“Family Feud” soars to No. 1

-Becomes the top-rated syndicated game show for the first time since November 1983 – Also: Inside Edition beats ET for first place in magazine genre Well, look who’s back at No.1… Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, the venerable game show which survived numerous host changes since its return in 1999, has finished as the top-rated syndicated game show and top-rated strip for the first […]

Report: Chicago White Sox heads to WLS-AM

Could set up scenario for the Cubs to shift to the White Sox’s old home. As first reported by Robert Feder Tuesday, the Chicago White Sox is expected to land at Cumulus-owned WLS-AM beginning in 2016, moving from its current home from CBS-owned WSCR-AM, The Score (670). A move to another station was expected, after the rival Chicago Cubs landed a […]

T Dog’s Media Notepad: “Crazy Talk” heads to Ch. 50

(Editor’s Note: As of today, the short cavalcade of items known as T Dog’s Grab Bag – which was once known as T Dog’s Groovy Grab Bag – is being renamed T Dog’s Media Notepad as yours truly is gradually doing away with the cutesy names and striving for a more professional appearance. – T. H.) – NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution announced Monday […]

Think Tank Express: Rauner’s Super PAC-MEN chomps up spots

Illinois broadcasters take the quick cash. But are they driving viewers away from live TV? If you thought 2015 would be free of political advertising – think again. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner – you know, the one who headed GTCR – the investment firm who funded Randy Michaels’ Merlin Media, and Sam Zell – the one who destroyed the Chicago Tribune – […]

Third time’s the charm for the Chicago Blackhawks

Third Cup this decade; sixth Cup overall Blackhawks dominate on the ice and in the ratings How sweet it is! The Chicago Blackhawks on Monday clinched another Stanley Cup championship as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in front of more than 22,000 happy humans at the United Center – the first time the Cup was won on home […]

T Dog’s Think Tank: Chiraqing away

The term Chiraq is here to stay. Thank the media. For those who don’t like the word “Chiraq”, let me lay it on thick for you…. it’s here to stay. The term, used to describe the number of shootings and murder in the Chicago area, continues to be a hot topic of debate in the media as Spike Lee films […]

ABC, NBC make fall changes

Wicked in, Prophets out The first changes to the 2015 fall schedule were announced recently, and it is already bad news for one ABC drama. ABC has decided to replace Sunday night fall drama Of Prophets And Kings with Quantico, which moves over from Tuesday. Replacing Quantico is Wicked City, a drama originally slated for midseason. While Wicked won’t premiere until […]

Think Tank Express: Rocky Mountain Low

All-pot radio sends a bad message Remember a few months ago when yours truly said Chicago radio was the worst in the country? We have a new market already contending for the title. In perhaps one of the all-time worst ideas ever in radio, a local Denver rimshot signal station dropped sports talk last week and adopted a format centered around […]

Viewers come out for first Blackhawks-Lightning Stanley Cup Game

After a lackluster start, the Chicago Blackhawks found a way to win the first game of the Stanley Cup Final and viewers were along for the ride. According to final numbers from Nielsen, game one of the series between the Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning scored the highest rating of any non-overtime matchup in eighteen years – drawing 5.5 […]

The Grab Bag: Tony Sculfeld heads to WSRB-FM

News and notes from around the industry – WSRB, a Crawford-owned urban adult contemporary station previously known as Soul 106.3, is trying its luck with an other former WGCI alum – Tony Sculfield, who’ll soon take over the evening slot vacated by Ramonski Luv, who was out after less than six months on the air. Recently, Sculfield was part of […]

Blackhawks roll into Stanley Cup Final

Third time the charm; to face Tampa Bay Lightning Wednesday night Ratings thru roof For the third time in six years, the Chicago Blackhawks are in the Stanley Cup Final. This time however, instead of playing teams with established fan bases (the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins), they get to play the Tampa Bay Lightning – a Sunbelt expansion team […]