Chicago’s 100.3 serving ‘Perfect Christmas Blend’

Christmas blendLet the Christmas radio battle begin.

In what’s billed as a first for local radio, WILV FM 100.3 is offering listeners a 50/50 split of Christmas music and mainstream hits for the next six weeks.

Starting at 6 a.m. Thursday and airing continuously through Christmas Day, the Hubbard Radio station will alternate holiday classics with songs from its regular adult-contemporary playlist. They’re calling it “The Perfect Christmas Blend.”

”For more than a year now Hubbard Radio Chicago has been committed to re-inventing the standard AC [adult contemporary] format,” Marty Bender, program director of Chicago’s 100.3, said in a statement. “In that spirit, we are presenting a new way to hear the holiday. This is yet another unique ‘touch’ for our growing and lucratively targeted adult audience. This isn’t a radio strategy as much as it’s simply giving our listeners a balance of the two types of music they want to hear.” Continue reading

John Farneda bows out as ‘heart and soul’ of ’XRT

John Farneda

John Farneda

John Farneda, who joined WXRT FM 93.1 as an intern in 1983 and rose to operations manager and music director, is retiring from the CBS Radio album adult alternative station.

“After 31 years at Chicago’s Finest Rock, I realized that I have achieved all my goals at the radio station and it is now time to set new ones,” Farneda, 53, told colleagues Tuesday. His last day on the job will be November 26. Continue reading

Marianne Murciano: ‘Tamron Hall took my job’

Marianne Murciano

Marianne Murciano

Fourteen years after she lost her morning news anchor job to Tamron Hall at Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32, Marianne Murciano is speaking out about it.

“Tamron Hall moved in and took my job while I was on maternity leave,” Murciano said Monday on the WGN AM 720 midday show she co-hosts with her husband, Bob Sirott. Murciano’s comments were prompted by a New York Post report about a behind-scenes power struggle on NBC’s “Today” show between Hall and Natalie Morales. Continue reading

Chicago anchor sues Telemundo over firing

Edna Schmidt

Edna Schmidt

Edna Schmidt, who was a top news anchor at two Spanish-language stations in Chicago, is suing one of them for firing her when she appeared drunk on the air.

A lawsuit filed in federal court last week claims Telemundo Station Group’s WSNS-Channel 44 and parent company NBC Universal violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to provide Schmidt “reasonable accommodation” for her alcoholism. Continue reading

Steve Grzanich brings political focus to Rivet News Radio

Steve Grzanich

Steve Grzanich

Veteran Chicago radio newsman Steve Grzanich has been named government and politics editor of Rivet News Radio.

His promotion to the new role comes six months after Grzanich joined the Chicago-based personalizable Internet radio news operation as a reporter and news anchor. He’s best known as former afternoon news anchor at CBS Radio all-news WBBM AM 780, where he signed off after 20 years last December.

“I’m excited and proud to be a part of what I think will be an exciting new era for audio/radio news,” Grzanich said Sunday. “Also to join a team that includes so many talented broadcasters, journalists, innovators and others. As news consumers further embrace the on-demand model, Rivet News Radio is uniquely positioned to become one of their go-to sources locally, nationally and globally. I hope I can contribute to that.” Continue reading