WBEZ | Kevin Metheny http://www.wbez.org/tags/kevin-metheny Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Metheny aftermath: Feder name-checked (and spell-checked) on Howard Stern! http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/metheny-aftermath-feder-name-checked-and-spell-checked-howard-stern <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/howard_stern[1].jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="364" width="486" title="Howard Stern" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-16/howard_stern.jpg" style="" /></p><p>Yesterday, Howard Stern returned to his Sirius talk-show&nbsp;and took a call about the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/robert-feder/%E2%80%98pig-virus%E2%80%99-quarantined-metheny-laski-driven-out-wgn">WGN/Kevin Metheny news from last week</a>. Stern talked about his experiences with &quot;Pig Virus&quot; and quickly summed up the story of WGN&nbsp;and Metheny's rocky tenure. He also went on to say that the best stuff he read on the story was from long-time Chicago media columnist&nbsp;Robert Feder. He even spells Feder's name for his audience.</p><p>Not only name-checked, but spell-checked by the king of all media. If there is something better in the world, please let me know. As I had a small hand in Mr. Feder's blog, I&nbsp;can die now. By spell-checking Feder, he really said Kaufmann.</p><p>Listen to the audio clip from above. Two of my favorite things in the world: Howard Stern and Robert Feder.</p></p> Tue, 16 Nov 2010 19:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/metheny-aftermath-feder-name-checked-and-spell-checked-howard-stern ‘Pig Virus’ quarantined: Metheny, Laski driven out from WGN http://www.wbez.org/blog/robert-feder/%E2%80%98pig-virus%E2%80%99-quarantined-metheny-laski-driven-out-wgn <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Kevin Metheny and Jim Laski.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If Kevin Metheny wasn&rsquo;t the worst program director in the history of Chicago radio, I don&rsquo;t know who was.&nbsp;</p><div style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-11/Kevin Metheny and Jim Laski.jpg" style="width: 486px; height: 300px;" alt="" title="Kevin Metheny and Jim Laski in a farewell embrace" /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<sup><strong><em>Kevin Metheny and Jim Laski in a fond embrace</em></strong></sup></div><div style="text-align: left;">Arrogant, aloof, stubborn and contemptuous of the legacy he&rsquo;d inherited, the man known as &ldquo;Pig Virus&rdquo; nearly destroyed one of the greatest brands in American broadcasting by alienating hundreds of thousands of loyal listeners and breaking bonds of trust that had endured for more than 80 years.</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Never has a station fallen so far, so fast in public esteem &mdash; all because of one man who took pride in dealing dishonestly with his employees and audience alike. &ldquo;Truthfulness is only an added benefit when it happens to drop into your lap,&rdquo; he famously told his staff in a memo that turned up on this blog one year ago last week.</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">On Thursday afternoon &mdash; three weeks after his mentor and protector, Randy Michaels, was ousted in scandal as CEO of Tribune Co. &mdash; Metheny was fired as program director of news/talk WGN-AM (720). Flushed out with him was the worst of Metheny&rsquo;s unfathomably awful hires, convicted felon and radio rookie Jim Laski, who&rsquo;d been hosting evenings since last spring.</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">At Metheny&rsquo;s behest over the past two years, WGN fired, lost or demoted some of Chicago&rsquo;s most talented and popular personalities, including Steve Cochran, Kathy O&rsquo;Malley, Judy Markey, Bob Sirott and David Kaplan. Poor John Williams was shuffled around so many times listeners never knew where on the schedule he&rsquo;d show up. Others who could have made a difference, such as Jonathon Brandmeier and Richard Roeper, wisely sized up the situation and walked away.</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Worse yet were Metheny&rsquo;s hiring moves. Laski was a joke. Others he brought on had no affinity for Chicago whatsoever, with morning host Greg Jarrett from San Francisco and midday host Mike McConnell from Cincinnati topping the list. Their edgy, aggressive posture seemed utterly at odds with the civility and honesty that the station had always represented. (Only by a quirk of luck was WGN spared a right-wing wacko named Bill Cunningham, whom Metheny also tried to hire from Cincinnati.)</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">When WGN&rsquo;s audience rejected his new hires, Metheny blamed the listeners for failing to &ldquo;figure out how to interact with someone with an opinion.&rdquo; His solution was to air fake calls. &nbsp;&ldquo;Our legacy listeners seem to leave our new talent hanging out to dry. . . . I&rsquo;d like to prime the pump with a few more clued-in callers,&rdquo; Metheny wrote in a memo in which he secretly solicited Tribune Co. executives to deceive the audience by pretending to be ordinary listeners.</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Even the marketing slogan Metheny inflicted on the talk station &mdash; &ldquo;News 720&rdquo; &mdash; was an outright lie.</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">King of All Media Howard Stern had the guy nailed more than 25 years ago when Metheny was his program director at WNBC-AM in New York. It was Stern who coined the nickname &ldquo;Pig Virus&rdquo; for Metheny (which later morphed into &ldquo;Pig Vomit&rdquo; for the movie &ldquo;Private Parts&rdquo;). Metheny &ldquo;would memo me all these idiotic rules and ideas he had, [and] he came up with this complicated terminology to make it sound as if he knew something, but it was all mystification,&rdquo; Stern wrote in his best-selling memoir.</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">It&rsquo;s true that Tom Langmyer, vice president and general manager of WGN, was responsible for firing Metheny and Laski. But I&rsquo;m not quite ready to declare Langmyer a hero either. Whatever private misgivings he may have had while everything was going on, Langmyer played the consummate company man throughout, publicly supporting all that Michaels and Metheny did to WGN and its employees.</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Even in his announcement of the shakeup Thursday, Langmyer declared his support of Jarrett and McConnell &mdash; both of whom reportedly were hired with little input from him. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve solidified our daytime lineup, which now features Greg Jarrett, Mike McConnell, John Williams, and Garry Meier, and we&rsquo;ve improved our news coverage as a result of our growing partnership with the Chicago Tribune,&rdquo; Langmyer said in a statement. Not exactly the grand declaration of a new day for WGN.</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Then again, given all the damage that&rsquo;s been done, whoever leads WGN in the future will face a difficult if not impossible challenge. &ldquo;At some point, this will be a case study of how to dismantle a radio station,&rdquo; respected veteran media buyer Paula Hambrick told Jim Kirk of the Chicago News Cooperative last summer.</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Of all the prophesies made in the last year, none resonates more than one from Metheny himself, who told WGN free-lancer Margaret Larkin on her &ldquo;Radio Girl&rdquo; podcast: &ldquo;You attempt to create improved ratings at a place like WGN circa 2010 at some peril, because it&rsquo;s possible to screw things up and do damage as you attempt to take preemptive, decisive action.&rdquo;</div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">Well, at least we can all agree on that.</div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 12 Nov 2010 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/robert-feder/%E2%80%98pig-virus%E2%80%99-quarantined-metheny-laski-driven-out-wgn A year in the life of Tribune Co. http://www.wbez.org/blog/robert-feder/year-life-tribune-co <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2010-October/2010-10-25/Chicago-Tribune[1].jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Chicago-Tribune.jpg"><img width="489" height="250" alt="" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-40576" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Chicago-Tribune.jpg" /></a><code> </code></p><p>The <a href="/feder/2010/10/over-and-out-tribune-co-cancels-randy-michaels/40538">resignation of Randy Michaels</a> as chief executive officer of Tribune Co. culminates a tumultuous year in the history of the Chicago media company -- especially for its flagship news/talk radio station, WGN-AM (720). Here's how the story unfolded on this blog:<!--break--></p><ul> <li><a href="/feder/2009/11/a-rude-pig-virus-infects-wgn-radio/8321">A rude Pig Virus infects WGN Radio</a> (Nov. 4)</li> <li><a ëœcrazy-collision="" href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2009/11/now-hear-this-wgns-crazy-collision-of-bloggers/8778">Now hear this? WGN's 'crazy collision' of bloggers</a> (Nov. 11)</li> <li><a href="/feder/2009/11/time-to-give-thanks-for-some-awfully-big-turkeys/9546">Time to give thanks for some awfully big turkeys</a> (Nov. 26)</li> <li><a href="/feder/2009/12/angry-kathy-judy-fans-get-in-the-holiday-spirit/10507">Angry Kathy &amp; Judy fans get in the holiday spirit</a> (Dec. 17)</li> <li><a href="/feder/2009/12/wgn-to-hosts-hold-your-nose-over-political-stinker/10823">WGN to hosts: Hold your nose over political stinker </a>(Dec. 29)</li> <li><a href="/feder/2010/01/wgn-rolls-out-welcome-mat-for-johnny-b/11838">WGN Radio rolls out welcome mat for Johnny B.</a> (Jan 18)</li> <li><a ëœnoon-show="" href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/01/wgn-radio-drops-bob-sirott-as-noon-show-host/12566">WGN Radio drops Bob Sirott as &quot;Noon Show' host</a> (Jan. 22)</li> <li><a href="/feder/2010/01/if-allison-payne-came-clean-whats-wgn-trying-to-hide/12609">If Allison Payne came clean, what's WGN trying to hide?</a> (Jan. 25)</li> <li><a href="/feder/2010/01/all-bets-are-off-after-belt-tightening-at-wgn-radio/12866">All bets are off after belt-tightening at WGN Radio</a> (Jan. 26)</li> <li><a ëœmonsters="" href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/robert-feder/cbs-2s-new-monsters-fumble-sam-zell-interview">CBS 2's 'Monsters' fumble Sam Zell interview</a> (Feb. 8)</li> <li><a href="/feder/2010/02/they-did-the-crimes-so-why-is-wgn-punishing-us/15707">They did the crimes. So why is WGN punishing us?</a> (Feb. 22)</li> <li><a ëœnow="" href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/02/is-it-now-or-never-for-bill-leff-on-wgns-lineup/15881">Is it 'Now' or never for Bill Leff on WGN's lineup?</a> (Feb. 23)</li> <li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/03/whos-on-first-in-radio-it-depends-on-who-keeps-score/16486">Who's on first? In radio, it depends on who keeps score</a> (March 1)</li> <li><a href="/feder/2010/03/memo-puts-wgn-news-staffers-at-a-loss-for-words/17374">Memo puts WGN news staffers at a loss for words </a>(March 10)</li> <li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/03/trib-ceo-shoots-the-messenger--but-misses-the-point/17694">Trib CEO shoots the messenger -- but misses the point</a> (March 12)</li> <li><a href="/feder/2010/03/behind-closed-doors-angry-tribune-ceo-confronts-staff/17766">Behind closed doors, angry Tribune CEO confronts staff</a> (March 15)</li> <li><a ëœsports-central="" href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/03/its-criminal-wgn-expands-sports-central-into-oblivion/19061">It's criminal: WGN expands 'Sports Central' into oblivion</a> (March 26)</li> <li><a ëœsports-central="" href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/04/kaplan-leaves-sports-central-with-classy-farewell/19781">Kaplan leave 'Sports Central' with classy farewell</a> (April 6)</li> <li><a href="/feder/2010/04/afternoons-adrift-as-wgn-rearranges-deck-chairs/20019">Afternoons adrift as WGN rearranges deck chairs</a> (April 8)</li> <li><a ëœbest-of-both-worlds="" href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/04/john-williams-enjoying-best-of-both-worlds--for-now/21216">John Williams enjoying 'best of both worlds' -- for now</a> (April 24)</li> <li><a href="/feder/2010/05/radio-dealmaker-takes-over-tribune-co-stations/21911">Radio dealmaker takes over Tribune Co. stations</a> (May 4)</li> <li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/05/wgn-program-boss-its-possible-to-screw-things-up/22988">'Springer' veteran teams with Tribune to test talk shows</a> (May 6)</li> <li><a href="/feder/2010/05/the-real-danger-of-being-surrounded-by-sycophants/22506">The real danger of being surrounded by sychophants</a> (May 10)</li> <li><a s-possible-to-screw-things-up="" ëœit="" href="/feder/2010/05/wgn-program-boss-">WGN program boss: &quot;It's possible to screw things up'</a> (May 14)</li> <li><a ëœdesecrates="" href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/06/poker-party-desecrates-tribune-tower-shrine/24676">Poker party 'desecrates' Tribune Tower shrine</a> (June 3)</li> <li><a href="/feder/2010/06/wgn-bosses-prefer-to-keep-their-stars-in-the-dark/25403">WGN bosses prefer to keep their stars in the dark</a> (June 9)</li> <li><a href="/feder/2010/06/wgns-laski-covering-blago-its-a-criminal-offense/25567">WGN's Laski covering Blago? It's a criminal offense</a> (June 10)</li> <li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/06/whod-want-to-join-wgns-big-happy-family-anyway/26179">Who'd want to join WGN's big happy family anyway?</a> (June 15)</li> <li><a ëœwe-did-not-lie-to-our-listeners="" href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/06/kathy-judy-fight-back-we-did-not-lie-to-our-listeners/27387">Kathy &amp; Judy fight back: 'We did not lie to our listeners'</a> (June 24)</li> <li><a href="/feder/2010/06/wgn-pulls-the-plug-on-10-year-veteran-steve-cochran/27701">WGN pulls the plug on 10-year veteran Steve Cochran</a> (June 25)</li> <li><a ëœheartbroken="" href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/06/spike-odell-heartbroken-over-the-damage-at-wgn/27848">Spike O'Dell &quot;heartbroken&quot; over the damage at WGN</a> (June 28)</li> <li><a ëœworst-kind-of-management="" href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/07/cochran-goes-off-on-wgn-worst-kind-of-management/28312">Cochran goes off on WGN: &quot;Worst kind of management' </a>(July 1)</li> <li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/07/dont-look-now-but-wgn-is-shuffling-the-deck--again/29847">Don't look now, but WGN is shuffling the deck -- again</a> (July 14)</li> <li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/robert-feder/education-greg-jarrett-chicagos-lost-cause">The education of Greg Jarrett: Chicago's lost cause</a> (Aug. 2)</li> <li><a ëœnew-talent-hanging-out-to-dry="" href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/09/wgn-listeners-leave-new-talent-hanging-out-to-dry/36142">WGN listeners leave 'new talent hanging out to dry'</a> (Sept. 3)</li> <li><a href="/feder/2010/09/the-trials-and-tribulations-of-randy-michaels-co/37964">The trials and tribulations of Randy Michaels &amp; Co.</a> (Sept. 27)</li> <li><a ëœbankrupt-culture="" href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/10/new-york-times-exposes-tribune-co-bankrupt-culture/38971">New York Times exposes Tribune Co. 'bankrupt culture' </a>(Oct. 6)</li> <li><a href="/feder/2010/10/time-for-tribune-to-clear-the-air-on-foul-management/39544">Time for Tribune to clear the air on foul management</a> (Oct. 13)</li> <li><a ëœpressure="" href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/10/ex-tribune-editor-recalls-pressure-from-sam-zell/39687">Ex-Tribune editor recalls 'pressure' from Sam Zell</a> (Oct. 14)</li> <li><a href="/feder/2010/10/lee-abrams-goes-down/39940">Lee Abrams goes down</a> (Oct. 15)</li> <li><a ëœshameful="" href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/10/editor-calls-damage-to-tribune-reputation-shameful/39987">Editor calls damage to Tribune reputation 'shameful' </a>(Oct. 18)</li> <li><a href="/feder/2010/10/read-all-about-it-the-partys-over-randy/40171">Read all about it: The party's over, Randy</a> (Oct. 19)</li> <li><a ëœstill-working="" href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/10/the-plot-thickens-randy-says-he-still-working/40233">Hell no, he won't go: Randy says he's 'still working' </a>(Oct.19)</li> <li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/robert-feder/over-and-out-tribune-co-cancels-randy-michaels">Over and out: Tribune Co. cancels Randy Michaels</a> (Oct. 22)</li> </ul></p> Fri, 22 Oct 2010 17:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/robert-feder/year-life-tribune-co It's criminal: WGN expands 'Sports Central' into oblivion http://www.wbez.org/blog/robert-feder/its-criminal-wgn-expands-sports-central-oblivion <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Jim-Laski.jpg"><img height="225" width="400" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Jim-Laski.jpg" alt="" class="size-full wp-image-19072" /></a></p><p><code> </code> <code> </code> Robservations on the media beat:</p><ul> <li>Only in the bizarre up-is-down, black-is-white alternate universe of WGN-AM (720) would the cancellation of Chicago's longest running sports talk show be called an <em>expansion</em> of sports. &quot;WGN RADIO EXPANDS SPORTS COVERAGE AND ADDS NEW GENERAL TALK SHOW&quot; read the headline of a press release issued late Thursday by the Tribune Co.-owned news/talk station. As of April 12, &quot;Sports Central&quot; will be replaced from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday by a &quot;current events talk show&quot; fronted by <a href="/feder/2010/02/they-did-the-crimes-so-why-is-wgn-punishing-us/15707">convicted felon</a> (and manifestly unqualified radio rookie)&sbquo;&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.wgnradio.com/shows/jimlaski/">Jim Laski.</a> <span style="font-weight: normal;">What a disgrace.&sbquo;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wgnradio.com/shows/sportscentral/wgnam-sportscentral-information,0,1106767.story"><strong>David Kaplan,</strong></a> who's hosted the weeknight sports franchise since 1997, will shift to Cubs post-game shows and other sports features. It's all the handiwork of obstinate program director <a href="/feder/2009/11/a-rude-pig-virus-infects-wgn-radio/8321"><strong>Kevin &quot;Pig Virus&quot; Metheny,</strong></a> who took on Laski, the former city clerk of Chicago who served 11 months in prison for accepting bribes, as a weekend host -- and his personal reclamation project. Said Metheny:</span></strong></li> </ul> <blockquote>&quot;In the past few months, Laski has built a strong track record on WGN.&sbquo;&nbsp; He's a fascinating character who was called to public service and eventually behaved criminally. He paid for his crime, is sincerely contrite and is moving on. He has a unique insider's perspective on life in and around Chicago.&quot;</blockquote> <ul> <li>WGN bosses cried foul last month when I <a href="/feder/2010/02/surprise-don-roma-chicagos-new-morning-faves/16088">reported here</a> that the station had lost in the morning-drive ratings for the first time ever to Citadel Broadcasting news/talk WLS-AM (890). They said I'd been misled. They said it was a mistake. They said I'd misread the numbers. Well, guess what? It happened again: WLS' <strong>Don</strong> and <strong>Roma Wade</strong> beat WGN's <a href="/feder/2010/03/whos-on-first-in-radio-it-depends-on-who-keeps-score/16486"><strong>Greg Jarrett</strong></a> among all listeners age 12 and older in just-released Arbitron figures for February.&sbquo;&nbsp;Any way you slice it&sbquo;&nbsp; -- &nbsp;from 6 to 10 a.m. (as Arbitron defines morning drive) or from 5 to 9 a.m. (the actual hours when Jarrett competes with the Wades) -- &nbsp;WLS comes out on top of WGN.</li> <li>After a year that saw <strong>Jerry Springer</strong> and <strong>Steve Wilkos</strong> move to Connecticut, and <strong>Oprah Winfrey</strong> announce the end of her Chicago-based talk show, the impending <a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/towerticker/2010/03/disneyabc-to-cancel-at-the-movies-siskel-and-eberts-old-show.html">demise of &quot;At the Movies&quot;</a>&nbsp;marks another setback for Chicago productions on the national stage. For ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7, which has been the show's home base since 2001, it also means a loss of income from Disney-ABC Domestic Television and ABC Media Productions. &quot;We were both honored and thrilled to produce the show for nine years -- &nbsp;an achievement of which we can be very proud,&quot; said <strong>Emily Barr,</strong> president and general manager of Channel 7. Although the syndicated movie-review show never recovered from the departure of hosts <strong>Roger Ebert </strong>and <strong>Richard Roeper,</strong> at least it will die with dignity under <strong>Michael Phillips</strong> and <strong>Tony Scott.</strong> No word on what will replace it on Channel 7's lineup this fall, but a likely source of programming could be the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/01/even-in-tough-times-abc-7-succeeds-with-live-well-hd/11355">Live Well HD</a> digital channel.</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.j2sc.com/joane.htm">J</a></strong><strong><a href="http://www.j2sc.com/joane.htm">oan Esposito,</a></strong>the former Chicago television news anchor, has agreed to speak publicly for the first time about her battle with cancer. In a story expected to air in May on Tribune Co.-owned WGN-Channel 9, Esposito will tell medical reporter <a href="http://www.wgntv.com/about/station/newsteam/dinabair/"><strong>Dina Bair</strong></a><strong> </strong>that she was diagnosed with lymphoma three years ago. It's now in remission. Bair, who worked with Esposito as an intern at Channel 7 and as a producer at NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5, also survived her own cancer battle with melanoma.</li> <li>At long last <strong>Roe Conn</strong> is expected to announce today that traffic reporter <a href="http://www.wlsam.com/Article.asp?id=152536&amp;spid=6789"><strong>Christina Filiaggi</strong></a><strong> </strong>will be returning to his afternoon show on WLS-AM. She could be back on as early as Monday. Filiaggi, who first joined Conn's show in 2001, was dropped in a budget cut in February 2008, brought back in June 2008, and dropped a second time in May 2009. Third time's the charm?</li> <li>Wedding bells are ringing this weekend for <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/about_us/personalities/Tera_Bio"><strong>Tera Williams, </strong></a>who may be <strong>Mayor Richard Daley's</strong> <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/mayor-daley-tera-williams-video#transcript">least favorite</a> general assignment reporter at WFLD-Channel 32, and <a href="/feder/2009/11/ex-fox-anchor-fighting-back-after-firing/8157"><strong>Mike Barz,</strong></a> former anchor of the Fox-owned station's &quot;Good Day Chicago.&quot; Williams posted a note on <a href="http://www.travelersjoy.com/members/teraandmike/">TravelersJoy.com</a> that they're hoping to &quot;go sailing in the British Virgin Islands for one week&quot; on their honeymoon.</li> <li>One editor and one reporter will be hired by Chicago Public Radio WBEZ-FM (91.5) as part of an Upper Midwest Local Journalism Center funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, according to <a href="http://cpb.org/pressroom/release.php?prn=814">an announcement</a> Thursday. The center, one of seven across the country, will operate in partnership with Michigan Radio and Cleveland's Ideastream.</li> <li><strong>George Castle</strong> kicks off the 17th&sbquo;&nbsp;season of his &quot;Diamond Gems&quot; baseball talk show this weekend with the addition of on an online outlet at the Times of Northwest Indiana's <a href="http://nwitimes.com/">NWI.com.</a> It continues to air on WLBK-AM (1360) in DeKalb at 1 p.m. Saturdays, WIMS-AM (1420) in Michigan City at 6 p.m. Saturdays, WJOL-AM (1340) in Joliet at 4 p.m. Sundays, and on <a href="http://SLRNRadioSports.com/">SLRNRadioSports.com</a> at 11 a.m. Fridays. Castle's 11th baseball book, <em>When The Game Changed: An Oral History of Baseball's True Golden Age 1969-79,</em> will be published in September by Lyons Press.</li> <li><strong>Ruth L Ratny,</strong> publisher of <a href="http://reelchicago.com/">ReelChicago.com,</a> will receive the Chicago Legend Award April 15 at the Chicago International Film Festival's Hugo Television Awards. Ratny has been an outspoken supporter of Chicago's film and television production industry for decades.&sbquo;&nbsp;<strong>Dean Richards,</strong> entertainment reporter and critic for Channel 9, will host the event at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago.</li> </ul></p> Fri, 26 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/robert-feder/its-criminal-wgn-expands-sports-central-oblivion