Late Friday news update

It’s unusual to have this much news break late on a Friday, so I’ve decided to summarize all the late breaking news into one post: Update: ABC has now decided to yank low-rated and critically blasted game show Show Me the Money off the air immediately, meaning it’s gone for good. The program was to move to Tuesday nights beginning […]

WLS-TV goes HiDef

Robert Feder is reporting today that WLS-TV in Chicago will air all of its weekday programming in High Definition, becoming the first station to do so. That includes all of its newscasts, and syndicated programming such as Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! Meanwhile, Feder finally mentioned the Third Coast Press’ FCC challenge toward Chicago’s television stations, which was soundly rejected […]

Another death: Lamar Hunt dies

I don’t mean for this blog to be an obituary page, but it starting to look that way: Another death of a high-profile person who contributed a lot to the medium. This time, it’s Lamar Hunt, one of the founders of the American Football League, and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, passes at the age of 74. The AFL […]

UPDATED: Finally! A decision the FCC made that actually makes sense

The FCC rejected a rather bogus license challenge from Third Coast Press over Chicago’s 18 television stations. (I’ve never heard of them either.) While there are problems with local news, it’s not up to special interest groups (left or right) to determine what should be on newscasts, let alone what programming should be on local television stations. Update: Here is […]

‘Raymond’ TV father dies

Peter Boyle, R.I.P. (1935-2006) He played Frank Barone, a role he was Emmy nominated for eight times on Everybody Loves Raymond. He also won an Emmy for a guest appearance on The X-Files, and appeared in the movies Young Frankenstein, Joe, and Scooby-Doo 2 – Monsters Unleashed. Mr. Boyle passed away Tuesday night at the age of 71. :-(

Chicago, Milwaukee Arbitrends out (Part 2)

From Radio and Records, the Arbs Part 2 from Chicago and Milwaukee.Thoughts: News-talk rules in this region as WGN and WTMJ top the charts. Among CHRs, WBBM-FM (B96) is tops while WKSC (Kiss 103.5) slips a little. WZZN’s oldies format is a big winner — best ratings for that frequency in 18 years. WKQX (Q101) may be headed for a […]

Worst. Commissioner. Ever.

Ad Age’s Simon Dumenco calls for the resignation of FCC Chairman Kevin Martin. Couldn’t agree more. In the words of The Simpsons‘ Comic Book Guy: Worst. Commissioner. Ever.

CW showing signs of life

The CW actually had a successful November book, according to this article in Mediaweek. According to analysts, at the end of the season, the new network could match the ratings of its predecessor, the WB.

The hottest sitcom on TV in 2006: "Mama’s Family"

It looks like Kansas City viewers aren’t the only ones who prefer repeats of the Vicki Lawrence sitcom over whatever is on that new network created by Fox — My something, or whatever it is. Mediaweek’s Marc Berman is watching them too, and why not? He prefers it and Growing Pains to most of the swill that passes off as […]

WARNING: Moron Alert!

I know it’s unusual for me to post on a Sunday… but I had to alert everyone on this…Tomorrow night’s guest in the booth on ESPN’s Monday Night Football game between the Bears-Rams is talent-free Chicago actor Jim Belushi of According To Jim. Why him? Why not other famous Chicagoans? What about Bernie Mac? Jenny McCarthy? Kanye? Even anyone from […]

KSDK lands rights to Cardinals

NBC affiliate KSDK in St. Louis has re-acquired the rights to air World Champion St. Louis Cardinals baseball games beginning next spring (assuming the power, knocked out in some areas by last week’s snow/ice storms, is back on by then…) KSDK carried Cardinals baseball from 1947 until 1987. In 1987, KSDK had the number one network lineup, and didn’t want […]

CNET editor found dead

James Kim, R.I.P. (1971-2006) He was missing for several days after going for help after he and his family was stranded in the snow in Oregon, but was found dead today in the southwestern part of the state. CNET Memoriam: