WBEZ bosses’ lips are sealed on ‘This American Whore’

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  • No one at Chicago Public Media wants to talk about the battle they're waging with This American Whore, a San Francisco-based podcast about the lives of sex workers. "Since this is now a legal matter, [we're] not making any media statements," a spokesman told me. Lawyers for the parent company of WBEZ-FM (91.5) have told host and producer Siouxsie Q that her show’s title infringes on the trademark of This American Life, the award-winning Public Radio International series produced by Chicago Public Media and hosted by Ira Glass. But Siouxsie Q isn't taking matters lying down, telling SF Weekly blogger Chris Hall: "We've definitely gotten the resounding response that This American Whore is worth fighting for." In an email exchange with Poynter, Glass said he finds This American Whore "charming," and insists it's not being singled out because of its content. "The way trademark law works is that we or any business with a trademarked name has to protect that name," Glass wrote. "If you don’t take action when you hear about people knocking off your name, and get them to stop, you can lose your trademark rights."



  • After several months of beta testing, the Sun-Times has officially launched The Evening Rush, a weekday afternoon digest of the “must-read news stories of the day from around the Web,” compiled by digital editor Marcus Gilmer. It’s accessible online and through email subscription. “With The Evening Rush, we're aiming for commuters as they head home from work, waiting for their train, crammed on to their bus,” Gilmer told me. “It's a responsive design and it's also available on our blog so whether you're still at work on your computer or on the train on your iPhone, you can still view the newsletter and the stories. I hope to hit the balance between informative and irreverent, point the readers to stories that caught our eye but do it with a tone that also appeals to a broad, modern readership."



  • A new series of live videocasts begins Monday on chicagotribune.com. Directed by Jim Wiser, Chicago Tribune exec producer of video programming, they'll include "talk-show format" chats with music critic Greg Kot and business columnist Phil Rosenthal on the Grammy Awards at 10am; editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis at 11am; and columnist Eric Zorn and editorial board member Kristin McQueary at noon. Says Zorn: "I'm hoping for constructive feedback on this segment from the Change of Subject commentariat, as long as it doesn't involve me getting plastic surgery.”



  • Another one bites the dust: EveryBlock.com, the Chicago-based hyperlocal community news and social media website, shut down last week with no warning to staffers or users. NBC News, which acquired the site via MSNBC in 2009, cited "increasing challenges to building a profitable business." Chicagoan Adrian Holovaty launched the initiative in 2007 with a $1.1 million grant from the Knight Foundation. “EveryBlock was among the more innovative and ambitious journalism projects at a time when journalism desperately needed innovation and ambition,” Holovaty wrote in his blog.



  • Check out this video promo for In the Loop, the new half-hour weekly public affairs show premiering Thursday on City Colleges of Chicago’s WYCC-Channel 20. As tipped here last week, former ABC News correspondents Chris Bury and Barbara Pinto will serve as rotating hosts of the show, airing at 7pm Thursdays. “We want to offer our audience a trusted, engaging source for enlightened discussion of the issues of the day,” station manager Paul Buckner said in a statement. “We’re very excited that In the Loop will provide this platform, as well as a launching-off point for thought-provoking analysis.



  • Anyone else catch the new warm and fuzzy television commercial for news/talk WGN-AM (720)? After evoking ancient memories of Spike O'Dell, Bob Collins and Wally Phillips, it flashes the Tribune Broadcasting station's current lineup of Jonathon Brandmeier, Mike McConnell, Carol Roth, Garry Meier, Andrea Darlas, David Kaplan and Brian Noonan. Not included in the spot is late-night host Turi Ryder. Make of that what you will. Meanwhile, WGN is asking listeners to participate in a Jacobs Media online survey about media technology. Make of that what you will, too.



  • Friends of the Blues, a weekly blues music show produced by Kankakee Community College’s WKCC-FM (91.1), has been picked up for national distribution by the African-American Public Radio Consortium. Starting in mid-March, stations will be offered a two-hour syndicated version of the program, which airs from 8pm to midnight Saturdays on WKCC.



  • Olivia Clarke, who stepped down as editor of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer magazine after seven years with Law Bulletin Publishing Co., has joined Greentarget, a strategic communications consultancy. She’ll be working on public relations and communication initiatives, including many involving the Chicago legal community. “It’s a path I’m very excited about,” she said.



  • It's over and out for Pat Kelley after nine months as director of sales for Merlin Media's three stations in Chicago — classic rock WLUP-FM (97.9), adult hits WIQI-FM (101.1) and alternative rock WKQX-LP (87.7). He previously was senior vice president and general manager of Venture Technologies Group's smooth jazz WLFM-LP. “We are incredibly fortunate to have someone of Pat’s caliber on our team," Merlin Media CEO Randy Michaels said last June. "His addition to our sales organization underlines our ongoing efforts to increase our Chicago performance.”



  • Alexis Del Cid, morning news anchor at KCTV-TV in Kansas City and daughter of veteran WLS-AM (890) newsman Jim Johnson, had emergency root canal surgery at 8am Thursday and was back to anchor her noon newscast the same day “without any obvious side effects,” according to a Kansas City blogger, who called her “spunky.”



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