News & Notes

The alternative title is being used to describe today’s News & Notes, as there is sad news to report:

– Chicago Defender sports journalist Larry Gross passed away Wednesday at the age of 59 due to complications from lung cancer. Gross covered mostly local sports for the paper, including Chicago Public School Prep action.

The wake will be held Feb. 18 from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Gatlings Chapel, 10133 South Halsted (Illinois Route 1), Chicago, IL 60628-1814.

– Fisher Broadcasting, owners of ABC affiliates KATU in Portland, Ore. and KOMO in Seattle, have became the latest outlets to add This TV to their digital subchannels. The deal also includes Fisher’s three other Oregon stations. This TV is a joint venture between Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting and MGM.

– Fox O&O WFLD-TV is adding a new Sunday morning show from the Chicago Urban League titled next TV, which debuts on Feb. 22 at 8 a.m. The program features the stories of African-American entrepreneurs in Chicago. WFLD is getting a fee from the Urban League to air the show and split the ad inventory. WPWR is also airing a same-day rerun of next TV.

The move means Fox Chicago Sunday (a public-affairs program), is being cut to a half-hour and moves to Sundays at 8:30 a.m.

– Disney-ABC has renewed action hour Legend of the Seeker for a second season in 70 percent of the country, including WGN-TV in Chicago.