Carlos Hernandez Gomez
Carlos Hernandez Gomez, the celebrated Chicago political reporter who died last January, will be permanently remembered by the city he loved with an honorary street named for him.
Another news anchor imported from New York is about to be foisted on WBBM-Channel 2. He's Steve Bartelstein, who was once fired from WABC-TV for sleeping through a news update, and later quit WCBS-TV, saying he felt "tired of this place not appreciating me for what I do for them."
That's the word from NewsBlues.com, which reported Thursday that Bartelstein has been hired as morning news anchor at the CBS-owned station here. That means it's curtains for "Monsters and Money in the Morning," the low-rated, four-headed gabfest that's been airing from 5 to 7 a.m. weekdays since February. Its last day will be Aug. 27.
Bartelstein, who's said to be in Chicago apartment hunting now, is the latest WCBS alum to land at Channel 2. Kate Sullivan, who's been morning news anchor at the New York station, joins Rob Johnson here as 5 and 10 p.m.
Robservations on the media beat:
"Even if you hate what I do, you couldn't discount what I've accomplished. It's laughable. The idea of having a Radio Hall of Fame is ridiculous because there aren't enough guys in radio that are good enough to even have one. The radio dial is just an abomination. There's such a lack of talent, it's sickening."
Michael Phillips and Tony Scott
The longest running and most respected movie-review show in television history will tape its final broadcast today for airing this weekend. And when it's over, the imaginary balcony that Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert first opened in 1975 will be closed forever.
If everything hadn't‚ gone so terribly, terribly wrong at WGN-AM (720), Steve Cochran would be closing in on his 20th month as morning personality there. He'd also be lead-off man for a real Chicago news/talk lineup that might have included good guys like John Williams, Bob Sirott, David Kaplan and Bill Leff (or, unless they really had chosen to retire by now, women like Kathy O'Malley and Judy Markey).
Though many find his exclusion from the National Radio Hall of Fame hard to fathom, legendary Chicago radio personality Steve Dahl insists that he no longer cares and that he's relieved not to have to "attend some sort of geekish ceremony in November."
On Wednesday, Dahl lost out in the "local or regional -- pioneer" category to Ralph Emery, a country music personality. It was Dahl's third time on the Radio Hall of Fame ballot.
In a comment posted on his blog later Wednesday, Dahl wrote the following: