maya Akai, More

The fun weekend show "Koolout Radio," which had previously been heard on WVON-AM 1690 from 2008-2014 makes its return this weekend. Hosted by Chicago radio veteran Johnny "Koolout" Starks and featuring a huge ensemble cast, "Koolout Radio" will begin again Sunday, December 11th at 10:00pm. In addition to the "Koolout Radio" returning, plenty of familiar voices will also be coming back to WVON-AM as part of the show's cast.

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News & Notes: Dean Richards; WETN; Rebel Radio; Beau Duran; Mary Shuminas; WCRX; WZSR; Bob Zak; WGN Plus

Today's News & Notes features nine local media news items, including: "Family Classics" almost made a return with Dean Richards hosting; WETN-FM is sold; Rebel Radio returns to the airwaves... barely; Beau Duran rocks on The Loop; Mary Shuminas needs some help; WCRX-FM has its annual holiday food drive broadcast; WZSR-FM holds a toy and pajama drive; Bob Zak is honored by his former university; and WGN Plus gets an updated app. All of these stories are just below...

Read more: News & Notes: Dean Richards; WETN; Rebel Radio; Beau Duran; Mary Shuminas; WCRX; WZSR; Bob Zak;...

WSCR-AM's Cubs Announcer Pat Hughes Releases Cubs World Series CD

Pat Hughes, the longtime Chicago Cubs play-by-play radio announcer, has released a special edition CD named "The Chicago Cubs Win the World Series." The CD, running over 70 minutes long, relives the story of the 2016 World Champion Cubs, using highlights from the 2016 WSCR-AM/670 The Score radio broadcasts.

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Jeff Kapugi Exits As US99 PD & CBS Radio VP Of Country Programming

Jeff Kapugi, the Chicago native and veteran radio executive, is out as Program Director for WUSN-FM/US99, as well as being gone from his national role as CBS Radio Vice President of Country Programming -- both jobs he has held since October 2011. He had worked for CBS Radio since November 2010.

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WBBM-AM To Hold 21st Annual Good Neighbor Radiothon Benefiting The Salvation Army

WBBM-AM/Newsradio 780 & 105.9 will be holding its 21st Annual Good Neighbor Radiothon on Friday from 5:00am-11:00pm -- one hour longer than last year. Proceeds from the all-day event will go toward benefiting The Salvation Army and its Bed & Bread Club, which seeks to bring relief to those dealing with hunger and homelessness troubles in the Chicago area.

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Radiate Media Is Purchased, Renamed As USTN

US-based traffic information service Radiate Media is now Australian-owned, after being officially purchased Global Traffic Network (GTN). The long-running Radiate Media name is no more as of Monday morning. Radiate's operations have now been renamed as United States Traffic Network, or more simply, USTN.

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2015-2016 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Winners & 2017 Silver Circle Honorees Announced

This past weekend, the gala 58th Annual Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards ceremony happened in downtown Chicago. Over two dozen local media companies took home the coveted awards at the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) event.

Read more: 2015-2016 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Winners & 2017 Silver Circle Honorees Announced

Mike North Launches New Podcast

One-time Chicago radio mega-star Mike North has always been one of the hardest working people in media, skillfully juggling many jobs at once. The years have not slowed him down any in that regard, either. North is embarking on yet another new project: launching a daily podcast. Named "Mike North: Sticks and Stones," North's new on-demand show begins on Monday morning.

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WMBI-FM's 2016 Christmas Special Schedule

WMBI-FM/Moody Radio Chicago 90.1 is the leading Christian radio station in Chicago and the flagship radio home of the nationwide Moody Radio Network. As can be expected, Christmas is a huge time of year for Moody Radio. Many Christmas-themed specials are planned for WMBI-FM this month. The following is a look at what has been scheduled for the station so far.

Read more: WMBI-FM's 2016 Christmas Special Schedule

News & Notes: Disco Demolition; Steve Brandy; WVON; Steve & Johnnie; Cumulus; Pam Zekman; MeTV; Joel Daly; More

This weekend's News & Notes features 13 local media news items, including: Disco Demolition comes to Comedy Central; Steve Brandy exits radio; WVON-AM hosts its annual Seniors Breakfast; Steve & Johnnie have another book signing; Cumulus Chicago signs with a new analytics company; Jim Richards finds new work; Pam Zekman upsets the Cook County Bar Association; WOCK-LP sues MundoMax; Crain's salutes WGBO-TV's Teri Arvesu and the Chicago White Sox's Jason Benetti; MeTV salutes Florence Henderson; DECADES salutes TV comedies; Joel Daly returns to the stage; and Robert Herguth pens a new book. All of these stories can be found below...

Read more: News & Notes: Disco Demolition; Steve Brandy; WVON; Steve & Johnnie; Cumulus; Pam Zekman; MeTV;...

WGN-TV Sets 2016 Holiday Specials Schedule, Becomes 'Chicago's Merry Own'

As it does each December, WGN-TV has re-branded itself from "Chicago's Very Own" to "Chicago's Merry Own." This is done for the December holidays, as well as because of the amount of special holiday programming it will be featuring.

Read more: WGN-TV Sets 2016 Holiday Specials Schedule, Becomes 'Chicago's Merry Own'

Chicago Media Personalities To Host CASL 2016 Winter Social

The Chinese American Service League (CASL) will be hosting its 2016 Winter Social on Friday in Chicago. 14 well-known Chicago media personalities -- mostly from Chicago television news -- will host this special event.

Read more: Chicago Media Personalities To Host CASL 2016 Winter Social

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