Matt DuBiel heads to "The River"

Matt DuBiel has resigned as programming director and afternoon personality of the Nine-FM triplecast (WKIE,WDEK,WRZA-FMs) to become operations manager at NextMedia’s WERV-FM (95.9), or “The River” in west suburban Aurora. DuBeli will also have an airshift to be determined later. He will join the classic rock station on Sept. 10. For more on Nine-FM, check out the T Dog Media […]

NBCU, Apple come to impasse on pricing of TV shows; deal ends

NBC Universal has decided not to renew its deals with Apple’s iTunes when it comes up in December. Apple then retaliated and pulled NBC’s fall shows from its service. NBC Universal’s content accounted for 40 percent of the sales of iTunes video product, including popular shows like The Office and Heroes. This happened coincidentally with NBC Universal ‘s announcement that […]

Yes, CSN!

While basketball and hockey playoff ratings were dead in the water this past spring, The New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs are on fire this summer, and so are the regional sports networks that carry them. Tuesday’s Brewers-Cubs game on Comcast SportsNet drew a 8.1 Nielsen rating, easily outranking other fare on both broadcast and cable in the Chicago […]

McGee to do fill-in work in Philadelphia

They snared Iguchi and Aaron Rowland from the White Sox, now they’re nabbing our radio stars:”Crazy” Howard McGee, who was unceremoniously dropped from WGCI-FM in Chicago this summer for Steve Harvey, will fill in for WPHI-FM host Colby Colbs for the next four days in Philadelphia beginning next Tuesday. Urban Contemporary WPHI is one of three stations owned by Radio […]

The Fall of Me

Thanks to Sitcoms Online, we’ve got the complete fall lineup for Weigel’s retro TV station WWME-TV, or MeTV. To see the schedule, click here. As mentioned before, new to the schedule are The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Cosby Show, and Cheers (which is now airing on sister WCIU.) Bonanza and Taxi (debuts 10/1) are also joining the weekday schedule, […]

WGN’s, WFLD’s new weekday fall lineups

Have WGN’s and WFLD’s weekday fall lineup, courtesy of Zap2it. Among the changes starting Sept. 10 (unless otherwise noted): WGN: -As noted before, Family Guy will air at 6:30 and 10, and Two and a Half Men will air at 6 and 10:30. – Teacher vs. student – The Steve Wilkos Show will air at 2 p.m. -up against Jerry […]

KTVT dumps five good minutes

The CBS-owned station in Dallas dumped the “First Five Minutes”segments because it wants to focus less on crime (what else was the segment filled with?) and it caused a division in the station’s newsroom, plus it couldn’t get Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon from PTI to anchor (that last bit was a joke, but seriously, PTI’s Five Good Minutes interview […]

TBS grabs black viewers

And they are doing this on the strength of House Of Payne and the theatrical Diary of a Mad Black Woman. With the broadcast networks abandoning the African-American audience in prime-time (or any audience that isn’t a female aged 18-49), TBS has taken up the slack and has benefited greatly, with Payne the numero uno show in black households and […]

What’s old is new again

Editor’s Note: The link provided in this story may require registration. Fox-owned WFLD is changing the name of its 7-9 a.m morning show back to Good Day Chicago, the original name of the morning newscast which launched in June 1993. After a slow ratings start, the show changed to Fox Thing In the Morning in January 1994 when Bob Sirott […]

She’d make a great news anchor

Most of America missed Miss Teen USA South Carolina screw up Friday Night during the Miss Teen Pageant (um, who was crowned again?) So, she got another chance on the Today show on Tuesday, and still blew it. Fox should sign her up for her own reality TV show where she tries to become an anchorwoman at a small-market TV […]

Prime-time sensations that faded fast

From The Onion’s (the comedy newspaper) A.V. Club, they serve up fifteen shows that started out hot but faded fast, including Batman and The Arsenio Hall Show. They obviously forgot to add a 16th one – the Chicago White Sox.

Syndication’s banking on three shows for fall

The syndication business hopes that three new shows can break the losing streak the platform has had for the last few years. The most controversial of the three is Warner’s TMZ, the anti-celebrity website that has grown in popularity in the last few months. The trash-celeb show, reminiscent of Hard Copy, premieres Sept. 10 locally on Fox-owned WPWR-TV and WFLD-TV. […]

Pittsburgh local fall lineups

Rob Owen of the Post-Gazette has Pittsburgh’s fall syndicated lineups. Notables: -Sinclair’s WPMY has Family Guy interspersed with The Simpsons, creating a two-sitcom block. Family Guy is slated to air at 6:30 and 7:30 each weeknight, leading out of Bart & Co. Law & Order: Criminal Intent airs at 11 p.m. on WPMY. – Sinclair’s other station, Fox affiliate WPGH, […]

‘Tis the fifteenth season

Watch out Homer Simpson, you’re not the only one who can go on forever: Viacom and Comedy Central renewed veteran comedy South Park until 2011 (its fifteenth season) – but wait, there’s more: Comedy Central and the creators of the show agreed to create a South Park hub to spread the show’s material to the Internet, mobile phones, and other […]

Chicago Tribune weighs in on Big Ten-Comcast war of words

They support a la carte programming (which is no surprise given they are staunch supporters of the FCC’s indecency campaign and the war in Iraq.) Of course, when was the last time The Chicago Tribune Editorial Board’s opinion on anything was revelant to anybody? Aren’t newspapers supposed to be dead by now? And since yours truly didn’t go to a […]