Adios, Vince: Chicago's top Spanish TV boss resigns

February 1, 2010

Robservations on the media beat:

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  • Vincent Cordero has resigned after five years as vice president and general manager of Univision WGBO-Channel 66 and TeleFutura WXFT-Channel 60, the leading Spanish-language combo in the market. A 1999 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, Cordero previously served as vice president of business development and labor affairs for Univision Communications. At the time of his appointment here, Cordero was 33 -- and one of the youngest general managers in the market's history. No replacement for him has been named.
  • Natalie Moore, public affairs reporter for Chicago Public Radio WBEZ-FM (91.5) is among winners of the Studs Terkel Community Media Awards for 2010. Moore is being cited for her work as South Side bureau reporter covering "real issues to the people in these communities."This year's other recipients are Kate Grossman, deputy editorial page editor of the Sun-Times, and Progress Illinois, a news blog produced by Josh Kalven, Adam Doster and Angela Caputo. The awards, named for the late Chicago author and broadcaster, will be presented by the nonprofit Community Media Workshop March 10 at the Chicago Cultural Center.
  • And the hits just keep on coming: The latest atrocity at WGN-AM (720) involves the reassignment of midday news anchor Steve Bertrand, a 25-year veteran of the Tribune Co.-owned news/talk station. By scheduling Bertrand to work from 2 to 10 p.m., his bosses are exiling a consistently sharp and quick-witted contributor from their midday lineup. It's another idiotic mistake in a growing list of them at WGN.
  • Just back from a week in earthquake-rocked Haiti with a group of church missionaries from the Chicago area, "Good Day Chicago" anchor Jan Jeffcoat recounted her experience on Sunday's 9 p.m. newscast on Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32. Accompanied by cameraman Jeff Sutker and producer Dan Schwab, Jeffcoat said she witnessed amazing stories of hope and and faith among the people she met. Additional reports will air on Channel 32's newscasts Monday.
  • Don't even think about crashing the 10th‚ anniversary roast for Terry Boers and Dan Bernstein, the afternoon duo on CBS Radio sports/talk WSCR-AM (670). Tickets are sold out for the Feb. 19 event at Belvedere Banquets & Events in Elk Grove Village. It'll be hosted by their executive producer, Matt Abbatacola.
  • Justin Kaufmann, the man who makes the trains run on time for all of us at blogs.vocalo.org, has assembled an ambitious lineup of journalists, political consultants and pols for a live online chat here from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. Steve Edwards, acting program director of Chicago Public Radio, will serve as host and moderator for the three-hour cascade of commentary and analysis of the primary election results. Expected among more than two dozen participants are: Ben Calhoun, Ramsin Canon, Cheryl Corley, John Dempsey, Mick Dumke, Brad Flora, Marcus Gilmer, Ben Goldberger, Don Hall, Marj Halperin, Kitty Kurth, Dave Lundy, Chris Robling, Peter Sagal, Scott Smith, Lynn Sweet, Eric Zorn and possibly me.

 

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