Below is our best list of references to stories about Media Burn or our videos, arranged by medium. Please let us know if you see anything we’ve missed!


“Celebrations of Queer Life Through Photography: A Review of ‘Images on Which to Build 1970s–1990s’ at the Cultural Center” Newcity: May 6, 2024.

“Media Burn hosts a historic symposium” Chicago Reader: April 16, 2024

“‘Catalyst,’ new hip-hop documentary with local roots, to screen in Hyde Park Wednesday” Hyde Park Herald: October 24, 2023.

“The politics of video intimacy: Julie Gustafson’s feminist documentary practice” Studies in Documentary Film: May 29, 2023.

“Film 50 2022: PROJECTORS: Exhibitors and Archivists” Newcity: December 6, 2022.

“Cosmo Campoli’s World in a Day” Hyde Park Herald: March 28, 2022.

“History on Tape.” UChicago Magazine: Fall 2021.

“Today in the Culture, April 6, 2021 | Dressing Rihanna | Preserving Guerrilla Video” Newcity: April 6, 2021.

“Filmmakers look back at pioneering movie ‘Transsexuals'” Windy City Times: September 2, 2020.

“Film 50 2019: Chicago’s Screen Gems” Newcity: September 26, 2019.

“Ghosts in the Machine: A Video Anthology from Media Burn” Tone Madison: September 26, 2019.

“Film 50 2015: Chicago’s Screen Gems” Newcity: October 15, 2015.

“A city and its history unearthed in Honduran jungle” Chicago Tribune: March 20, 2015.

“Critic and ‘gregarious loner’ Andrew Patner passes away at 55” Chicago Reader: February 2, 2015.

“Jerry Blumenthal left lasting memories on screen and in person” Chicago Tribune: November 21, 2014.

“RIP Jerry Blumenthal, founding partner of Kartemquin Films” Chicago Reader: November 17, 2014.

“Anda Korsts’s Video Metropolis” review. Chicago Reader: October 30, 2014.

Video Ball event aims to spotlight Media Burn archival adventures” Chicago Tribune: September 26, 2014.

“The Weird Minutes Before Nixon’s Resignation” The New Yorker: August 8, 2014.

“When Irreplaceable History Lives on Obsolete Tech” Popular Mechanics: July 2, 2014.

“Unearthed Chicago documentary reveals House music glory years” Chicago Sun-Times: April 2, 2014.

“Bill Veeck, baseball’s Barnum” Chicago Tribune: February 9, 2014.

“Government 101–as taught by Daniel Rostenkowski” Chicago Reader: October 11, 2013.

“Easter in Cabrini: Jane Byrne’s 1981 PR disaster” Chicago Reader: March 29, 2013.

“Minnie Minoso Gets His Moment” Chicago Tribune: December 7, 2012.

“In The Water, a Supercomputer and a Population of Dolphins” The Atlantic: October 23, 2012.

“A Glimpse of George McGovern in 1971” Chicago Reader: October 23, 2012.

“What I’m Doing This Weekend: Sara Chapman” Chicago Magazine: May 30, 2012.

“Documentarian has Minnie Minoso, Studs Terkel projects in the works” Chicago Tribune: April 27, 2012

“Minoso Doc Seeks Final Funding” Chicago Reader: April 1, 2012

“Studs at 100: Friends Remember A Larger-Than-Life Hero” Time Out Chicago: March 13, 2012

“An Early Glimpse of Don Cornelius” Chicago Reader: February 2, 2012

“Studs Terkel and His Friends” Chicago Reader: November 2, 2011

“Chicago’s Media Burn Archive Receives ‘America’s Treasures’ Federal Grant” Chicago Tribune: February 7, 2011

“Chicago’s Media Burn Archive Honored as ‘American Treasure'” Time Out Chicago: February 7, 2011

“Royko and Terkel Discuss the Annals of Chicago Bars” Chicago Reader: August 18, 2010

“Chicago Verite: Media Burn Video Archive Preserves Windy City History” Chicago Weekly: May 12, 2010

“UsTube” Chicago Reader: October 26, 2006

“Weinberg Allowing New ‘Weekend TV’ To Be Free-Flowing” Chicago Tribune: May 31, 1995

“Careful, It’s the 90s” Chicago Reader: October 1, 1992

“Has Tom Weinberg Seen the Future of Television?” Chicago Reader: September 27, 1990

“Meet Those Famous Voices” Chicago Tribune: January 24, 1989

“Ten Years on the Outskirts of Television” Chicago Reader: December 22, 1988

“Unearthing Chicago’s Underground Video Scene” Hyde Parker: Dec-Jan 1973


“Independent video symposium to allow visitors to view decades old TV reels” WBBM Newsradio: April 17, 2024.

“Preserving Appalachian History” Kentucky Edition (Kentucky Educational Television): July 31, 2023

“Media Burn is celebrating their 20th anniversary!” (WGN-AM Chicago): October 6, 2022.

“Chicago-based Media Burn Independent Video Archive receives $500K grant to launch new national project” (WLS-TV Chicago): April 10, 2021.

“OTL #756: Media Burn archives history, best new local tacos, The Secret History of Michael DeLisle” Outside the Loop Radio (WGN-AM Chicago): April 10, 2021.

“The Ghost in the Machine” 8 O’Clock Buzz (WORT-FM Madison): September 2, 2019.

“Elizabeth Brackett Honored on US House Floor” Chicago Tonight (WTTW-TV Chicago): June 26, 2018.

“Media Burn’s Tom Weinberg” (WGN-AM Chicago): January 2, 2015.

“Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne Dies” (WBEZ-FM Chicago): November 14, 2014.

“So, Why Did It Take So Long For It To Be Mayor Jane Byrne’s Turn?” Curious City (WBEZ-FM Chicago): July 24, 2014.

“MJ Film Fest” Morning Shift (WBEZ-FM Chicago): July 12, 2013.

“Minnie Minoso’s Movie Moment” Afternoon Shift #208 (WBEZ-FM Chicago): December 11, 2012.

“Interview with Sara Chapman, Judy Hoffman, and Tom Weinberg” Live From the Heartland (WLUW-FM Chicago): June 16, 2012.

“Tom Weinberg interviewed by Rick Kogan” Chicago Live! (WGN-AM Chicago): June 7, 2012.

“Media Burned for Digital Consumption” 848 (WBEZ-FM Chicago): May 6, 2010

“Interview with Tom Weinberg” Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan (WGN-AM Chicago): April 11, 2010


“Never-before-seen videos of 1960s Chicago screen this weekend” Axios: April 17, 2024.

“The Watts Gang Treaty: Hidden History and the Power of Social Movements” Proceedings of the Association of American Law Schools Conference. 2021.

“Watch Lily Tomlin earnestly open up about her addiction to Pac-Man” Boingboing: April 1, 2022.

“The hidden history of ‘guerrilla television’: UChicago scholars preserve decades-old videos” UChicago News: May 25, 2021.

“Robservations: Media Burn wins grant to launch Guerrilla Television Network” April 5, 2021.

“7 provocative documentaries that show how our political process has evolved” Vox: August 14, 2020.

“This video has been taken from a US television show that first aired in 1991” AFP Fact Check: April 27, 2020.

“Don’t Cry Cause It’s Over: A Program of Queer Experimental Shorts Reframes Loss” Hyperallergic: December 10, 2019.

“Untold Women’s History: Know Their Stories, Vol. 2” Evoke: September 3, 2019.

“Media Burn Offers Startling History Lesson in ‘Ghosts'” ReelChicago: August 15, 2019.

“Chicago Archives + Artists Project: Artist Profile on Ivan LOZANO” Sixty Inches From Center: October 18, 2018.

“Chicago Archives + Artists Project: Media Burn” Sixty Inches From Center: July 8, 2018.

“The True Story of How Chicago’s 1982 Pride Marchers Beat a Bunch of Neo-Nazis” Hornet: July 1, 2018

“Video Shows How Neo Nazis Tried To Shut Down Pride In ’82 – But Chicago’s LGBTQ Community Fought Back” Block Club Chicago: June 22, 2018.

“TV pioneer’s invaluable Media Burn TV archives at 10” ReelChicago: July 20, 2016.

“Celebrate Jaws’ 40th anniversary by watching Steven Spielberg get snubbed by the Oscars” Onion AV Club: June 20, 2015.

“Happy Birthday Nelson Algren! Three Ways to Celebrate” Chicagoist: March 28, 2015.

“Chicagoist’s Weekend Theater: Remembering Minnie Miñoso” Chicagoist: March 1, 2015.

“Bill Murray’s Baseball Summer: An Oral History” Just a Bit Outside (Fox Sports): February, 15, 2015.

“Ghosts of Chicago Bars Past: Lincoln Park’s Straight Arrow Tavern” Chicagoist: January 15, 2015.

“Alternative Media: Software and Video in 1970s Counterculture” Hyperallergic: November 13, 2014.

“Chicagoist Weekend Theatre: Stanley Tigerman Uncensored” Chicagoist: October 12, 2014.

“Their Own Private Lanesville: The Videofreex on a Decade of Pirate TV in the Catskills” Art F City: October 8, 2014.

“Media Burn’s Video Ball marks decade of video progress” Reel Chicago: September 23, 2014.

“Chicagoist Weekend Theatre: Bill Murray Loungin’ Back in the Day” Chicagoist: June 29, 2014.

“Rare Bill Murray Footage Shows He Was Born To Play Nick The Lounge Singer” Huffington Post: June 30, 2014.

“Media Burn archive moves up to new West Loop space” Reel Chicago: June 15, 2014.

“Alumni Spotlight: Preserving Chicago’s History on Videotapes” University of Chicago Community Service Center: March 7, 2014.

“When deCastro Threw WGN For A Loop” Robert Feder: February 9, 2014.

“‘Dylanologist’ AJ Weberman (Supposedly) Goes Through Bob Dylan’s Trash, 1969” Dangerous Minds: January 8, 2014.

“Tom Waits on Rickie Lee Jones, His Famous Lasagna, and Wanting to Be Castro in Vintage Interview” Dangerous Minds: January 8, 2014.

“Chicagoist Weekend Theater: Gus Van Sant’s Film Debut on Chicago TV” Chicagoist: October 13, 2013.

“Thursday Afternoon Diversion: Life Before Google” Chicagoist: September 26, 2013.

“Documentary Makes Minnie Minoso More Relevant Than Ever” Latino Sports: August 27, 2013.

“‘The Las Vegas Tapes’: Remarkable Footage of Sin City From 1976” Dangerous Minds: August 22, 2013.

“When TV Was Weird” Gapers Block: July 29, 2013.

“Chicagoist Weekend Theater: The Real Live Brady Bunch” Chicagoist: July 7, 2013.

“Media Burn Video Feature: Dennis and Bobby Hull in 1985” Gapers Block: June 25, 2013.

“Friday Afternoon Diversion: When the Hulls Ruled the Roost” Chicagoist: June 14, 2013.

“Gray Center project hosts June 7 symposium on archives of socially engaged art” UChicago News: June 5, 2013.

“Chicagoist Weekend Theater: Bill Veeck–A Man For Any Season” Chicagoist: June 2, 2013.

“Media Burn Video Feature: Blind Arvella Gray” Gapers Block: April 25, 2013.

“Video Interlude” Curbed Chicago: April 16, 2013.

“Chicagoist Weekend Theater: Roger Ebert Remembers Mike Royko” Chicagoist: April 7, 2013.

“Chicagoist Weekend Theater: Jane Byrne’s Easter At Cabrini-Green” Chicagoist: March 31, 2013.

“Chicagoist Weekend Theater: When Tribune Co. Owned The Cubs” Chicagoist: March 24, 2013.

“Chicagoist Weekend Theater: Inside Spring Training” Chicagoist: March 17, 2013.

“Vito Marzullo’s Grandson and Gacy: the biggest open secret in Chicago history?” John Wayne Gacy News: February 24, 2013.

“Chicagoist Weekend Theater: Super Bowl IX-1/2” Chicagoist: February 2, 2013.

“The Best Super Bowl Documentary You’ve Never Seen (Featuring Bill Murray, Groupies, And Bob Irsay Being A Dick)” Deadspin: February 2, 2013.

“A Tour of Uptown’s Darker Days” Gapers Block: January 16, 2013.

“Minnie Minoso Documentary Worth Watching, Remembering” South Side Sox: December 11, 2012.

“After 36 years, Weinberg’s Minoso doc bows on Ch. 11” Reel Chicago: December 4, 2012.

“Lengthy Vintage Video Footage Shows Manhattan in 1973” Gothamist: November 19, 2012.

“Ronn Pitts: Breaking color barriers, building community” WBEZ Blog: November 16, 2012.

“Pocket Guide to Hell Stages Studs’ Place Production at Hideout” Chicagoist: November 5, 2012.

“1992 Election Documentary Collection” Tour America’s Treasures: October 31, 2012.

Museum Of Broadcast Communications, Media Burn Archive To Air Studs’ Place Episodes Not Seen In 60 YearsChicagoist: August 20, 2012.

“Humpday Afternoon Diversion: The Golden Age of Video Games” Chicagoist: June 20, 2012.

“Our Hero Studs Terkel Lives on in Upcoming Screenings” Chicagoist: June 8, 2012.

“36 Years With Minnie Minoso” Chicago Side Sports: May 7, 2012.

“Here Are Some More Long-Forgotten Chicago Taverns” Chicagoist: February 14, 2012

“One For The Road: Studs Terkel” Chicagoist: October 31, 2011.

“Mike Royko on Softball” Chicagoist: July 7, 2011

“Thursday Afternoon Diversion: This… is the 25th Ward” Chicagoist: February 24, 2011.

“Representing Chicago: Media Burn Archive” Chicago Studies Program at University of Chicago: April 28, 2010.

“Cool Footage From An Arcade Convention in Chicago From 1982” Arcade Heroes: April 10, 2010.

“Let It Snow” The Week Behind: November 11, 2009

“How To Go From Jamoke To Chicagoan In Under 40 Minutes” Huffington Post: November 5, 2009

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