Robservations: Tribune pulling the plug on Spanish newspaper Hoy

Hoy Chicago

Robservations on the media beat:

Hoy, the Spanish-language newspaper and website produced by the Chicago Tribune, will cease publication as of December 13. No reason was cited for the move, although the paper has been shrinking since its launch as a daily in 2003. It's been a weekly since 2017. "We anticipate providing all affected employees the opportunity to take open positions inside the company," Tribune Publishing said in a statement, adding that it would be "aggressively exploring other options to meet the changing readership needs of our important Hispanic communities." The Chicago Tribune Guild, which represents editorial employees, said it was "deeply disappointed" by the shutdown, calling it "a disservice to our journalists, our readers and our company. . . . Tribune Publishing’s executives and top editors are not going to cut their way to lasting prosperity."

Sabrina Santucci

Sabrina Santucci signed off Tuesday after four years as a per diem reporter and multimedia journalist at NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5. A journalism graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Santucci joined NBC 5 from WXII, the NBC affiliate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She previously worked for stations in Rockford and Champaign, and interned at Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32 and iHeartMedia Top 40 WKSC 103.5-FM.

Emmy Awards

Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster and Harlem Globetrotters showman Nathaniel "Big Easy" Lofton will host the 2019 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards ceremony Saturday at the Swissôtel, 323 East Wacker Drive. Sponsored by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the 61st annual event will be streamed live on, starting at 6:30 p.m. (Here is the link to a complete list of this year’s Emmy nominees.)

Frank Robb

Among presenters at Saturday's Emmy Awards will be Frank Robb, the Florida alligator wrangler who rescued Chance the Snapper in Chicago’s Humboldt Park Lagoon in July. Robb is in town to promote his new coloring book, The Adventures of Chicago Chance and Frank Robb. Local book signings will include the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 North State Street, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Robb created the book in partnership with the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoo (where Chance now lives) and illustrator Ben Clark.

Steve Darnall

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 2, 2020. That's when "Those Were the Days," the venerable old-time radio showcase, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a live broadcast from Chicago’s Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 North Knox Avenue. Host Steve Darnall will be joined by the show's founder, Chuck Schaden, and longtime announcer Ken Alexander along with a lineup of special guests. Also featured will be live re-creations of classic moments from the Golden Age of Radio. (Here is the link for tickets.) "Those Were the Days" airs from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays on College of DuPage's WDCB 90.9-FM and streams live on

Tuesday’s comments of the day: Regine Schlesinger: Sadly, many college campuses are no longer a marketplace of ideas. Snowflake students and their faculty and administration enablers are shutting down free speech and dictating which views can be presented and which are shouted down and silenced. It's an alarming trend that is working its corrosive way into society as a whole.

Charlie Ellis: The kids screwed up very badly. Now all the grownups are jumping all over them, from the left and the right, journalists and non-journalists alike. As a proud Daily and Medill alum, I'm embarrassed by this whole episode. I hope the students learn the right lesson — good journalism isn't about going out of your way to avoid offending people; it's about reporting the facts.