Comments: Three stations vying for Bears radio rights; ESPN 1000 Celebrates Title IX; WBBM Newsradio adds podcast editor

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Three Chicago stations are vying for the radio rights to Chicago Bears football broadcasts, according to multiple sources. Audacy all the news WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM, The Bears’ flagship radio station since 2000, is looking to renew the franchise when his current contract expires after next season. This time around, two other bidders for the Bears are: WMVP 1000-AM, ESPN sports/talk station Good Karma Brands; and WCHI 95.5-FM, the rock music station owned by iHeartMedia. It is not yet known when a decision will be announced.

ESPN Chicago 1000

Good Karma Brands ESPN sports/talk WMVP 1000-AM launched a month-long series commemorating Title IX, the federal law that advanced women’s rights in education and athletics. Thumbnails animated by Peggy Kusinski, Sarah Spain, Dionne Miller and Courtney Cronin air daily morning, noon, afternoon, evening, weekends and select Chicago White Sox baseball shows. “Title IX had a major impact on women and the sport,” said Danny Zederman, Content Director at ESPN 1000. “It’s an honor to be able to feature some of the most influential women in sports on ESPN Chicago. We are lucky to have such dynamic voices in Peggy Kusinski, Sarah Spain, Dionne Miller and Courtney Cronin as teammates and to tell these stories.

Lizzie Baumgartner

Lizzie Baumgartner, former assistant producer in the newsroom of WBBM 780-AM / WCFS 105.9-FM, returns to news station Audacy as podcasts editor. Most recently, she worked as the audio production coordinator for Audacy’s alternative rock and country stations. A graduate of North Central College and DePaul University, Baumgartner also teaches at North Central University and Elmhurst University. She starts in her new role on Monday, according to Ron Gleason, brand manager of WBBM Newsradio, who said Baumgartner would be “a terrific resource in the newsroom”.


Sam-Alex has assembled another stellar lineup for Broadcast of the camp, its annual media masterclass for high school and college students who aspire to become journalists and broadcasters. Starting Monday at the Art Center Highland Park, sessions will feature Marc Silverman from ESPN 1000, Tiffany Goldstein of the CMT, Melissa Forman from iHeartRadio, Mike Berman of the BNC, Dave Eanet of WGN, jesse rogers from ESPN 1000, Jordan Bernfield of WGN, Anita Blanton of Fox 32, Marc Braun of Audacity and Sean “Sonic” Leckie of Audacity. (Here is the link to register.) “As a journalist and broadcaster, I’m passionate about giving budding young journalists real-world experience that they can’t necessarily get in the classroom,” Alex said. “This year, we’re bringing together 25 high school and college students with some of the biggest names in the entertainment and music industry to hone their journalism skills and prepare them for a career in media.” Alex, who was born in Park Ridge and raised in Hoffman Estates, hosts and produces a syndicated country music radio show.

Teddy Greenstein

A perfect book for Father’s Day comes from Teddy Greenstein, PointsBet editor who covered college football at the Chicago Tribune for more than two decades. With the founder of Quarterback University Donovan Dooley, Greenstein wrote: Quarterback Dads: Wild Stories From The Field + Wise Words For Parents & Players, a look at different approaches and styles of fathers with sons pursuing greatness on the grill. It features tips and insights from top players and coaches, including Archie Manning, Kurt Warner, Todd Marinovich and Warren Moon. (Here is the link to order.) A portion of proceeds from the book and merchandise will be donated to the Detroit Police Athletic League.

Ken Bode

Ken Bode, a prominent political reporter for NBC, PBS and CNN who also served as dean of Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism for three years, died June 2 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was 83 years old. Bode, who was born in Chicago and studied at the University of South Dakota and the University of North Carolina, started in television news as a political correspondent for NBC News and later hosted the roundtable of PBS “Washington Week” public affairs. As dean of Medill from 1997 to 2000, Bode has been credited with expanding the school’s broadcast news program.

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Laura J. Boyer