B 96 Summerbash bashed

Ah… the typical radio station outdoor concert… where fights break out, people mysteriously die and adult items are passed out to twelve-year olds. And yes, there was plenty of teen drinking and drug use at the bash. And this parent who was “outraged”… save your phony act for To Catch A Predator. Not to mention the biggest headliner (Akon) couldn’t […]

Yabba Dabba Doo!

Boomerang is airing an 83-hour Flintstones marathon, beginning July 4 at 5 a.m. (CT) The marathon consists of all 166 episodes of the prime-time series, which ran on ABC from 1960-66, then launched a number of Saturday morning spin-off shows (Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm, The Flintstones Comedy Hour, Flinstone Kids, etc.) To see at a 1963 ABC promo for The Flintstones, […]

Chicago’s weather wars

An article in Crain’s Chicago Business this week details the ongoing weather wars between Chicago’s television news operations. Competitors are taking aim at each other, particularly at Fox-owned WFLD-TV and new meteorologist Amy Freeze. The weathermen at other local stations are taking their shots at her and her station, with one weatherman saying that WFLD’s breaking into regular programming for […]

McNeil suspended from WMVP. Again.

Dan McNeil of ESPN-owned WMVP-AM has been suspended for three days for calling a female Comcast SportsNet producer a bad name on the “Mac, Jurko, & Harry” show on Tuesday. He slammed her for showing that fan running on the field at Wrigley Monday Night during a Cubs-Rockies game (Perhaps McNeil didn’t see highlights of that Argentina soccer riot on […]

A total disgrace

It’s a shame that Chicago’s historic black newspaper is being treated this way. The Chicago Defender has now been cut back from publishing daily to only a few days a week, and its website, which hasn’t been updated since June 8 (and only has been sporadically updated before that) is being neglected. Despite all the promises this bozo from Detroit […]

Derrick Brown named PD of V103; Tom Joyner comin’ to town

Chicago native Derrick Brown has been named program director of Clear Channel’s urban adult WVAZ-FM (V103), effective July 16. He replaces Elroy Smith in the role, who stepped down several weeks ago. Meanwhile, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, which airs on V103, is coming back to town for the first time in three years. The live “Sky Show” will originate […]

Must Flee TV

With the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Finals, two events that also tanked in the ratings, at least you had teams compete for a championship. But the Chicago White Sox aren’t even close to doing that this year – and games on Comcast SportsNet are averaging a 1.6 Nielsen rating – down 40 percent from last year (last item). It’s […]

NBA extends pacts with ESPN and TNT

Despite declining ratings for the NBA Finals, the NBA extended its television and digital platform rights until the 2015-16 season for ESPN, ABC, and TNT. The new deals gives ESPN and TNT the rights to stream NBA material onto its digital broadband platforms, including ESPN360 and TNT Overtime.

FEMA screws up again

This morning, Chicagoland radio and TV outlets were interrupted by the Emergency Alert System, then dead air, and then the voice of WGN-AM’s Spike O’Dell, who wondered what the heck was going on. The cause? a FEMA contractor’s installation of the state’s Emergency Alert System satellite receiver in Springfield as part of a nationwide upgrade.  

"Chicago Tonight" rained out

Baseball games and golf matches get rained out all the time, but a TV show? That’s exactly what happened tonight after a downpour flooded the studios of WTTW-TV, forcing the cancellation of tonight’s edition of Chicago Tonight. A freak rainstorm created havoc downtown and on Chicago’s North Side, causing flooding in many areas. WTTW replaced the canceled airing of Chicago […]

McMahon to address Benoit tribute

WWE chairman Vince McMahon will address viewers tonight on Sci-Fi Channel’s ECW show about the three-hour tribute show given to Chris Benoit last night on USA Network’s WWE Raw, which have received an ample amount of criticism. ECW and Smackdown tapings will resume as of tonight. USA and Sci-Fi are cable networks owned by NBC Universal. The WWE is also […]

WWE wrestler Chris Benoit found dead (updated)

This is legit. Chris Benoit and his family was found dead this morning just outside Atlanta. Tonight’s Raw show on the USA Network has been canceled and a tribute show on Benoit is airing in its place. UPDATE: Sadly, this turned out as a murder-suicide. Benoit strangled his wife, smothered his son, and hung himself in his weight room, according […]

Smells like Fidel Castro

The National Association of Broadcasters endorsed a policy at the United Nations, trampling over the rights of NPR and PBS in the process, which is basically an anti-broadcasting treaty. Yep, if it’s anything that screws over the public, you can bet that the NAB (and Vince McMahon) – will be there. Sorry, had to throw fake leg boy in there…

Get ready for the crosstown classic (yawn)

It’s the second series meeting between the Cubs and the White Sox this season, this time at U.S. Cellular Field. Enjoy it baseball fans because after this weekend, baseball season in Chicago will be officially over. Bring on Da Bears!