What’s the Score with Danny Mac? He’s ‘taking time off’

Robservations on the media beat:

  • It’ll be up to Dan McNeil to decide whether and how much to tell listeners about the “health and wellness issues” he’s dealing with. But at least for now, he’s simply out of action as midday host at CBS Radio sports/talk WSCR-AM (670). “He is taking some time off and will be back in the very near future,” said Mitch Rosen, program director of the Score. Fans recall a similar extended absence for McNeil during his previous stint at rival ESPN Radio sports/talk WMVP-AM (1000). Laurence Holmes is filling in for McNeil this week alongside co-host Matt Spiegel.

  • When Kris Gutierrez joins Susan Carlson as morning news anchor at CBS 2 next week, he’ll take over a newscast that’s tied for fourth place in the market with Fox Chicago. From 4:30 to 7am weekdays in February, both stations averaged a 0.6 rating and 3.5 share in Nielsen households. ABC 7 led with a 2.2 rating and 13.1 share, followed by WGN with a 1.4 rating and 8.4 share, and NBC 5 with 1.2 rating and 6.8 share. On another morning anchor front, no on-air start has been announced for Daniella Guzman, who is expected to join Stefan Holt on NBC 5’s morning news sometime this month.

  • Just in time for Illinois’ March 20 primary, WTTW’s Chicago Tonight has debuted an enlightening online guide to congressional candidates and races for the Illinois Supreme Court and Cook County Circuit Court Clerk. The public television station worked with the Knight News Innovation Lab at Northwestern University to create some of the unique content features. The new micro-site will include video from candidate forums and detailed information based on questionnaires and other resources.

  • As promised, fans of Those Were the Days now have another way to get a fix of the Golden Age of Radio anytime. Nostalgia Digest, the quarterly magazine published by Those Were the Days host Steve Darnall, kicked off the year by launching a monthly podcast devoted to people, performers and shows featured in magazine. The March podcast on Eve Arden follows the February installment on Nero Wolfe and January’s inaugural interview with Those Were the Days and Nostalgia Digest founder Chuck Schaden. Those Were the Days continues to air from 1 to 5pm Saturdays on the College of DuPage’s WDCB-FM (90.9) and online anytime at wdcb.org.

  • Fox Chicago Web producer Tal Kopan, who served as interim senior producer after the departure of Kirsten Miller, is leaving the station, too. She just landed a job in Washington, D.C., as Web producer for Politico Pro, a new subscription service covering the politics of energy, technology and health care, launched by politico.com.


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