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To the Darrin Jackson It’s more than opening day as he begins his 22nd season as a color analyst for Chicago White Sox baseball shows. Today is also the anniversary of the death of Ed Farmer, Jackson’s close friend and long-time partner in the radio booth. “This was the longest year in many ways,” Jackson told me. “The state of the world, the state of our nation, and we have all dealt with personal trials and difficulties. But for me there is no substitute for the loss of Ed’s friendship and love. I am sure that I am one of at least a thousand people who think that way. Ed was a person who made our world better. Not a day has passed that I don’t miss him. He was great for the White Sox and better for the community. Other than that, he was just little Eddie Farmer from Chicago. “The 70-year-old farmer died on April 1st, 2020 after a long battle with polycystic kidney disease. After a shortened 2020 season in addition to play-by-play voice Andy Masur, Jackson is working with a new partner Len Kasper at a new station – Good Karma Brands ESPN Sport / Talk WMVP 1000-AM.
Block Club Chicago, the must-have neighborhood news site that runs on all cylinders, launches a weekly podcast about Chicago people helping each other do great things and making the city better. Jon Hansen will serve as executive producer and host of It’s All Well: A Block Club Chicago Podcast, which is due to premiere on April 22nd. The move brings Hansen back together with Block Club journalists who worked with him at the former DNAinfo Chicago. Block Club is also looking for a part-time producer for its podcast team. (Here’s the link.) Hansen continues to host “The Jam” at Weigel Broadcasting and host at Nexstar Media Group News / Talk WGN 720-AM.
AccuRadio, the Chicago-based online music streaming service, took a leap on Wednesday, April Fool’s Day, when it announced it was moving away from Internet delivery and switching to AM radio. “Freed from the conventions of online radio, which include a typical spot load of only about four minutes of advertising per hour in its new competitive environment, AccuRadio in the AM band will be able to put up a competitive product even if up to 22 minutes of advertising are played per hour, ”says the company’s press release. AccuRadio Founder and CEO added Kurt Hanson: “Thanks to Rush Limbaughs Gone are the days, many AM stations have become available at affordable prices. While some of us will miss Rush’s insights, AccuRadio’s diverse music offerings may also contribute to the common good. “
Former Chicago TV news manager Tom Kuelbs died in Cincinnati on Monday. He was 79 years old. The Chicago native and a graduate of Calumet High School and the University of Denver worked as a producer on WBBM-Channel 2 owned by CBS before moving to WLS-Channel 7 owned by ABC as assistant news director. He was promoted to News Director in 1980 and spent four years there before moving to KHOU, the CBS subsidiary in Houston, and later to WLWT, the NBC subsidiary in Cincinnati. At WLWT, the start was attributed to Kuelbs Jerry Springer Career as a newscaster who also provided nightly commentary – a role pioneered Walter Jacobson at CBS 2 here. “I thought it could work for Jerry because it works for Walter,” Kuelbs told the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1992.
Wednesday’s comment of the day: Gary Lee: Who cares about Audacy? How about the 100 million podcast listeners – and the growth? That’s just part of the audio boom that startups like Clubhouse are part of. Renaming aside, Entercom and other traditional radio groups have recognized the need to compete aggressively in the digital audio space. Your survival depends on it. Do you remember when Clear Channel was renamed iHeart Media? Same idea.