Monday, September 25, 2017
BREAKING: NKorea foreign minister asserts Pres. Trump has declared war with his comments; says NKorea has right to shoot down US bombers.— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) September 25, 2017
The NFL didn't respond well to that, and athletes from all sports rallied to their side.
My twitter feed was full of Trump supporters comparing the freedom of speech issue with the cause of bakers who didn't want to sell wedding cakes to gay couples. Again, one is a protest against discrimination and the other is a protest FOR discrimination, but whatever--you can pick your side and stay there I suppose.
I personally wouldn't kneel. But is this really a bad way of protesting? It's quiet. It's non-violent. It's brief. It harms no-one. I wish more protests would be done this way. Or as my good buddy Dale Earnhardt Jr. said...
All Americans R granted rights 2 peaceful protests— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) September 25, 2017
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable-JFK
Or as my comrade-in-arms Tom Brady said...
Brady breaks w/Trump's anthem protest remarks: "I certainly disagree w/what he said. I thought it was just divisive" https://t.co/yLP0nERd22— Catherine Thompson (@KT_thomps) September 25, 2017
When you've lost Earnhardt and Brady, you might want to reconsider, Mr. Trump.
And my man Bob Costas sums this whole thing up beautifully...
"Do you want a President who is so tone deaf to the racial implications of this?" asks Sports broadcaster Bob Costas https://t.co/D2AuoOehGJ— New Day (@NewDay) September 25, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
Kim Jung Un responded by calling the president a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” and describing his UN speech as “unprecedented rude nonsense.” (By the way, I had to look it up. A dotard is an old person, especially one who has become weak or senile.) He also said: "A frightened dog barks louder."
Trump responded by calling Kim a “madman” whose regime will be “tested like never before”.
These are the "grownups" who may decide if we live or die. Sleep tight.
“Michael’s skillset is a natural match for taking the reins of KKCW and KLTH in Portland. His vast experience in programming for these formats and working with top talent is second to none,” said Herbster. “We can’t wait to welcome him to our community.”
Please @JimmyKimmel - stay out of politics. Leave the important stuff to reality TV stars with a knack for bankrupting casinos.— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) September 22, 2017
I like this one too. It's refers to HHS Secretary Tom Price's $300,000 private jet tab...
"Sorry, we have to cut your Medicaid. There's just not enough money" -- guy flying on a Lear Jet charter to Aspen.— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) September 21, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Sounds like a pretty reasonable approach to me, and you know I'm not one to cut a lot of slack to radio company CEOs.
I feel like I've entered into the Twilight Zone. Based on the lack of people freaking out about this, I must be missing something.
This is how Lawrence responded when it became public...
A better anchorman and a better person would've had a better reaction to technical difficulties. I'm sorry.— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) September 20, 2017
Someone created a group called "Jew Haters" and was directing ads at them for White Supremicist rallies.
Needless to say, Facebook is embarrassed by this. Not only didn't they do anything about it. They had no idea it was happening.
Or so says their COO, Sheryl Sandberg. I have a tendency to believe her. After all, she is Jewish herself.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
He called the leader of North Korea "Rocket Man". And he said it pretty much the same way he would say Crooked Hillary or Lyin Ted or Low Energy Jeb. Except this time, he said he would kill 22 million people if Rocket Man doesn't do what he says.
In response, he got a bunch of shrugs. God help us all. The future of the world is in the hands of two nutjobs.
(I have an Elton John song that might be more appropriate...)
Brian Thomas, Program Director, 94.7 WLS-FM, and Vice President, Classic Hits Programming, Cumulus Media, said, “This puts Dan one step closer to his goals of becoming a PD at Cumulus, after doing a great job as morning show producer. I am looking forward to working with Dan in this new role.”
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
This is pretty gruesome stuff. From this morning's Daily Herald...
According to records cited in the Tribune's report Monday night, the student was in his dorm room when he was tackled by the football players, his legs and wrists wrapped up in duct tape, and a pillow case put over his head. He was placed in the back seat of a teammate's vehicle, and as they drove, the players made offensive comments about Muslims, the report said.Does it need to be pointed out that Wheaton College is an evangelical Christian college with a very strong ethics code? How on earth are these guys still enrolled in the school let alone allowed to remain on the football roster (which they are as of this morning)?
At one point, they attempted to sexually assault him, but when told to stop, he was beaten, the report said.
The student was left half-naked on a baseball diamond at an off-campus park, where another player was dumped 10 minutes later; the two were eventually driven back to campus by classmates, according to the report.
The freshman student, who went to the hospital, had muscle tears in both shoulders, as well as bumps and bruises, the Tribune said. He soon transferred from Wheaton College.
NRHoF Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin said, "We're honored to have Dave, a world-class speaker who regularly addresses audiences of 10,000 at his live events, serve as our master of ceremonies. And thanks to TuneIn, fans everywhere can catch the on-demand audio of the special evening."
The black-tie optional event will be held Thursday, November 2 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago at 6pm Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available at www.radiohof.org.
I will be there to see Landecker inducted. Still trying to decide whether or not to rent a tuxedo.
The 180-day shot clock continues ticking but Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed $3.9 billion buy of Tribune Broadcasting has hit a speed bump. The Federal Communications Commission says it needs more information about the proposed deal, which includes a handful of radio stations. The FCC demands don’t suggest an approval is in doubt, but rather that the Media Bureau is looking to solidify its reasoning with a decision likely to face legal challenges.
This is not the first snag in the regulatory review process. The Justice Department last month asked the companies for additional information as part of its antitrust review of the deal. Sinclair owns 172 broadcast TV stations as well as a trio of radio stations in Seattle including AC “Star 101.5” KPLZ-FM, all-news KOMO (1010) and “Talk Radio 570” KVI. Tribune owns 42 TV stations as well as iconic news/talk radio WGN (720) in Chicago.
The FCC is asking Sinclair to submit answers to its list of questions by Oct. 5. “If necessary, we will follow up with additional requests for information and documents,” Media Bureau Chief Michelle Carey wrote in the letter to Sinclair.The move has some critics suggesting it could push the FCC’s decision into next year.
It sounds good, but nothing will happen. The FCC is Republican-controlled and will allow this merger. Bank on it.
Which one do you believe? You have to admit there is a pattern here.
Monday, September 18, 2017
"I couldn't be prouder for US99 to be a part of this effort, as it is so close to our listener’s hearts," said Todd Cavanah, VP of Programming for CBS Radio Chicago. "More than a million Chicagoans listen to US99 each week, and many of them are busy moms who can understand how a simple act of kindness can help so much when you're faced with a life altering situation like we've just witnessed throughout Florida."
All of the collected diapers will be driven to Florida and personally delivered by US99 staff members to the Salvation Army area command supporting Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL.
People helping people. Radio does its best when the chips are down. Congrats to US-99.
Security concerns have forced U2 to cancel their Saturday night (Sept. 16) show in St. Louis, Missouri at The Dome at America’s Center, according to a statement shared by the band and Live Nation.
When asked for a reason for the cancellation, a representative for Live Nation referenced unrest in St. Louis’ downtown area and in the Central West End due to the not guilty verdict of ex-police officer Jason of Jason Stockley, who was found not guilty in the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith, leading to protests in St. Louis downtown and in the Central West End
I had a buddy who bought tickets to see that show because he missed it here in Chicago.
Friday, September 15, 2017
ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
Beyond its own uniqueness, there’s always been a fascination for me in any North American CHR that takes its cues from somewhere other than the U.S. charts. That’s how CKOI Montreal recently became my station of summer 2017. It is also why XHTO El Paso and the short-lived CHR on KXOS Los Angeles—both influenced by Mexico City CHR—fascinated me.
“Chicago’s new Polish-American mix” has its share of the chirpy, sludgy trap pop that I’ve complained about so much lately. So does the pop music in any language, at this point. But there’s also a lot of uptempo dance pop in both languages. There’s the full spectrum of Polish-language hits, some in genres like ska punk not currently represented on the radio here. As with stations of this sort, there are also a few songs that mainstream American CHR has given up on (e.g., DNCE, “Kissing Strangers,” which I’ve heard several times now). And there was one song that stumped even Shazam and SoundHound.
When I’ve encountered them, WPNA-FM has been mostly jockless, but it just launched a new bilingual morning show. The presentation is still taking shape—hot contemporary jingles, but some formal sounding sweepers that sound like they could as easily run on the heritage AM. There’s also an ad for the Alliiance’s insurance business that uses “You’ve Got to Pay the Price” by Al Kent, the 1967 R&B instrumental classic that has endured for years as a music bed. And I hope it plays as a music bed somewhere for the next 50 years.
On September 4, 1935, the Cubs began the longest winning streak in baseball history (until yesterday). The Cubs were in third place in the National League 2 1/2 games behind the first place Cardinals, and a half game behind the second place New York Giants. They had been flirting with first place for most of the season, but nobody on that Cubs roster could have predicted what began on that September day.
Seven different Cubs pitchers won games, but Larry French won five, and Charlie Root and Lon Warneke each won four. The lineup was impressive, featuring four Hall of Famers (Gabby Hartnett, Billy Herman, Chuck Klein, and Freddie Lindstrom) and two of the all-time great Cubs (Phil Cavarretta and Stan Hack).
The city of Chicago got more and more excited as the streak wore on. In that first win, only 5000 were in attendance. By the time the Cubs won their 18th in a row at Wrigley, 40,000+ packed the joint; despite the fact that the country was in the darkest days of the Great Depression.
There really weren’t too many close calls, but two of the games did go into extra innings. The Cubs pushed across a run in the bottom of the 11th to win the first one (Charlie Root pitched all 11 innings), and in the bottom of the 10th in the next one (Lon Warneke pitched all 10 innings).
Probably the best game of the streak was the 19th win in a row. Lon Warneke and Cardinals pitcher Paul Dean both entered the game as 19-game winners, and both men pitched their hearts out. Dean threw a seven hitter, but Warneke allowed only two hits. But the streak wasn’t the only thing at stake during this game. The Cubs were only three games ahead of the Cardinals with five games to play in the season, and all five games would be head-to-head in St. Louis.
Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the difference in the game was one single mistake pitch by Dean, which was smacked over the fence by Cubs first baseman Phil Cavarretta. That gave the Cubs a nearly insurmountable 4 game lead with 4 games left in the season.
The 20th win in a row the next day clinched the pennant, and the 21st win in a row came the same day in the second game of the double header. Whether or not the Cubs celebrated that night a little too ferociously is lost to time, but they did drop the meaningless final two games of the season.