Fox Chicago adds ‘Mancow Mashup’ to weekend lineup
Robservations on the media beat:
- Now you can see Mancow Muller on TV seven days a week. Since October, the veteran radio personality has been simulcasting his syndicated morning show live from 6 to 8am Monday through Friday on Fox-owned WPWR-Channel 50. Last week he added a half-hour recap of the show’s highlights, Mancow Mashup, airing at 11:30pm Saturdays on WFLD-Channel 32 and 11pm Sundays on Channel 50. Muller told listeners he’s happy to be on opposite Saturday Night Live: “After a lifetime of being a huge SNL fan, they did a skit 'DJesus Unchained,' and I decided I would never watch the show again,” he said. “It was incredible that the next day I was told that they were adding my show to the Saturday night lineup on Fox.” Nielsen numbers for his morning show are double what the station had in the time period a year ago, but they still have a long way to go: In February, Mancow averaged a 0.2 rating (about 7,000 households) and 0.9 audience share. Muller broadcasts the show from Fox Chicago studios at 205 North Michigan Avenue.
- Tribune Co. confirmed Tuesday that it has hired investment banks JPMorgan Chase and Evercore Partners to field offers for its newspaper assets, including the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. "There is a lot of interest in our newspapers, which we haven't solicited," company spokesman Gary Weitman told the Tribune. "Hiring outside financial advisers will help us determine whether that interest is credible, allow us to consider all of our options and fulfill our fiduciary responsibility to our shareholders and employees."
- Only a cynic would suggest ABC 7 purposely waited until just after the February sweeps to schedule two one-hour specials on violence in Chicago. Windy City Live will devote its entire shows Thursday and Friday to the theme of Stop the Violence. Hosted from 9 to 10am by Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini, Thursday’s show will focus on the impact of gun violence, and Friday’s show will be a roundtable discussion with community leaders on possible solutions to the problem.
- Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson, who sign off Thursday after 2½ years at CBS 2, may be getting more publicity for leaving than they did all the time they were anchoring the 6pm news there. Their world tour includes an interview with Rick Kogan at 10am Wednesday on chicagotribune.com, a visit with Melissa Forman and Jeanne Sparrow Thursday on WCIU’s You & Me This Morning, and an appearance on WGN Morning News Friday. Did we mention the Sun-Times’ Splash page, too?
- Stephanie Zimmermann, the ace consumer columnist known as The Fixer who left the Sun-Times last December to join the investigative unit of ABC News, turns up Wednesday on Katie Couric’s syndicated talk show. She’ll appear along with ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross to expose recent scams. The show airs here at 3pm on ABC 7. Zimmermann just launched a new column, The ABC News Fixer, at abcnews.com.
- Kwang-Wu Kim, dean of Arizona State University's design and arts school, was named president and CEO of Columbia College Chicago Tuesday. Starting July 1, he will succeed retiring president Warrick Carter. Kim, a Chicago native born and raised in Hyde Park, said in a statement: “Columbia College has captured my heart and my imagination.” Columbia is the largest private non-profits arts and media college in the nation.
- Colleagues at the Daily Herald are mourning the loss of Tom Grieger, who was director of photography for 20 of his 32 years at the Paddock Publications newspaper. Grieger, who retired in 1995, died Saturday at 83. "Tom was the architect of the Daily Herald photo department," said senior vice president and editor John Lampinen. "He recruited and mentored an award-winning staff. He set high standards for ethics and photojournalistic excellence. And he led with resolute dedication and good humor." Services will be at 11am Thursday at St. Simon's Episcopal Church, 717 Kirchoff Road, Arlington Heights.