Poll: Chicagoans have lote-hate relationship with their native shows

Though viewers are proud for their homegrown shows, their portrayal of Chicago often brings headaches While Chicago viewers tune in every week to see how their shows portray their city to the world, there are those who are concerned on how they shape perception of the city on the world stage. Chicago-based The Harris Poll CEO Will Johnson recently penned […]

The Media Notepad: WBBM Newsradio names Craig Schwalb news director

Also: Mayoral debates scheduled; CBS-owned stations to rebrand news properties Audacy’s all-news WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM announced last week the hire of Craig Schwalb as brand manager and news director of the station effective January 23. He succeeds Ron Gleason, who retired last month.  Schwalb comes from Hubbard’s dominant all-news station WTOP in Washington, D.C., a station who typically leads the country in […]

AMC scraps second season of Chicago-based “61st Street” – despite finished production

Cost-cutting behind move In an unusual decision, cable network AMC announced Thursday it is permanently shelving the shot-in-Chicago drama 61st Street and its already filmed second season will not air on streaming or linear.  As first reported by Variety, the move reportedly is a cost-cutting one announced by parent AMC Networks last month, taking write-downs up to $475 million according […]

The Media Notepad: Chicago Reader publisher steps down

Also: ABC 7 hires new person for its creative services programming team; Fox’s Chicago duopoly to air new game show; Devil in White City to be adapted for the small screen  After leading the paper through a difficult transition as a non-profit, Chicago Reader publisher Tracy Baim is stepping down after four years at the paper and three months as […]