Dabl dumps lifestyle shows, adds Black sitcoms

Move is reminiscent of Netflix deal as shakeup hit digital subchannel space  Circle chooses FAST channel over linear as it shutters  Usually when we talk about format changes, we talk about radio (i.e. WDAI-FM dumping rock for disco or WLUP becoming a Christian music station and so forth) but in television, it rarely happens – unless you’re in the digital […]

Rewinding media in 2023

A year dominated by labor strife, awful Chicago sports teams, and – oh yeah, Elon  If you watched the WWE, you remember Vince McMahon playing himself as an arrogant CEO and billionaire, ruling over anything and everything – the ultimate heel. It’s a real-life trend we’re seeing as we close 2023. Led by billionaire Elon Musk, CEOs – whether they’re […]

2023: So how did we do?

Here’s the outcome of the issues we looked forward to at the start of the year with the results in italics below:  1. Will the Writer’s Guild of America strike? This would be the top issue to look at this year as the WGA West is concerned about the decline of earnings for its writers, plus eroding residual payments and shorter […]

Washington Capitals, Wizards head out of D.C. for Virginia

The NBA’s Washington Wizards and NHL’s Washington Capitals are on the move after owner Ted Leonsis announced Wednesday he was moving the teams out of Capital One Arena in downtown Washington D.C. come 2028 and to a new $10 billion sports and entertainment complex in nearby Alexandria, Va. known as Potomac Yard. “We are committed to providing world-class fan experiences […]

The Media Notepad: Merit hooks up with TBN for distribution

Also: PBC heads to Amazon Prime; Paramount Global may be on sales block; Cord-cutting having impact on Baltimore’s finances  More information was released last week about Dr. Phil McGraw’s new network Merit Street and is relying on an old standby to distribute the network.  Trinity Broadcasting Network, who usually broadcasts non-secular fare, will air several hours of Dr. Phil’s new […]

Remembering Norman Lear

Trailblazer created shows that changed TV One of the most influential voices who helped shaped television for its future in the 1970s has passed on as Norman Lear died Tuesday night at his Beverly Hills, Calif. home in his sleep at the age of 101, surrounded by family. Lear was born in New Haven, CT and began his television career […]

Audacy Chicago makes executive moves

Rachel Williamson promoted to President Of Local Sales Strategy and Innovation; Kevin Cassidy to succeed her as Chicago market president Audacy Chicago announced Tuesday the promotion of Rachel Williamson to a newly created role as President Of Local Sales Strategy and Innovation from Chicago Market President. Replacing her is Kevin Cassidy, who comes in from a similar role in Audacy’s […]

Chicago Public Media CEO Matt Moog to step down

Successor yet to be named As first reported by Radio Insight, Chicago Public Media CEO Matt Moog is planning to step down from his position as soon as his successor is found.  “I plan to return to my roots as a technology entrepreneur“, said Moog in a statement. “I feel a great sense of gratitude for the Board, staff, and […]

The Media Notepad: WLIT takes early Chirstmas ratings lead

WGN-TV hires new traffic reporter; NBC Sports Chicago adding alternative Blackhawks telecasts; New Orleans Pelicans latest Bally team to seek an over-the-air TV deal  The PPM ratings survey for November were released this week and to no one’s surprise, iHeartMedia’s 93.9 The Lite is ahead of the competition. WLIT took first place from Hubbard’s The Drive as the Gold AC […]