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WLS Names David Lee VP Of Creative Services

David Lee

WLS, the ABC O&O in Chicago, has named David Lee vice president of audience development and creative services effective March 26.

John Idler

“David has been a creative force in the ABC station group and it’s exciting to have someone with his diverse experience and vision join WLS,” said John Idler, WLS’ general manager.

“David’s creative instincts combined with his expertise mining the digital space make him the ideal person to lead our station’s talented Creative Services Department.”

Lee comes to WLS from KTRK, the ABC O&O in Houston, where he held the same title.

Prior to joining KTRK, Lee worked as the creative services director at KFSN, the ABC-owned affiliate in Fresno, Calif., and at KXLY, the ABC affiliate in Spokane, Wash.

Lee was born and raised in Great Falls, Mont., and graduated from Montana State University with a degree in film and television production.

After college and a brief stint working in Hollywood, Lee began his TV career in Great Falls producing commercials, promotions and directing newscasts.

He also worked at WMAZ in Macon, Ga., and for 10 years at KMSP in Minneapolis.

Lee has been a part of many Emmy-award winning productions, and is a graduate of NAB’s 2012 Broadcast Leadership Training Program.

He currently serves on ABC’s affiliate marketing advisory board.

After 42 Years At WLS, Jerry Taft Hangs Up His Weather Hat

Jerry Taft

When Jerry Taft wakes up next Monday morning, I wouldn’t be surprised if he jumps in his car and drives to the WLS studios in Chicago.

After all, he’s been doing that for the past 42 years and old habits are sometimes hard to break.

Taft is retiring as the ABC O&O’s chief meteorologist. Today is his last day.

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WCIU’s New Year’s Eve Special Is Chicago Funny

WCIU, known as The U, an independent station in Chicago owned by Weigel Broadcasting, kicks off New Year’s Eve with Pat McGann’s Pre-Taped New Year’s Special on Sunday night, Dec. 31, at 9.

Local comedian Pat McGann hosts the one-hour comedy special that features a slate of Chicago comedians and was taped in front of a studio audience.

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WGN Collects 37,000 Toys For Charity

The WGN Morning News Drive-Thru Toy Drive celebrated its 15th year, the first year benefiting SocialWorks Chicago, a youth empowerment charity.

WGN is Tribune’s Chicago independent.

This five-hour event featured Santa, holiday fun and an appearance by Chance the Rapper. Viewers and companies drove through to drop off a record 37,000 toys for needy kids.

All toys will be donated to Chance The Rapper’s nonprofit SocialWorks, a 501c3 charity, and will be dispersed to Chicagoland children and families in need.

SocialWorks aims to empower youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement while fostering leadership, accessibility, and positivity within the youth throughout Chicago.

As you can see below, Chance the Rapper is also pretty good at weather forecasting.

Chance the Rapper tries his hand as a WGN weatherman

HE'S HIRED! Chance The Rapper tries his hand as a WGN weatherman — and he's preeeeetty good.

Posted by WGN Morning News on Friday, December 8, 2017

Check Out WGN’s 11 Emmy Award Winning Examples

WGN, Chicago’s independent station owned by Tribune, earned 11 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards last week.

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Viewers Drive-Thru WGN’s Studio

The WGN Morning News crew is expecting a traffic jam today at its studio location on Bradley Ave. in Chicago. At least their hoping for one because it’s all for a good cause.

This morning from 5 until 10, WGN Morning News is inviting viewers to stop by to donate canned goods and other packaged foods.

It’s the fourth annual WGN Morning News Drive-Thru Food Drive with all donated food going to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

WGN is an independent station in Chicago owned by Tribune.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community.

The Food Depository, founded in 1979, makes a daily impact across Cook County with a network of 700 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children’s programs, older adult programs and innovative responses that address the root causes of hunger.

Last year, the Food Depository distributed more than 71 million pounds of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 164,000 meals every day.

WLS Names Teresa Rix New Sales Manager

Teresa Rix

WLS, the ABC O&O in Chicago, has chosen Teresa Rix to be vice president and general sales manager effective Monday, Nov. 6.

Since 2014, Rix has been VP of group sales and marketing for Tribune Media.

In that role, she was responsible for the management and leadership of all new business sales across Tribune Media’s 42 owned and operated television stations and digital properties.

“Teresa Rix is a respected and uniquely talented executive,” said John Idler, WLS’s general manager.

“Her leadership and vision, combined with extensive national and local sales experience will bring tremendous value to the station and our advertising partners”.

WMAQ Special Highlights Neighborhood Progress

WMAQ, the NBC-owned affiliate in Chicago, will air Making A Difference, a half-hour special, Saturday night at 6.

The special will focus on The Good in our Neighborhoods, profiling community leaders and organizations that help to strengthen Chicago neighborhoods.

“Making a Difference: The Good in our Neighborhoods” (Saturday promo) from NBC Chicago Making a Difference on Vimeo.

WMAQ’s Making A Difference initiative includes its on-air locally produced specials that highlight inspirational local stories of people who are making the Chicago area an even better place to live.

Since its inception in 2013, the station has aired more than 1,000 Making A Difference stories on-air and across all platforms.

Chicago’s ‘The Jam’ Gets Aggressive Promo Push

Launched in July, The Jam, positioning itself as “fresh morning TV, Chicago style”, is rolling out an aggressive media push that incorporates a mix of digital and traditional media assets.

The Jam airs on WCIU, The U, an independent TV station in Chicago owned by Weigel Broadcasting.

“From the placement to the timing to the messaging, we’re being extremely targeted in our delivery of the marketing rollout. I’m not going to reveal the entire playbook right now, but we’re hoping for a touchdown,” said Steve Bailey, WCIU’s programming and creative head.

The Jam ads can be seen citywide in areas most likely to be trafficked by the station’s target demographic.

This includes digital billboards and urban panel ads along transit routes, mobile, in-stream ad placements, radio buys, and static bus shelter creative.

The group is also leaning heavily on the power of grassroots public relations tactics, as well as increasing the visibility of The Jam’s hosts with in-person appearances at charitable functions, local high school football games and other key community events.

The Jam airs weekdays from 6-8 AM on The U and is hosted by trio Jordan Cornette, Felicia Lawrence and Danielle Robay.

‘Windy City Live’ Starts 7th Season On WLS

WLS’s Windy City Live, the only locally produced talk and entertainment show of its kind in Chicago, according to the station, announced the winner of its Chicago Idol contest on Friday, Sept. 8.

The winner, Justin Ray, will get to audition in front of American Idol executive producers for a shot at the big time.

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