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CSN To Air Exclusive Documentary On Cubs' World Series Game 7 Win

There have already been a few documentary films and specials created about the remarkable 2016 season of the Chicago Cubs. However, CSN Chicago has created a new film that focuses solely on the 2016 World Series Game 7, with its storybook ebbs, flows, and ending, handing the Chicago Cubs their first world championship in 108 years. This game has been called the greatest Game 7 in professional sports history.

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CSN Chicago's Lance Briggs Announces He Is Dealing With CTE Symptoms

Another famous former Chicago Bears player has announced publicly that he is dealing with the symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Lance Briggs, who was a defensive standout for the Chicago Bears from 2003-2014 and has been working as an NFL analyst on television for CSN Chicago for the past six seasons, is opening up about his brain disease caused by playing football in a series on videos being posted online.

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News & Notes: Mark Giangreco; Dave Fogel; John Records Landecker; WSCR; WDRV; WXRT; Steve Downes; Tronc; Much More

Today's super-sized News & Notes features 24 local media news items, including: Mark Giangreco quietly returns; Peggy Kusinski sets a fundraising record; Dave Fogel returns to the WJMK-FM studios; John Records Landecker helps raise money for "The Dick Biondi Film" project; WSCR-AM's website has all of March Madeness; Jonathan Hood and others have the UIC Flames post-season game call; Chet Coppock visits WLS-AM; WDRV-FM is no longer giving fans a free birthday concert; WXRT-FM shamrocks and rolls; Art "Chat Daddy" Sims gets a bright spotlight in the Chicago Reader; George Norwood is exiting Chicagoland radio; Polnet fires up another translator; The Hound barks on a new frequency; Chris Heim is honored; WFMT and WBEZ are also honored; Steve Downes lends his famous voice to a new audiobook; Tom Langmyer is saluted in a Milwaukee publication; Sari Zalesin finds new work; Rick Jakle speaks at a suburban event; sad news for Rob Austin; Amy Krouse Rosenthal passes away; tronc picks up a software package from the Washington Post; Michael Ferro drops tronc's bid for Us Weekly; and Bobby Sengstacke passes away. All two dozen of these stories are right here...

Read more: News & Notes: Mark Giangreco; Dave Fogel; John Records Landecker; WSCR; WDRV; WXRT; Steve Downes;...

The Loop Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

WLUP-FM/97.9 The Loop launched on the Chicago airwaves 40 years ago on this date -- March 14, 1977. For the most part, it has been rocking the Chicago market ever since. The following is a look back at The Loop's beginnings and history.

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WGN Morning News Hosting Annual St. Patrick's Day Party

WGN-TV's A.M. news and entertainment program, the "WGN Morning News" will once again be throwing its annual St. Patrick's Day party this week. On Friday, March 17th (St. Patrick's Day), much of the "WGN Morning News" will be coming live from a bar just south of Chicago, surrounded by Chicagoans getting an early start on their holiday celebrating.

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News & Notes: WKQX; WXRT; Swany; WSCR; W252AW; Mark Giangreco; Larry Potash; CSN; Tronc; Chicagoist; Much More

This weekend's News & Notes features 17 local media news items, including: WKQX-FM starts its St. Paddy's Day celebrations tomorrow; WXRT-FM starts its celebrating on Sunday; John "Swany" Swanson rocks out; WSCR-AM heads to Mesa; W252AW keeps on making moves towards downtown; Tom LaPorte passes away; Doug Paul passes away; Mark Giangreco is ready to return to work; Larry Potash is staying at work; CSN has more IHSA tournaments; Fred Savage hosts a new game show; Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is in legal trouble and tronc looks to distance itself from him; Michael Ferro is making good money from tronc as the company pays him millions to use his plane; Linda Johnson Rice returns to oversee Ebony and Jet; ChicagoMOD magazine makes its debut; Lee Strobel becomes a movie man; and Chicagoist picks up a new owner and a new controversy on the same day. All of these stories can be read below...

Read more: News & Notes: WKQX; WXRT; Swany; WSCR; W252AW; Mark Giangreco; Larry Potash; CSN; Tronc;...

La Ley 107.9 Gets New (But Familiar) Morning Show

WLEY-FM/La Ley 107.9 is making a big change to its lineup. Its afternoon show of over two and a half years, "Al Aire Con El Terrible" has moved to morning drive. It also moved to Los Angeles and reunites show host Alberto (Terry) "El Terrible" Cortez with his former co-host (Kimberly) Kristel "La Kristy" Yanez.

Read more: La Ley 107.9 Gets New (But Familiar) Morning Show

ABC 7 To Broadcast 2017 Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade Live

WLS-TV/ABC 7 will have the only local broadcast of Saturday afternoon's St. Patrick's Day Parade in Chicago. As they did the last two years, the parade coverage will air live. Like 2015, but unlike 2016, the parade coverage will be expanded to two hours.

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Frank Mathie To Retire After 50 Years With ABC 7; Station To Celebrate His Career

WLS-TV/ABC 7 feature reporter Frank Mathie joined the station on April 3, 1967. On April 3, 2017, Mathie's 50th anniversary of working at the station, he will officially retire from broadcasting. In the days leading up to Mathie's departure, WLS-TV will be airing "50 Years of Frank" segments, showing some of his many on-air highlights.

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WGN-AM Announces New Weekend Business Show

After saying it was coming for the past five weeks, WGN-AM has finally announced its new Saturday afternoon business show that will be part of its overhauled weekend lineup. "The Startup Showcase," hosted by Scott Kitun will now air each Saturday from 1:00pm-2:00pm (except when preempted by live sports). The debut episode will be on March 18th.

Read more: WGN-AM Announces New Weekend Business Show

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.

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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.

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

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.

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

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