WGN Radio: No plans to leave Tribune Tower

Tribune Tower (Photo: Robert Feder)

Tribune Tower (Photo: Robert Feder)

The sale of Tribune Tower doesn’t mean WGN AM 720 will be moving its studios and offices any time soon.

Officials of the Tribune Media news/talk station assured employees Tuesday they’ll continue to work out of the landmark neo-Gothic tower at 435 North Michigan Avenue despite their parent company’s agreement to sell the property in a $240 million deal with Los Angeles-based developer CIM Group. Continue reading

Robservations: Brian Urlacher on Comcast SportsNet’s roster

Brian Urlacher

Brian Urlacher

Robservations on the media beat:

Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has signed to headline a new weekly show on Comcast SportsNet Chicago. “The Hard Count with Brian Urlacher” will air at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting September 15. Host Mark Schanowski, former Bears quarterback Jim Miller and former Bears head coach Dave Wannstedt will join Urlacher to discuss the team’s next game and break down the match-up from a defensive, offensive and head coaching standpoint. Also joining Comcast SportsNet as game day studio analyst is former defensive end standout Alex Brown. Continue reading

Sweet sendoff for Stylz & Roman in B96 afternoon ratings

Justin Roman and Doug Stylz

Justin Roman and Doug Stylz

As Doug Stylz and Justin Roman are headed to new roles as country music morning hosts, they wrapped up 10 years as a Top 40 afternoon duo with more than one million loyal listeners in the Chicago area.

Nielsen Audio ratings released Monday showed Stylz and Roman’s afternoon show on CBS Radio Top 40 WBBM FM 96.3 in sixth place overall with a 3.9 percent share and a cumulative weekly audience of 1,021,700. Their last show on B96 aired August 12 — two days after the latest ratings survey concluded. Continue reading

Robservations: ‘WGN Morning News’ gets primetime showcase

Larry Potash and Robin Baumgarten

Larry Potash and Robin Baumgarten

Robservations on the media beat:

OK, it’s not the comeback of “Bozo’s Circus,” but it’s still pretty big: Tribune Media WGN-Channel 9 is finalizing plans for a two-hour, live primetime special showcasing Chicago’s “must watch” morning news. The special nighttime edition of “WGN Morning News” will air from 7 to 9 p.m. September 14. Larry Potash and Robin Baumgarten are main anchors of the top-rated show, which airs from 4 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. The ensemble also features Dan Ponce, Lourdes Duarte, Paul Konrad, Pat Tomasulo, Dean Richards, Ana Belaval, Erin McElroy, Demetrius Ivory, Marcus Leshock — and a cast of thousands. Continue reading

Robservations: Daily Herald cuts downtown delivery

Daily Herald

Daily Herald

Robservations on the media beat:

Doug Ray

Doug Ray

It’s about to become a lot harder to find a copy of the Daily Herald in Chicago. Sources said the suburban newspaper will cease delivery in downtown Chicago as of this weekend. “We have been studying each single-copy location for sales and have found that the paid circulation in the city was trending lower, thus removing boxes and locations where only a few are sold each day,” said Doug Ray, publisher and CEO of Daily Herald Media Group. “We believe the Daily Herald e-edition and web site will be attractive to those wanting newspaper content online and with the web site immediacy of our suburban news content.” The Daily Herald is owned by Paddock Publications, a privately held company based in Arlington Heights. Paddock recently acquired 12 daily and weekly newspapers in southern Illinois from GateHouse Media. Continue reading

Robservations: WTTW brought ‘McLaughlin Group’ to PBS

John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin

Robservations on the media beat:

William McCarter

William McCarter

“The McLaughlin Group” may be the ultimate Washington insiders’ show, but it owes its status as a national institution to Chicago. It was William McCarter, the visionary architect of public television WTTW-Channel 11 and former president and CEO of Window to the World Communications who partnered in production of the groundbreaking show and brought it to PBS in 1982. Host John McLaughlin, who died Tuesday at 89, once called McCarter “one of the best programming minds in the business.” McCarter retired in 1998 and died in 2011. Dan Schmidt, who succeeded McCarter, said Tuesday “The McLaughlin Group” was “emblematic of public media’s dedication to political commentary and discussion.‎” No word on plans for the show, which airs here at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays on WTTW. Continue reading

US 99 rounds out new on-air lineup

Kimmie Caruba

Kimmie Caruba

With the hiring of a new nighttime personality Monday, CBS Radio finalized the weekday talent lineup on its refreshed and rebranded country WUSN FM 99.5.

Kimmie Caruba, a Chicago native who once worked as a morning show intern for iHeartMedia Top 40 WKSC FM 103.5 and programming intern for Window to the World Communications WTTW-Channel 11, was signed to host from 7 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday on US 99, starting August 29. Continue reading