Robservations: Ratings deliver ‘gratifying’ victory to Univision Chicago’s WOJO

Aileen Ocana (Photo: Univision Chicago)

Robservations on the media beat:

Doug Levy

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.” Continue reading

Four ABC 7 employees sidelined by coronavirus concerns

ABC 7 Chicago

Four employees of WLS-Channel 7 were kept away from work Tuesday out of concern they may have been exposed to the coronavirus, officials of the ABC-owned station confirmed.

The action was taken “out of an abundance of caution,” the station said, after an ABC 7 reporter and photographer interviewed a food service worker Monday at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights where a coronavirus patient was being treated. Continue reading

Robservations: A new Score House opens for fun and games

The Score House II

Robservations on the media beat:

The Score House

The Score House is back. In a reprise of last year’s radio reality show in the desert, Entercom sports/talk WSCR 670-AM is renting another sprawling fun house to accommodate its crew covering Cubs and White Sox spring training in Arizona. “Last year was such a huge success from an over-the-air and digital content perspective we plan to take this year to the next level,” said operations director Mitch Rosen, promising “more digital content (via radio.com) and some fun surprises along the way.” Living with Rosen in the Scottsdale pad are Score hosts Dan Bernstein, Connor McKnight, Danny Parkins, Dan McNeil and Matt Spiegel, producers Jay Zawaski and Nick Shepkowski, digital content producers Brian Gertsch and Marty Rosenbaum, and social media content provider Shane Riordan. Can they all survive until next week under one roof? Stay tuned. Continue reading

Chicago News Guild ratifies new three-year contract with Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times (March 2, 2020)

The union representing editorial employees at the Chicago Sun-Times has approved a three-year contract extension that includes substantial raises and efforts to improve racial and gender diversity in the newsroom.

The new agreement, announced today, is retroactive to September when the previous contract expired. Members of the Sun-Times unit of the Chicago News Guild ratified the deal unanimously last week. Continue reading