Robservations on the media beat:
David Kaplan, the Chicago sportscasting dynamo, has been named to the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. He’ll be inducted October 28 at Wintrust Area in a 2021 class that additionally consists of former baseball outfielder Curtis Granderson, former NFL coach Mike Shanahan and baseball pioneer Andrew “Rube” Foster (posthumously). Kaplan at the moment hosts mornings with Jonathan Hood on Good Karma Manufacturers ESPN sports activities/speak WMVP 1000-AM and hosts “Soccer Aftershow” for NBC Sports Chicago. He beforehand hosted “Sports activities Discuss Stay” on the regional sports activities community for greater than 16 years. In saying Kaplan’s choice, the Corridor of Fame committee famous the north suburban Skokie native is the one particular person in Chicago media historical past to have hosted a day by day TV present, a day by day radio present and written a daily column in a significant newspaper all on the identical time.
David Schuster has signed on as a contributor to The Kontender, the 24/7 digital audio community with commercial-free sports activities specializing in Chicago and Washington, D.C. The longtime sports activities reporter will present weekly commentaries and seem on the community’s “Windy Metropolis Breeze” and “Sports activities Discuss Chicago” reveals. Schuster was laid off in 2020 after 20 years at Audacy sports activities/speak WSCR 670-AM. He beforehand labored for ESPN Radio 1000. Schuster continues to host “Grobstein & Schuster Specific,” a weekly podcast with Les Grobstein, and “Sharp Shooters,” a weekly podcast with Mark Schanowski.
Blissful to report the renewal of Rick Telander as senior sports activities columnist on the Sun-Times for an additional yr. “We’re thrilled to have Rick proceed with us,” stated Steve Warmbir, interim editor-in-chief of the Solar-Instances. Telander, a Peoria native and Northwestern College graduate, joined the Solar-Instances in 1995 after 22 years with Sports activities Illustrated, the place he rose to senior author.
“Chicago Media Talks” is the most recent enterprise from Charlie Meyerson, the veteran broadcast journalist and digital media innovator. Debuting at 2 p.m. in the present day, the weekly Clubhouse dialog and podcast collection focuses on “Chicago’s evolving media ecosystem.” It’s a joint manufacturing of Meyerson’s indispensable Chicago Public Square publication and Rivet360 (previously Rivet Information Radio). (Here is the link.) “What we bear in mind will mix podcasting’s considerate pacing with the viewers interplay Clubhouse makes attainable,” Meyerson stated. Co-hosting will likely be Sheila Solomon, strategic alliances supervisor for Rivet360 and vice chair of Journalism Funding Companions. Their first visitor will likely be Deborah Douglas, former editorial board member, columnist and editor on the Solar-Instances, who teaches journalism at DePauw College. Further hyperlinks to the collection:
- Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-media-talks/id1570898125
- Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/present/chicago-media-talks
- Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5aQ8S5xOpM0N37pxMUN1C5
Phil Potempa, columnist for the Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana, will channel the spirit of notorious New York gossip columnist Walter Winchell in a brand new one-man present. Potempa has written and stars in “Winchell: On the Air,” which can premiere with two performances Thursday at The Heart for Visible and Performing Arts in Munster, Indiana. (Here is the link.) Amongst genuine artifacts within the manufacturing will likely be one one in all Winchell’s signature fedoras, which Potempa acquired at public sale years in the past.
Following up on Friday’s report here about buyouts on the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Tribune Guild has negotiated a one-week extension to the corporate’s deadline. Full-time editorial staff now have till June 16 to use for buyouts and will likely be notified in the event that they’re accepted by June 21. Their final day of labor will likely be June 25. A stampede of prime expertise is predicted now that Tribune Publishing is totally owned by Alden International Capital, a New York-based hedge fund recognized for extreme cost-cutting at newsrooms nationwide.
Friday’s comment of the day: Kar Uchima: A newspaper is barely nearly as good because the reporters they rent. We take note of bylines. The names signify seasoned writers that inform us the story we wish instructed. Don’t intestine the establishment. We nonetheless learn details and fact in our day by day dose.