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Chicago Media Bites

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 26, 2009 10:00PM

Here's a quick overview of what's been going down in the Chicago media scene in the last week.

  • The winning radio format in Chicago appears to be all-news, based on the January Arbitron People Meter stats released yesterday. It seems the Blagojevich news cycle pumped up the ratings for WBBM-AM who took the top spot in January with a rating of 7.2 and a cume -- the total number of unique listeners for at least a five minute period -- topping 1.8 million people. The new #2 station is a tie between the two Citadel owned stations, WLS-AM and True Oldies WLS-FM. Both stations have a rating of 5.4. The #1 station in the Holiday 2008 ratings, WLIT-FM, stumbled to #8. Their 10.3 rating dropped to a 3.7 showing that perhaps Christmas music can put you at the top, but it wont keep you there forever. (Ratings quoted are for Monday - Sunday, 6 a.m. - Midnight, people ages 12+)
  • Chicago Magazine is looking for single Chicagoland residents for their annual Singles issue. If you think you're awesome enough to be touted in this feature article all you have to do is send a personal statement, resume and photos to the magazine. You can nominate friends or enemies too. The deadline to apply is March 16, 2009
  • Lewis Lazare of the Sun-Times reports that Jonathan Brandmeier is in talks with WLUP-FM to sign a new contract when his current one expires. He was only off the air for a couple of days this week because he was visiting his kids in college.
  • Gary Meier was on John Howell's WIND-AM morning show Wednesday. Next week he'll be on WGN-AM for three days (Monday, Tuesday & Thursday) during the 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. slot. Is it possible he's coming back to Chicago radio?

BY: Pattie Lee

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