Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ WBBM’s Sherman Kaplan-Kris Kridel “Noon Business Hour” turns 10 ]]> Lead story image

Sherman Kaplan and Kris Kridel weren’t established business anchors and reporters when CBS Radio Chicago’s all news WBBM-AM (780) launched the “Noon Business Hour” 10 years ago, though both were already longtime WBBM on-air news anchors. But after a decade of hosting the popular midday business-focused program on WBBM, Kaplan and Kridel have grown into their roles as the show’s regular co-hosts. “I had never covered business specifically, but I started reading everything I could and asking questions,” explained Kridel. “I’m always learning new things,” said Kaplan, who first suggested a business-focused program to WBBM’s then-program director Drew Hayes more … ]]> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 00:17:37 -0600 <![CDATA[ WBBM-Channel 2 to hold contest for next traffic reporter ]]> Lead story image

LEWIS LAZARE: CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2 said Tuesday it is launching a contest to anoint one lucky Chicagoan as the new traffic reporter to work alongside the WBBM early morning news team. ]]> Tue, 10 May 2011 20:54:14 -0600 <![CDATA[ Adidas campaign teams Bulls’ Derrick Rose with soccer, music stars ]]> Lead story image

LEWIS LAZARE: Bulls guard Derrick Rose’s star will shine a little brighter Wednesday when Adidas’ massive global ad campaign breaks. Rose, an MVP candidate, is prominently featured in the 60-second commercial that will launch the Adidas global campaign from the Sid Lee agency in Montreal. ]]> Tue, 10 May 2011 20:47:35 -0600 <![CDATA[ Leo Burnett’s eye-catching print ads sell Special K ]]> Lead story image

For the longest time, Kellogg’s iconic Special K cereal has been positioned as a brand that can help those who eat it for breakfast — or whenever — control their weight. But we’ve never really felt that message was conveyed in a genuinely compelling fashion in Special K advertising. Until now. Leo Burnett/Chicago seems to have finally found a campaign and a theme line that really resonates with women even as it takes the focus off the truly arduous process of losing weight and emphasizes instead how losing can generate so much that is good for one — both physically … ]]> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 09:52:48 -0600 <![CDATA[ Allstate ads win top honors in local show ]]> Lead story image

It was a night of “Mayhem.” Not literally, mind you. Just in terms of top advertising campaigns from Chicago ad agencies. Leo Burnett’s very high-profile “Mayhem” ad campaign for Allstate won the Best of Show Award at the 2011 Chicago Addy Awards reception Thursday night at Resolution Digital Studios on the city’s west side. “Mayhem” won out over 400 other entries in the competition, which for now has replaced the Chicago Creative Club Awards as the city’s major awards show to honor excellence in the local advertising industry. “Mayhem” commercials feature actor Dean Winters personifying mayhem in a number of … ]]> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 09:52:43 -0600 <![CDATA[ Wheat Thins spreads bit of Twitter to spice up cracker ]]> Lead story image

LEWIS LAZARE: We’ve been talking a lot lately about the hip new attitude in the marketing department at packaged goods behemoth Kraft Foods. And the more we talk, more fresh examples of that new attitude keep arriving on our desk. ]]> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 00:16:25 -0600 <![CDATA[ Eddie and JoBo replacing ‘Jack’ at 104.3 FM ]]> Lead story image

It’s out with Jack and in with Eddie and JoBo. Chicago radio personalities Ed Volkman and Joe Bohannon will join WJMK (104.3), which is dropping its no-host “Playing What We Want” format. At 1:04 p.m. Monday, CBS Radio Chicago’s WJMK-FM (104.3) will switch to featuring classic hits from the 1960s, ‘70’s and ‘80s that management believes will improve the station’s ratings. ]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 06:17:07 -0600 <![CDATA[ Harry Teinowitz suspended from ESPN radio show until Friday ]]> Lead story image

LEWIS LAZARE: Sources say that Harry Teinowitz has been suspended for the rest of the week at ESPN Radio sports talk WMVP-AM (1000), where he was a co-host of the afternoon drive show from 2 to 6 p.m. called “The Afternoon Saloon.” ]]> Tue, 10 May 2011 20:28:54 -0600 <![CDATA[ Will Fox Channel 32 start early evening newscast? ]]>

Rumors swirled Wednesday about a big new project in the works in the news department at Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32. One possibile project that could finally be gaining some momentum is an early evening newscast that could compete with similar newscasts on every other major local TV news outlet. WFLD has been focused for the past 18 months on trying to improve ratings for its flagship 9 p.m. newscast, which remains solidly in last place. WFLD general manager Michael Renda said a year ago an early evening news product was a definite possiblity at the station, but at the time he … ]]> Wed, 09 Mar 2011 16:16:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ ESPN radio personality Harry Teinowitz: ‘I’m deeply sorry’ for DUI arrest ]]> Lead story image

LEWIS LAZARE: Saying he made a “horrible mistake in judgment,” sports radio host Harry Teinowitz dealt with his recent DUI charge on the afternoon drive show on ESPN’s WMVP-AM (1000). ]]> Tue, 10 May 2011 20:23:02 -0600 <![CDATA[ WLS-Channel 7 hires Rafer Weigel as weekend sports anchor ]]>

LEWIS LAZARE: It’s official. Rafer Weigel will become the new weekend sports anchor and reporter at top-rated WLS-Channel 7, effective March 21. He replaces Ryan Chiaverini who was recently named co-host of Channel 7’s new live morning show “Windy City Live.” ]]> Tue, 10 May 2011 20:23:30 -0600 <![CDATA[ Agency’s really cooking with Philadelphia Cooking Creme ad ]]> Lead story image

LEWIS LAZARE: Only last week we were talking about how packaged foods behemoth Kraft Foods is tossing out tired formulaic advertising and investing more in new initiatives that spark consumer interest and, in some instances, heated debate. ]]> Sun, 12 Jun 2011 04:46:04 -0600 <![CDATA[ The Smithe brothers and the Shannon Rovers ]]> Lead story image

The difficult economic times from which we are just now beginning to emerge were tough on the furniture business, whose fortunes are closely tied to those of a housing industry that has been hit really hard. We’re told the furniture world was especially shaken in recent days by the bankruptcy filing of a prominent regional furniture chain called Robb & Stucky, which had the misfortune to have many of its stores in areas like Florida and Arizona, where housing prices have taken a real beating. But here in Chicago it’s full steam ahead for the Walter E. Smithe furniture empire, … ]]> Tue, 10 May 2011 20:13:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Chrysler gamble wins, Groupon loses ]]>

Element 79/Chicago did some social media-based analysis of the impact of two high-profile 2011 Super Bowl commercials and reached a couple of conclusions that didn’t surprise us. The agency found that TV advertising is still a potent vehicle capable of swaying public opinion. In the case of Groupon, the social media commentary turned from hugely positive to negative after the online discount coupon company ran its controversial Super Bowl spot starring Timothy Hutton. But the Chrysler ad starring rapper Eminem and touting the return of Detroit as auto capital prompted a huge increase in positive comments about Chrysler. Element 79 … ]]> Tue, 10 May 2011 20:13:07 -0600 <![CDATA[ Johnson-Sullivan anchor duo paying off for WBBM-Channel 2 ]]> Lead story image

LEWIS LAZARE: The February Nielsen TV local news ratings released Thursday were good for WBBM-Channel 2. But the numbers were sure to cause even more hand-wringing and rethinking of things at WFLD-Channel 32. ]]> Sat, 04 Jun 2011 04:47:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Another Weigel may anchor sports at WLS ]]>

Rafer Weigel, son of the late Tim Weigel, prominent Chicago TV sports anchor and journalist, may become the new weekend sports anchor at ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7. He would replace Ryan Chiaverini, recently tapped along with Valerie Warner to co-host WLS’s new live morning talk show “Windy City Live,” slated to debut after the 25th and final season of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” ends in late May. A Channel 7 spokeswoman declined comment on a report of Weigel’s imminent hiring that first surfaced on an industry trade website WLS general manager Emily Barr also declined comment. Weigel, 41, has been … ]]> Thu, 03 Mar 2011 17:20:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Vocalo adds music, switches to more traditional radio format ]]> Lead story image

LEWIS LAZARE: After nearly four years of trying to make user-generated content a viable concept on Vocalo,org’s FM radio station at 89.5 and accompanying website, executives are shifting gears and implementing a new, more regimented approach with music and spoken-word content targeting a young adult audience. ]]> Tue, 10 May 2011 19:53:27 -0600 <![CDATA[ Kraft’s Athenos ad criticized for grandma’s ‘prostitute’ remark ]]> Lead story image

LEWIS LAZARE: Who knew a plain-talking Greek grandma could spark such a furor? Yiayia (Greek for “grandmother”) is the centerpiece of the first-ever TV ad campaign for the Athenos line of Greek foods. And she doesn’t mince words in any of three new TV spots from Droga5/New York that debuted Monday. ]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:20:22 -0600