Sweeping changes at Channel 2, CBS (updated)

Burns, Childers, Malone out at Channel 2; layoffs at other CBS O&Os The ax fell at CBS-owned WBBM-TV on Monday, with eighteen people either laid off or their contracts not being renewed. The causalities include on-air veterans Mary Ann Childers, Diann Burns, and Mark Malone. Burns was the highest-paid anchor at the station, making a reported $2 million per year. […]

Power 92 morning co-host exits

More firings: Say au revoir to Kendra G as her time is up at WPWX-FM (Power 92). The co-host of Chicago’s only local morning program targeted to an urban audience is out after three years at the station, where she was on The Trey Choklit Jok Morning Jumpoff. Power 92 is now looking for a replacement. Despite the fact Power […]

Game shows are hot again

After Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! became major successes in the mid-1980’s, games shows became a hot property in syndication. By 1988, more than ten of them were on the air, including Win Lose or Draw, and Wipeout!, and successful revivals of Hollywood Squares, The Dating Game, and Family Feud. But the game show boom went bust by 1991 after […]

"Celebrity Apprentice" wins Thursday

And Piers Morgan (who?) wins the whoring-for-Trump competition, which beat CBS’ NCAA Tournament coverage, which means America treasures its sleazy TV as much as it does Mom, Apple Pie, and foreign cars (it used to be Chevrolet…) And this has-been TV critic raves so much about this show, you think he was working for NBC’s PR department…

Big Media does it again!

On Tuesday, I had a post up on a story in which Jay Mariotti bashes Cubs fans, and the Sun-Times feedback section below was filled with anti-Mariotti comments. Late Tuesday evening, the feedback section disappeared not only from the Cubs article, but all of Mariotti’s articles (All other articles had their comments section intact.) In today’s Sports TV/Radio column in […]

WCIU fined for kids’ ad violations

This dates way back when WCIU-TV carried Kids’ WB programming, and this is the price they paid for it: The Weigel-owned independent station was fined $16,500 for kids’ ad violations by the FCC, regarding Pokemon product placement on Eggo waffles and Fruit By The Foot fruit roll-ups (perhaps this is one of reasons why WCIU dropped Kids’ WB from the […]

More on Wally Phillips’ death

Two wonderful articles here from The Trib’s Phil Rosenthal and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Tim Cuprisin (it turned out Wally Phillips also had listeners in the Milwaukee area.)

New boss at CBS Television Distribution

And his name is John Nogawski, who’ll oversee the world’s largest syndication company as president of CBS Television Distribution, whose massive programming library runs the gamut from Everybody Loves Raymond to Everybody Hates Chris and everything in between. Nogawski steps into a role that was occupied by the legendary Roger King, who died on Dec. 8. Also, Robert Madden becomes […]

WPWR launches new public affairs show

WPWR also secures rights to Chicago Fire games Fox-owned WPWR-TV is launching a new public affairs show called Perspective, which will air Sundays at 12:30 p.m. beginning March 30. This marks the first new public-affairs program to air on WPWR under Fox’s ownership. Before Fox took over the station, WPWR ran public affairs programming such as Dimensions: Northwest Indiana and […]

Chicago radio legend Wally Phillips dies

Photo: Chicago Sun-Times The undisputed king of Chicago morning radio from the 1960’s to the 1980’s has passed away at the age of 82. Wally Phillips began his legendary Chicago radio career at WGN in 1956 and became the station’s morning personality in 1965 and had the market’s top rated morning show from 1968 until he left for afternoons in […]

This team is about as bad as the Orioles

Here’s another Channel 2 that can’t get arrested in news. ABC affiliate WMAR-TV in Baltimore has been the long-time ratings laggard in this market. The Scripps-owned station hoped it could inject some ratings juice into the also-ran by switching from NBC to ABC in 1995. The moves sent WJZ-TV to CBS (as part of a larger CBS-Westinghouse affiliation deal) and […]

"Golden Girls" shift to Hallmark

The Golden Girls is shifting from long-time cable home Lifetime to the Hallmark Channel, effective early next year. The off-network sitcom has been a constant performer on Lifetime, drawing new generations of viewers that never saw the program during its original seven-season run on NBC (1985-92.) However, ratings have been declining over the years, and Lifetime felt the program has […]

"Family Feud" headed back to prime-time

For the first time in 25 years, Family Feud is headed to prime-time. A celebrity edition of the syndicated game-show strip is being planned by Fremantle for NBC in prime-time, although it’s being proposed as a series of specials. If you recall, ABC aired prime-time specials in the 1970’s and 1980’s, which pitted celebrity casts of shows for charity, i.e., […]

"South Park" now available for streaming

More Cartman and Timmy than you bargained for. Not a bad thing.No more going to iTunes and paying $2 for an episode (or getting it free from BitTorrent) – now every episode of South Park ever made is now available for streaming at a revamped SouthParkStudios.com, thanks to Comedy Central and the V of Doom (Viacom.) Of course, there’s the […]