Category Archives: Various

Think Tank Express: “Idol” moving to NBC?

The rich could get richer Well, that didn’t take long – NBC and Fremantle Media are in talks about bringing back American Idol sometime next season. American Idol, [..]

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T Dog’s Think Tank: America is suffering from Chicago fatigue

Non-Chicagoans tired of hearing about Chicago  Will advertisers bail out of the Windy City because of negative media coverage? During NHL All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, Chicago Blackhawks stars [..]

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T Dog’s Media Notepad: Good ratings start for APB – but not creatively

Also: The End for Sacramento’s KDND;  ‘The Insider’ canceled; WIND-AM’s Joe Walsh goes national  The latest crime procedural based (and filmed) in Chicago debuted Monday night with Fox’s APB, [..]

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Super Bowl LI: Historic, but not in the ratings department

New England Patriots come from behind and beat the Atlanta Falcons History was made in Super Bowl LI – but not in the ratings. Tom Brady led the [..]

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T Dog’s Media Notepad: CSN to stream Cubs, White Sox games

Also: Eric and Kathy reup; Blackhawks continue to slide in ratings; CW changes stations in San Diego…again; This is Us renewed two years; Esquire Network closes   In good [..]

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2016: So how did we do?

Back a year ago, yours truly did a look ahead into 2016. So how did everything turn out? Let’s find out. 1. The spectrum auction. The upcoming – [..]

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2016 in review: The highs and the lows…a lot of lows

“Jessica Jones” tops odd year in media – and life When you look back at 2016, there isn’t much to rave about – way too many celebrity and [..]

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T Dog’s Media Notepad: WGN-TV succeeds with annual toy drive

Also: The Wall off to a decent start; WCIU to showcase local comedians; Drew Barrymore talker on hold; Fox duopoly picks up another show. WGN-TV held its fourteenth [..]

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Bob Sirottt, Marianne Murciano head to WLS-AM

It’s a homecoming for Sirott, who was at the Big 89 in the ’70’s Chicago radio and TV personalities Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano are on the move [..]

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T Dog Media’s Notepad: Brandmeier bows out early

Also: CBS/Viacom merger dead;  Hairspray Live! earns decent reviews and ratings; Alan Thicke dies Remember the message Jonathon Brandmeier put up on his website back two months ago when [..]

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Remembering Grant Tinker

The television world is remembering Grant Tinker and the legacy he left as he passed away at the age of 90 on November 28 in his Los Angeles home. [..]

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T Dog’s Media Notepad: “Harry” shifts to 2 p.m.

Also:  WLS-TV is late news winner; Quantico moves to Mondays; Tribune Media moves out of Tribune Tower Harry, the NBCUniversal-distributed talk show hosted by Harry Connick Jr., has [..]

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The 2016 T Dog Media Turkey Awards

(Editor’s Note: This is T Dog Media’s 3,000th post!)  Welcome to the 11th annual T Dog Media Turkey Awards – celebrating the worst in media, sports, and life in [..]

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Town Hall is NOT a flop…in drawing listeners

Despite panning from social media, listeners tuned in to Chicago mayor’s interview In this space last week, yours truly declared the “historic” radio interview with Rahm Emanuel a [..]

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T Dog’s Media Notepad: Gannett pulls plug on merger with Tronc

  The proposed merger between Gannett and Tronc is now off the table. Gannett announced Tuesday it would no longer pursue a merger between the two, due to bankers [..]

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