Chicago radio’s top of the morning

There’s a new morning line in Chicago, according to radio ratings released Tuesday for the period from July 17 to August 13.

Here’s a look at Chicago’s top 10 morning shows as measured by Nielsen Audio among all listeners age 6 and older from 6 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, followed by average share of audience (with previous month’s share in parentheses). Continue reading

Cubs’ voice Pat Hughes named to WGN Radio Walk of Fame

Pat Hughes (Photo: Stephen Green)

Pat Hughes (Photo: Stephen Green)

As Cubs baseball nears the end of its historic run on WGN AM 720, veteran play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes is getting big props from the Tribune Broadcasting news/talk station.

On Tuesday Hughes will be named the latest inductee in the WGN Radio Walk of Fame. He’ll be enshrined among the station’s legendary personalities with a plaque embedded in the walkway outside Tribune Tower studios at 435 North Michigan Avenue. Continue reading

NU Wildcats name broadcast booth for WGN’s Dave Eanet

Dave Eanet

Dave Eanet

Veteran Chicago sportscaster Dave Eanet kicked off his 25th season as the voice of Northwestern University Wildcat Football with a surprise.

During halftime of Saturday’s home opener in Evanston, Eanet’s alma mater christened the Ryan Field radio booth in his honor. In addition to unveiling a plaque designating “The Dave Eanet Broadcast Booth,” they presented him a cake inscribed: “Congratulations on 25 years, Mr. Cat!” Continue reading

Mike Ward 1951-2014

Mike Ward

Mike Ward

Longtime television executive Mike Ward, who was a key figure in WMAQ-Channel 5’s news operation for 10 years, is being remembered as a valued colleague and mentor.

Ward, who never fully recovered from a stroke he suffered in 2008, died at his home Wednesday in Washington, D.C. He was 63.

“To say that Mike Ward impacted a generation of television news professionals is not an overstatement,” marketing consultant Martin Gould, a former TV reporter and producer, wrote in an online tribute. “He mentored, taught, cultivated and celebrated the professional development of dozens — maybe hundreds — of people whose work was made better under his tutelage.” Continue reading

Broadcast museum to honor Rich ‘Svengoolie’ Koz

SvengoolieRobservations on the media beat:

The great Rich Koz will be honored for his 35 years as “Svengoolie” October 10 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 North State Street. Hosted by the museum and Weigel Broadcasting’s MeTV Network, “An Evening with Rich Koz” will feature an interview with the Chicago television icon, the unveiling of a “Svengoolie” exhibit including his original coffin and other artifacts from the set, a Halloween costume contest and screening of a horror film with classic Sven bits. General admission tickets are available online for $35 at museum.tv. Museum board member David Plier will talk with Koz about the event at 5:35 p.m. Monday on Tribune Broadcasting news/talk WGN AM 720. Continue reading

Grant helps insure Tribune’s coverage of Obamacare

Wes Venteicher

Wes Venteicher

A $30,000 grant from a private foundation focused on health care issues is helping defray the salary of a Chicago Tribune reporter covering Obamacare.

Wes Venteicher, who’d been a TribLocal suburban reporter since June 2013, recently shifted to the Chicago Tribune consumer watchdog and investigative reporting team as a full-time reporter covering the Affordable Care Act and consumer health issues — a new position funded in part by Kaiser Health News. Continue reading

Norville renews with ‘Inside Edition’ at the right time

Deborah Norville

Deborah Norville

Happy to see our old friend Deborah Norville has extended her contract for two more years with the syndicated newsmagazine “Inside Edition.”

The start of Norville’s 20th season as host September 8 coincides with the show’s move back to its familiar 3 p.m. weekday time slot on ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7. For the past two years it was on at 2 p.m. to accommodate Katie Couric’s now-canceled talk show. Continue reading

WGN welcomes ‘Outside the Loop’ creator back inside

Mike Stephen

Mike Stephen

Mike Stephen, an acclaimed storyteller who began as an intern for Spike O’Dell at WGN AM 720 and went on to host and produce one of Chicago’s longest-running and most ambitious podcasts, is returning to his radio roots.

Starting October 4, Stephen’s “Outside the Loop Radio” will air from 6 to 7 a.m. Saturdays on the Tribune Broadcasting news/talk station, leading in to WGN’s “Mr. Fix It with Lou Manfredini.” Continue reading