| May 28, 2014
| 8:17 AM
Chicago Public Media will begin self-distribution of its signature program, "This American Life," on July 1, taking over key business functions for one of public radio’s most significant franchises.
The move, announced Wednesday, will deliver...
| May 30, 2014
| 6:59 PM
He is best known as Happy Jack Burns, one of the area's polka kings and the ringmaster and music host on the Party Channel — WALN digital cable radio.
But Happy Jack, whose real name is John Burnatowski, knows his sports as well.
And as WALN...
| May 31, 2014
| 11:42 AM
When it comes to media spending, Democrats Anthony G. Brown and Douglas F. Gansler are like distance runners intent on keeping their rival close. The two most visible candidates in the primary for governor each spent more than $2 million on television and...
| Jun 1, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Marilyn Beck, prominent Hollywood columnist who led the way for a hard news approach to celebrity journalism, died Saturday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease after a three-year battle with lung cancer. She was 85.
A straight-shooter who was...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 11:45 AM
Cary L. Pahigian has been named to succeed Ed Kiernan as general manager of radio stations WBAL-AM and WIYY-FM.
Kiernan is retiring after more than two decades at the helm of the Baltimore stations.
Here's part of the release from Hearst Television:...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 9:41 AM
San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker will play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
Parker, who was injured in the fourth game of the Western Conference finals series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, missed part of the second half and all...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 3:01 PM
Second of two parts.
Choosing a county judge is a task that leaves most voters flailing in the dark, and the August election is going to require even more scrutiny than usual from voters because of behind-the-scenes maneuvering.
A group of mostly...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 11:14 AM
There is no mistaking Hollywood-based, indie-rock duo Kimmy Drake and Skylar Black’s affection for sunny fun at the shore: Onstage they call themselves Beach Day.
And while their second album, “Native Echoes,” due out on Kanine...
| Aug 19, 2014
The History channel is promoting its upcoming "Houdini" miniseries with interactive bus shelters challenging Chicagoans to hold their breath for three minutes — duplicating one of the magician's legendary tricks.
The two-day series will run...
| Aug 19, 2014
| 6:07 AM
Don Pardo, the seldom-seen, booming-voiced announcer for "Saturday Night Live" for nearly 40 years, died on Monday aged 96, according to multiple family and media reports.
Pardo's death at his home in Tucson, Arizona, where he had continued to pre-...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 10:05 PM
Don Pardo, the legendary NBC announcer whose deep, resonant voice was heard for more than three decades on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 96.
Pardo died Monday evening, according to NBC spokesman Rich Licata. The cause was not given, but...