WBEZ | Jim Tyree http://www.wbez.org/tags/jim-tyree Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Sun-Times owner discloses battle with stomach cancer http://www.wbez.org/blog/robert-feder-media/sun-times-owner-discloses-battle-stomach-cancer-0 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2010-October/2010-10-21/Jim-Tyree.jpg" alt="" /><p><div style="margin: 0pt 15px; float: left; text-align: center;"><img hspace="4" border="5" align="left" vspace="4" src="http://wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2010-October/2010-10-21/Jim-Tyree%5B1%5D.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 211px;" alt="" /><p><sup><strong><em>Jim Tyree</em></strong></sup></p></div><p>Jim Tyree, the Mesirow Financial chairman and CEO who came to the rescue of the Chicago Sun-Times last year, has been diagnosed with stomach cancer.&nbsp;</p><p>Sun-Times columnist<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/2816436,jim-tyree-sun-times-10.article"> Michael Sneed</a> reported online Tuesday that Tyree, 52, is awaiting test results to determine what stage the cancer is in before deciding on a course of treatment. &ldquo;I have the backing of some of the best doctors in the world and am prepared to fight this with the support of my family, my work family, and friends,&rdquo; Tyree told Sneed.<!--more--></p><p>It&rsquo;s the latest in a series a health challenges Tyree has faced since he was diagnosed with diabetes at age 24. He since has undergone kidney and pancreas transplants and four eye surgeries. He also has had a defibrillator implanted in his chest.</p><p>Tyree led a group of investors who acquired Sun-Times Media and saved the financially troubled newspaper from liquidation. He serves as chairman of the company. News of Tyree&rsquo;s condition came the same day <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20101019/NEWS06/101019874/sun-times-media-cuts-more-than-dozen-news-business-staffers">more than a dozen layoffs</a> were announced throughout the company, which includes eight daily and 50 weekly newspapers. Among four editorial jobs cut at the Sun-Times was that of former sports columnist <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/slezak/index.html">Carol Slezak,</a> who recently shifted to feature reporting.</p></p> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 13:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/robert-feder-media/sun-times-owner-discloses-battle-stomach-cancer-0 CBS 2's new 'Monsters' fumble Sam Zell interview http://www.wbez.org/blog/robert-feder/cbs-2s-new-monsters-fumble-sam-zell-interview <p><p>&nbsp;<span style="border-collapse: separate; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px;" class="Apple-style-span"><span style="font-family: arial,verdana,sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 23px;" class="Apple-style-span">Robservations on the media beat:</span></span></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<sup><strong><em><img style="width: 475px; height: 309px;" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-14/samzell.jpg" alt="" title="" /><br />Sam Zell</em></strong></sup></p> <ul> <li>Scoring a live, in-studio interview with billionaire mogul <strong>Sam Zell</strong> seemed like quite a coup for WBBM-Channel 2's <a href="http://cbs2chicago.com/monstersandmoney">&quot;Monsters and Money in the Morning&quot;</a> last Friday. Unfortunately, the four hosts of the CBS-owned station's fledgling morning show --&nbsp; <strong>Mike North, Dan Jiggetts, Terry Savage</strong> and <strong>Mike Hegedus </strong> -- blew it. While Zell sat around the table with them for more than 40 minutes, none of the hosts asked a single question about his troubled stewardship of the bankrupt Tribune Co. or about how the Chicago Tribune has fared since he took over. Not one. Had Zell put the subject off limits? Absolutely not, insisted North, who took full blame for the lapse. &quot;It was my fault,&quot; he later told me. &quot;I was supposed to ask about the Cubs and Tribune, and I didn't. . . . I called an audible and screwed it up.&quot;<!--break--></li> <li>Speaking of media tycoons, <strong>Jim Tyree,</strong> the Mesirow CEO who rescued the Chicago Sun-Times and its parent company, remains optimistic despite the bad business model newspapers have been saddled with. &quot;We're not out of the woods,&quot; he told <a href="http://sxuinthenews.blogspot.com/2010/02/international-financierchicago-media.html">a group at Saint Xavier University</a> last week. &quot;It'll take a little time, but we're confident that the Sun-Times Media Group will be successful.&quot;</li> <li>What about Mark? Reader comments to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/02/low-voter-turnout-delivers-high-viewer-tune-out/13935">the postmortem here</a> on Tuesday night's primary coverage prompted a spirited rebuttal over the weekend from <strong>Mark Suppelsa,</strong> principal news anchor at Tribune Co.-owned WGN-Channel 9. In case you missed it, here's part of what Suppelsa wrote:</li> </ul> <blockquote>&quot;In reading Mr. Feder's blog and the responses from his ardent blog followers, I feel many missed an opportunity to get what the above &quot;strut2k&quot; and others say they missed election night: The Big 9. In this day when you have to ask for a raise or ask people with a TV clicker in their hands to sample your product . . . I'm forced to ask, 'What about me?' If you had TIVO'd us you'd have watched more than 5&sbquo;&frac12; hours of coverage solely on the election with a pace and tone that wasn't scripted, nor rushed and more often than not, we heard insightful and on-the-mark with results, speeches and analysis. And during our prime hour of coverage from 9p to 10p, I believe the TV viewers responded in kind with better than a 6 rating as we competed against this season's unusually popular prime time programming. And I'm told there several hundred thousand hits on our election page at <a href="http://www.wgntv.com/">wgntv.com</a> including our record for time spent watching our coverage streaming online. So . . . next time Feder readers, what about me?&quot;</blockquote> <ul> <li><strong>Dick Lobo,</strong> who served as president and general manager of NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5 from 1985 to 1988, may be headed for <a href="http://blogs.tampabay.com/media/2010/02/tampa-pbs-chief-dick-lobo-appointed-to-a-post-in-the-obama-administration.html">a job in the Obama Administration</a> in Washington, D.C. His appointment to head the International Broadcasting Bureau (overseeing Voice of America and Radio/TV Marti) awaits U.S. Senate confirmation. Lobo, 73, most recently has been running WEDU-TV, the public television station in Tampa, Fla.</li> <li>Two Chicago natives who became notable figures in the media industry died last week: <strong>Frank N. Magid,</strong> the <a href="http://www.magid.com/">television research consultant</a> whose name was synonymous with the homogenization of local newscasts across the country, died of cancer Friday in Santa Barbara, Calif., at 78. <strong>Cecil Heftel,</strong> the <a href="http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artikkel?Dato=20100206&amp;Kategori=NEWS01&amp;Lopenr=2060349&amp;Ref=AR">former congressman from Hawaii</a> whose Heftel Broadcasting owned WLUP-FM (97.9) in its formative years from 1979 to 1986, died of natural causes Thursday in San Diego at 85.</li> <li><strong>Herb Kent,</strong> whose 65 years in Chicago radio landed him in <a href="http://www.clearchannel.com/LocalSpirit/PressRelease.aspx?PressReleaseID=2551">the Guinness Book of Records,</a> will be honored tonight at the annual membership meeting of Chicago chapter of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. I can only hope &quot;The Cool Gent&quot; gets treated better than <a href="http://chicagoradiotv.com/2009/02/saunders-unloads-on-feder/">last year's AFTRA honoree.</a></li> </ul></p> Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/robert-feder/cbs-2s-new-monsters-fumble-sam-zell-interview