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The Media Notepad: Fox (finally) releases fall schedule

Also: iCrime debuts this fall; another syndicated show calls it quits; TV/radio stations shifting to the burbs?  Catching up on some news:  After deciding to delay for a few weeks, Fox released their 2022-23 schedule on June 6 without much fanfare. As expected, much of the lineup remained intact, including The Masked Singer on Wednesdays, Smackdown on Fridays, and the […]

Abortion ruling could shake up media business

Roe v. Wade dissolution will have impact from New York to Hollywood, and from Washington D.C. to Chicago. If you think Friday’s decision by the Supreme Court to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion won’t have an impact on media…you’d better think again. The landmark decision to appeal the woman’s right to choose will have a ripple […]

670 The Score adds Dan Bernstein, Laurence Holmes to middays

Former B96 jock Gabe Ramirez added to evenings WSCR-AM/670 The Score announced some scheduling changes Thursday. The Audacy-owned station announced it was pairing Dan Bernstein with Laurence Holmes for middays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The move is effective Monday.  Bernstein – who has been hosting solo since Leah Ramini left to become a full-time sports anchor at NBC 5 […]

Apple TV Plus, MLS strike landmark streaming rights deal

Deal is for a decade; RSNs, WGN-TV odd men out  In a landmark rights deal, Major League Soccer announced Tuesday they are shifting all of their rights to Apple TV Plus, reportedly in a ten-year, $2.5 billion pact. This means every single game is going to be streamed and produced by Apple TV Plus –  usurping any existing local or […]

Credibility problems hammer Marquee, NBC Sports Chicago

Raises questions about teams having stakes in regional sports networks Outside of the Sky’s WNBA Championship, the last nine months have been utter hell for Chicago sports fans, from a sexual abuse scandal to sports team owners chewing out reporters, not to mention a certain Green Bay QB “owning” local fans. Now credibility problems has become the latest headache, with […]

Chicago radio stations makes major moves

WLS-AM, WXRT name new morning hosts; WDRV’s Bob Stroud calls it a career (somewhat) It was a busy Tuesday morning in Chicago radio with tons of personnel moves. To start, Audacy-owned WXRT-FM announced the promotion of Marty Lennartz to mornings beginning on June 13 to replace the departing Richard Milne, who is exiting Friday to take care of his ailing […]

The Media Notepad: Chicago Sun-Times drops out of Marquee’s “The Reporters” due to editing controversy

Also: Chicago news ratings continue to decline; The Bob’s Burgers Movie does OK business at box office in spite of competition from Top Gun: Maverick The Chicago Sun-Times has dropped out the suddenly controversial Sunday morning sports roundtable series The Reporters on Marquee, after an revelation of producers apparently editing out criticism of Chicago Cubs management from a discussion of […]

Richard Milne exits WXRT

Longtime WXRT personality steps aside to care for ailing wife As first reported by Robert Feder earlier this week, morning personality Richard Milne is exiting Triple A station WXRT-FM June 10 to care for his wife Charlene, who is suffering from frontotemporal dementia. She’s currently in hospice care where she’s been since April.  For Milne, this marks an end of […]

Dan Roan calls it a career after 38 years at WGN-TV

Ellen DeGeneres’ show also ends today [Editor’s Note: There is an update on Ellen’s show below.]  One of Chicago’s longest-tenured sports anchors is ending his run today.  Dan Roan quietly announced his retirement several months ago and made his plans to depart May 26. WGN-TV paid homage to him during their newscasts and on GN Sports half-hour show in a […]

Chicago Police searching for suspect who pointed a gun at TV news crew

Comes after Chicago is obliterated on the national stage again for gun violence after Texas tragedy Chicago TV news crews have mostly avoided getting attacked during live shots which has been the case in several cities – that is until now. During a live shot Wednesday morning around 7 a.m. at the intersection of Clark and Hubbard in the River […]

“Bob’s Burgers” heads to the movies

  The Belcher family faces far more obstacles than the Simpsons did in order to achieve box-office success  When The Simpsons hit the big screen in 2007, the movie was a rousing success, earning more than $536 million at the box office aided by a huge marketing tie-in campaign, which saw several 7-Elevens temporarily converted into Kwik-E-Marts and sold several […]

What’s new in primetime this fall (if you care)

  The upfronts isn’t about network fall schedules anymore. It’s about what major media companies can offer When I started writing this blog in 2006, radio was the dying medium and television was the strong suit. Shows were still drawing 20 million viewers a week and had buzzworthy properties such as The Sopranos and American Idol. In 2022, the narrative […]