T Dog’s Think Tank: Oh, stop your crying

XM and AOL have ended their partnership as advertised, effective today. AOL signed a deal with CBS Radio a few months ago, and is scheduled to go into effect tomorrow, but you likely won’t see any CBS Radio content on AOL Radio for another month or so. But in AOL Radio’s blog, they claim the reason they broke up with […]

There’s something about playoff season

Ratings for both the NHL and the NBA playoffs (despite the lack of the Knicks and Bulls) are up from last year, according to Nielsen Media Research. Ratings for the NBA playoffs are up 20 percent on TNT with a more than 30 percent increase in key demos, and is up 47 percent on ESPN, with a 79 percent jump […]

Paula’s off the wagon again

She criticizes Jason Castro for the two songs he sung in round one of American Idol… only problem is… he sung only one! Oh, Paula… you’ve got to lay off those three-martini lunches…

The WB lives online

KidsWB.com relaunches as well; The CW announces new name for its Saturday morning lineup The WB died in the merger with UPN to form The CW two years ago, but now the frog is being resurrected online. Time Warner announced Monday it is relaunching The WB brand online along with a revamped KidsWB website. The WB launches as a beta […]

WGN, WPIX, KDAF sign deal with LATV

Three Tribune-owned stations – WGN-TV in Chicago, WPIX-TV in New York, and KDAF-TV in Dallas have signed deals with bilingual digital network LATV. The Hispanic-targeted network is landing on one of the digital subchannels of each of the three stations. LATV replaces The Tube on these channels, which ceased operations last September. With the new adds, LATV now airs on […]

Chicago radio’s Winter book results

The winter books are here, and according to Arbitron (click here to see daypart info): WINNERS: WGN-AM: This could be the beginning of a long reign for longtime leader WGN-AM on top of the radio hill in Chicago, as the station fended off WGCI to remain numero uno in Chicago’s Winter Arbitron book, and is expected to remain number one […]

"Soul Train" derails

Music awards show is also gone -for now. But a Soul Train Movie is in development In the post below, I mentioned the fate of U.S. Farm Report, one of two programs which were left hanging after the shuttering of Tribune Entertainment. Now the other shoe has dropped for the other show. The Soul Train Music Awards was canceled this […]

"U.S. Farm Report" ends run

If you’re looking for U.S. Farm Report at 5 a.m. Saturday morning, you’re out of luck… forever. Unable to find a syndicator to replace now-defunct Tribune Entertainment, the producers of the 33-year old agriculture series have decided to end production (3rd item).

Jimmy’s hosting a talk show

Jimmy Fallon is succeeding Conan O’ Brien in the post-Tonight show slot effective in 2009, according to sources. NBC plans to announce the former Saturday Night Live star’s new gig at its upfront presentation (yes, they are having another one) on May 12. O’ Brien is succeeding Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show next year, and plans to […]

Oh, that Jim Elia!

The week of April 25, 1983 was quite memorable. Harold Washington was elected Chicago’s first African-American mayor, yours truly celebrated his 11th birthday – and then- Cubs manager Lee Elia’s went nuts on the team’s fans! In an article in today’s Tribune, Teddy Greenstein talks about how Chicago news stations were jockeying to get a tape of a rant that […]

WBBM-TV’s newscast ratings update

CBS-owned WBBM’s 10 p.m. ratings after the recent anchor changes have remained flat from February, according to today’s Sun-Times. Despite the moves, the station is still in its third-place behind its other network O&O rivals. However, Channel 2 points out it has received positive e-mails and phone calls from viewers about the changes. Today begins the May sweeps period, which […]

WLS-TV’s Cheryl Burton attacked downtown

And the violence is spreading to the Loop as well – WLS-TV reporter Cheyrl Burton was attacked along with five other people as a mentally ill man was wondering around the Loop, striking people with his fist randomly. Police have the person in custody.

WGCI stops the hits to address Chicago violence

Doing what they should be doing when a community in is crisis, WGCI-FM abruptly stopped playing music this afternoon and evening to address the shootings and killings that has plagued Chicago’s minority communities over the past week. The impromptu move came after five people were gunned down inside a house on Chicago’s South Side this afternoon. WGCI invited leaders from […]

CW launches racy "Gossip Girl" campaign

Originally posted on April 11, but now with update! It’s the giant douche and turd sandwich thing again… You guys just want to keep the Parents Television Council in the news, do you? Awaiting PTC press release, feigning outrage… And here it is…