Did we LOOSE CHANGE THE WORLD this week?
Jan. 9, 2010
Jan. 9, 2010
Amy creates and posts a new "mission" each week, and waits for the world to chime in. Missions are always interactive, always easily doable, and always excruciatingly earnest.
"This content is really resonating with people from all over the country. There's a real sense of bringing people together. Amy is creating new and unique missions every week. It's masterful."
Justin Kaufmann, Senior Content Developer, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio / Vocalo
"Her participatory use of the web has become a riveting and affirming celebration of the good in people. And in a real -- beyond virtual -- sense of community."
Jan. 8, 2010
Intermission: Easily Distracted
Intermission: Elevator Music or Elevating music?
Intermission: Today's Special Because
#4: Do That Thing
Intermission: Why Chairs are Excellent
Intermission: Silver Screen Inspiration for Our Valentines Day Mission
Jan. 8, 2010
Thirty years ago today, Mike Parker joined the staff of WBBM-Channel 2. It was an era when the CBS-owned station was No. 1 in the ratings and when "The Ten O'Clock News" was must-viewing in the market. While almost everything else has changed since then, Parker remains a model of straightforward, intelligent reporting.
With all the gloom and doom pervading the news business, it's nice to know Chicago still has room for a few solid, reliable professionals like him. Countless general managers, news directors and anchors have come and gone since he started, but Parker continues to command the respect of his bosses and the admiration of peers.‚ "He's very special -- a crafty writer with great 'pipes' and a talent for relating to people," said Bruno Cohen, president and general manager of Channel 2. "Chicago is lucky to have him."
Jan. 7, 2010
West Bucktown is taking its own sweet time gentrifying, but within the past month, two new bakeries have opened on the same block (2200 W. North Ave.).‚ One of them is the Oak Mill Bakery, which features European pastries, tortes and cakes, but with a emphasis on Polish sweets; the other is Bake - a concept from a husband-and-wife team, both of whom are pastry chefs.‚ I spoke with Jennifer Kane about her new, sweet venture. Bake
Jan. 7, 2010
It's a good thing Bill Zwecker likes "American Idol." As the new entertainment contributor to WFLD-Channel 32, he'll be the designated point man for the prime-time franchise that all Fox-owned stations are required by law to flog endlessly on their newscasts.
The veteran celebrity columnist and show business reporter debuted Wednesday on Channel 32's 9 p.m. newscast with a piece about Elvis Presley, pegged to what would have been his 75th‚ birthday tomorrow. But if there were any doubt that "Idol" will be Zwecker's bread and butter, his new bosses couldn't have been more explicit. In a statement announcing the hiring, Mike Renda, vice president and general manager of Channel 32, said:
"We're thrilled to have Bill as part of the Fox Chicago News team. He will be an asset as we head in to a new season of shows, such as "ËœAmerican Idol,' providing viewers with an inside look at the latest news, information and behind the scenes action."
Zwecker is expected to deliver entertainment reports three or four times a week on Channel 32's 9 p.m. newscast, but he also will appear occasionally on its "Good Day Chicago" morning show.
Jan. 6, 2010
The chest pains that sent Rush Limbaugh to the hospital last week turned out to be nothing serious. But for a while, they were enough to give an already ailing radio industry a heart attack.
Limbaugh is expected to return to his show today -- one week after his health scare in Honolulu made worldwide headlines. The prospect of losing the 58-year-old talk radio titan -- in same calendar year that saw the passing of the legendary Paul Harvey -- sent shock waves through the broadcast business. Among the most worried had to be executives at Premiere Radio Networks and parent company Clear Channel Radio, which had just signed Limbaugh last July to a $400 million deal renewing him through 2016.
Jan. 5, 2010
Big John Howell acknowledged Monday that he was blindsided by the defection of his radio partner, and he promised listeners that he would not eliminate "true-blue, right-wing conservative thought" from his morning show on Salem Communications news/talk WIND-AM (560).
It marked Howell's first public comment since news broke here Dec. 18 that Cisco Cotto had quit after three years at the station to return to Citadel Broadcasting news/talk WLS-AM (890) and join Roe Conn's afternoon show as co-host.
Howell told listeners he learned of Cotto's move in a call from WIND program director Marcus Brown late Dec. 17. Although Salem believed it had reached agreement on a renewal with Cotto, the contract had not yet been signed, Howell said. That opened the door for WLS, which offered Cotto a more lucrative two-year deal.