WGN lures O’Bradovich for Bears postgame show

Ed O'Bradovich (Photo: Michael Tercha)

Ed O’Bradovich (Photo: Michael Tercha)

Ed O’Bradovich, whose longtime, irrepressible partnership with the late Doug Buffone became “must-listen radio” for Bears fans on CBS Radio sports/talk WSCR AM 670, is switching broadcast teams this fall.

Tribune Media news/talk WGN AM 720 has hired O’Bradovich to host a three-hour Bears postgame show with fellow ex-Bears Dan Hampton and Glen Kozlowski. After a preseason special in August, “The Hamp & O.B. Show with Glen Kozlowski” will officially debut September 13 and follow every regular season game. Continue reading

WIND blows past WLS in mornings

Amy Jacobson and Dan Proft

Amy Jacobson and Dan Proft

When Big John Howell and Dan Proft traded places on Chicago radio stations earlier this year, no one predicted there’d be any seismic changes in the ratings.

But in a surprising footnote to Nielsen Audio figures released this week, Salem Media news/talk WIND AM 560 beat Cumulus Media news/talk WLS AM 890 in morning drive for the first time. It’s the latest indication of how far the 50,000-watt giant WLS has fallen. Continue reading

NBC 5 ‘fortunate’ to hire Richard Maginn as managing editor

NBC 5 News

NBC 5 News

Richard Maginn, a highly respected former executive producer of the 10 p.m. Monday-through-Friday newscast at ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7, has been hired as managing editor at NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Richard’s local experience join our team,” Frank Whittaker, station manager and vice president of news at NBC 5, said in announcing Maginn’s appointment to the newly created position Wednesday. Continue reading

WTTW to air ‘Sirott & Murciano Backstage’

Bob Sirott, Marianne Murciano, Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan

Bob Sirott, Marianne Murciano, Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan

International superstar Gloria Estefan and her producer husband, Emilio Estefan, join veteran Chicago broadcasters Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano for a two-on-two interview on WTTW-Channel 11.

Billed as “Sirott & Murciano Backstage,” the half-hour special will air at 8:30 p.m. June 26 on the Window to the World Communications public television station. Continue reading

CLTV to kick off nightly ‘Sports Feed’

Jarrett Payton and Josh Frydman

Jarrett Payton and Josh Frydman

The newest team in Chicago’s sports-talk game will take the field Sunday on CLTV.

Set to kick off on the Tribune Media cable news channel is “Sports Feed,” a live sports talk show hosted by Jarrett Payton and Josh Frydman, airing from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Practice runs are under way this week leading up to Sunday’s debut. Continue reading

It’s V for victory at V103 again

iHeartMedia Chicago

iHeartMedia Chicago

In the latest Chicago radio ratings, the winner and still champion is WVAZ FM 102.7. The iHeartMedia urban adult-contemporary station also finished first in middays, afternoons and evenings.

Nielsen Audio ratings released Monday for the period from April 23 to May 20 showed V103 leading the market among overall listeners and among those between 25 and 54 — the prime demographic favored by advertisers. Continue reading