Farr goes the distance to help another NBC station
Robservations on the media beat:
- Com Ed workers from the Chicago area weren’t the only local folks sent out east when Hurricane Sandy hit. Just back from Philadelphia is WMAQ-Channel 5 reporter Christian Farr, who was loaned to NBC-owned sister station WCAU-TV along with news photographer Steve Curelo. “Since I grew up in the area and worked in the Philadelphia market for six years, they thought I could help,” Farr told me. (He had been a weekend news anchor and reporter for Fox affiliate WTFX-TV there.) One of his stories had him standing in ankle-deep water in Chester County, Pennsylvania. In addition to supplementing WCAU’s continuous coverage, Farr also filed daily reports for NBC 5 back home.
- One hundred years after his birth — and four years after his death — Studs Terkel still bears heeding. Friday’s edition of The Best of Studs Terkel, airing at 11pm on classical WFMT-FM (98.7), features his free-association examination of Election Day and “good old-fashioned politics,” originally broadcast in March 1976. Included are cuts from Terkel’s extensive collection of musical and spoken-word recordings.
- In a first for progressive talk WCPT-AM (820), the Newsweb Radio station will air live election night coverage Tuesday. Starting at 8pm, Back on the Beat host and former NBC 5 political editor Dick Kay will be joined in reporting and analyzing returns by veteran Chicago journalist and blogger Monroe Anderson.
- Chicago’s loss is the Twin Cities’ gain. News that John Williams was stepping down after 15 years at news/talk WGN-AM (720) to work exclusively for WCCO-AM in Minneapolis was greeted warmly in the city he called home from 1993 to 1997. Williams has been broadcasting a second daily show for the CBS Radio news/talk station from studios here since April 2010. “John has been a wonderful part of the repositioning of Minnesota’s hometown radio station,” Mick Anselmo, WCCO senior vice president and market manager, said in a statement. “We look forward to having him in our hallways and contributing even more to our community.”
- Even though NBCUniversal’s new Cozi TV retro rerun channel doesn’t begin until early next year, one show already has been yanked from the digital subchannel it will be replacing. NBC Chicago Nonstop last week pulled the plug on the simulcast of Roe Conn and Richard Roeper’s weekday afternoon show on news/talk WLS-AM (890). Two locally produced shows and four network programs are now airing in its place. NBC Chicago Nonstop’s new afternoon lineup consists of: Scene Chicago at 3, Foodies Chicago at 3:30; First Look at 4; Nonstop Foodies at 4:30; Thread NY at 5, and Talk Stoop at 5:30.
- Chicago-based Towers Productions, which produced the critically acclaimed Inside 9/11 and Inside the Iraq War, is set to premiere another riveting documentary. Inside the Afghanistan War will debut at 7pm Monday on National Geographic Channel. The two-hour special features vivid battlefield footage from helmet cameras and tells the story of the war from the soldiers’ point of view.