MRC pulls plug on "Valentine" and "Easy Money"

Media Rights Capital, who is buying time to program CW’s Sunday night lineup, has canceled Valentine and Easy Money. Both programs had achieved numbers usually seen for late-night infomercials and religious programming – really bad. And I mean WJYS-TV, Channel 62 bad. Yep, you know you failed when your show can’t even outdraw Joel Osteen and Paula White Today. No […]

Studs Terkel dies

A true Chicago treasure has passed away at 96. Louis “Studs” Terkel, the literary giant and Pulitzer Prize winner who had a radio show on WFMT for an amazing 45-year run, died Friday afternoon.Terkel was a well-known author, activist, and Chicago icon. His latest book, P.S. : Further Thoughts From A Lifetime of Listening, was due out this month. His […]

"King of the Hill" canceled

After a run of fourteen seasons, King of the Hill is stepping down from its throne. Fox officials confirmed the venerable animated series will end its long run during the 2009-10 season, which it is scheduled for thirteen episodes. The program, created by Mike Judge, was about a propane salesman living in Texas with his wife Peggy and his son […]

Emmis cuts positions in Chicago

The economic downturn has affected every corner of our economy, and the radio industry is no exception. Layoffs were prevalent today at Emmis’ classic rocker WLUP-FM (The Loop) and WKQX-FM (Q101). A total of five individuals were laid off. The causality list: WLUP Program Director Bill Klaproth; Imaging Director Kevyn Howrd; Marketing Director Tommy King; Sales Assistant Carly Keenan; and […]

The six degrees of Chicago radio seperation

Patrick Kampert of the Chicago Tribune gives you six reasons why morning radio has become so tame (or lame… yeah, you saw that one coming.) Among the factors include the absence of Howard Stern, the crackdown of lewd material by the FCC (which is one of the reasons Stern left terrestrial radio), and the maturing of the jocks themselves – […]

T Dog’s Groovy Grab Bag

Another edition of The Groovy Grab Bag: – A report in the New York Post states the long-running The Simpsons may be picked up for not one but three more years, taking the program through 2012. After this season, The Simpsons will become the longest-running scripted program in television history (the all-time champ is NBC’s Meet the Press, which has […]

CBS, Tribune hook up for new T.D Jakes show

CBS Television Distribution has announced it has cleared a new talk show featuring preacher T.D. Jakes on the Tribune station group beginning in September 2009.The Jakes project is being produced by Stage 29 Productions, who is headed by Jay McGraw, son of talk show host Dr. Phil. Already, Stage 29 is producing The Doctors for CBS. T.D. Jakes is a […]

T Dog’s Groovy Grab Bag – The X Edition

– CBS X’s out The Ex List – Yeah, the lead in this show is hot. And I mean very hot. But that alone won’t bring the viewers to the set. CBS dropped The Ex List from its Friday after four episodes, and is being replaced by NCIS repeats. But man, I wish I was on her “Ex List”… Somebody, […]

Yeah, I’m making a lot of friends…

Click here and scroll down. And I actually found myself defending Philadelphia. Ewwww…. (only kidding.) And maybe yours truly needs to tone down the know-it-all rhetoric a bit. It really gets you nowhere in life (if I want to make myself look like an ass, I’ll do it here and not on other boards…)

"This" launches Nov. 1

What’s “this” you ask? This TV. The new classic movie digital channel from MGM and Weigel finally debuts on Saturday on WCIU digital channel 26.4, WDJT digital channel 58.3 in Milwaukee, and in 30 other markets. The channel features movies from MGM libraries (not the pre-1986 library, which is owned by Warner Bros./Turner Entertainment) as well as a handful of […]

Lions knocked off TV

And the first NFL blackout of the year goes to… the Motor City (and not Oakland for a change…) The Detroit Lions game against the Washington Redskins won’t be seen in the Detroit area on Sunday over WJBK-TV, the market’s Fox affiliate (an O&O – or owned and operated.) WJBK will air two reruns of Cops and a movie instead […]

T Dog’s Four on the Floors – Edition 9

One more on the floor! I’ve decided to add an extra item to both the Fab Floor and the Flop Floor this week, so instead of Four on the Floor – it’s Five. And when was the last time you saw both Family Guy and South Park on the same floor? T Dog’s Fab Four (make that Five) Lindsey Lohan […]

More on Mancow

Here’s some more info regarding Erich “Mancow” Mueller’s new gig at WLS-AM from 9 to 11 a.m.: – Mueller’s contract is for two years. – Mueller’s syndicated show will continue but is now on a tape-delayed basis for its affiliates. The program begins taping at 5a.m. and wrap up at 8:55 a.m. – just in time to start his WLS […]

Mancow to return to Chicago radio

Feder called it. Erich “Mancow” Mueller, who left alternative rock WKQX-FM in 2006, is returning to Chicago radio. Beginning Monday, Mancow will front a new morning talk show running from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Citadel’s WLS-AM. For the first week, he’ll be paired with WBBM-AM alum Pat Cassidy. Mueller replaces Jerry Agar, who has been dropped from the […]

Warner Saunders to retire

Warner Saunders, a veteran of NBC-owned WMAQ-TV’s news team for 28 years, is expected to retire in May 2009. Saunders currently anchors the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts with Allison Rosati, and they’ve been anchoring at 10 p.m. since 1997, when both Ron Magers and Carol Marin exited WMAQ after the Jerry Springer debacle (Marin has since returned.) Saunders […]