Crain's Chicago Business teams up with WBEZ on 'Reset with Jenn White'


It didn't take long for Crain's Chicago Business to land a new radio partner after getting the heave-ho from news/talk WGN 720-AM.

Starting this Monday, reporters from the weekly business publication and digital news operation will appear on Chicago Public Media WBEZ 91.5-FM.

Each week a Crain's cover story will be featured as a segment on "Reset with Jenn White," the recently launched midday news and talk show airing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on WBEZ. The segment also will be highlighted in social media, on the web and in email newsletters.

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“Crain’s is thrilled to partner with WBEZ and 'Reset' host Jenn White to go beyond the headlines to talk about the most important business stories impacting Chicagoans every week," said Jim Kirk, publisher and executive editor of Crain’s. "Together, we can bring new, important analysis and discussion around some of the biggest issues across multiple platforms. We’re excited to get started.”

The announcement comes one month to the day after WGN Radio abruptly terminated its longstanding relationship with Crain’s. Sources said station bosses were angered by a story that speculated on a possible sale of WGN despite denials from executives of parent company Nexstar Media Group.

The new alliance with Chicago Public Media could be seen as a step up for Crain's. In the latest Nielsen Audio survey, WBEZ tied for eighth place overall with a 3.1 percent audience share, while WGN tied for 11th with a 3.0 share. In key demographics, the disparity is much greater.

“Business and economic forces shape the lives of people across Chicago," said Israel Smith, managing director of programming and audience development at WBEZ. "In ways big and small, they touch how families, businesses and communities evolve and sometimes struggle. Every Monday on 'Reset,' the journalists at Crain’s will help WBEZ listeners better understand those forces, as host Jenn White asks the questions they would ask.”

Crain's editor Ann Dwyer and other newsroom staffers continue to deliver business news segments on "Chicago Tonight," the nightly news program on Window to the World Communications WTTW-Channel 11.

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