Musical chairs: Jocks swap jobs at Mix, Rewind
Robservations on the media beat:
- Two of Hubbard Radio’s highest profile female air personalities are switching stations and swapping jobs this week. Cara Carriveau, who’s been hosting middays on hot adult-contemporary WTMX-FM (101.9), will shift to evenings on adult hits WILV-FM (100.3). And Lisa Allen, who been hosting evenings on Rewind 100.3, will shift to middays on the Mix. "In making this move, we feel that we have improved and reinvigorated each brand, and we're doing it with two terrific on-air hosts and two terrific people,” Greg Solk, senior vice president of programming for Hubbard Radio, told staffers in a memo Monday. Also at the Mix, Solk announced, the nightly U-Mix It social media request show has been dropped after two years. Andrew Finnigan continues as evening personality.
- The J Show, Jamar "J Niice" McNeil's morning show on CBS Radio Top 40 WBBM-FM (96.3) is getting national exposure all this week. Starting today, J Niice along with B96's Michelle Menaker (aka Showbiz Shelly) and producers Mary Sandberg and Gabriel Ramirez, will be featured on Dish Nation, the syndicated Fox Television Stations series that features radio personalities from across the country. It airs here at 5:30 and 10:30pm weekdays on Fox 32.
- The Sun-Times will document and follow up on every murder in Chicago this year in partnership with the Washington-based website Homicide Watch. “With the alarming rise of homicides in our city, there is a true need for a digital platform that keeps accessible facts at the forefront, while digging deeper to report on the impact these crimes have on our entire community," Jim Kirk, editor-in-chief of Sun-Times Media, said in a statement. "The Sun-Times is committed to fearless investigative reporting, which is even more critical now as we prepare to roll out Homicide Watch Chicago.”
- Walter Jacobson was sporting a few stitches over his right eye last week after he took a nasty fall while walking on State Street near CBS 2 studios. "I turned around because I heard some noise, and when I turned back I kicked a piece of cement and tripped and fell and hit my head," the 75-year-old anchorman said. "Then I got right up and went back to work." Jacobson's bosses wouldn't let him anchor his 6pm newscast that night, but he insisted on taping his Perspective commentary for the 10pm newscast before he went home.
- Congratulations to my old Sun-Times pal Dave Hoekstra, a world-class writer who's among winners of the 24th annual Studs Terkel Community Media Awards. Presented by the nonprofit Community Media Workshop, the awards recognize journalists who do outstanding work in "covering and reflecting Chicago’s diverse communities." Also being honored are Megan Cottrell, reporter/blogger for the Chicago Reporter, and Fernando Diaz, managing editor of Hoy Chicago. The awards will be presented March 14 at Columbia College's FilmRow Cinema, 1104 South Wabash Avenue.
- Two former Chicago Tribune staffers — who both covered the media beat at one time or another — landed big jobs last week: James Warren, former Tribune managing editor of features, was named Washington bureau chief of the New York Daily News. John Cook, former Tribune TV reporter, was named editor-in-chief of Gawker.com.
- Emily Barr, Chicago-based president and CEO of Post-Newsweek Stations, has been named to the TV Board of Directors of the National Association of Broadcasters. Barr joined Post-Newsweek last July after 15 years as president and general manager of ABC 7 here.