The Kontender

Robservations on the media beat:

Jon Zaghloul

Another sports talk providing has simply been added to the Chicago media menu. This week marks the launch of The Kontender, a 24/7 digital audio network with commercial-free sports content material specializing in Chicago and Washington, D.C. (Here is the link.) Chicago sports programming, together with Pat Morenzoni’s “The Windy City Breeze” and Jon Zaghloul’s “Sports Talk Chicago,” will air on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (together with different content material on Sundays). Washington sports content material will air Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. “We look to take advantage of talent that may be on the sidelines because of the economic trouble of traditional radio broadcasters,” mentioned Joe Curci, advertising supervisor of the Scotch Plains, New Jersey-based network. “And we’re always looking to find new faces that haven’t gotten a look.” Plans for a cellular app are in growth.

LaMont Watts

Chicago radio veteran LaMont Watts has been programming Club Steppin’ on one platform or one other since 2004. Now the city adult-contemporary format is again on the air at 101.9-FM HD2 on a sign leased from Hubbard Radio Chicago. “‘Steppin” has been a rich part of Chicago’s group and though it was doing nice on-line, I made a decision to hyperlocalize it for our Chicago-based advertisers and listeners,” Watts mentioned. “The great people at Hubbard Radio gave me the opportunity to be a voice in the urban Chicago radio market.” (Here is the link.) Watts additionally co-hosts from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays with DJ Flyy Diva. Other native expertise contains Gregory “Chef Greg” Dorsey from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Tracey Dion from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Until August 2019 Club Steppin’ had been airing on 95.1-FM.

Windy City Times

A set of covers spanning the historical past of Chicago’s LGBTQ media has simply been printed by Windy City Times. Windy City Times at 35, a 393-page full-color e-book accessible in print or PDF obtain, options covers from Windy City Times, Outlines, BLACKlines, En La Vida, Identity and Nightspots. (Here is the link.) “I am so excited to have all of these covers in one place,” mentioned Tracy Baim, co-founder of Windy City Times. “We are working on digitizing a lot of our archives, since so much of our work existed prior to the expansion of the Internet. We have been so lucky to document the amazing historical arc of our community.” Windy City Times ceased print publication in September 2020.

Walter Jacobson

It’s been virtually 30 years since legendary Chicago information anchor and commentator Walter Jacobson sat with serial killer John Wayne Gacy for a 30-minute interview at Menard Correctional Center. Jacobson later known as it one of the crucial chilling assignments of his profession. In gentle of renewed curiosity within the case (together with a brand new six-part documentary series on Peacock), Jacobson will share his recollections of that encounter on Bob Sirott’s morning present at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday on Nexstar Media Group information/talk WGN 720-AM. Gacy, the serial killer who buried the our bodies of victims within the crawl house of his Norwood Park Township house, was convicted in 1980 of murdering 33 younger males and boys and was executed in 1994.

Meha Ahmad

Meha Ahmad, a producer at Chicago Public Media WBEZ 91.5-FM, has been promoted to senior producer of “Reset,” the noon talk present hosted by Sasha-Ann Simons. Ahmad, who beforehand produced “The Morning Shift,” is a southwest suburban native and graduate of Columbia College. Before becoming a member of WBEZ she labored for Al Jazeera in Washington, D.C., as a information and subject producer. “Reset” airs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday by way of Friday.

Anna Marie Kukec Tomczyk

Former Daily Herald reporter Anna Marie Kukec Tomczyk has written We are Eagles: Inspiring Stories of Immigrant Women who took Bold Steps in Life through Literacy. Just printed by Fig Factor Media, the e-book focuses on the founding and first 25 years of the Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora as seen by way of the eyes of immigrant college students whose lives have been modified. (Here is the link.) Tomczyk, who stepped down from the Daily Herald after 17 years in 2017, works as a contract author and editor and owns Chicago-based Forest Glen Media.

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