WBEZ transforms “Eight Forty-Eight” into “Morning Shift”

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Chicago’s WBEZ is revamping its flagship newsmagazine, Eight Forty-Eight, into The Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia, reports Time Out Chicago media critic Robert Feder. It’ll also start 10 minutes earlier, at 8:50 a.m. weekdays. “The move is an opportunity to dive in earlier to news and stories that are relevant to our listener community,” Torey Malatia, president and CEO of Chicago Public Media, told staffers Thursday. The program’s original name honored the station’s Navy Pier address, 848 E. Grand Ave.

The station has been mulling changes to the show since last November.