Mar. 29, 2010
The next time you see Byron Harlan, he could be sitting across a table from you, discussing annuities, dividends and mutual funds. After 30 years in the broadcast news business -- including the last 13 at WFLD-Channel 32 -- he's launching a new career as a financial adviser.
Harlan, 50, signed off Sunday as weekend news anchor at the Fox-owned station -- the latest casualty in a purge of familiar faces there, including Nancy Loo, Lauren Cohn and Jack Conaty (as well as about two dozen technicians and other off-air employees to be laid off by July). Harlan's longtime anchor partner, Nancy Pender, is expected to work solo on weekends for the time being.
While his departure may have surprised viewers, it was a move Harlan has been anticipating for four years. That's how long he's been preparing for his entry into the financial services business.
It may be hard to believe, but Easter is just around the corner (really!). What better way to celebrate spring than with an homage to the incredible, edible egg: a tiny, minimalist package that contains amino acids, vitamins and protein. Whether you prefer cage-free, vegetarian-fed, brown, jumbo or anything in between, you can take your pick of egg celebrations this weekend.
Chicago's Green City Market, the year-round farmer's market dedicated to sustainable and locally-grown food, is honoring the egg this Saturday, March 27 with a market called "Green Eggs and Ham". From 8 am to 1 pm at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the market will feature chef demonstrations, a kids' Easter egg hunt and vendors that all promote the Seussian theme of green eggs and ham.
The chef demonstrations will take place in the south gallery of the Nature Museum, and will feature the following Chicago chefs:
9:00 am: Kristine Subido of Wave
10:00 am: Michael McDonald of one sixtyblue
11:00 am: Christophe David of NoMI
12:00 pm: Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill/Xoco/Topolobampo
Capacity for the demonstrations is limited and an RSVP is required. To reserve a space, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the demo you wish to attend and the number of guests. Check out other upcoming chef demonstrations here.
The children's Easter egg hunt will take place in the north gallery of the Nature Museum at 9:30 a.m and is open to children ages 3 to 6.
Mar. 26, 2010
It's over and out for Anne State, whose tenure as news anchor and reporter at WBBM-Channel 2 lasted just two years. In a move telegraphed by her demotion as 10 p.m. co-anchor last spring, her contract was not renewed by the CBS-owned station. State's last day on the air was Thursday, and her official bio is already gone from the station's website. In a brief statement released Friday, Jeff Kiernan, vice president and news director at Channel 2, said:
Mar. 26, 2010
Mar. 26, 2010
- Only in the bizarre up-is-down, black-is-white alternate universe of WGN-AM (720) would the cancellation of Chicago's longest running sports talk show be called an expansion of sports. "WGN RADIO EXPANDS SPORTS COVERAGE AND ADDS NEW GENERAL TALK SHOW" read the headline of a press release issued late Thursday by the Tribune Co.-owned news/talk station. As of April 12, "Sports Central" will be replaced from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday by a "current events talk show" fronted by convicted felon (and manifestly unqualified radio rookie)‚ Jim Laski. What a disgrace.‚ David Kaplan, who's hosted the weeknight sports franchise since 1997, will shift to Cubs post-game shows and other sports features.