They Gone!

Joel Hollander’s behind just got shoved out the door… Dan Mason, a CBS Radio veteran, is returning to the fold to replace Hollander as president and CEO of CBS Radio, Inc. Meanwhile, Joke Theissman, er, I mean Joe Theissman is out after 20 years working on ESPN’s football games. This past season, he worked alongside Mike Trico and Tony Kornhiser […]

It’s official: XM and Sirius to merge

If this comes to pass, they’d better hope the Republicans are in control of Congress and the White House in 2008. XM Press Release There will be a joint conference call and press conference to announce the deal at 7:30 am (CT) Tuesday. You can listen to it on Sirius Channel 122 and XM Channel 200, and available on each […]

Marv Dyson’s Legacy

Former WGCI mogul Marv Dyson was profiled by WBBM-Ch.2 on their newscast Saturday Night, detailing his 40-year career in the business – which included his start at WJPC-AM and moving on to WVON and later FM market leader WGCI. During his time at those stations, he helped groom personalities who later became urban radio’s biggest stars -a list that includes […]

Ouch!

Photo courtesy of WMVP Chet gets cocked! Local sportscaster Chet Coppock was attacked outside the Allstate Arena Wednesday night after the DePaul-Marquette basketball game. An arrest has been made in the case.

CoCo’s gone, too

I guess the wicked weather isn’t the only thing hammering Chicago… another person got canned today which scores the hat trick – this time it’s CoCo Cortez’s afternoon show at WLIT-FM. These things do come in threes…

Emmis fires PDs at WLUP, WKQX

Mike Stern of Q101 (WKQX-FM) and Tim Dukes of the Loop (WLUP-FM) are out, and Radio & Records is reporting on their front page that the positions are being combined into one. The alternative and classic rock formatted stations, respectively, have struggled in the ratings in the last few years – to the point that both stations have fallen out […]

Jammin’ Oldies is back (updated)

I guess you can’t keep a bad format down for so long…. WILV, 103.5 The Beat, oops… I mean 100.3 LoveFM launched a new ad campaign and website designed to boost its sagging numbers… That’s a great “what worked in 1999 can work in 2007 approach.” Yeah, and there was a dot-com bubble then too. On the bright side, former […]

T Dog Think Tank: Radio industry blows it again

If you haven’t heard by now, a woman died in a radio stunt in Sacramento earlier this month. Jennifer Strange, a 28-year old mother of three, participated in a “Hold Your Water For A Wii” contest for local radio station KDND-FM, a Pop/Top 40 station in Sacramento, aka “The End”, as part of the morning show called “The Morning Rave”. […]

Spike O’Dell out at WGN – three years from now

Times may change, but many things stay the same in Chicago year after year – Daley in City Hall, Democrats controlling Cook County, WLS-TV topping in the Nielsens and WGN-AM ruling the roost in morning drive. But a change in morning drive at WGN is coming – three years from now. Spike O’Dell told the Trib’s Phil Rosenthal that he’s […]

Fall Arbitron books (Updated)

The Arbitron radio books are out today for Chicago, Milwaukee, Peoria, Rockford, South Bend, Bloomington, and The Quad Cities. Robert Feder analyzes the Chicago book for the Sun-Times, while Tim Cuprisin does the same for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Chicago Winners: Urban Contemporary WGCI-FM Chicago’s tops the fall ratings book. WLIT ought to thank Santa for its Christmas music-fueled ratings jump. […]

Allan Stagg Dies

The first post of the new year, and sadly, like much of the posts I wrote last year (particularly last month)…. an obituary. Allan Stagg (1951-2007) A true Chicago radio legend.

Chicago, Milwaukee Arbitrends out (Part 2)

From Radio and Records, the Arbs Part 2 from Chicago and Milwaukee.Thoughts: News-talk rules in this region as WGN and WTMJ top the charts. Among CHRs, WBBM-FM (B96) is tops while WKSC (Kiss 103.5) slips a little. WZZN’s oldies format is a big winner — best ratings for that frequency in 18 years. WKQX (Q101) may be headed for a […]

CLEAR CHANNEL SOLD

This has ramifications for both the television and radio industries. Details here: Clear Channel Sold for $26.7 Billion May’s Family Finds Buyers for Clear Channel, TV Stations for Sale Clear Channel Goes Private in $26.7 billion deal List of TV Stations to be sold by Clear Channel (courtesy of Michigan Buzzboard) List of radio stations to be sold by Clear […]

Chicago Arbitrends

First Arbitrends ratings radio report for the fall season: WGN and WGCI are tied for first, WZZN’s Oldies format is starting to pay dividends (best ratings for that frequency I’ve seen in least 18 years), The “feel good music” revolution is making WILV (Love FM) and WLIT feel bad, and WLUP (The Loop) and WKQX (Q101) continue to s(t)ink. Where’s […]

WLIT flips to Christmas Music early

Yes, it’s only November 3, but WLIT has decided to flip to Christmas Music — fifty-something days until Christmas. A quote from Feder’s column in today’s Sun-Times: “When I saw a snowflake this morning, that’s when I decided,” said Darren Davis, vice president of programming and operations for Clear Channel Chicago. “I hadn’t planned on it. It just felt right.” […]