Sun-Times, Daily Herald form ‘content sharing alliance’

Chicago newspapers

Chicago newspapers

The Chicago area’s No. 2 and No. 3 daily newspapers are teaming up to share content covering the city and suburbs.

The suburban Daily Herald, owned by Paddock Publications, and the Sun-Times, owned by Wrapports LLC, announced the editorial alliance Friday in a newsroom memo. The move was prompted in part by the sale of Sun-Times Media Group’s six suburban dailies and 32 Pioneer Press suburban weeklies to Chicago Tribune Media Group last fall. Continue reading

WGN Radio adds high-flying traffic

Sarah Jindra

Sarah Jindra

Sarah Jindra, the airborne traffic ace for Tribune Media WGN-Channel 9, will double as radio traffic reporter for Roe Conn’s afternoon show on news/talk WGN AM 720.

Todd Manley, vice president of programming and content at WGN, announced Wednesday that Jindra will deliver traffic reports from Skycam 9 twice each hour from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays, starting next week. She’ll continue to report breaking news and traffic for Channel 9’s 4 and 5 p.m. weekdays newscasts. Continue reading

Another morning anchor joins CBS 2

Lionel Moise and Erin Kennedy

Lionel Moise and Erin Kennedy

A morning news anchor from the CBS affiliate in Columbia, South Carolina, is the latest warm body to turn up on the anchor desk at CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2.

Lionel Moise, incoming from WLTX-TV in Columbia, will join Erin Kennedy as morning news co-anchor on CBS 2, starting September 21. Airing from 4:30 to 7 a.m. weekdays, it’s Chicago’s lowest-rated newscast, averaging a 0.2 rating among viewers between 25 and 54. Continue reading

Robservations: Chicagoan makes another comeback

The Chicagoan

The Chicagoan

Robservations on the media beat:

Yet another magazine called The Chicagoan is about to debut. Billed as offering “insight, color and commentary on news topics and cultural issues important to the residents of America’s greatest city,” the latest version will be published by 22nd Century Media, the hyperlocal suburban newspaper outfit founded by Jack Ryan, former Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. Set to launch in November, it will appear eight times in the coming year before going monthly. The 60,000-circulation magazine will be distributed within the company’s seven North Shore weeklies and at locations in Chicago and Evanston. Continue reading

WGN adds ‘Crime Watch Daily’ at 3 p.m.

Matt Doran

Matt Doran

Billed as the first crime show in daytime syndication, “Crime Watch Daily” will air weekday afternoons this fall on Tribune Media WGN-Channel 9.

The Los Angeles-based hourlong show, which will draw on resources and reporters from local newsrooms across the country, will air at 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting September 14. On WGN it will replace the second of two daily airings of “Maury,” the vile paternity-test talk show hosted by Maury Povich, which will continue to air at 1 p.m. Continue reading

‘Loudmouth’ Mike North to host Bears postgame show on The Drive

Mike North

Mike North

Veteran sports talk show personality Mike North will host a Chicago Bears postgame show this fall on WDRV FM 97.1, the Hubbard Radio classic hits station announced Friday.

Starting September 13, North will host “The Mike North Sunday Drive,” a three-hour live talk show after every Bears game. Throughout the season he’ll also call in on Fridays and Mondays to Pete McMurray and Dan McNeil’s morning show on The Drive. Continue reading

Harry Volkman 1926-2015

Harry Volkman

Harry Volkman

Over a legendary television career spanning more than 50 years and four Chicago stations, Harry Volkman was a popular, trusted and respected weather forecaster who brought wisdom, warmth and wit to the science of meteorology.

He also made history: In 1952 he was the first weatherman to issue a “tornado alert” during a live broadcast, prompting a change of government policy and saving many lives. Continue reading