Radio Hall of Fame finally bows to Howard Stern
Robservations on the media beat:
- The most conspicuous and embarrassing omission to the Radio Hall of Fame finally will be corrected this fall when Howard Stern takes his place in the Chicago-based shrine to radio’s all-time greats. “The King of All Media” was among seven chosen for induction by the Radio Hall of Fame steering committee Thursday. “There wasn’t any great controversy involving Howard’s induction because I think everyone has believed for a long time that he deserved to be inducted,” said chairman Bruce DuMont. It’s not known whether Stern will attend the nationally broadcast ceremony at the Museum of Broadcast Communications November 10, but considering how outspoken he's been in condemning the Radio Hall of Fame as a sham (and the fact that he was rejected four times in past balloting), don’t bet on it. Other inductees for 2012 are personalities Gary Burbank, Ron Chapman, Art Laboe, Luther Masingill, Jack Cooper (posthumously), and NPR’s Fresh Air, hosted by Terry Gross. Meanwhile, another long-overlooked radio legend, Steve Dahl, still won’t be joining the nearly 200 personalities and programs already inducted. Wait until next year?
- Where’s Mike Adamle? The veteran Chicago sports anchor hasn’t been seen on NBC 5 since May 14, but no one who knows is saying why. “Mike is taking some personal time, and he will be back in a few weeks,” a station spokeswoman said Thursday. It’s not the first time the former football star-turned-sportscaster has gone on extended leave. Days before the Bears played in Super Bowl XX in 1986, Adamle walked out on his ABC 7 colleagues and didn’t return for three months. “I’m not embarrassed to admit I got psychiatric help,” he said on his return, adding that he also tried to quit drinking. Adamle, 62, is the third high-profile Chicago media figure to check out in recent months: In March, Score midday host Dan McNeil underwent treatment for depression and substance abuse. And in May, WGN news anchor Mark Suppelsa entered an alcohol recovery program. Both have returned to their jobs.
- Big day for the Brothers Magers: Ron Magers, Chicago’s No. 1 news anchor, will be filling in as guest host of ABC 7’s Windy City Live alongside Val Warner at 9am Friday. By coincidence, younger brother Paul Magers, main news anchor at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, will be guest hosting The Talk at 1pm Friday on CBS 2. “It’s likely the only time you'll see both Magers brothers doing something other than news and both on in Chicago and both happening on the same day,” Ron said. “It could be the answer to a broadcast trivia question in a few years.”
- Another former Sun-Times columnist just turned up on Ruth L. Ratny’s ReelChicago.com. Paige Wiser, the former TV critic, debuted Thursday with a report on three new webisode series being produced by The Onion in Chicago. She continues to contribute to Michigan Avenue magazine and review movies for Windy City Live. Ratny said Wiser will write on a regular basis “to bring our readers a fresh take on the varied entertainment projects that shoot here and are such a big part of our visual media industry.” Former Sun-Times columnist Lewis Lazare continues to cover advertising, marketing and television for ReelChicago.
- Tom Kent, who worked on the air and behind the scenes at WLS-AM (890) in the early 1980s, is back in town with a Saturday night ’80s show. His syndicated Lovin’ Life, Livin’ the 80s will air from 7pm to midnight Saturdays on Clear Channel adult contemporary WLIT-FM (93.9). The timeslot has been open since Lite FM dropped Delilah Rene's syndicated nighttime show last March.
- Jan Parr, editor of Chicago magazine’s Chicago Home + Garden, has been hired as assistant managing editor of features at Crain’s Chicago Business. She succeeds Steve Reiss, who was promoted to managing editor in May. In addition to starting up Home + Garden, Parr also launched Chicago Shops and Chicago Visitor. She previously worked for Crain Communications as news editor of Electronic Media (now TV Week).
- New to the masthead of Chicago magazine are culture editor Emmet Sullivan, former associate editor of Parade magazine and marketing assistant at People magazine, and assistant editor Elly Fishman, former program coordinator at Rebuild Foundation and a contributor to the Reader and Time Out Chicago. On the digital side, Jennifer Healy, global social media manager at element14 and former social media intern at Red Eye, has joined Chicago magazine as social media manager.
- Veteran radio programmer Mark Edwards, former program guru of Chicago's Lite FM, has been hired as digital community manager at John Tesh’s TeshMedia Group. He’ll oversee the company’s online efforts associated with Intelligence For Your Life Radio, The John Tesh Radio Show and tesh.com. “Mark Edwards is the only person we considered when we decided we needed the perfect person to execute the community strategy,” Tesh said in a statement.