It’s showtime again for Steve Dahl on WLS

Steve Dahl

Steve Dahl

Monday marks Steve Dahl’s return as afternoon personality on WLS AM 890 — and a comeback to terrestrial radio that many of his fans probably thought would never happen.

“I’m excited for it,” Dahl said Thursday. “It’s been six years since I last had my own radio show. I’m pretty sure it’s like riding a bicycle, but I’m going to wear a helmet just in case.” Continue reading

Newcity’s best at rocking the boat

NewcityNewcity is about to come out with its annual Best of Chicago issue, and once again editor and publisher Brian Hieggelke is rocking the local media boat.

Who else but Hieggelke would proclaim the besieged Sun-Times “best local daily newspaper,” declare an architecture critic “best Chicago news columnist” or project a landslide election for governor next week? Continue reading

Ellen Warren ends ‘great run’ at Tribune

Ellen Warren

Ellen Warren

The incomparable Ellen Warren, a Hall of Fame journalist whose insight and flair graced the pages of three Chicago newspapers, is retiring after more than two decades as senior correspondent and columnist for the Chicago Tribune.

Friday will be Warren’s last day at the Tribune, culminating a reporting career that stretched from Chicago City Hall to the White House and from the presidential campaign trail to the Middle East. Continue reading

Doug Banks still tops afternoon drive

Thirty-two years after Doug Banks began broadcasting in Chicago, he’s still riding high in the ratings.

Nielsen Audio figures released Monday for the period from September 11 to October 8 again give Banks the top spot for his syndicated afternoon show on iHeartMedia urban adult-contemporary WVAZ FM 102.7. That’s the same frequency where it all began for Banks in 1982 under the call letters WBMX. Continue reading

Bears talk boosts Score in morning ratings

Interest in the fortunes of the Bears helped propel Chicago’s leading sports/talk station into the top 10 among morning radio shows in the latest monthly ratings released Monday.

Nielsen Audio figures for September 11 to October 8 showed Mike Mulligan and Brian Hanley, the morning team on CBS Radio WSCR AM 670, in seventh place among all listeners — up from 14th the previous month. It was the Score’s first top-10 showing since May. Continue reading

Cindy Gatziolis made events special

Cindy Gatziolis

Cindy Gatziolis

If you ever attended the Chicago Blues Festival, Taste of Chicago or the Air & Water Show, you knew the work of Cindy Gatziolis. And if you ever listened to Larry Lujack, Wally Phillips, Fred Winston, Steve Dahl or Jonathon Brandmeier, you knew it too.

Gatziolis, who worked closely with Chicago’s biggest radio personalities for two decades before leading the promotion of the city’s most popular special events, died Saturday after a long battle with cancer. She was 56. Continue reading