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In Chicago’s latest media partnership, Weigel Broadcasting and Block Club Chicago are joining forces to launch an innovative weekly newsmagazine show. Starting in April, “On the Block” will bring stories from the award-winning nonprofit neighborhood news site to life. The half-hour show will air several times a week on CW affiliate WCIU-Channel 26, WMEU-Channel 48.1 and MeTV Chicago. “Social media has played a huge role in how people access news, and with ‘On the Block’ we’re taking some of the visually compelling themes and amplifying those for television. You won’t see any presenters reading copy behind a desk,” said Afua Owusu, director of news and local content for CW26 and The U. Brandon Pape, who has been a reporter for The U since 2017, will host “On the Block” with stories from Jon Hansen and Block Club reporters. Hansen will also serve as the show’s coordinating producer and will continue to host Block Club’s “It’s All Good” podcast. “Block Club prides itself on telling a wide range of unique stories from across the city, including people often overlooked by mainstream media,” said Shamus Toomey, publisher and co-founder of Block Club. “We are absolutely thrilled to team up with Weigel Broadcasting and bring these stories to a wider audience.”
There’s an opening for a new editor at Time Out Chicago. The job posting calls for “an experienced Chicago-based editor and writer to lead our editorial coverage across multiple platforms, including digital, social and video, with the goal of expanding our audience with engaging new content.” Zack Long, a former intern who became an editor, left last week to join Eventbrite, the event management and ticketing website, as an editorial specialist. “In today’s media landscape, spending eight years on the staff of a publication feels like a lifetime,” Long said. tweeted. “The best part of working at Time Out has always been talking to the people who make Chicago such an amazing city.”
iHeartMedia Top 40 Station WKSC 103.5-FM has announced a nationwide search for a new cast member to join the top-rated morning show hosted by Christopher “Fred” Frederick. The position has been open since Kristie Graybill left last month. In the latest Nielsen Audio survey, Kiss FM ranked first in the morning among all listeners between the ages of 18 and 34 and among women between the ages of 25 and 54. . 1 morning show in Chicago,” said James Howard, iHeartMedia Senior Regional Vice President of Programming and Program Director Kiss FM.
good news for Bill Bellis, former chief meteorologist for Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32. He has just signed with KSNV, the NBC subsidiary in Las Vegas. Bellis had spent 10 years at Fox 32 before his contract ended in February 2021. The Long Island, New York native previously worked for ABC’s Phoenix affiliate KNXV. “I’m thrilled to be back in the game and joining a super talented team at KSNV,” Bellis told me.
Rick Kogan, the distinguished lead writer and columnist for the Chicago Tribune, will fill this week for Bob Sirot as morning host on Nexstar Media News/Talk WGN 720-AM. The show airs from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Organizing a morning walk is a first for Kogan, who has been the distinctive voice of WGN’s “After Hours” on Sunday nights since 2013 and has graced Chicago’s radio airwaves for decades.
Paige Tortorelli, an investigative producer from CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2 has been hired by CNBC’s investigative unit. A 2017 Fulbright Scholar who graduated from Northwestern University’s College of the Holy Cross and Medill School of Journalism, she interned at ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7 before joining CBS 2 in 2019. Brad Edwards called Tortorelli “a star”, Tweeter : “She turned mundane utility bills into three straight Emmys for ‘Getting Hosed’.” At CNBC, Tortorelli will work with Scott Zamost, senior investigative producer for the network, headquartered in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
Natalie Moore, veteran reporter for Chicago Public Media WBEZ 91.5-FM, just had her latest literary effort published by Haymarket Books. The notice board, a play about a fictional abortion clinic in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, is available in hardback, paperback, and electronic. (Here’s the link.) Premiering June 23, “The Billboard” will be performed onstage by the 16th Street Theater at Northwestern University’s Wirtz Center, 710 North Lake Shore Drive. Directed by Taron Patton, co-founding executive director of the African American Museum of Performing Arts, it will run until July 17.
Today’s comment from Friday: Charles Edward: Whether on NBC 5 or WGN, Lauren Jiggetts was and is the essence of class, elegant, sophisticated, professional, affable, sincere, dedicated, believable, believable, extremely watchable and profoundly real. The exact opposite of Cheryl Burton.