Chicago: Slipping away?

The state of the Chicago market: population loss may effect media properties  If last week’s bad census news is any indication, Chicago may be in for a rough few years. And the local media scene could be affected. Figures released by the Census Bureau last week showed the Chicago market losing more residents over the last decade than any other […]

Garry Shandling dies

                      Comedian known for “It’s Garry Shandling Show”; “Larry Sanders” left legacy The comedy world is mourning the sudden, shocking loss of Garry Shandling, a stand-up comic and sitcom writer who died Thursday at the age of 66. Paramedics were called to his Los Angeles home for “a medical emergency” […]

T Dog’s Think Tank: Stump the Trump

Chicago is still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Donald Trump as he blew through town on March 11 and created a storm of protests – including inside the UIC Pavilion where he was supposed to speak. Instead, the rally was canceled before he even spoke as the Pavilion was declared a disaster area with fighting and chaos not seen […]

CBS Radio up for sale

It’s an end of an era. CBS Corp. announced on Tuesday it was exploring several options of its radio station group, including a sale. The stations could be spun-off, swapped, or sold outright. CBS owns several radio/TV combos in most large markets, including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Detroit, Sacramento, and Baltimore. In […]

Think Tank Express: Leaks, length sink NCAA Selection Show

It looks like CBS’ decision to expand its NCAA Basketball Tournament Selection Show to two hours was a bust in more ways than one. For years, the program revealed the brackets in the NCAA Tournament, first in a half-hour format, then expanded to an hour beginning in 2002. Then this year, someone had the bright idea of revealing the 68 teams […]

The CW renews…everything

Historic move brings back every scripted show on the network for 2016-17 season In an unprecedented move, The CW has renewed ALL of its scripted series for the 2016-17 season – showing quite a bit of stability for the network, leaving practically no shows on the bubble. This marks the first time in memory a broadcast network has renewed all […]

IHeart’s WGCI and WGRB to broadcast from CSU Friday

Hip-Hop/R&B outlet WGCI and Gospel outlet WGRB head to Chicago State University as school faces closure. Two of iHeartMedia’s stations targeted to Chicago’s African-American community are planning to broadcast from Chicago State University on Friday as Illinois’ funding crisis could shut the school down. Coming to the South Side campus for a live broadcast are WGCI-FMs Kyle Santillian, Kendra G., […]

Major shakeup at ABC sends Paul Lee out the door

Channing Dungey becomes ABC Entertainment president; First African-American woman to run a major network When it comes to CBS, you always hear the tagline “We’re America’s Most Watched Network”. When it comes to ABC, it’s always “We’re always in third or fourth place”. And it’s the sinking fortunes that led to ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee’s departure. The alphabet network and the phrase […]

T Dog’s Media Notepad: Back in the saddle again

Hello, and welcome back to T Dog Media! Here are some notable news and notes from the last two weeks: Tom Doerr has resigned as news director of Fox-owned WFLD-TV here in Chicago after just three years and six years overall at the station. Doerr is heading back to Florida to deal with personal family issues. During his tenure, ratings […]