Silver Circle festivities to shine on CLTV

Silver Circle (Photo: Kathleen Virginia)

Even if you can’t attend the $180-a-plate Silver Circle Honors Dinner Friday at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago, you can still see highlights of the gala induction ceremonies.

For the sixth time in the 27-year history of the event, the 2019 awards will be taped for broadcast on local TV. Tribune Broadcasting cable news channel CLTV will air a 90-minute recap at 7 p.m. May 11 (with a rebroadcast at noon May 12).

Terry Savage

Presented annually by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Silver Circle Award recognizes individuals who have devoted 25 years or more to the television industry and have made significant contributions to Chicago broadcasting.

Host of this year’s program will be Terry Savage, the multimedia personal finance expert and business reporter. Savage was inducted in the Silver Circle in 2018.

This year’s Silver Circle honorees are:

  • Peter Nolan, former reporter and political commentator at NBC 5 and CBS 2.
  • Bob Wallace, former news anchor, feature reporter and host at CBS 2.
  • Monica Schneider, news anchor at CLTV and reporter at Tribune Broadcasting WGN.
  • Fred Weintraub, executive producer of sports at Weigel Broadcasting, former station manager of Weigel’s WCIU, and former general manager of Silver King Communications WEHS.
  • Deloris MeBain, former director of station relations at NBC 5 and owner of MeBain Media Group.
  • Dick Marx (posthumously), jazz pianist, arranger and composer who created some of TV’s most popular advertising jingles.
  • Jeff McGrath (posthumously), former program director at ABC 7 who “discovered” Oprah Winfrey, general manager of the former City Colleges’ WYCC, president and board chairman of Silver King Communications, and president of Center City Studios.
  • Clifton and Frayn Utley (posthumously), husband-and-wife team who pioneered television news commentary and global-affairs reporting at NBC 5 in the 1950s.
  • Jim Kehoe (posthumously) and Ed Collins, longtime stagehands at NBC 5.

Tuesday’s comment of the day: Alice Singleton: Things change.