Univision unifies Chicago TV, radio stations under Doug Levy

Doug Levy

Doug Levy

Doug Levy, an 18-year veteran of Univision Chicago Radio who’s also known as a former Chicago rock radio personality, has been promoted to vice president and general manager of Univision Local Media here.

He now adds Univision WGBO-Channel 66 and UniMás WXFT-Channel 60 to the five Spanish radio stations he already oversees — WOJO FM 105.1, WPPN FM 106.7, WRTO AM 1200, WVIV FM 103.1, and WVIX FM 93.5. Continue reading

WTTW’s Brackett ‘refocusing’ her energies

Elizabeth Brackett

Elizabeth Brackett

Elizabeth Brackett, a respected veteran of four Chicago TV news operations, retired Tuesday after 20 years as a full-time staff correspondent for “Chicago Tonight,” the nightly news program on public television WTTW-Channel 11.

But she won’t be leaving the show altogether. In her new role as “special correspondent,” Brackett will contribute 10 long-form stories in the coming year. Continue reading

Insiders move up at Chicago magazine

Chicago magazine

Chicago magazine

It’s a busy week at Chicago magazine, where an interim publisher was named on the business side and two digital editors were replaced by insiders on the editorial side.

Tom Conradi, advertising director of the Chicago Tribune Media Group monthly since 2008, was given the additional title of interim publisher. The move follows the resignation in June of Rich Gamble after five years as publisher and general manager. Continue reading

Final Score: Dan McNeil rides off into the sunset

Dan McNeil

Dan McNeil

Dan McNeil will have plenty of time for fishing and other pursuits now that he’s officially parted company with CBS Radio sports talk WSCR AM 670.

The mercurial midday personality, who’s been off the air since mid-June, was unable to reach agreement on a contract renewal after five years at the Score, station management announced Friday. His demands reportedly included a move to afternoon drive and a raise from $300,000 to $500,000 a year, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. Continue reading

Pudar named new deuce at WGN news

Sandy Pudar

Sandy Pudar

Sandy Pudar, executive producer of WGN-Channel 9’s top-rated morning news show and a 15-year veteran of the Tribune Broadcasting station, was promoted Wednesday to assistant news director.

The No. 2 post has been vacant since Jennifer Lyons moved up to news director, succeeding Greg Caputo, who retired in June after 11 years. Pudar worked as a news writer and producer before she was named executive producer of WGN Morning News in 2009.

“For more than five years as executive producer, she’s maintained our No. 1 status in the highly competitive morning news time slot and actually grown it, which is quite a feat,” Lyons said in a statement. Continue reading