Outgoing reporter looks forward to life after CBS 2
Robservations on the media beat:
- Kristyn Hartman, who began as a college intern at WBBM-Channel 2 and later came back to the CBS-owned station as a general assignment reporter, is leaving again. She’s expected to sign off in April, news director Jeff Kiernan announced Tuesday. No word yet on her next move. “There are certain things I want to get out of life, and I’m pursuing them,” Hartman told me. “We all come to these points in our careers where we have to make really tough decisions. I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity I’ve had here.” Hartman, who grew up in southwest suburban Hickory Hills and graduated from Northwestern University, rejoined CBS 2 in 2004 and served for a time as morning news anchor on weekdays and weekends. She previously worked at WCCB-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina, and KTVK-TV in Phoenix.
- Santita Jackson has parted company with WVON-AM (1690) after more than five years as midday personality at the Midway Broadcasting urban news/talk station. The eldest daughter of the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, she became a full-time talk-show host after producing TV and radio shows for her father. The move was attributed to “cost-saving measures” at the station. “I have encouraged her to pursue a national platform, which she desires and so deserves,” said Melody Spann Cooper, chairman of Midway Broadcasting and general manager of WVON. “It is my hope that she will rejoin us in a more visible capacity.” The Santita Jackson Show aired from 9am to noon weekdays.
- From the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) paid tribute Tuesday to Lin Brehmer on his 20th anniversary as morning host at WXRT-FM (93.1), the CBS Radio adult/alternative station. “Lin Brehmer is a man who helps us discover the best about Chicago, and in doing so, has become a Chicago treasure himself,” Quigley said. “We appreciate and applaud his career as one of our city’s finest radio personalities and most recognizable voices, and look forward to the music, experiences and food he will help us discover in his next 20 years. Thank you, Lin, for always reminding us why it’s great to be alive.” (Here is a link to the video.)
- The Chicago Tribune thinks it can get away with charging subscribers an additional $99 a year for Printers Row, a new weekly magazine about books and authors. Good luck with that.
- Chris Myers, who worked with Phyllis Schwartz as a producer at NBC 5 and ABC 7, rejoined her this week as assistant news director at Fox Chicago. "Having managed several Chicago newsrooms together, we are excited to collaborate once again in bringing Fox Chicago viewers an engaging and energetic news product that will increase the station's presence in the market," said a statement attributed to Schwartz, who took over as news director earlier this month. Myers, who also worked as a producer for Entertainment Tonight and The Insider, most recently was a consultant at RumorFix.com in Los Angeles.
- Thursday marks the launch of Watch312.com, a website featuring original programming about Chicago — from dining, social events, trends and technology to pet care and baking. Hosts include Candace Jordan, D.C. Crenshaw and Amanda Puck. Shows will be ready for streaming on mobile devices. “With Watch312.com and its plethora of informative programming, we have emerged as the leader of the new Internet broadcasting medium,” Bob Mills, president of parent company Internet Streaming Corp., said in a statement. “With people always on the go, access is key, and our programming delivers pertinent information to Chicago and beyond, all in the palm of your hand.”
- Lake County’s oldest commercial radio station, Waukegan-based news/talk WKRS-AM (1220), will flip to Spanish-language sports/talk ESPN Deportes on February 1. Confirming a tip here, the move by owner NextMedia Group targets the expanding Hispanic male demographic. “With compelling 24-hour sports talk in Spanish language, ESPN Deportes 1220 fills a need in Lake County that has been growing over the last decade,” general manager Karl Wertzler said in a statement. WKRS debuted as The Voice of the News-Sun in 1948. It shifted from FM to AM the following year.