1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Random WGN thread

Discussion in 'Chicago News' started by ChiCubsFan, Nov 1, 2014.

  1. NCFLMedia

    NCFLMedia Station Group CEO

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2014
    Messages:
    2,587
    Likes Received:
    803
    I truly didn't see this coming. Joe's been there for two decades at KGW and is leaving to take a risk at a much bigger station in a much bigger market.
     
  2. ED2

    ED2 Reporter

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2007
    Messages:
    276
    Likes Received:
    58
    I thought Tom Negovan to be ambitious enough to go after the primary anchor chair. Not that being a senior reporter is a bad thing.

    Just a thought, but I'm wondering if Larry ever had a conversation with their news director to discuss the possibilities of replacing Suppelsa...
     
  3. FiveNews

    FiveNews Newsroom Intern

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2011
    Messages:
    116
    Likes Received:
    62
    Interesting and surprising for sure. I live in Southern California, but travel to PDX frequently. Joe is an icon at KGW. I always thought of him as solid. Curious to see how he fits in with the team at WGN. I know WGN looks at the long term, so I am sure he will be fine.

    Agree with the previous comments on Ben Bradley being B team material. Good for the early afternoon, but not sure I would bet the house on him. Not taking away from his talent, but I don't see that "it" factor in him just yet. Nice to see him at 9 showing his true personality though
     
  4. 24994J

    24994J Chief Meteorologist

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Messages:
    5,414
    Likes Received:
    2,226
    I'm inclined to agree about Ben, too, but I still think it's silly that he and Lourdes only carry an hour when everyone else at the station anchors for at least 2 hours, or the evening team that's on for 3 and a half.
     
  5. Spring Rubber

    Spring Rubber AM Anchor

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2006
    Messages:
    1,143
    Likes Received:
    132
    I always felt it would make sense to put Ben and Lourdes at 6pm as well. That way, you're alternating and keeping it fresh.
     
  6. TVNewsLover

    TVNewsLover AM Anchor

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2008
    Messages:
    1,302
    Likes Received:
    267
    Would make sense for Ben to to add 11-1 once Steve retires. I don’t see Dina retiring anytime soon though.

    I don’t get why they don’t split the morning show in half either, 4-7 and 7-10.

    And I will echo Ben not being A team material (or B team for that matter).
     
  7. jase

    jase AM Anchor

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2007
    Messages:
    836
    Likes Received:
    163
    I'm sure Tom is ambitious, but who really wants to be tied to the anchor desk all day? Rafer (WFLD) only anchors Friday and Saturday and unlike his predecessor, Scott, has never worked the Live Desk @ 5P and spends most of his time out in the field.

    From Tom's bio- 'When Mark’s busy, you’ll find Tom filling in on WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine and Ten alongside Micah Materre. But truth be told, he’d rather be out covering a story.' That pretty much speaks for itself.

    I'm guessing Larry was asked/considered, but probably likes the shift he has. In by 4A out by like 10-11A isn't a bad deal. Get to spend a great deal of time/one's day with the family.
     
  8. 24994J

    24994J Chief Meteorologist

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2010
    Messages:
    5,414
    Likes Received:
    2,226
    Confirmed.
     
  9. alex979

    alex979 Primary Anchor

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2014
    Messages:
    327
    Likes Received:
    99
  10. NCFLMedia

    NCFLMedia Station Group CEO

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2014
    Messages:
    2,587
    Likes Received:
    803
    I’m still baffling. I still don’t understand why he would leave 20 years of KGW for a bigger market at WGN.

    I can only think of TEGNAitis as to blame.
     
  11. ns8401

    ns8401 Station Group CEO

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2014
    Messages:
    2,457
    Likes Received:
    496
    I hope the first paragraph is sarcasm... he probably just doubled his money...
     
  12. C Block

    C Block News Director

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2010
    Messages:
    1,170
    Likes Received:
    687
    Definitely a surprise. It seemed like he was a KGW lifer. He and Laural Porter have been paired together for more than 20 years and were a really great anchor team. It's hard to imagine KGW nightside without him, though I'm sure they'll manage.

    This interview from the Oregonian sheds some more light on it. Turns out his adult children all eventually moved to Chicago and the midwest. Not everything boils down to "Tegnitis," whatever that's supposed to mean.

    http://www.oregonlive.com/tv/2018/02/portland_kgw-tv_news_anchor_jo.html
     
  13. alex979

    alex979 Primary Anchor

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2014
    Messages:
    327
    Likes Received:
    99
    It seems like there might be something in the works at WGN’s graphics department, too.
     
  14. Georgie56

    Georgie56 News Director

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2014
    Messages:
    937
    Likes Received:
    674
    Looks like a one-off to me.
     

Share This Page