Why new morning host Richard Milne loves WXRT ‘and everything it stands for’

Richard Milne

Thirty-four years after Richard Milne joined WXRT 93.1-FM as weekend overnight host, he’s about to become the face and the voice of morning drive at “Chicago’s Finest Rock.”

As dawn breaks on Monday, he’ll follow Chicago radio icons Lin Brehmer and Terri Hemmert as only the third morning personality at the Entercom adult album alternative station since 1981. Continue reading

Robservations: Anchor Terrence Lee, reporter Brittany Garzillo headed for Fox 32

Terrence Lee

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Brittany Garzillo

Look for two new hires to be announced today at Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32. Terrence Lee, morning news anchor at ABC affiliate WEWS in Cleveland, is expected to join Fox 32 as a news anchor and reporter, starting March 16. A Maryland native and Temple University graduate, Lee began his career at WMDT, the dual ABC/CW affiliate in Salisbury, Maryland. He joined WEWS in 2013. Also headed for Fox 32 as a reporter is Brittany Garzillo, who has been a traffic anchor and reporter for WGAL, the NBC affiliate in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, since 2018. The Lehigh Valley native and graduate of Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, previously worked for WLVT, the PBS station in Bethlehem. Fox 32 has not yet announced how it plans to replace the ousted anchor Rafer Weigel on “Good Day Chicago” from 4 to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday. Continue reading

Chicago Journalism Town Hall 2020 to convene Feb. 23

Chicago Journalism Town Hall 2009 (Photo: Jason Reblando)

On a wintry Sunday afternoon in 2009, Ken Davis and Linda Paul assembled a roomful of media elders and innovators to share their thoughts about the uncertain future of journalism in Chicago.

The first Chicago Journalism Town Hall, as it was called, proved to be a lively exchange of ideas and a unique opportunity to vent some of the hopes and fears of a business facing historic challenges. Continue reading

Chicago Tribune cuts David Haugh as sports columnist

David Haugh (Photo: Brooke Collins)

David Haugh may be riding high in the ratings as morning co-host on Entercom sports/talk WSCR 670-AM, but his days as a Chicago Tribune sports columnist are over.

Haugh, 51, disclosed on social media Tuesday that it was his final day after 17 years with the Tribune — including the last 10 years in what he called his “dream job” as a star sports columnist. Continue reading

Robservations: Sinclair settles Tribune Media lawsuit for $60 million

Sinclair Broadcast Group

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Sinclair Broadcast Group has finally closed the book on its bungled attempt to take over Tribune Media. In 2017 Sinclair sought to buy Tribune Media’s 42 television stations and other properties for $3.9 billion before the deal ran afoul of the FCC for what was called “misrepresentation and/or lack of candor.” The Chicago-based parent company of WGN-Channel 9 and WGN 720-AM eventually was acquired by Nexstar Media Group, but a breach of contract lawsuit Tribune Media filed against Sinclair remained in effect. In a settlement announced Monday, Sinclair will pay Nexstar $60 million and transfer control of WDKY, a TV station in Lexington, Kentucky. “Neither party has admitted any liability or wrongdoing in connection with the terminated merger; both parties have settled the lawsuit to avoid the costs, distraction, and uncertainties of continued litigation,” the companies said in a regulatory filing. Continue reading

Rafer Weigel: ‘Fox 32 let me go’

Rafer Weigel

Rafer Weigel, the Chicago television news anchor who got caught up in a tawdry scandal involving texts of nude photos and allegations of revenge porn, said he was fired Monday from Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32.

Weigel, 50, had been on unpaid suspension as anchor of “Good Day Chicago” since October when three-way allegations of harassment and revenge porn surfaced involving a woman from Valparaiso, Indiana, with whom he was having an affair, and a former fiancee. Continue reading

WTTW hires news director from MSNBC

Hugo Balta

Hugo Balta, former senior producer at MSNBC, has been tapped to lead the news operation of WTTW-Channel 11, Chicago’s premier public television station.

Balta, 49, has been named news director for WTTW News and executive producer of “Chicago Tonight,” the station’s flagship nightly news program, parent company Window to the World Communications announced Monday. His appointment is effective February 3. Continue reading

V103 moves ‘The Sweat Hotel’ to evenings; WGCI, Big 95.5 keeping it local

Keith Sweat

Keith Sweat, the famed R&B recording artist and radio personality, is moving to the evening shift on iHeartMedia urban adult-contemporary WVAZ 102.7-FM.

Starting tonight, his Atlanta-based show will air from 7 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday on V103. Since 2014 “The Sweat Hotel” has been airing from midnight to 5 a.m. It’s syndicated by iHeartMedia subsidiary Premiere Networks.

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Robservations: PBS documentary recalls Chicago’s ‘First Rainbow Coalition’

“The First Rainbow Coalition”

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In 1969 the Chicago Black Panther Party formed an unlikely alliance with the Latino Young Lords Organization and the southern white Young Patriots group to combat segregation, police brutality and substandard housing in Chicago. Although the “Rainbow Coalition,” as it was called, lasted only until 1973, it served as an organizing model for future activists and politicians across the nation. Now it’s the subject of a one-hour documentary by filmmaker Ray Santisteban. Featuring rare archival footage and interviews with former coalition members, “The First Rainbow Coalition” premieres tonight on the PBS series “Independent Lens.” It airs here at 10 p.m. on Window to the World Communications WTTW-Channel 11. Continue reading