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Chicago native, comedy legend Bob Newhart dies at 94

Stand-up comedian known for his phone props, starred in five network comedies Bob Newhart left his mark on television in many ways as a stand-up comedian and later as a sitcom star. His resume included an underrated (and unappreciated) sitcom set in Chicago and another TV show where the premise of running a Vermont inn for eight years was revealed […]

Wild weather taxes local stations – and meteorologists to the limit

Multiple tornadoes, thunderstorms wreak havoc on prime-time programming If the news cycle couldn’t get any busier – for Chicagoans, it just did. A weekend after former President Donald Trump survived an assassination attempt – and with the Republican National Convention taking place to the north of us in Milwaukee, severe storms hit the Chicago area Monday night with unprecedented fury […]

NASCAR Chicago Street Race’s fate unknown for 2025

Declining attendance, mixed audience numbers, and less TV exposure could spell doom for event [Editor’s note: This post was updated on July 12 with updated ratings information.] The Chicago Street Race (The Loop 110 and The Grant Park 165) sped through its second edition this past weekend through downtown and DuSable Lake Shore Drive. But it seems the bloom is […]

Brand And Content Manager Jimmy Steal exits Hubbard Chicago

No word on a replacement Hubbard Radio’s vice president of brand and content Jimmy Steal is exiting the position at the end of the year and is starting a new consulting business for the company, focusing on new talent.  Steal was in charge of two of Hubbard’s stations: Hot AC 101.9 The Mix and 90s/2000s Pop Hits Throwback 100.3. Steal […]

Paramount, Skydance deal finally consummated

After near collapse, the duo finally crosses the finish line With several false starts and a near collapse, the Paramount-Skydance deal is finally done.  Announced Sunday evening, Paramount Global and Skydance finally agreed to merge in a two-step process: First, Skydance will purchase National Amusements – a company long held by the Redstone family for $2.4 billion and pay another […]

CNBC expands sports business reporting, launching “CNBC Sport”

NBCUniversal’s business network increases coverage on the financial side of sports CNBC is expanding its sports coverage with CNBC Sport, focusing on the intersection of sports and business for its online and TV platforms. “The spotlight on sports has never been brighter with more money at play than ever before,” said CNBC President KC Sullivan in a press release. “CNBC […]

The Media Notepad: Marshall Harris exits CBS 2, Ryan Baker returns to sports beat

Also: Scripps Sports signs Stanley Cup champs; diginet Defy changes owners As first reported by the Sun-Times, CBS 2 (WBBM-TV) main sports anchor and sports Marshall Harris has exited the station, effective immediately. Harris verified the report on X/Twitter Tuesday: “In case you haven’t heard, I’ve officially moved on from CBS Chicago. I’m grateful for my time there. And I’m […]

The Media Notepad: Stanley Cup Game 7 scores for ABC

Also: Kenya Moore out at Housewives; Fox and Sinclair team up for new syndicated true crime show; Paramount looking to sell assets Even though the recent NBA Finals naturally drew a larger audience on average, the excitement of the Stanley Cup Final was unparalleled as the series lasted seven games with historic implications. The Edmonton Oilers – who won four […]

Chicago Public Media names Melissa Bell as new CEO

Officially ends rocky Matt Moog tenure; starts Sept. 3 Nearly seven months after Matt Moog announced his departure, Chicago Public Media finally named a replacement CEO – one who comes from the tech world.  Melissa Bell is set to take over the owner of NPR affiliate WBEZ-FM and the Chicago Sun-TImes effective Sept. 3, in hopes of righting the ship […]

MeTV Toons launches today

  On Tuesday, the Toons take over WCIU Channel 26.7 Judging by the large number of YouTube videos, Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting’s new MeTV Toons arriving Tuesday is perhaps the most highly-anticipated digital subchannel in quite some time, if not ever. After all, some of the content MeTV Toons plans to carry hasn’t been on broadcast television in a long time […]

2024 NBA Finals underperform as Celtics win 18th title

Celtics win in five in a truly awful series If one were to measure the excitement of the 2024 NBA Finals, it would be right between reruns of “Joanie Loves Chachi” and a White Sox game.  But that’s where we are, and the matchup between the Dallas Mavericks and the Boston Celtics was one to forget from a competitive and […]

The Media Notepad: Fueled by Caitlin Clark, Fever-Sky scores highest ratings for WNBA in over two decades

Also: Final Wheel with Pat Sajak draws four-year viewership high; Tegna’s Daily Blast Live to end  The WNBA continues to soar to new ratings heights as Sunday’s Chicago Sky-Indiana Fever game illustrated thanks to the heated rivalry between the two teams courtesy of Caitlin Clark. Despite the 11 a.m. Chicago start time, the contest airing on CBS drew 2.252 million […]

Marquee’s future on Comcast uncertain

Contract with Chicago’s largest cable provider expires soon At the same time the Chicago Bulls, Blackhawks, and White Sox are deserting NBC Sports for  Chicago Sports Network with Standard Media, now comes word Marquee – home to the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Sky, could lose their prime channel space on Comcast this fall as their contract expires. It’s a situation […]

Paramount, Skydance deal falls through

Future uncertain for the studio A merger between Paramount Global and Skydance has collapsed as controlling company National Amusements has ended talks.  National Amusements, Inc. (NAI) is the controlling shareholder of Paramount Global, owned by Shari Redstone, daughter of the late Sumner Redstone, who ran NAI and controlled the former Viacom. She reportedly had a deal with Skydance, run by […]