Robservations: Chris Boden cut as Blackhawks radio studio host
Observations on the media beat:
Chris Boden will not return as a studio host for Chicago Blackhawks Nexstar Media Group news / talk hockey shows WGN 720-AM. “After four years, my time with the Blackhawks ends today, informed at the end of the season that the pre / post-game host position is being eliminated due to financial losses related to COVID,” said Boden on social media Wednesday. (Here is the link.) “As this chapter concludes, this lifelong Chicagoan is looking forward to and looking forward to the next step. The veteran Chicago sports presenter and former host of Comcast SportsNet Chicago grew up in the southern suburbs of Burbank and graduated from Luther South High School and Columbia College.
Joe Biesk, a former senior content editor at Chicago Tribune who was among the last recipients of the buyout, was hired as managing editor at Shaw Local News Network based in the northwest suburb of Crystal Lake. “Joe is an experienced editor with a deep understanding of current affairs in Illinois,” Dennis Anderson, vice president of news and content development for Shaw, said in a statement. “He led the coverage of stories and in-depth investigations. It will elevate our journalism in all of our newsrooms. Prior to joining the Tribune’s government and policy team, the graduate of the University of Northern Illinois and the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Public Affairs Reporting Program was editor of the Daily Southtown , the Joliet Herald-News, the Post-Tribune and the Lake County News-Sun. For Biesk, who started out as a reporter for the Northwest Herald, it’s sort of like a homecoming. “Shaw’s footprint represents a vast expanse of Illinois, where there are great stories to tell,” he said. “I can’t wait to get to work.
A gauge of how much the Chicago Tribune has contracted since the buyout bloodbath can be seen in the size of its editorial board. Twenty-five years ago 10 people reported to the editor of the editorial page Don Wycliff. Before redemptions under publisher Kristen mcqueary there were six council members. This week, the editor of the inbound editorial page Chris Jones inherits a two-member board – Clarence page and Alex Rodriguez. By Ridder, Managing Director of the Chicago Tribune Media Group, Recount la Tribune, there are “no plans to expand the editorial board at this time.” The Sun-Times editorial board now outnumbers the Tribune, with five members reporting to the editor Tom McNamee.
Family, friends and colleagues munched on tacos, Mexican rice, beans and churros in the parking lot of WTTW-Channel 11 Wednesday as they greeted Phil Ponce on her long term as host of “Chicago Tonight”. Ponce, 71, who first joined Window to the World Communications station in 1992, ended his regular appearances on the show this week and moved on to special assignments, most notably as a guest in as a guest on “Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices,” the Saturday night talk show. Ponce posted: “Thanks to WTTW and my colleagues for a nice shipment to the land of semi-retirement!”
Poinesha Barnes, a producer for KXAS, the NBC-owned station in Dallas, has been hired as a special projects producer for ABC WLS-Channel 7, from August 9. “Poinesha has an impressive track record in producing winning newscasts and specials,” said Jennifer Graves, Vice President of News at ABC 7. “She also brings great enthusiasm, leadership and a wealth of ideas to any team effort. She will be an important addition to special projects and community reporting at ABC 7. ”Barnes, a graduate of the University of Mississippi-Oxford, is studying for a Masters in Industrial / Organizational Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
The opening concert of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Highland Park Ravinia feast will be broadcast live on Classic Window to the World Communications WFMT 98.7-FM, from 7:45 p.m. on July 9. The performance, directed by the conductor Sailor Alsop, will mark the first major post-pandemic classical music event in front of a full audience in the Chicago area, according to WFMT. “We are delighted to celebrate this happy reopening event with Ravinia, the CSO and all of our WFMT listeners,” said the General Manager Georges Preston said in a statement. “This is a defining moment for all music lovers.”
Wednesday’s commentary: Phil Ponce: Chris Jones, “A Man for All Seasons”. I wish him good luck.