Chicago Tribune changing menu for weekly sections

In a realignment of the Chicago Tribune’s weekly sections, the print edition of the newspaper will discontinue its Thursday Dining and Auto Mart inserts after this week.

A new Food & Dining section on Wednesdays will incorporate the recipes and features now appearing in Good Eating with news of restaurants, bars and clubs from Dining. The new section will debut July 15, according to a spokesperson for Chicago Tribune Media Group. Continue reading

Chicago TV battles over stormy weather

NBC Chicago Storm Team 5 (June 29, 2015)

NBC Chicago Storm Team 5 (June 29, 2015)

On Monday night, WMAQ-Channel 5 preempted “NBC Nightly News” for Brant Miller’s coverage of storms 100 miles west of Chicago. One week earlier, WGN-Channel 9 repeatedly interrupted a Cubs baseball broadcast for Tom Skilling’s updates on tornadoes in the area.

Decisions to break into regularly scheduled programming can be costly to stations in terms of lost advertising revenue and unhappy viewers. But when it comes to the perceived threat of danger, Chicago broadcasters seem increasingly willing to accept the risks. Continue reading

WKQX gets new program boss

Troy Hanson

Troy Hanson

Troy Hanson, corporate program director of rock formats for Cumulus Media, Friday was named program director of WKQX FM 101.1, the company’s alternative rocker in Chicago.

Hanson replaces P.J.Kling, who has been program director since 2012. A holdover from Merlin Media ownership, Kling previously was interim operations manager of classic rock WLUP FM 97.9 and director of user insight for Tribune Interactive. Continue reading