WSHE to air morning show from Seattle

Brooke Fox and Jubal Flagg

Brooke Fox and Jubal Flagg

It used to be point of pride for Hubbard Radio that all of its Chicago stations carried nothing but live, local programming around the clock. But not anymore.

Starting November 14, a syndicated morning show from Seattle hosted by the team of Brooke Fox and Jubal Flagg — billed as “Brooke & Jubal” — will air from 6 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday on adult contemporary WSHE FM 100.3, one of Hubbard’s three stations here in the third largest market. Continue reading

Robservations: CLTV to simulcast WGN Radio’s Cochran, Conn

Roe Conn and Steve Cochran

Roe Conn and Steve Cochran

Robservations on the media beat:

It’s a deal we’ve been waiting for all year: Look for Tribune Broadcasting finally to begin video simulcasting the drive-time shows of news/talk WGN AM 720 on the company’s cable news channel CLTV. Starting November 28, the 9 a.m. hour of Steve Cochran’s morning show and the 3 p.m. hour of Roe Conn’s afternoon show will air live on CLTV. If all goes as planned, according to insiders, the arrangement could be expanded beyond the two hours each weekday. Cameras in WGN’s Tribune Tower studios already have been used to simulcast four Sunday afternoon Chicago Bears post-game shows on CLTV this season. Continue reading

NBC 5 news director ‘perfect choice’ for Miami promotion

Debra Juarez

Debra Juarez

Debra Juarez, who guided the expansion and resurgence of WMAQ-Channel 5 during five years as news director, is leaving the NBC-owned station here to head digital operations for two of the parent company’s stations in Miami.

Frank Whittaker, station manager and vice president of news at NBC 5, told staffers Wednesday that Juarez has been promoted to vice president, digital for NBC/Universal’s South Florida duopoly stations, WTVJ and Telemundo WSCV. Continue reading

Chaz Ebert: Roger ‘would have exposed this foolhardy ruse’

Roger Ebert and Donald Trump in 2004 (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty)

Roger Ebert and Donald Trump in 2004 (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty)

If there’s one voice in the media I’ve been missing more than any other during this upside down political year, it’s Roger Ebert.

As much as others have tried to explain The Rise of Donald Trump and the threat he poses to our system of government, freedom of the press and our pluralistic society, few have done it with the clarity, courage and humanity that were the hallmarks of the late, great Chicago journalism icon and film critic. Continue reading

Robservations: Kate Grossman joins WBEZ as senior editor

Kate Grossman

Kate Grossman

Robservations on the media beat:

Veteran Chicago journalist Kate Grossman, former deputy editorial page editor of the Sun-Times, has been hired as senior editor for enterprise at Chicago Public Media WBEZ FM 91.5, starting December 5. For the past year Grossman has directed the fellowship program at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics under founder David Axelrod and executive director Steve Edwards. Ben Calhoun, vice president of content and programming at Chicago Public Media, said of Grossman: “Her reputation precedes her. It is strong, and vibrant, and forceful. And it aligns resoundingly with who we are, our identity as an organization, and our aspirations for the future.” Continue reading

New stars at night for Kiss FM, Big 95.5

Erik Zachary

Erik Zachary

More people are listening to WKSC FM 103.5 at night than any other radio station in Chicago, according to the ratings. Now the iHeartMedia Top 40 station has a new voice at the mic when the sun goes down.

Erik Zachary has been named host from 6 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday on 103.5 Kiss FM, starting Monday. He most recently hosted nights on WEBG FM 95.5, iHeartMedia’s country station, and weekends on Kiss FM. Continue reading

Robservations: Anthony Ponce’s podcast up and running

Anthony Ponce

Anthony Ponce

Robservations on the media beat:

Wednesday marked the debut of “Backseat Rider,” the weekly podcast series hosted and produced by former Chicago newsman Anthony Ponce. Last July Ponce quit his job as weekend news anchor at NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5 to become a full-time driver for Lyft and record his conversations with passengers. The result is the new series for PodcastOne, the nation’s leading advertiser-supported podcast network. “I created ‘Backseat Rider’ to capture the human experience through the lens of unfiltered, everyday people,” Ponce said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that PodcastOne shares this vision, and could not be happier to be joining its amazing lineup.” Continue reading

Larry Wert named interim chairman of broadcast museum

Larry Wert

Larry Wert

Larry Wert, one of Chicago’s most prominent media executives for nearly three decades, has been elected interim chairman of the Museum of Broadcast Communications.

As head of the seven-member executive committee, Wert is expected to help secure new funding and oversee a reorganization of the museum’s leadership. Bruce DuMont, who founded the museum, earlier this year announced plans to retire as president and CEO on or before his current term expires in December 2017, depending on when a successor is named. Continue reading