Remarks: CHGO Sports is dropping Olin Kreutz; Marquee to broadcast Chicago Sky; Rob Stafford Returns to NBC’s True Crime Series 5

Olin Kreutz (Photo: NBC Sports Chicago)

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CHGO Sports

Two months after being on hand for the launch of CHGO Sports, former Chicago Bears offensive lineman Olin Kreutz was dropped as a contributor to the digital media startup. According to the company, Kreutz physically assaulted an unidentified employee on Monday morning. “As of today, Olin Kreutz is no longer with CHGO,” the company said. tweeted. “While we were shocked by the incident, we are grateful that the employee is doing well. The health and safety of our employees is of the utmost importance and we will not tolerate any action that would put this at risk.” None further information was provided by the company. Kreutz later tweeted a picture of mike tyson with the following quote: “Social media has made you too comfortable disrespecting people and not getting punched in the face for it.” Kreutz, who played for the Bears from 1998 to 2010 and was a six-time Pro Bowler, continues to contribute to Audacy sports/talk WSCR 670-AM and NBC Sports Chicago.

chicago sky

Marquee Sports Network, the regional sports partnership of the Chicago Cubs and Sinclair Broadcast Group, announced a multi-year agreement to broadcast live up to 16 Chicago Sky WNBA Champion women’s professional basketball games. Starting with Friday’s season opener against the Los Angeles Sparks, the Sky broadcast team will include Lisa Byton and Jason Ross Jr. on play-by-play and Stephane Bardo and Meghan McKeown as analysts. When Sky games conflict with Cubs games, Sky games will be broadcast by Weigel Broadcasting WCIU-Channel 26 as well as Marquee Plus. “This partnership with Marquee elevates the Chicago Sky fan experience in a way that has never been done before,” Adam Fox, chairman and chief executive of Sky, said in a statement. “Women’s basketball, particularly Chicago Sky, is attracting increasing attention and affinity, and Marquee’s commitment to women’s professional sports has made it an easy partnership. With Marquee, as well as our ongoing relationship with WCIU, fans will never miss a moment of Sky’s title defense.

Rob Stafford

Rob Stafford, news anchor and investigative reporter for NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5 has just launched the second season of “Scene of the Crime,” the true-crime mystery series on NBC’s streaming video service 5. Latest episodes examine the mysterious death of an Illinois State University graduate student Jelani Day, the disappearance of the mother of an “American Idol” contestant, Viola Martin, and an update in the case of the missing United Airlines executive Jake Cefolia. “Scene of the Crime” can be accessed by downloading the NBC Chicago channel on Roku, Amazon Fire or Apple TV.

Geoff Morel

Geoff Morell, a former general assignment reporter at CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2, is senior executive vice president and chief corporate officer of the Walt Disney Co. Among other things, he was allegedly involved in the ongoing controversy between the company and the Governor of Florida. Ron DeSantis. “After three months in this new role, it has become clear to me that for a number of reasons this is not the right fit,” Morrell wrote in an email to employees. Before joining ABC News as a White House correspondent, Morrell worked for CBS 2 here from 1996 to 2000.

Steve Leventhal

Steven Leventhal, owner and managing director of SRN Broadcasting, announced he was stepping down after 25 years as the company’s sports director, based in the northern suburb of Lake Bluff. assistant sports director Phil Meyers will resume his duties. “Phil has done a terrific job overseeing most of the sports coverage here at SRN over the past few years, so it was time to make it official,” Leventhal said. “I know our sports division is in very good hands.” Leventhal said he plans to write a novel based on his time at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and work on expanding his steaming music platform InternetFM.

David Clip

Dave Pince, Chicago media man with many hats, assesses the treatment of the profile of Rick Kaempfer in the May issue of Illinois Entertainer. (Here’s the link.) Plier, a daytime retail marketing executive, shares how he became a weekend regular and replacement host at Nexstar Media news/talk WGN 720-AM and chairman of the board of the Chicago Museum of Broadcast Communications. “The museum is on its way back,” Plier told Kaempfer, adding, “We have an inaugural award ‘Le Bob Newhart ‘Excellence in Television Awards’ that we will be launching this fall with Bob. We have a Radio Hall of Fame event in July where we will celebrate the top 40 radio personalities of the 60s and 70s.”

Monday’s comment of the day: Bob Stroud: I first met Nancy Turner in the summer of 1971 when we were both cast in a summer theater show in Sister Lakes, Michigan at the Sister Lakes Playhouse. There is no kinder and more talented person than Nancy Turner. Enjoy it, Nancy, you’ve earned it!