WBEZ | Chicago Public Media http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-public-media Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The Real Deal: The best of WBEZ's Richard Steele, according to his colleagues http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/real-deal-best-wbezs-richard-steele-according-his-colleagues-110914 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/10377257_10152545879726000_8391299994939377138_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/the-real-deal/embed?border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/the-real-deal.js?border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/the-real-deal" target="_blank">View the story "The Real Deal: The best of WBEZ's Richard Steele, according to his colleagues " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/real-deal-best-wbezs-richard-steele-according-his-colleagues-110914 This American Life to self-distribute program http://www.wbez.org/news/american-life-self-distribute-program-110244 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 11.37.10 AM.png" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Public Media&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/"><em>This American Life</em></a> will start independently distributing the radio show to more than 500 public radio stations, the company, along with show host Ira Glass, announced today.</p><p><em>This American Life</em>, which started in Chicago in 1995, and which went national in 1996, has been distributed by <a href="http://www.pri.org/">Public Radio International</a> since 1997. The radio show will now be delivered to radio stations by <a href="https://www.prx.org/about-us/what-is-prx">Public Radio Exchange</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re excited and proud to be partners now with PRX,&rdquo; Glass said in a statement. &ldquo;They&rsquo;ve been a huge innovative force in public radio, inventing technologies and projects to get people on the air who&rsquo;d have a much harder time without them. They&rsquo;re mission-driven, they&rsquo;re super-capable and apparently they&rsquo;re pretty good with computers.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>PRX launched in 2003 as an independent nonprofit public media company focused on using technology to bring stories to a wider digital audience. The digital distribution platform operates one of the largest content marketplaces for audio, including <a href="http://themoth.org/radio"><em>The Moth Radio Hour</em></a>, <a href="http://stateofthereunion.com/"><em>State of the Re: Union</em></a>, <a href="http://snapjudgment.org/"><em>Snap Judgment</em></a>, <a href="http://americanroutes.wwno.org/"><em>American Routes</em></a> and <a href="http://www.wtfpod.com/"><em>WTF with Marc Maron</em></a>.</p><p>&ldquo;We are huge fans of <em>This American Life</em> and are thrilled to support their move to self-distribution on our platform,&rdquo; Jake Shapiro, CEO of PRX, said in a statement.&nbsp; &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had the privilege of working closely with Ira and team to develop <em>This American Life&rsquo;s</em> <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/listen/mobile">successful mobile apps</a>, and are honored to expand our partnership to the flagship broadcast.&rdquo;</p><p><em>This American Life</em> will take over aspects of self distribution from PRI, including selling underwriting as well as marketing the show to radio stations.</p><p><em>This American Life</em> is produced by Chicago Public Media and hosted by Ira Glass. It has a weekly audience of 2.2 million people on the radio and more than a million downloads per week as one of the most popular podcasts in the country.&nbsp;</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/takimoff" rel="author">Tim Akimoff</a> is the Director of Digital Content at WBEZ. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/timakimoff"> Twitter </a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/timakimoff"> Facebook </a></em></p></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 10:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/american-life-self-distribute-program-110244 CPM announces Goli Sheikholeslami as new CEO http://www.wbez.org/cpm-announces-goli-sheikholeslami-new-ceo-109949 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/goli.PNG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Public Media (CPM) announced today that Goli Sheikholeslami has been selected by the board of directors as the organization&rsquo;s new chief executive officer and president.</p><p>Sheikholeslami is a highly regarded media executive who has served in a number of executive roles at leading news organizations, including <em>The Washington Post</em>. Sheikholeslami will begin her new position May 5.</p><p>&ldquo;The search committee engaged in a very rigorous process, screening qualified candidates locally and nationally, to ensure that we found the right leader to effectively guide the organization forward,&rdquo; said Steve Baird, chairman of the board of directors. &ldquo;Goli brings the perfect blend of experience to this role. Her extensive media background, proven leadership in digital innovation and enthusiasm for the mission of public media will be invaluable as she focuses on growing the audience for existing programs and engaging the next generation of fans across all of Chicago Public Media&rsquo;s platforms.&rdquo;</p><p>Sheikholeslami has nearly 20 years of experience in bringing high-quality, enterprise journalism to the public. As a senior executive for<em> The Washington Post</em>, Sheikholeslami helped build washingtonpost.com and led the successful integration of digital operations with the company&rsquo;s legacy newspaper. Her strategic vision and commitment to maintaining <em>The Washington Pos</em>t&rsquo;s high journalistic standards were integral to the success of the newspaper&rsquo;s historic digital expansion.</p><p>&ldquo;Public media play an increasingly central role in producing independent and in-depth journalism and original storytelling,&rdquo; Sheikholeslami said. &ldquo;I am excited to lead an organization that is recognized both in Chicago and across the nation for its journalistic excellence and deep commitment to listeners and the community. It will be a great privilege to have the opportunity to work alongside so many talented people, building on their accomplishments.&rdquo;</p><p>She has also served in key leadership roles with major news organizations Conde Nast and Time Warner. Her most recent position was as chief product officer and executive vice president of business operations for Everyday Health, a leading health information platform for consumers and medical professionals.</p><p>Sheikholeslami earned her MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia in 1994 and her BS in international economics from Georgetown University in 1989.</p><p>As CEO of Chicago Public Media, Sheikholeslami will be responsible for CPM&rsquo;s multiple platforms, including broadcast and digital. She will also lead the search for a new programming and content manager who will collaborate on continuing the great storytelling that CPM has always fostered, as well as creating more informational, cultural and entertaining shows like <em>Sound Opinions, This American Life</em> and <em>Wait Wait...Don&rsquo;t Tell Me</em>.</p><p>&ldquo;We want to thank the Chicago Public Media staff for their hard work and commitment through the search process,&rdquo; said Alison Ranney, head of the Chicago Public Media board of directors search committee. &ldquo;It is their stellar journalism and the important mission of public media that we honor and protect with the selection of Goli as CEO.&rdquo;</p><p>Ann Blinkhorn and Blinkhorn, L.L.C. partnered with the CEO search committee in conducting the search. Blinkhorn, L.L.C. is a boutique retained search agency specializing in senior level executive searches in the media industry.</p><p><em>You can follow Goli Sheikholeslami on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/GoliSheik" target="_blank">@GoliSheik</a></em></p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/cpm-announces-goli-sheikholeslami-new-ceo-109949 Mayor Emanuel discusses first 100 days in office at community forum http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-26/mayor-emanuel-discusses-first-100-days-office-community-forum-91084 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-26/First 100 Days 003 by Bill Healy - August 24 2011.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483666-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/First 100 seg 1 of 2 mp3.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="338" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/28207690?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" width="601"></iframe></p><p>On Wednesday evening, WBEZ hosted a community forum with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other city officials at the Chicago History Museum. The event was the culmination of WBEZ's series <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/first-100-rahm-emanuels-first-100-days-chicago-mayor" target="_blank"><em>The First 100</em></a>, features and conversations assessing the mayor’s performance and promises during his first few months in office.&nbsp;</p><p>Members of the community, both local leaders and engaged local residents, gathered to facilitate a dialogue around change within the city of Chicago--how its implemented and plans for the future of the city and its residents.</p><p>A number of audience members asked questions and made comments about priorities at City Hall.</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> presented an edited version of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-08-24/first-100-mayor-emanuel%E2%80%99s-early-impact-chicago" target="_blank"><em>The First 100 – Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Early Impact on Chicago</em></a> event on Friday.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 14:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-26/mayor-emanuel-discusses-first-100-days-office-community-forum-91084 Latino youths organize for control of Radio Arte http://www.wbez.org/story/latino-youths-organize-control-radio-arte-86809 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-19/Zavala1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some young radio producers are organizing for control of the Chicago area’s only noncommercial Latino broadcast outlet.</p><p>They’re upset about plans by the National Museum of Mexican Art to sell the building and license of WRTE-FM Chicago (90.5), a youth-run station known as Radio Arte that airs music and public affairs content in English and Spanish.</p><p>Transmitting at 73 watts from Little Village, Radio Arte reaches several other Latino neighborhoods of the city’s Southwest Side and some nearby suburbs.</p><p>The station also trains hundreds of volunteers a year and puts dozens on the air each week. Some have formed a group to try to keep the station in their community’s hands.</p><p>Many of these volunteers share a bond: They don’t have papers to be living in the United States.</p><p>“Radio Arte helped me learn to fight back,” said volunteer Adriana Velázquez, 20, who arrived in the Back of the Yards neighborhood from Mexico at age 11.</p><p>Velázquez graduated from Benito Juárez Community Academy in nearby Pilsen and dreamed of going to college. But her immigration status disqualified her from most financing.</p><p>“So I felt like all I had done all these years in high school — being a good student, a good member of the community — was not worth [anything] to people,” she said Thursday.</p><p>Velázquez said her life changed in 2008, when she started working on a Radio Arte show, <em>Salud: Healing Through the Arts</em>. “That summer was when I started really talking about my status and sharing that with other students who were also going through my situation,” she said.</p><p>“It was kind of a relief to feel [at] home somewhere, not feeling ashamed that I was undocumented,” said Velázquez, now a music-performance student at Northeastern Illinois University.</p><p>Velázquez and the other volunteers want control of Radio Arte’s name, license and transmitter. But they haven’t won over museum officials.</p><p>President Carlos Tortolero said the volunteers were making too much of the museum’s plans. “Radio, to a lot of funders, is old school,” he said. “And we can still do radio classes without a radio station. A lot of people are streaming now online and podcasting.”</p><p>Tortolero said selling the building and radio license would free up resources for projects in other media such as video and computer graphics.</p><p>The Radio Arte volunteers counter that terrestrial radio signals still reach much bigger audiences than web streaming and podcasting do. “That’s especially true in immigrant and low-income communities,” Velázquez said.</p><p>The license’s market value is not clear. Radio Arte staffers say the museum paid $12,000 for it in 1996.</p><p>Tortolero said the museum hasn’t received any offers yet but adds he’s talking with potential buyers, including DePaul University and California-based Radio Bilingüe. He has also met twice with Torey Malatia, chief of Chicago Public Media, the parent of WBEZ.</p><p>Interviewed Wednesday, Malatia said his organization would not have cash for the license at this point. But Chicago Public Media is preparing a proposal to “help with operations and costs,” he said.</p><p>“We deeply respect Radio Arte’s mission,” Malatia said. “If we get involved, we would keep the tradition alive.”</p><p>Malatia said Chicago Public Media would connect Radio Arte to WBEW-FM (89.5), a youth-oriented station known as Vocalo that transmits from Chesterton, Indiana. Vocalo Managing Director Silvia Rivera worked at Radio Arte for more than a decade, including three years as general manager.</p><p>If the Chicago Public Media proposal were accepted, Radio Arte likely would continue broadcasting student- and volunteer-run shows, while “primetime blocks would be simulcast” with Vocalo, according to Malatia.</p><p>“As this story gets out,” Malatia added, “it puts pressure on DePaul and [Radio Bilingüe] to close the deal, and probably will pull some religious buyers into the mix.”</p><p>The building, 1401 W. 18th St., houses Radio Arte’s offices and studios as well as Yollocalli Arts Reach, another youth program of the museum. The wedge-shaped structure has two stories and a partly finished basement. Tortolero said the space totals about 11,000 square feet.</p><p>The museum had a real-estate appraiser look over the building this month but Tortolero said his team has not yet set the asking price.</p><p>The building stands on the corner of Blue Island Avenue and 18th Street. The intersection includes a Mexican-themed plaza that serves as a cultural anchor of Pilsen, a neighborhood whose Latino population has been shrinking.</p><p>The volunteers say they won’t try to buy the building.</p></p> Fri, 20 May 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/latino-youths-organize-control-radio-arte-86809 Museum to sell Radio Arte license, building http://www.wbez.org/story/museum-sell-radio-arte-license-building-86735 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-18/Radio Arte.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The license of Chicago’s only noncommercial Latino radio station is for sale.<br> <br> The board of the National Museum of Mexican Art has decided to unload the broadcasting license of youth-run WRTE, 90.5 FM, better known as Radio Arte, according to museum President Carlos Tortolero.&nbsp;Tortolero said the museum also plans to sell an 11,000 square foot building in the city’s Pilsen neighborhood that houses the station and another museum youth program, Yollocalli Arts Reach.<br> <br> “The funding, especially in radio, is going south,” Tortolero said. “We have a building that’s costing us money. We tried to borrow some money to do some things and [banks] are saying, ‘No, no. You can’t.’ The banks are looking at us and saying, ‘Hey, you have to get rid of some of this stuff.’”<br> <br> Tortolero is meeting with potential buyers of the license. Those include Chicago Public Media, the parent of WBEZ. The museum has also brought a real-estate appraiser through the building.&nbsp;Tortolero said the museum, which launched both youth programs in 1997, plans to continue them.<br> <br> But his moves have sparked opposition from some current and former Radio Arte volunteers. They say they’re forming a cooperative to try to buy the station.<br> <br> “We want to keep the frequency, name, license and transmitter,” said Martín Macías Jr., 22, who produces a weekly news show for the station.</p></p> Wed, 18 May 2011 22:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/museum-sell-radio-arte-license-building-86735