Robservations on the media beat:
- victory lap in the final year of her Chicago-based talk show, she'll stop to pick up the highest honor of the Illinois Broadcasters Association. Outgoing IBA board chairman Emily Barr, president and general manager of Winfrey's flagship station, ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7, announced last week that Winfrey will be inducted into the group's Hall of Fame. She'll join a pantheon that includes Jack Benny, Orson Welles, Paul Harvey, Mike Wallace, Siskel & Ebert, Bill Kurtis and Dick Biondi. John Gehron, who most recently was general manager of Winfrey's Harpo Radio, succeeds Barr as IBA chairman.