Kap & Haugh get double play on Comcast SportsNet

 

David Kaplan and David Haugh

David Kaplan and David Haugh

Comcast SportsNet Chicago will air a live, three-hour simulcast of David Kaplan and David Haugh’s midday show on Tribune Broadcasting sports/talk WGWG LP 87.7, starting July 21.

From cameras in their Tribune Tower radio studio, “Kap & Haugh” will be seen from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday on Comcast SportsNet. A one-hour “Best of Kap & Haugh” highlights show also will air at 11 p.m. weeknights. Continue reading

WGN adds 5 p.m. news on weekends

Robert Jordan, Jim Ramsey, Jackie Bange and Rich King

Robert Jordan, Jim Ramsey, Jackie Bange and Rich King

In yet another expansion of its news operation, WGN-Channel 9 is about to add an hour of news at 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Robert Jordan and Jackie Bange, who’ve been co-anchors of the 9 p.m. weekend newscasts on the Tribune Broadcasting station since 1995, will front the new 5 p.m. newscasts, starting July 12. Also featured will be Jim Ramsey on weather and Rich King on sports. Continue reading

WGN’s Caputo retiring with office open

Greg Caputo

Greg Caputo

Greg Caputo leaves some pretty big shoes to fill at Chicago’s busiest TV news operation, but WGN-Channel 9 appears to be in no hurry to replace him.

No successor has been named for Caputo, who announced plans May 5 to retire as news director of the Tribune Broadcasting station. His last day on the job will be Friday.

While the position remains vacant (and the opening is still posted online), all eyes are on assistant news director Jennifer Lyons. A 20-year veteran of WGN, Lyons has taken a larger role in the news department since Caputo’s announcement and will continue to oversee the department after next week, according to Greg Easterly, president and general manager. Continue reading

WLS FM eyes Eddie & Jobo for mornings

Ed Volkman and Joe Colborn (aka Eddie & Jobo)

Ed Volkman and Joe Colborn (aka Eddie & Jobo)

Ed Volkman and Joe Colborn, the iconic Chicago radio duo known as Eddie & Jobo, could be headed for yet another comeback — this time on classic hits WLS FM 94.7.

Talks first began in May when the two met with John Dickey, co-chief operating officer and executive vice president of Cumulus Media, sources said. No agreement was reached, but negotiations are expected to start up again this week on plans to sign them for mornings. Continue reading

Chicago radio’s weekend favorites

Here’s a look at Chicago’s most popular radio stations during the weekend, according to ratings for the period from April 24 to May 21.

Following are the top-rated stations in the Chicago metro area as measured by Nielsen Audio among all listeners age 6 and older from 6 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday, followed by format and average share of audience. Continue reading

Emily Barr named Broadcaster of the Year

Emily Barr

Emily Barr

Emily Barr, former president and general manager of ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7, will be honored as Broadcaster of the Year Wednesday by the Illinois Broadcasters Association.

Barr, who stepped down after 15 years at ABC 7 in 2012 to become president and CEO of Post-Newsweek Stations, twice served as board chairman of the state broadcast trade association. She later was elected to the lifetime board position of director emeritus.

“There is no broadcaster more deserving of this award than Emily,” Dennis Lyle, president and CEO of the IBA, said in a statement. “She clearly defines what local broadcasting means to the community it serves, and does so with unmatched enthusiasm and dedication for an industry she so loves.” Continue reading

Rock programmer lands ‘dream job’ at the Drive

Curtiss Johnson

Curtiss Johnson

Curtiss Johnson, a former rock radio programmer in Sacramento and Phoenix, has been named program director of Hubbard Radio classic hits WDRV FM 97.1.

Starting Monday, Johnson will succeed Patty Martin, who announced last month that she was stepping down after 13 years at the Drive. Martin, a 34-year veteran of Chicago radio, cited health matters involving her husband, who soon may undergo a kidney transplant.

“Replacing Patty, the only programmer in our 13 rockin’ years, was daunting, but we believe we have hit the jackpot!” Greg Solk, senior vice president of programming at Hubbard Radio, told staffers in a memo Tuesday. “Curtiss is brilliant, but down to earth. He is artsy and scientific. He will not only make a great programming partner for me, but a terrific team player and coach for all of you.” Continue reading

‘Fix Channel 11’ challenges renewal of WTTW execs

 

Dan Schmidt

Dan Schmidt

Window to the World Communications, the nonprofit parent company of public television WTTW-Channel 11 and classical music WFMT FM 98.7, is facing harsh criticism from members of the community it’s licensed to serve.

Declaring that the public broadcaster “has not lived up to its potential as a local player for a long time,” an ad hoc citizens group called “Fix Channel 11” is calling on the management and board of trustees “to commit to changing directions and their assumptions about its future.” Continue reading