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Pandora Releases July Ratings For Chicago, 9 Other Markets

Edison Research and Pandora released a look at the Internet radio station's ratings for July. According to Edison Research, Pandora's ratings for younger demographics, match that of some suburban Chicago radio stations overall, and some large downtown stations in the younger demos.

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News & Notes: Special K; Tim Virgin; Mike Adamle; Bart Shore; Svengoolie; Steve Dahl; Much More

In today's News & Notes, we have stories involving: Kiss-FM's Special K & DJ de la Chapelle's new website, Q101's Tim Virgin's new podcasts; NBC5's Mike Adamle's new contract, WBBM-AM's Bart Shore's new exhibit, WCIU's Svengoolie's new appearance, Steve Dahl making another radio guest appearance, WLS-AM's new two-week show, and WLS-TV's Judy Hsu and WBBM-AM's Pat Cassidy emcee a big event. All of the details are just below.

Read more: News & Notes: Special K; Tim Virgin; Mike Adamle; Bart Shore; Svengoolie; Steve Dahl; Much More

40 Years Of 'Soul Train' Celebrated At New Chicago Exhibit

"Soul Train," the iconic R&B and dance television program that got its start right here on local Chicago television will be saluted in a special way at a downtown Chicago exhibit for the remainder of this summer. The first ever "Soul Train" Photo Exhibition will be taking place at a Chicago gallery, with special Friday night dance parties recapturing the the joy of the classic TV program.

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More New Hires At Merlin Media Chicago For WWWN/WLUP

Merlin Media LLC continues to beef up its staff in Chicago, including two new on-air members for WWWN-FM and a new upper-level executive for WLUP-FM.

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Mexican Daily Newspaper To Launch Chicago Edition

Diario de Mexico USA, the Mexico City-based daily newspaper, will be expanding into the Chicago market with a Chicago-targeted edition, starting early next month. The Monday through Friday newspaper will be sold for 50 cents each.

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Steve Dahl Joins WFLD-TV, Offends Robin Robinson

Chicago radio legend Steve Dahl debuted a brand new segment near the end of WFLD-TV's 9:00pm newscast last night. The segment, entitled "The News Remixed with Steve Dahl," is an approximate 2 minute commentary segment, where Dahl delivers his own unique take on a current news story. Last night's airing was a test run to see if this can become a regular feature of WFLD-TV's newscasts.

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News & Notes: Bob Trendler; Qumar Zaman; WXRT; Clear Channel Chicago; Kevin Matthews; Geoff Pinkus; Nick Digilio; More

In this weekend's News & Notes, we have a handful of local media stories, including: the passing of "Mr. Bob" Trendler, Qumar Zaman blasts some poor baseball ownership, WXRT looks to pick up an alternative audience, Clear Channel Chicago boosts up its sales force, Kevin Matthews becomes the father of the bride, Todd Ciganek says goodbye to television news, Angie Lau says goodbye to Chicago, Geoff Pinkus is "Losin' Large" on WIND-AM, and Nick Digilio plays around and gets "Black & Blue." All of the details are just below...

Read more: News & Notes: Bob Trendler; Qumar Zaman; WXRT; Clear Channel Chicago; Kevin Matthews; Geoff...

WLS-FM To Release New 'One Hit Wonders' CD For Charity

For the second summer in a row, WLS-FM is getting ready to release a new Compact Disc, with proceeds from the sales of the album going toward a good cause. The CD is called the "94.7 WLS-FM Collection, Volume 2: One Hit Wonders."

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101.1 FM Changes Call Letters To WWWN-FM

Merlin Media LLC, the operator of Chicago's 101.1 FM has changed the station's call letters. Gone are the call letters WKQX-FM, which had long been associated with rock & roll radio in Chicago. In its place are the new call letters of WWWN-FM.

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'101.1 FM New' Debuts First Ever Newscast

With no advance fanfare, the brand new station on Chicago's 101.1 FM debuted it's first ever newscast since being taken over by Merlin Media, LLC. The station, which is currently playing Adult Contemporary music as a temporary place holder until a new news/talk/commentary/lifestyle format can take over full-time next month, gave a sneak peek at what is to come. At just before 2:00pm this afternoon, the music stopped and the over six minute long news update began.

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Chicago Tribune To Print Sun-Times & 7 S-T Suburban Papers

It was announced yesterday afternoon that the Chicago Sun-Times has reached an agreement with its chief rival, the Chicago Tribune, to become the printer for the daily Chicago Sun-Times newspapers, as well as the Sun-Times Media Holdings' seven suburban daily papers. The agreement will allow the Sun-Times to close its southwest side printing plant, saving more than $10 million annually.

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CBS Radio Demands Merlin Media Stop Being 'Fresh'

With Merlin Media now fully in control of WKQX-FM, they have flipped the former Alternative rock-formatted station to a station that plays upbeat Adult Contemporary hits. The station, which has been jokingly nicknamed "Chocolate FM," also has been having a little fun with a rival station that plays a very similar playlist, WCFS-FM, aka "Fresh 105.9." With "Fresh" disappearing from the airwaves in the early morning hours of August 1st to make way for a simulcast of WBBM-AM, those behind "Chocolate FM" made a point to say the word "fresh" a few times today. New morning show host Robert Murphy described the station today as "101.1 FM, fresh & new." That didn't sit too well with WCFS-FM's owner, CBS Radio.

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Sneak Peek At The New Station Coming To 101.1 FM

For readers of Chicagoland Radio & Media, here is an exclusive sneak peek at just can be expected for the exciting new station coming to Chicago's 101.1 FM frequency.

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News & Notes: Clark Weber; Jim Rose; Kathy Voltmer; Eddie & Jobo; NextMedia; Java Joel; Tingle; Marv Nyren; Lisa Aprati; Chet Coppock; More

In this giant weekend wrap-up News & Notes, we look at numerous local media stories, including: Clark Weber telling some stories, Jim Rose & Kathy Voltmer get hitched (but not to each other), Eddie Volkman becomes a grandfather right before becoming a father, Eddie & Jobo go gambling, NextMedia makes two key hires for their suburban Chicago stations, Java Joel Murphy and Michelle Rutkowski get promoted to MD (but not together), Tingle's "Clairisa Jenkins" lives on, Marv Nyren's still employed, Lisa Aprati gets new employment, Chet Coppock wants to see you, and WGN-TV & CLTV will soon be seeing a new doctor. Details below.

Read more: News & Notes: Clark Weber; Jim Rose; Kathy Voltmer; Eddie & Jobo; NextMedia; Java Joel; Tingle;...

WLS-AM Removes Cisco Cotto From Middays; Promotes Wolf/Proft

The first half of July was a turbulent one for Chicago radio. Two radio stations flipped formats. Two other radio stations changed operators, which included the killing of a format on one of them. It was announced this week that yet another format flip on another station will be taking place before the end of this month. The first half of July ended with one more shocking change as WLS-AM announced the removal of local political talk show host Cisco Cotto from their midday schedule.

Read more: WLS-AM Removes Cisco Cotto From Middays; Promotes Wolf/Proft

A Look At Chicago's June Radio Ratings From Arbitron

The Arbitron ratings for the Chicago radio market for the "June" period (05/26/11-06/22/11) were released this week. The following is a study of the 25-54 demographic, some daypart races, key stories, along with a brief look at the all ages numbers.

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Introducing Frank Woolanski The Sheep -- WGN-TV's New Late Night Host

WGN-TV is launching a new late night block of comedies next Monday night, called the "WGN Night Cap." The six comedies over three hours each weekday night will be hosted a new star: Frank Woolanski. This new host isn't a typical one, however. Frank Woolanski is a talking sheep with an attitude.

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Mike North 5 Minute Videos Added To WIND-AM Website

Former Chicago radio sports talker Mike North will be seen daily on the WIND-AM website beginning in next month. North, who does his "Five Minute Half-Hour News" videos for his own NorthToNorth.com website each weekday, will soon be creating similar videos for WIND-AM's 560WIND.com website.

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CRM Website Information

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