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WCIU-TV To Air Special About Chicagoland's Most Inspiring Teachers

Weigel Broadcasting's WCIU-TV/The U will be broadcasting a 30-minute special this weekend entitled "Learning To Win." The program will introduce viewers to Chicago area high school teachers that have inspired and motivated their students and student athletes.

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News & Notes: ESPN 1000; Pete McMurray; Dick Biondi; Bob Stern; Kevin Manno; Tribune Media; Tronc; Gregory Pratt; More

Today's News & Notes features 10 media stories with Chicago connections, including: ESPN 1000 hosts work on their Arizona tan; Pete McMurray hosts a vacation to Ireland for WGN-AM; Dick Biondi's documentary still needs help; Bob Stern celebrates the 40th anniversary of the former WXRD-FM in Woodstock; Kevin Manno finally gets hitched; Kathryn Janicek teaches an online course about media; Tribune Media gets closer to selling off some of its TV stations; tronc looks to buy a celebrity gossip magazine; Gregory Pratt is honored for his investigate journalism; and over 80 journalism associations strongly ("bigly?") remind the President about the importance of the 1st Amendment. All of these stories can be found right here...

Read more: News & Notes: ESPN 1000; Pete McMurray; Dick Biondi; Bob Stern; Kevin Manno; Tribune Media;...

Alpha Media's South & West Suburban Radio Stations Open Up Satellite Studio

Alpha Media owns or operates 11 radio stations in the suburbs around Chicago. The company's southern and western suburban Chicago stations now have a new satellite studio to broadcast from and hold special events. At least three events will take place this week to help kick off the new studio space.

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February 2017 Sweeps: ABC 7 Wins Again, NBC 5 Closes Gap, WGN-TV Sees Growth

The February ratings sweeps period is of great importance to the local television stations, as those ratings results help to set the rates the stations can charge advertisers through the spring months. The 2017 February sweeps took place from February 2nd through March 1st. As is almost always the case, WLS-TV/ABC 7 was the dominant winner overall and for the important late night newscasts. WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 beat WLS-TV in a younger demo at 10:00pm and closed the gap between the two stations overall. WGN-TV continued to dominate in mornings and saw nighttime growth over last year.

Read more: February 2017 Sweeps: ABC 7 Wins Again, NBC 5 Closes Gap, WGN-TV Sees Growth

News & Notes: 95.9 The River; WGN-AM; Dean Richards; Bobby Skafish; iHeartMedia; Len Kasper; CSN; Much More

This weekend's News & Notes features 14 media news items, including: WERV-FM reduces power temporarily; WGN-AM adds a hockey expert; Dean Richards does a live remote from an athletic fundraiser; Bobby Skafish's new book can be autographed and won for free; WETN-FM officially has new ownership; iHeartMedia inches closer to bankruptcy; NRHOF still needs help in choosing nominees; Christopher "Fred" Frederick's grandfather passes away; SAG/AFTRA Senior Radio Players return to the stage; Karen Jordan and Christian Farr are again proud parents; Len Kasper talks with Rick Kaempfer; CSN Chicago commemorates Women's History Month; Chicago Defender finally fills one of its major vacancies; and Ryan Ori joins the Chicago Tribune's Business section. All of these stories are found below.

Read more: News & Notes: 95.9 The River; WGN-AM; Dean Richards; Bobby Skafish; iHeartMedia; Len Kasper; CSN;...

WCIU-TV Releases Morning Show Hosts Melissa Forman & Jeanne Sparrow

Weigel Broadcasting's WCIU-TV/The U is making some major changes to its morning show "You & Me," the biggest of which is the releasing of its two hosts, Melissa Forman and Jeanne Sparrow, effective immediately. The show itself will continue on with guest hosts for a matter of weeks before a new morning program will replace it.

Read more: WCIU-TV Releases Morning Show Hosts Melissa Forman & Jeanne Sparrow

WGN-TV Adds Another Hour-Long Nightly Newscast, Rearranges Anchor Shifts

WGN-TV is making some major changes with its newscasts starting next month. The station is adding yet another hour of news, this time at 6:00pm, and will be creating a new anchor team for its 4:00pm newscasts, which will have an impact on its morning news team.

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NBC 5's Rob Stafford To Be Off The Air Indefinitely To Battle Rare Blood Disorder

WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 nightly news anchor Rob Stafford announced today that he has been diagnosed with the blood disorder amyloidosis and that in a few days he will begin treatments at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. His final night on-air will be tonight. After that, Stafford will be off the air for an unknown amount of time, possibly not returning until late summer.

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ABC 7's Hosea Sanders Discloses His Prostate Cancer; Announces Medical Leave Of Absence

WLS-TV/ABC 7 news anchor and reporter Hosea Sanders announced Tuesday night that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He will undergo surgery to remove the cancer on Wednesday and be off from work recovering from the surgery for an undisclosed amount of time.

Read more: ABC 7's Hosea Sanders Discloses His Prostate Cancer; Announces Medical Leave Of Absence

News & Notes: Dick Durbin; Dave Fogel; Polnet; WDCB; Chet Coppock; Karen Jordan; Tammie Souza; Shae Peppler; CSN; More

Today's gigantic News & Notes features 16 local media news items, including: Dick Durbin talks about Chicago radio and much more to the nation's broadcasters; Dave Fogel is back broadcasting (but from home); Polnet readies another translator; Dave Stripling heads south of Chicago; Steve Rashid's WDCB-FM radio show changes from weekly to periodic; WDCB-FM's retired engineer pleads guilty to his crimes against the station; Bob O'Connor passes away; Chet Coppock gets profiled by Jim O'Donnell; Christian Farr and Tone Kapone are honored; Karen Jordan takes a maternity leave; Tammie Souza leaves Chicago for Philly; Tammie Souza plans to return to Chicago for an event; Shae Peppler fills in at WFLD-TV; Karla Leal is extended at WSNS-TV; CSN Chicago heads to the NFL Combines in Indy; and CAN TV selects its new leader. All of these stories can be found right here...

Read more: News & Notes: Dick Durbin; Dave Fogel; Polnet; WDCB; Chet Coppock; Karen Jordan; Tammie Souza;...

NBC 5 Officially Names Siafa Lewis As Lead Sports Anchor

After being the interim lead sports anchor for nearly a year, WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 finally made it official this morning, naming Siafa Lewis as the station's top sports anchor. Lewis' promotion is effective immediately. As he has been doing, Lewis will anchor the sports reports on WMAQ-TV's 5:00pm, 6:00pm, and 10:00pm weekday newscasts.

Read more: NBC 5 Officially Names Siafa Lewis As Lead Sports Anchor

News & Notes: Tribune Media; Val Warner; WCIU-TV; WLUP-FM; Laurence Holmes; Polnet; Timothy Knight; Ruth Ratny; More

This weekend's News & Notes features a dozen news items, including: Tribune Media rumors swirling; Share Rocket again ranks Chicago TV personalities' influence on social media; Val Warner hosts an Oscars special online; WCIU-TV readies another local stand-up special; NAB Crystal Radio Awards nominees are announced including four Chicago stations; WLUP-FM has some 40th anniversary podcasts; Laurence Holmes renews with WSCR-AM; Polnet adds a translator; Univision renews with Nielsen; WLTL-FM raises big bucks; Timothy Knight returns to Chicago; and the beloved Ruth Ratny passes away. All 12 stories can be found below...

Read more: News & Notes: Tribune Media; Val Warner; WCIU-TV; WLUP-FM; Laurence Holmes; Polnet; Timothy...

Chicago Fire MLS Games Return To CSN Chicago, Adds Weekly Fire Show With Fred Huebner

For the third year in a row, the Chicago Fire will have most of their MLS games broadcast on CSN Chicago. This year, even more games will be shown locally, as well as four Spanish-language simulcasts, four "Chicago Fire All Access" episodes, and a new "Fire Weekly" program debuting next week.

Read more: Chicago Fire MLS Games Return To CSN Chicago, Adds Weekly Fire Show With Fred Huebner

ABC 7 Suspends Mark Giangreco Over Political Tweet

Management at WLS-TV/ABC 7 and ABC Television are unhappy with veteran sports anchor Mark Giangreco after he was the source of embarrassment this week over a political comment he made on his personal Twitter account Sunday afternoon. For breaking company rules about staying clear of appearances of political partisanship, the company has given Giangreco a suspension.

Read more: ABC 7 Suspends Mark Giangreco Over Political Tweet

CSN & DePaul University Hosting 'Women In Sports Symposium,' Featuring 'Tomboy' Preview Screening

As part of CSN Chicago's multi-platform "Tomboy" project (as previously reported here), the station will be presenting a live symposium event next week. This speaking event will feature Chicago broadcasters, athletes, and sports executives.

Read more: CSN & DePaul University Hosting 'Women In Sports Symposium,' Featuring 'Tomboy' Preview Screening

WRXQ's Elwood & WIIL Honored With National Rock Radio Awards

As reported here back in November, the hard rock website RadioContraband.com released the nominees in its 2016 Rock Radio Awards. Far north suburban WIIL-FM/95WIIL Rock was recognized in a few categories. South suburban WRXQ-FM/Q-Rock 100.7, an Alpha Media-owned sister-station to WIIL-FM, also picked up a pair of nominations. At the 2017 Rock Radio Convention in Las Vegas late last week, both WIIL-FM and WRXQ-FM walked away winners.

Read more: WRXQ's Elwood & WIIL Honored With National Rock Radio Awards

CSN To Broadcast New NBC Sports-Produced Documentary 'Tomboy'

NBC Sports Regional Networks has created a 60-minute documentary that seeks to elevate the conversation about gender in sports. Entitled "Tomboy" (stylized as "TOMBOY" in all bold capital letters and then struck-through), the film features interviews with prominent female athletes, broadcasters, and sports executives. Along with the documentary, other multi-platform projects are connected with the movie to further ignite conversations about gender roles and perspectives in and outside of sports.

Read more: CSN To Broadcast New NBC Sports-Produced Documentary 'Tomboy'

Marty Zivin's Zecom Radio To Continue Via Steven Leventhal's SRN Broadcasting

When Chicago radio veteran Marty Zivin passed away in January, it seemed that Zecom Radio, his trailblazing Internet radio network that he operated out his suburban home studio, would fade away. However, a friend of Zivin's and a fellow Chicagoland-based Internet radio operator, Steven Leventhal has been asked by the Zivin family to carry on Zecom Radio. Leventhal's own SRN Broadcasting and InternetFM.com website have relaunched Zivin's two Zecom Radio stations, The Choice and Gemz.

Read more: Marty Zivin's Zecom Radio To Continue Via Steven Leventhal's SRN Broadcasting

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