Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Front Page

Bob Shannon's "Turn it Up" available beginning today!

Bob Shannon’s book Turn it Up: American Radio Tales 1946-1996 comes out today on e-book via Eckhartz Press. Click here to purchase your copy on amazon.

Bob chose August 16th as the release date for a special reason. It’s the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. Elvis was special in Bob’s career–Bob was the one entrusted with letting the Dallas radio audience know about Elvis’ passing. That touching story is told in the audio clip posted today at Eckhartz Press.

Bob’s book is also about the all-time great radio personalities, and that includes Dewey Phillips from WHBQ Memphis. Who is Dewey, you ask? Only the first disc jockey in America to play Elvis Presley on the radio.

This audio clip has that story too, and it’s a good one.

Bob’s audio gives you a good idea of what yuu’ll encounter in the pages of Turn it Up: American Radio Tales 1946-1996. Great stories told with great flair.

If you love radio, you’ll love Turn it Up: American Radio Tales 1946-1996

First Day of High School

Son #3 on his first day of high school. Our last one...

On the President's Favorite Show

A long-time defender of Trump says this...

My Favorite Elvis song

I love quite a few Elvis songs, but this one is my favorite. Here he is with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Elvis' Death

This is the 40th anniversary of his death. I was in Germany when it happened, and it was just as big of a story over there. Germany loved Elvis after his stint there in the Army...

Jimmy Kimmel Rips Trump

He (correctly) compares Trump press conference to Tyson biting Holyfield's ear. Completely f-in crazy. He also has an idea for how to get rid of Trump.

I agree with...Clay Aiken?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Seth Meyers' Statement on Charlottesville

What he said...

"Safe Inside" Available for Pre-Order Now!

The book comes out officially on Eckhartz Press at the end of this month, but Lee Kingsmill's beautiful novel set in 1940s Chicago is now available for pre-order. Reserve your copy today!

Here's what the critics think of it...

“The best books expand our humanity by the vicarious experiences and opportunities for compassion they provide. Lee Kingsmill’s Safe Inside is just such a book. It’s rich and textured, filled with family dynamics, religion, sexuality, the refuge of the imagination, the sanctuary of movies, and most of all, the depth, truthfulness, and complexity of humanity.”
Michael Lister, New York Times Bestselling author of "Blood Work"

“This beautifully written and sensitive novel about growing up in Chicago in the 1940s and ’50s and falling in love with the movies is that rare thing, a story that totally recreates a vanished world. Every detail of both place and character is so closely observed and evocative that you feel like you are there. ”
Dan Callahan, associate editor of Simon Media Works and author of "Barbara Stanwyck: the Miracle Woman," and "Vanessa"

“The meticulous detail of Safe Inside leads us through the memories and emotions that take hold early and never let go.”
Walter J. Podrazik, Media historian and author

Lee Kingsmill grew up on the south side of Chicago. A stint in the army took him to pre-statehood Alaska where he served in the military police. After graduating from the University of Chicago, he taught high school English and humanities for thirty-four years. A highlight was accompanying student groups on Spring break trips to Italy. Since retirement, he continues to travel abroad, and much of Safe Inside was written in Mexico. He resides with his husband in Munster, Indiana. In his next life, he will have intimidating shoulders and only one left foot on the dance floor

FCC Intrigue

Why would the FCC approve changes to media ownership limits when nobody in America wants that? Tom Taylor's NOW column has the answer today...

Ajit Pai’s pre-Inauguration Day visit to David Smith at Sinclair’s D.C. offices is the jumping-off point for a major New York Times piece about how the new FCC Chair is reversing rules about TV ownership and operation. The story says “the Smith-Pai alliance does not follow the familiar script of a lobbyist with deep pockets influencing policy…Instead, it is a case of a powerful regulator and an industry giant sharing a political ideology and…having free rein to pursue it.” Smith has stayed deep in the background during Sinclair’s rise as a TV consolidator.

If it isn't lobbying money, it's politics. One thing for sure is that it's not what's best for the consumer. They honestly don't care what you think.

Complete Victory for Taylor Swift

Any one who saw the picture with the guy's hand clearly on her butt knew this day was coming, but yesterday a jury made it official. From Rolling Stone Magazine...

The jury in the Taylor Swift assault trial ruled in favor of the singer and her mother Monday, rejecting a radio DJ's claims that they unjustly had him fired from his job after allegedly groping the singer during a 2013 backstage meet-and-greet.

In addition to siding against David Mueller's $3 million lawsuit – or $250,000, as his lawyer compromised during closing arguments – the jury also ruled in favor of Swift's assault and battery countersuit, forcing Mueller to pay Swift a symbolic $1, CNN reports.

Following Swift's victory, the singer pledged to make donations to "multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves."

I feel a song coming...

10 Foods That Help You Poop

I don't know how this article got in my e-mail box, but I clicked on it.

Towards the end of his life my grandfather would come out of the bathroom with his arms raised in the air after a BM chanting "We Win! We Win! We Win!"

Not there yet myself, but feeling really conflicted about having clicked on that link.

Take that, Ted Nugent

Funny response from David Crosby to a question about Ted Nugent not making the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because of his politics...

Monday, August 14, 2017

BBC News Accidentally Shows Anna Paquin Nude

The link to view the pixalated version of this report is here.

It was on a TV in the background of a newsroom shot. I'm sure the producer/editor/writer watching it was doing it for research on a story.

RIP Joe Bologna

The actor/writer passed away at the age of 82.

I loved him in the role of King Kaiser (obviously portraying a thinly-veiled Sid Caesar) in the movie "My Favorite Year"...

Doin' The Cruise

On May 4, 1970, four Kent State University students were killed and nine injured when members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire during a demonstration protesting the Vietnam War. One of the people on the scene that day was a young Mitch Michaels. His eye-witness account of the chaos and mayhem is chronicled in the pages of his upcoming book Doin' The Cruise: Memories from a Lifetime in Radio and Rock & Roll.

This isn't just a book about the rock and roll lifestyle Mitch clearly led. It's also about a generation, and the challenges they faced as they tried to change the world.

The book comes out in early September on Eckhartz Press. It's available for pre-order now.

The Taylor Swift Groping Case

While the judge dismissed the case against Taylor Swift after her impressive testimony, the case still isn't over. Tom Taylor's NOW column explains...

The Denver groping/firing suit isn’t over. Taylor Swift’s mom Andrea and former Keymarket VP/Programming Frank Bell are still targets of the suit brought by David Mueller. He claims that a complaint from the Swift camp brought him to a meeting with KYGO management – and then termination. Finding a job since then’s been almost impossible, and that led to the filing of the 2015 suit against one of the industry’s biggest stars. Frank Bell has known Swift since she was a small girl, having worked with her dad at a Pennsylvania station and helped her out along her path. When Keymarket eliminated its corporate VP/Programming position in late 2010, Frank was invited to join the Swift “13 Management team in Nashville as its radio liaison – proof that relationships can pay off. There’s another part of the Denver legal story that’s not over – Taylor Swift’s countersuit against Mueller is still active.

This is Evil

GoDaddy has stepped in and yanked the URL of the Daily Stormer (a Nazi site) after it wrote an article ripping the woman who was killed.
In the post, the founder of the site, Andrew Anglin, claimed Ms Heyer has been killed in a “road rage incident”. He also launched into a vitriolic tirade about her appearance, saying she was a “drain on society”.

“Despite feigned outrage by the media, most people are glad she is dead, as she is the definition of uselessness,” Mr Anglin, the site’s editor, said. “A 32-year-old woman without children is a burden on society and has no value.”
This is evil. There is no gray area here. The president won't denounce it, either. This morning he went after the black CEO who quit his advisory board because Trump didn't denounce the racists by name, but he still can't find the words to call out these white supremicists.

I'm afraid there's no other conclusion that can be made. The president is either one of them, or he lacks the courage to call them out because they support him.

LATE UPDATE: President Trump finally tried to clean this up today (72 hours later), but only after weirdly talking about the economy first. He did read the statement written for him without improvising, and in that statement he did call out the white supremacists by name. He met the lowest possible bar. But the White supremacists in his White House remain employed, and the White supremacists who protested know that he only made this statement because he was forced to do so.

Coverage of KKK/Neo-Nazi/Alt-Right Rally

I watched quite a bit of the coverage on Saturday, and Fox News was shameful. Dear Fox News: Black Lives Matter protests AGAINST racism. KKK/Nazis/Alt-right protests IN FAVOR OF racism.

They are not the same thing. Stop saying that.

You should really be ashamed of yourselves.

Saddest photo ever

Friday, August 11, 2017

Thank you WLS!

Dave and I had an incredible time hosting a show on WLS AM 890 this morning from 10am to Noon. Thanks to Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano for allowing us to fill in for them, and thanks also to the crew (especially Tony Lossano and Tyler Bravo) for making it easy for us. The highlight of the show for me had to be this interview with Denny Laine (Moody Blues, Wings), Neil Innes (Monty Python), and Mark Hudson (The Hudson Brothers). (Photo: L-R, Mark Hudson, Dave Stern, Denny Laine, Neil Innes, and me)

I was so excited I could barely contain myself. They were gracious and wonderful, and they performed "Cant Buy Me Love".

It wasn't until after the interview was over and the gentlemen had left the building that Dave pointed out to me that my fly was unzipped.

Another fun part of the day was being reunited on the air with our old pal Kathy Voltmer, who was our newscaster when we were on the air in Champaign-Urbana. Thirty years later, here we are again...

What in the world?

You'll never believe what I'm doing this morning.

Dave Stern and I have been asked to fill in for Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano on WLS-AM 890. We'll be on the air from 10am to Noon.

Tune in if you get a chance.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Minutia Men, Episode 61

EP61 – Rick and Dave discuss bra-sized discounts, sausage contents, bears driving cars, a Bionic Cub, and Rick’s brush with superjock Larry Lujack.

You can listen to it here.

Doin' the Cruise

"When I think of Lorelei my head turns all around. Gentle as a butterfly, she moves without a sound."
--Styx "Lorelei"

Those are the lyrics by Dennis DeYoung, but when I think of Lorelei, I think of the vintage Loop commercials that stirred a little something inside a certain rock and roll fan.

In his upcoming book "Doin' the Cruise: Memories From A Lifetime in Radio and Rock & Roll" Mitch Michaels (with Ken Churilla) writes about those incredibly heady days and what was happening behind the scenes, including Mitch's friendship with Lorelei--the face and "pow" of the Loop. The book is available for pre-order now at Eckhartz Press. It ships in September.

Eric Bolling Sues Reporter

Eric Bolling, the Fox News personality who was suspended for allegedly sending unwanted lewd photos to female colleagues, is suing the reporter who broke the story for defamation. How much is he seeking in damages? Oh, only $50 million.

What I think is strange is that he isn't suing the Huffington Post (which printed the story), only the reporter. Sounds like a classic case of trying to intimidate him or scare him because he doesn't have the funds to defend himself in court.

Our justice system has one giant flaming flaw. It doesn't judge right or wrong. That's usually irrelevant. The person with the most money almost always wins just because they can outlast the poorer person. Ask our current president. He used that technique over 3000 times.

Bruce on Broadway

I would LOVE to see this show. The RAMP Newsletter reports on it this morning...

Bruce Springsteen is indeed coming to Broadway this fall for an eight-week residency. In a complete 180 from his massive stadium gigs, these insanely intimate shows will be staged at The Walter Kerr Theater on West 48th Street, a venue that holds less than 1,000 people. "My show is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music," Springsteen said. "Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung. It loosely follows the arc of my life and my work."

In addition to his music, Springsteen will also be reading excerpts from his 2016 autobiography, Born to Run, and performing other spoken reminiscences written for the show. In a statement, Springsteen said, "I chose Broadway for this project because it has the beautiful old theaters which seemed like the right setting for what I have in mind. In fact, with one or two exceptions, the 960 seats of the Walter Kerr Theater is probably the smallest venue I've played in the last 40 years."

Springsteen on Broadway will run five nights a week, Tuesday to Saturday. The official opening is set for Oct. 12, and the run is planned through Nov. 26. Preview performances begin on Oct. 3. Ticket registration for Springsteen on Broadway is now underway and will close on Aug. 27. Lucky fans will be notified on Aug. 29, and the tickets, priced from $75 to $850, will go on sale the next day.

The groping picture

Yesterday I reported on the court case taking place in Denver. It involves an alleged groping of Taylor Swift which led to her allegedly getting the DJ who did it fired. He says he didn't grope her at all.

TMZ posted this picture of the Denver DJ (David Mueller) and Taylor Swift at their meet and greet photo shoot. Look at where his hand is.

Your honor, no further questions.

Trouble for Sinclair/Tribune merger?

Resistance to this deal, which is still not officially completed, is coming from some truly unexpected sources. Tom Taylor's NOW column reports...

DOJ issues a “second request” to Sinclair and its target Tribune. That for sure delays the process that would let TV titan Sinclair add 42 television licenses plus Chicago’s talk radio station WGN/720. You wonder if the increasing heat from all corners of the spectrum is being felt at the Department of Justice. Progressives started protesting the deal when it was announced. But now Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze co-signs an objection to the mega-merger along with the One America News Network. Conservative-leaning Newsmax doesn’t like the proposal that would make Baltimore-based Sinclair by far the largest TV station owner... Sinclair would own 220 TV stations and cover 72% of U.S. households – far exceeding the FCC’s historic 39% limit. Meanwhile at WGN radio, they’re prepping to move out of Tribune Tower – something that will happen regardless of who owns WGN.

I almost don't care why the DOJ or FCC is suddenly developing a conscience. If this pause makes people look at the merger more closely, I'm all for it.

Contreras to the DL

My favorite Cub this season, catcher Willson Contreras, pulled up lame trying to beat out an infield single. He did the universal "hamstring grab" about ten paces from first base. The Cubs will announce sometime today how badly he's injured, but it looks like he's out for the rest of this month.

Starting to feel like this whole World Champion thing is not going to be a permanent condition.

Mancow and Cheap Trick

I'm not a Mancow listener, but I am a fan of Cheap Trick...

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The Best Way to Deal with Impending Nuclear War

Thanks Ben Finfer. I needed this last night.

Boden Out at CSN

From Robert Feder's column this morning...

In a surprising cutback, veteran Chicago sportscaster Chris Boden is out after 10 years at Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Boden hosted numerous pre/postgame shows, including ones for the Bears and Blackhawks, and served as an anchor/reporter for “SportsNite” and “SportsNet Central.” “We appreciate everything Chris has provided our network over the years and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors,” CSN Chicago said in a statement Tuesday. Boden, who grew up in south suburban Burbank and graduated from Luther South High School and Columbia College, is an award-winning pro whose career has spanned the NFL Network and multiple Chicago television and radio stations.

I hate to see good people lose their gigs. Boden is a pro.

The Taylor Swift Trial

I've been following the trial of the Denver DJ who sued his former company and Taylor Swift after he was fired. Swift had claimed that he groped her butt during a photo session. The photo does look like his hand was rather low, but I was reserving judgement. He claimed to have a tape of the discussion with his bosses and I wanted to hear that. According to Radio Ink, that tape came up in the trial right away...

The trial between Taylor Swift and fired Denver morning man David Mueller officially began Tuesday. Mueller took the stand and was peppered with questions about destroyed evidence, as Swift’s team tried to damage his credibility right off the bat. They also attempted to portray Mueller as an angry man who wasn’t getting enough attention from the superstar singer.

Former KYGO radio host David Mueller testified Tuesday that he didn’t send all of the audio recordings of his meeting with bosses after he was accused of groping pop star Taylor Swift because he spilled coffee on the keyboard of his computer as they were being transmitted to Swift’s legal team.

As the father of teenagers, let's just say its a good thing for the DJ that I'm not on the jury. That sounds like something my boys would say.

A Proper Burial

Last night Bridget was out in the garage when she heard our dog Ivy get into a confrontation with another beast of some kind, and let's just say Ivy was the winner this time.

Bridget came in to get me. There was a large gray furry lump in the middle of our backyard. She wanted me to properly dispose of the body.

I took a close look at the vanquished beast, and it was pretty big. Its head was curled up beneath its body, but it appeared to be either a raccoon or a possum. At first I was just going to shovel it into a garbage bag, but since our garbage had just been picked up that morning, I didn't want a rotting carcass in our can for a whole week.

So I decided to bury it. I found a nice quiet spot on the side of our house and started digging. It was dark, so Bridget held the flashlight while I prepared the beast's final resting place. It had to be a pretty deep hole because it was a pretty big beast, so it took me a good twenty minutes.

When I finished, I started walking toward the beast to pick it up with a shovel. I was only about five feet away, when something rather unexpected happened. The beast looked up at me. It was not dead at all. It was a possum.

The possum calmly got up and waddled out of my yard. It had just been playing possum to avoid Ivy's wrath.

And now I've got a big hole in my side yard.

RIP Glen Campbell

There was a load of compromisin, on the road to his horizon. RIP Glen Campbell, one of the all time greats.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Dumbest Baseball Idea of All-Time

Just don't slide, boys!

Turn It Up: Radio Tales 1946-1996

Bob Shannon's book about radio, which comes out on e-book August 16th through Eckhartz Press, features the greatest personalities to ever sit before the microphone. Among those superstars is Dick Biondi.

Bob reviews Dick's entire career, but the highlight for Chicago fans is a pretty great recollection of Dick's first stint at WLS-AM 890 from 1960-1963. During those years Dick was twice named Disc Jockey of the Year.

The book covers what Dick said to a weary Chicago the night it appeared we were headed for nuclear war, and he also explains what really happened when Dick left the station. It has nothing to do with a notorious joke (ask your mom about it...she probably knows the joke Dick supposedly said, even though he never actually did).

This Biondi retrospective is only one of the 58 (!) featured in "Turn it Up: Radio Tales 1946-1996". The e-book will be available for download on August 16.

On this day in 1974

This is an outtake of Nixon rehearsing his resignation speech. Tough to watch.

Inside the Park Homers

Incredible inside-the-park homer by Javy Baez last night in the Cubs game. After that, I saw this on Twitter...

I was almost positive I witnessed Tony Campana hit one in 2011. So I looked for the evidence. Here it is...

(By the way, Scott has corrected his list and posted it on Twitter)

RIP Dick Locher

He was the artist behind Dick Tracy and so much more. Sorry to hear this news...

Bryce Harper to Cubs?

It's a pipe dream, but it's one I enjoy reading about, even in the New York Post...

Bryce Harper and his better half aren’t doing much to defuse those rumors of Cubs interest.

As the Nationals wrapped up their three-game series in Chicago on Sunday, Harper’s wife, Kayla, enjoyed Washington’s 9-4 victory alongside the spouse of Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant. In between innings, Kayla and Jess Bryant took to Instagram, teasing a possible reunion between their partners on the field.

“Fans want it … & we are more than good with this idea …,” Jess posted on her Instagram story, which was captured by Busted Coverage. She later shared a selfie with Kayla, along with the hashtag, “#HarperToTheCubs.”

Harper is a free agent after the 2018 season.

Chicago Radio Ratings

From Tom Taylor's NOW column...

Chicago witnesses quite a PPM performance from iHeart’s urban AC “V103” WVAZ - #1 overall (5.8-6.1-6.7). And #1 in every daypart except mornings with Steve Harvey. The #1 morning show honors go to the new #2 station overall, Hubbard’s hot AC “Mix” WTMX (4.6-4.6-4.7). Even with Kathy mysteriously missing from the Eric & Kathy show, the show wins 6am-10am. Third overall (and showing some gradual erosion from the first of the year) is CBS news WBBM/WCFS (4.8-4.7-4.4). It’s #2 in mornings, tied for second middays, but suffering from a seventh-place showing in PM drive. Nice lift to fourth for Hubbard’s classic rock “Drive” WDRV (3.6-3.9-4.2, and tied for third on weekends). That’s the best topline for “Drive” since November 2013. Fifth and pulling its best share since November 2014 is CBS Radio’s country WUSN (2.9-3.4-4.1). “US 99” is tied for second middays and runs second on weekends. While we’re on the subject of country, iHeart’s “Big” WEBG ties for fourteenth place (2.1-2.1-2.8). Speaking of ties, there’s the situation around the #6, #7 and #8 slots. Tied for sixth are CBS rhythmic “B96” WBBM-FM (4.0-3.9-3.8) and iHeart’s top 40 “Kiss” WKSC (3.7-3.8-3.8). Right behind is CBS Radio’s sports/Cubs baseball WSCR (3.7-3.8-3.7). The Score is second at night with baseball. Not a strong book for Tribune’s talk WGN (3.3-3.1-2.8, and tied in fourteenth place with “Big”). Cume lead is held by top 40 Kiss (about 2.15 million).

Monday, August 07, 2017

Doin' The Cruise

When Mitch Michaels was a disc jockey in Cleveland, he and Rod Stewart took a limo together. The conversation the two men had in that limo may have changed the trajectory of rock and roll history. What did they discuss? Find out in the upcoming book "Doin’ the Cruise: Memories From A Lifetime in Radio and Rock & Roll" by Mitch Michaels (with Ken Churilla). The book is available for pre order now!

Pre-order your copy today.

RIP Don Baylor

Former Cubs manager Don Baylor passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 68 years old.

We had Baylor on the John Landecker show when he was the Cubs manager. Baylor was not exactly known for his great interviews, but he did light up when we talked about 60s and 70s soul music.

This is the write up from our Every Cub Ever feature at Just One Bad Century...

~Don Baylor 1949 (Cubs manager 2000-2002)
Baylor was a great player for the Orioles, A’s, Angels, Yankees, and Twins during his playing career—an all-star, MVP, and World Series champ, but never played for the Cubs.He was also previously NL manager of the year with the Rockies, but he only had one winning season (2001) in Chicago, and was fired with the Cubs mired in fifth place in 2002. He coached with several other teams after that, but never managed again.

Kayleigh McEnany Jumps From CNN to Trump

For the past two years she has seemingly been on every panel discussion on CNN. You'll remember her. She was the blond lady who believed that everything Trump said or did was fine, and that surely Hillary has done worse.

Well, Kayleigh has decided to eliminate the icky criticism part of her job, and just directly report the "real news" for the Trump organization. She will be producing "news reports" for Donald Trump's facebook channel that is 100% Pro-Trump all the time.

On the one hand I'd like to point out that Trump really is jumping the shark by doing this, but on the other hand, I'm so happy I'll never see her on CNN again, I think I'll just enjoy it.

Fox News Suspends Eric Bolling

You think there might be issues at Fox News? One of their prime time hosts, Eric Bolling, was suspended over the weekend for allegedly sending unsolicited texts of male genatalia to female colleagues. His lawyer's response was that Bolling (a Chicagoan, by the way) "doesn't believe he sent those". Not exactly a hard denial. (No pun intended)

You can read the accusations here.

Don't worry. There are no pictures at the link. Luckily it was reported by Huffington Post and not Deadspin. I clicked on Deadspin's Brett Favre article about the same subject a few years ago expecting to read what happened, and was blindsided by a sight I couldn't unsee.

Shkreli is Guilty!

In case you missed it over the weekend, on Friday a jury of his peers (which could not have been easy to find) convicted the most hated man in America Martin Shkrili of securities fraud.

Remember Martin? He's the smug little turd who raised the prices of AIDS drugs from $13.50 a pill to $750, and then was a dick about it when everyone revolted.

I'm guessing he'll be very popular in prison.

Say it ain't so, Hawk

White Sox announcer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson is in his final tour of some ballparks this season because he is retiring at the end of next year. He doesn't plan on ever going back to some of those ballparks. From the Sun Times...

But he won’t — and make sure you get this on your calendar, Jason Benetti — go back to Wrigley Field.

‘‘Ever,’’ Harrelson said Sunday. ‘‘Fenway is just a special place. Look at this ballpark. The only [visiting clubhouse] worse is Wrigley Field — the two worst clubhouses in baseball for visiting players. I’ll tell you this much: I’ll never go back to Wrigley Field again.’’

‘‘We’ve got three games over at their place [next season], and I told [chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] before we came on this trip, ‘I’m not going back to Wrigley Field,’’’ Harrelson said. ‘‘He said, ‘Well, you’ve got three games there next year.’ I said, ‘Well, we’re going to get rid of those.’

‘‘Worst press box, worst booths for television. It’s a joke; it really is. And so Jason is getting ready for those three at Wrigley. I will never step foot in that ballpark again. Ever.’’

Oh no! Whatever are we to do?

Saturday, August 05, 2017

The new "Most Watched YouTube Video" ever

Over 3 billion views. Never heard of it, naturally. I realize I'm a clueless middle aged dork living in the American Midwest...but after watching the video I have a pretty good idea why it has so many views. It might not be the catchy music.

Let Herbie Be A Dentist!

Friday, August 04, 2017

Butt Grab Trial

Remember the story of the DJ who was accused of grabbing Taylor Swift's butt during a meet and greet? It's the biggest trial to hit Denver in years according to Tom Taylor's NOW column...
“DJ Butt-Grab Trial Hottest Ticket in town,” says – you guessed it – about Taylor Swift and former Denver jock David Mueller. You know the story – country KYGO/98.5 fired morning co-host David Mueller after the Swift camp complained that he’d behaved inappropriately at a back-stage meet-and-greet. Mueller sued Swift and a judge let the suit go forward despite questions about the missing audio that Mueller taped of his meeting with KYGO management. Jury selection begins Monday and Swift’s expected to be in court at least some of the time. TMZ says “Swifties can start lining up at 6am and passes will be handed out at 7 to the first 32 people.”

The Price for Neymar

Neymar is one of the top three soccer players in the world (along with Ronaldo and Messi), and the Brazilian star has been starring in Spain for the past few years.

Paris St. Germain swooped in and bought him away. Want to take a guess at the price tag?

Would you believe it was nearly a half billion dollars? The story is here.

Bob Shannon "Turn it Up: American Radio Tales 1946-1996

Bob Shannon's "Legends" column in Radio & Records was a must read during the hey-day of that famous trade publication. That's when I first became acquainted with his writing. Of course, he was already a radio legend by that time. Bob was a big-time DJ in the 1960s and 1970s, even scoring the title of "Best DJ" in Dallas in the late 70s. He also worked for years at the legendary jingle shop TM Programming/TM Century as their senior VP.

Bob was the kind of guy in the radio business that when the caller ID said his name, you picked up the line. Luckily for us, the list of people who talked to him included many of the all-time great personalities in radio history. Those legends shared their stories with Bob, and he accumulated them to make up the pages of this truly memorable book.

Eckhartz Press is proud to release "Turn it Up: American Radio Tales 1946-1996" in e-book form for the very first time. It will be available beginning August 16th. Bob has gone back and updated the stories and added new material, including a brand new Foreword by Erica Farber, the president of the Radio Advertising Bureau. Among her observations, Erica notes: "In order to create the future, we need to understand the past. When it comes to radio, no one is navigating this better than Bob Shannon."

It's true. We'll share a few examples of that in the coming days.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Minutia Men, Episode 60

EP60 – Rick and Dave discuss tattoo crime, smarty-pants kids, exasperated crooks, the Cubs righting a wrong, and Rick’s brush with Barbara Billingsley.

You can listen here.

This is how you make a campaign ad

Stephen Miller

There is something incredibly creepy about this man, White House advisor Stephen Miller. He emerges from his cave when the discussion is about immigration, and his prime directive is to deliver nationalistic messages with a faux-intellectual approach. He spouts unsupported statistics with supreme confidence, and angrily challenges anyone who doesn't accept the clear dog-whistles (always, always, always against non-White people) at face value. His only other reason for being is to slavish praise on his leader, in ways that are so embarrassing ("he is always 100% correct") it makes you uncomfortable.

Every time he speaks he reminds me of someone, but I just can't put my finger on it. Someone from history who also had the exact same delivery, talked almost exclusively about that same topic (while also effusively praising his leader). Someone who even looked very much like Stephen Miller. I'm sorry, I'm drawing a blank. I'll just put this placeholder photo here, randomly plucked from Wikipedia, until I can come up with the correct person...

Trump's Golf Game

This piece about Trump's golf game is really entertaining.

He is a good golfer, but he routinely cheats, has zero courtesy for fellow golfers, drives his golf cart onto greens and tee-boxes, claims he has won championships he hasn't, and more. Pretty much exactly the type of golfer you'd expect.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Dead Ringer

ACLU Comes to John Oliver's Defense

This is pretty funny actually. John Oliver ripped one of the owners of coal mines. That man sued John Oliver. The ACLU filed a brief in defense of Oliver. Here are my two favorite parts...

I'll have what she's having

Queen Elizabeth II of England enjoys her cocktails. Here are the details from Vanity Fair via Food & Wine...

Food and Wine uncovered another detail about the Queen’s daily intake: the 91-year-old reportedly consumes four cocktails a day. And why shouldn’t she!? Let’s run through what they are:

Her first drink, per former royal chef Darren McGrady, enjoyed shortly before lunch, is a gin and Dubonnet with a slice of lemon and a “lot of ice.” Sure, this sounds about right. A classy and posh and powerful concoction.

Then, during lunch, she’ll have a piece of chocolate and a glass of wine at meal’s end. (That we have been eating lunch all these years without closing with a piece of chocolate and glass of wine now makes us feel utterly foolish.)

O.K., then, also at lunch, the Queen drinks a dry gin martini, according to her cousin Margaret Rhodes. So, yes, we are now at three drinks by roughly 1 p.m.

Her final drink of the day? It actually doesn’t come until she’s going to sleep: a glass of Champagne before bed.

And she is 91. Just sayin. It may be time to switch over to the hard stuff.

Not sure why this bothers me so much

But it really does bug me...

I'll be there tonight

I gave my Cubs tickets tonight to my lovely wife and my oldest son, so I could take my youngest son to this...

The Making of the Seth Rich Conspiracy Story is Now Also a Conspiracy

If this story is true, and Fox News intentionally created this Seth Rich conspiracy story out of whole cloth to protect the president, we have reached a new low in journalism. This goes beyond bias.

It's more like the behavior of a Pravda-style state news organization. And according to this piece, the President was even involved in it. It's so awful that I pray it isn't true.

Schmidt Unloads on Trump

Wow, this is a brutal takedown. Steve Schmidt worked for George W. Bush and ran John McCain's campaign.

RIP Joe Collins

This one's a gutpunch. WBBM NewsRadio announced the passing of longtime traffic reporter Joe Collins. In a rough and tumble business, Joe was the nicest person I ever met. He would have given anything to anyone he loved, and he loved everyone. We loved him too. So sad. RIP, Joe. You were the best.

I worked with Joe at WJMK, and we collaborated on a book that Joe never got a chance to finish. He was writing a book about the old WLS/WCFL battles of the 1960s, and I helped set up interviews with people like Dick Biondi, Larry Lujack, and more. A few years ago he was already not able to type, and was forced to buy voice recognition software. And then he just became too weak. Last time I spoke on the phone with him, he told me that he didn't think he'd ever be able to finish it.

I profiled Joe twice over the years.

In 2008 he was still the afternoon traffic reporter at WBBM, and I interviewed him for Chicago Radio Spotlight.

In 2013, after he announced he could no longer continue at WBBM, I interviewed Joe again for the Illinois Entertainer.

Museum Gets a Reprieve

Crains Chicago reports that the Broadcasting Museum in Chicago, which is the home to the National Radio Hall of Fame, has been given another year to pay their bills...

The Museum of Broadcast Communications gets an extra year to pay down its $2.5 million mortgage held by Pepper Construction in Chicago. Bruce DuMont, the museum's founder and CEO, confirmed the extension via email this morning. "The MBC remains optimistic about what lies ahead," DuMont wrote, indicating that the statement would be the organization's only comment on the issue.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Big Media: Ten Years Later

It's been ten years since I wrote my novel "$everance" and I have revisited the subject matter (media consolidation and its effects) in this month's Illinois Entertainer column.

You can read it here.

My two companion pieces listing who owns what in Big Media are below.

Big Media: Who Owns What?

Most Americans are numb to the dangers of a few media conglomerates owning the majority of the media outlets in this country.

Approximately six big media corporations control virtually everything we see, hear, and read. It's not sufficient to just point that out. It isn't until you see those holdings listed that you get a real idea how powerful these six media giants are. This information comes from the esteemed Columbia Journalism Review.

(I will update the owners of America's radio stations in a seperate post)

The country's largest cable provider isn't just in the cable business. They own soooo much more. Check out this partial list below...

NBC Television Network
NBC Entertainment
NBC News
NBC Sport Group
Universal Television (UTV)
Universal Cable Productions
NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution
NBCUniversal International Television Distribution
NBC Local Media Division
NBC New York (WNBC)
NBC Los Angeles (KNBC)
NBC Chicago (WMAQ)
NBC Philadelphia (WCAU)
NBC Bay Area (KNTV)
NBC Dallas/Fort Worth (KXAS)
NBC Washington (WRC)
NBC Miami (WTVJ)
NBC San Diego (KNSD)
NBC Connecticut (WVIT)
NBC Everywhere
Skycastle Entertainment
KVEA (Los Angeles)
WNJU (New York)
WSCV (Miami)
KTMD (Houston)
WSNS (Chicago)
KXTX (Dallas/Fort Worth)
KVDA (San Antonio)
KSTS (San Francisco/San Jose)
KTAZ (Phoenix)
KNSO (Fresno)
KDEN (Denver)
KBLR (Las Vegas)
WNEU (Boston/Merrimack)
KHRR (Tucson)
WKAQ (Puerto Rico)
KWHY (Los Angeles) (Independent)

Television Channels
CNBC World
Comcast Charter Sports Southeast
Comcast Sports Group
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
Comcast SportsNet California
Comcast SportsNet Chicago
Comcast SportsNet Houston
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
Comcast SportsNet New England
Comcast SportsNet Northwest
Comcast SportsNet Philadelhpia
The Mtn.-Mountain West Sports Network
Comcast Sports Southwest
New England Cable News (Manages)
NBC Sports Network
The Comcast Network
E! Entertainment Television
Golf Channel
Oxygen Media
The Style Network
Universal HD
USA Network
The Weather Channel Companies
Syfy Universal (Universal Networks International)
Diva Universal (Universal Networks International)
Studio Universal (Universal Networks International)
Universal Channel (Universal Networks International)
13th Street Universal (Universal Networks International)
Movies 24 (Universal Networks International)
Hallmark Channel (non-U.S.) (Universal Networks International)
KidsCo (Interest) (Universal Networks International)

Universal Pictures
Focus Features
Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Parks and Resorts
Universal Parks and Resorts

Digital Media
Hulu (32%)
CNBC Digital

XFINITY Internet

Sports Management
Philadelphia Flyers
Wells Fargo Center
Global Spectrum (Public Assembly Management)
Ovations Food Services
Front Row Marketing Services
New Era Tickets (ComcastTIX)
Flyers Skate Zone

Comcast Ventures
Abor Networks
BelAir Networks
BNI Video
BroadLogic Network Technologies
>Bubble Motion
Catalog Spree
CedarPoint Communications
CTI Towers
DreamIT MEAP (Minority Entrepreneur Accelerator Program)
Healthline Networks
iControl Networks
Immedia Semiconductor
Kiwi Crate
MegaPath Networks
NGT New Global Telecom
Ortiva Wireless
Perfect Market
RF Magic
RGB Networks
SB Nation
SkyStream Networks
The Rubicon Project
Trion Worlds
Visible World
Vox Media
XOS Digital
Comcast Spotlight
Comcast Business Class
Comcast Interactive Media


In 2014, Comcast tried to merge with Time Warner and the governement wouldn't allow it. Look at the list above, and the list below, to see why this was a prudent decision. If it came up again now under this administration and this FCC, it would probably be given the green light.

Home Box Office (HBO), Inc.
@ Max
5 Star Max
Action Max
Cinemax Brasil (Latin America)
Cinemax On Demand
HBO 2 (Latin America)
HBO Asia/South Asia
HBO Brasil (Latin America)
HBO Bulgaria
HBO Canada
HBO Caribe (Latin America)
HBO Croatia
HBO Comedy
HBO Family (Latin America)
HBO Domestic and International Program Distribution
HBO Europe
HBO Family
HBO HD (Brazil)
HBO Home Entertainment
HBO Hungary
HBO Latin America
HBO Latino
HBO Macedonia
HBO Ole (Latin America)
HBO On Demand
HBO Plus (Latin America)
HBO Plus Brazil (Latin America)
HBO Poland
HBO Romania
HBO Serbia
HBO Signature
HBO United Kingdom
HBO Zone
Max Prime (Latin America)
More Max
Outer Max
Thriller Max
W Max

Turner Broadcasting System
Adult Swim
Amo El Cine
Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network Asia Pacific
Cartoon Network Asia
Cartoon Network Australia
Cartoon Network India
Cartoon Network Japan
Cartoon Network Korea, South
Cartoon Network New Zealand
Cartoon Network Philippines
Cartoon Network Southeast Asia
Cartoon Network Taiwan
Cartoon Network Thailand
Cartoon Network Vietnam
Cartoon Network Europe, The Middle East, and Africa
Cartoon Network United Kingdom
Cartoon Network France
Cartoon Network Spain
Cartoon Network Italy
Cartoon Network Poland
Cartoon Network Netherlands
Cartoon Network Sweden
Cartoon Network Denmark
Cartoon Network Romania
Cartoon Network Hungary
Cartoon Network Germany
Cartoon Network Africa
Cartoon Network Pan Europe
Cartoon Network Turkey
Cartoon Network Scandinavia
Cartoon Network Russia
Cartoon Network Bulgaria
Cartoon Network Arabic
Cartoon Network Japan
Cartoon Network Latin America
Cartoon Network Argentina
Cartoon Network Bogata
Cartoon Network Brazil
Cartoon Network Chile
Cartoon Network Mexico
Cartoon Network Venezuela
Cartoon Network Too
CNN Airport Network
CNN en Español
CNN International
CNN Mobile
CNN Newsource
Japan Image Communications Co., Ltd. (JIC)
Tabi Channel
Mondo TV Channel
HLN in Asia Pacific
HLN in Latin America
Much Music
Peachtree TV
TCM Asia
TCM Australia/ New Zealand
TCM Canada
TCM France
TCM Latin America
TCM Spain
TNT Latin America
Turner Classic Movies
Turner Network Television
Turner Sports
Joint Ventures
Cartoon Network Korea (Japanese) (German)
CNN Chile
CNN Türk
Lumière Movies
Warner Channel

Warner Bros. Entertainment
DC Entertainment
DC Comics
DC Universe
MAD Magazine
New Line Cinema
Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. International Cinemas
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group
Warner Bros. Advanced Digital Services
Warner Bros. Anti-Piracy Operations
Warner Bros. Digital Distribution
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Technical Operations
Warner Home Video
Warner Bros. Pictures Group
Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures International
Warner Bros. Studio Facilities
Warner Bros. Television Group
Warner Bros. Animation
The CW Television Network
Studio 2.0
Telepictures Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Warner Bros. International Branded Services
Warner Bros. International Television Distribution
Warner Bros. International Television Production
Warner Horizon Television
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures

Time Inc.
All You
Coastal Living
Cooking Light
Entertainment Weekly
Golf Magazine
People Country
People en Español
People StyleWatch
Real Simple
Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated Kids
Southern Living
This Old House
Time For Kids
Time Asia
Time Europe, Middle East and Africa
Time U.S.
Time Inc. Digital Only
Grupo Editorial Expansión
Clase Premier
CNN México
Dinero Inteligente
Endless Vacation
Gran Plan
IDC Asesor Jurídico y Fiscal
IDC Online
Life and Style
Medio Tiempo
Metros Cubicos
Travel & Leisure, Mexico
IPC Media
25 Beautiful Homes
Amateur Gardening
Amateur Photographer
Angler's Mail
Beautiful Kitchens
Chat-It's Fate
Country Homes & Interiors
Country Life
Cycle Sport
Cycling Active
Cycling Weekly
Feel Good Games
Golf Monthly
Homes & Gardens
Horse & Hound
Ideal Home
InStyle (U.K.)
Marie Claire
Motor Boat & Yachting
Motor Boats Monthly
MBR -- Mountain Bike Rider
Pick Me Up
Practical Boat Owner
Rugby World
Shooting Gazette
Shooting Times & Country Magazine
Sporting Gun
Superyacht Business
Superyacht World
Teen Now
The Field
TV & Satellite Week
TV Easy
VW Camper & Bus
What Digital Camera
What's on TV
Woman Special Series
Woman&Home Feel Good Food
Woman&Home Feel Good You
Woman's Own
Woman's Own Lifestyle Series
Woman's Weekly
Woman's Weekly Fiction
Woman's Weekly Home Series
Woman's Weekly Living Series
World Soccer
Yachting Monthly
Yachting World
IPC Digital Only
goodtoknow recipes

Time Warner Investments Group

Bigband Networks
Bluefin Labs
Dynamic Signal
Double Fusion
Everyday Health
Gaia Online
Glu Mobile
Maker Studios
N2 Broadband
Nuvo TV
PlanetOut Inc.
SkyStream Networks
Tremor Video
Trion Worlds
Visible World

These are now techically two different corporations, but since they are both still controlled by Rupert Murdoch, that's a distinction for Wall Street investors. The following properties are all controlled by the Murdoch family...

Cable Network Programming
Fox Networks (A unit of Fox Networking Group)
FX Networks and Productions (FX, FXX, FXM)
National Geographic Channel
Nat Geo WILD
Nat Geo Mundo
Fox Sports Network (FSN) and 22 regional cable sports networks
FOX Sports 1
FOX Sports 2
FOX Soccer Plus
FOX College Sports
FOX Deportes
FOX Life
Baby TV
BTN (co-venture with the Big Ten Conference)
(Digital Extensions of Fox Networks:)
FOX Sports GO
Nat Geo TV
Big Ten Network (A joint venture between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Networks)
Fox Business Network
Fox Deportes
Fox News Channel
Fox International Channels (300 channels across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, in 44 languages)
Channel M
Channel V
Film Zone
FOX Crime
FOX Life
FOX Movies
FOX Retro
FOX Sports
FOX Sports 2
FOX Sports 3
FOX Traveller
Nat Geo People
Nat Geo Wild
National Geographic Channel
Star Chinese Movies
Star Movies
Star World
FX Networks and Productions
MundoFox (a joint venture between Fox International Channels (FIC), News Corporation's international multi-media business, and RCN, which is owned by Organización Ardila Lülle (OAL))
STAR India
A network of over thirty channels in seven languages, including:
Star Gold
Channel [V]
Star Jalsha
Star Pravah
Star World
Star Movies
Star Utsav
Life OK
Movies OK
Star Plus
Asianet Channels
Star Vijay
YES Network

Filmed Entertainment
Twentieth Century Fox Film
Twentieth Century Fox
Fox 2000 Pictures
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Fox International Productions
Twentieth Century Fox Animation
Twentieth Century Fox Television
Fox 21 (cable production division)
Fox 2000
Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios
Fox Home Entertainment
Fox International Productions
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Fox Television Studios
Shine Group
An international television production and distribution group with 26 production companies across 12 countries, including:
Shine America
Shine Australia
Shine France
Shine Germany
Shine Iberia
Shine Nordics
Friday TV
Meter Television
Metronome Denmark
Shine Finland
Metronome Spartacus
Shine Group
Bossa Studios
Brown Eyed Boy
Dragonfly Film and Television
Lovely Day
Princess Productions
Shine Pictures
Shine TV
Shine 360°
Shine International
Shine Network

Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Sports
Fox Television Stations Group
WAGA (Atlanta)
KTBC (Austin)
WUTB (Baltimore)
KFTC (Bemidji, MN; satelite of WFTC, Minneapolis)
WFXT (Boston)
WFLD (Chicago)
WPWR (Chicago)
KDFW (Dallas)
KDFI (Dallas)
WJBK (Detroit)
KRIV (Houston)
KTXH (Houston)
KTTV (Los Angeles)
KCOP (Los Angeles)
WHBQ (Memphis)
KMSP (Minneapolis)
WFTC (Minneapolis)
WNYW (New York City)
WWOR (New Jersey)
WOGX (Ocala-Gainesville)
WRBW (Orlando)
WOFL (Orlando)
WTXF (Philadelphia)
KUTP (Phoenix)
KSAZ (Phoenix)
WTVT (Tampa Bay)
WTTG (Washington D.C.)
WDCA (Washington D.C.)

Direct Broadcast Satellite Television
BSkyB (Britain, Ireland)
Mobile Services (Sky Content on Mobile Apps)
Sky 1
Sky 3D
Sky Arts
Sky Atlantic
Sky Broadband (Internet Provider)
Sky Living
Sky Movies
Sky News
Sky Go
Sky Sports
Sky Talk (Communications Provider)
Sky TV
Sky Deutschland
Sky 3D
Sky Action
Sky Atlantic
Sky Sport Austria
Sky Bundesliga 1
Sky Bundesliga 2
Sky Cinema
Sky Cinema +1
Sky Cinema +24
Sky Comedy
Sky Emotion
Sky HD
Sky Hits
Sky Krimi
Sky Nostalgie
Sky Sport 1
Sky Sport 2
Sky Italia
Sky TV
Sky Famiglia
Sky Cinema
Sky Sport
Sky Calcio
Sky Primafila
Sky 3D
Canali Opzionali
My Sky
Sky Multivision
HD - Alta Definizione
Sky Go
Sky Go live
Sky On Demand
Sky e Fastweb
Sky iD
Sky Life Magazine

Dow Jones (News Corp)
The Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal Global (Asia, Europe, Latin America, Brazil,
China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Turkey)
The Wall Street Journal Radio
The Wall Street Journal Digital Network
The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition
2Dow Jones Local Media Group (Ottaway):
Cape Cod Media Group (MA)
Cape Cod Times
Cape Cod View
Barnstable Patriot
Hudson Valley Media Group (NY)
Times Herald-Record (Middletown)
Orange Magazine (Orange County)
Nantucket Island Media Group (MA)
The Inquirer and Mirror (Nantucket)
Nantucket Today
Pocono Mountains Media Group (PA)
Pocono Record (Stroudsburg)
San Joaquin Media Group (CA)
The Record (Stockton)
Seacoast Media Group (NH)
The Portsmouth Herald
The Exeter News-Letter
The Hampton Union
The York Weekly
York County Coast Star
South Coast Media Group (MA)
The Standard-Times (New Bedford)
The Advocate (Fairhaven)
The Chronicle (Westport and Dartmouth)
Middleboro Gazette
The Spectator (Somerset and Swansea)
The Fall RIver Spirit
New England Business Bulletin
Southern Oregon Media Group (OR)
Medford Mail Tribune
The Nickel (Medford)
Ashland Daily Tidings
Dow Jones Averages
Dow Jones Client Solutions
Dow Jones Companies & Executives
Dow Jones Events
Dow Jones Indexes
Dow Jones Insight
Dow Jones Investment Banker
Dow Jones LP Source
Dow Jones Newswires
Dow Jones Private Markets
Dow Jones Reprint Portal
Dow Jones Watchlist
Dow Jones VentureSource
Vedomosti (with Pearson and Independent Media)
Virtual Stock Exchange
Risk & Compliance
Private Equity/Venture Capital
Dow Jones Newswires
ETF Trader
Hulbert Financial Digest Monthly Newsletter
Hulbert Interactive
MarketWatch Options Trader
Proactive Fund Investor
Retirement Weekly
Revolution Investing
The Technical Indicator
Financial News

HarperCollins Publishers (News Corp)
Avon A
Avon Inspire
Avon Red
Harper Design
Harper Business
Harper Paperbacks
Harper Perennial
Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Harper Voyager
HarperCollins e-Books
William Morrow
HarperCollins Children's Books
Balzer + Bray
Greenwillow Books
HarperCollins Children's Audio
HarperCollins Children's Books
HarperCollins e-books
Katherine Tegen Books
Walden Pond Press
HarperCollins Australia
HarperCollins Canada
HarperCollins India
HarperCollins New Zealand
HarperCollins US
HarperCollins UK

News America Marketing (News Corp)
News Marketing Canada

News Corp Australia
The Australian
The Daily Telegraph
The Sunday Telegraph
Herald Sun
Herald Sun Sunday
The Courier Mail
The Sunday Mail
The Advertiser
NT News (a.k.a. Northern Territory News)
Sunday Territorian
The Sunday Times
Perth Now
Mercury - The Voice of Tasmania
Sunday Tasmania
Fox Sports
Foxtel (50%)
REA Group
Super Food Ideas
ABC delicious magazine
donna hay magazine magazine
Vogue Living
Country Style
Inside Out
Gardening Australia
Vogue Australia
GQ Australia
Big League
Australian Golf Digest
Best Recipes
Australian Associated Press

News UK
The Sun
The Times
The Sunday Times
TLS (The Times Literary Supplement)

Amplify (Educational products and services)
News America Marketing
News Corp. Digital Media
News International
NDS (49%)
New York Post

Again, these are technically two different corporations, but they share a chairman (Sumner Redstone) and both are controlled by his company National Amusements, so this is another distinction merely for Wall Street investors.

Television and Film
CBS Television Network
CBS News
CBS Sports
CBS Films
CBS Television Studios
CBS Studios International
CBS Home Entertainment
CBS Television Distribution
CBS College Sports Network
The CW
Showtime Networks Inc.
Showtime 2
Shotime Showcase
Showtime Extreme
Showtime Beyond
Showtime Next
Showtime On Demand
Showtime Women
Showtime Family Zone
The Movie Channel
The Movie Channel On Demand
The Movie Channel Xtra
Flix On Demand
Smithsonian Networks (Smithsonian Channel)
CBS Television Stations
KCCO-TV (Alexandria, MN)
WUPA-TV (Atlanta, GA)
WJZ-TV (Baltimore, MD)
WBZ-TV (Boston, MA)
WSBK (Boston, MA)
WBBM-TV (Chicago, IL)
KTVT-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth, TX)
KTXA-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth, TX)
KCNC-TV (Denver, CO)
WWJ-TV (Detroit, MI)
WKBD-TV (Detroit, MI)
WCBS-TV (New York, NY)
WBFS-TV (Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
WFOR-TV (Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
WCCO-TV (Minneapolis, MN)
KYW-TV (Philadelphia, PA)
WPSG-TV (Philadelphia, PA)
KDKA-TV (Pittsburgh, PA)
WPCW-TV (Pittsburgh, PA)
WLNY-TV (Riverhead, NY)
KMAX-TV (Sacramento, CA)
KOVR-TV (Sacramento, CA)
KBCW-TV (San Francisco, CA)
KPIX-TV (San Francisco, CA)
KCAL-TV (Los Angeles, CA)
KCBS-TV (Los Angeles, CA)
KSTW-TV (Seattle, WA)
WTOG-TV (Tampa, FL)
KCCW-TV (Walker, MN)

Simon & Shuster
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Atria Books
Folger Shakespeare Library
Free Press
Gallery Books
Howard Books
Simon & Schuster
Threshold Editions
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Beach Lane Books
Little Simon
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Paula Wiseman Books
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Simon Pulse
Simon Spotlight
Simon & Schuster Audio
Simon & Schuster Audio
Simon & SChuster's Pimsleur
Simon & Schuster International
Simon & Schuster Australia
Simon & Schuster Canada
Simon & Schuster UK

Online Properties
College Network
Find Articles
The Insider
CBS Connections
CBS Consumer Products (and CBS Retail Store)
CBS Outdoor
CBS Records
CBS Scene
Watch! Magazine

Cable Networks (Viacom)
Atom Entertainment
BET Networks
BET Event Productions
BET Gospel
BET Hip Hop
BET International
BET Mobile
BET Pictures
CMT Loaded
CMT Mobile
CMT On Demand
CMT Pure Country
CMT Radio
Comedy Central
GT Marketplace
MTV Networks
MTV Books
MTV Hits
MTV Jams
MTVN International
Game One
MTV Boombox
MTV Revolution
TMF (The Music Factory)
Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas
Nick at Nite
Nick Jr.
The Click
Nick Arcade
Nick GAS
Nickelodeon Consumer Products
Nicktoons Network
Spike TV
Spike Filmed Entertainment
TV Land
VH1 Classic
Viacom International Media Networks

Paramount Pictures Corporation
MTV Films
Nickelodeon Movies
Paramount Animation
Paramount Home Entertainment
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Vantage

Viacom Digital
Rainbow Group (Minority Interest)

The Walt Disney company is no longer just a happy-go-lucky theme park and film company. They own much, much, much more...

Film and Theater
Disney Theatrical Productions
Touchstone Pictures
Marvel Entertainment
Walt Disney Pictures
DisneyToon Studios
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International (Distribution)
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Disney Music Group
Hollywood Records
Walt Disney Records


ABC-Owned Television Stations Group
WLS (Chicago, IL)
KFSN (Fresno, CA)
KTRK (Houston, TX)
KABC (Los Angeles, CA)
WABC (New York, NY)
WPVI (Philadelphia, PA)
WTVD (Raleigh-Durham, NC)
KGO (San Francisco, CA)
Disney ABC Television Group
ABC Television Network (ABC Daytime, ABC Entertainment, and ABC News)
ABC Family
ABC Studios
A&E Television Networks (50%)
The Biography Channel (50%)
Disney ABC Domestic Television
Disney ABC International Television
Disney-ABC-ESPN Television
Disney Channel Worldwide (Disney XD, Playhouse Disney, Jetix, and ABC Kids)
History (formerly The History Channel) (50%)
H2 (50%)
Lifetime Entertainment Services (50%)
Disney Junior (Flanders and the Netherlands)
ESPN, Inc. (80%)
ESPN (and and
ESPN Classic
ESPN Deportes
ESPN Enterprises
ESPN Interactive
ESPN International
ESPN Mobile Properties
ESPN on Demand
ESPN Regional Television
Longhorn Network

Hyperion Books
ABC Daytime Press
Jump At The Sun
Mirimax Books
Disney Publishing Worldwide
Disney Digital Books
Disney English
Disney Global Book Group
Global Children's Magazines
U.S. Magazines
ESPN The Magazine (50% with Hearst)
ESPN Books

Parks and Resorts
Adventures by Disney
Disney Cruise Line
Disneyland Resort
Disneyland Resort Paris (51%)
Disney Vacation Club
Hong Kong Disneyland (48%)
Shanghai Disney Resort (43%)
Tokyo Disney Resort (Owned and operated the Oriental Land Company)
Walt Disney Imagineering
Walt Disney World Resort

The Baby Einstein Company
Club Penguin
Disney Consumer Products
The Disney Store
Disney Apparel
Disney Accessories & Footwear
Disney Fashion & Home
Disney Food
Disney Health & Beauty
Disney Stationery
Disney Toys
Disney Interactive Media Group
Disney Interactive Studios
Disney Online (
Disney Online Studios
Disney Mobile
El Capitan Theatre
The Muppets Studio
Rocket Pack
UTV Software Communications

Sony is the only foreign-owned media giant (Japan), but they certainly aren't a small player on the US media stage. The list below is just some of what they own...

Sony Pictures Entertainment (Film)
Columbia Tristar Motion Picture Group
Columbia Pictures
Sony Pictures Classics
Screen Gems
Sony Pictures Releasing and Sony Pictures Releasing International
TriStar Pictures
Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia (Hong Kong)
Columbia Films Producciones Espanolas (Madrid)
Columbia Pictures Producciones Mexico (Mexico City)
Sony Pictures Digital Productions
Sony Pictures Animation
Sony Pictures Imageworks Interactive
Sony Pictures Studios
Sony Pictures Technologies
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Sony Pictures Releasing and Sony Pictures Releasing International

Sony Music Entertainment
Columbia Records
Epic Records
Volcano Entertainment (Distributed by Epic Records)
Legacy Recordings
Star Time International
RCA/JIVE Label Group (This group, along with its subsidiaries, was rebranded as RCA Records in 2011)
Arista Records (Absorbed into RCA Records in 2011)
Battery Records Black Seal (Absorbed into RCA Records in 2011)
J Records (Absorbed into RCA Records in 2011)
Jive Records (Absorbed into RCA Records in 2011)
LaFace Records (Absorbed into RCA Records in 2011)
Polo Grounds Music (Absorbed into RCA Records in 2011)
RCA Records
RCA Inspiration (Formerly Verity Gospel Music Group)
Provident Label Group
Beach Street Records
Essential Records
Flicker Records
Reunion Records
Sony Masterworks
Masterworks Broadway
RCA Red Seal
Sony Classical
RCA Victor
Sony Music Latin
Sony Music Nashville
Arista Nashville
BNA Records (Absorbed into Columbia Nashville in 2012)
Columbia Nashville
RCA Records Nashville
Music Choice (Partnership)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
SYCO (Partnership)
VEVO (Partnership)

Sony Pictures Television Group
AATH (Bengal)
AXN Black
AXN Crime
AXN Sci Fi
AXN Spin
AXN Movies
AXN White Portugal
AXN White España
beTV (Asia)
Sony Entertainment Television (SET)
SET Africa
SET India
SET Latin America (a.k.a. Canal Sony)
SET Russia
SET Asia (based in Singapore)
AXN Mystery
Sony Max
Sony Turbo

Games and Apps (Online and Mobile)
The Smurfs: Smurf Village
Wheel of Fortune: Spin the Wheel!
This Is the End: Hollywood Hellfire
Hotel Transylvania: Dracula's Maze
Hotel Transylvania: The Social Game
Men In Black 3
Men In Black 3: Target Practice
The Amazing Spiderman Second Screen App
Here Comes the Boom - Make It Boom
Crackle (App)
My Daily Clip (App)
Sony Card Marketing & Services Company
Sony Computer Entertainment America (Playstation and Associated Games)
Sony Electronics
Sony Mobile Communications
Sony Pictures Consumer Products
Sony Plaza Public Arcade
Sony Wonder Technology Lab (New York)

There are six human beings that control all of the media outlets listed above. Their names are Sumner Redstone (CBS/Viacom), Bob Iger (Disney), Jeff Bewkes (Time/Warner), Rupert Murdoch (Fox/News Corp), Brian Roberts (Comcast), and Kazuo Hirai (Sony).

Six men.

When you hear someone arguing against Net Neutrality, you can bet that person is being financed by one of those six men. They are the only six people in America who want it. When you hear about these six people having a private meeting in Idaho (which they do every summer, although Redstone has been too sick to attend for years), remember the power associated with a meeting like that.

This reality inspired my novel "$everance". Ever since I wrote it ten years ago people have been asking me to update the media ownership realities we face today. This is my best effort.

I now hand over this crusade to the next man in line. I'm a little weary of standing on my soapbox.