The great Rich Koz will be honored for his 35 years as “Svengoolie” October 10 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 North State Street. Hosted by the museum and Weigel Broadcasting’s MeTV Network, “An Evening with Rich Koz” will feature an interview with the Chicago television icon, the unveiling of a “Svengoolie” exhibit including his original coffin and other artifacts from the set, a Halloween costume contest and screening of a horror film with classic Sven bits. General admission tickets are available online for $35 at museum.tv. Museum board member David Plier will talk with Koz about the event at 5:35 p.m. Monday on Tribune Broadcasting news/talk WGN AM 720.
Former Bears center Olin Kreutz is the latest football expert to join the lineup of David Kaplan and David Haugh’s midday show on Tribune Broadcasting sports/talk WGWG LP 87.7. Starting September 8, Kreutz will appear with Kaplan and Haugh the day after every Bears game. Also new to The Game 87.7 FM is Mike Jacobsen, just hired from Yahoo! Sports Radio and KLAA in Los Angeles as executive producer for Kap & Haugh. A native of northwest suburban Schaumburg, Jacobsen began as an intern for ESPN sports/talk WMVP AM 1000.
Jack Ryan’s 22nd Century Media is adding two more north suburban weekly newspapers — The Glencoe Anchor in September and a Lake Forest/Lake Bluff edition in February. The new titles will bring to 15 the number of hyper local publications produced by the former investment banker and Republican politician’s company. “We’re serving a community need by providing information about the towns we cover,” Ryan has said. “People care a lot more about what happens within a few miles of their home than what may be happening on the other side of the world.”
Erin Kennedy, new morning news anchor at CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2, and Megan Glaros, morning meteorologist at CBS 2, will host this year’s Chicago/Midwest Emmy nominations party September 23 at American Junkie, 15 West Illinois Street. Local Emmys will be awarded November 1 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 North Columbus Drive. For the first time in 25 years, the ceremony will be broadcast live via City Colleges of Chicago’s public television WYCC-Channel 20.
The newest voice on Cumulus Media news/talk WLS AM 890 is John Chase Gregoles. The day trader from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and onetime pro wrestler won the third annual The Next 89 WLS Talk Star contest in an online vote. In addition to winning a trip for two to Mexico, he gets to host a two-hour show on the station. “Our last two winners are still on the air with a weekend show and occasional fill-in,” WLS program director Peter Bolger said in a statement. “It’s certainly possible we’ll be as fortunate with this year’s winner.”
Known mainly for its time-brokered ethnic and foreign language programming, Kovas Communications north suburban WCGO AM 1590 is going mainstream from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays. Starting next week, two new locally produced talk shows join the lineup — Franklin Raff from noon to 2 p.m. and Geoff Pinkus from 4 to 6 p.m. Airing from 2 to 4 p.m. will be Dallas-based syndicated host Dana Loesch. WCGO consultant Tim Disa called their approach “a younger, hipper, and somewhat friendlier version of conservative talk that leans more libertarian and will be open to all.”