Who’s in your four, Edition II

The week’s winners and losers: T Dog’s Fab Four – Michael Phelps. The best Olympian. Ever. – NBC and the Summer Olympics. The numbers posted by the event are on the pace to be the most watched Olympics. Ever. – Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. A slight revamp and an upgrade to early fringe (5 p.m.) at WGN-TV in […]

More Chicago PPM results

All Access interviewed Radio Crunch’s Anthony Acampora about the pre-currency results from Arbitron’s new Portable People Meter, which is intended to replace the diaries the company has been using for decades. Keep in mind this is based on only one month of findings. Among the findings: – Bonneville seems to be the big winner, with WDRV-FM (The Drive) surging in […]

Spring 2008 book is out

In between the end of TCA and start of Comic-Con, I’m squeezing in some news regarding Chicago radio! (I know you’re excited… yeah, right. But it’s nice to talk about something local for a change.) The Spring 2008 books are out for both Chicago and Milwaukee, are you can access them by clicking here (Chicago) and here (Milwaukee), with the […]

"Ellen" coming to town

The hokey daytime talk show will be in Chi-Town for one day during May sweeps, taping an episode on May 3. No word on any guests (forget Oprah and Jerry), but I’m certain a Chicago Cub or two may show up. The show is likely to tape at NBC Tower, given Ellen’s affiliate here (WMAQ-TV) airs the program at 3 […]

This guy isn’t playing with a full deck of cards…

WJMK-FM (JACK) personality Steve Dahl interviewed Drew Peterson on his show yesterday, who some consider a suspect in his wife’s (Stacy Peterson’s) disappearance. Dahl had been lampooning the former Bolingbrook police chief on his radio show for the last several months, and so Peterson and his lawyer decided to call up his show and take him on one-on-one – but […]

Harvey, Dahl big winners in book

The Fall Arbitron book released yesterday didn’t really provide much surprises (even with WLIT’s annual surge due to Christmas music), but a couple of new arrivals shook up Chicago’s already competitive morning-drive race: – Steve Harvey’s syndicated show on Clear Channel’s WGCI-FM finished third overall and topped all FM morning drive shows in 12+. The controversy regarding “Crazy” Howard McGee’s […]

Q101 dumps Morning Fix

After fourteen months on the air (and maybe a moral victory for Mancow), Alternative outlet WKQX (or Q101) has deep-sixed the The Morning Fix. The station is dumping comedy elements from its morning show and is keeping a skeleton staff on hand to do traffic, weather, and sports and re-foucsing its efforts on music in the daypart. The move comes […]

A brave old world for Dahl

Phil Rosenthal in the Trib today explores Steve Dahl’s return to the morning airwaves for the first time in 11 years, and it’s not much different than it was the last time he left. Well, aside from WGCI not having a local radio morning show anymore, and Mancow being put out to pasture. Rosenthal also interviews individuals who explain how […]

It’s AC for CKG

Robert Feder is reporting that WCKG is expected to flip to an Adult Contemporary format, which could occur anytime between 7 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday. The format would target women 25-54, and would put it in direct competition with WLIT-FM. WLIT is expected to flip to Christmas music sometime in the next few weeks. Last year, WLIT flipped […]

Steve Dahl to Jack FM?

The Sun-Times Robert Feder is reporting (and this is a tidbit that will make message boards explode over the weekend) that Steve Dahl, who hosts his successful afternoon show on WCKG-FM, is expected to land as morning jock at sister station WJMK-FM, or Jack FM. This comes as an impending format change will likely hit WCKG in the next two […]

Steve & Garry reunite on TV

Current WCKG hosts and radio legends Steve Dahl and Garry Meier (both have separate shows at the station) appeared together on WGN-TV’s morning news today, promoting a charitable event they are co-hosting with the Sun-Times Susanna Hoffman and Gilda’s Club Chicago on Friday called “A Night of a Thousand Noogies” at the Park West (it’s located at 322 W. Armitage.)

Spanish broadcaster charges racism in Arbitron numbers

Plus other demo ratings news of note Spanish-language broadcaster WLEY-FM is charging that the station’s numbers -as well as those of other Hispanic broadcasters – are down become Arbitron did not send out enough diaries to Spanish-speaking households in the Chicago area. “I question the statistical reliability of this survey,” he said. “They did not have a sufficient number of […]

Meier to reunite with Dahl?

Not really, but Garry Meier may end up on the same station (WCKG) as Steve Dahl, who worked together for several different Chicago radio stations until a falling out in 1993 (The duo did reunite last August for one time only.) Rob Feder has the scoop here.