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‘Nobody f#@king Likes You,’ WGN Tries the Anti-News Promo

After celebrating “International Talk Like a Pirate Day” on Friday, Chicago CW affiliate WGN seems to be attempting to launch “International Talk Like a Sailor Day.”

After this morning’s “Viewer Feedback” segment, where viewers continued to vent on facebook about about Paul Konrad calling dolphins “a-holes,” the anchor team tossed to a promo they made seemingly without the help of the station’s creative services team.

Saying his anchor team “sucks the happy out of happy talk,” anchor Larry Potash read some thoughts from WGN viewers. “F#@k you,” wrote viewer Anish Kapoor. “You guys suck in the morning. Nobody watches WGN.”

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WGN’s Robert Jordan Named ‘Journalist in Residence’ at University of Chicago

Robert-JordanRobert Jordan, the veteran news anchor and reporter at Chicago CW affilate WGN, has been named the first journalist-in-residence at the University of Chicago’s Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media program, reports Chicago media reporter Robert Feder:

While continuing his full-time anchoring and reporting duties for the Tribune Media station, Jordan will spend much of the fall quarter on campus, where he’ll conduct a series of workshops, lead panels with other Chicago producers, editors and news directors, and meet with students who hope to pursue journalism and media careers. He also plans to work with staffers on the Chicago Maroon, the university’s student newspaper.

WGN Celebrates ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’ Just Like it Always Does

We turn our spyglass this morning to Chicago CW affiliate WGN. Every year the Tribune owned station celebrates September 19 with a visit from Long John Johnny Johnson. For those landlubbers among us, September 19 is also known as “International Talk Like a Pirate Day.”

This morning’s pun filled segment featured, who we’ve been told is, morning producer Jeff Hoover doing his best pirate schtick. After a nod to Chicago media writer Robert Feder, Hoover left because, as he said, “There’s a big sale at the farmer’s market. All the corn is a buck an ear.”

In case you want to see how far the bit has come, click here to see Hoover in 2012.

Katie Kim Leaving KRQE for Chicago’s WMAQ

Picture 4Reporter Katie Kim will join NBC-owned WMAQ in Chicago next month, reports Chicago media reporter Robert Feder.

Kim heads to Chicago from CBS affiliate KRQE in Albuquerque, where she’s been a “special assignment” and investigative reporter since 2010:

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to live and work in such an amazing city!” Kim posted on Facebook, as she moves up from the No. 47 market to No. 3. On Twitter, she wrote: “After 4 incredible yrs in NM, I’m leaving humbled & grateful for a new job in Chicago. I’ll cherish my time here. Thank you for your trust.”

WFLD’s Alexa Helms Reportedly Pulled Off Anchor Desk After Three Months

Alexa-HelmsAnchor Alexa Helms has been moved off the anchor desk at Chicago Fox-owned station WFLD after just three months, reports media writer Robert Feder, citing station insiders.

Until a permanent replacement is named, Lisa Chavarria, Melody Mendez and Tisha Lewis will rotate filling in on Fox 32’s Saturday and Sunday newscasts alongside Larry Yellen.

It would be unconscionably cruel to recount the multitude of mistakes Helms made during her brief tenure as anchor. She clearly lacked the performance skills, journalistic experience or knowledge of current events to handle the job when Fox 32 news director Tom Doerr brought on the Dallas native and 2009 graduate of the University of Oklahoma.

Helms, a former intern at the station, arrived from Fox affiliate WSVN in Miami.

The Start of a Trend? WFLD Said to Be Launching Fast-Paced News Show at 4:00 p.m.

wfld32Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports FOX owned station WFLD is launching a new style news show at 4:00 p.m.

Tipsters tell TVSpy, the show, will be called Chicago Rush Hour and will be anchored by Jeff Herndon and Dawn Hasbrouck. We hear it will be a fast-paced news show with conversational elements. A debut date has not been set.

This comes on the heels of Scripps owned stations launching shows with a similar description based around the title the NOW. 

the Now has launched or will soon launch in Denver (KMGH), Cincinnati (WCPO), Detroit (WXYZ), Kansas City (KSHB), Phoenix (KNXV), Tampa (WFTS), West Palm Beach (WPTV) and Cleveland (WEWS). Scripps says the NOW’s “upbeat, fast-paced style brings viewers nonstop weather coverage and the very latest on developing stories from the studio and in the streets.”

San Francisco CBS owned station KPIX recently launched a similar show on its CW affiliate KBCW. That show is aimed at a younger audience and features traditional news and reports on what’s trending in social media.

There’s no word if FOX is planning on rolling the new format on its other owned stations.

WLS Reporter Who Covered Disability Issues Retiring After 23 Years

meyer cropped wlsKaren Meyer, the WLS reporter who covered disability issues for the weekend morning show at the Chicago ABC owned station, has announced her retirement.

“As a person who is deaf  in a hearing world, she overcame obstacles to achieve immeasurable success,” WLS news director Jennifer Graves said in a statement. “She has worked tirelessly at ABC 7 to shed light on issues pertaining to people with disabilities – reporting stories often ignored by other media outlets.”

Meyer, who started at WLS in 1991, was a professor at De Paul University from 2003 to 2014. In 1994, she was appointed by President Clinton to be vice chairperson of the President’s Committee on Employment for People with Disabilities.

Her last day is September 28.

WGN Names Mike Frydman National/Regional Sales Manager

wgn-logoMike Frydman has been named national/regional sales manager at Chicago CW affiliate WGN. Frydman joined the Tribune-owned station in 2006 as an account executive. Prior to that, he was an account executive at CBS Station Sales.

“His National background and eight years of success at WGN-TV as one of the senior AE’s will be a great factor in the growth of this position,” Errol Gerber, WGN director of sales, said in a statement. “Mike will work closely with national sales manager Robert Breen to develop a great national “one-two” punch.”

Frydman’s new position is effective September 29.

WGN Adds An Hour to Evening News and A Morning News Anchor

duarte wgnWGN, the Tribune owned Chicago CW affiliate, will begin its evening newscast at 4:00 p.m. starting September 8.

Mark Suppelsa and Micah Materre will be joined by chief meteorologist Tom Skilling and traffic reporter Sarah Jindra for the 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. show.

“By expanding our evening news we will better serve our viewers,” WGN news director Jennifer Lyons, said in a statement.

WGN also added Lourdes Duarte (pictured) as co-anchor of the WGN Morning News alongside Dan Ponce from 4:00 to 6:00 a.m. The station said the move will allow traffic reporter Erin McElroy more time to focus on traffic and breaking news.

WMAQ Launches 11 a.m. Newscast, Shuffles Meteorologists

byron mirandaWMAQ, the NBC-owned station in Chicago, is making changes to its morning programming. Beginning September 8, the station will debut an hourlong 11 a.m. newscast that will replace the current half-hour noon newscast.

“A lot of news breaks during the day. Our expanded news at 11 am will allow us to even better serve our viewers with the latest news and weather information,” WMAQ vice president of news and station manager Frank Whittaker said in a statement.

Anchoring the 11 a.m. newscast will be Stefan Holt and Marion Brooks, alongside meteorologist Byron Miranda (pictured), who returns to WMAQ after more than a decade away. Most recently, he has worked as the weekend evening meteorologist at KNBC, the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles.

In addition to Miranda’s hire, there are further changes to the station’s weather team: Robert Feder reports weekend meteorologist Cheryl Scott is leaving WMAQ when her contract is up next month. Scott is exploring options “to work as a meteorologist on a network or local level,” according to Feder. Read more

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