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Documentary About Chicago Radio Legend Dick Biondi Launches Kickstarter Campaign

A documentary film about the life and career of Chicago radio living legend Dick Biondi has been slowly in the works for over two years, but is finally getting closer to becoming a reality. The production team behind the film have now started a crowdfunding campaign to get a ten-minute screener completed, which should in turn help raise funds from larger donors and sponsors to complete the film by years' end.

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Could WBBM-AM & WBBM-FM Have To Change Their Iconic Call Letters After The Entercom Takeover?

As reported here earlier this month, CBS Corporation and Entercom Communications jointly announced that the CBS Radio division would be merged into by Entercom. The transaction, which may not become official until late 2017, is subject to approval from Entercom shareholders and the FCC. Entercom would then become America's second-largest radio station owner. The details of this transaction have been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These details include possibly forcing radio stations that share call letters with CBS Television stations to have to change their call letters. In Chicago, that means WBBM-AM/Newsradio 780 & 105.9 and WBBM-FM/B96 would need new call letters under certain circumstances.

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News & Notes: Kristina Kage; WBEZ-FM; Kathy & Judy; John Williams; Bill & Wendy; WXRT-FM; WFLD-TV; MeTV; Much More

This weekend's News & Notes features 14 media news items, including: Kristina Kage is sticking around for a few years; WBEZ-FM adds a new show; Kathy & Judy hosting a fundraising event; John Williams moves earlier on Saturdays; Lou Manfredini hosts a live remote; Bill & Wendy host what fans hope is not their last live remote; WXRT-FM reschedules its movie theater concerts; Hubbard Radio Chicago drops a lawsuit; WVON-AM and WBBM-TV staffers are honored; Public Narrative salutes some Chicago journalists; WFLD-TV's newsroom is getting a facelift; MeTV finds love; Jim Rose gets to spoil a granddaughter; and CBS Television stations are staying with Nielsen ratings. All of these stories are found just below.

Read more: News & Notes: Kristina Kage; WBEZ-FM; Kathy & Judy; John Williams; Bill & Wendy; WXRT-FM;...

Chicago Media And The 2017 Chicago Auto Show

Despite the winter weather, Chicagoans love coming out to their Auto Show each and every February. This year should be no different, as multitudes are expected to pack into McCormick Place over the next week and a half to enjoy the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, which will be open to the public from February 11th-20th at McCormick Place in Chicago (one day longer this year to incorporate the Presidents' Day holiday).

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CBS Radio Chicago Hires Greg Solk As WXRT/WJMK Operations Manager/Program Director

CBS Radio Chicago has announced the hiring of longtime radio executive and Chicago area native Greg Solk. Effective immediately, Solk takes over as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WXRT-FM/93XRT and WJMK-FM/104.3 K-HITS.

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WBEZ-FM To Air New Monthly Segment With Governor Bruce Rauner

Chicago Public Media's WBEZ-FM is launching a new, live segment entitled "Ask The Governor," which will give listeners a rare opportunity to have their questions about the State of Illinois answered directly by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The Governor will be live in the WBEZ-FM studios to take part in this program, with the debut episode happening tomorrow, February 10th.

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Controversial Failed Politician Joe Walsh Gets Another Shot At National Syndication From Salem Media

WIND-AM/AM 560 The Answer evening host Joe Walsh has twice tried to become a nationally syndicated radio star, but has not been able to achieve that goal yet. As the expression goes, the third time's the charm. Salem Media Group, the owner of WIND-AM, announced today that Walsh will get his own national late night show on the Salem Radio Network (SRN) beginning later this month, despite his past radio failures and extremely controversial reputation.

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NBC 5 Sports Anchor Mike Adamle Reveals He Has Dementia & CTE From Playing Football

As first reported here, WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 sports anchor Mike Adamle agreed to sit down to an interview with his station colleague Peggy Kusinski to talk about why he has been off the airwaves and out on medical leave since March 2016. In an emotional interview on Monday's 10:00pm NBC 5 newscast, Adamle revealed that in addition to his epilepsy, which he had previously been open about, he also is now suffering from dementia, and what appears to be chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). All of these issues are due to his taking blows to the head repeatedly during his college and professional football career.

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News & Notes: Kathy & Judy; Chris Rongey; Jimmy Styx; Armin Homann; CBS 2; Duffy Atkins; Tribune Broadcasting; More

Today's News & Notes features 10 media news items, including: Kathy & Judy say goodbye to their fans; Chris Rongey says goodbye to Chicago; Jimmy Styx says goodbye to WZSR-FM; Armin Homann passes away; CBS 2 finds new ways to get its signal to viewers; Duffy Atkins is interviewed; Tribune Broadcasting looking to expand Chicago's TV branding; "The Insider" will soon be on the outside; Johnson Publishing Company's iconic building may become a city landmark; and the passing of Jack Lenahan. All of these stories are just below...

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Sales Leadership Changes For CBS Radio Chicago

Once again, CBS Radio Chicago has undergone numerous changes to its executive sales team. The changes include a couple of key departures, the hiring of Chicago radio veteran Joe Mackay, as well as some promotions from within.

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B96 Announces Inaugural 'Lectric Leprechaun' EDM Concert

WBBM-FM/B96 has announced its first-ever EDM concert named "Lectric Leprechaun." The station hopes that this will be the first of what could become an annual springtime event for the station. WBBM-FM's Lectric Leprechaun will happen next month, with tickets going on sale later this week.

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NBC 5 Sports Anchor Mike Adamle To Reveal His Medical Condition & Why He Has Been Off-Air

WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 lead sports anchor Mike Adamle has been on medical leave since March 2016. It was originally hoped he would be away only for a few weeks, but his absence has now gone on for nearly a year. Viewers have been wondering what is going on with Adamle all this time. The answers will be revealed on Tuesday night, as Adamle will openly discuss his severe disease in an interview airing on WMAQ-TV's 10:00pm newscast.

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Chicago Radio Sports Talkers Rank High In 2016 National List

The Barrett Sports Media (BSM) blog has made a list of the top 20 local sports shows for mornings, middays, and afternoons, as well as sports stations and their program directors across America. 53 radio executives and experts nationwide cast votes in this multi-part survey, which is being called "The 2016 BSM Best in Sports Radio Awards." Chicago's two all-sports radio stations, WSCR-AM/670 The Score and WMVP-AM/ESPN 1000 Chicago, and their employees were featured prominently in the national lists.

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101WKQX Announces Lineup & Date For PIQNIQ 2017 Concert

WKQX-FM/101WKQX has announced most of its lineup for its annual summer concert, PIQNIQ. This is the fifth year in a row for the PIQNIQ live music event.

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News & Notes: Dan McNeil; Terry Boers; 'Out Chicago'; Bill Cochran; WCIU; Darlene Hill; Tamron Hall; Much More

This weekend's News & Notes features 14 media news items, including: Dan McNeil returns to radio; Terry Boers is honored at his now-former radio station; WCPT's "Out Chicago" has a special Sunday broadcast; ACM Broadcast Awards ignore Chicago radio; WUSN-FM might be going "back to the future" to help the station's ratings woes; Bill Cochran is profiled in the Illinois Entertainer; MoJo is interviewed by All Access; best wishes to the ailing Harold Lee Rush; WCIU-TV partners with Rhymefest to commemorate Black History Month; Darlene Hill is returning to work; Courtney Gousman hosts a special fundraising event; Oprah Winfrey joins CBS; Tamron Hall exits NBC; and Tribune Media adds $500 million to its bank account. All of these stories can be found below...

Read more: News & Notes: Dan McNeil; Terry Boers; 'Out Chicago'; Bill Cochran; WCIU; Darlene Hill; Tamron...

WGN-TV News Commemorates Black History Month 2017

With February being Black History Month in the United States, WGN-TV will mark the month-long observance with a series of special news segments, airing over the next four weeks on the many daily newscasts of WGN News. There will also be Black History Month vignettes shown, four Black History Month 30-minute special documentary programs, and a pair of special episodes of WGN-TV's public affairs program "People To People."

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WPWX Launching 1st Ever Afrobeats FM Radio Show

WPWX-FM/Power 92.3 will be launching a new Afrobeat music show on Sunday night entitled "AfroZons." It will be the very first all-Afrobeat show on a major market U.S. FM radio station. "AfroZons" will be heard each Sunday from 10:00pm-Midnight on WPWX-FM, with the debut episode happening on February 5th.

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ABC 7 Political Reporter Charles Thomas Announces Retirement

Veteran television reporter Charles Thomas, who has been working as a journalist since 1973 and with WLS-TV/ABC 7 since 1991, announced he will soon be retiring. His final day with WLS-TV will be on March 3rd.

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