We heard today from Steve Bartelstein, the 46-year-old TV anchor who is set to front CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2's new, yet-to-be-titled early morning newscast that will debut Aug. 30. The native Chicagoan told us "it's great to be home, and with all my family still here (in Chicago), it means a lot more dinners at mom's house." Until he resigned from CBS' flagship WCBS-TV in New York early last year, Bartelstein had worked in the New York market in recent years.
The new job at WBBM will mark his debut as a TV news man in his hometown. WBBM is now counting on Bartelstein to help make up the ground the station lost in the ratings during the seven-month run of "Monsters & Money in the Morning," a round-table show with talk about sports, finance and other news of the day. "Monsters" never clicked with audiences, and its ratings were about half of the small number WBBM was pulling with the more traditional early news show that "Monsters" replaced.