Observations on the media beat:
After three years on the dawn patrol at Audacy Top 40 WBBM 96.3-FM it’s over for Gabe Ramirez and Nina Hajian. Last week, the company posted a job posting for a new morning shift. (Here’s the link.) Station bosses declined to comment on their plans for the show. Hajian has been off the air with no explanation since August. Look for Ramirez soon to follow. For now, he’s still listed solo on the B96 website. The duo first reunited in 2018 under the morning host Kevin “Drex” Buchar, who left the following year. It’s from “The Gabe and Nina Show”. In the latest Nielsen Audio poll, B96 is tied for 22nd in the morning with a 1.6% share and a cumulative weekly audience of 279,300.
The Sun-Times announced the hiring of a reporter from Chicago Norman Parish as Associate Editor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Administration and Planning, effective October 11. editor-in-chief Steve warmbir told staff members in an email. It’s a throwback to the Sun-Times for Parish, who previously worked there as a reporter and deputy subway editor. Most recently, he was Director of Recruitment at Report for America, placing emerging journalists in local news outlets to cover undercover issues. Previously, he also worked for the Daily Southtown, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Arizona Republic, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Milwaukee Journal and Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune.
Christine Taylor, who resigned last week after three years as editor of the Chicago Tribune, joins Crain Communications as vice president of editorial operations for Detroit-based Automotive News. “The past 18 months have given me insight into what I needed and wanted to thrive in my next chapter,” she told Tribune colleagues in an email. “Moving to Michigan and working for Crain is an important part of my future success and happiness. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Taylor is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Colorado Boulder.
Hugo Balta, former news director at Window to the World Communications WTTW-Channel 11, announced the expansion of its digital news company, Latino News Network, in Illinois and Rhode Island. (Here is the link.) This is the first expansion of his business since he launched the service in Connecticut in 2012. “Balta said in a statement.” Although it is obvious that it There are well-meaning local and national newsrooms, the reality is that our industry – and our democracy – needs more independent outlets owned by publishers of color. ”
Chicago radio presenter and reporter Roger badesch announced his retirement after more than 16 years on the air at Nexstar Media news / talk WGN 720-AM. He will be working his last evening shift on October 31. main objective, ”he said. “The promise made was that I would retire completely. And that’s what I did. Earlier this year, Badesch released the audiobook version of his acclaimed 2020 memoir, The unplanned life: the journey of Roger Badesch, on Audible.
Former late night host Nick digilio is the latest ex-WGN employee to claim his WGN Radio Walk of Fame plaque. The station quietly unloads them since the plaques were discovered in a makeshift cemetery at the site of the WGN transmitter in the northwest suburb of Elk Grove Village. They had been moved there from their original location, embedded in the sidewalk outside the Tribune Tower. “So a few years ago, just outside the Tribune building on Michigan Ave., I witnessed Jean Kass put out a cigarette on this thing, ”Digilio wrote on Instagram. “Now he’s on the floor of my apartment, leaning against a shelf in the back of my kitchen. And one way or another, it seems quite appropriate. Three years after listing Digilio on the Walk of Fame, WGN fired him as part of a budget cut.
Dedication to the precision department: An earlier version of Monday’s post included an incorrect description of by Melissa McGurren departure of WTMX 101.9-FM as co-host of Eric Ferguson’s morning show. McGurren did not sign a non-disclosure agreement and did not receive a settlement from Hubbard Radio, according to his attorney, Carmen Caruso. “On the contrary, his claims against Hubbard are currently pending arbitration under the terms of his previous employment contract with Hubbard,” Caruso said, noting that the claims “arose in large part from the conduct of Eric Ferguson.” McGurren now hosts Matinees on Audacy country WUSN 99.5-FM.
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