Country Radio Hall of Fame honors for US 99.5’s Lisa Dent

Lisa Dent

Lisa Dent

The new year is starting off on a high note for Lisa Dent, veteran morning personality at CBS Radio country WUSN FM 99.5.

On Tuesday, Dent was named to the Country Radio Hall of Fame. She’s one of eight 2016 honorees who’ll be recognized during opening ceremonies of the Country Radio Seminar February 8 in Nashville, Tennessee. Formal induction will follow later this year. Continue reading

Barry Keefe 1953-2016

Barry Keefe

Barry Keefe

Longtime Chicago radio newsman Barry Keefe is being remembered as a consummate broadcaster whose booming voice conveyed warmth and authority to morning-drive listeners for decades.

Keefe, who stepped down in 2008 after 30 years as director of news and public affairs at WTMX FM 101.9, died Sunday at his home in west suburban Wheaton. He was 62. Continue reading

WFLD aimed for ‘something more worthwhile’ 50 years ago

Chicago Tribune, January 4, 1966

Chicago Tribune, January 4, 1966

Fifty years ago today — on January 4, 1966 — Chicagoans got their first look at WFLD-Channel 32, a brand-new television station that promised to do things differently.

The call letters stood for Field Enterprises, publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Daily News, and the original owner of the channel. Early news programs originated from the city rooms of the two newspapers. Continue reading

‘Chi-Town Rising’ wins New Year’s Eve ratings for NBC 5

"Chi-Town Rising" (Photo: Bob Malkovich)

“Chi-Town Rising” (Photo: Bob Malkovich)

Mark Giangreco and Janet Davies were dethroned as the king and queen of New Year’s Eve Thursday, as many more local TV viewers tuned in to see the inaugural broadcast of “Chi-Town Rising,” featuring a giant star ascending over the Chicago River.

Straight up at midnight, “Chi-Town Rising” on NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5 had a 17.1 rating and 36 share, while “Countdown Chicago 2016” on ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7 had a 14.2 rating and 30 share, according to Nielsen figures released Friday. Continue reading

Media preview 2016: Change is in the air

Cheryl Scott and Jerry Taft

Cheryl Scott and Jerry Taft

Ten things to look for on the Chicago media beat in the coming year:

  • Chicago Tribune will introduce a metered digital subscription model in the second quarter of 2016. The new system for all Tribune Publishing newspapers will give readers access to a limited number of online articles for free before they hit a paywall requiring them to subscribe. It will replace the current premium digital pay model, with certain content (including this blog) available only to subscribers. Continue reading