Robservations on the media beat:
Can the stars of The Score survive for a week in the desert under one roof? That’s the reality-show premise of an inspired stunt playing out on Entercom sports/talk WSCR 670-AM. Midday hosts Dan Bernstein and Connor McKnight and afternoon hosts Dan McNeil and Danny Parkins aren’t just broadcasting their shows from Cubs spring training at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona. They’re all occupying a rented house together in Scottsdale along with operations director Mitch Rosen, their show producers and a video producer from Entercom Chicago. On Thursday, they’ll be joined for dinner at The Score House by morning hosts Mike Mulligan and David Haugh. (Those two will be staying at a hotel nearby.) Video highlights of the adventure will be posted each day at 670thescore.com. “At the end of the week this could be epic radio,” said Rosen, who added: “Pray for me.”
Khris Henderson-Hutchinson, the weekend and fill-in host known as “First Lady” at iHeartMedia urban adult-contemporary WVAZ 102.7-FM, has joined Future Vision Entertainment’s “95.1 FM Clubsteppin’” as program director and midday personality. Starting March 18 she’ll be on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Also new to “95.1 FM Clubsteppin’” is DJ Calvin Hayes, a former guest mixer at V103, who now joins Ramonski Luv for mixes at 8 p.m. weeknights. The latest moves by LaMont Watts, owner of the urban adult-contemporary station on a leased HD Radio signal, follow the addition of Tom Joyner’s syndicated morning show.
Turner Classic Movies examines the role played by journalism in the world of cinema with a monthlong series of great films about the fourth estate. Thursdays in March will feature “Journalism in the Movies,” including such classics as “Citizen Kane” (1941), “All the President’s Men” (1976), “Ace in the Hole” (1951), “Sweet Smell of Success” (1957), “Network” (1976), “It Happened One Night” (1934) and “His Girl Friday” (1940). For what it’s worth, here’s the link to my own list of favorite movies about the press — with suggestions from the late Roger Ebert and a few other friends.
Harlan Draeger, a legendary reporter for the Chicago Daily News and Sun-Times, is being remembered by colleagues as a consummate professional and gracious gentleman. Draeger died Thursday at Froedert South Hospital in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He was 90. Draeger, who also served as president of the Chicago Newspaper Guild, retired from the Sun-Times in 1992 after a 42-year career in journalism. Among many awards, he was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame. “It’s journalists like Harlan Draeger who’ve made our city and region a better place,” tweeted Sun-Times editor Chris Fusco.
Friday’s comment of the day: Albert Balcer: Great news about the WGN Morning News! What terrific chemistry among all of their team members. But imagine what would have happened to that show if the Sinclair deal went through. Were the show’s continued successes a reason for the deal to not happen?