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The Media Notepad: Fueled by Caitlin Clark, Fever-Sky scores highest ratings for WNBA in over two decades

Also: Final Wheel with Pat Sajak draws four-year viewership high; Tegna’s Daily Blast Live to end  The WNBA continues to soar to new ratings heights as Sunday’s Chicago Sky-Indiana Fever game illustrated thanks to the heated rivalry between the two teams courtesy of Caitlin Clark. Despite the 11 a.m. Chicago start time, the contest airing on CBS drew 2.252 million […]

Marquee’s future on Comcast uncertain

Contract with Chicago’s largest cable provider expires soon At the same time the Chicago Bulls, Blackhawks, and White Sox are deserting NBC Sports for  Chicago Sports Network with Standard Media, now comes word Marquee – home to the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Sky, could lose their prime channel space on Comcast this fall as their contract expires. It’s a situation […]

Paramount, Skydance deal falls through

Future uncertain for the studio A merger between Paramount Global and Skydance has collapsed as controlling company National Amusements has ended talks.  National Amusements, Inc. (NAI) is the controlling shareholder of Paramount Global, owned by Shari Redstone, daughter of the late Sumner Redstone, who ran NAI and controlled the former Viacom. She reportedly had a deal with Skydance, run by […]

CBS News And Stations forms Crime and Public Safety Unit

The latest beat addition to the network’s news operation and its station group Paramount Global’s CBS News And Stations unit is forming a new Crime And Public Safety Unit and tapped an NBC News veteran to lead it. Heading the new unit is Anna Schecter Zigler, who spent the last thirteen years at NBC News most recently as a senior […]

WLS-AM cuts Cochran, local programming

Cumulus station goes all in on syndicated programming As first reported by Axios Chicago Friday, Cumulus’ conservative talk WLS-AM has decided not to renew Steve Cochran’s contract. Replacing Cochran in the 5:30 a.m.-9 a.m. slot is Ramblin’ Ray Stevens, formerly of US99 (WUSN-FM.) The decision to cancel the longtime radio personality’s show is part of budget cuts at the low-rated […]

Blackhawks replace Chris Vosters with Rick Ball as play-by-play voice

Move made as team moves to new Chicago Sports Network in October  In a surprise move, the Chicago Blackhawks have parted ways with play-by-play voice Chris Vosters after two seasons and replaced him with veteran Rick Ball, whose work included the Calgary Flames and Hockey Night In Canada. The announcement comes as the Blackhawks, Bulls, and White Sox are moving […]

SAG-AFTRA files labor complaint against WBEZ management

Relations continue to deteriorate between Chicago Public Media and WBEZ employees  The clash between SAG-AFTRA and WBEZ management is heading to a showdown. On Monday, SAG-AFTRA filed an unfair labor complaint to the National Labor Relations Board against Chicago Public Media, the non-profit owner of the Chicago Sun-TImes and WBEZ -the first since the station’s employees joined the union in […]

It’s official: Chicago Sports Network to launch Oct. 1

Replaces NBC Sports Chicago, which will close The proposed new White Sox-Bulls-Blackhawks regional sports network you’ve been reading about for months now has a name: The Chicago Sports Network. And it is becoming a reality this fall.  The new Chicago Sports Network (CHSN) will be the new home of Chicago’s three sports teams beginning in October. The network will feature […]

Chicago Bears involvement on “Hard Knocks” a win for NFL, Max

Comes over Bears’ Chairman’s objections While former President Donald Trump’s 34 felony indictments were being handled down Thursday afternoon, the NFL snuck through this piece of news –  the Chicago Bears will finally be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks for a five-week run beginning August 6 and streaming on Max.  “We are honored to feature such an iconic NFL franchise […]

WGN-TV sues south suburban village for refusing to release records

Dolton mayor subject of investigations by local news media Nexstar-owned WGN-TV has filed a lawsuit against the Village of Dolton over the failure to release records regarding Mayor Tiffany Henyard’s spending and perks, all now under investigation by the FBI. Based in Irving. Tex., Nexstar Media Group filed the suit in Cook County Circuit Court. Nexstar bought WGN-TV and radio […]

Former US99 personality Drew Walker heads to Free Country

Alpha Media lures him away from Audacy – despite ongoing layoffs across the company  As first reported by Radio Insight, Alpha Media announced Friday it was flipping its Hot AC WXLC-FM (102.3 FM) to Country and simulcasting the signal of WCCQ-FM (98.3 FM), based in southwest suburban Crest Hill and Joliet, now branded as “Free Country Radio”. The new Country […]