Today we continue our mini-series of fact-checking notable nerds' Wikipedia entries. Today's subject: the author of the upcoming novel Reflections of a Window Washer, Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (better known as Lupe Fiasco).
Nov. 16, 2009
Ladies and gentlemen, the winner and still champion is . . . Ron Magers.
Despite all the excitement and publicity surrounding the return of Bill Kurtis, 69, and Walter Jacobson, 72, to the anchor desk for the first time in 20 years at WBBM-Channel 2, the best the CBS-owned station could do Friday night was finish a close second in the ratings at 10 p.m. to ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7.
To their credit, Bill & Walter never made any sweeping claims of toppling the market leader. In an interview Friday afternoon with Roe Conn, Kurtis even tipped his hat to Magers and Channel 7, calling them "the Mount Everest of TV news." Everest still stands.
Nov. 13, 2009
Tonight's reunion of legendary news anchors Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson at 10 p.m. could well deliver the biggest audience ratings WBBM-Channel 2 has seen in years.
In fact, a large enough Nielsen number would move the CBS-owned station ahead of NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5 among viewers between the ages of 25 and 54, the demographic most prized by advertisers. (Both stations trail ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7.)‚ But even if that happens, Bruno Cohen, president and general manager of Channel 2, insists there's no future role in mind for Bill & Walter. "It's one night only," he said. "That's all there is to it."
Nov. 12, 2009
Nov. 12, 2009
Walter Jacobson and Bill Kurtis at a Museum of Broadcast Communications event in 1994.
Nov. 12, 2009
Oh, great. Just what we needed: Four hours of radio consisting of bloggers no one knows about yapping about blogs no one cares about. OK, maybe that's too harsh. But I know I'm not the only one who reacted that way when Tribune Co.-owned WGN-AM (720) announced a new weekly radio show based on the Tribune Co.-owned blog site ChicagoNow.com.
Nov. 11, 2009
They're some of Chicago's biggest television news personalities as you've never seen them before: Wearing white T-shirts and camisoles, showing off biceps and bra straps and bare shoulders, sporting sexy smiles and come-hither gazes.
The text accompanying these black-and-white images of Kathy Brock, Mark Suppelsa, Anne State, Anna Davlantes, Tera Williams, Anthony Ponce and Paula Faris lists their personal "obsessions," written in a style that evokes the "turn-ons" and "turnoffs" of Playboy centerfolds. All seven photographs ran in the October issue of Michigan Avenue magazine, under the subhead: "Chicago's small-screen stunners strip down their airtime appearances and reveal their own behind-the-scenes obsessions."
Nov. 10, 2009
The entire north wall of the Sun-Times editorial department consists of offices occupied by columnists, critics and section editors. When I worked there, my favorite part of giving tours to friends was walking the full length of the building and pointing out familiar bylines and faces, one after the other, through the windows of their individual little sanctums.
I guess I didn't appreciate it at the time, but looking back, that really was a Murderers' Row of Chicago newspaper talent. In my mind, I can still go down the line and picture Richard Roeper, Mark Brown, Carol Marin, Mary Mitchell, Neil Steinberg, Mary Frey, Bill Zwecker, Phil Rosenthal, Elliott Harris, Terry Savage, Dan Miller, Sue Ontiveros, Dan Jedlicka and other star writers all tapping away at their keyboards or talking on the phone.
Unlike the hodgepodge of offices we had at the old Sun-Times Building (which was torn down in 2005 to build the gleaming new Trump Tower),‚ our leased digs several blocks west in the Apparel Center were built out to precise specifications.‚ Every columnist's office was identically equipped and furnished, and every office was exactly the same size. Except for one -- Michael Sneed's.