NewsNation adds Dan Abrams to primetime lineup

Ends traditional news programming in prime-time, but adds news in mornings  Despite ultra-low ratings, Nexstar’s NewsNation is expanding by adding a morning newscast and adding legal analyst Dan Abrams.  Abrams is being added to NewsNation’s prime-time lineup beginning on September 27. Titled Dan Abrams Live, the new one-hour show is basically a discussion of the day’s events. Abrams is a […]

CBS New York makes history with GM promotion

Johnny Green Jr. becomes first African-American in position in WCBS’s history ViacomCBS announced Wednesday the promotion of interim news director Johnny Green Jr. to president and general manager of WCBS-TV, the CBS flagship station in New York City, becoming the first Black executive to hold the title at the CBS-owned station.  “Since returning to CBS nine weeks ago, I have […]

The CW expands to Saturday nights

A bold move on a low HUT-level night In a surprising move, The CW announced Thursday it is expanding their prime-time lineup to Saturdays starting in October, giving the network its first full seven-day-a-week schedule in its history. Saturdays this fall,CW Primetime comes to Kansas City's Own KCWE @KCWE29! https://t.co/Eg9DZXdows — Kansas City's Own KCWE (@KCWE29) May 13, 2021 No […]

FCC Chairman to lawmaker on racist TV show: Not our problem, ma’am

FCC punts on racism allegations In a marked departure from the last time the FCC dealt with this issue, the agency has rejected a complaint regarding racial and homophobic content on a TV show. The content in question comes from a Puerto Rico TV show called La Comay, where as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai rejected a complaint from New York […]

Stefan Holt returns to Chicago with a new anchor position at NBC 5

Comes from sister O&O WNBC New York A former Chicago news anchor is coming home. Beginning October 12, Stefan Holt is returning to NBC-owned WMAQ-TV in Chicago after a four-year stint at WNBC in New York. Holt will take over the 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. news anchor position. In the early time slot, he’ll pair up with Marion Brooks […]

Fox Television Stations launch new streamer Fox Soul

Fox-owned stations launch OTT service targeting African-American viewers; Fox 32’s Later With Leon to be featured  In an ambitious move, Fox Television Stations announced Monday the launch of Fox Soul, a over-the-top service targeting African-American viewers between the ages of 25 and 54. The new streaming service is featuring live-streaming original programming in prime-time and late night, roughly from 8 […]

iHeart Media announces cuts nationwide; Chicago stations lays off three (so far)

Nation’s largest radio chain eliminates positions in belt-tightening In 2009, Clear Channel Communications announced one of the biggest radio layoffs in history, cutting 1,850 positions announced on January 20, the same day President Obama was inaugurated into office. At the time, I wrote: “Even more appalling is their plan to cut back on live, local programming and add more syndicated […]

FCC approves Tribune, Nexstar deal

Move ends 95 years of local control  I guess this is another way for the Trump administration and Republicans to stick it to Chicago. In another… all together now – partisan divided vote, the FCC approved the transaction of Nexstar Broadcasting, swallowing up Chicago-based Tribune Media for $6.4 billion. This gives Nexstar over 100 stations in 114 markets with a […]

WBEZ CEO steps down; takes position at New York City Public Media

Move stuns WBEZ staffers and listeners In news that shocked everyone who follows Chicago media, Chicago Public Media CEO Goli Sheikholeslami announced Wednesday she is stepping down from the role and taking a similar position at New York City Public Radio. As the new head of New York City Public Radio, Sheikholeslami will oversee properties including news/talk WNYC-AM and FM; […]

Chicago radio ratings: 101.9 The Mix dominates

Hubbard Hot AC station puts on a clinic The May Chicago radio book showed perhaps for the first time since WGN’s glory days as a local radio station totally dominated, completely bulldozing the competition. As reported by Robert Feeder Tuesday morning, Hubbard’s WTMX-FM (101.9 The Mix) put on a clinic during the just-completed May PPM survey – not only finishing first […]