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Media: December 2017

Media: December 2017

| November 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s become a year-end tradition in this space to honor some of the broadcasters we lost in the past calendar year. All of them touched countless lives in the Chicago area, maybe even your own. The Chicago media community is diminished by their absence. JOE COLLINS – Collins was a veteran traffic reporter in Chicago best […]

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Media: August 2017

Media: August 2017

| July 31, 2017 | 1 Comment

It’s been ten years since I wrote my first novel $everance (ENC Press, 2007).  That book was a satire about what had become of the media business since the original deregulation in 1996. It was intended to shine a light on the dangers of entrusting so much control over news and information in the hands […]

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Media: July 2017

Media: July 2017

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

When Len O’Kelly was working in Chicago as a music director and disc jockey for radio stations like WJMK (104.3), academia was the furthest thing from his mind. At the time he was a college dropout and working in one of the top markets in the country. He thought he’d be doing that the rest […]

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Media: June 2017

Media: June 2017

| May 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

When WXRT night jock Ryan Arnold says he grew up on WXRT, he doesn’t just mean that he listened to the station. His mom Marge Arnold worked there when he was growing up, and he spent a lot of time in the hallways. “I literally grew up in the bowels of WXRT back when it […]

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May 2017: Media

May 2017: Media

| May 1, 2017 | 4 Comments

When Wally Phillips retired from WGN Radio, the afternoon man Bob Collins replaced him. When Bob Collins died in a plane crash, the afternoon man Spike O’Dell replaced him. When Spike O’Dell retired, Steve Cochran was doing the afternoon show at WGN. “They offered me the job, and it was the worst deal offered to […]

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Media: April 2017

Media: April 2017

| April 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Charlie Meyerson has been a part of the Chicago media landscape now for four decades as a newscaster for WXRT, WNUA, WGN, the Chicago Tribune and more. Just last year he brought home an Edward R. Murrow award for a report he did at Rivet Radio. “One night at Rivet,” he explained, “we had a […]

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Media: February 2017

Media: February 2017

| February 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Bill Cochran was drawn to music radio for the same reason most people are. “I just love music,” he admits. “I’m a music fan – almost a music geek. Since childhood discovering new music was always a joy for me. I grew up in Oklahoma, listening to a radio station with a format, as […]

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Media: January 2017

Media: January 2017

| January 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

  2016 was a rough year. We lost some of our favorite musical and pop culture icons. But we also lost some beloved members and former members of Chicago’s media community. I had the opportunity to interview a few of them, and for those I never met, I reached out to some of their former […]

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Media: November 2016

Media: November 2016

| October 31, 2016 | 1 Comment

Patti Haze remains one of the iconic radio voices from the rock and roll era in Chicago. Her sexy alto voice and friendly demeanor graced the airwaves of every major rock station in Chicago (save WXRT). She was on WLUP (twice), WMET, WCKG, and CD 94.7. Despite her incredible pedigree—as arguably the Queen of Chicago […]

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Media: June 2016

Media: June 2016

| May 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

WGN-TV sports anchor Rich King is signing off for the final time on June 15th after a 40-plus year career in Chicago media. Rick Kaempfer talks to him about his days covering Michael Jordan and Walter Payton, and sharing the booth with Harry Caray…

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Media: April 2016

Media: April 2016

| April 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Lauren O’Neil: Talking to people with music, mid-days at 101WKQX…

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March 2016: Media

March 2016: Media

| March 1, 2016 | 4 Comments

Melissa In The Morning…

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Media: February 2016

Media: February 2016

| February 1, 2016 | 1 Comment

Lisa Dent: Hall Of Famer…

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Media: January 2016

Media: January 2016

| January 1, 2016 | 1 Comment

Teacher, Newsman.

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Media: December 2015

Media: December 2015

| December 1, 2015 | 1 Comment

As the year comes to a close, Rick Kaempfer pays tribute to four Chicago media figures we lost that had an incredible impact during their long and storied careers.

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