Tag: Chicago

Did Santita Jackson Outgrow WVON?

For the past 6 weeks, listeners of the highly popular Santita Jackson Show on WVON (1690-AM) have heard just about every voice but hers. But the real story behind her hiatus has multiple versions. Media columnist Rob Feder reported on Tuesday that she left the station. (It’s mentioned in the second news item.)  However, WVON... Read more »

Chicago's Best Independent News

Some of the best news in Chicago is not shown on TV. But that doesn’t mean local affiliates are slipping. In fact, a lot of TV reporters and producers look to independent media outlets for guidance when producing a story. Just 2 weeks ago, NBC 5 Chicago (WMAQ-TV) announced that it would be partnering with... Read more »

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 »
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What Chicago TV News Needs (Pt 1)

For today’s television news consumer, Eyewitness News is sooo 1989. People just want news and lots of it. Unfortunately, the quality of news is not matching up to the quantity of it. In a typical day, Chicago viewers have over 8 hours of TV news at their disposal from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. at... Read more »

Integrating Print With Online News

Chicago could be a “paperless” city by 2015…or sooner. Digital media is saving trees instead of jobs, while operators of the printing press brace themselves for pink slips instead of front pages. And pretty soon, a hard copy of a newspaper could become a collector’s item. If you think I’m being a little too cautious,... Read more »

Windy City Live Plans Ahead

This morning’s episode of WLS-TV’s “Windy City Live” program will not be live, but it will be new. According to their Facebook page, the producers are holding a planning meeting today to discuss what to do with the show. It’s rare that a TV show would publicize something like that. Usually, the editorial meeting is... Read more »
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Obama's Birthday Critics

It’s safe to say Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper and Channel 2’s Walter Jacobson weren’t invited to President Obama’s birthday bash at the Aragon Ballroom last Wednesday. The two did everything but wish the man a Happy Birthday yesterday when they presented editorials questioning his celebrations. It made me wonder if folks could have said the... Read more »

Does Local TV News Lack Diversity?

Today we learned that WGN-TV anchor Allison Payne will be leaving next month after 21 years at the station. Payne’s impending departure has left some to ponder about whether Channel 9 will choose her replacement based more on diversity or qualifications. I think it’s a sensitive issue for news managers to address but a necessary... Read more »

Crisis Management at Channel 2

WBBM-TV (CBS 2 Chicago) is continuing to “feel the heat” after a controversial video from a June broadcast went viral this weekend. In the video, a 4 year old boy is interviewed about violence in his neighborhood and taken out of context  when he says “I’m gon’ have me a gun.” Now, the station is... Read more »
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Violence & The Chicago Media (Part 2)

Great minds think alike. I thought I was the only one concerned about how violence is covered in the local media, but Poynter Institute is on the same page with me. Today, Al Tompkins wrote an eye-opening piece about how one station made a huge mistake last month by interviewing a 4 year old at... Read more »