Editorial uses Fox 32 staffers to prop up the boss

Dennis Welsh

Dennis Welsh is at it again.

The last time we looked in on the vice president and general manager of WFLD-Channel 32, he was seated on a throne while lecturing viewers about the evils of nepotism in Illinois and Chicago politics.

In his latest editorial on the Fox-owned station, Welsh has a new gimmick: He punctuates his commentary on the state’s “insane unfunded pension debt” with video inserts from seven unidentified taxpayers. (Here is the link.) Continue reading

Museum to bring ‘Saturday Night Live: The Experience’ to Chicago

Saturday Night Live: The Experience

Saturday Night Live: The Experience, an immersive multimedia exhibition taking visitors behind the scenes of the late-night comedy series and celebrating its phenomenal success over more than four decades on NBC, is coming to Chicago.

Steve Martin’s King Tut headdress, Eddie Murphy’s Mr. Robinson cardigan, Dana Carvey’s Church Lady dress, Bill Murray’s lounge singer jacket, the Coneheads, the Killer Bees and many other iconic costumes will be on display along with hundreds of other original sets, props and scripts. Continue reading

Robservations: New podcaster Dan McNeil comes out swinging

Dan McNeil

Robservations on the media beat:

“Dan McNeil: Unsupervised” premiered right on time today. The twice-weekly podcast for Chicago-based Radio Misfits Podcast Network marked the return of the outspoken Chicago radio personality. McNeil minced no words in recounting his ill-fated tenure as morning host at Hubbard Radio classic rock WDRV FM 97.1. Calling his former program director at The Drive “Hamster Vomit,” he said of Rob Cressman: “He had no major market experience. It was all flash over substance with this Rob guy. He looked like a hamster and made you want to vomit. . . . This was the first program director I neither respected nor liked.” Cressman declined to comment. Continue reading

Tronc buys New York Daily News

New York Daily News

Chicago-based tronc may have struck out in its bid for the Sun-Times eight weeks ago, but it just picked up a bigger tabloid newspaper in the Big Apple.

In a stop-the-presses surprise that rocked the media world, the owner of the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times has acquired the New York Daily News. The news was first reported late Monday by the New York Times and later confirmed in a press release. Continue reading

Robservations: Jeff Herndon pulls a fast one

Jeff Herndon

Robservations on the media beat:

If you can’t trust an anchorman, who can you trust? On Tuesday, I asked Jeff Herndon about his employment plans after he signed off that night as 5 and 9 p.m. weekday news anchor at Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32. “As for the future, I’m not any closer to a decision,” he told me. “Just looking forward to some time away from television for most of September.” On Thursday, Herndon was hired as assistant news director and 5 p.m. news anchor at KSNW, the NBC affiliate in Wichita, Kansas. Pretty fast work, I’d say. Continue reading

Fox 32 promotes Corey McPherrin to top news anchor

Corey McPherrin

Corey McPherrin, host of WFLD-Channel 32’s “Good Day Chicago” morning show, will move up to anchor the 5 and 9 p.m. weekday newscasts, the Fox-owned station announced Wednesday.

McPherrin, a suburban Chicago native and 22-year veteran of Fox 32, will succeed Jeff Herndon alongside co-anchor Dawn Hasbrouck. Herndon resigned after four years to return home to Kansas. His last day at the station was Tuesday. Continue reading

Robservations: Chicago radio unites for hurricane relief

Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast (Photo: Mark Bishop/DFW Red Cross)

Robservations on the media beat:

More than 30 Chicago area radio stations will team up today to promote relief efforts in communities ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. A one-minute commercial urging support for American Red Cross activities in Houston and the Gulf Coast will air simultaneously across AM and FM frequencies at 4:29 p.m. “We urge all Chicagoans to contribute to the relief efforts that are so desperately needed,” said Matt Scarano, chairman of Radio Broadcasters of Chicagoland, which is coordinating the broadcast roadblock. “We are using the power of radio in both English and Spanish to help out those in need.  In a time of crisis, Chicago radio is willing to help in any way we can.” Continue reading