Saturday, October 03, 2009

Chicago Radio Spotlight: Lise Dominique

I just posted my latest Chicago Radio Spotlight interview. This week I talk to former Loop, WTMX and WLS traffic and news anchor Lise Dominique.

You can read the interview here.

Cubtober 3rd

Chicago Cubs fans have had better Octobers than October 2009. Here are a few examples of years where they were still following the team in October, and why.

On this day in 1915, the Cubs played their final game in their championship field...West Side Grounds. The next season they would begin playing in a new ballpark on the North Side.

On this day in 1938, the city of Chicago has a parade for the pennant winning 1938 Cubs.

On this day in 1945, the World Series begins, Cubs vs. Detroit Tigers. Read all about that series here.

On this day in 1976, Bill Madlock wins the National League batting title in his final at bat as a member of the Chicago Cubs.

He is traded for Bobby Murcer after the season.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Sights & Sounds

This week at Just One Bad Century we've got a home movie from the 1929 World Series, and the audio of legendary Cubs public address announcer Pat Pieper announcing the lineup of the 1932 Cubs.

See it and hear it here.

Cubtober 2nd

Chicago Cubs fans have had better Octobers than October 2009. Here a few examples of years where they were still following the team in October, and why.

On this day in 1936, the Cubs faced the White Sox in the City Championship series.

Listen to a portion of that game here.

On this day in 1984, the Cubs-Padres NLCS began at Wrigley Field.

Read about that series here.

AUDIO: Steve Trout talks about that team.

On this day in 2001, Sammy Sosa hit his 60th home run, becoming the first player in history to do that three times.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Poor kid

It will take years of therapy to overcome this moment...

Terrible Football Mistake Causes Loss - Watch more Funny Videos

Radio Producer's Handbook

5 years ago today, October 1, 2004, Allworth Press released a book called "The Radio Producer's Handbook." It was written by a couple of radio producers from Chicago: Rick Kaempfer and John Swanson.

I hear it's still available at amazon. Why yes it is. Lookey here: The Radio Producer's Handbook.

But do people think it's a good book? Why yes they do. But only some of the most respected broadcasters in the country.

Did it get good press? Why yes it did.

Is it being used in universities across the country? Why yes it is.

I'd buy it if I were you before they run out.

Cubtober 1st

Chicago Cubs fans have had better Octobers than October 2009. Here a few examples of years where they were still following the team, and why.

The Cubs and Detroit Tigers began the 1935 World Series.

Read about it here, and listen to the final out here.

In 1960, Billy Williams hit his first MLB home run. He hit it in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum against Dodgers pitcher Stan Williams. It was a two run shot that put the Cubs up by 3 runs.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

100 greatest YouTube moments in 3:24

William Wrigley Jr.

The man they named the field after was born on this date in 1861.

He owned the Cubs during the 1920s and early 1930s, and before he died, he made his son promise that he would never sell the team. His boy, Phillip, didn't. Many Cubs fans of the 50s, 60s and 70s regretted that small little gesture.

The Cubs didn't leave Wrigley control until 1981, four years after Phillip's death.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cubs eliminated

The Rockies won tonight, and officially eliminated the Chicago Cubs from the 2009 playoffs.

Let's look at the bright side: the Cubs will win the same number of playoff games that they won the past two years...with a lot less heartache.

This feels more like it used to feel like.

Brad Lidge

Listen to this Phillies fan watching a Brad Lidge save attempt. This is what I sounded like watching Kevin Gregg this summer. Hilarious.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Huge day in Cubs history

On this date in 1932, the 1932 World Series began in Yankees Stadium.

On this date in 1938, Gabby Hartnett hit his famous Homer in the Gloamin.

On this date in 1959, the Cubs hired Charlie Grimm to manage a third and final time. It won't last long.

On this date in 1995, a Cubs fan charged the mound to attack Randy Myers. (You're supporting him, by the way, every time you buy one of those "It's gonna happen" signs--he's the one that sells them.)

On this date in 1998, the Cubs played against the San Francisco Giants in a one-game playoff game to decide the Wild card. Steve Trachsel pitched them to victory. Your humble editor was there in the upper deck.

On this date in 2003, the Cubs retired #10 for Ron Santo.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Father Knows Nothing

I just posted my latest Father Knows Nothing column at NWI Parent. This one is called "Band Names for Old Dudes" and it's based on a conversation I had with my son Sean.

You can read it here.