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Chris Jackson was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Cairo, IL Junior High. He played the role of George Washington in the Broadway smash hit musical, “Hamilton” and as Chuck Palmer in CBS’ “Bull”. . .SIUE has been ranked among the top “50 Safest College Towns in America”. . .So, Sinclair Broadcasting is acquiring the Tribune Co. In the rear view window, Barry Baker and Larry Marcus worked for Ted Koplars KPLR.  One day they approached Koplar with an offer to buy the station. Suspecting disloyalty, Koplar then fired both of them. Undeterred, the two purchased KDNL that was the beginning of River City Broadcasting.  In a few years, they began gobbling up eight television stations and 29 radio stations. In 1996, they sold their stations to Sinclair for $1.2 billion.
“A STAR IS BORN” AGAIN:  Not enough, the screenplay was made in 1937 with diva Janet Gaynor and again in 1954 with Judy Garland, it’s now being retooled to star David Chappelle, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.


Happy Birthday to former Channel 4 weathercaster Ollie Raymand, who turns 92 over this weekend. “Accu-Ollie”, as he was known in KMOX-TV promos of the 1970s and 1980s, is still active as a music producer. The ever-cheerful Raymand, who signed off Channel 4 in 1987, still calls St. Louis his home.


Former president of Anheuser-Buusch David Peacock has been tagged as president and COO of Schnucks Markets.

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