Robservations on the media beat:
- Joe Ahern, the former Chicago television executive who landed a job in the restaurant business, has scored a media coup for his new employer: As president of Alex Dana's Rosebud Restaurants, Ahern is bringing "The Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch" to the chain's eatery in the Loop. A signature program of former smooth jazz station WNUA-FM (95.5), it's being revived by Venture Technologies Group's smooth jazz WLFM-FM (87.7). Starting April 25, the show will air live from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays from Rosebud Prime, 1 S. Dearborn. (A big fan of the original show, Ahern was president and general manager of ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7 from 1985 to 1997, and CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2 from 2002 to 2008.) Rick O'Dell, program director and midday personality at WLFM, will host the program, as he did for 13 years at WNUA. Said O'Dell:
"We couldn't have come up with a better scenario for the return of 'The Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch.' The quality and tradition of the Rosebud Restaurants combined with the music of our show -- it'll be a unique Sunday morning experience, whether you're dining at Rosebud Prime or listening at home."