WBEZ | Sam Zell http://www.wbez.org/tags/sam-zell Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Zell Foundation donates $10 million to the Museum of Contemporary Art http://www.wbez.org/sections/art/zell-foundation-donates-10-million-museum-contemporary-art-103564 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/843164372_b9eb8b0a58_z.jpg" style="height: 415px; width: 620px; " title="'Short Cut,' by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset in front of the MCA in 2007. (Flickr/Andrew Ciscel)" /></div><p>The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago announced Wednesday that Helen Zell and her husband Sam Zell, the real estate mogul, of the Zell Family Foundation are donating $10 million to the museum, which will go to the creation of the new Zell Fund for Artistic Excellence.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Helen and Sam Zell are visionary philanthropists whose passion and commitment to the arts is beyond measure,&quot; said Madeleine Grynsztejn, Director of the MCA, in a statement. &quot;We are extremely grateful for this generous gift which will help support key Vision initiatives to position the MCA as a pre-eminent contemporary art museum. As a Trustee and mentor, Helen has been an inspiring force over the course of the MCA&#39;s history, and we have all benefited from her intelligence and guidance.&quot;</p><p>The donation will go towards starting a new branding campaign, continuing the museum&#39;s residency program and starting a new outdoor summer plaza series.</p><p>Previously Chair of the MCA Board between 2004 and 2008, and now a board member, Helen Zell has helped MCA Board members raise $20 million, &quot;which eliminated nearly half of the museum&#39;s debt incurred from the construction of the new building,&quot; according to the MCA.</p><p>&quot;Like the MCA itself, I am committed to both sustainability and growth,&quot; said Helen Zell. &quot;In the thirty years that I have been involved with the museum, I have never seen it more confident and clear in its direction. I want to help make sure that the museum is on solid financial ground and our Vision is realized.&quot;</p></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/art/zell-foundation-donates-10-million-museum-contemporary-art-103564 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 Ex-Tribune editor recalls "pressure' from Sam Zell http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/10/ex-tribune-editor-recalls-pressure-from-sam-zell/39687 <p><p>Robservations on the media beat:&nbsp;&nbsp;<code> </code></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em><img height="220" width="332" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-11/Sam-Zell.jpg" /><br /></em><sup><strong><em>Sam Zell</em></strong></sup></p><ul> <li>Overshadowed by the frat house hijinks detailed in <strong>David Carr's</strong> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/06/business/media/06tribune.html">New York Times opus</a> on Tribune Co. last week was a potentially more damaging allegation -- that owner <strong>Sam Zell</strong> tried to use the Chicago Tribune to benefit his other business interests. Former editor <strong>Ann Marie Lipinski</strong> recalled a June 2008 meeting at which the billionaire mogul told her the newspaper should be harder on then-Gov. <strong>Rod Blagojevich.</strong><!--break--> (&quot;Don't be a pussy,&quot; she quoted Zell saying. &quot;You can always be harder on him.&quot;) Later that day, she learned that Zell was negotiating to sell Wrigley Field to the state sports authority. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/15/business/media/15paper.html">Lipinski quit the following month.</a> &quot;It was hard to avoid the conclusion that he was trying to use the newspaper to put pressure on Blagojevich,&quot; said Lipinski, who's now a vice president at the University of Chicago. Though current Tribsters deny any influence from Zell, <a href="http://thecapitolfaxblog.com/">Capitol Fax</a> editor <strong>Rich Miller</strong> isn't buying it. &quot;It's just ridiculous,&quot; he says. &quot;When are they ever going to come clean on this?&quot;</li> <li>Monday saw the return of one sports media writer and the disappearance of another. <strong>Jim O'Donnell,</strong> whose column was killed weeks before he was <a href="/feder/2010/06/sun-times-cuts-jim-o'donnell-from-sports-team/26274">laid off last June</a> from the Sun-Times, <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-10-11/sports/ct-spt-1012-arlington--20101011_1_roy-arnold-polytrack-arnold-era">resurfaced in the Tribune</a> with a story on the resignation of Arlington Park president <strong>Roy Arnold.</strong> &quot;The Trib needed some stuff done, and I thought it was time to brush the cobwebs off the laptop,&quot; O'Donnell said. Meanwhile, <strong>Dale Bowman,</strong> whose free-lance sports media column debuted in the Sun-Times <a href="/feder/2010/09/sun-times-hooks-new-sports-media-columnist/38117">three weeks ago,</a> was suddenly missing. Word is Bowman's column is &quot;on hold&quot; until issues involving O'Donnell's former staff position are resolved with the newspaper guild.</li> <li>Last month, you'll recall, <strong>Marti Jones</strong> quit as afternoon traffic reporter on CBS Radio country WUSN-FM (99.5) to replace <strong>Maura Myles</strong> as <a href="/feder/2010/09/with-myles-to-go-wls-fm-steers-jones-to-mornings/37874">morning news anchor</a> on Citadel Broadcasting oldies WLS-FM (94.7). If things had worked out as originally planned, Myles would have taken over Jones' old job. But earlier this week, she turned down an offer from Metro Networks/Shadow Broadcast Services to concentrate full-time on <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/mauramyles">mylesperhour,</a> her commercial voice-over and production business. Now the leading candidate to join <strong>Drew Walker's</strong> US 99.5 afternoon show is <strong>Gina Ferraro.</strong></li> <li><a href="http://www.museum.tv/exhibitionssection.php?page=583">&quot;Horror on the Air: Frightful Moments on Radio &amp; Television,&quot;</a> a new online exhibit, has been unveiled just in time for Halloween by Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications. The frightfully fascinating site is billed as the first ever to explore the history of on-air horror programming. It features a foreword by <strong>Rich</strong> <a href="http://www.wciu.com/svengoolie.php">&quot;Svengoolie&quot;</a> <strong>Koz</strong> and an introduction by curator <strong>David Plier,</strong> vice president of the museum.</li> <li>It'll be a night of Chicago television nostalgia Saturday at The Book Market in Glenview's Glen Town Center. Starting with a reception at 7 p.m., the event will feature a presentation by historian <strong>Steve Jajkowski,</strong> author of <a href="/feder/2010/01/chicagos-tv-history-when-the-medium-was-well-done/13361"><em>Chicago Television,</em></a> at 7:30 p.m., and a conversation with <strong>Rick Klein,</strong> curator of the online <a href="http://fuzzymemories.tv/">Museum of Classic Chicago Television,</a> at 8:30 p.m. It's all free. (<a href="http://theglentowncenter.com/">Here is the link for reservations.</a>)</li> <li>Winners of the 10th&sbquo;&nbsp;annual <a href="http://www.thirdcoastfestival.org/">Third Coast International Audio Festival</a> will be honored for the best radio stories produced worldwide at a gala awards ceremony Oct. 30 in the ballroom of the School of the Art Institute. <a href="http://www.thirdcoastfestival.org/competitions/tc-rhdf-competition">Nine prizes</a> will be awarded in four categories, with excerpts played from each one. Hosts will be <strong>Jad Abumrad</strong> and <strong>Robert&quot;&uml; Krulwich</strong> of public radio's &quot;Radiolab,&quot; with a music performance by <strong>Abraham Levitan.</strong> Tickets are $75. (<a href="http://thirdcoastfestival.wufoo.com/forms/2010-third-coast-awards-ceremony/">Here is the link for information.</a>)</li> </ul></p> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/10/ex-tribune-editor-recalls-pressure-from-sam-zell/39687 Time for Tribune to clear the air on foul management http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/10/time-for-tribune-to-clear-the-air-on-foul-management/39544 <p><div style="margin-right: 15px; float: left; text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-11/Tribune-Tower1-171x300.jpg" /><p><sup><strong><em>Tribune Tower</em></strong></sup></p></div> <p>Just another day at the naughty, bawdy frat house known as Tribune Tower.</p><p>Tuesday's antics were sparked by a typically idiotic company-wide memo written the day before by <a href="http://gawker.com/5640092/lee-abrams-batshit-jerkoff-who-has-made-our-lives-suck">Lee Abrams,</a> chief innovation officer of Tribune Co. (and longtime crony of CEO Randy <a ëœbankrupt-culture="" href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/10/new-york-times-exposes-tribune-co-bankrupt-culture/38971">&quot;Show Me Your Breasts&quot;</a> Michaels). Although it contained links to some videos that any normal person would consider outrageously inappropriate for the workplace -- including one in which women identified as &quot;sluts were seen simulating lewd acts -- Abrams' memo was not much different than dozens of others he'd written since 2008.</p><p><!--break--> But before the day was over, Abrams was <a href="http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=45&amp;aid=192530">forced to apologize</a> publicly for what he called &quot;poor judgment,&quot; and ordered his offensive email deleted from company servers. (<strong>Update:</strong> Abrams was <a href="http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=45&amp;aid=192587">suspended indefinitely without pay</a> Wednesday, with Michaels saying: &quot;We're in the process of determining further disciplinary action.&quot;)&sbquo;&nbsp;What made this particular &quot;think piece&quot; from Abrams such a cause celebre? Three things:</p><ul> <li>Chicago Tribune editor Gerry Kern chose to make an issue of it, lodging complaints to the company's human resources department and to Abrams directly, and then publicly declaring: &quot;I thought it was offensive and I thought it was completely inappropriate to be sent out in a workplace setting to everyone in this company.&quot;</li> <li>Tribune media columnist <a href="http://chicagobreakingbusiness.com/2010/10/tribune-co-executive-sends-offensive-memo.html">Phil Rosenthal</a> broke the story of the controversial memo and of Kern's reaction to it, further distancing the newspaper's editorial department from the corporate suites of Tribune Tower. Embarrassing as it was, it also inoculated the paper from even greater embarrassment if the memo had been leaked elsewhere.</li> <li>Most significantly, it came just six days after a scathing, front-page story in <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/06/business/media/06tribune.html">The New York Times</a> exposed the &quot;bankrupt culture&quot; of Tribune Co. under the ownership of Sam Zell and the leadership of Michaels and his cadre of radio rowdies, including Abrams. Reporter David Carr revealed in vivid detail what company employees (and, to a great extent, <a ëœdesecrates="" href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/06/poker-party-desecrates-tribune-tower-shrine/24676">readers of this blog</a>) had known for quite awhile --&nbsp; that the Tower had become a playground for management's adolescent fantasies and a cesspool of &quot;sexual innuendo, poisonous workplace banter and profane invective.&quot;</li> </ul><p>All of which should lead anyone to ask:&sbquo;&nbsp;What took so long? Why did it take almost three years and the glaring spotlight of The New York Times to force the Tribune finally to confront what's been going on inside its own house?&sbquo;&nbsp;And other than a handful of bloggers, until last week where were the rest of our media on this story, for that matter?</p><p>Granted, the Tribune has done a diligent job of covering the business and legal sides of its company's epic bankruptcy, reporting on the chicanery that led to Zell's &quot;deal from hell&quot; and the struggles to emerge with a settlement. But except for a few artfully worded posts on Rosenthal's blog, the sordid reign of Michaels &amp; Co. has been all but ignored by the World's Greatest Newspaper and its numerous print and broadcast confederates.</p><p>Once Carr's New York Times blockbuster hit, how did the Tribune respond? By circling the wagons at first and printing a ludicrous broadside from Michaels, who urged employees to <a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/towerticker/2010/10/tribune-co-ceo-randy-michaels-tells-workers-to-ignore-the-noise-of-new-york-times-story.html">&quot;ignore the noise&quot;</a> and who sought to impugn the motives and reputation of the writer. (That's standard operating procedure for Michaels, who tried to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/03/trib-ceo-shoots-the-messenger--but-misses-the-point/17694">discredit my reporting</a> on him earlier this year by labeling me &quot;an out-of-work blogger&quot; and someone who is &quot;no longer paid to be in media.&quot;)</p><p>The timidity of so many journalists at the Tribune, WGN-Channel 9 and WGN-AM (720) to speak out makes me admire Roger Ebert even more for the way in which he took on Conrad Black and David Radler, the two crooks who nearly ran the Sun-Times into the ground a few years ago.&sbquo;&nbsp;Or the way Carol Marin and Ron Magers confronted their NBC bosses at WMAQ-Channel 5 in the late '90s.&sbquo;&nbsp;Or the way Mike Royko stood up to Rupert Murdoch when he took over the Sun-Times in the early '80s. Who is their counterpart when Tribune Co. is in crisis? <a href="http://twitter.com/account/profile_image/ColonelTribune?hreflang=en">Colonel Tribune?</a></p><p>What's ultimately at stake is the credibility and authority of the Tribune to exert its influence over all the other institutions it covers. In the aftermath of the New York Times piece last week, Kern <a href="http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=45&amp;aid=192380">posted a memo</a> in which he extolled his newsroom's &quot;highest professional, ethical and moral standards.&quot; Confronting Abrams on Tuesday was another step in the right direction. But I'm afraid both moves are too little, too late.</p><p>It'll take more than a good housecleaning in Tribune Tower to remove the stench left by Randy and his pals.</p></p> Wed, 13 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/feder/2010/10/time-for-tribune-to-clear-the-air-on-foul-management/39544 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