Confessions: Pat McGann returns as Emmy host; phone threat clears out WTTW; Bill Zwecker auctions memorabilia

Pat McGann

Confessions of the media beat:

Chicago comedian Pat McGann has been used to attend the 63rd annual Emmy Awards ceremony, sponsored by the Chicago / Midwest Department of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The virtual event will be live-streamed on December 5, starting at 19.00. It’s a recurring commitment for McGann, who hosted the event for brilliant reviews in 2016 and 2020. “I’m excited to host the Emmy Awards again,” the South South Side native said. “And just as happy to still say to people ‘not the Emmys… Chicago / Midwest Emmys. ‘ I used that line back in 2016, and even now, in 2021, it’s still true. We do not want to rent a giant tent with chandeliers, as Emmys did in prime time. The chapter does not have that kind of money. . . apparently they hired me. “


Just 30 minutes before “Chicago Tonight” aired on Wednesday, WTTW-Channel 11 became the scene of a news story that unfolded in its own studios. A threat posed by an unidentified person prompted Chicago police to surround Window to the World Communications, 5400 North St. Louis Avenue, home of public television WTTW and classical music radio WFMT 98.7-FM. Without explanation, employees were at both stations ordered to leave the building simultaneously. A company representative confirmed: “WTTW received a telephone threat on October 27. Police were notified and so far there has been no incident.” Area investigators are investigating, according to police.

Bill Purpose

Bill Zwecker, the longtime celebrity columnist and entertainment reporter, puts his show biz memorabilia on the block. Leslie Hindmans Hindman Auctions handles the sale of hundreds of books, photographs, letters, works of art, film press sets and other promotional items that Zwecker has amassed over a star-studded career that spanned 26 years at Sun-Times. Among the items on offer is a framed, signed copy of Michael Jordans memories, For the love of the game, presented to Zwecker on his 50th birthday, and personal notes from Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities. The online auction, “Seeing Stars: Property from the Collection of Bill Zwecker,” takes place on November 19 from 10 (here is the link).

Three radio specialties airing this weekend in celebration of Halloween:

  • Steve Darnalls “Those Were the Days” will present its annual Halloween show, including “Suspense: The Devil’s Saint”, “The Shadow: Murder from the Grave”, “Herman’s Cage: The Vampire’s Desire” and episodes of “Boston Blackie”, ” Our Miss Brooks “and” Mystery in the Air. ” The old radio show is broadcast on Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm at College of DuPage’s WDCB 90.9-FM.
  • Dave Pliers The special “Terror on the Air”, which will be broadcast on Saturday from 22:30 to 01:00 on Nexstar Media news / talk WGN 720-AM, will include an interview with Butch Patrick of “The Munsters” and a recurring conversation between the late WGN Radio legend Eddie Schwartz and the late Chicago ghost hunter Richard Crowe. Plier will also broadcast two radio classics – “Suspense: The House in Cypress Canyon” and “Suspense: On a Country Road.”
  • Carl Amari, host of the nationally syndicated “Hollywood 360,” returns to WGN Radio with its live “Halloween Radio Theater” Sunday from 6 p.m. 17 to 21. He will present “Mystery in the Air” with Peter Lorre, “Mystery House” with Bela Lugosi and John Carradine, and episodes of “The Whistler”, “Lights Out!”, “Inner Sanctum Mysteries” and “The Sealed Book”.

Virginia Matos

Virginia Matos, who first came to WLS-Channel 7 as an intern in 2000, has been promoted to executive producer of the ABC-owned station’s news broadcasts at. 11.00 and kl. 17.00 She was most recently a producer on the newscast at 16.30. “It is gratifying that a person who started here as an intern, worked hard and rose through the ranks, is now leading in such an important role for our editorial staff,” he said. Jennifer Graves, Vice President of News at ABC 7. “Her energy and great understanding of Chicago will continue to be wonderful assets for us.” Matos was born and raised on Chicago’s Northwest Side and graduated from Columbia College and worked for two years as a producer at WTVO, the ABC company in Rockford.

Scott Jacobs

Scott Jacobs, a former Sun-Times reporter who went on to become an influential video journalist, award-winning documentary producer and prolific blogger and author (under the pen name Stump Connolly), died of heart failure on 21 October. He was 71. He was a co-founder of the Chicago-based Center for New Television and editor of the website The Week Behind. “Scott had indelible effects on so many in his professional and personal life,” recalled his longtime friend and mentor, Tom Weinberg, in a tribute to the Media Burn Independent Video Archive. (Here is the link.) “He was persistent, imaginative, yet remarkably adept at technical and logistical details. ‘Jake’ never stopped having strong opinions or telling all his ideas about the way to do things. Many were spot-on. . . . He was nowhere near finished. It was shocking and far too early. ” Jacobs, a native of Milwaukee and a graduate of Harvard University, began as a reporter for the Milwaukee Sentinel before joining the Sun-Times in 1972.

Wednesday’s comment: Kar Uchima: When “Please check!” got on the air first I enjoyed the fact that ordinary, ordinary people came and raved about their restaurant hangouts. As the popularity of the show increased, I noticed that the selected people seemed to have expensive tastes. The restaurants mentioned were places most people would not go to unless it was a special occasion. I thought the select people were starting to turn into theatrical types – entertaining but not down-to-earth workers enjoying a meal from home while working long hours.

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