Thursday, April 27, 2017
In his first week on the job, Jesse made a joke about Ivanka Trump. The joke was about the way she held the microphone, and it was clearly and without question, a blowjob joke. If it had been about Hillary, no worries. But this time it was about a Republican president's daughter.
The next day Jesse took an unexpected sudden vacation.
The expected 100 layoffs at ESPN began on Wednesday as many long-time TV and radio hosts were dismissed. Many of them, including Ed Werder, Danny Kanell, Jayson Stark, and Trent Dilfer took to Twitter to post the news. Kanell tweeted, “Poured my heart and soul into ESPN for last 8 years. Moved my wife and 3 kids to CT to go ‘all in’ 5 years ago. Bummed it ended in 3 minutes.”
And then there are some who will have their roles dramatically reduced. From the Hollywood Reporter...
They include Baseball Tonight's Karl Ravitch, ESPN Radio's Ryen Russillo and Hannah Storm, who has been a mainstay at ESPN for a decade and hosted various iterations of flagship SportsCenter. (An ESPN source said that Russillo will continue at ESPN Radio.)
Ravitch is one of my favorites on ESPN. Bad day for sports on radio and television.
How much does he love these cars? This video answers the question better than I ever could...
It's obviously gone quite a few more miles since then--we're pushing 150,000. Also, my boys drive it now, so it looks like it's been in a demolition derby.
I have fond memories of this moment. It was one of the last stories I cut from the book version of Father Knows Nothing, mainly because it wasn't technically a Father Knows Nothing column. It written for Shore Magazine, when I wrote a regular column for them called "A Fine Mess".
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
The cut of 100 on-air personalities represents 10% of the workforce.
UPDATE: NFL expert reporter Ed Werder is first to announce he was laid off by ESPN.
From Bob Ley pic.twitter.com/rjJVi7JZaZ— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) April 26, 2017
WBBM received Illinois AP’s first place “Best Spot News Coverage” award for “The Rally that Never Was,” highlighting Steve Miller, Bob Roberts, Rob Hart, Lisa Fielding, Geoff Dankert and the retired Don Schuble from the WBBM staff.
The station also received Illinois AP’s first place “Best Newscast” award for the 7 p.m. newscast, on March 11, 2016 highlighting Cisco Cotto, Geoff Dankert, Bob Roberts, Steve Miller, Rob Hart, George Ofman, Bernie Tafoya, Paula Fagan, Frank Strait, Jeff Bellinger, Brad Robinson, Ken Kosek, Susan Glick, and Brian Callahan from the WBBM staff.
Individual awards were also presented. WBBM’s Lisa Fielding received the “Best Series” award for her Generation Heroin series; and WBBM’s Rick Gregg received the “Best Sports Report” award for The Ballad of James Shields.
I've previously interviewed a few of them (Bernie Tafoya, Rob Hart, Cisco Cotto) and Geoff Dankert is in my Cubs season-ticket pool. Happy for all of them. They are true pros.
Big loss. NPR starts a nationwide search for his successor immediately. Don't be surprised if the candidate is already working there in the Washington office.
"I don't mean to be too forward, but the fate of the species literally depends on me," the rhino's profile says. "I perform well under pressure."
The campaign called "The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World," by a Kenyan wildlife conservancy and the dating app, focuses on the rhino named Sudan.
The 43-year-old and his last two female companions are unable to breed naturally because of issues that include old age.
Sounds like the big fella needs a little rhiagra.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
It's really the story of the decline of the local newspaper--which used to give us a much better feel for how every part of the country felt-- and how the national media is essentially located only in urban centers. Urban centers are more likely to be liberal and journalists live and work in that environment, so it's only natural they have a more liberal outlook. Food for thought.
Tony's podcast Lossano and Friends also returns this week on the Radio Misfits Podcast Network.*
*Full disclosure: Tony is also the Executive Producer of Minutia Men, my podcast with David Stern.
Read all about her here.
Hopefully this means that the State Department will have regular briefings again (like they've had for 50 years before this presidency).
I'm interested to see if she really is a draw or not. Did her former conservative fans tune in only because she was on Fox News or will they tune in to NBC? Will the non-conservatives accept her? Will her new show be less conservative?
We'll find out.
The complaint says InfoWars released a video on April 11 describing Chobani's practice of hiring refugees and a sexual assault case that did not involve the yogurt company. During the video, an Info Wars reporter republished statements that claimed the Chobani plant brought crime and tuberculosis since it opened the plant five years ago while also pointing out previous reports of its willingness to hire refugees in Twin Falls.
This is very reminiscent of the phony "sex-ring-in-a-Washington-pizza-parlor" story they made up during the election. There was no sexual assault. There was no tuberculosis. They employed some refugees and nothing bad happened.
Chobani is a big company and has the deep pockets to sue. Those Sandy Hook families (Alex Jones/Infowars claimed it was a staged event) are not in the same position.
Monday, April 24, 2017
By the way, despite protests in hundreds of cities around the world, and being the #1 trending subject on Twitter all weekend, the Sunday morning political shows didn't even mention the March for Science. Tell me again how the mainstream media is biased in favor of liberals?
[House Hunters episode]— Valerie (@ValeeGrrl) April 19, 2017
HUSBAND: I'm a freelance hamster trainer
WIFE: And I tune harmonicas part-time
HUSBAND: Our budget is $950K
[House Hunters episode]— Josh M (@JG_KB24fan) April 20, 2017
HUSBAND: "I sell used 8-track tapes"
WIFE: "And I hang potatoes in people's garages"
HUSBAND: Our budget is $950K
[House Hunters episode]— Billy J. Smith (@thatbillysmith) April 20, 2017
HUSBAND: I'm a sandwich artist.
WIFE: And I have a blog about meat and beer.
HUSBAND: Our budget is $875K
Here's an excerpt from the article...
iHeartMedia, owner of iHeartRadio, has massive debt on its books mostly because of a $24 billion leveraged buyout of billboard-advertising company Clear Channel Communications, MarketWatch reported on Friday.
The company has nearly $350 million of debt due this year, and another $8.3 billion in 2019.
"Management anticipates that our financial statements to be issued for the three months ended March 31, 2017, will include disclosure indicating there will be substantial doubt as to our ability to continue as a going concern for a period of 12 months following the date the first quarter 2017 financial statements are issued," iHeartMedia said in its filing.
In Chicago, iHeart owns Kiss-FM, My-FM, WGCI, WVAZ, and Big 95.5.
Trump will not be there. He cannot handle people telling jokes about him, and he loathes the press like a spurned lover.
So he will hold a rally instead, letting his supporters stroke his very brittle ego and make him feel like everything is going great.
It's hard to imagine a whinier and more emotionally fragile President. And he calls everyone who doesn't agree with him a snowflake. That's what the psychologists refer to as projection..."Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others." (Sigmund Freud)
Friday, April 21, 2017
The position, which reports up into Fidji Simo, Facebook’s VP in charge of news and video, isn’t listed on the company’s website.
But sources say that whoever takes the job will help Facebook create news products for its media partners, like Instant Articles, as well as exploring ways to curb the spread of misinformation.
TV Spy has the details.
We may soon have another right-wing media outlet in Chicago. Sinclair Broadcasting is the potential buyer.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
If she really is pregnant, and she's really 20 weeks pregnant, that means that she won the Australian Open while pregnant.
No male athlete can ever claim to be gutting it out again.
“The Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication” will be the official name of the University of Minnesota’s specialty department, named after company founder Stanley E. Hubbard. His son Stan (Stanley S.) has been generous to the school, and the family’s given about $25 million to it, says the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The school of journalism and mass communication becomes the first “named school” on campus, according to College of Liberal Arts Dean John Coleman. The Hubbards base their radio/TV operations in the Twin Cities – and probably have more than a few University of Minnesota grads on the payroll. Stan’s daughter Ginny Morris talked at last year’s RAIN Summit in Las Vegas about her grandfather’s hold-on-for-the-ride approach to new technologies – like using a communications satellite, at the dawn of cable TV.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The Living Wills by Brendan Sullivan and Rick Kaempfer
Reviewed by Megan Renehan, Windy City Reviews
In The Living Wills, Sullivan and Kaempfer tell a story of interconnected lives and the consequences of split-second decisions. The novel follows five main characters: a parking garage attendant, a barista, a toilet salesman, a lawyer, and a corporate executive, ultimately connecting their lives in deep and unexpected ways. The story is structured in short chapters alternating between the main characters' points of view. Rich with emotion and local detail, The Living Wills is a story that stayed with me long after I had closed the book.
In the preface, the authors note the novel's structure is influenced by the Harold, an improvisational theater form created by Del Close. While the novel does not exactly follow the form, the interwoven stories lend themselves to the influence of improv. Sullivan and Kaempfer set themselves up for a challenge by telling the stories of five main characters each through a different point of view, but each of the story lines is unique, all the characters are clearly drawn, and there is no confusion for the reader. Short chapters advance the plot quickly and keep the reader engaged.
What struck me most about this novel was its sweetness. Sullivan and Kaempfer navigate issues of love, loss, and family dynamics with a care that is crucial to the success of the novel. The straightforward, unadorned prose does no work to convey the depth of emotion in the novel; that job is reserved solely for the characters, and they carry the load well. Though each of the characters trend slightly towards the stereotypical, the reader is able to accept them as individuals thanks to Sullivan and Kaempfer's well-placed personal details. Delmar, the toilet salesman, is a salesman to his core, and his application of sales principles to his romantic relationship is at once comic and endearing. Similarly, the scenes in the parking garage with the executive and the attendant are injected with emotion when we learn that “Reed went through the usual charade of offering a smoke to Henry, who always pretended to consider it before declining.” These details elevate the novel from cliché to something much deeper and more satisfying for the reader...
On the whole, The Living Wills was a pleasure to read for Sullivan and Kaempfer's deft characterization and effective structural choices. The rich details about Chicago only add to the novel's appeal, and I find myself thinking of Henry, Reed, and Delmar when I pass Waveland Bowl or a parking area on lower Wacker Drive.
"Don't bogart that joint, mom."
Sounds just like my mother Hildegard and me back in the day.*
*If you are reporting this story to my mother, after you explain to her what marijuana is, please note that my comment is obviously a joke. That's why I included her name Hildegard. Nobody has ever gotten stoned with a Hildegard.
CNN reported that exit talks were underway between O’Reilly and Fox, but O’Reilly’s camp said such discussions haven’t taken place.
O’Reilly’s contract — signed in March — has an “opt out” clause that would require Fox to pay him a fixed amount if invoked, making extensive negotiations unlikely and unnecessary.
The fact that Fox is allowing this conversation in the press without strong pushback tells you it's true. Luckily for Fox News they have a whole closet full of blowhards who can slide into that slot. Viewers are not tuning in for O'Reilly, per se. They are tuning in to hear Republican news. Give them only positive spins on their guys and blame everything that goes wrong on the other guys, and don't bother them with anything that doesn't fit that narrative, and everything will be just fine.
UPDATE: Ooh boy, it's worse than I thought. Drudge is already eulogizing O'Reilly...
O'Reilly has had tremendous run. Very few in the business get to decide when and how things end. Media is most brutal of all industries...— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) April 18, 2017
LATE LATE UPDATE: It's ALL OVER. O'Reilly is a goner...
The six Deliverance tracks were also written while Prince was working as an independent artist and fittingly the EP will be released via the Vancouver-based indie label, RMA. In a statement, Boxill said, "Prince once told me that he would go to bed every night thinking of ways to bypass major labels and get his music directly to the public. When considering how to release this important work, we decided to go independent because that's what Prince would have wanted."
You can get a sneak peek/listen by clicking on the Rolling Stone link above.
Edison Research VP of Strategy and Marketing Tom Webster hosted a Tuesday webinar—with partner Triton Digital—that dug in deep to define the ever-expanding U.S. podcast audience and their listening habits..
“Content is not king; the consumer and the audience are king. There are huge potential audiences for new forms of spoken media—so let’s not rely on received wisdom too much,” Webster said. “There is so much room for mainstream content and new forms of content, with tremendous range and a variety of forms for this powerful medium to reach average Americans.”
From there, it was a numbers game, showcasing how podcasting continues to grow, while also showing just who is listening—and how much. Awareness of the term continues to spike after being fairly flat for the previous five-plus years. In 2017, 60% of those 12+ knew “podcasting.” And 40% of respondents have tuned in to a podcast—up from 36% in 2016 and 11% in 2006. Today, that equates to 112 million consumers.
In addition, 24% say they tune in to podcasts on a monthly basis. That is up 3 percentage points from 2016, up 7% since 2015, up 10% since 2012 and up 15% since 2008. “Podcasting has never been a hockey stick growth medium—but we are seeing a lot of [steady] growth now,” Webster noted.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
But he's also just acting. He said so himself in court. He's trying to win custody of his children, so he admitted that he is a "performance artist" and just "playing an entertaining character."
Of course his viewers and listeners never knew that, and they've been taking him seriously. Just ask the fellow nutbag who went with a gun to the pizza place in Washington because he believed Hillary was running a child-sex ring out of it. He got that info from Alex Jones. Or ask the parents of the Sandy Hook massacre. They've been dealing with nutpots who think they staged the whole thing to get people upset about guns...because the performance artist told them so. Our president even took him seriously. He called into the show and told him that he did a great show.
We are living in the snake oil era, and yet, half the country thinks the legitimate press is fake. Snake oil cannot win.
What are they up to now? They are trying to create another monopoly, and this time it's a monopoly for people who own monopolies. They just purchased virtually every luxury magazine in the country, including Chicago's very own "Michigan Avenue".
Inside Radio has the details.
Well, this week Beck countersued claiming...
"TheBlaze has had employment issues with Lahren for well over a year," and that as a result of those issues the company had not intended to extend her contract after it expires in September. Those "issues," according to the claim, included mistreatment of the crew on her show, on-air language that bordered "on profanity," a propensity for conflict with other media personalities at The Blaze and purported ignorance in her analysis.
Well, well, well. Give me some popcorn.
By the way, anyone who has ever dealt with a lawsuit knows that in the end it doesn't really matter who is right and who is wrong. It only matters who has the money to outlast the other side. They will settle. Guaranteed.
Monday, April 17, 2017
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This weekend in Alternative Information Land I learned the Wikileaks dump that revealed CIA collection techniques proves the CIA actually is behind this whole Russian hacking story. You see, the CIA has a way of making it look like the Russians are a source of information.
So naturally, the CIA created the hack of our election. It's now proven.
Not following me?
Obviously the CIA hacked into the DNC, released Hillary's and John Podesta's e-mails to make Hillary look bad, which they knew would bring suspicion onto Donald Trump, who they wanted to discredit before the election so he would lose to the person who looked so bad because of those leaked e-mails. Diabolical. They must have figured that even if Hillary somehow lost because she was made to look so bad by these CIA-stolen e-mails, that the backup plan would be to get Trump in trouble later by having all these CIA-created fake Russian contacts.
It's the only possible explanation. It's proven.
It's the incredibly diabolically efficient deep-state within the can't-get-anything-right government doing what it does best: Targeting virtuous Republicans who want to do nothing more than fix this broken country.
That's this week's trip into Alternate Information Land. Note: The above logic was presented to me with the utmost confidence by a college educated intelligent person who really believes this because he or she has heard it in "the media". Sources not provided to me.
I would rewrite that headline slightly. I would say: 10 Funny Jokes
But then again, I'm a dad. I think Dad jokes are hilarious.
I predicted that this weekend the Hawks would go down 0-2 at home to the Predators, that the Cubs would get swept by the Pirates at Wrigley, and that the one ray of sunshine would be the Chicago Bulls beating the #1 seed Celtics in Boston.
Well, what if you heard that there's an empty apartment in Nigeria that has $43 million in cash?
That's an actual, true story. Details here at C-TV news.
P.S. This doesn't mean you should give out your banking information. That's still always a bad idea.
Here's a small excerpt from the piece...
“Look, it’s open season,” he said, visibly irritated, when asked about a recently published book by Megyn Kelly, his colleague at the time. In the book, Ms. Kelly provided an account of being sexually harassed by Roger Ailes, the network’s former chairman. Later Mr. O’Reilly added, “Let’s whack the Fox News Channel. I’ve had enough of it. It’s a good place to work. All right?”
The comments set off a media firestorm and frustrated Ms. Kelly, who sent an email to Fox News executives complaining about his behavior and the chilling effect it could have on women at the company and beyond, according to four people with knowledge of the email who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters.
In addition to that story, advertisers did not come back to Fox News in O'Reilly's timeslot during his vacation, at least not so far. I'm always convinced that the money factor is the only thing that really moves the needle for Rupert Murdoch. Should be interesting to see if this vacation is a permament one.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Bill O'Reilly decided to go on a two-week vacation. Do you think his show will ever air on Fox News again?
Professional Fox-scribe Gabriel Sherman tackles the subject in New York magazine.
Monaco fans inside the stadium showed their support for Dortmund after three explosions near the team bus. https://t.co/xYWfRplM6T— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) April 11, 2017
I give Spicer credit for throwing himself at the mercy of the public. Totally and appropriately apologetic. His boss would never do the same.
Jimmy Kimmel tackled the subject last night too...
The Associated Press reports Groton police officers had responded to Geils' home around 4pm yesterday for a well-being check and found him unresponsive. He was later pronounced dead at the scene. In a statement, the Groton Police Department said, "A preliminary investigation indicates that Geils died of natural causes."
Geils formed the band in 1967 while attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The J. Geils Blues Band, as it was originally called, also featured bassist Danny Klein, "Magic Dick" Salwitz on harmonica, trumpet and sax, drummer Stephen Jo Bladd and lead singer Peter Wolf, who was a DJ on WBCN/Boston. Keyboardist Seth Justman was the final piece of the puzzle, joining the band shortly before they released their Atlantic Records' debut album in 1970. The J. Geils Band was initially influenced by soul and R&B music, but had moved more toward pop and rock by the time Love Stinks was released in 1980. The band's 12th album, Freeze Frame, hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart for four weeks in 1981 and remained on the chart for 70 weeks. The single "Centerfold" reached No. 1 for six weeks and the title track, "Freeze Frame" made it to No. 4.
The J. Geils Band famously broke up and reunited several times in various incarnations since the mid-'80s, but Geils' involvement with his namesake band ended badly in 2012 -- The J Geils Band was scheduled to embark on a short U.S. tour in August and September 2012. However, the band left on the tour minus Geils, who filed an unsuccessful lawsuit against his bandmates, claiming they "planned and conspired" to continue touring without him, and were unlawfully using the group's trademarked name. After this incident, Geils permanently left the band.
Obviously, the band was never the same after the departure of Peter Wolf. I was the PD at WPGU in Champaign when the first post-Wolf J Geils band album appeared. I knew it was all over for them right then and there.
To me, this is my favorite JGeils Band song. It got me through some rough times in college...
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
"People have to start respecting the vagina,” she told Marie Claire. “Until every man is fighting for our rights, we should consider stopping having sex. I love men. But evil men? I will not tolerate that. You don’t deserve to be in my presence.”
Of course, there's another name for a sex strike.
My wife loves that joke.
Today is supposedly International "Louie Louie" Day (h/t Pee Wee Herman...seriously). I'm a little too young for this story, but in the early 60s America's youth believed that the words to "Louie Louie" were secretly dirty. Indiana's Governor actually banned the song. Of course, they were wrong. But that's the power of slurring your words, boys and girls.
Fox News and O'Reilly won't admit this, and maybe they don't care, but part of that ratings growth is curiosity from people who never watch Fox News. Will he talk about the investigation of sexual harrassment? Will he talk about his advertisers leaving? Who is actually still advertising on his show? Has he lost any of that cocky smirky swagger? Is he bringing on people to defend him? Is he going to cry on the air? Is he going to say "I never had sexual relations with that woman"? Will he have a meltdown/freakout like the famous "We're going live!" moment from years ago?
Monday, April 10, 2017
The bag DID say organic.
He could still survive this, but it's not looking good right now.