Fahey Flynn and Bob Sirott to share spotlight again

Fahey Flynn and Bob Sirott (1969)

Fahey Flynn and Bob Sirott (1969)

Forty-six years after their first auspicious meeting, Chicago television luminaries Fahey Flynn and Bob Sirott are about to be inducted into the same class of the industry’s prestigious Silver Circle.

The two are among 10 broadcast veterans who’ll be honored May 8 by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Carol Marin, a 2002 Silver Circle inductee, will emcee the event at Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago. Continue reading

Now hear this: Siri can read Tribune on Apple Watch

Apple Watch

Apple Watch

Want to hear Siri read stories from the Chicago Tribune to you? Now with the new Apple Watch, there’s an app for that.

Tribune Publishing rolled out a series of apps Friday for the Apple Watch allowing users to access content from the Tribune and seven other newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, Orlando Sentinel, Sun Sentinel of South Florida, Baltimore Sun, Hartford Courant, Daily Press of Newport News, Virginia, and The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Continue reading

Loyola turns station back to students

WLUW studio

WLUW studio

An overhaul of programming designed to increase the role of students at Loyola University’s WLUW FM 88.7 will reduce or eliminate some of the station’s longest running community-based talk shows.

Among the casualties is Jerry Mead-Lucero’s “Labor Express Radio,” billed as “Chicago’s only labor news and current affairs radio program,” which has aired weekly on the nonprofit station since 1993. Others cancellations include Jacob Briskman’s “Logic Consortium,” Doug Williams’ “Azan” and Mitchell Szczepanczyk’s “From The Trenches.” Continue reading

Wrapports takes its brand off Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

Pick up a copy of the Sun-Times these days and you’ll no longer find any reference to Wrapports LLC, the media holding company that’s owned the paper since 2011.

Gone from the front page, the masthead and everywhere else is the corporate name once meant to signify the “rapport” of new technology and the “wrapping” of a traditional print newspaper. A “Wrapports” sign recently was removed from the entrance to the Sun-Times. New security badges issued to employees now say “Sun-Times” instead of “Wrapports.” Continue reading

Tribune Media communications exec exits under the radar

Christa Robinson

Christa Robinson

While no one was looking, Tribune Media quietly abolished the job of its New York-based chief communications officer.

Christa Robinson, a former CNN corporate communications chief and Clinton White House aide, was hired in November 2013 to help guide senior management through what was called a “transformative” period for Tribune Media.

Her tenure lasted 16 months.

Gary Weitman, senior vice president/corporate relations, confirmed Monday that Robinson’s position had been eliminated and that she left the company more than a month ago. Robinson’s social media pages also reflect her status as former chief communications officer. Continue reading

Karyn Esken joins Tribune Content Agency

Karyn Esken

Karyn Esken

Karyn Esken, former director of Radio Disney Station Group and a highly regarded veteran of Chicago media, has been named vice president for business development at Tribune Content Agency.

In the newly created position, Esken will head sales efforts in traditional markets and will be responsible for developing sponsorships for the rapidly expanding syndication and licensing unit of Tribune Publishing, according to Joyce Winnecke, president of Tribune Content Agency.

The appointment, announced Monday, is effective immediately. Continue reading