Midday masters of Chicago radio

Here’s a look at Chicago’s most popular midday stars, according to radio ratings released Monday for the period from Feb. 27 to March 26.

Following are the top-rated shows as measured by Nielsen Audio among all listeners age 6 and older from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, followed by average share of audience. Continue reading

Early to rise: Chicago’s morning stars

There’s a new morning line in Chicago, according to radio ratings released Monday for the period from Feb. 27 to March 26.

Here’s a look at Chicago’s top 10 morning shows (as measured by Nielsen Audio among all listeners age 6 and older from 6 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday), followed by average share of audience. Continue reading

Chicago boss out at Hubbard Radio

Jerry Schnacke

Jerry Schnacke

Jerry Schnacke, a highly regarded 17-year Chicago broadcasting veteran, was forced out Monday as vice president and market manager of Hubbard Radio Chicago.

The surprise move came as Hubbard Radio executives said they wanted “a fresh set of eyes” to oversee their three blue chip Chicago stations — hot adult-contemporary WTMX FM 101.9, classic hits WDRV FM 97.1 and adult contemporary WILV FM 100.3.

Drew Horowitz, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Hubbard Radio, will serve as interim market manager until a successor is named. Continue reading

Sun-Times turnoff: Keep your comments to yourself

Sun-Times signFor an outfit that loves to brag about being tech savvy and “digital first,” the Sun-Times always seems to take two steps back for every step forward.

Over the weekend came word of the latest retro move: Readers won’t be allowed to post comments online about stories in any Sun-Times Media Group publications until a new system is put in place at some unspecified point in the future. Continue reading

Coleman ready to weather retirement

John Coleman

John Coleman

John Coleman, the father of The Weather Channel and the court jester of “happy talk” news in Chicago, is calling it quits after more than 60 years in the weather business.

Coleman, 79, spent the last 20 years as chief meteorologist at KUSI-TV in San Diego. He surprised his colleagues by announcing his retirement Thursday while he was out of town attending a tropical weather conference in South Padre Island, Texas. Continue reading

WBEZ’s Cuddy joins Chicago Humanities Festival

Alison Cuddy

Alison Cuddy

Alison Cuddy, veteran arts and culture reporter at Chicago Public Media WBEZ FM 91.5 and former host of “Eight Forty-Eight,” has been named program director of the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Starting May 5, she will join the festival staff full-time, working closely with executive director Phillip Bahar and artistic director Matti Bunzl. Since 2009, Cuddy has served as a moderator for the organization’s events. Continue reading

Chicago media at odds on Colbert coup

David Letterman and Stephen Colbert

David Letterman and Stephen Colbert

Chicago may be Jimmy Fallon’s kind of town, but David Letterman and Stephen Colbert have plenty of faithful viewers here too.

News of CBS signing Colbert to a five-year deal Thursday to succeed David Letterman as host of “The Late Show” in 2015 elicited high fives among fans in Chicago, where Colbert trained at Second City after graduating from Northwestern University. Since 2005, he’s been host and executive producer of “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central. Continue reading

Lifelong Wrigley fan celebrates ‘the most beautiful place’

Wrigley 100It would be hard to imagine anyone in television better than Bob Vorwald to capture the majesty and the magic of Wrigley Field on its centennial.

The veteran Chicago sports producer and longtime director of production at Tribune Broadcasting WGN-Channel 9 has fashioned “Wrigley 100: A Century Celebration,” a beautifully crafted two-hour homage to The Friendly Confines, premiering at 7 p.m. April 20 (with a rebroadcast at 4 p.m. April 26 on Channel 9 and WGN America). It’s narrated by Steve Cochran, morning personality at WGN AM 720. Continue reading