WBEZ | Big John Howell http://www.wbez.org/tags/big-john-howell Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Scratch and sniff: A wag of the tail to salute Steve Dale http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/02/scratch-and-sniff-a-wag-of-the-tail-to-salute-steve-dale/14454 <p><p>Robservations on the media beat:</p><ul> <li><div style="margin-right: 15px; float: left; text-align: center;"><ul><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//dale.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-14485" style="border: 1px solid black;margin: 1px 5px" alt="Steve Dale" width="166" height="186" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//dale.jpg" /></a></ul></div>Anyone who devotes his life to the welfare of animals is a good guy in my book. So it's nice to know that Chicago's <a href="http://www.stevedalepetworld.com/">ambassador to the dog and cat world,</a> <strong>Steve Dale,</strong> just signed on for five more years as nationally syndicated pet columnist with Tribune Media Services. In addition, Dale's weekly radio show, which ran for 12 years on Tribune Co.-owned news/talk WGN-AM (720), moved last June to Citadel Broadcasting news/talk WLS-AM (890). &quot;Steve Dale's Pet World&quot; now airs at 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays. He's also a certified animal behavior consultant and a blogger for <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/steve-dale-pet-world/">ChicagoNow.com.</a> In an updated&sbquo;&nbsp;<a href="http://chicagoradiospotlight.blogspot.com/2009/05/steve-dale.html">Chicago Radio Spotlight</a> profile, Dale told <strong>Rick Kaempfer:</strong></li></ul> <blockquote>&quot;My favorite moments are always when a listener calls and says, 'You helped me and made my day. That's why I didn't give up the dog or cat to the shelter.' Those are always my favorite moments.&quot;</blockquote> <ul> <li>Another sign that all's right with the world is when <strong>Rick O'Dell</strong> is playing smooth jazz. Since January, the Chicago radio veteran has been back in his familiar midday slot -- &nbsp;from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- &nbsp;on Venture Technologies Group's <a href="http://www.877chicagosmoothjazz.com/">WLFM-FM (87.7).</a> &quot;Those who know I'm here have made it a wonderfully soft landing back on the midday show,&quot; he said. &quot;Now it's up to us to give them what they expect musically while throwing them a few surprises along the way.&quot; In his additional role as program director, O'Dell announced the debut of <strong>&quot;Paul Wertico's </strong>Wild World of Jazz,&quot; a locally produced traditional jazz show hosted by the Grammy-winning drummer and Chicago native. It'll air at 9 p.m. Sundays, starting this weekend.<!--break--></li> <li><strong>Jeff Reisman,</strong> director of sales at news/talk WIND-AM (560) and Christian talk WYLL-AM (1160), officially was promoted Monday to general manager of the two Salem Communications stations. He succeeds <strong>Dave Santrella,</strong> who moved up to president of Salem's radio division on Dec. 15. One of Reisman's first tasks is to name a replacement for <strong>Cisco Cotto</strong> as co-host of <strong>Big John Howell's</strong> morning show on WIND. Cotto <a href="/feder/2009/12/wls-makes-room-for-roe-cisco-in-afternoons/10542">left to join WLS</a> as <strong>Roe Conn's</strong> afternoon partner at the end of last year.</li> <li><strong>Mark Bieganski,</strong> who created a <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/oprah/">popular blog</a> on <strong>Oprah Winfrey</strong> when he was a Web editor at the Sun-Times, has joined Time Out Chicago as a senior online producer. Among his duties will be tracking Oprah's final season in Chicago for the magazine's <a href="http://chicago.timeout.com/">website.</a> He most recently was an online producer for Fox Chicago News. Of Bieganski's new Oprah blog, Time Out editor in chief <strong>Frank Sennett</strong> said:</li> </ul> <blockquote>&quot;As her Super Bowl spot with Dave and Jay showed, it only takes Oprah 15 seconds to spark a national conversation, so we think it'll be fun to help readers follow her closely as she winds up her tenure in Chicago.&quot;</blockquote> <ul> <li><strong>Tony Arnold,</strong> who's been a temporary reporter and producer on the news desk at Chicago Public Radio WBEZ-FM (91.5) since 2008, has been hired as a full-time general assignment reporter. He previously was a reporter for Northern Illinois University's WNIJ-FM (89.5).</li> <li>The late, great <strong>Richard Pegue</strong> will be remembered at a Dusty Record Convention celebrating <a href="http://www.thebestmusicofyourlife.com/Home.htm">&quot;The Best Music of Your Life&quot;</a>&nbsp;March 6 at St. Elizabeth Church, 50 E. 41st&sbquo;&nbsp;St. Doors open at 7 p.m. The dance will be hosted by his widow, <strong>Savina Pegue.</strong> The legendary Chicago radio personality, producer, songwriter and musician died of heart failure last March at 64.</li> </ul></p> Tue, 09 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/02/scratch-and-sniff-a-wag-of-the-tail-to-salute-steve-dale/14454