Carl Amari to host ‘WGN Radio Theatre’

Carl Amari

Carl Amari

A new weekly showcase for classic programs from radio’s golden age, hosted by veteran Chicago broadcaster Carl Amari, is coming to Tribune Media news/talk WGN AM 720.

Starting April 12, “The WGN Radio Theatre with Carl Amari” will follow “After Hours with Rick Kogan” and air from 11 p.m. Sundays to 2 a.m. Mondays. The new addition replaces the weekend show hosted by Patti Vasquez, who moves up to full-time on weekdays. Continue reading

WBBM Newsradio still among top 10 moneymakers nationwide

WBBM Newsradio

WBBM Newsradio

The CBS Radio all-news combo of WBBM AM 780 and WCFS FM 105.9 not only was Chicago’s top-billing station last year but again was the only local outlet among radio’s 10 biggest moneymakers nationwide.

With revenue of $39.2 million in 2014, WBBM Newsradio was down 6.5 percent from its 2013 revenue of $41.9 million. But it still ranked 10th in the nation, according to figures released by BIA/Kelsey, a Virginia-based media research firm. Continue reading

WGN Radio Walk of Fame adds 10 ‘truly unique voices’

Eddie Schwartz

Eddie Schwartz

Chicago late-night radio legends Eddie Schwartz, Franklyn MacCormack and the husband-and-wife team of Steve King and Johnnie Putman will be among this year’s Walk of Fame honorees at WGN AM 720.

The Tribune Media news/talk station announced 10 more inductees Friday to be enshrined with bronze plaques embedded outside the showcase studio at 435 North Michigan Avenue. Continue reading

Comcast SportsNet extracts apology for Score’s sexist tweets

Aiyana Cristal

Aiyana Cristal

Two prominent personalities from CBS Radio sports/talk WSCR AM 670 have apologized for an exchange of tweets that many viewed as sexist and degrading toward a female sportscaster from Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

Score midday co-host Matt Spiegel and afternoon co-host Dan Bernstein were widely criticized on social media for a series of crude comments Wednesday about the physical attributes of Comcast SportsNet anchor/reporter Aiyana Cristal. Continue reading

Mandy Patinkin narrates documentary on 2005 White Sox season

 

Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin

Comcast SportsNet Chicago will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2005 World Series Championship season of the Chicago White Sox with the debut of an original 90-minute documentary.

“Believe: The Story of the 2005 Chicago White Sox,” featuring interviews with players, coaches, execs and others whose lives were touched by the city’s first Major League Baseball championship in 88 years, will premiere at 7 p.m. April 12 on the regional sports network. Continue reading

Feder flashback: The day Chicago’s anchorman took on the press

John Drury, Jerry Taft, Diann Burns and Mark Giangreco

John Drury, Jerry Taft, Diann Burns and Mark Giangreco

Over his 40-year career as an anchorman in Chicago, John Drury was never known as a controversial figure. His warm demeanor and unruffled delivery belied a sharp-edged competitiveness that viewers rarely saw.

But one Saturday afternoon 25 years ago, the legendary broadcaster let his guard down and went on the offensive against critics in the print media. Editors of the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times, Drury charged, were guilty of many of the excesses they attack in television news. Continue reading