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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Chicago Radio Ratings

 Courtesy of Robert Feder's column this morning...

1. WVAZ 102.7-FM R&B, 6.5 (7.1)
2. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM all news, 6.0 (5.9)
3. WLIT 93.9-FM adult contemporary, 5.6 (5.8)
4. WDRV 97.1-FM classic rock, 5.2 (5.4)
5. WOJO 105.1-FM Mexican regional, 4.1 (3.8)
6. WXRT 93.1-FM adult album alternative, 3.7 (3.5)
7. WLS 94.7-FM classic hits, 3.5 (3.1)
8. (tie) WBEZ 91.5-FM public radio news talk, 3.4 (4.2); WTMX 101.9-FM hot adult contemporary, 3.4 (3.8)
10. WGN 720-AM news talk, 3.3 (3.2)
11. WKSC 103.5-FM Top 40, 3.1 (3.0)
12. WPPN 106.7-FM Spanish adult contemporary, 2.9 (2.8)
13. (tie) WUSN 99.5-FM country, 2.8 (2.5); WSHE 100.3-FM adult contemporary, 2.8 (2.2)
15. (tie) WBMX 104.3-FM classic hip-hop, 2.7 (2.6); WRME 87.7-FM soft rock oldies, 2.7 (2.9)
17. WSCR 670-AM sports talk, 2.6 (2.8)
18. WGCI 107.5-FM hip-hop, 2.4 (2.1)
19. WBBM 96.3-FM Top 40, 2.3 (2.2)
20. WKQX 101.1-FM alternative rock, 2.1 (2.1)
21. (tie) WCHI 95.5-FM rock, 1.9 (1.5); WFMT 98.7-FM classical, 1.9 (2.5)
23. WLEY 107.9-FM Mexican regional, 1.8 (2.2)
24. WLS 890-AM news talk, 1.4 (1.6)
25. (tie) WMVP 1000-AM sports talk, 1.2 (1.4); WPWX 92.3-FM hip-hop, 1.2 (1.4); WVIV 93.5-FM Spanish contemporary, 1.2 (1.3)
28. (tie) WCKL 97.9-FM contemporary Christian music, 1.1 (1.1); WMBI 90.1-FM Christian ministry, 1.1 (1.1)
30. WXLC 102.3-FM hot adult contemporary, 1.0 (0.7)

Tuesday, July 13, 2021



Emmy Nomination List

 Outstanding Drama Series

“The Crown”

“The Mandalorian”


“This Is Us” 

“The Boys”


“The Handmaid’s Tale”

“Lovecraft Country”


Outstanding Comedy Series


“Cobra Kai”

“Emily in Paris”


“The Flight Attendant”

“The Kominsky Method”


“Ted Lasso”


Outstanding Limited Series

“Mare of Easttown”

“The Queen’s Gambit” 

“The Underground Railroad”

“I May Destroy You”



Outstanding Television Movie

“Uncle Frank”

“Sylvie’s Love”


“Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia”

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square”


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Uzo Aduba, “In Treatment”

Olivia Colman, “The Crown” 

Emma Corrin, “The Crown” 

Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Mj Rodriguez, “Pose”

Jurnee Smollett, “Lovecraft Country”


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”

Jonathan Majors, “Lovecraft Country”

Josh O’Connor, “The Crown”

Rege-Jean Page, “Bridgerton”

Billy Porter, “Pose”

Matthew Rhys, “Perry Mason”


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Aunjanue Ellis, “Lovecraft Country”

Emerald Fennell, “The Crown”

Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown” 

Gillian Anderson, “The Crown”

Yvonne Strahovski, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Samira Wiley, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Madeline Brewer, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Michael K. Williams, “Lovecraft Country”

Tobias Menzies, “The Crown”

Giancarlo Esposito, “The Mandalorian”

John Lithgow, “Perry Mason”

O-T Fagbenle, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Max Minghella, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Bradley Whitford, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Chris Sullivan, “This Is Us” 


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Kaley Cuoco, “The Flight Attendant” 

Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish”

Jean Smart, “Hacks” 

Aidy Bryant, “Shrill” 

Allison Janney, “Mom”


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”

Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”  

Kenan Thompson, “Kenan”

William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso”


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”

Cecily Strong, “Saturday Night Live”

Hannah Waddingham, “Ted Lasso”

Hannah Einbinder, “Hacks”

Aidy Bryant, “Saturday Night Live”

Juno Temple, “Ted Lasso”

Rosie Perez, “The Flight Attendant”


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Bowen Yang, “Saturday Night Live”

Kenan Thompson, “Saturday Night Live”

Carl Clemons-Hopkins, “Hacks”

Brett Goldstein, “Ted Lasso” 

Brendan Hunt, “Ted Lasso” 

Nick Mohammed, “Ted Lasso” 

Paul Reiser, “The Kominsky Method”

Jeremy Swift, “Ted Lasso” 


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Kate Winslet, “Mare of Easttown”

Michaela Coel, “I May Destroy You”

Cynthia Erivo, “Genius: Aretha”

Anya Taylor-Joy, “The Queen’s Gambit” 

Elizabeth Olsen, “WandaVision”


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Paul Bettany, “WandaVision”

Hugh Grant, “The Undoing”

Ewan McGregor, “Halston”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton”

Leslie Odom Jr., “Hamilton”


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Jean Smart, “Mare of Easttown”

Julianne Nicholson, “Mare of Easttown”

Kathryn Hahn, “WandaVision”

Phillipa Soo, “Hamilton”

Renee Elise Goldsberry, “Hamilton”

Moses Ingram, “The Queen’s Gambit”


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Daveed Diigs, “Hamilton”

Jonathan Groff, “Hamilton”

Anthony Ramos, “Hamilton”

Thomas Brodie-Sangster, “The Queen’s Gambit”

Evan Peters, “Mare of Easttown”

Paapa Essiedu, “I May Destroy You”


Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Mckenna Grace, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Claire Foy, “The Crown”

Phylicia Rashad, “This Is Us”

Sophie Okonedo, “Ratched”


Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Courtney B. Vance, “Lovecraft Country”

Charles Dance, “The Crown”

Don Cheadle, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”

Timothy Olyphant, “The Mandalorian”

Carl Weathers, “The Mandalorian”


Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live”

Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”

Issa Rae, “A Black Lady Sketch Show”

Jane Adams, “Hacks”

Bernadette Peters, “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”

Yvette Nicole Brown, “A Black Lady Sketch Show”


Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Chris Rock, “Saturday Night Live”

Dave Chappelle, “Saturday Night Live”

Daniel Kaluuya, “Saturday Night Live”

Dan Levy, “Saturday Night Live”

Morgan Freeman, “The Kominsky Method”


Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Benjamin Caron, “The Crown” 

Jessica Hobbs, “The Crown”

Julie Anne Robinson, “Bridgerton”

Steven Canals, “Pose”

Jon Favreau, “The Mandalorian”

Liz Garbus, “The Handmaid’s Tale”


Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Misha Green, “Lovecraft Country”

Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals, Janet Mock, Our Lady J, “Pose”

Rebecca Sonnenshine, “The Boys” 

Peter Morgan, “The Crown”

Yahlin Chang, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Dave Filoni, “The Mandalorian”

Jon Favreau, “The Mandalorian”


Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

James Burrows, “B Positive”

Lucia Aniello, “Hacks”

James Widdoes, “Mom”

Zach Braff, “Ted Lasso”

MJ Delaney, “Ted Lasso”

Declan Lowney, “Ted Lasso”

Susanna Fogel, “The Flight Attendant”


Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Meredith Scardino, “Girls5eva” 

Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs, Jen Statsky, “Hacks”

Maya Erskine, “PEN15” 

Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, “Ted Lasso”

Jason Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, “Ted Lasso”

Steve Yockey, “The Flight Attendant”



Outstanding Variety Talk Series


“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”

“Jimmy Kimmel Live”

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”

“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”


Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

“A Black Lady Sketch Show”

“Saturday Night Live”


Outstanding Competition Program

“The Amazing Race”

“Nailed It” 

“RuPaul’s Drag Race”

“Top Chef” 

“The Voice” 


Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

RuPaul, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, “Queer Eye”

Nicole Byer, “Nailed It!”

Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, “Top Chef”

Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, “Shark Tank”

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Monday, July 12, 2021

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Bob Stroud

 My old buddy Bob Stroud is on the HOF ballot. From Robert Feder's column...

Chicago radio treasure Bob Stroud is on the ballot again this year for the Radio Hall of Fame. The top-rated midday star and host of the long-running “Rock ’n Roll Roots” on Hubbard Radio classic rock WDRV 97.1-FM is a repeat nominee along with “Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!,” the NPR comedy-quiz show produced by Chicago Public Media WBEZ 91.5-FM. They’re among 24 personalities and programs whose nominations were announced today in six categories. (Here is the link to a complete list.) “I’m so thrilled to recognize our 2021 nominees, and look forward to our upcoming in-person induction ceremony in Chicago Thursday, October 28,” Kraig Kitchin, chairman of the Radio Hall of Fame, said in a statement. “We’ll not only welcome 2021 inductees, but we will also welcome and honor the 2020 inductee class on that special evening this fall.” The Radio Hall of Fame is based at Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications.