T Dog’s Groovy Grab Bag – The Cable Edition

An all-cable edition of the Grab Bag, with the NBA taking center stage: – The rematch of the last year’s NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics was a ratings blockbuster for TNT Thursday night, with the cable network drawing its highest ratings in 13 years (a Feb. 2 1996 between the Chicago Bulls and Lakers – […]

T Dog’s Four Pack

It’s back! After a few weeks of being on hiatus, the weekly list of winners and losers returns. The Four Fab Pack – Marie Osmond. What a career comeback. She’s performing with her brother on stage in Vegas and now her new talk show for fall has cleared 70 percent of the country in syndication. And she’s still fine. – […]

2007-08: The season from hell

This slogan isn’t just for Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bears fans… It’s also used for a TV season that has been plagued by audience erosion, increases in alternative viewing options, and of course – a writer’s strike. TV Week analyzes the season remembered more for viewers fleeing for the exits from prime-time television more than anything else.

Bulls shake up their broadcast team, too

Not a good day if you’re a local play-by-play analyst… The Chicago Bulls have fired Wayne Larribee and Tom Dore as play-by-play men for WGN-TV and Comcast SportsNet respectively, while Johnny “Red” Kerr has been removed from his analyst role on both channels, but will remain to do pre-game and halftime shows. Kerr reportedly was tiring of the traveling he […]

Radio’s Renaissance

It looks like the NBA, NHL, and the Chicago Blackhawks aren’t the only ones having a renaissance – According to Kurt Hanson, radio is having one, too (and the recent AOL-CBS Internet radio streaming deal cements that point.) Maybe radio isn’t dead after all – you know, unlike the Bulls’ current season.

Bulls fire head coach

Like the Blackhawks did in 1976 to their coach, and what happened to former Bulls coach Tim Floyd in 2001 (he resigned), Bulls coach Scott Skiles gets canned on Christmas Eve in 2007, fast becoming a Christmas tradition in Chicago. The Bulls, which are quickly becoming the NBC of the NBA, are 9-16, and were blown out in back-to-back games […]

The 2007 T Dog Media Blog Turkey Awards

With the Pumpkin Pie Awards for Excellence Welcome to the second annual T Dog Media Blog Turkey Awards. Once again, we’re here to serve up the disasters in media in 2007. I have nineteen¬†turkeys to hand out… so let’s get gobbling! And this year’s awards go to… – The Chicago Bears. A Super Bowl hangover this year. And especially Rex […]

The ultimate season of loneliness

With the Bears and Bulls going down the drain and a writer’s strike that seems to be getting worse by the minute, it’s going to be a long, cold winter in Chicago. Only thing I can say is… Go Hawks! I can’t believe I just said that. But it may be the only thing worth watching on TV (thanks to […]

It’s AC for CKG

Robert Feder is reporting that WCKG is expected to flip to an Adult Contemporary format, which could occur anytime between 7 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday. The format would target women 25-54, and would put it in direct competition with WLIT-FM. WLIT is expected to flip to Christmas music sometime in the next few weeks. Last year, WLIT flipped […]

Bulls head to WMVP

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Chicago Bulls will announce this coming week a deal with ESPN-owned WMVP-AM to air games starting with the season opener on October 31. WMVP, or ESPN Radio 1000, was the home for Bulls basketball during the franchise’s glory years in the nineties. In 2006, the Bulls took their radio broadcasts in-house and bought […]

Report: WCKG to flip to Spanish

Bulls looking for new radio home The Chicago Tribune’s Ed Sherman is reporting that the Chicago Bulls are looking for a new radio home after speculation has surfaced that CBS Radio’s WCKG-FM may flip from a FM Talk format to a Spanish-language one – perhaps as soon as the next couple of days. The Spanish-language format is one of the […]

Bullrun

The Chicago Bulls may not be burning up the ratings nationally like they used to (after all, this is a country that now would rather watch a bunch of cars race around a track all day), but they are a hit locally – Game 4 between the Bulls and the Miami Heat – a game that capped off a sweep […]