Robservations on the media beat:
- ambassador to the dog and cat world, Steve Dale, just signed on for five more years as nationally syndicated pet columnist with Tribune Media Services. In addition, Dale's weekly radio show, which ran for 12 years on Tribune Co.-owned news/talk WGN-AM (720), moved last June to Citadel Broadcasting news/talk WLS-AM (890). "Steve Dale's Pet World" now airs at 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays. He's also a certified animal behavior consultant and a blogger for ChicagoNow.com. In an updated‚ Chicago Radio Spotlight profile, Dale told Rick Kaempfer:
"My favorite moments are always when a listener calls and says, 'You helped me and made my day. That's why I didn't give up the dog or cat to the shelter.' Those are always my favorite moments."
- Another sign that all's right with the world is when Rick O'Dell is playing smooth jazz. Since January, the Chicago radio veteran has been back in his familiar midday slot -- from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- on Venture Technologies Group's WLFM-FM (87.7). "Those who know I'm here have made it a wonderfully soft landing back on the midday show," he said. "Now it's up to us to give them what they expect musically while throwing them a few surprises along the way." In his additional role as program director, O'Dell announced the debut of "Paul Wertico's Wild World of Jazz," a locally produced traditional jazz show hosted by the Grammy-winning drummer and Chicago native. It'll air at 9 p.m. Sundays, starting this weekend.