News Bites for December 2...
...Nexstar talk WGN Chicago (720) will offer “The Sinatra Hours” on Sundays 6:30-9am, beginning Dec. 8. The locally-produced program, a nod to the long-running syndicated “Sunday with Sinatra” program hosted by Sid Mark which originates at Entercom talk WPHT Philadelphia (1210), will be hosted by David Plier. To make room for the new music program, WGN will move “Steve Dale’s Pet World” to 5:30am and “The Sunday Spin: Politics with Rick Pearson” to 5pm, according to Chicago media reporter Robert Feder.
...The Westwood One-syndicated “The Bert Show” collected 130,000 letters for American troops as part of its annual “Big Thank You” campaign. Host Bert Weiss, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he was “a little deflated” that the goal of 170,000 letters was not reached. “We’re in more cities than we’ve ever been in,” Weiss said. “Maybe we’ve done it so often, we have to re-engage the listeners some way next year.”
...Radio no doubt played a large part in Mariah Carey receiving a notation in the Guinness World Records 2020 book. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is the highest-charting holiday song on the Billboard U.S. Hot 100 by a solo artist, the accomplishment forever memorialized by Guinness. The annual flurry of radio stations playing all-Christmas music certainly had a part in the song reaching its lofty perch. As Inside Radio reported in November, the song’s annual return to the Billboard Hot 100 was earlier than usual this year, due to stations playing Christmas songs as early as Oct. 25. The song entered at No. 39 on the Hot 100 chart dated Nov. 23.