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Notebook: Britt McHenry, 87.7 The Game, Fighting Illini, Chicago Fire, 120 Sports

Notebook: Britt McHenry, 87.7 The Game, Fighting Illini, Chicago Fire, 120 Sports
Northwestern graduate Britt McHenry is the latest Medill School of Journalism product to join the World Wide Leader. She's based in D.C. but on St. Patrick's Day (she indeed has the luck of the Irish) she will start doing national work for ESPN. More Britt McHenry photos and career bio at this link. And check out the gallery in this post too. -Screen grab below is from Fox Sports Live (their version of SportsCenter) on Fox Sports 1. When he visited Northwestern, I asked University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Coach Richard Pitino about the top trending topic in college basketball this season- that would be Twitter. Quite a few big name college hoops coaches publicly discussed social media and the adverse effect it’s having on their programs and players: Tom Izzo, Thad Matta, Pitino's Dad Rick Pitino, John Calipari, Following the Golden Gophers 54-48 win at Northwestern, Richard Pitino gave a very colorful and insightful answer to my question....

Notebook: WGN 87.7 The Game, Kelly Crull, CSN Spring Training, Northwestern Social Media

Notebook: WGN 87.7 The Game, Kelly Crull, CSN Spring Training, Northwestern Social Media
Very big news today as we now have a third sports talk radio station, WGN Radio's 87.7 FM The Game, to compete with CBS' WSCR 670 The Score and ESPN MVP AM 1000. The Game is the local sports media story that everyone is talking about just like Kelly Crull, of Comcast SportsNet Chicago is the one sports media personality that everyone is talking about. We'll go into detail on both in this notebook. We'll also cover the trend of college basketball coaches trashing Twitter and social media, and get thoughts from Northwestern's Chris Collins on the matter. We'll also cover Comcast SportsNet producing a very compelling special on White Sox World Series hero Bobby Jenks and much more...

David Kaplan Discussing the Biggest Issues facing the Chicago Cubs

David Kaplan Discussing the Biggest Issues facing the Chicago Cubs
David Kaplan is certainly a local sports media figure who truly needs no introduction. He's a columnist, radio and television personality who hosts The David Kaplan Show on WGN Radio (weekdays 7 to midnight) and Sports Talk Live, a daily sports roundtable discussion show on Comcast SportsNet in Chicago (Monday-Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m.) He also co-authored the award winning Around Town column in the Chicago Tribune with Fred Mitchell from 2009-2011. David Kaplan is also the pre and postgame host for CSN's Chicago Cubs broadcasts where he partners with former Chicago Cubs outfielder and 1996 National League Rookie of the Year Todd Hollandsworth. Kaplan grew up in Skokie and is a graduate of Hamline University. He formerly was a basketball coach at Northern Illinois University, and a scout for two NBA teams: the Indiana Pacers and the Seattle SuperSonics. Kaplan worked at WMVP-AM before joining WGN's sports staff as a reporter in 1995. In part one of this three part series, The Kapman and I discuss the biggest trending Cubs topics right now. Off the heels of the annual Cubs Convention, there are some important Cubs topics making the news. Look for part two next week discussing: media, media criticism, balancing being a journalist and being a fan, and how players and coaches react to criticism...
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Pat Hughes will be part of new Cubs Media Rights Package (Update)

Pat Hughes will be part of new Cubs Media Rights Package (Update)
Pat Hughes has a voice that is so beautiful, he could be talking for three hours about aluminum siding, and I'd be captivated the whole time. You don't have to like Chicago Cubs baseball to enjoy the work of Pat Hughes. Which is fitting I guess because the Cubs, the 4th most valuable brand in Major League Baseball, are the team of choice for so many people who don't actually like baseball and don't actually care about watching the games. Yesterday, at the second day of Cubs Convention, when discussing a possible move from WGN radio, Cubs President of Baseball Operations Crane Kenney said Pat Hughes "is coming with us." So that makes a lot of Cubs, and Pat Hughes fans, happy. But there was more Cubs media rights news/discussion, beyond Pat Hughes...

10 Sportscasters to be Turned Off Immediately

10 Sportscasters to be Turned Off Immediately
After this list, I think I’ll pass up future chances to write about these gentlemen below. Unless they do something extremely newsworthy and very important, I’m likely never to mention these names again, because everything’s been said. If not by me, certainly by you. Or someone else. Simply put- these ten guys come on the air, I immediately switch the station — or hit the mute button. That’s it. Nothing personal, just business. And of course, making this list is in fact a very back-handed compliment. First, it shows you’re relevant enough that people who read this care deeply about who you are and what you do. Second, it shows that you have such a big presence that I find you overexposed. And I just have little more to say. Just “turn it off. Like a light switch” (CC Book of Mormon)...

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...
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Chicago Bulls radio announcer Chuck Swirsky (exclusive)

Chicago Bulls radio announcer Chuck Swirsky (exclusive)
Chuck Swirsky is the radio play-by-play man for the Chicago Bulls. You can hear him on WMVP AM 1000. Swirsky came to Chicago in 1979, where he was a sportscaster on WCFL. He then joined WGN radio AM 720 in late 1981.  He stayed there until 1994. Swirsky then left WGN for Detroit WJR, where he became Sports Director. Swirsky left there in 1998 to become the play-by-play guy on tv and radio for the Toronto Raptors. He was with the Raptors for ten years, and has been with the Bulls for five. While he was with WGN he also did play-by-play for DePaul. Swirsky also did Chicago Bears, and Cubs pre and post, as well as Northwestern football for the old SportsChannel television station. He also did morning drive talk radio with Bob Collins and Wally Phillips. While he worked in Detroit, he covered the Tigers, Red Wings and University of Michigan basketball and football...

Sarah Spain likely leaving ESPN 1000 for Fox Sports 1

Sarah Spain likely leaving ESPN 1000 for Fox Sports 1
WMVP’s Sarah Spain is most likely leaving the Chicago sports talk radio station for a new gig with Fox Sports 1. A source close to Spain claimed that this deal is in the works. We don't have official word yet, but all signs point that way. The ESPN 1000 on-air personality is potentially bolting the talk radio station for a greater, expanded role with the new television network. The higher ups at Fox Sports 1 are hoping that this new network will be able to complete with the World Wide Leader: ESPN. Sarah Spain is one of many sports personalities being scouted for Fox Sports 1. They’ve already made a marquee hire in Charissa Thompson. And they’re looking to add a considerable amount of staff between now and network launch August 17th. I really don't see anything special in Spain's work. I do not find her to be exceedingly talented. Then again, I'm not FS1. Maybe they see something I don't. Spain tweeted yesterday that she was flying to Los Angeles; presumably to finalize/further discuss the deal with Fox Sports. Sarah Spain has previous experience living in Los Angeles working for Fox Sports. She used to produce the network’s “The Final Score” highlights show...

Ring Lardner Sports Media Awards Tue: Lardner influenced Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ring Lardner Sports Media Awards Tue: Lardner influenced Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ring Lardner (1885-1933) was a legendary American figure in two of my favorite fields: satire and sports-writing. He was great both at telling a sports-related story, and doing it in a snarky way. The Ring Lardner Awards for Excellence in Sports Journalism will be held Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the Union League Club of Chicago. Cocktails at 5:30 PM, dinner at 6:30, and the awards to follow. The honorees this year are Broadcast: ABC 7 WLS TV Mark Giangreco; Print: Sports Illustrated/NPR/HBO Real Sports' Frank Deford; and Posthumous: Chicago Bulls and Fighting Illini icon Johnny “Red” Kerr. Proceeds raised at this event will benefit the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs. This year Frank Deford’s award is being presented by Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times while Mark Giangreco will receive his award from Bob Vorwald, Producer of WGN Sports...
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Hawk Harrelson calls Boers and Bernstein "gutless" "Mariotti wannabes" On Air

Hawk Harrelson calls Boers and Bernstein "gutless" "Mariotti wannabes" On Air
Whenever I consume a Chicago White Sox broadcast it’s radio only. Hawk Harrelson is the reason why. Steve Stone is a MLB genius, but Harrelson is not even remotely close to being tolerable. I elaborate on this point in further detail here. WSCR 670 The Score midday co-hosts Terry Boers and Dan Bernstein are perhaps the most polarizing figures in Chicago sports media. Lots of people love ‘em, lots of people dislike them. It seems we have a war of words going on: Boers and Bernstein vs. Hawk Harrelson...
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