Published on Sunday, 11 March 2012 16:03
Today's News & Notes has eight Chicago media news items, including: Daniella Guzman's start date at NBC5 is set; WLIT-FM loses its light bulb; Crain's Chicago Business takes over a famous Chicago skyline landmark; Steve Dahl returning to live performing; "Dancing With Chicago Celebrities" crowns a new champion; the 2012 Studs Terkel Community Media Awards to take place this week; Bart Shore's Time Warp Radio continues to expand its reach; and Chris Heim gets honored for her radio work. All the details are right here...
* * Daniella Guzman, who was hired by WMAQ-TV in January
to become the station's new morning newscast co-anchor, with a tentative start date of March 12th, now has a firm start date. Guzman will start on the air on NBC5 one week from tomorrow, March 19th. Her friend and former co-worker from Houston, Kris Gutierrez
, starts his new job as morning newscast co-anchor for WBBM-TV tomorrow, March 12th.
* * The "Lite" is gone. No... WLIT-FM didn't change formats, but it did change its logo. The light bulb as part of the logo, used for much of the last two decades by WLIT-FM as part of its "Lite FM" imaging, is gone as of this weekend. The new logo, seen below, is almost identical to other logos used by station owner Clear Channel for some of its other AC and Hot AC formatted stations in other markets. The simplistic new logo features pastel light purple and yellow colors over a bright white background, lower case lettering and the 93.9 frequency inside of a multicolored splotch. While the station's imaging sill says the name "93.9 Life FM," it has been focusing more lately on the tag line of "Chicago's 80s, 90s & Now."
* * Crain's Chicago Business has moved its offices. At the end of last week, the Chicago office of Crain Communications Inc. moved from 360 N. Michigan Ave, where it had been since 2001, to its new home about three blocks away, in the 150 N. Michigan Avenue building. Crain Communications Inc. and Crain's Chicago Business will occupy almost 66,000 square feet of the building. That building, most recently called the Smurfit-Stone Building, and previously known as the Stone Container Building, and the Associates Center before that, has picked up a new name, as well as the new clients. The 150 N. Michigan Avenue building has been renamed as the Crain Communications Building, as part of the 10 year lease that Crain Communications signed with the buildings owner, SEB Asset Management A.G. (although the building is being placed up for sale and could soon have a new owner). One of the most recognizable buildings in Chicago, the newly named Crain Communications Building is famous for its slanted, almost-diamond shaped glass roof, which will sometimes leave some windows lit at night to spell out words like "GO BEARS" and "HAPPY 2012."
* * Chicago radio legend and podcasting trailblazer Steve Dahl is returning to the live stage. "The Out of the Basement Tour" will kick off on June 2nd, as Steve Dahl will be bringing a night of comedy & music to the Park West (322 W. Armitage, Chicago). Joining Dahl will be Buzz Kilman, Kevin Matthews, Kev's pal Jim Shorts, Time Out Chicago Editor-In-Chief Frank Sennett, and a music set with Poi Dog Pondering/Expo'76's Dag Juhlin. This will be Steve Dahl's first time performing live on stage in just under three years. His last live show was a solo music set, opening up for (and playing alongside
) Dan Navarro (of Lowen & Navarro fame) on August 5, 2009. He hasn't been on the large Park West stage in over ten years. Tickets are on sale now for $35 (plus hefty service fees) at this link HERE
. (Must be 18 or older to attend. Jim Shorts has a potty mouth.)
* * The seventh annual "Dancing With Chicago Celebrities"
took place this past Friday night. Competing were local "celebrities," which were mostly local media personalities, including: Ryan Baker, Desmond Clark, Ragina Fraser, Erin McElroy, Hannah Smith, Tammie Souza, Kim Vatis, and Bruce Wolf. The winner of the 2012 charity competition was former Chicago Bear and "Chicago Huddle" co-host Dez Clark.
* * On this coming Wednesday, the Community Media Workshop will be holding its 2012 Studs Terkel Community Media Awards. The local honorees this year include WBEZ-FM reporter Chip Mitchell, Chicago Reader reporter Mick Dumke, and PBS correspondent & NPR anchor Maria Hinojosa. The Studs Terkel Awards ceremony will take place March 14th from 5:00pm-8:00pm at Columbia College Chicago's Film Row Cinema, located at 1104 S. Wabash, 8th Floor, in Chicago. Tickets to attend can be purchased HERE
before Noon on Tuesday.
* * Cliff Edwards, the man behind the streaming music website BigOldiesChicago.com
, has announced that Bart Shore's Time Warp Sunday Request Show has been added to the website's Sunday lineup. The one-hour Sunday all-request show of Bart Shore's can now be heard streaming on BigOldiesChicago.com each Sunday at Noon. Replays can be heard Sundays at Midnight, Tuesdays at 9:00pm, and Saturdays at 4:00pm. BigOldiesChicago.com already carried Bart Shore's Time Warp Radio daily podcast just after Noon each weekday. It should be mentioned that this weekend's Time Warp Sunday Radio Request Show was the popular podcast's 100th Sunday show. In addition to be heard on various streaming Internet radio websites now, the daily & Sunday Time Warp Radio shows, both new & archived, can always be heard on demand at BartShore.com
* * Chris Heim is the Chicago native who has worked at local stations WHPK-FM, WJKL-FM, WXRT-FM, and WBEZ-FM, as well as doing some freelance writing for the Chicago Tribune papers. While in Chicago working at WBEZ-FM, she started one of the first world music shows in public radio and was the executive producer and anchor for national broadcasts of the Chicago Jazz, Blues and Latin Music Festivals. She left Chicago for Wichita, KS' public radio station KMUW-FM in 2007. There she started the World Music show "Global Village." One year ago, that show was launched in syndication via PRX and is now able to be heard on 80 public radio stations nationwide. Heim produces and hosts the program which is an eclectic mix of the latest and best in world music, from new releases to classics, as well as music from artists in other genres who feature global influences in their work. "Global Village," the nightly world music show, has been honored with a national Zeitfunk Award for being one of the most distributed shows, as well as being nominated in the new Reader's Choice World Music Awards, which can be voted on HERE
. Sadly, the show is not heard in Chris Heim's native Chicago because Torey Malatia, the Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Media, WBEZ-FM's parent organization, removed all music programming from the station a few years back.