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ChicagoSportsWebio Owner/Ponzi Schemer David Hernandez Sentenced To Prison

The owner and founder of the short-lived Internet sports talk radio station ChicagoSportsWebio.com, David Hernandez was sentenced today to spend close to the next 17 years in a Federal prison. The 50 year old Downers Grove man was also ordered to pay restitution of $6.4 million to the over 250 people he conned that amount out of in a Ponzi scheme.

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News & Notes: The Drive; WBEZ; Ray Hanania; Mike Adamle; Playboy; Bearly Legal; Jimmy Mac; Rob Creighton; Ron Turner; Much More

In today's News & Notes, we look at many local media stories, including: The Drive getting historical, a new weekend show for WBEZ-FM, a long break for Ray Hanania, a rough night for Mike Adamle, Playboy goes private, "Bearly Legal" goes bye-bye, Naperville Magazine gets a new owner (who happens to be in bankruptcy), Sun-Times Media cuts down three suburban papers, a new Publisher for the SouthtownStar, the Force is with Jimmy Mac, Rob Creighton looks for a new opportunity, and Ron Turner passes away. All this and more is just below...

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WCIU-TV Testing Jerry Springer's 'Baggage' For NBCU

WCIU-TV -- best known as Channel 26, "The U" -- is helping out NBC Universal Television Distribution by being a test station for the TV game show, "Baggage." The show began on the air for WCIU-TV this week and will run for a total of ten weeks. If reaction to the show is positive -- and more importantly, if the ratings are positive -- then NBCU will look to syndicate the show nationwide, beginning with the 2011 Fall season.

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Museum Of Broadcast Communications Website Debuts New TV Commercials Exhibit

The website for the Museum of Broadcast Communications has started a new online exhibit called "We'll Be Right Back: 60 Years Of Television Commercials." The new exhibit, which made its debut earlier today, currently has 145 commercials posted, hand-picked from the Museum's vast archive of over 10,000 commercials.

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Comcast SportsNet To Provide Bears Playoff Coverage

As they did during the regular season, Comcast SportsNet will provide extensive coverage for the Chicago Bears, now that it is post-season time for the team. Although no games have or will be shown on its airwaves (or cable feed, if you will), Chicago's sports station plans on going all out for the Bears this month -- or for as long as the team's post-season rolls on.

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Roy Patterson Named Station Manager of WMBI-FM & WMBI-AM

After a three-month search to find the right person, Moody Radio Chicago found him right under their noses, as Moody today named Pastor Roy Patterson its newest Station Manager. Roy Patterson will now be responsible for overseeing all of the programming on WMBI-FM & WMBI-AM.

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CLTV Premieres New Nightly 'Politics Tonight' Show

The local cable television news outlet CLTV premiered its new political talk show "Politics Tonight" last night. The new 30-minute show will present updated coverage of Chicago political development, with a focus on the upcoming Chicago Mayoral Election. CLTV's "Politics Tonight" is hosted each night by Paul Lisnek.

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WTMX-FM's Eric Ferguson A Finalist To Win Co-Host Spot On 'Regis & Kelly'

WTMX-FM's Eric Ferguson is now in the running to win a one day guest spot as co-host on the syndicated television show "Live with Regis & Kelly." He is one of only ten radio men left who have a chance to fill-in for Regis Philbin. Philbin will be on vacation and away from the show the week of from January 24th-28th.

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Sarah Jindra: How Q101's Sherman & Tingle Are Helping 'Kenosha Brad'

On her InspireMe Chicago website, Sarah Jindra talks with the WKQX-FM morning team -- Sherman, Tingle & Lou -- about how they are helping Q101 regular guest "Kenosha Brad" as he struggles with the terminal cancer of his wife. In addition to being friends and support for "Kenosha" Brad Jewell, the Q101 morning team are helping to promote a benefit for the Jewell family.

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News & Notes: Steve & Johnnie; Simon Badinter; WXRT; Whet Moser; Karen Rariden; Ignatiy Vishnevetsky; Harvey the Wonder Dog; James D. Jones; Ed Smaron; Bill Bellis

In today's News & Notes, we look at stories about Steve & Johnnie celebrating another milestone, a couple of big announcements for Simon "Rendezvous" Badinter, WXRT getting ready to unveil the big results, Whet Moser getting ready to make a big move, Karen Rariden moving to Chicago, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky moving to television, Harvey the Wonder Dog looking for your vote, James D. Jones profiled, Ed Smaron receiving rave reviews, and Bill Bellis says good bye to Phoenix and hello to Chicago. It's all just below.

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23rd Annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards Coming February 14th

This February 14th, the 23rd Annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards will be taking place. It will honor some of Chicago's best known sports stars. Just as it has been for the last few years, the event will be emceed by Chicago radio legend Steve Dahl and broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

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Chicago Broadcasting Legend Merri Dee To Be Inducted Into NABJ Hall Of Fame

Chicago broadcasting legend Merri Dee will be among five superstar journalists being inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Hall of Fame, the organization's highest honor. The ceremony will be taking place later this month, on Thursday, January 27th, at the Newseum in downtown Washington, DC.

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WGN-TV & Chicago Home + Garden Team Up To 'Bring It Home'

WGN-TV and Chicago Home + Garden Magazine are teaming up together to deliver a new multi-platform program called "Bring It Home." The new program will be seen on television, in print and online.

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Another Big Change Comes To WERV-FM: DJ/PD Fired

Two days ago, this site talked about a change that was occurring at WERV-FM/95.9 The River in west-suburban Aurora. Last night, an even bigger change took place. Program Director and afternoon drive DJ Matt Mellen was fired from the station.

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The Local Community Radio Act Signed Into Law

This week, among the many bills signed by President Obama was the Local Community Radio Act (LCRA), making it into law. The bill was revised from its original version and then passed by the US House of Representatives, followed by the US Senate last month. This new act will soon allow unused FM radio frequencies to possibly become low-power radio stations or LPFMs.

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Chicago Radio Stars To Guest On CSN's 'Chicago Tribune Live'

"Kap," "Stever," "Meatpants," "Ramblin'," "McFluffy," and "Your Best Friend in the Whole Wide World." A modern remake of "The Little Rascals?" Nope. It is the line-up for a special week of episodes on Comcast SportsNet's "Chicago Tribune Live," starting next Monday.

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Suburban Radio Line-Up Changes Hit WERV & WRXQ

Note: See the bottom of the article for a major update.

Big line-up changes have hit a pair of NextMedia's most popular suburban radio stations: Aurora's WERV-FM and Joliet's WRXQ-FM.

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MGM Partners Up With Weigel To Distribute Me-TV Nationwide

Chicago's Weigel Broadcasting announced it's new national classic TV show network, Me-TV in November, but that announcement just became stronger and louder today. MGM Studios has announced that they will partner up with Weigel Broadcasting and be the national distributor for Me-TV.

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