Observations: Five Weigel networks gain in live streaming; Pat Tomasulo makes his stand-up special debut; The stars of the Sun-Times in the Apple TV+ series
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All five based in Chicago Weigel Broadcasting digital broadcast networks — including MeTV and the brand new History television – are available for live streaming for the first time. Thanks to a transport agreement announced this week, the Online TV The streaming service is adding Weigel’s MeTV, Story Television, H&I (Heroes & Icons), Decades and Start TV to its lineup. “We welcome Frndly TV subscribers to the family world of MeTV and our full suite of entertaining and engaging networks,” said Neal Sabin, vice president of Weigel Broadcasting. “The warmth of ‘Andy Griffith’, the thrill of the five ‘Star Trek’ original series, new and classic crime and forensic drama are just some of what our networks bring to Frndly, and we’re thrilled to be with this well-positioned service.Launched in 2019 by former Dish Network execs, Denver-based Frndly bills itself as “America’s most affordable live TV streaming service,” offering cord-cutters more of 35 channels for $6.99 per month.
Good news for fans of Pat Tomasulo, morning sports presenter at Nexstar Media WGN-Channel 9. He just went out “What a time to live,” his first stand-up special on YouTube. (Here is the link.) Tomasulo calls the one-hour special, recorded some time ago at Zanies Comedy Club, his “best work by far.” I am okay. It’s a polished and impressive performance that showcases Tomasulo’s curmudgeonly talent to the max. (A little makes him imagine donald trump as a local television weather forecaster. I wouldn’t give Nexstar a clue.) Many still miss Tomasulo’s late-night comedy show “Man of the People,” which aired for 18 months before WGN canceled it in 2019.
the Chicago Sun-Times stars in “Shining Girls” a neighbor AppleTV+ series featuring Elizabeth Moss as an archivist for the newspaper who learns that a recent murder mirrors his own assault six years earlier. Billed as a “metaphysical thriller”, it’s based on a 2013 novel by Laurent Beukes. (Here is the link to the trailer.) Moss, who starred in “Mad Men” and “A Handmaid’s Tale,” is also an executive producer on the series, which was filmed last year in Chicago. The first of three episodes premieres April 29. Another time travel series that featured the Sun-Times prominently was “Early Edition,” which aired on CBS from 1996 to 2000. (Hats off to the Sun-Times Entertainment Editor Darel Jevens.)
Highly recommended reading: by Eric Zorn massive withdrawal of elders Chicago Grandstand coworker John Cass is a masterpiece that could only have been written by an insider. With unbiased precision, Zorn explains what really happened between Kass and his former Tribune colleagues before the two columnists left during the exodus from Alden in 2021. In a definitive account on Zorn Picayune Sentinel weekly newsletter, titled “Set the record straight on John Kass, George Soros and the Chicago Tribune Guild,Zorn also points out how Kass continues to misrepresent the facts surrounding the Tribune’s July 2020 move of his column from Page 2 — all designed to paint Kass as a victim of the ‘woke mob.’
Buzz Kilman, Chicago radio journalist and longtime bluesman, pulls out the harmonica on Friday to play “The Star Spangled Banner” to open an evening of professional boxing under The Parkway Bank Sports Complex Dome in Rosemount. It’s Kilman’s first post-pandemic performance – but not the first time he’s played the national anthem before an event produced by a boxing promoter Bobby Hitz, her longtime boyfriend. It happened about 20 years ago, Kilman recalled, adding, “I think it went well, but the crowd was so loud I didn’t hear a thing!”
Nereida Moreno, a producer on “Reset”, the midday newscast on WBEZ 91.5-FM, moved on to a new role as an education reporter for the Chicago Public Media station. She will focus on children in Chicago’s public schools and private and parochial schools as well as youth culture. Before joining WBEZ as a producer on “The Morning Shift” in 2018, Moreno reported on immigration and Latino communities for the Chicago Tribune.
Pete Rosengren, the old daily herald director of sales and digital strategy who drowned after rescuing children from a dangerous rip current in Florida last year, has been named posthumously Carnegie Hero Medal winner this week. The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission honors civilians who risk their lives to save others. “This award comes as no surprise to those of us who have known Pete and worked with him for many years,” Peter Scott, president and chief operating officer of the Daily Herald Media Group, Recount journalist Jake Griffin. “Whether at work or at home, Pete was the kind of person you could count on to do the right thing.”
Wednesday’s comment of the day: Ted Okuda: Good to know Ed [Curran] will come back. Best predictions ever!