Robservations on the media beat:
A closer look at the latest Nielsen Audio survey shows Univision Chicago’s flagship WOJO 105.1-FM with a big win in two key adult demographics. The regional Mexican music station known as “La Que Buena 105.1” finished first in both 25-to-54 and 18-to-49 demos. (Nielsen guidelines prohibit publishing specific demographic shares.) “WOJO enjoys a very long heritage of leadership in the Spanish-language space, but it is especially gratifying when the station is at the very top of the entire marketplace among listeners in the key demographics most valued by advertisers,” said Doug Levy, president and general manager of Univision Chicago. “The current ratings performance is proof positive that Chicago’s Hispanic consumer segment is not only large but also incredibly engaged with their favorite radio station — WOJO. I’m very proud of our team of programmers and personalities who make this station one of the very best in the industry.”
While veteran anchorman Steve Sanders received a royal sendoff on his retirement from WGN-Channel 9 Friday, another longtime staffer at the Nexstar Media Group station signed off the same day without fanfare. Tom Negovan, a reporter and fill-in news anchor since 2005, left for parts unknown. A WGN spokeswoman described the departure as amicable but declined further comment. Negovan, a Canada native and University of North Dakota graduate, joined WGN from KYW, the CBS-owned station in Philadelphia, where he was an investigative reporter and weekend news anchor.
Scotty Kay, morning co-host at Entercom country WUSN 99.5-FM, has taken on additional duties as midday host at KNOU, the Entercom Top 40 station in St. Louis. Kay, a Chicago native whose given name is Scott Corchin, joined Jason Pullman and Katie Bright on US99’s morning show in 2019. He previously worked as nighttime personality and music director at iHeartMedia Top 40 WKSC 103.5-FM, where he was known as “Special K.”
Kevin Kaduk, a former writer and editor at Yahoo Sports, has launched Midway Minute, a free daily newsletter focused on Chicago sports. (Here is the link.) “Each weekday morning, I’ll keep you updated on the Big Five teams [Bears, Bulls, Cubs, Sox, Hawks] plus other important Chicago sports stories with just one simple and easy to read email,” Kaduk wrote in an introduction. “While getting through Midway Minute will probably never take a literal 60 seconds, the idea is to get you in and out of Chicago sports as quickly as possible while still delivering the info you want.”
Tuesday’s comment of the day: Mark Mardell: When I saw Maureen O’Donnell’s name in the introduction, I was worried that she is leaving the Sun Times. Glad that is not the case. She is a treasure that has turned obituary writing into an art.