Edwards set to move up to mornings on Love FM
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’