Published on Monday, 11 July 2011 15:30
In today's News & Notes, we have a large amount of local media stories to look at, including: Danielle Tufano getting a new job, Clif Wilson getting a new job, Ryan Manno receiving an honor, The Skinny & Houli Show doing a live remote, Dan Kelley bringing back the classic rock, Roger Badesch trying to pass a classic rock of a different kind, Jon Kelley getting a new job, Antenna TV getting a new affiliate and reaching a milestone, Gloria Allred coming to Chicago TV while wearing a robe, The Voice coming to Navy Pier, and the sad passing of Bill Hamilton. All of the details can be found just below.
* * Congratulations to Danielle Tufano! The midday host on NextMedia's WERV-FM/95.9 The River has been hired to moonlight on weekends on CBS Radio's WUSN-FM/US99.5. She will be doing Sundays and occasional fill-ins on the Chicago country station. This now officially makes Danielle Tufano like Donny & Marie Osmond, in that she's a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n roll.
* * Speaking of NextMedia... Congratulations to Clif Wilson, who has been hired as the Vice President/Director of Sales of the nine NextMedia radio stations in northern IL and southern WI, as well as the two former NextMedia radio stations in the far northwest suburbs that are now in the Mile High Trust. In the past, Wilson has been the General Sales Manger for WLS-FM and WTMX-FM, as well as a top sales executive at WXRT-FM.
* * Periodically, the Chicago-based promotions & publicity company Maven holds events honoring influential and successful women and men in Media, PR, Fashion, Fitness, Culinary Arts, Beauty, Performing Arts, Sports, Social Media and other areas. This Wednesday, July 13th from 6:00pm-9:00pm, Maven will be holding another of its "Divo" series that salutes influential men. Among the honorees this month are local media star Ryan Manno, the former Q101 DJ and current host of JBTV and co-host on Sirius/XM's "Abe Kanan Show." The event will be held at The Chicago House of Blues' Foundation Room, located at 329 North Dearborn. More information can be found HERE
* * "The Skinny & Houli Show," heard locally on WCEV-AM on Saturday afternoons at 3:00pm and podcasted on their website
, will be doing their first ever live remote this Friday night. It will take place from 6:00pm-9:00pm at Jack Desmond's Irish Pub, located at 10339 S. Ridgeland in Chicago Ridge. Skinny & Houli are promising some surprise guests for the remote.
* * Touched by the outpouring of support that he received after bringing his Internet radio station to an end
at the start of last week, Dan Kelley's Okemos Brewing Company radio stream has quietly returned. The classic rock station can be heard again at this link HERE
. Welcome back Dan!
* * Best wishes to WGN-AM's Roger Badesch! The radio newsman found himself in the hospital earlier today with what turned out to be a kidney stone. He is out of the hospital, has the proper medicine he needs from the doctors and is hoping the stone will pass soon. Badesch plans on being back to work on WGN Radio in the late night/early morning hours tonight/tomorrow.
* * Former Chicago sports anchor Jon Kelley has found new work. He has been named as the new morning show co-host on KNTV-TV, the NBC station in the San Fransisco/Oakland market. Kelley spent eight years as sports and "Sports Sunday" anchor for WMAQ-TV, where he won a Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award for his work. He is also nationally known for his six years as weekend anchor and reporter for the syndicated entertainment magazine show "Extra." He continues to also be part of the Chicago-based J2S2 media consulting firm, co-owned by former Chicago news anchor Joan Esposito. Kelley starts his new job in San Fransisco later this month.
* * Antenna TV, the Tribune-owned and Chicago-based digital sub-channel network has added Peoria, IL's WAOE-TV sub-channel to its list of US stations carrying the classic television programming. This makes 43 stations on that affiliate list as of this month and means that Antenna TV's network is now cleared in 50% of the country in just about seven months' time. Antenna TV first launched on December 31, 2010. Antenna TV is seen locally on WGN-DT 9.2.
* * There is yet another syndicated court show coming to morning & afternoon television this fall, this time starring media-hungry attorney Gloria Allred. Chicago's WMAQ-TV is one of the first in the country (along with six other NBC-owned stations) to sign up to air Allred's new TV show. Although she has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years, she will be serving as a judge in the new television show. The program, entitled "We The People with Gloria Allred" will begin in September at a date & time still to be determined.
* * NBC-TV's "The Voice" will be holding auditions in Chicago later this week for contestants for next season's singing reality show. The auditions will take place on Friday and Saturday at Chicago's Navy Pier. Hopeful singers must be at least 16 years old and US residents.
* * In sad news, a former Chicago television and radio news anchor and spokesperson has died. Bill Hamilton passed away at the end of last month at the age of 87. For over 60 years, he was a staple on local radio and television. He was among the first TV news anchors, seen on Chicago's WBKB-TV in the 1940's. His booming voice could be heard as the spokesperson for Jewel Food Stores and Polk Brothers appliances, among many other retailers and products. Bill Hamilton's family has asked that those seeking to acknowledge his life, do so by making a donation in his name to Museum of Broadcast Communications, of which he was a founding member of. A memorial celebration of his life will take place on Saturday, July 30th, from 2:00pm-4:00pm at Ristorante Abruzzo, located at 483 Lake Cook Road in Deerfield.