Rahm’s spinmeisters recommend ‘a few reporters’ — and here’s the list

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Shortly before the Chicago mayoral election, the Columbia Journalism Review published a hard-hitting look at Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s rocky relations with the local media.

Written by Jackie Spinner, the publication’s Chicago correspondent and an assistant journalism professor at Columbia College Chicago, How Chicago’s press corps is dealing with ‘Washington Rahmrecounted four years of conflict with City Hall reporters. Among those quoted about their difficulties covering Emanuel were reporters Mary Ann Ahern, Laura Washington, Brian Slodysko, Ben Joravsky and Carol Marin and photographer Alex Garcia. Continue reading

WBBM Newsradio hires Robin Robinson

Robin Robinson

Robin Robinson

Robin Robinson, who was a star news anchor on Chicago television for three decades, is about to turn up on the city’s top-rated all-news radio station.

The former principal news anchor at Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32 began training this week as a part-time and fill-in anchor at CBS Radio WBBM AM 780 and WCFS FM 105.9. Julie Mann, managing editor of WBBM Newsradio, welcomed Robinson in a memo to the staff Thursday. Continue reading

Tribune makes room for more opinions

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

Look for the Chicago Tribune to expand its commentary and opinion section in print and across online and mobile platforms, starting next week.

Tribune editor Gerry Kern announced Thursday the addition of two pages a week to the newspaper’s Perspective section, bringing to four the number of commentary and opinion pages each weekday and five on Sundays. Additional content will be featured on chicagotribune.com/opinion and on the Tribune’s mobile apps. Continue reading

NFL draft draws ‘Mike & Mike’ to town

Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic

Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic

Coinciding with the first NFL draft in Chicago since 1964, Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg will broadcast their ESPN Radio morning show here April 30 and May 1.

They’ll originate their show both days from Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and the Chicago Sports Museum at Water Tower Place. Doors will open at 4 a.m. for fans to watch the show and gain free access to the museum during both broadcasts. Continue reading

Technical glitch aborts Fox 32 newscast

Larry Yellen and Natalie Bomke

Larry Yellen and Natalie Bomke

Minutes before air time last Saturday, WFLD-Channel 32 canceled its late newscast because of a glitch in an automated operating system, according to multiple sources at the Fox-owned station.

Weekend news anchors Larry Yellen and Natalie Bomke were on the set and ready to go live when the station abruptly aborted the newscast and shifted to entertainment programming. Viewers were given no explanation for the switch. Continue reading

Newcomer Big 95.5 beats US 99.5 in country showdown

Amber "Alabama" Cole

Amber “Alabama” Cole

After only three months on the air, iHeartMedia’s upstart country music station has overtaken CBS Radio’s 33-year country franchise in the latest Chicago radio ratings.

Nielsen Audio figures released Monday show iHeartMedia’s WEBG FM 95.5 beating CBS Radio’s WUSN FM 99.5 among listeners between 25 and 54, the group regarded as most desirable to advertisers. Continue reading

Restaurant listings back on Chicago magazine’s menu

Chicago magazine

Chicago magazine

Back by popular demand, restaurant listings have returned to the pages of Chicago magazine — but now they’re running only twice a year.

A top-to-bottom redesign in 2013 eliminated the longtime feature from the monthly print publication. While the full capsule reviews of nearly 200 city and suburban eateries continued to appear in the magazine’s tablet version and online, print readers were served only a few new reviews along with updates and additions each month. Continue reading

Cumulus loses on voice-tracking at Chicago rock stations

WLUP studio

WLUP studio

An independent arbitrator has ruled against Cumulus Media over the company’s use of voice-tracking — the practice of recording a disc jockey’s words and playing them back on the air later — at classic rock WLUP FM 97.9 and alternative rock WKQX FM 101.1.

About a dozen current and former employees of The Loop and 101WKQX will be awarded back pay covering the period from last spring to the present, according to the arbitrator’s opinion issued April 2. Continue reading

Chicago Film Festival honors Jay Levine

Jay Levine

Jay Levine

Jay Levine, chief correspondent for CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2 and a 41-year veteran of Chicago television news, will be honored for his work by the Chicago International Film Festival and Cinema/Chicago.

Levine will receive the Excellence in Investigative Journalism Award at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards Ceremony April 22 at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile, 633 North St. Clair Street.

“Jay has long held an important place in Chicago’s broadcasting community, breaking stories that have shaped the lives of every Chicagoan,” Michael Kutza, festival founder and artistic director, said in a statement Wednesday. Continue reading