Mark Giangreco

It’s been 5 weeks considering that Chicago’s most popular athletics anchor was last witnessed on the city’s prime-rated tv station, in which he’s been a fixture for 27 decades.

But the bosses of ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7 have yet to explain or even accept the absence of Mark Giangreco, leaving viewers in the dark and prompting co-personnel to surprise if he’ll ever return.

Calls and texts to Giangreco and his longtime agent, Joel Weisman, were being met with the very same “no comment” as individuals to John Loafer, president and common manager of ABC 7, and his reps. Crickets all close to.

What’s recognised for absolutely sure is that Giangreco, 68, created his past visual appearance on the air January 28. Other than for a couple of random tweets, he hasn’t been listened to from because. He’s also been lacking as a contributor to Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman’s afternoon display on Great Karma Manufacturers ESPN sports/talk WMVP 1000-AM.

Regardless of what Giangreco stated or did that night on “Eyewitness News” was considered really serious plenty of to silence him for the longest time in his four-10 years operate on Chicago Television. He continue to has 18 months remaining on a agreement extension signed in 2019.

Regarded for his irreverent wit and sarcasm, Giangreco has gotten himself in difficulty prior to for wisecracks on his sportscasts and, in just one situation, on Twitter. But this time looks distinct, according to insiders.

In a planet of pretentious posers, Giangreco has always occur across as genuine and genuine. Perhaps that’s why he’s the greatest compensated sports anchor in city. And why he’s currently being enshrined this year in the Silver Circle of Chicago Television set Academy — a signal honor he can screen following to his Ring Lardner Award.

Mark Giangreco and Janet Davies

A native of Buffalo, New York, and graduate of the University of Dayton, Giangreco joined ABC 7 in 1994 after 12 years at NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5.

His position as a Chicago icon was sealed with his 20-12 months run as co-host of the top-rated New Year’s Eve countdown demonstrate with Janet Davies. Final month Davies introduced that her contract had not been renewed just after 37 many years at ABC 7.

Hard business these times.

Tuesday’s comment of the day: Bob Purse: I have study right here and elsewhere (such as Wikipedia) of this becoming Bob Sirott’s 50th calendar year on region radio. But I have a reel to reel tape of him performing what was evidently a regular Monday night shift on a Skokie station, WRSV, in December of 1967. I posted it to my internet site – committed to items identified on reel to reel tape – previously this week.