V103’s Kelley named program director of WGCI, Kiss FM

Robservations on the media beat:

  • Kris Kelley, midday personality on urban adult-contemporary WVAZ-FM (102.7), has been promoted to program director of two other Clear Channel stations in Chicago — urban contemporary WGCI-FM (107.5) and Top 40 WKSC-FM (103.5). Kelley, who also had been assistant program director at WGCI, will relinquish her on-air duties at V103, effective immediately. In announcing the promotion Friday, Tony Coles, vice president of programming and operations for Clear Channel Chicago, cited Kelley’s understanding of “youth-targeted brands” and the 18-to-34 demo sought by both stations. “Kris has demonstrated her ability to drive ratings at ’GCI and she’s helped to recruit and develop one of the most talented urban radio teams in the country,” he said. “I’m proud to have her expertise as a part of our Kiss strategy.” At Kiss FM, Kelley succeeds Rick Vaughn, who shifted to Atlanta last August to oversee programming at Clear Channel’s WKLS-FM, WWVA-FM and WWLG-FM. Derrick Brown, who had been program director of WGCI, continues as director of urban programming for the group and program director of V103.

  • Memo to Tribune Co.-owned news/talk WGN-AM (720): Milt Rosenberg, the 87-year-old host of Extension 720, might need to be a little quicker on the dump button. During an interview last Tuesday, Rosenberg’s guest dropped an F bomb in describing attitudes in a foreign country. The incident came on the heels of a profane exchange between Rosenberg and his producers over some technical difficulties when the host apparently didn’t realize he was on the air.

  • Fox Chicago isn’t off the hook on a $28 million defamation lawsuit stemming from a news series on lazy judges in 2010. Cook County Circuit Court Judge James Ryan claims he was defamed when Fox Chicago falsely reported that he was home on a weekday afternoon instead of doing his job. It turned out they showed the wrong car parked in the driveway of the wrong house. A state appeals court this week rejected an effort by Fox Chicago to drop the matter, ruling that Ryan’s case can continue, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

  • WGN-Channel 9 made history this week when the Tribune-owned station became the first in the Chicago area to broadcast live from an Illinois trial. Kankakee County, which moved quickly to implement courtroom cameras after the Illinois Supreme Court lifted its ban on them, is the site of the ongoing murder trial of 20-year-old Demetrious Jones.

  • Publisher Sherren Leigh will be the woman of the hour Tuesday night when Today’s Chicago Woman celebrates its 30th anniversary at a fund-raising Halloween party at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 East Randolph Street. A silent auction will feature faux pumpkins decorated by such local celebs as Grant DePorter, Mellody Hobson, Candace Jordan, R.J. Melman, Corri McFadden, Roe Conn & Richard Roeper, Tim Smithe, Mario Tricoci, Rich Varnes and Leigh herself. The event will benefit 30 area charities through the nonprofit Today’s Chicago Woman Foundation. Tickets for Costumes & Cocktails are available online at tcwmag.com.


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