Robservations on the media beat:
Katie Kim, a reporter at NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5, has been promoted to weekend morning news anchor. While continuing to work with the NBC 5 Investigates unit during the week, she’ll join anchor Susan Carlson on Saturday and Sunday mornings, according to an announcement Wednesday by Frank Whittaker, station manager and vice president of news at NBC 5. “Katie has done a great job filling in, and did a wonderful job for us reporting from the Winter Olympics earlier this year,” Whittaker said. A southern California native and magna cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Kim joined NBC 5 in 2014 from KRQE-TV, the CBS affiliate in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Jenny Milkowski has resigned after five months as afternoon personality on WSHE FM 100.3. Her last day at the Hubbard Radio adult contemporary station will be September 18. Milkowski previously worked as traffic reporter for “Good Day Chicago” on Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32. She’s moving to San Diego to join CBS affiliate KFMB as traffic anchor and social media reporter. “While sad that Jenny Milk is leaving, we’re excited for her and wish her all the best in her new career adventure,” said Cat Thomas, program director of WSHE. Until a permanent afternoon replacement is named, Milkowski’s co-host, Jay Styles, will fly solo.
Darlene Hill, another former Fox 32 staffer, is also leaving Chicago. It’s been a year since her contract wasn’t renewed as news anchor, ending a 23-year run that included a lengthy stint as co-host of “Good Day Chicago.” Hill announced on “Windy City Live” this week that she’s been hired as a news anchor at WCMH, the NBC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. Noting that she’s a graduate of Ohio State University, Hill said: “It’s kind of like a full-circle moment for me. I’m going home. But my heart, of course, will be here and there because I love you guys. I so love all of you guys in Chicago.”
Erich Mancow Muller has been keeping a low profile since he signed off in March as morning personality on WLUP 97.9-FM, the former Cumulus Media classic rock station. While plotting his next media move, Muller will turn up onstage with his longtime friend, William Shatner. On September 20 at the Rosemont Theatre, Muller will host a conversation with the actor following a screening of Shatner’s 1982 film “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” (Here is the link for tickets.) Later that week they’ll take their act on the road to Madison, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Herb Gould, who retired after nearly four decades as a sportswriter for the Sun-Times, has just published his first historical novel. The Run Don’t Count: The Life and Times of Frank Chance and his 1908 Chicago Cubs, available on Amazon.com, recounts what Gould calls a glorious era in Cubs history — “when baseball paved the way for America’s obsession with sports.” Gould, who still contributes to the Sun-Times as a freelancer, also is a co-founder of TMGcollegesports.com, a subscription website devoted to covering college football.
No one in radio was bigger than Paul Harvey. Tuesday would have been the 100th birthday of the legendary Chicago-based radio commentator long considered the most-listened-to broadcaster in the world. To commemorate the event, friends and family gathered at the Drake Hotel, where the shuttered International Club was reopened for the evening. Hosted by his son, Paul Harvey Jr., the celebration featured the elder Harvey’s favorite menu and a performance by his favorite bluegrass band, flown in from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Among the more than 125 guests were fellow Chicago broadcasters Orion Samuelson and Bruce DuMont. Harvey died in 2009.
Wednesday’s comment of the day: Rick O’Dell: I realize it’s not the same as hearing it over the air [on Me-TV FM], but artist/title/year information for each song appears in real time on your car radio, and it’s available for the last five songs at the website, www.MeTV.fm. And, if you drop Me a line, you’ll get a prompt reply with the identity of any mystery song you’re wondering about. Thanks for listening to the station!