Observations on the media beat:
Chicago’s next mayoral election may be 16 months away, but Crain’s Chicago Business is poised to significantly expand its coverage in politics and government. Monday will mark the launch of Juice, a new daily morning email focused on “the intersection of power and politics.” Written by Crain-savvy journalists Greg Hinz and AD Quig, it will include contributions from a Washington-based public policy journalist Dan Vock. Along with the newsletter, Quig will host “AD Q&A,” a new weekly podcast featuring in-depth conversations with leading journalists. “Our readers tell us they expect more from us when it comes to political news because it cuts across business,” Crain editor and editor Jim Kirk said. “Starting Monday, we’re delivering exactly that and more with the launch of Juice. We can’t wait to get started. ”
Steve Harvey, whose syndicated morning show airs on iHeartMedia R&B WVAZ 102.7-FM, has just renewed its radio contract until 2026. Terms were not disclosed. “I am happy to continue my successful partnership with Premiere Networks and to host ‘The Steve Harvey Morning Show’ in the future,” he said in a statement. “The signing of this agreement further underscores my commitment to serving the community and the people. I am delighted to continue to give people the smiles and laughs they so badly need in these uncertain times. Harvey’s show airs here from 5 am to 9 am Monday through Friday. In the latest Nielsen Audio poll, the V103 came in second in the morning with a 7.0% share and a cumulative weekly audience of 354,000.
Mélissa Forman, Théa Flaum and Joel weisman are among the veterans of Chicago broadcasting featured in a new podcast series produced by the Junior Board of the Chicago / Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Featured in weekly episodes, “The Pursuit” features hour-long interviews conducted by students and young professionals. (Here is the link.) “‘The Pursuit’ fits perfectly with NATAS ‘national initiative to mentor young presenters and create valuable career opportunities,” said the chapter president. John owens noted. “We are delighted to present this unique and entertaining podcast produced by our Junior Board of Directors to our members and the community at large. The episodes are also available on Spotify, Anchor, YouTube, and Stitcher.
Recommended reading: The Reader at 50: A deep dive into how this city‘s alternative weekly has spanned five decades. (Here’s the link.) It’s a fascinating and insightful story from The Chicago Reader which marks its 50th year of publication. The stupendous tale has been meticulously reported and beautifully written by Marc Jacob, a former editor of the Chicago Tribune and the Sun-Times who now oversees the Medill Local News Initiative website at Northwestern University. “After half a century, the Reader has built a legacy as a hotbed of fine writing and in-depth reporting, a powerhouse for arts and culture, and proof that an alternative publication can invent a model. successful financier, ”writes Jacob. “Now she’s trying to reinvent herself to survive as a nonprofit in a very different media environment. After 50 years, he still takes risks.
Block Club Chicago was named the winner on Wednesday of the Institute for Nonprofit News’ inaugural Game-Changer and Community Champion Awards. The digital subscription-based news site has been cited for marketing its cover of “Chance the Snapper,” the five-foot-long alligator found basking in the lagoon at Humboldt Park in Chicago in July 2019. It has sold over 4,000 “Gator Watch” t-shirts. , raising over $ 100,000. The Community Champion Award cited the free, bilingual Block Club Chicago coronavirus hotline. “While many newsrooms ultimately copied aspects of their approach, Block Club was one of the first to realize the important and direct role newsrooms could play in keeping their communities safe by sharing information. reliable and accurate information, person by person, ”said the judges. Block Club Chicago was also a finalist (and received an honorable mention) for INN’s top startup of the year award.
WMAQ-Channel 5 News Presenter Stefan Holt is on paternity leave from the NBC-owned station following the Sept. 25 birth of her third child. Him and his wife Morgan welcome son James in the family with sons Henri, 4, and Samuel, 2. “Our adorable baby James has arrived,” Holt wrote on social media. Holt is expected to be back on NBC TV News 5 at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. on October 21. For the record, the father of Holt, presenter of “NBC Nightly News” Lester Holt, prefers to be called “Granddude”.
Wednesday’s commentary: Mark Edwards Edelstein: I am extremely impressed and happy for everyone at Weigel Broadcasting, especially Neal Sabin, for their impressive growth. I’m especially grateful that we have a full list of Weigel’s networks available live here in St Louis. But I would be lying if I didn’t say I was so happy that the comments were back.