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WBEZ staff seek SAG-AFTRA union representation

The staff of Chicago Public Media, the parent company of NPR affiliate WBEZ-FM, is attempting to unionize. That’s according to a report in Current, which says a majority of staff signed a petition requesting representation by SAG-AFTRA and submitted it to interim CEO Alison Scholly on September 25. Recall that CPM is looking for a […]

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Torey "South Side" Malatia, outgoing CEO of Chicago Public Media

3 weeks after Malatia resignation not much is clearer, or different at Chicago Public Media

It’s been about three weeks since former Chicago Public Media CEO Torey Malatia abruptly resigned his position, surprising both station staff and listeners. Current and the Chicago Reader’s Michael Miner have both published overviews of Malatia’s tenure as an often-controversial and innovative leader, and the aftermath of his departure. At the same time, sister station […]

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Torey "South Side" Malatia, outgoing CEO of Chicago Public Media

Malatia resignation from WBEZ highlights enduring conflict in public radio

On Friday Chicago Public Media CEO Torey Malatia, CEO announced his resignation, after two decades at WBEZ. Public radio listeners from outside Chicago may know Malatia as the man providing “management oversight” for This American Life, to whom Ira Glass always attributes an out-of-context quote from that episode during the program’s end credits. Malatia has […]

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Chicago Public Radio CEO defends Smiley & West cancellation, prescribes more civic discourse

Chicago Public Radio CEO defends Smiley & West cancellation, prescribes more civic discourse

Last week Chicago Public Media CEO Torey Malatia published an Op-Ed piece in the public media journal Current, defending his station’s decision to cancel the syndicated Smiley & West program. Malatia’s piece appeared just days after Smiley & West returned to the Chicago airwaves on commercial station WCPT. In his op-ed Malatia lays out his […]

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Chicago's WBEZ is the 4th station to drop Smiley and West

Chicago’s WBEZ is the 4th station to drop Smiley and West

Chicago’s public radio station WBEZ quietly dropped the syndicated Smiley and West program from its Sunday line-up at the end of September. This stands in contrast to the station’s decision to drop Car Talk reruns from its Saturday line-up, which management communicated in an email to donor members explaining the decision and soliciting feedback (full […]

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Intercollegiate Broadcasting System

Intercollegiate Broadcast System Chicago conference focused on professionalization

This past Saturday I attended the Intercollegiate Broadcast System’s Midwest conference in Chicago, hosted by Columbia College. This was my first IBS conference, despite having advised a Chicago-area college station for the last four years. This one-day event was billed for high schools in addition to colleges, and the attendance appeared equally split between secondary […]

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Radio Arte

Chicago’s Radio Arte to Be Sold to Chicago Public Media

Chicago’s Radio Arte (WRTE 90.5 FM) will be sold to Chicago Public Media as part of a $450,000 deal that includes both cash compensation ($300,000 purchase price, plus $50,000 in additional consideration) and $100,000 worth of underwriting announcements. The National Museum of Mexican Art, which owns the class D FM station WRTE, also stipulated that […]

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