Ed­wards set to move up to morn­ings on Love FM

Chicago Sun-Times - - MEDIA MIX - ROBERT FEDER

On the eve of Valen­tine’s Day, Bon­neville In­ter­na­tional is re­new­ing its com­mit­ment to Love FM. In ad­di­tion to a new mil­lion-dol­lar television cam­paign for rhyth­mic oldies WILV-FM (100.3), the com­pany is rolling out a new slo­gan, a new Web site and a new morn­ing show. Chicago ra­dio leg­end Tommy Ed­wards, who’s been host­ing af­ter­noons on Love FM since Oc­to­ber, is ex­pected to move up to morn­ings. His new deal, via agent Steve Man­dell, could be an­nounced this week.

As morn­ing per­son­al­ity, Ed­wards would suc­ceed John Monds, who left last month to host af­ter­noons at KRBV-FM in Los An­ge­les.

Just be­fore join­ing Love FM, Ed­wards had been morn­ing per­son­al­ity (along with co-host Larry Lu­jack), pro­gram di­rec­tor and op­er­a­tions man­ager at Clear Chan­nel Ra­dio’s for­mer “Real Oldies” WRLL. He’s best known for his long run at ABC-owned ex­Top 40 WLS-AM (890).

Now call­ing it­self “Clas­sic Dance, Disco & Mo­town,” Love FM boasts a new Web site at www.lovefm.fm and a new pro­gram di­rec­tor in Barry James, who pre­vi­ously was vice pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager of WILV. James dou­bles as vice pres­i­dent of new me­dia.

In the latest Ar­bi­tron quar­terly sur­vey, WILV ranked 23rd with a 1.7 per­cent share and a cu­mu­la­tive weekly au­di­ence of 547,900.

Di­al­ing: Ma­sur heads West

† Af­ter eight years with Tri­bune Co.-owned news/talk WGNAM (720), sports­caster Andy Ma­sur has been hired as a ra­dio an­nouncer for the San Diego Padres. Un­der a two-year deal with the Padres and XX Sports Ra­dio, he’ll pro­vide play-by-play and color com­men­tary.

In ad­di­tion to call­ing half of an in­ning dur­ing Pat Hughes’ breaks on Cubs broad­casts, Ma­sur most re­cently hosted pre-game and post-game shows for the Cubs and was the voice of Loy­ola Univer­sity men’s bas­ket­ball.

“It says a lot about Andy’s tal­ent that call­ing a half-in­ning for the Cubs has po­si­tioned him for a prom­i­nent role with the Padres broad­cast team,” said Bob Shom­per, pro­gram di­rec­tor of WGN.

Shom­per and sports di­rec­tor Dave Eanet are ex­pected to name a re­place­ment for Ma­sur soon.

† Also on the Cubs beat, En­tan­gled in Ivy: Inside the Cubs’ Quest for Oc­to­ber, the latest book from pro­lific Chicago sports­writer and syn­di­cated ra­dio host Ge­orge Cas­tle, has just been pub­lished by Sports Pub­lish­ing LLC.

† Craig Lynch, a free-lance writer who cov­ers prep sports for the Sun-Times de­spite his blind­ness since birth, is the sub­ject of a fea­ture on this month’s edi­tion of “Net Im­pact,” Com­cast Sport­sNet’s na­tional sports mag­a­zine.

Re­porter Chuck Garfien tells Lynch’s re­mark­able story at 9:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day on Com­cast Sport­sNet.

† Jim Acosta, a CBS News correspondent and for­mer re­porter at CBS-owned WBBM-Chan­nel 2, has been hired as a gen­eral as­sign­ment correspondent for CNN, based in New York.

It’s a warts-and-all re­view of the club’s in­ner work­ings — and fail­ings — un­der for­mer team Pres­i­dent Andy MacPhail.

† Sport­ing News Ra­dio closes the doors Thurs­day on its pro­gram­ming and pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties in north sub­ur­ban North­brook. With the ex­cep­tion of Matt Spiegel and Bill Lekas, who’ll con­tinue to broad­cast their morn­ing show from an un­de­ter­mined lo­ca­tion in the Chicago area for a while, the rest of the net­work’s pro­gram­ming op­er­a­tion has re­lo­cated to Los An­ge­les.

† Tom Kief and Lisa Tyler, the morn­ing duo on Nex­tMe­dia Group north sub­ur­ban rocker WIIL-FM (95.1), will host their third an­nual Valen­tine’s Day “Long­est Lip Lock” con­test start­ing at 6 a.m. Wed­nes­day at Su­per Pawn Jew­elry & Loan in Round Lake Beach.

Grand prize to the long­est kissers is a 1.25 carat mar­quis di­a­mond ring, din­ner for two, movie passes for two, and tick­ets for two to see the Red Hot Chili Pep­pers Feb. 28 in Mil­wau­kee.

Track­ing: Re­mark­able ‘Im­pact’

Tommy Ed­wards

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