Posts in category "Sun-Times"

Media Notebook: Dan Pompei leaves Tribune, Cutler Comedy Show, ESPN Car Wash

Media Notebook: Dan Pompei leaves Tribune, Cutler Comedy Show, ESPN Car Wash
I started hearing rumors last weekend that Dan Pompei was out at the Chicago Tribune. It wasn’t until this morning that I got confirmation on Dan Pompei being gone, and that this was Dan Pompei leaving the Trib, it was his decision. Not the paper deciding to get rid of him. Dan Pompei is as an accomplished NFL writer as you will ever find. So this is a huge void for the Trib to fill as his leaving coincides with the start of football season. No word yet on what he's doing next or who his replacement will be...

Fox Sports, Sun-Times Beth Long talks ND, Big Ten, Illini and more (video)

Fox Sports, Sun-Times Beth Long talks ND, Big Ten, Illini and more (video)
It’s a very special, heart-warming edition of the Chicago Sports Media Watch interview series! Why? Because this one is VIDEO! That calls for ALL CAPS! We also have a fantastic guest on today: Beth Long of Fox Sports, Fox Sports Next and the Chicago Sun-Times. See just how much more wonderful the CSMW interview becomes when it’s done via video instead of by email, over-the-phone or in person with recorded audio. Beth Long and I did this segment after the conclusion of Big Ten football media day. I think you can tell from the bags under my eyes that I did this on four hours sleep. But hey, like Ryan Lochte famously told us “if you want to be a man at night, you’ve got to be a man in the morning.” And no, I have no clue what that means. Unlike Lochte, Long is a swimmer with an intellect, having competed on the Division I level. Also, she ran track for Syracuse and Gardner-Webb...

Sportswriting Sharknado: Sun-Times John McDonough Column

Sportswriting Sharknado: Sun-Times John McDonough Column
There has been a lot of terribly obsequious coverage of Chicago Blackhawks Vice President John McDonough recently. We’ve also seen interest in the Chicago White Sox reach nadir this summer. And I’m always one to point out when people are gushing too much over John McDonough, and the Waylon Smithers to his Mr. Burns, Jay Blunk. Therefore, Dan McGrath’s Sun-Times column July 8th suggesting the White Sox hire McDonough to turn them around was quite possibly the perfect storm or horrific writing. Coincidentally a movie about a monster storm, and sharks flying around in it, took Twitter, yes you guessed it "by storm" last night. If this column about McDonough taking over the Sox were a movie, it would be right down there with “SharkNado,” “Leonard Part 6,” “Ishtar,” “Howard the Duck,” “Water World,” “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: and “Dude, Where’s My Car?” In this write-up, McGrath is to missing the point what Tara Reid is to drinking...
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Herb Gould retires. Steve Greenberg in at Chicago Sun-Times

Herb Gould retires. Steve Greenberg in at Chicago Sun-Times
The “other” paper in town has apparently hired a national college football and basketball writer. Steve Greenberg announced on his Twitter feed July 1 (Canada Day coincidentally) that he was joining the Chicago Sun-Times as its national college sports writer and he also Tweeted that he’ll be covering Illinois. He received the usual slap-on-the-back-welcome-aboard-so-nice-to-have-you-around type tweets from a bunch of his followers as a result. So this must mean that Herb Gould, the paper’s national college writer and Illinois beat writer, is gone. Rumors have been circulating for weeks that Herb Gould was going to retire, but nothing was made official — until now, I presume. I cover the Illini regularly, and I've heard whispers about Gould riding off into the sunset from other Illinois beat writers for months. Now it's official, so I can publish it...

Chicago Sun-Times Guild sending message to Rocky Wirtz before Game 5

Chicago Sun-Times Guild sending message to Rocky Wirtz before Game 5
Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz has done a tremendous job turning around his hockey franchise. Yes, he says they’re still not turning a profit, but their rise from obscurity to local front-runner franchise is quite astounding. How many of you were actually Blackhawks fans in 2008? Wirtz has increased revenue, visibility and interest remarkably these past five years. As a Chicago Sun-Times investor, can Rocky Wirtz do a similar job with the newspaper? The Sun-Times Guild is taking action Saturday night at Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in hopes that he will. The Guild, along with volunteers of Firefighters Union Local 2, will be leafleting outside the United Center between 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. The protestors want Rocky Wirtz to convince Michael Ferro and Tim Knight to rehire all the fired and award winning Sun-Times photographers, and sign a fair contract with the Guild to restore wages and working conditions for professional journalists who care about journalistic integrity. I talked with Chicago Newspaper Guild spokesperson Craig Rosenbaum last night...

Author John Rosengren tells trailblazing baseball tale (exclusive)

Author John Rosengren tells trailblazing baseball tale (exclusive)
Minnesota based writer John Rosengren is the author of Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes.  It’s a biography of the “Hebrew Hammer,” one of the greatest players in baseball history. A member of the Detroit Tigers Mt. Rushmore. Greenberg was more than just one of the premier power hitters of his generation. He slugged 58 home runs in 1938, equaling Jimmie Foxx’s 1932 mark for the most home runs in one season by any player between 1927 (when Babe Ruth set a record of 60) and 1961 (when Roger Maris surpassed it). Greenberg was a five-time All-Star, twice AL MVP and elected to the Hall of Fame in 1956. Hank Greenberg was also the first Jewish superstar in all of American professional sports. And reaching that height meant he had to endure Anti-Semitism, bigotry and prejudice that you could not imagine. Rosengren’s book is more than a baseball story; it’s about social pioneering and political trail blazing. John Rosengren is an award-winning author of seven books. A freelance writer since 1981, he has written articles for more than 100 publications ranging from Reader’s Digest to Sports Illustrated. He’s a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors and the Society for American Baseball Research. He teaches in the University of Minnesota’s journalism school and at the Loft Literary Center. He earned his master’s degree in creative writing at Boston University, where he studied with Saul Bellow and Derek Walcott. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and their two children. You can see a sampling of all the press Rosengren received on his book at HankGreenberg.net on the book page under reviews. The Detroit Free Press and Chicago Magazine did interviews. Rosengren has also written for the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Side. He will be speaking at the Highland Park Public Library on July 10....
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Kendall Gill NOT Likely returning to Comcast SportsNet

Kendall Gill NOT Likely returning to Comcast SportsNet
You won't see Kendall Gill back on Comcast SportsNet Chicago any time soon. Most likely, you'll never see him again on CSN. We don't have an official statement yet from Comcast VP Phil Bedella, or anyone else at the station of similar rank, but the handwriting is certainly on the wall. The talk among media circles is that Gill has lost that job; exactly like we thought he would. However, you can still see his work on a national stage via NBA TV. Kendall Gill did an exclusive with ESPN 1000′s Waddle and Silvy a week ago. (He comes on around the 1:30ish mark here). This was the first time Kendall Gill talked publicly since he punched Tim Doyle in the face in mid March. Kendall didn't say much about the Tim Doyle incident. For obvious reasons...

Bears Beat Writer Sean Jensen Exits Chicago Sun Times

Bears Beat Writer Sean Jensen Exits Chicago Sun Times
Disgruntled former Chicago Sun-Times writer Jim O’Donnell publicly tweeted that Chicago Bears beat writer Sean Jensen has parted ways with the Sun-Times. The last time we saw the byline of Sean Jensen in the paper was late April.   The Twitter account of Sean Jensen has been quiet the past couple days and he hasn't tweeted anything Sun-Times related this month...

Sun-Times Editor Chris De Luca Bitterly Blasted by Former Subordinate

Sun-Times Editor Chris De Luca Bitterly Blasted by Former Subordinate
Chicago Sun-Times Editor Chris De Luca certainly has some enemies in this town. He’s publicly feuded with Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune. Former Sun-Times writer Jim O’Donnell seems to have a very bitter resentment for De Luca. O’Donnell has been extremely vitriolic and bitter towards De Luca on Twitter. O’Donnell has attacked De Luca both personally and professionally. He often invokes the current NBA Playoff futility of the Chicago Bulls, analogizing their incompetence to that of Chris De Luca. This is epic. These tweets are melt down level material. Chris De Luca has not tweeted any responses to this. He appears to be taking the high road. Which is probably the right way to go.
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670 The Score's Mike Mulligan: Exclusive Interview

670 The Score's Mike Mulligan: Exclusive Interview
WSCR morning host Mike Mulligan has been on the Chicago sports media scene since his days answering phones at the Sun-Times in 1982. Legendary High School sports editor Taylor Bell trained Mulligan as both a reporter and a writer and assigned him his first story. A former paperboy who delivered the Sun-Times and Tribune in the morning and the Daily News and Chicago Today in the afternoon, Mulligan worked every job imaginable in the Sun-Times Sports department. Eventually, he became the full-time beat writer covering the Chicago Bulls during their first three championships with Michael Jordan. Mulligan moved to the Bears beat and eventually became the NFL columnist a few years later. He still covers football for the Chicago Tribune. Mulligan’s radio stops have included stints at Sporting News Radio, ESPN and, of course, WSCR-670 The Score where he has teamed with fellow sportswriter Brian Hanley since 2005. An award-winning journalist who has covered six NBA Finals, 16 Super Bowls and one World Cup Final, he also received a local Emmy for his television commentary on Fox Kickoff Sunday and worked the final season as a panelist on the legendary “Sportswriters on TV,’’ show. (CBS Chicago) I caught up to Mulligan at last week’s Ring Lardner awards, whose honorees included ABC-7′s Mark Giangreco. The Lardner awards are “the Heisman trophy for journalists,” as Giangreco put it. You can follow the Mully and Hanley show on Twitter here...