Published on Thursday, 14 June 2012 10:20
Today's News & Notes has a large amount of news items with a local media connection, including: WGN-TV "sucks" but in a good way; WIQI-FM welcomes Jarrett & The Pinker; WIQI-FN adds a new voice; Pioneer Press papers adds a new boss; Chicago Magazine helps some high-profile singles get dates; Eric & Kathy golf for a good cause; SnydeRemarksRadio visits Brookfield; WDRV-FM visits Sir Paul; Jay Beau Jones gets Sirius; and twin announcements about twins for Megan Glaros & Michael Damsky's daughter. It can all be read right here, right now...
* * WGN-TV's WGN Morning News Team, which has never had a problem making fun of themselves or having a good time on the air, recorded a spoof promo for its morning newscast. The hilarious promotional video, which pokes fun at their own newscast and their competitors, premiered Tuesday morning with the tag line, "We put the suck in succeed." The must-see video can be viewed HERE
* * WIQI-FM/FM News 101.1 continues to experiment with a talk format during various times, which they promote as "expanded news coverage." Last week saw small market shock jock Mancow Muller on the air twice, as well as disgraced Chicago politician Jim Laski once behind the microphone in a desperate attempt for ratings & publicity. This week, the news station went the opposite direction by bringing in classy former WGN-AM host Greg Jarrett to do a four-day trial run. He has been paired up with co-hosts from the station and one day with the Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg. Today has WIQI-FM back to its attention-seeking tricks by bringing back Mancow to co-host with Jarrett. Tomorrow, Greg Jarrett's co-host will be funnyman Geoff Pinkus, the popular weekend host from WIND-AM. (Pinkus is still with WIND-AM, doing his "Livin' Large" show each Sunday night at 7:00pm.) Expect numerous other surprise names during the daytime on FM News 101.1 over the next few weeks as the "expanded news coverage" experiment lingers on.
* * Speaking of WIQI-FM, the Merlin Media-owned news station recently hired voice-over specialist Neil Ross as its imaging voice. Ross now also does the imaging for two other Merlin-owned stations in other markets: WWIQ-FM in Philadelphia and WEMP-FM in New York. British-born Ross now resides in Los Angeles and works from his home studio.
* * Earlier this week, Sun-Times Media announced a new Executive Editor of the Pioneer Press chain of 32 weekly publications. The man in charge of the suburban newspaper group is the aptly named Jason Schaumburg. He now replaces the former Pioneer Press Editor-in-Chief Jeff Wiser, who exited last month. Schaumburg, 37, was most recently a senior editor with Shaw Media's suburban division and with that company in a wide variety of roles for 14 years.
* * Chicago Magazine did its annual "Most Eligible Chicagoans" issue this week, spotlighting well-known singles. Among the list were two local media personalities: WFLD-TV news anchor Robin Robinson
and WXRT-FM afternoon DJ Jason Thomas
. Robinson is looking for a man who "is curious, listens, and communicates." Thomas wants a girlfriend who is independent and doesn't mind the fact that he doesn't own a car. See their profiles at the links provided.
* * The 12th Annual Eric & Kathy Charity Golf Outing will be held tomorrow at the Willow Crest Golf Club at the Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort. Before the golfing tees off, comedian/actor/author Jeff Garlin will entertain the crowds. As there was in previous years, the event will also feature silent and live auctions. The event is already sold out, but visitors can still come watch the fun. Proceeds raised by the golfing fees and auctions will once again go to benefit the Super Jake Foundation
* * On Saturday, the popular Chicago podcast, SnydeRemarksRadio
with Wendy Snyder and Jimmy Mac, will be doing a live remote show. The remote will take place at Irish Times, located at 8869 Burlington Avenue in Brookfield. Fans can come out and be part of the fun Saturday from 4:00pm-6:00pm. There is no cover to attend.
* * With Paul McCartney's 70th birthday coming on Monday, WDRV-FM/WWDV-FM/The Drive will be saluting the former Beatle on both Sunday and Monday. Sunday morning at 7:00am on "Rock 'N Roll Roots," Bob Stroud will be playing tracks from and discussing McCartney's solo masterpiece "Ram," which was just remastered and reissued with bonus tracks. From 9:00pm-11:00pm Sunday, "The Classics with Steve Downes" focuses on McCartney's entire career, with music, interviews and more. A few hours later, at 3:00am early Monday morning, the "Overnight Album Side" will be from Paul McCartney and Wings. Also on Monday, the features "One 45 @ 1:45" and "Long One @ 9" will each feature Paul McCartney tracks.
* * Former Chicago radio programmer Jay Beau Jones has found new work. Jones is now the newest DJ for Sirius/XM's "70s on 7" channel, and will be heard weekdays from Noon-6:00pm. After a little under four years working as a Program Director in Boston, MA at WODS-FM & WBMX-FM, Jones was forced out last October. From 1998-2002, Jay Beau Jones was the Program Director for Chicago's WUBT-FM, which became WKSC-FM while he was the PD there.
* * Congratulations to WBBM-TV/CBS 2 meteorologist Megan Glaros. After what ended up being a difficult pregnancy near the end, Megan Glaros gave birth to healthy twin babies last week: one son, Leo, and one daughter, Willow. Both babies are home now, meeting big sister Lana. Glaros is expected to return to the WBBM-TV morning newscast toward the end of this summer.
* * Speaking of twins... Congratulations to former WLS-AM/FM President/General Manager Michael Damsky and his family. He is now the proud grandfather to twin grandsons: Flynn and Patton. Damsky's daughter Hillary, a former Account Executive with WBBM-FM/CBS Radio, gave birth to the healthy babies on Sunday.
* * Even more News & Notes tomorrow!