Category: WGN

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...

Final Word, Instant Replay, Sports Sunday: Critiquing 'em all

Final Word, Instant Replay, Sports Sunday: Critiquing 'em all
Sundays are wonderful in that you get the national political talking head shows in the morning and the local sports talking head shows at night. I've been watching the three Chicago sports news/pundit shows all my life. However, I must begin this analysis by stating that these shows are not produced with me in mind. And rightfully so. I'm a huge sports media nerd. I'm a Twitter geek. I work in the sports media industry. So most of what they're going to say I was already made aware of many hours ago. And most of what I consume, sports media wise, is extremely detailed and niche.  These shows, by contrast, are geared towards your normal everyday sports fan. As they should be. That's what works and what sells. Currently, I myself am more interested in: an NFL mock draft with player descriptions, 1,000+ words on who the Blackhawks should start at goaltender for the NHL postseason or something that has fun with Illini football coach Tim Beckman. "STEAKS AND CAKES!"   Or anything Illini related. Ever. If you report on Illinois basketball, chances are I’ll read/watch/listen. Now that we have that bias out of the way, let’s move on to the review...

Cubs and City to Announce Renovation Deal; Ricketts does Media Circuit

Cubs and City to Announce Renovation Deal; Ricketts does Media Circuit
It’s the Cubs home opener! Baseball opening day is always a wonderful experience for tourists, bandwagon types and raging alcoholics. However, the buzz around Wrigley Field isn’t about baseball (and why should it be have you seen what this team looks like?) but business operatons and local politics instead. A deal to renovate Wrigley Field is likely to be announced sometime this afternoon. CBS 2's Jay Levine broke it first saying the Chicago Cubs and city officials have reached a deal to make changes to the landmark stadium. Since Chicago Cubs Chairman  Tom Ricketts is BFF with Wrapports Chairman Michael Ferro (who own the Chicago Sun-Times) I thought the Bright One would break this first. Maybe when the ink dries they still will. The hold-up now is with Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Ricketts is waiting for Rahm to be ready so both he and Ricketts can make the announcement together. And knowing what I know about MLB and their history with issuing press releases- we'll get the official word from the baseball club about 2 days after the news is published at every major outlet. There is a huge public relations battle being fought right now between the Wrigleyville rooftop owners and the Chicago Cubs. In their last press release, the rooftops association looked desperate and defensive. It wasn't just Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts making the media rounds today. A few members of the Ricketts family did the local media circuit. I just embedded the tweets, because the links are there if you want to watch/listen to the Ricketts get their message out there. Basically, the Ricketts family was to Chicago media this morning what the Plumlee family is to Duke basketball- you can’t escape them...
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MLB Opening Notebook: Megan Glaros, Wrigleyville Deadline, Soxman

MLB Opening Notebook: Megan Glaros, Wrigleyville Deadline, Soxman
-CBS 2 meteorologist Megan Glaros is a big sports fan. She is a former NFL cheerleader. Megan Glaros used to cheer for the Indianapolis Colts. Megan Glaros was on 670 The Score Monday morning to discuss the weather for Sox opening day. (audio from Mully and Hanley not posted on CBS website). -Megan Glaros also encourages you to tweet in pictures of yourself in Cubs and Sox gear. And she also tweeted a picture of herself in a baseball uniform...