Radio Host Debuts Weight Loss App

WIND-AM (560) radio host Geoff Pinkus doesn’t want to hear your excuses. In this age of mobile technology, he wants you to get in shape while using your iPods, Androids, and cell phones. Today, he debuted a new app called “LosinLarge”. You can find it on iTunes or the Android Market. And the timing seems... Read more »

Fox Chicago's Santa-Gate

Veteran WFLD-TV anchor Robin Robinson would be the perfect host of a show called “When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong”, after saying on-air that “there is no Santa.” The ratings-challenged station soon started to get viral hits online and numerous editorials written about the incident. Some accused the station of doing it as a ratings... Read more »

Windy City Live Celebrates 6 Months

Six months ago, I wasn’t so sure that WLS-TV’s “Windy City Live” program would still be around past the fall. The show premiered in the coveted 9 A.M. local time spot just one day after its predecessor “The Oprah Winfrey Show” ended a 25 year run. But now, I think the show will make it... Read more »
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TMZ Disrespects Heavy D

TMZ’s staff would never be hired in Chicago’s media market. Our newsrooms have a higher standard of integrity than the entertainment gossip houses out in L.A. Today, I got word from DC Livers at Black Press Radio that TMZ put up a tasteless blog stating that Lindsay Lohan and the recently deceased Heavy D were... Read more »

ABC7's Michelle Gallardo Moves Up

Most viewers can’t tell the difference between a full-time TV reporter and a freelancer; They all look the same to us. This is why the announcement of WLS-TV’s faithful Michelle Gallardo moving up from freelance reporter to full-time employee was news to folks like me. For the past 7 years, she has been a go-to... Read more »

Fox Chicago Reporter Goes Undercover

WFLD-TV’s Tisha Lewis is building her reputation as an investigative reporter. Recently, she attended an Occupy Chicago demonstration–undercover! No professional camera; no fancy lighting equipment. But it appears that she had an intern or producer film B-Roll (supplemental footage) and interviews with a cell phone video camera. Whatever the case may be, it seems like... Read more »
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Saving Chicago's Black Media Market

My family members and friends give me strange looks when I pick up a Chicago Defender newspaper. A few years back, the historic publication changed to a weekly format for its print version–but it is still published online everyday. Unfortunately, there is so much competition online for news that a lot of  African-Americans frequent gossip... Read more »

Doing My Own News (Part 1)

Last week, I attended a book signing at Chicago State featuring a moderately known journalist. I went to meet this journalist and stated my name. The journalist said, “Oh, you’re a blogger aren’t you?” While that statement is true, I couldn’t help but be offended by the tone in which this person said that–especially after... Read more »

Channel 5 Partners With Ideas Week

NBC 5 Chicago (WMAQ-TV) is “strutting like a peacock” as Chicago Ideas Week gets underway. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy On Sunday, the NBC affiliate hosted “Meet The Press” with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, and Rep. Aaron Schock. Later this week, the station–which includes Telemundo–will host... Read more »
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Channel 2 Finds Scoop On ChicagoNow

As I’ve blogged about before, WBBM-TV (Channel 2) news director Jeff Kiernan encourages “enterprise journalism” with his reporters. He wants to find unique stories and present them in a strategic way. Sometimes it works when you see a story on a  syndicated video website like Worldstarhiphop or Dimewars. Other times, the stories may go unnoticed.... Read more »