Robservations: Facebook hackers are having fun with the WGCI, V103 fans; Megan Glaros subscribes to “CBS Mornings”; “Midnight Special” greets Mike Nichols
Observations on the media beat:
Fans of two radio personalities iHeartMedia Chicago have been swindled out of thousands of dollars after falling for a get-rich-quick scheme on Facebook. It started earlier this year when hackers took over Facebook pages from Leon Rogers, WGCI 107.5-FM morning hip-hop host, and Ericka Ingram, known as the late night host “DJ Sundance” on R&B WVAZ 102.7-FM. Hackers then used the host pages to trick fans into investing in bogus business deals, according to a report on ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7. (Here is the link.) Rogers and Ingram said they reported the hacked pages to Facebook numerous times but were ignored. “It’s not me, no way, no shape or form,” Rogers told ABC 7. Samantha Chatman. “When it gets to the point where people threaten to hurt you and your family for something you haven’t done, it’s kinda scary, you know? “
It was nice to see a meteorologist Megan Glaros fill up all this week on “CBS Mornings,” the New York-based network’s morning news show. Glaros has missed her legion of Chicago-area fans since she was named the morning meteorologist on CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2 in massive company-wide layoffs in May 2020. Hailing from Dyer, Indiana, Glaros worked for stations in Miami and New York before joining CBS 2 here in 2010. It took almost a year for CBS 2 to hire its permanent replacement, appointing Laura Bannon, the pride of Naperville, at work morning weather in March.
Mike Nichols, the famous director, producer, actor and comedian who worked as an announcer at the young classical music station WFMT 98.7-FM in the 1950s, reportedly celebrated his 90th birthday on Saturday. In his honor, colleagues from Window to the World Communications will present this weekend with highlights of his recorded work on “The Midnight Special,” the eclectic showcase of music and spoken word he premiered. times in 1953. “It is simply not possible to fully grasp the enormity of Mike Nichols’ impact on American comedy, drama and improv,” said Marilyn Rea Beyer, current presenter of the show. “I consider it an honor to mark his birthday as the host of the show he started.” “The Midnight Special” airs at 9pm on Saturdays. Nichols died in 2014.
“For the Left Hand”, an award-winning documentary about the Chicago pianist Norman Malone, who has overcome a brutal attack to become a one-handed piano virtuoso, will have his Chicago television premiere at 9 p.m. tonight on Window to the World Communications WTTW-Channel 11 (with a rehearsal at 4 p.m. Sunday). Produced by Chicago-based Kartemquin Films, it is based on the work of Howard Reich, the esteemed former music critic of the Chicago Tribune who served as the film’s screenwriter and co-producer. “I often tell people that if this movie was about someone else in similar circumstances, it wouldn’t be close to the same movie,” Reich told WTTW. “Because I feel like it’s who Norman is that makes this film what it is. It’s Norman’s warmth, it’s Norman’s openness, his love of the music, his love for his students, everything is reflected.
Ray Long, the great investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune, wrote The house Madigan built: Velvet Hammer’s record from Illinois, a chronicle of the former Democratic pivot Michael Madigan’s political career, including 36 years as Speaker of the Illinois House. (Here’s the link.) Published by University of Illinois Press, the book builds on Long’s many decades of reporting on state government. Long worked for the Peoria Journal Star, The Sun-Times, and The Associated Press before joining the Tribune in 1998.
When Kurt Hanson, Chicago-based AccuRadio founder and CEO heard about Dallas bar banning gambling that of Mariah Carey “All I Want for Christmas Is You” on his jukebox until December 1, he did something about it. Hanson launched a new channel called “One Song Radio: All I Want for Christmas Is You,” featuring nothing but the holiday classic performed by dozens of artists. They understand Dolly Parton, Michael Bublé, Lady A, Justin Bieber, Right no hunter, Idina Menzal, Her & Him, My Chemical Romance and many more. The AccuRadio platform offers 19 different Christmas channels on its app or at www.accuradio.com/christmas-music. “Our incredible variety of holiday channels and our nearly 20-year history of providing Christmas channels on the internet are some of the reasons a Google search for ‘Christmas Music’ will typically show AccuRadio as the organic search result. No. 1, ”Hanson mentioned.
Thursday’s commentary: Ted Okuda: Who is your favorite clown? For many people, it was NOT Larry Harmon, who had the nerve to take credit for creating the character of Bozo the Clown. (Credit goes to Alan W. Livingston, producer at Capitol Records. Harmon may have popularized Bozo, but he didn’t create the character.) Harmon was universally despised. No one I have spoken with has ever had a good say in him. When I inquired about Harmon, the response often started with something like, “What I’m about to say is not meant to be published, but I have to tell you.” . . “They didn’t want to tape their statements, but they hated the guy so much that they still had to voice grievances decades old.