1/13/2006

Finally, making Feder's Column



ROBERT FEDER, Chicago Sun-Times Columnist
Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Friends rally around 'Chicago Ed' in need

Friends and colleagues in the broadcasting industry are rallying to the aid of Eddie Schwartz, the ailing former king of late-night radio in Chicago.

"Chicago Ed," as he was affectionately known to hundreds of thousands of listeners over his three decades on the air here, has been shuttling between a hospital and a nursing care center since September, when he was diagnosed with renal failure. His kidney dialysis treatments and related care have left him virtually broke.

Since his plight was first reported here in November, Schwartz, 59, has received more than $7,000 in donations along with hundreds of cards and letters wishing him well.
Now a committee of friends has established a trust fund to help out in a more organized way.
Donations may be sent to: Eddie Schwartz Fund, c/o The Private Bank and Trust Co., 10 N. Dearborn, Chicago 60602.

Among those spearheading the effort are radio veterans Dave Baum and Clark Weber, who worked with Schwartz at news/talk WIND-AM (560).

Baum and Weber report that they've been hearing from "a rainbow of listeners -- old friends and pals he's worked with in the business. It's certainly boosting Ed's morale."

Plans also are in the works for a celebrity radiothon or other event to assist Schwartz.

Silver Circle expands Six Chicago television veterans have been chosen for induction this year in the prestigious Silver Circle of the Chicago/ Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The awards, to be presented May 5 at the Drake Hotel, honor individuals who have devoted 25 years or more to the television industry and who have made a significant contribution to Chicago broadcasting.

This year's honorees are:

*Charles Boyle, a cameraman and editor at WMAQ-Channel 5 and NBC News in Chicago from 1963 until his retirement in 1998.

*Gloria Brown, who rose from script typist to newsroom business manager and producer of public affairs and special events at WGN-Channel 9.

*Don Ephraim, lawyer, accountant and one of Chicago's top media talent agents, as well as a leading supporter of the TV academy for more than three decades.

*Theresa Gutierrez, pioneering Hispanic reporter and public-affairs program host at WLS-Channel 7.

*Peter Karl, independent producer, host of Chicago Municipal Television's "CrimeWatch" and former investigative reporter at Channel 5 and Channel 7.

*Roger Lee Miller, a producer and director at Channel 5 and NBC in Chicago from 1964 until his retirement in 1995.

Tracking: Pickett line

*Sun-Times columnist and blogger Debra Pickett is expected to sign on as a regular contributor to WTTW-Channel 11's "Chicago Tonight." The plan is for Pickett to deliver commentaries once or twice a week on the public television station's flagship news program.

As part of the ongoing revamping of "Chicago Tonight," fellow Sun-Times columnist Carol Marin debuted last week as a contributing anchor.
Next up: Paging John Callaway?

*Mark your calendar: Diann Burns, star news anchor at WBBM-Channel 2, will address the annual meeting of the Association for Women Journalists/Chicago at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at the CBS-owned station's studios, 630 N. McClurg.
Her topic: "Shining a Light in Dark Places: Putting Substance Above Ratings in TV News."
(Oh, so that explains why Channel 2 is still in third place.)

*Corey McPherrin and Tom Waddle will host "Charge to the Championship," a live prime-time special on the Bears' divisional playoff run, from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday on Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32.

*Carlos Correa, a Columbia College graduate who began as a field producer/production assistant at Channel 5, has been hired as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KOLR-TV and KSFX-TV in Springfield, Mo. He most recently was a reporter for KTVO-TV in the Kirksville, Mo./Ottumwa, Iowa, market.

*Jim Lounsbury, a trailblazing rock 'n' roll disc jockey in the 1950s and '60s who hosted the popular dance shows "Bandstand Matinee" on Channel 9 and "Record Hop" on Channel 7, died Sunday of congestive heart failure in Tucson, Ariz. He was 82.

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