Polnet Communications, Chicago-based owner of four ethnic and foreign language stations here, has agreed to buy WRDZ AM 1300 for $3.45 million, according to an application filed Wednesday with the Federal Communications Commission. Continue reading
It takes real chutzpah to publicly shame a guy for practically wrecking journalism and then hit him up for a donation to help bankroll a journalist.
But Jim O’Shea has an explanation for his wayward pitch to Sam Zell. Continue reading
Cumulus Media is dispatching a seasoned corporate program executive from New York to become the new program director of WLS FM 94.7.
Brian Thomas starts August 1 as program director of the classic hits station here, according to an internal announcement Monday by Peter Bowen, vice president and Chicago market manager of Cumulus Media. Continue reading
John Records Landecker, one of Chicago radio’s most celebrated disc jockeys, is calling it quits. His last show as evening host on Cumulus Media classic hits WLS FM 94.7 will be Friday.
Landecker, 68, who’s been working without a contract since he started in January 2012, said the decision to leave was entirely his own. Continue reading
Wedding bells rang high atop Chicago Saturday night for Natalie Bomke, weekend news anchor at Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32, and Ed Swiderski, a former contestant on ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”
The two were married in an outdoor civil ceremony amid the flying buttresses of Tribune Tower’s 25th floor in the private rooftop veranda known as The Crown. The reception was held at Howells & Hood, the restaurant on the building’s ground floor. Continue reading
As Chicago’s preeminent broadcast historian, Chuck Schaden brought listeners back to the golden age of radio every Saturday afternoon for four decades. Now he’s taking a nostalgic journey of his own.
On Friday Schaden will join afternoon host Milt Rosenberg as a guest from 4 to 6 p.m. on Kovas Communications news/talk WCGO AM 1590. They’ll be in the same Evanston studio and on the same frequency where Schaden started “Those Were the Days” in 1970. Continue reading
Two former Chicago radio executives were among the latest casualties of massive cutbacks sweeping across CBS Radio stations nationwide.
Harvey Wells and Dave Robbins were among five senior vice president/market managers forced out Thursday as the company continued to thin its ranks and reduce expenses. Continue reading
Tribune Publishing this week announced a content distribution deal with Penske Media Corp., owner of the 105-year-old fashion and beauty publication formerly known as Women’s Wear Daily. Continue reading
In the tug of war between baseball and news at WLS-Channel 7, baseball just won.
The second game of Wednesday’s day-night doubleheader between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds will air on the ABC-owned station starting at 5 p.m., bumping the top-rated 5 and 6 p.m. local newscasts as well as “ABC World News Tonight” at 5:30 p.m. Continue reading