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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 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. It’s […]

The Media Notepad: Q101 launches podcast series

Also: The Milwaukee Bucks sign an OTA deal with Milwaukee’s 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 […]

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 […]

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

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 condition […]

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 obviously 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 […]

NextGen TV arrives in Chicago

CBS 2, others turned on signal Monday The future of television has finally arrived in Chicago. After a long wait, CBS-owned WBBM-TV (CBS 2) turned on the new ATSC 3.0 signal Monday at 1 p.m. local time, as  NextGen TV, made its debut. “America’s third-largest TV market is riding the NextGen TV wave, with the addition of new capabilities for […]

WGN-TV going all out to celebrate and honor Tom Skilling

Iconic meteorologist retires February 28; announces Demetrius Ivory as his successor and renames WGN Weather Center after him Nexstar’s WGN-TV announced Thursday it is going all out to celebrate Tom Skilling and his work at the station spanning 45 years. The celebration of course, coincides with February being a sweeps month – well, at least there’s still such a thing […]

Tribune staffers call for 24-hour strike Thursday

Call for fair wages, equal pay ignored by hedge fund The Chicago Tribune Guild, the union who oversees the journalists working at the Alden-owned newspaper, are going on a 24-hour strike beginning Thursday at 5 a.m. This is our open letter to Alden Global Capital explaining why we are going on strike tomorrow @chicagotribune — Gregory Pratt (@royalpratt) January […]

Poll: Chicagoans have lote-hate relationship with their native shows

Though viewers are proud for their homegrown shows, their portrayal of Chicago often brings headaches While Chicago viewers tune in every week to see how their shows portray their city to the world, there are those who are concerned on how they shape perception of the city on the world stage. Chicago-based The Harris Poll CEO Will Johnson recently penned […]

Chicago White Sox name John Schriffen as new play-by-play man

Becomes first Black play-by-play voice for the team as the White Sox may be looking at a new stadium in the South Loop. In a rare positive move for the often-beleaguered team, the Chicago White Sox announced Thursday the hiring of John Schriffen as their new play-by-play voice, replacing Jason Benetti who departed for the Detroit Tigers in the same […]