B96 launches yet another morning show, “Moug & Karla”

Low-rated Top 40 station tries again to create a morning franchise As it continues to get whipped in the ratings, Audacy-owned B96 (WBBM-FM) announced yet another new morning drive radio show, Moug & Karla. “Moug” is John Moug, late of Hot AC station KPLZ-FM in Salt Lake City, who hosted alongside Angie Parker for two years. He started his career […]

Media unloads on Jerry Reinsdorf for White Sox woes, stadium plans

One of those media members takes a hypocritical stand The local media was busy lately bashing Bulls and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf – that is when they’re not discussing who Justin Fields is following or not following on social media. Now the national media is joining in on the fun. Sports media website Awful Announcing slammed The Chairman Friday […]

Walmart buys smart TV set maker Vizio for $2.3 billion

Arkansas giant looks to expand ad business In a first, Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart announced Tuesday it is purchasing set-maker Vizio in a $2.3 billion, $11.50 a share deal. Generally, most sets are manufactured outside of the United States, either in Japan or South Korea. Some retailers partner with a manufacturer to produce branded TV sets, such as Best Buy with […]

2024 Super Bowl Commercial Review: Breaking The Internet (repost)

Celebs rule as Beyonce makes a surprise Verizon appearance (Editor’s Note: This piece was re-posted and re-edited as the original contained numerous grammatical and spelling errors – not to mention misidentifying an Alicia Keys song. The tone of this article was also too dark. You expect a high-quality product from T Dog Media, so I would like to apologize to all […]

The Media Notepad: Audacy to emerge from bankruptcy soon than expected…thanks to George Soros

Also: KC radio personality killed in parade shooting; MLB to produce Colorado Rockies games; TVNewsCheck might stick around after all – for a price One of the most despised individuals in conservative circles might become the largest shareholder in one of America’s biggest radio companies. George Soros – who is known as a force in progressive politics, is on track […]

Disney-Fox-WBD joint venture: DOA with the DOJ?

Justice Department to analyze deal as the NFL pushes back The planned sports streaming venture proposed by Disney’s ESPN, Fox Corporation, and Warner Bros. Discovery could be finished before it even gets off the ground. Two significant developments took place this week as the Department of Justice (DOJ) is now looking at the proposed joint venture for anti-trust concerns. The […]

Super Bowl LVIII ratings: One for the record books

Kansas City Chiefs were not the only winners; so were CBS, Univision, and Paramount Global For the first time in nearly two decades, we have a repeat Super Bowl champion as the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LVIII in a thrilling game against the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in overtime – the second overtime game in Super Bowl history. […]

The Media Notepad: Q101 launches podcast series

Also: Ten Milwaukee Bucks games head to WMLW; Canadian PM stemmed about Bell cuts Hoping to capitalize on the ever-growing audio-on-demand category, Cumulus’ Alternative Rock Q101 (WKQX-FM) launched a podcast platform last week with four new shows. “Q101 is a Chicago icon and adding an offering of new podcasts allows us to extend the reach of our brand even deeper […]

TVNewsCheck “pauses” operations

The eighteen-year-old publication’s future is uncertain  In an era where the future of linear TV is increasingly in question, so are the publications who cover the business. TVNewsCheck is the latest one to call it quits more or less Monday, announcing it is temporarily suspending operations. This means its website won’t be updated and newsletters will no longer be sent […]

Report: WCPT 820 AM sold to Heartland Signal

As first reported by Radio Insight today, the ownership of Progressive Talk WCPT-AM 820 and ethnic-brokered WSBC-AM 1240 are being transferred from NewsWeb to an entity called Heartland Signal, LLC. However, the “sale” price of the stations is only…$1 as it’s merely a FCC license transfer. Owner Fred Eychaner has ties to both companies – he founded Heartland Signal three […]

Station group supports new ESPN-Fox-WBD sports streaming service

s Questionable if others are on board; cable group opposes effort With the surprise announcement of a new sports streaming service this week involving three big media conglomerates, reaction is pouring in and as expected, it’s mixed. Local station broadcaster Gray Television said it would support the new planned effort between Fox, Disney-owned ESPN/ABC, and Warner Bros. Discovery under one […]

Clean-up in aisle B96: “The Morning Mess” canceled

Top 40 station dumps underachieving show In news that comes as no surprise, Audacy-owned Gold Top 40 B96 (WBBM-FM) pulled the plug on The Morning Mess, an ill-conceived morning drive show who lived up to its name. As first reported by Radio Insight, The Mess was nowhere to be found Tuesday morning, as B96 opted to play music with now-former […]