Friday, June 10, 2016
Must. Have. This. Don't know what I'd ever do with them. My kids are too old to play with them now, but doggone it, they are cool.
How popular are they? They just signed a record-breaking $5.3 billion (with a b) TV-rights deal.
Continued with this tweet by Donald...
Obama just endorsed Crooked Hillary. He wants four more years of Obama—but nobody else does!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2016
Look at the number of retweets. Quite a few. Then Hillary tweeted this as a response...
Delete your account. https://t.co/Oa92sncRQY— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 9, 2016
And the internet exploded. Look at the retweet numbers there.
It's beginning to look like Donald has a pretty big fan base, but the anti-Donald crowd is much bigger. The question is--Will they show up to vote?
He passed away yesterday at the age of 88.
This is my only Gordie Howe hockey card. It came out during the 1971-1972 season. When the WHL formed in the mid-70s, Gordie jumped leagues. At one time, he was on the same team as two of his sons.
Here's what the greatest NHL coach of all-time, Scotty Bowman, had to say about Gordie: “I pick Gordie as my No. 1 all-time player. He played the longest. He was the toughest player of his era. He was the best offensive player and defensively he was used in all situations. He could play center, right wing, and defense. He could shoot right and he could shoot left. If you could make a mold for a hockey player it would be him. I never thought there was another player close to him.”
Thursday, June 09, 2016
Hubbard Radio Chicago Vice President/Market Manager John Gallagher and WDRV Program Director Rob Cressman announced today the departure of Dan McNeil as co-host of its 5am-9am program, “The Morning Drive.” McNeil joined WDRV in February, 2015.
On the decision to step away, McNeil says, "It was an incredible chapter in my radio tour. I got to be a part of a terrific air staff... some really wonderful people. The Drive paid me go to movies, to take listeners to see AC/DC and the Who. I've been wanting to write a love letter to rock and roll publicly for years and I got to do it on one of the most sparkling classic rock stations in the country."
Hubbard Radio Chicago VP/Market Manager, John Gallagher, commented “Dan did a great job for us. His knowledge of sports combined with his passion for Classic Rock was an inspiration to our team. We expect that Dan will thrive in his future endeavors. He is a knowledgeable and talented radio host.
WDRV Program Director, Rob Cressman added “We look forward to what lies ahead for The Drive. Pete McMurray and the team have assembled a strong foundation. Our plans include a search for the chemistry and content mix that our audience has clearly requested. The considerable research and appraisal that accompanied the former incarnation of The Morning Drive will continue to determine where future opportunities exist to super-serve Chicago’s Classic Rock enthusiasts in the morning.”
Here is a look at the latest NL balloting updates for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard. pic.twitter.com/oA5gjMCJss— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) June 8, 2016
And that's my home town.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
1. Top Writing Tips
From that killer first line to dealing with writer’s block, children's author Chris D’Lacey shares his top writing tips
2. How to Write a Great Opening Line
It's probably more important not to have a bad first line, but it sure does help to have a great one. This article gives you tips on how to write one. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
3. A review of Writer's Digest
Writer's Digest often features reivews, but how many times have you seen a review of Writer's Digest? Here's one.
4. Productivity tips from superfast writers
Believe it or not, there are ways to make yourself write faster. There are two good tips in this article that I live by.
5. Tips for writing a book you'll love
And it's in the Huffington Post, so you know it's true. All snarkiness aside, there are some good tips here.
I'm one of those listeners. There's nothing I enjoy quite as much as sitting outside on a warm summer night listening to the Cubs on the radio.
Here's the rest of the Radio Ratings report...
Remember that since the Cubs shifted to the Score, WBBM no longer splits up its simulcast for baseball games. WBBM wins every daypart except nights, where it’s fourth. Second overall is iHeart’s urban AC “V103” WVAZ (5.8-6.1-6.1). Note that this book occurred before the sudden death of syndicated afternoon host and Chicago favorite Doug Banks. Third is Hubbard hot AC “Mix” WTMX (4.9-4.8-4.9). Then comes the Score at a 4.2. Tied for fifth are iHeart top 40 “Kiss 103.5” WKSC (4.0-3.7-3.9) and hot AC sister WLIT (4.9-3.9-3.9). “93.9 My FM” WLIT is third in middays. Aside from sports, the talk side includes Tribune’s talk WGN (3.8-4.3-3.7, and third in mornings). In the cume category, top 40 “Kiss” (2,180,800) cumes slightly higher than hot AC “Mix” (2,136,800).
Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Obama will probably make news during this interview. He's expected to endorse Hillary.
Details are here.
It's starting to happen. I think Trump crossed some sort of a rubicon when he started going after a judge presiding over his Trump University civil case because he was "Mexican," and then told his supporters to start calling reporters who give him a hard time about it "racists". So many layers of ick there.
Best wishes to a great guy who we hope has a wonderful and fulfilling retirement. Thanks Rich for all you've done for us here at Eckhartz Press!
Monday, June 06, 2016
In my novel "$everance" the lead character is a morning DJ in Chicago named Zagorski. Zagorski's boss was doing everything he could to get Zagorski to quit, so that he would give up his severance. On the flipside, Zagorski was doing whatever he could to irritate the bosses into firing him, so that he would collect his severance.
Not sure if Danny is Zagorski-ing his bosses, but his bosses are definitely Zagorski-ing him. Read about it at the link.