Robservations: New Radio Studio Keeps Voice of Lake County on Track
Observations on the media beat:
WRLR 98.3-FM, the low-power, non-profit community radio station that bills itself as “the voice of Lake County” has a new claim to fame: it owns the only broadcast studio inside a train depot. As of February, WRLR Studio B has been located in the vacant ticket office at Metra Station in the northern suburb of Round Lake Beach. “When the mike is on, there is a certain charm to hearing the announcements of Metra trains in the background or the roar that can be heard and felt, as long lines of CN freight cars pass frequently,” said WRLR officials said. “We make no apologies for these natural special effects.” An open house for the resort at 680 East Mallard Creek Drive is scheduled for June 29.
To mark the last week of afternoon personality programming Cliff Kelley, Midway Broadcasting news / urban discussions WVON 1690-AM started broadcasting special messages every two hours from friends, colleagues and politicians as well as former and current contributors to his show. Kelley is stepping down on Friday after 25 years as the self-proclaimed “talk radio governor”. No word at this time on a replacement for Kelley, who is expected to continue at WVON as âcommunity ambassadorâ and regular replacement host. The former Chicago city councilor hosted matinees for 13 years before moving on to afternoons in 2007.
Don’t even think to call Nancy loo when “The bachelorette” is on. When the show returns for its 15th season on ABC on May 13, her son, Connor Jenkins, will be a competitor. “I just hope it’s a good, positive experience and that he finds someone,” Loo, reporter and news anchor at Tribune Broadcasting WGN-Channel 9, said to his colleagues. “He just hasn’t met ‘that one’, and maybe ‘The Bachelorette’ is ‘that one’, and if he hasn’t, then I hope he finds out.” that one, “out of experience.” Jenkins, 28, who grew up in the northwest suburbs and graduated from Barrington High School, lives in Newport Beach, California.
It’s over for Peter Bowen after 10 months as sports sales manager for Entercom sports / talk RSM 670-AM. The former vice president and market manager of Cumulus Media Chicago was previously Chicago and Los Angeles sales manager for Entercom predecessor CBS Radio and general manager of Top 40 WBBM 96.3-FM. âIt has been an honor and a pleasure to work with everyone over the past 10 months,â Bowen told his colleagues in an email. âIt was great to see so many familiar faces and friends again. . . and it was great to meet so many new people.
Leti Aguilera, former regional vice president of Spanish Broadcasting System and general manager of WLEY 107.9-FM regional Mexican, was hired as general sales manager of Cox Media Group cluster of stations in Houston. she will work with Mark Krieschen, former vice president and general manager of Tribune Broadcasting news / talk WGN 720-AM, who now runs the Houston market for Cox. Aguilera was most recently Sales Manager for Entercom’s classic hip-hop and R&B WBMX 104.3-FM. âI am extremely excited and honored to join the [Cox Media Group] family, âAguilera said in a statement. âCMG values ââintegrity, strength of character and innovation and I am proud to have the opportunity to be part of such a talented team. “
Friday’s commentary: Bernie Tafoya: It’s not necessarily an endorsement of these TV one-man-bands, as they’re called. I myself have been covering stories in Chicago for over 35 years. I’ve driven in branded station vehicles a number of these years, carrying recorders, microphones, laptops and more. Not once have I been mugged, attacked or threatened as I have worked in almost every neighborhood in Chicago all day and night. (The last 20+ years have been in the morning driving hours.) People have asked me if I am afraid to go to the âwrongâ neighborhoods and I tell them there is no bad neighborhood. Communities are mostly made up of good people who want the same things for themselves and their families as you and me. It’s only the tiny minority of morons that make things bad for those who live there. Do you have to be smart on the streets and watch your surroundings? Sure. But as a former city kid on the South East Side, I do it wherever I am.