Robservations on the media beat:
- On May 2, 1960, a skinny kid from Endicott, N.Y., arrived in Chicago and signed on at WLS-AM (890) as the new Top 40 station's nighttime screamer. Five decades later, Radio Hall of Famer Dick Biondi, 77, is still playing the music that rocked Chicago -- from 7 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday on oldies WLS-FM (94.7).‚ To celebrate the 50th‚ anniversary of Biondi's debut on WLS, the Citadel Broadcasting station will air a not-to-be-missed live special from 7 p.m. to midnight on May 2. Biondi will host the five-hour Sunday night extravaganza, featuring appearances by celebrities and highlights of memorable moments in his career. "We're proud and privileged to have Dick broadcast on our station every night," said Michael La Crosse, operations director of WLS-FM. "He still sounds as great now as he did then."
- While Oprah Winfrey was in New York this week bashing a controversial new book about her as a "so-called biography," author Kitty Kelley was in Chicago, tipping her hat to the local media community. (Full disclosure: I was among the 850 sources Kelley says she interviewed for Oprah: A Biography.