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WGN-TV's Allison Payne Not Returning Yet - Claims To Have Another Stroke

WGN-TV's midday news anchor Allison Payne has been off the air for weeks -- this most recent time due to her having sore vocal chords and a doctor telling her to stay home to rest them. Over the last few years, she has been off the air a great deal due to what she claimed are mini-strokes, a blood disorder, dependency problems, depression and various other issues. On her personal blog this week, she states she will be out even longer now.

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Chicago Newscasts Prepare For Election Day Results

Chicago television newscasts are gearing for another big election night tomorrow, as Chicago will be electing a new Mayor for the first time since Richard M. Daley took office in the spring of 1989. Here is look at what the local newscasts will be (or won't be) doing different tomorrow night, after the polls close.

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News & Notes: Greg Adamski; Dan Diebert; Roy Leonard; Z107.1; Dave Fogel/Marti Jones; Dick Biondi; Chris Heim; Samantha Zackowitz; Comcast SportsNet; Anna Tarkov; More

In today's News & Notes, we look at a handful of smaller media stories, including a salute to Greg Adamski, Dan Diebert going home, Roy Leonard returning to blogging, some changes for Z107.1, Dave Fogel & Marti Jones want to bring you lunch, Dick Biondi wants you to hop in your socks, Chris Heim finding quick syndication success, the NAB/RAB Radio Show is coming to town, Samantha Zackowitz gets hired, Comcast SportsNet raises a lot of money for the March of Dimes, and Anna Tarkov gets timed out. It is all just below.

Read more: News & Notes: Greg Adamski; Dan Diebert; Roy Leonard; Z107.1; Dave Fogel/Marti Jones; Dick...

The Loop Rock Girl Search Begins Again

Once again, it's that time of the year. WLUP-FM is getting ready to start its extensive search for the next Loop Rock Girl. The initial part of the annual competition begins this coming Monday, as women can begin submitting their photos and information online with the hopes of winning the prize of being the 2011 Loop Rock Girl. For the second year in a row, the salary to be the new WLUP spokesmodel is $75,000. She will also appear in her own 12-month calendar, attend many Loop concerts and events, interview celebrities, be heard live on The Loop, and have numerous profession photo shoots done.

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Fred Winston To Appear On WGN-AM Tomorrow

Tomorrow, beloved Chicago radio personality Fred Winston will be heard on the Chicago airwaves once again, if only for a short while. He will be the special guest on the "WGN Weekend with Rob Hart" show, which airs on WGN-AM tomorrow afternoon, Saturday February 19th, from 1:00pm-3:30pm. Fred will be spending some time talking with Rob Hart for a while, starting around 3:00pm.

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'Hockey Day In America' To Feature Chicago & New Comcast/NBC Combo

The first real showing of the recent merger between Comcast and NBC (which formed the new NBCUniversal) will take place this Sunday as NBC-TV, VERSUS and Comcast SportsNet will combine forces to present an event called "Hockey Day in America." Most of all, Chicago will be smack dab in the middle of this television event -- the epicenter of it, in fact.

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WLS-TV Reveals Plans & Hosts For New Morning Show

Oprah Winfrey will record her final episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in late May. Reruns of the program will continue to be available until the end of Summer. Many stations nationwide will be replacing the popular syndicated show with a different syndicated show. Not Chicago, though. WLS-TV in Chicago plans on filling the void left by Winfrey's departure with a brand new, live & local morning show. More details about the new show were officially released today, including the names of the two hosts.

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Citadel Broadcasting, Parent Company To WLS-AM/FM, Sold To Cumulus Media

The parent company to Chicago's WLS-AM and WLS-FM, Citadel Broadcasting, has agreed to be bought out by a larger competitor, Cumulus Media, for $2.4 billion in cash and stocks. The deal, once closed and approved, would give Cumulus Citadel's entire radio network of 225 radio stations in over 50 markets. This includes the former ABC-Disney radio properties acquired by Citadel in 2007. Most importantly from a local perspective, this gives Cumulus two popular Chicago radio stations: talk radio WLS-AM and oldies radio WLS-FM.

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WCFS-FM To Name 'Fresh' New Morning Team: Scotty & Rebecca

There is no official word from CBS Radio Chicago, but WCFS-FM Program Director Jim Ryan is preparing to name the replacements for the Fresh 105.9 morning show vacancy. The vacancy occurred after morning host Steve Fisher was released on January 21st. The new morning show for the station will be the duo of Scotty Smith and Rebecca Ortiz.

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Comcast SportsNet Chicago Sees Ratings Gains For Bulls Broadcasts

Comcast SportsNet Chicago have already experienced record-setting ratings for the first half of the the 2010-11 NBA season at the All-Star break for their broadcasts of Chicago Bulls basketball games. Television ratings are up 64% compared to last season at the All-Star break. Plus, ratings for Comcast SportsNet's Bulls Pre- and Post-Game Live shows have also enjoyed significant increases as compared to the same period last year.

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Former Q101 DJ Fook Returning To Radio

WKQX-FM's former evening and afternoon personality Todd Fooks -- better known as simply Fook -- will be making a rockin' return to rock radio next month. Unfortunately for Chicago, it will be in another market.

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Tribute Song To Carlos Hernandez Gomez Released By Phil Angotti

Carlos Hernandez Gomez was the highly respected political reporter who passed away in January of last year. Local singer/songwriter Phil Angotti has recorded a song for his his late friend called "Parting For A While," which can be found on his brand new CD, "People and Places."

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Bill Bellis To Finally Debut On WFLD Next Week

After many months of denials and avoiding the subject publicly, WFLD-TV officially acknowledged the hiring of Chief Meteorologist Bill Bellis. Bellis was truly hired back in November, but will finally make his debut on FOX 32 one week from today, on February 23rd.

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News & Notes: Trish Biondo; Svengoolie; Barry Winograd; Dick Buckley; Steve Darnall; Jay Mariotti; Dan Jiggetts; WCFS

In today's News & Notes, we have stories about a disappointment for WUSN-FM's Trish Biondo, a possible award for Svengoolie, a possible "romantic" dinner with Svengoolie, a Jazzy event for Barry Winograd, a Jazzy auction for Dick Buckley, a look & listen back with Steve Darnall, an interview with Jay Mariotti, best wishes to Dan Jiggetts, and a new morning show coming soon to WCFS-FM. It's all below.

Read more: News & Notes: Trish Biondo; Svengoolie; Barry Winograd; Dick Buckley; Steve Darnall; Jay...

Chicago Cubs/WGN-AM Name Keith Moreland As Ron Santo's Radio Booth Successor

The Chicago Cubs organization and WGN-AM have today officially named Keith Moreland as the color analyst for all Cubs radio broadcasts. The former Chicago Cub outfielder fills the void left when announcer and former Cub Ron Santo passed away in December.

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