Friday, October 20, 2017
Theo and gang has some work to do, but they are the right guys to do it.
Oct 10, 2017 Jeanne rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written with a voice that will transport you back to the streets of Chicago. Mr. Kingsmill deals with topics of divorce, sexuality, and mental illness while coming of age during the 40's and 50's, while seeking refuge in the magnificent movie palaces of that era. A lyrical work of art that ends with a smile, or a tear, probably both. I highly recommend this book.
Oct 14, 2017 Hannah Frisch rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. So well written. The portrayal of the parents made me like them so much. A perfect ending. I want to ask the author what parts were real and what parts were fiction. The way the author imagined what was going on in the heads of the people he knew was, on the one hand so realistic and on the other hand so much more luminous than could possibly be real.
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Tommy is super low-key mellow dude, but his life began in the spotlight. When he was born, I was the executive producer of the John Landecker show. Tommy was on the radio when he was only a few hours old.
The following is a transcript of the telephone conversation on the air the morning of Tommy's birth. The participants are John Landecker (center), sidekick Vicki Truax (the only female in the group picture), and proud papa Rick.
John: Oldies 104.3 WJMK, It's 12 minutes after 6:00 with John Records Landecker and Vicki Truax. The hotline...the private line...is ringing. Hello.
Rick: I'm a papa.
(Loud cheering and whooping in the studio)
Vicki: A girl or a boy?
Rick: A boy.
Vicki: I KNEW IT!!! What's his name?
Rick: Thomas Peter.
Vicki: What time?
Rick: 4:06 a.m.
John: Wow. How's everybody doing?
Rick: Everyone is fine.
Vicki: Bridget is fine too? Is she exhausted?
Rick: Yup, she's holding Thomas right now.
John & Vicki: Awwwww.
Rick: 7 pounds, 3 ounces.
John & Vicki: Awwwww.
Rick: And I recorded the entire thing on Digital audio tape.
Vicki: You're kidding? She didn't make you turn it off?
Rick: No. I had it put in a nice place where it didn't get in anyone's way.
John: We've got Thomas' birth on tape.
Rick: Yup. And we got his first bath on tape too, and his first cry.
John: Something tells me we better get more tape. OK, here's his first eyelid opening. Better get that on tape. We're going through his first toll...let's get that on tape. Hey Rick, don't you just want to...
John, Vicki & Rick: Hug and kiss them all the time?
(That was something Vicki said so often about her daughter it was a running joke on the show)
Rick: He is so damn cute.
John & Vicki: Awwwwww.
Rick: Wait a second...is he crying? Hold on.
Sound: A tiny baby cry can be heard.
John: Is that him?
Rick: Yup. His on-air debut.
Rick: He's got some lungs on him.
John: That kid sounds like he's two years old.
Rick: Yeah, he's got good pipes.
John: Does he want to come in and do a few record talkovers?
Vicki: How long is he?
Rick: 21 inches.
John: So what was it like?
Rick: It was so cool. It was just like the movie "Alien." The baby kind of popped out and looked around. Then he jumped up and sucked my eyes out...
John & Vicki: (Laughing)
John: Then Siguorney Weaver came in with some sort of a mechanical device. It was unbelievable.
Vicki: You guys. Is he all wrinkly. Does he have hair?
Rick: Yeah, he does have hair. That was the first thing we saw. I asked the nurse...ewww...what is that? That's his hair. Oh.
John: Did you get it on tape?
Rick: Of course. Uh, oh. I have to go. We need to take Bridget up to the recovery room.
Vicki: You're still in the delivery room?
Vicki: That's dedication.
John: How many calls have you made so far?
Rick: This is my second call. I called my mom first.
John: Wow. Well take care of everyone.
John & Vicki: Bye.
John: There they go. Dad Rick, Mom Bridget and now Thomas Kaempfer.
Vicki: I kind of liked the other name Rick was talking about before.
John: I don't think Bridget was ever going to agree to Ringo.
"One man’s bad call, is another man’s Halloween costume…Glasses, Maddon Jersey, Jockstrap…Let’s get three more wins and keep it going."
In case you missed Maddon's post-game press conference, MR is eferring to that incredibly bad foul ball call against Curtis Granderson, after which Joe was ejected arguing the call. Maddon said if Granderson had hit the next pitch out of the park he would have charged out onto the field in his jockstrap.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Need a Christmas present for your favorite rock 'n roller, this is it!
By karen m daehn on September 23, 2017
This book was written by one of the hardest working on air personalites from the Chicago market. Funny, yet serious, insightful. Informative, a great read for any rock n' roll enthusiast. It's like you are right there with your cup 'o.joe. Highly recommend! !!
5.0 out of 5 stars
By Rodger Long on September 7, 2017
GREAT book!! Full of memories and back stage encounters of a local Chicagoland DJ. I grew up listening to Skafish in the hey day of great music through present
5.0 out of 5 stars
By cubs34 on September 27, 2017
Great stories from one of the best DJ's Chicago ever had.
5.0 out of 5 stars
This book is fantastic! I could not put it down
By Dorel Dittmann on September 28, 2017
This book is fantastic! I could not put it down. Even the musicians I don't care for were interesting to read about. I highly recommend this book
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
This is the personal story of former Chicago Tribune TV critic Maureen Ryan. I think she does a great job of explaining what it's like to be the object of harrassment or worse. I recommend reading it if you get a moment.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Of course, if you can't make it, "Chasing the Lost City" is available at Eckhartz Press.
“We have some dates that we have highlighted and hopefully I will be strong to do the job,” Olczyk told USA Today. “If I am not feeling good, I just have to be honest with everyone and tell them I can’t do it.”
Great read. Highly recommended.
In other countries it often doesn't work that way, and when it does, the journalists themselves are in danger. Daphne Caruana Galizia was a journalist from Malta who wrote about corruption. Among the stories she broke, the Panama Papers, which exposed Vladimir Putin's worldwide money laundering.
Yesterday Daphne got into her car, turned the ignition, and was blown to bits.
Oct 13, 2017 Bart Shore rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - Doin' The Cruise was a great read, I used to hear Mitch back in his WDAI days when I was in High School, then followed him along his path of rock and roll radio. Having been in the radio industry myself, starting out in Iowa and then coming to Chicago for my own path on the radio dial, it was so interesting to me to hear Mitch's stories. In fact while I was in Iowa, we used to run some of the radio commercials Mitch talked about producing in the book, and it was always cool for me to hear Mitch on my station in Iowa, knowing that this was "the guy in Chicago" who I used to listen to. For me, there were so many names in the book that I either knew personally or heard on the radio over the years, it was like finding a long lost friend or two, in fact I just reconnected with someone in the book that I haven't talked to in years. So, even if you're not in Chicago Radio, this is a fun read to hear it from a guy who was there for some of the greatest times in FM Rock Radio. Mitch is still "Doin' The Cruise" ..thank goodness.
Sep 22, 2017 Karen rated it it was amazing
For *anyone* who grew up on a steady diet of rock radio in Chicago, this is a MUST READ. And if you're not in that category, but you have a sincere love of and passion for the music, this is a MUST READ. This is a first-class, first-hand story from a guy who helped fashion the rock-radio landscape in Chicago, and how hard he worked to survive all the ups and downs in a brutal industry...thanks to a sincere love of and passion for the music. It always comes back to the music. Mitch Michaels, currently doin' the cruise at 95.9 The River, thank you for your hard work and for your honesty in sharing your journey. And for believing in the music. KC sez "check it out!"
Oct 08, 2017 Jan rated it it was amazing
If you have any interest in Chicago radio and/or the rock music scene in Chicago, this is the book for you. Well-written and full of interesting stories. I couldn't put the book down.
Sep 20, 2017 Bob rated it it was amazing
A must-read for fans of radio and rock & roll music. Radio legend Mitch Michaels takes you behind the scenes of some of Chicago's most popular radio stations that were part of his remarkable career. An honest, in-depth, revealing look at the radio stations, DJ's, management, and rock stars that created the soundtrack to our lives. The memoir is very enlightening, and at times extremely funny, but also with moments that are heartbreaking. Mitch Michaels along with Ken Churilla have perhaps written the best book to date that captures the life of one of Chicago's most beloved radio personalities. A great read from start to finish.
Monday, October 16, 2017
The Washington Post has the story.
We will make sure that Colt isn't around when John signs them.
Larry Flynt took out a full-page ad in the Washington Post asking for dirt on the president that could lead to his impeachment. He is willing to pay $10 million.
Here is the ad.
So I decided to do this...let's see what happens. pic.twitter.com/Xpy4qrwHU7— Larry Flynt (@ImLarryFlynt) October 15, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Below are a few excerpts about Tom's book...
Tom Weinberg, longtime and pioneering videographer, gives us “Chasing the Lost City: Chronicles of Discovery in Honduras” (Eckhartz Press), a lavishly illustrated and compelling tale of his more than 20-year obsession (his word) with and journeys to, as he writes, “one of the wildest and most dense spots anywhere in the Americas.”
Weinberg was born and raised in Highland Park, where as a child he loved “tromping through the ravines” near his home. Elliott was born and raised in Downers Grove, which he ever refers to as “Uppers Grove.” Though both have spent most of their lives in Chicago, their paths have crossed only a couple of times, and those in recent years. They likely have some friends in common and both certainly knew (Weinberg knew very well) the author-radio host Studs Terkel who, in his fashion, gave them each a philosophical life road map when he said that he wanted his own epitaph to read, “Curiosity did not kill this cat.”
As Weinberg writes, “For me, the driving force in the exploration wasn’t so much the buried objects that might be in the jungle… (It was) the tingle, the drive, the thing that has always taken over whatever else I was doing … the gut need to go and experience what it feels like to be in an unknown place on the earth, no matter how big or small.”
Weinberg’s book is detailed and evocative, a grand adventure tale that has already received some serious praise. Preston calls it “gripping, frightening and sometimes humorous” and that it is. It makes for compelling and enlightening reading. For Weinberg it represents something more: “(This) was the personal adventure of a lifetime — with major impact on my mind and body — unprecedented and indelible. It brought out the best of my abilities and my most vulnerable feeling.”
Friday, October 13, 2017
The unconventional ways 4 straight Cubs reached base in the 5th inning has NEVER happened in 2.73 million half innings! (Washington Post)— Pat Cassidy (@PatCassidyWBBM) October 13, 2017
#Cubs last 2 years in playoffs:— Carmen DeFalco (@CarmenDeFalco) October 13, 2017
6-4 at home, 2.6 Runs-per-Game
8-4 on road, 5.5 Runs-per-Game
Someone tell the guys they have a game in like 24 hours— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) October 13, 2017
"I just got out of prison for this!"— Josh Liss (@JoshLissSports) October 13, 2017
A classic Cubs clinch moment. https://t.co/vBISghh90e
Thursday, October 12, 2017
But apparently, calling them Fake News is no longer good enough for the insulter-in-chief.
Now he says NBC should lose their broadcasting license.
Can we all just take a breath and realize where we are headed?
UPDATE: I didn't see this response yesterday from an FCC Commissioner. Good on her...
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
They lost 2-1. The first goal was an own goal.
They could have still made it to the World Cup if Honduras lost to Mexico (Mexico was heavily favored) and Panama lost to Costa Rica (Costa Rica was heavily favored). Both teams upset the favorites.
The USA not only didn't qualify for the World Cup, they ended up in fifth place in the weakest bracket in the world.
Time to blow it all up.
Just saw this Taylor Twellman rant. I agree with every word...
Here's the full Taylor Twellman rant: pic.twitter.com/3YOAQrTKmY— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) October 11, 2017
Roger Bennett is one of the "Men in Blazers"...
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
UPDATE: The New York Times has another piece today. This time involving Paltrow, Jolie, and more.
The Russians flat out tried to sabotage our election.
Next time someone calls the story a hoax, it's time to call them out. Period.
And here's an idea for Congress. Let's figure out how to make sure they never do it again.
This is the incredible piece that brought home the hardware: The Gross Gatherings: A Climate Fight on Chicago's South Side.
In a story that has ramifications for radio, Foxnews.com is reporting that ESPN personality Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for breaking the network’s social media policy. In the wake of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones statement that any of his players who don’t stand for the national anthem will be benched, Hill called on fans to boycott advertisers associated with the club. ESPN called this a “second violation” after Hill had previously calling on fans to boycott the NFL and calling President Trump a White Supremacist.
Hill’s latest tweet read: “Change happens when advertisers are impacted,” Hill wrote. “If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers.”
Mess with the president, fine. Mess with the advertisers? Grab some bench. That's the media, baby.
Thanks to my brother-in-law Brian for getting me the tickets, thanks to Bobby for coming to the game with me, and thanks to the Cubs for an incredible win! Bridget is going to this afternoon's game. Hopefully it's the clincher.
Monday, October 09, 2017
He's a well-known media figure in Chicago, former producer of Image Union on WTTW, and owner/proprietor of the great website mediaburn. He's also the author of our very first coffee table book, Chasing the Lost City: Chronicles of Discovery in Honduras. It's an incredible story about his years-long quest to find this lost city in Honduras. (Spoiler alert: He found it!)
The orders have been pouring in for this book, available for pre-order now (until Oct 16) at a discount price. On the 17th, he'll have his book launch party at the Billy Goat downtown (lower Michigan). More details to come on that.
In the meantime, congrats to Tom!
Here are a few incredible photos from the book...
The thoughts and prayers of a nation are with Premiere-syndicated personality Delilah, who is now dealing with the unimaginable -- the suicide of her 18-year-old son, Zachariah. On Saturday, Delilah shared the devastating news with her millions of fans via Facebook. The post reads, "My dear friends, I need to share some devastating news with you. In the early morning hours, Tuesday, October 3, my son, Zachariah, took his life. He was being treated, counseled and embraced fiercely by family and friends while battling depression for some time now. My heart is broken beyond repair and I cannot fathom how to go on... but I have to believe he is at peace with the Lord and that God will get us through."
She continued, "I will be absent from the radio and on social media for a time as I grieve and try to process this loss with my family. In the meantime we'll be playing some of my favorite shows from the recent past. I'll look forward to my return, as you all lift me up so very much! Please pray for my beloved Zacky, and I will pray for all suffering from this debilitating disease called depression."
Congrats to my friends who are still over there.
Of course, he kept the press outside the stadium because he knew he probably would be leaving "very early" and the president later tweeted that he sent him there to do this. It was strictly a pre-meditated publicity stunt.
That trip to Indy probably cost the taxpayers close to a million dollars.
Trump Tweeted...“Senator Bob Corker ‘begged’ me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said ‘NO’ and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement),” Trump tweeted. “He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said ‘NO THANKS.’ He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal! Hence, I would fully expect Corker to be a negative voice and stand in the way of our great agenda. Didn't have the guts to run!”
-- Corker, who has felt liberated since announcing his retirement last month, gleefully fired back. His office quickly went on the record to insist that Trump had, in fact, promised to endorse him, urged him not to retire and just last week asked him to reconsider his decision. The 65-year-old then tweeted this:
It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) October 8, 2017
Corker later went on to do an interview in which he warned that every Republican senator essentially agrees with him, and that they fear our reckless president could inadvertantly start World War III.
Again, this is a Republican senator saying these things. Nothing to worry about here.