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If you had any money on Ben getting the lead anchor spot, you'd be a little poorer. A job posting for an anchor position specifically refers to the "Evening and Late News." I guess that could also point to a weekend evening position, and Tahman has been pulling a lot of 5-7pm shifts, lately, but I doubt that's the case.

 

https://nexstar.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/nexstar/job/IL-Chicago2501-W-Bradley-Place-WGN-TV/News-Anchor_REQ-4528

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1 hour ago, 24994J said:

If you had any money on Ben getting the lead anchor spot, you'd be a little poorer. A job posting for an anchor position specifically refers to the "Evening and Late News." I guess that could also point to a weekend evening position, and Tahman has been pulling a lot of 5-7pm shifts, lately, but I doubt that's the case.

 

https://nexstar.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/nexstar/job/IL-Chicago2501-W-Bradley-Place-WGN-TV/News-Anchor_REQ-4528

Much like the Steve Sanders vacancy, I bet Nexstar is required to post all of their job openings to the general public, even if they have no intention of hiring from outside. I still think one of the two Bradleys will get the position.

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17 minutes ago, Spring Rubber said:

Much like the Steve Sanders vacancy, I bet Nexstar is required to post all of their job openings to the general public, even if they have no intention of hiring from outside.

 

That's why you have stations airing those EEO compliance notices all the time (including a year-end doc involving which channel the accepted applicant came from); it's an FCC requirement, even though most of the time nobody attending a mass general job fair will get a job with a television station. For most of them, it's community lip service to satisfy license requirements, at best.

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Last night was Joe’s last as a WGN-TV anchor. I was surprised to learn he won his first Emmy while there; he’d been in Portland I believe for two decades before.  
 

I know this will never happen, but I’d love to see Jim Williams come back from CBS and anchor 9&10 with Micah. 

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2 hours ago, 312newswannabe said:

Last night was Joe’s last as a WGN-TV anchor. I was surprised to learn he won his first Emmy while there; he’d been in Portland I believe for two decades before.  
 

I know this will never happen, but I’d love to see Jim Williams come back from CBS and anchor 9&10 with Micah. 

I didn't even realize he was on last night. I tuned into the 5pm show and saw Patrick Elwood on. Did Joe anchor the 9pm and 10pm?

 

Was it totally unannounced ahead of time that it would be his last day? I knew it would be soon, but I didn't hear anything in advance.

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1 hour ago, Spring Rubber said:

I didn't even realize he was on last night. I tuned into the 5pm show and saw Patrick Elwood on. Did Joe anchor the 9pm and 10pm?

 

Was it totally unannounced ahead of time that it would be his last day? I knew it would be soon, but I didn't hear anything in advance.

If there was an announcement, I didn’t see it, but he and Dina anchored the 9&10 last night.  

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WGN posted a retrospective of Joe's time there 6 hours ago, and it appeared on Google, but they took it down for some reason...

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I can't say I've seen it on social media, and if they didn't mention it on-air, then where's the proof? It's not that I doubt it, but how do we know?

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As I said, it appears in a Google search, but when you click it you hit a 404 error page on WGN's site... 

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This might have been it...

 

 

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They ran a promo stating that GN Sports is back to a half-hour show beginning at 10:30pm starting tonight. The temporary WGN News at 10:30 has gone the way of the Donlan.

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And interesting, those changes in the 10pm hour come as that latest newscast had what's likely its most competitive month ever, forging a tie for 2nd in the demo.

 

Meanwhile, freelancers Eric Runge and Shannon Halligan have been brought on full-time. He'll report for Morning and Midday, while she formally replaces Amy Rutledge, doing Evening traffic.

 

https://www.robertfeder.com/2020/06/29/joe-donlon-bows-hunt-new-top-anchor-wgn/

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Looks like they planned this return to 30 minutes somewhat in advance, with enough lead time to secure a sponsor. GN Sports now has a presenting sponsor in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, and they returned to the studio tonight, even more socially distanced than the normal newscast...

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