A personal note about my blog

Feder skylineI have some important news to share with you about my blog. But as long as I have your attention, let me first thank you for your loyalty and support. One year ago, I launched RobertFeder.com under a unique licensing agreement with Chicago Tribune Media Group. I am solely and independently responsible for all editorial content posted here, while Tribune controls the marketing, advertising and technical elements. Thanks to a steadily growing daily readership, the arrangement has exceeded everyone’s expectations.

Now it’s time for the next step in the evolution of our venture.

Starting Tuesday, October 7, RobertFeder.com will become part of the exclusive, premium digitalPLUS tier of ChicagoTribune.com. If you’re already a digitalPLUS subscriber, you’ll continue to have unlimited access to my blog and its archives. If not, you’ll be asked to register by providing your email address when you come to my site. You’ll still be able to access five stories a month for free. After the first five each month, you’ll be offered the opportunity to subscribe. Once you subscribe, you’ll have unlimited access to everything the Tribune delivers online (including daily access to the digital copy of the Chicago Tribune).

For a limited time, the Tribune is offering my readers a special 52-week deal for $99 (which is $30 off the regular discounted price). For more details, here is the link: FEDER SUBSCRIPTION SPECIAL. You also can sign up for just four weeks at the introductory price of 99 cents. Remember: Either option provides unlimited access to everything on my site and on ChicagoTribune.com.

My social media links from Twitter and Facebook also will remain accessible, though your browser settings may affect the access. If you’re receiving my free email alerts with links to my posts, you’ll continue to get those, too.

Here’s what else won’t change: My independent, exclusive reporting on the Chicago media beat. I’m grateful to you for reading me each day and hope you’ll continue along for the ride.

Thanks!

Rivet elevates VanOsdol to ‘programming maestro’

James VanOsdol

James VanOsdol

Robservations on the media beat:

Veteran Chicago broadcaster James VanOsdol has been named to the new position of newsroom program manager at Rivet News Radio, the personalizable Internet radio news app. He most recently has been reporting and producing stories for Rivet while doubling as a weekend and fill-in host at Tribune Media news/talk WGN AM 720. VanOsdol will be responsible for “helping Rivet sound even better and further growing our audience,” news strategy boss Charlie Meyerson told staffers in a memo. “His background as a broadcaster (WGN, WKQX, WZZN, WXRT) and media trainer (Emmis Interactive) and his digital presence (as a podcaster, writer and social media icon) give him a tremendous set of skills on which to draw as he assumes the additional roles of coach and programming maestro.” Continue reading

Chicago radio’s afternoon drivers

There’s a new afternoon scorecard in Chicago, according to radio ratings released Monday for the period from August 14 to September 10.

Here’s a look at Chicago’s top 10 afternoon shows as measured by Nielsen Audio among all listeners age 6 and older from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, followed by average share of audience (with previous month’s share in parentheses). Continue reading

Chicago radio’s masters of middays

There’s a new midday pecking order in Chicago, according to radio ratings released Monday for the period from August 14 to September 10.

Here’s a look at Chicago’s top 10 midday 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 (with previous month’s share in parentheses). Continue reading

Chicago radio’s top of the morning

There’s a new morning line in Chicago, according to radio ratings released Monday for the period from August 14 to September 10.

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 (with previous month’s share in parentheses). Continue reading

Anna Davlantes brings familiar face to WGN Radio

Anna Davlantes

Anna Davlantes

Just because Anna Davlantes is joining WGN AM 720 as a contributor to Steve Cochran’s morning show doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of her on television.

As happy as she is to land the gig behind the mic at the Tribune Media news/talk station, the veteran Chicago news anchor says she’s actively pursuing other opportunities in front of the camera as well. Adds Davlantes: “Stay tuned — for sure.” Continue reading