Comcast SportsNet extracts apology for Score’s sexist tweets

Aiyana Cristal

Aiyana Cristal

Two prominent personalities from CBS Radio sports/talk WSCR AM 670 have apologized for an exchange of tweets that many viewed as sexist and degrading toward a female sportscaster from Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

Score midday co-host Matt Spiegel and afternoon co-host Dan Bernstein were widely criticized on social media for a series of crude comments Wednesday about the physical attributes of Comcast SportsNet anchor/reporter Aiyana Cristal. Continue reading

Mandy Patinkin narrates documentary on 2005 White Sox season

 

Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin

Comcast SportsNet Chicago will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2005 World Series Championship season of the Chicago White Sox with the debut of an original 90-minute documentary.

“Believe: The Story of the 2005 Chicago White Sox,” featuring interviews with players, coaches, execs and others whose lives were touched by the city’s first Major League Baseball championship in 88 years, will premiere at 7 p.m. April 12 on the regional sports network. Continue reading

Feder flashback: The day Chicago’s anchorman took on the press

John Drury, Jerry Taft, Diann Burns and Mark Giangreco

John Drury, Jerry Taft, Diann Burns and Mark Giangreco

Over his 40-year career as an anchorman in Chicago, John Drury was never known as a controversial figure. His warm demeanor and unruffled delivery belied a sharp-edged competitiveness that viewers rarely saw.

But one Saturday afternoon 25 years ago, the legendary broadcaster let his guard down and went on the offensive against critics in the print media. Editors of the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times, Drury charged, were guilty of many of the excesses they attack in television news. Continue reading

Univision Radio adds new syndicated shows to WOJO, WPPN

Oswaldo Diaz

Oswaldo Diaz

Two of Chicago’s leading Spanish-language radio stations have added new drive-time shows to their lineups, as part of a multifaceted syndication agreement between Univision Local Media and Entravision Communications.

The addition earlier this month of “El Show de Erazno y La Chokolata” to afternoons on regional Mexican WOJO FM 105.1 and “El Show de Alex ‘El Genio’ Lucas” to mornings on adult contemporary WPPN FM 106.7 reflects the continued deployment of syndicated programming on both Univision Radio stations. Continue reading

Dan Proft called ‘perfect addition’ to WIND’s new lineup

Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson

Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson

Salem Media news/talk WIND AM 560 unveiled a new lineup Tuesday, officially installing Dan Proft as morning host in place of Big John Howell. It confirms a move Proft announced himself more than a month ago.

The Republican political commentator, consultant and onetime gubernatorial candidate has been filling in alongside co-host Amy Jacobson since January when Howell segued to mornings at Cumulus Media news/talk WLS AM 890. Proft previously hosted co-mornings with Bruce Wolf at WLS. Continue reading

Lara Weber joins Tribune editorial board

Lara Weber

Lara Weber

Lara Weber, a versatile and innovative editor at the Chicago Tribune for more than two decades, has been appointed to the editorial board of the newspaper.

Bruce Dold, editorial page editor of the Tribune, announced Friday that Weber would have a key role on the board as a writer and editor, focusing on the selection and editing of essays, columns, letters and other content for the commentary pages and online opinion section. Continue reading

Elroy Smith drops Chicago radio plans

Elroy Smith

Elroy Smith

Elroy Smith, the former Chicago radio programmer who led two urban stations to the top of the ratings, won’t be making a comeback here after all.

Eight months after he announced plans to pay Calvary Radio Network a record $4.6 million for a 10-watt translator atop Willis Tower, the deal has been scrapped. “I wanted you to know that Calvary Radio Network and I have mutually agreed to terminate the pending sale of translator W264BF Chicago,” Smith wrote in an email Saturday. Continue reading

Vocalo’s Molly Adams joins TouchVision

Molly Adams

Molly Adams

Molly Adams, co-host of “The Morning AMp” call-in talk show on Vocalo, is leaving the Chicago Public Media community-based audio service this week to join TouchVision, the multiplatform news and information network.

Adams will be bringing what she calls her “critical, humorous, and amiable personality” to mornings on the video news operation founded by former Tribune Co. chief innovation officer Lee Abrams and based at Weigel Broadcasting studios, 26 North Halsted Street. Continue reading

Ben Finfer to fill in on ESPN 1000

Ben Finfer

Ben Finfer

The last time I heard from Ben Finfer, he was ripping me on the air as “a joke,” “a hack” and a number of other things that I don’t think were meant as compliments.

It was the afternoon of November 20, and I had just reported that his bosses were pulling the plug on The Game 87.7 FM and that he and most of his co-workers would soon be out of work.

Unfortunately, no one had told Finfer the news before he read it on my Twitter feed during his show. (Co-host Alex Quigley knew the night before but hadn’t mentioned it to his partner.) Appearing blindsided and bewildered, an angry Finfer lashed out at his Tribune Media bosses in a 10-minute tirade that became a worldwide sensation. Continue reading