Hubbard Radio tunes in to podcasting

Norm Pattiz and Ginny Morris

Norm Pattiz and Ginny Morris

Hubbard Radio, owner of three blue chip stations in Chicago, is staking a major claim in the podcast business.

The Minnesota-based company announced Monday that it has acquired a 30 percent interest in PodcastOne, the nation’s largest advertiser-supported podcast network. Among more than 200 programs on the network are shows hosted by Adam Carolla, Shaquille O’Neal, Dan Patrick, Penn Jillette, Laura Ingraham, Larry King and Dr. Drew Pinsky. Continue reading

ABC 7 news back on top in July

Cheryl Burton, Ron Magers and Kathy Brock

Cheryl Burton, Ron Magers and Kathy Brock

Longtime market leader ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7 was back on top of the late-news ratings in July after NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5 won the key adult demographics by a slender margin in May.

Nielsen numbers obtained through independent sources Thursday initially showed ABC 7 ahead at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. weekdays in overall households and among viewers between 25 and 54 — the prized demo for advertisers. Figures later provided by NBC 5, however, showed the 10 p.m. race was a tie for first place in the adult demo. Continue reading

Marathon week for ‘Waddle & Silvy’

Marc Silverman and Tom Waddle

Marc Silverman and Tom Waddle

Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman better rest up now. By the end of next month they’ll be working overtime.

In addition to their local sports/talk show from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday on ESPN Radio WMVP AM 1000, “Waddle & Silvy” will be going national on the ESPN Radio network from 9 a.m. to noon the week of August 24. Continue reading

WLS FM gets new program director

Brian Thomas

Brian Thomas

Cumulus Media is dispatching a seasoned corporate program executive from New York to become the new program director of WLS FM 94.7.

Brian Thomas starts August 1 as program director of the classic hits station here, according to an internal announcement Monday by Peter Bowen, vice president and Chicago market manager of Cumulus Media. Continue reading

Legendary DJ Landecker quits WLS FM

John Records Landecker

John Records Landecker

John Records Landecker, one of Chicago radio’s most celebrated disc jockeys, is calling it quits. His last show as evening host on Cumulus Media classic hits WLS FM 94.7 will be Friday.

Landecker, 68, who’s been working without a contract since he started in January 2012, said the decision to leave was entirely his own. Continue reading