Michigan Avenue hires ‘strategic thinker’ as new editor

Robservations on the media beat:

  • J.P. Anderson, former editor of the tourism monthly Where Chicago and senior editorial director of parent company Morris Visitor Publications, has been named editor-in-chief of Michigan Avenue magazine. Effective July 9, he succeeds founding editor Susanna Negovan, who left after four years to rejoin Sun-Times Media. The move reunites Anderson with Dan Uslan, president and publisher of the glossy Michigan Avenue. The two previously worked together at Where International. “J.P. is a strategic thinker, an insightful writer, and I’ve always admired his ethical approach to journalism,” Uslan said in a statement. Owned by New York-based Niche Media, Michigan Avenue is published eight times a year and boasts an audited circulation of 65,000. Anderson, a native of Ottawa, Illinois, and graduate of Harvard University, is a former editor of Citysearch.com and contributor to Playboy.com.

  • It's the end of the line for In the Line of Meier: WGN-Channel 9 had been airing Garry Meier’s commentary/feature pieces on its 5pm newscast since October 2010. Officials of the Tribune Co.-owned station said his last segment aired June 4, but declined further comment. Some people must have liked them, but I never found any of his bits funny, clever or particularly insightful. His stiff, robotic delivery didn’t help. Meier continues as afternoon personality on Trib-owned news/talk WGN-AM (720).

  • Randy Michaels, chairman and CEO of Merlin Media, was asked by Radio & Television Business Report to respond to my post Thursday in which I called Merlin’s FM News 101.1 “an abject failure” and “the worst product launch in the history of Chicago radio.” Michaels was quoted as saying: “Who? I don’t read blogs, particularly those of out of work critics.” That’s similar to what Michaels said of me — inaccurately — after a critical piece I wrote about his management of Tribune Co. in 2010: "I feel sorry for Bob. If he thinks it's wrong for the CEO of a content company to focus on content, that could help explain why he is no longer paid to be in media," he told Radio & Television Business Report. At the same time, in response to Tribune columnist Eric Zorn, Michaels called me “an out of work blogger who doesn’t like us.”

  • Matthew Storin, editor and senior vice president of the Sun-Times in the mid-1980s, has been named chief communications executive at the University of Notre Dame. A Notre Dame alum and former associate vice president for news and information, Storin most recently has been an adjunct professor there. He spent most of his career with the Boston Globe, where he held a variety of positions from White House correspondent and Asian bureau chief to managing editor and editor-in-chief.

  • My report earlier in the week on Arbitron midday ratings for May did not include audience shares for Newsweb Radio progressive talk WCPT-AM (820) and WCPT-FM (92.7) in the lineup of Chicago’s top talk stations from 9 to 11am weekdays. Among listeners between 25 and 54, WCPT had a combined 0.5 percent share for Stephanie Miller’s syndicated talk show. I have since added that to the list.



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