Robservations on the media beat:
- Two years after WXRT-FM (93.1) left its longtime digs on the Northwest Side for the glitzy NBC Tower downtown, the adult rocker is on the move again. On Monday, the station's sales department will relocate to 2 Prudential Plaza, to be followed a week later by the programming department. In early June, sports/talk WSCR-AM (670) also will move from NBC Tower to Prudential, which currently houses CBS Radio's all-news WBBM-AM (780), Top 40 WBBM-FM (96.3), country WUSN-FM (99.5), adult hits WJMK-FM (104.3) and adult contemporary WCFS-FM (105.9). The result, according to Rod Zimmerman, senior vice president and market manager of CBS Radio in Chicago, "will give us all seven stations on four contiguous floors, which we are very excited about." The company still owns WXRT's original building at 4949 W. Belmont, site of the emergency backup transmitter for the five FM stations here.
- Dean Richards, veteran entertainment reporter at Tribune Co.-owned WGN-Channel 9, came away with more than he expected when he spent a few hours with Roger and Chaz Ebert at their home Wednesday.