By Tim Cuprisin Media Columnist Published May 03, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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"American Idol" fans will get a number of chances in the coming weeks to see their favorites from this season and last.

Glitzy Adam Lambert, who came in second in last year's "American Idol," but is the biggest star to come out of the eighth season, will play the Riverside Theater on June 15th.

Monday's announcement also says fourth-place finisher Allison Iraheta will perform that night, along with Orianthi.

And that's just the latest "Idol" concert announcement:

  • Last year's "Idol" winner, Kris Allen, has scheduled a June 4 performance at Turner Hall.
  • Milwaukee's "Idol," Danny Gokey, is scheduled to play Summerfest on the 4th of July.
  • The top 10 finishers from the current "Idol" will perform July 2 at Summerfest, headlining the Marcus Amphitheatre.
There's a lesson here for all "Idol" wannabes. The biggest name in this bunch -- at least for now -- is Lambert. He didn't win. Therefore, he wasn't locked into performing the lame "Idol" playlist.

The schedule shuffle at WUWM: WUWM-FM (89.7) has shuffled its lineup starting this week, with the biggest news being the canceling of the nationally broadcast "World Cafe."

The new weeknight lineup starts at 7 with "Fresh Air with Terry Gross." The locally produced "Cafe Tonight" music show will air from 8 to midnight on weeknights except for Thursday.

Bob Reitman's "It's Alright, Ma, It's Only Music," airs from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, followed by two hours of "Cafe Tonight."

The nightly repeat of "Lake Effect" has been dropped from the 11 p.m. hour.

Here's where to find the complete WUWM schedule.

And you can still hear "World Cafe" from its home station, Philadelphia's WXPN-FM, on your computer.

In case you missed it: Sunday night's Conan O'Brien interview with Steve Kroft on CBS' "60 Minutes" won't do anything to hurt Conan's image as the victim in the Jay Leno mess.

In fact, the Hollywood Reporter suggests he's become too much the victim.

You can watch yourself and decide whether Kroft was too soft:  

The best comedy of the weekend came from the president, supposedly with help from the writing staff of Comedy Central's "Daily Show." He was way funnier than the night's featured act, Leno, at Saturday night's White House Correspondents Dinner.

Here's Barack Obama's audition tape to host his own late-night comedy show, followed by Leno's lackluster performance: 

Tim Cuprisin Media Columnist

Tim Cuprisin is the media columnist for He's been a journalist for 30 years, starting in 1979 as a police reporter at the old City News Bureau of Chicago, a legendary wire service that's the reputed source of the journalistic maxim "if your mother says she loves you, check it out." He spent a couple years in the mean streets of his native Chicago, and then moved on to the Green Bay Press-Gazette and USA Today, before coming to the Milwaukee Journal in 1986.

A general assignment reporter, Cuprisin traveled Eastern Europe on several projects, starting with a look at Poland after five years of martial law, and a tour of six countries in the region after the Berlin Wall opened and Communism fell. He spent six weeks traversing the lands of the former Yugoslavia in 1994, linking Milwaukee Serbs, Croats and Bosnians with their war-torn homeland.

In the fall of 1994, a lifetime of serious television viewing earned him a daily column in the Milwaukee Journal (and, later the Journal Sentinel) focusing on TV and radio. For 15 years, he has chronicled the changes rocking broadcasting, both nationally and in Milwaukee, an effort he continues at

When he's not watching TV, Cuprisin enjoys tending to his vegetable garden in the backyard of his home in Whitefish Bay, cooking and traveling.