WCIU’s ‘On The Block’ Brings Our Stories to the Small Screen

CHICAGO – Get ready for Block Club Chicago on TV.

The award-winning neighborhood news site has teamed up with Weigel Broadcasting Co.’s CW26 and The U for a new weekly news magazine called “On The Block”.

“On The Block,” a weekly half-hour show, launches on The U and CW26 in April. It will tell community stories with visually rich and longer news content, giving viewers television news in a way they have never seen before.

Hosted by Brandon Pope, the show will provide in-depth coverage of Chicago’s more than 100 neighborhoods and suburbs from Block Club reporters and Jon Hansen, who you’ll hear as host of our “It’s All Good” podcast. Hansen also works with the show’s coordinating producer.

Jon Hansen, left, and Brandon Pope.

“Social media has played an important role in how people access the news, and with ‘On the Block’ we take some of the visually appealing themes and amplify them for television. You won’t see anchors reading the text behind a desk,” said Afua Owusu, Director of News & Local Content for CW26 and The U. “Our partnership with Block Club Chicago reaffirms our commitment to producing diverse local content that enhances the city. represents as a whole; it also gives us the opportunity to be innovative within the local news landscape.”

“On the Block” airs on The U at 7pm on Thursdays, 8am on Saturdays and 11am on Sundays. The program airs on CW26 at 10 a.m. Saturday and on WWME/ME TV Chicago at 7 p.m. Sunday. An encore of last week’s episode airs on The U on Thursdays at 7:30 PM.

“Block Club prides itself on telling a wide variety of unique stories from across the city, including for people often ignored by legacy media,” said Shamus Toomey, publisher and one of the three co-founders of Block Club. “We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Weigel Broadcasting and bring these stories to a wider audience.”

The U can be found on WMEU, Channel 48.1 and WCIU, Channel 26.2, XFINITY 230|360, RCN 610, WOW 170, Dish 48, Spectrum Charter 191, and U-Verse 24. CW26 can be seen on WCIU, Channel 26.1, XFINITY 183| 1026, RCN 6/606, WOW 10/207, Dish 26, Direct TV 26, Spectrum Charter 22/616 and U-Verse 10/1010.

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