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CBS Radio To Merge With Entercom

Early Thursday morning, CBS Corporation and Entercom Communications jointly announced that the CBS Radio division would be merged (in other words, taken over) 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.

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CBS Radio Chicago Unveils Culinary Kitchen Studio

CBS Radio Chicago has unveiled a new studio space called the Culinary Kitchen, created for live cooking demonstrations, drink tastings, and much more. The main attraction of the new studio is its professional-grade kitchen, fitted with state-of-the-art culinary equipment, as well as high-quality audio and video capabilities.

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ABC 7 Commemorates Black History Month 2017

With February being Black History Month in the United States, WLS-TV/ABC 7 Chicago will mark the observance with a series of news reports, vignettes, and specials airing over the next four weeks.

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CSN Chicago Commemorates Black History Month 2017

With February being Black History Month in the United States, local sports station CSN Chicago will mark the observance with four special features highlighting prominent African-American athletes and significant sports moments. These segments will air once per week, each Sunday night in February at 10:30pm on the station's new program, "In The Loop Prime."

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News & Notes: Tom Couch; WKQX; Nick Digilio; WDCB; Adam Smasher; Bob Gelms; Bob Benson; WTTW; ABC; Jim Mateja

Today's News & Notes features ten news items, including: Tom Couch is returning to radio; 101WKQX is ready to pack for its annual PIQNIQ; Nick Digilio gets teary-eyed at Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes"; WDCB commemorates Black History Month; Adam Smasher finds new work; warm wishes to Bob Gelms; Bob Benson passes away; WTTW 11 launches a new lifestyle show with Steph Mansour; ABC Television has another game show coming to Chicago looking for contestants; and Jim Mateja passes away. All ten of these stories can be found right here...

Read more: News & Notes: Tom Couch; WKQX; Nick Digilio; WDCB; Adam Smasher; Bob Gelms; Bob Benson; WTTW;...

Tribune Media Sells Its Bradley Place Property, Home Of WGN-TV

As reported here in December 2015, Tribune Media and its subsidiary Tribune Real Estate Holdings were actively seeking to sell its over 12-acre lot and 132,000-square foot building located at 2501 W. Bradley Place in Chicago. This building is the longtime home of WGN-TV, CLTV, and WGN Studios, as well as the former home of WGN-AM. As of this afternoon, the property has indeed been sold.

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Pat Hughes, Dan Jenkins, Joe Mooshil To Be Honored For Excellence In Sports Journalism

The Union League Club of Chicago has revealed who they will be honoring this spring at the annual Ring Lardner Awards for Excellence in Sports Journalism. Selected for 2017 awards are Chicago Cubs play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes, retired college football and professional golf writer Dan Jenkins, and the late Chicago sportswriter for the AP, Joe Mooshil.

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WGN-AM Revamping Schedule: Returning John Williams, Reducing Bill & Wendy, Firing Kathy & Judy

WGN-AM 720 is once again retooling its line-up, which means more good news and bad news for fans of the station. The good news is that John Williams will be returning to WGN-AM on a full-time basis and two new Saturday shows are being added. The bad news is that Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder's midday show will be cut in half, and that once again, Kathy O'Malley and Judy Markey are being released from the station. The changes will begin on March 13th.

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WXRT-FM Salutes Lin Brehmer's 25 Years As Morning Show Host

WXRT-FM/93XRT is throwing an on-air party for longtime staffer Lin Brehmer, celebrating his 25 years hosting mornings on the station's airwaves. This Friday, from 6:00am-10:00am, WXRT-FM will air a live tribute to their beloved personality, appropriately entitled "Lin Brehmer's 25th Anniversary Celebration."

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Chicago News Veteran Charlie Meyerson Launches New Newsletter & Website

Veteran Chicago journalist Charlie Meyerson has launched a new daily e-newsletter, as well as corresponding website where visitors can sign up for the newsletter, entitled Chicago Public Square. Each weekday morning, Meyerson will collect, curate, and report on some of the top news stories of the day -- all of which will appear in subscriber's inboxes in one handy email.

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News & Notes: Todd Cavanah; Brady; NRHOF; Jonathon Brandmeier; WGN-AM; WSCR-AM; WIND-AM; WLS-TV; WTTW-TV; Much More

This weekend's giant-sized News & Notes features 18 media news items, including: Todd Cavanah officially takes over the helm at US99; John Cravens exits; Terry Hardin exits; Brady sticks around; the National Radio Hall of Fame wants your suggestions; Jonathon Brandmeier returns to WGN-AM briefly; Lou Manfredini heads to Navy Pier; WGN-AM partners with another app; WSCR-AM talks "wraslin'" again; WIND-AM talks Trump; Richard Steele loses his radio show; Michael La Cross gets new duties; Brent Musburger sets to retire from broadcasting; WLS-TV still seeks justice for the killer of one of its employees; WTTW-TV launches a 24/7 children's channel; Melissa Kennedy exits; Maya Dukmasova gets hired; and tronc's Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong wants to work in the Trump administration. All of these stories can be found below...

Read more: News & Notes: Todd Cavanah; Brady; NRHOF; Jonathon Brandmeier; WGN-AM; WSCR-AM; WIND-AM; WLS-TV;...

Weigel Broadcasting Networks To Pay Tribute To Mary Tyler Moore

Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting will be paying tribute on at least three of their national networks to the late actress Mary Tyler Moore, who passed away yesterday at the age of 80. Moore's past work will air on Weigel owned/co-owned networks MeTV, DECADES Network, and Movies! Network. Other national networks are planning salutes to Moore, as well.

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SoxFest 2017 Convention Brings Out Special TV & Radio Coverage

CSN Chicago, WLS-AM 890, and Univision Chicago are all planning to broadcast special programming from SoxFest 2017, which starts on Friday afternoon.

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Chicago White Sox Announce 2017 Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

The Chicago White Sox organization have announced their plans to have many of their 2017 Spring Training games made available for the eyes or ears of their fans. 29 of the 35 Sox Spring Training games will be broadcast on television, radio, and/or webcast.

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Tribune Media President/CEO Peter Liguori Exiting

After four years as President and CEO of Chicago-based Tribune Media Company, Peter Liguori announced he will be stepping away from the company at the beginning of March. Liguori will also resign his seat from Tribune Media's Board of Directors at that time.

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Poder 97.5 Revamps Line-Up

The Regional Mexican music-formatted radio station 97.5 Poder ("Power") launched on February 1, 2016. It is heard on WLIT-HD2 93.9-2 and simulcast in and around Chicago on 250-watt translator W248BB on 97.5 FM. On the eve of the radio station's one-year anniversary, it has unveiled a new on-air line-up.

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News & Notes: Chicago Radio Ratings; 93.9 MYfm; 101WKQX; WGN-AM; Dr. Lester Fisher; WRTO-AM; Steve Dahl; Tronc; More

Today's News & Notes features 11 items, including: Chicago radio ratings do their annual decrease for almost all stations during the last month; 93.9 MYfm wins big, but its holiday ratings decrease again; WKQX-FM adds three new employees; WGN-AM gets friendly with Alexa; Dr. Lester Fisher talks with Steve Dale; WRTO-AM adds a new syndicated talk show; Steve Dahl wears a boot; Herb Lawrence is back in Chicago; Jay Zawaski loses his sister; Charlie Clifford moves to Indy; and tronc quietly purchases a pair of websites. All of these news items can be found below...

Read more: News & Notes: Chicago Radio Ratings; 93.9 MYfm; 101WKQX; WGN-AM; Dr. Lester Fisher; WRTO-AM;...

Chicago Cubs Announce 2017 Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

The Chicago Cubs organization has announced their plans to broadcast all 38 of this year's Spring Training games on one or more media outlets of either television, radio, or Internet audio stream. This will be the first time in the Cubs' long history that every one of the team's springtime exhibition games will be made available for fans.

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