Friday, October 20, 2023

Media notebook--10-20-23


A curation of news items about the media from this past week, with a particular emphasis on Chicago.



*Prosecutor: Conservative Talk Radio Influenced Killer

=The whole country is talking about the Plainfield man who stabbed his Palestinian tenants just because they were Palestinian. According to the prosecutor, the killer was radicalized by conservative talk radio in Chicago. The story is here. 


*106 years at WGN

=This week the radio station honored two employees who have a combined 106 years of service at WGN, Jim Holland and Marlene Wells 


*U of C Radio Station

=The funding is gone, but the students are figuring out ways to keep it alive. By the way, I would kill for the record library in these photos. 


*George Ofman’s book

=The former broadcaster turned podcaster is now also an author via Triumph Books.

*Podcast Corner

=You know who is a podcasting mogul? Eva Longoria 

=From the “Everybody’s got a podcast” department, time to add a new name, Meghan McCain  


*Ex-Chicago Radio Update

=Remember Ryan Manno? He and his brother briefly hosted afternoons on Q-101. He re-emerged this week as part of a morning show in Nashville. (107.5/The River)

*Rest in Peace

=Dwight Twilley

Loved his music back in the day. His big hit was "I'm on Fire"

=Denise Jordan Walker

Sorry I missed this last week. Condolences to her family.


Media birthdays/milestones


*October 15--Harry Teinowitz birthday.

I’ve interviewed Harry many times over the years, including about his Jeff Award-nominated play When Harry Met Rehab. Of course Harry is probably better known for his radio career. I interviewed him about that for Chicago Radio Spotlight in 2007.  


*October 15, 1934—John Coleman birthday.

=Former Chicago weatherman John Coleman is remembered here in Chicago for his wacky antics at Channel 7, but his greatest achievement was probably founding the Weather Channel. Coleman passed away in 2018. (Photo: as part of the Eyewitness News Team in 1972, far left) 


*October 15—Ted Cox birthday

=Ted wrote about the media for The Reader and The Daily Herald.


*October 16--Johnny Mars birthday

=Did you know the famous WXRT jock got his start in radio as an intern at The Loop? Here’s a photo of Johnny (far right) at the Bobby Skafish book signing in 2016 (with Greg SolkBobby Skafish and me).

*October 17--Mitch Rosen birthday

=The head honcho at the Score.  I had a chance to interview Mitch back in 2011 for Chicago Radio Spotlight.


*October 17--LeeAnn Trotter birthday

= Entertainment/Lifestyles Reporter at WMAQ-TV NBC 5 Chicago


*October 18—Mark Edwards birthday

The former WLIT program director was kind enough to chat with me back in 2008.


*October 18—Patty Martin birthday

=The former WXRT and WDRV music director. I interviewed Patty back in 2011.


*October 18—Stan Lawrence birthday

=The other half of Ebony & Ivory on AM 1000 back in the day. (Photo with me, Ivory, and a photo bomb by Vince Argento). Also co-hosted radio shows with Terry Armour (WCKG) and Seka (The Loop), and contributed to Chicago Tonight on WTTW, but is probably best known for his contributions to the Steve & Garry show over the years.


October 19--John Williams birthday

=The long-time WGN midday talker was featured in this Illinois Entertainer piece I wrote back in 2020.


*October 19--Alan Krashesky birthday

=The long-time WLS-TV anchor recently retired.


*October 20—Artie Kennedy birthday

=The always lovable former WLUP and ESPN producer/production man. You can get an idea of Artie’s engaging personality from reading this interview I did with him back in 2009.


*October 21—Frank Mahoney birthday

=Frank worked with Geoff Pinkus at WIND and WCKG.


(FYI: Harry Teinowitz, Johnny Mars, Mitch Rosen, Stan Lawrence, and Artie Kennedy all appear in my upcoming book The Loop Files)



*Late update: Emergency Chopper Landing

*Tom Skilling’s Retirement Plans

=He’s giving up Chicago winters and going to Hawaii.  He's no dummy.


*Jerry Springer’s Condo Sold

=It was in Evanston and sold for $2 million. 


*WTTW Special

=A great photo display of our city featuring the photo magic of Barry Butler.

*Weigel TV stations broadcasting the high school football playoffs

The IHSA State Championship Games schedule is:





Friday, November 24

IHSA 1A Championship

10:00 a.m.

The U

Friday, November 24

IHSA 2A Championship

1:00 p.m.

The U

Friday, November 24

IHSA 3A Championship

4:00 p.m.

The U

Friday, November 24

IHSA 4A Championship

7:00 p.m.

The U

Saturday, November 25

IHSA 5A Championship

10:00 a.m.


Saturday, November 25

IHSA 6A Championship

1:00 p.m.


Saturday, November 25

IHSA 7A Championship

4:00 p.m.


Saturday, November 25

IHSA 8A Championship

7:00 p.m.



*NBC Files Motion to Televise Trump Conspiracy Trial

=Trump did say he would prosecute NBC for treason if he became president again. Seems only fair they get to broadcast his trial. Deadline has the details.

*Alec Baldwin may still face charges

=And they are not insignificant charges. The star of Rust faces a potential involuntary manslaughter charge in New Mexico. A grand jury is hearing the case.

*Grammy Salute to Hip Hop

=It will air on CBS: A GRAMMY Salute to 50 Years of Hip-Hop on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at YouTube Theater at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, CA. Featuring: Black ThoughtBun BCommonDe La SoulJermaine DupriJ.J. FadTalib KweliThe Lady Of RageLL COOL JMC Sha-RockMonie LoveThe PharcydeQueen LatifahQuestloveRakimRemy MaUncle Luke, and Yo-Yo,


*Taylor Swift’s Concert Film Sets Record

=It’s opening weekend was the highest grossing concert film of all time 


*Rest in Peace

=Suzanne Somers

=Mark Goddard (From Lost in Space)

=Piper Laurie

=Burt Young



*America's Trust in media at All-Time Low

=These are some pretty gruesome numbers. Only 27% have a fair amount of trust in mainstream media. Only 7% have a great deal of trust. Gallup has the breakdown.

*Journalists in Harm’s Way

=Covering a war remains an incredibly dangerous thing. 15 journalists are already dead in Isreal/Gaza conflict 


Social media


*X (Twitter) plans to charge for tweets

=The collapse of Twitter will be complete. Fortune has the story.

*Biden Joins Truth Social

=I'm sure he'll be warmly received.


*Linked In laying off 700 employees

=The gruesome details are here, courtesy of NPR.


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