CBS 2 welcomes reporter back home to Chicago

Robservations on the media beat:

  • At the end of her report on WBBM-Channel 2’s 10pm newscast Sunday, Courtney Gousman was introduced to viewers as “the newest member of the CBS 2 news team.” On Monday the station confirmed that she’d started last week as a per diem reporter. The daughter of a Chicago policeman and graduate of Chicago’s Whitney Young High School and Hampton University in Virginia, Gousman most recently was a news anchor and reporter at KSDK-TV in St. Louis. She previously worked at WEHT-TV in Evansville, Indiana, and KRGC-TV in Jefferson City, Missouri.  She also served as an intern at Tribune Co.-owned CLTV in 2003. “Other people’s stories fascinate me,” Gousman wrote in an online profile.

  • Marcia Froelke Coburn, one of the city’s best-known and most prolific magazine writers, is joining Time Out Chicago as a contributing writer. Coburn resigned Monday after more than 24 years as an award-winning senior editor and writer at Chicago magazine.  She follows former Chicago magazine sports columnist Jonathan Eig, who joined Time Out as a contributing writer in April. “We’re pleased to add Marcia Coburn and Jonathan Eig to our masthead,” said Time Out editor-in-chief Frank Sennett. Coburn’s first story for Time Out will appear in the August 9 issue. (Disclosure: I work for Time Out Chicago.)

  • Five of Chicago’s top news executives will appear together July 11 on a luncheon panel hosted by the Publicity Club of Chicago. Addressing the future of local television news will be Greg Caputo of WGN, Jennifer Graves of ABC 7, Jeff Kiernan of CBS 2, Phyllis Schwartz of Fox Chicago, and Frank Whittaker of NBC 5. Moderating the event at Maggiano’s Restaurant, 516 North Clark Street, will be Bill Moller, weekend host at news/talk WGN-AM (720). For information, see

  • Brad Flora, the Internet entrepreneur who founded after he graduated from Medill in May 2008, is pulling the plug on his content-sharing website, as of this week. “There are many reasons for doing this, but the main one is that for sometime now it has cost more to keep up than it’s been generating revenue-wise,” Flora announced on the site Monday. “Frankly, the Internet is a lot different today than it was just over four years ago when I started Windy Citizen as a place to find and share local news.”

  • Should WTTW-Channel 11 accept paid political commercials? That’s the subject of a public hearing Tuesday night hosted by the community advisory board of the Window to the World Communications station and chaired by attorney Joseph A. Morris. Although the FCC long has prohibited public television stations from airing partisan political advertising, a recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling opens the door to selling and broadcasting the ads if stations choose to do so.

  • Darren Davis, who once headed programming and operations for Clear Channel’s seven-station cluster here, continues to rise up the corporate ladder. On Monday, he was promoted from senior vice president and general manager of national programming platforms to executive vice president. “Over the past few years, Darren has been instrumental in transforming everything from our systems of communication to the way we maximize our best programming assets,” Tom Poleman, president of national programming platforms, said in a statement. “His efforts continue to give Clear Channel the competitive advantage and resources to be even more relevant and effective in the evolving market place, offering our listeners, partners and advertisers, products and content that nobody else can.”

  • The Batter’s Box, a Chicago baseball trivia game show pitting eight Cubs trivia experts against eight White Sox trivia experts over 15 weeks, will debut July 1 on Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Hosted by Luke Stuckmeyer, each half-hour episode will feature a chance for viewers to win prizes. Calling it “the first show of its kind in Chicago to pit passionate and knowledgeable White Sox and Cubs fans against each other in a fun, competitive baseball trivia game show,” Greg Bowman, vice president of programming, said in a statement: “This is truly a unique, local, original programming venture for us that definitely caters to both old and new Chicago baseball fans. Viewers at home will also enjoy playing along to see how much they know about these two historic baseball franchises.”

  • Chicago will be the site of the first National Sports Radio Hall of Fame Awards Show October 6 at the Chicago Theatre. The event, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the first 24-hour sports/talk station (on WFAN-AM in New York), will salute local and national sports radio personalities. It’s being produced independently by former sports radio execs Bob and Michele Snyder in memory of their daughter Jenny, who died of sudden cardiac arrest while playing soccer at age 17 in 2008. Proceeds from the show will benefit the nonprofit Parent Heart Watch. For information, see

  • Green Screen Adventures, the children’s literacy series produced by Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting, won a National Daytime Emmy Award in Los Angeles Sunday. The show was cited for outstanding achievement in makeup.

  • A programming note: I’ll be off the grid for a few days. See you back here next week.



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