The Media Notepad: Bulls, Blackhawks, and White Sox go a different direction to launch new RSN

Also: Daily Herald makes changes; CBS releases fall sked early; US 99’s Drew Walker exits  [Editor’s Note: This article was updated to remove some incorrect information in the first item. – T.H.]  The new proposed regional sports network featuring the Blackhawks, Bulls, and White Sox now may have a behind-the-scenes change. In a surprising move reported by The Athletic Saturday […]

The Media Notepad: Audacy, Cumulus merger afoot?

Also: The Talk to end after 15 years; NCAA Women’s Championship draws record high; NHL team headed to Utah With the future of Paramount Global all the chatter, there could be some radio merger and acquisition action, too. A report in Radio Insight suggests Audacy – soon to be controlled by Soros Fund Management after coming out of bankruptcy – […]

B96 launches yet another morning show, “Moug & Karla”

Low-rated Top 40 station tries again to create a morning franchise As it continues to get whipped in the ratings, Audacy-owned B96 (WBBM-FM) announced yet another new morning drive radio show, Moug & Karla. “Moug” is John Moug, late of Hot AC station KPLZ-FM in Salt Lake City, who hosted alongside Angie Parker for two years. He started his career […]

The Media Notepad: Audacy to emerge from bankruptcy soon than expected…thanks to George Soros

Also: KC radio personality killed in parade shooting; MLB to produce Colorado Rockies games; TVNewsCheck might stick around after all – for a price One of the most despised individuals in conservative circles might become the largest shareholder in one of America’s biggest radio companies. George Soros – who is known as a force in progressive politics, is on track […]

Clean-up in aisle B96: “The Morning Mess” canceled

Top 40 station dumps underachieving show In news that comes as no surprise, Audacy-owned Gold Top 40 B96 (WBBM-FM) pulled the plug on The Morning Mess, an ill-conceived morning drive show who lived up to its name. As first reported by Radio Insight, The Mess was nowhere to be found Tuesday morning, as B96 opted to play music with now-former […]

Audacy files for Chapter 11

Move was expected; no immediate effects  With all the headlines focused lately on linear TV’s decline, there is another traditional communications medium who is also struggling, though it doesn’t generate the exact number of headlines.  Audacy – who owns and operates more than 200 radio stations in the U.S., including several in the Chicago area, officially filed for Chapter 11 […]

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 the Chicago Market President. Replacing her is Kevin Cassidy, who comes in from a similar role in […]

The 2023 T Dog Media Turkey Awards

Your winners/losers in the 18th annual roundup of the worst in everything: Donald Trump. He’s back.  Elon Musk. I’ll tell you what. You can click on this link, which leads to every story this space has featured on the arrogant billionaire, none of it positive.  Jerry Reinsdorf. Speaking of arrogant billionaires, the 87-year-old is currently one of the worst owners […]

Todd Cavanah resurfaces as Program Director at WLS-FM

Former B96 exec takes job at classic hits station Former Audacy exec Todd Cavanah has returned to Chicago radio as new PD of Cumulus’ WLS-FM, taking over the classic hits station effective immediately. Cavanah is a longtime fixture on the Chicago radio scene, spending 33 years at Audacy and its predcessor companies, CBS Radio and Infinity Broadcasting. He departed Audacy […]

The Media Notepad: WLS-AM launches two new afternoon shows

Also: The latest Chicago radio ratings; Arizona Coyotes to move all games to broadcast TV Cumulus Media’s conservative talker WLS-AM recently announced they were adding two new afternoon shows to replace the departed Big John Howell Show. First from 3-4 p.m. weekdays is Closing Bell. Not related to the similarly-titled CNBC business news show airing at the same time, Bell […]

‘Dashing’ to afternoon drive: B96 hires new jock

Audacy lures radio personality away from The Mix Rhythmic hits B96 (WBBM-FM) announced Thursday it has hired Jordan “Dash” Orman-Weiss away from The Mix to become the station’s new weekday afternoon personality effective next Thursday, June 29. Dash replaces previous afternoon host Julia Lepidi at the Audacy-owned station, who shifts over to middays to fill the void left by the […]

670 The Score’s Mitch Rosen promoted to VP/Brand Manager

One of two promotions announced Friday Current 670 The Score (WSCR-AM) program director Mitch Rosen was named Vice-President and Brand Manager of the Audacy-owned sports talk station on Friday. Replacing Rosen in his previous role is Ryan Porth, who was Assistant Brand Manager. Porth, who arrived to 670 The Score from a sports talk station in Nashville in January 2022, […]

B96 changes course, adds more rhythmic-oriented “flashbacks”

Legacy Top 40 station shakes up playlist in order to lure back listeners There was speculation several weeks ago that a major change was coming to either one or two Audacy-owned stations in the Chicago market. After a few behind-the-scenes changes, Friday saw contemporary hit radio/Top 40 B96, or WBBM-FM add more gold hit product to its current hit playlist, […]

The Media Notepad: Judge Marliyn Milan returns to TV in a new show

Also: B96 hires Canavah’s replacement; Diamond Sports Group skips payments to Guardians and Twins; Extra renewed for season thirty  The other shoe has dropped in Warner Bros.’ decision to exit the court genre as Marilyn Milian has signed with Allen Media Group for a new hour-long court show, Justice For The People With Judge Milan, debuting this fall.  “We at […]