An assortment of news items (updated and annotated) from my Chicago Sun-Times column 24 years ago this week:
- "After months of on-air auditions all over town, aspiring broadcaster Eleanor Mondale finally has landed a steady radio job. . . . The 26-year-old actress and daughter of former Vice President Walter Mondale just agreed to a one-year deal with WGN-AM (720), starting in early June. She will appear as a frequent contributor to programs hosted by Wally Phillips, Bob Collins and others, as an all-around fill-in host and, eventually, as host of her own weekly show. 'We see her as a sort of Jacqueline of All Trades,' said WGN program director Dan Fabian." [Mondale, who was briefly married to former Bear Keith Van Horne, held a variety of on-air jobs in Chicago, including sidekick to morning star Robert Murphy on WKQX-FM (101.1). She most recently has been a talk show host at WCCO-AM in Minneapolis, where she's been waging an ongoing battle with brain cancer.]
- "Tired of getting trounced each morning by Oprah Winfrey, WBBM-Channel 2 finally made it official: As of June 9, the station will move Phil Donahue's syndicated talk show to 3 p.m. weekdays from its longtime slot at 9 a.m."