Robservations on the media beat:
- Jake Hartford soon may be right back where he started -- on news/talk WLS-AM (890). The veteran Chicago radio personality, who hosted Saturday mornings for more than 10 years on the Citadel Broadcasting station (until he was ousted in a cost-cutting move in 2008), is weighing an offer to return to WLS. If everything works out, Hartford could be back in his old slot by early April. He currently hosts "Awake with Jake" from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturdays on Newsweb Radio progressive talk WCPT-AM (820). Hartford, whose real name is Jim Edwards, was a producer at CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2 for 16 years, including 10 years as top investigative producer for Walter Jacobson. He began working at WLS in 1991 under program director Drew Hayes, who recently rejoined the station as operations director.
- NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5 launched a new blog Monday focusing on nine high-profile politicians in Illinois. Illustrated by the Sun-Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jack Higgins, "Ward Room" will follow the antics of Mayor Richard Daley, Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and Chicago aldermen Toni Preckwinkle, Sandi Jackson and Ricardo Munoz. It will be written by free-lance reporter and author Edward McClelland, with contributions from Channel 5's Carol Marin, Mary Ann Ahern and Phil Rogers. As the inaugural post on nbcchicago.com explained: