Social media amplifies everything. Often to ridiculous levels.
Today was a perfect example when ABC 7 Chicago’s Rafer Weigel mistakenly tweeted that Chicago Bears
QB Jay Cutler
was taken to the hospital following an injury to his groin in the Bears loss
at Washington. It was an honest mistake and Weigel owned up to it right away. He issued a retraction and a mea culpa once he found out that he was incorrect.
I reached Rafer Weigel by phone and he told me the whole story in detail. He was very self-aware that he acted in great haste and COMPLETELY dropped the ball today.
"I didn't think before I tweeted, and I learned you can't do that," Weigel said.
"I hope others can learn this lesson, if they haven't already...
You know Rafer Weigel as the iconic weekend WLS-TV sports anchor/reporter. His “Rafer’s Recap” segment on ABC 7 appears on the Saturday night 10 pm news. It’s must see television. Rafer Weigel was the sports anchor for CNN HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade. Weigel grew up in Evanston, with journalism as the family business. He’s the son of iconic Chicago sports anchor and newspaper columnist Tim Weigel and former WGN Radio news anchor Kathy Worthington. Rafer is also the grandson of Weigel Broadcasting founder and former Lawrence Welk radio announcer, John Jacob Weigel.
Like this author, he’s an Illini
; graduating from the University of Illinois
in 1992. Weigel has written extensively for the Chicago Sun-Times and L.A. Times. In addition to his work in journalism, he has done quite a bit of acting. Rafer Weigel has has starred in television shows and movies opposite Jenny McCarthy
and William Shatner. He’s even been the voice of a Star Wars video game.
In this exclusive, we talk sports media
, the future of journalism, Chicago Blackhawks
, Chicago Bears
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WLS TV’s Mark Giangreco
was the Ring Lardner
Award recipient for Excellence in Sports Journalism at the Union League Club of Chicago
. The Lardner awards are like the Heisman Trophy for journalists; as Giangreco
has been with ABC 7 since 1994. From 1982-94, he was with NBC
5 WMAQ. Giangreco
has won three Emmys, two Lisagor Awards, two AP awards and also Father of the Year from the Chicago Father’s Day Council.
’s speech was the best of the night. It was snappy, funny, concise, witty and very educational about the state of media
“I want to thank you so much for elevating my tv puppet show for one night,” Giangreco
said in self-effacing humor.
“I’m very serious about not taking sports seriously; and I work really hard in trying to make it easy, look easy. And in today’s day and age you cannot compete with the internet, social media
, so we have to make people come into the tent and tune in to see what we’re going to do with a video everyone has already seen, or how we’re going to handle a story everyone has already read,” he said.
“That’s a serious challenge now, and I think with leagues and teams controlling their product to a point where they have their own television studios, their own cameras, their own reporters, their own websites, pumping out video, a lot of it is propaganda. I think it’s our duty to take a few shots across the bow just to keep ‘em honest.”
“And I’ve added a good time doing it,” he added...
The Ring Lardner
Awards for Excellence in Sports Journalism were held Tuesday night at the Union League Club of Chicago
. The honorees this year were-
Broadcast: ABC 7 WLS TV Mark Giangreco
; Print: Sports Illustrated/NPR/HBO Frank Deford; and Posthumous: Chicago Bulls
and Fighting Illini
icon Johnny “Red” Kerr.
The Ring Lardner
awards are like the Heisman Trophy for journalists; as Giangreco
Proceeds raised at this event will benefit the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs. The Union League Club
, which was founded in 1879, has been recognized as one of the top city club in The United States...
It's not just local, but national news now- the Kendall Gill vs. Tim Doyle scuffle
Of course, now it's put on the backburner with Brian Urlacher not coming back to the Chicago Bears,
but it's still a huge story. Doyle discussed it on 670 The Score Friday morning, and his spot is a MUST LISTEN.
Gill, the Comcast SportsNet Chicago Bulls analyst is currently suspended from CSN for the rest of the season.
What an emotional, controversial week for the program! On Friday, the same day Illinois won their opening round
game, the suspension of Gill an Illini legend from the 1989 Final Four team, was made public
. And on Sunday night, Illinois gets eliminated from the NCAA Tournament, partially because of a blown call that was so blatant even an opposing player admitted it to the press.
Of course, I called this on February 24th. When writing about the format change from Chicago Tribune Live to SportsTalk Live I said:
"Just don't have BTN's Tim Doyle on; because he has a track record of not saying intelligent things on the air
The Big Ten Network has not taken any disciplinary action against Doyle, their television analyst, at least not publicly.
And Doyle is currently covering the NCAA Tournament for BTN. The network will have no further comment on the matter. However, ABC 7 Chicago sports anchor Mark Giangreco had a comment, a very colorful one...
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