Friday, March 03, 2017
The way news always seems to break at night time during this presidency, it should help keep them awake.
The good old-fashioned sex strike isn't even as old-fashioned as you think. In this century alone, it's happened nearly a dozen times. In 2001, the women in Siirt, Turkey, pulled a Lysistrata against the unclean water there. It took a month for the pipes to be repaired.
It worked in Liberia in 2002, helping to end the 14-year war, which resulted in the election of the first female head of state. Americans haven't accomplished that either — yet.
Since 2009 women have crossed their legs in Colombia, Kenya, Ukraine, The Philippines, Togo, and yes, Canada, and all worked mostly to good effect.
Unfortunately in Tokyo in 2014, "The association of women who will not have sex with men who vote for Masuzoe" didn't stop sexist Yoichi Masuzoe from being elected governor. But it didn't hurt either. Two years later, the bum resigned in disgrace.
Hit 'em where it hurts — and screw the pink hats.
Uh oh. OK, what do you want and how quickly can we give it to you?
The former comedy writer in me would add--"Many men have already voluntarily participated in a strike like this. It's called marriage." (rimshot)
To be clear, I have no problem with him golfing or taking vacations or weekend getaways. I do have a problem with him financially benefitting from it.
Trump returns to Mar-a-Lago today, the 4th self-enriching trip of last 6 weekends. Each visit costs taxpayers $3m. Hypocrisy level: DEFCON 1 pic.twitter.com/BdkdnDE01I— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) March 3, 2017
This month is mating season for skunks, which means the usually solitary mammals will be on the move more looking for a partner
As someone who has scrubbed a skunked dog at least six times, I present this information to you a public service announcement.
EP41 – Rick and Dave discuss a nuclear message mishap, pizza toppings from around the world, a group that shouldn’t be allowed to crowdsource, Harry Caray, and Rick’s brush with Liesl from the Sound of Music.
Listen to it here.
This was put together by a Minutia Man fan. I think it sums us up pretty well...
Thursday, March 02, 2017
In the interim Jon Hansen, who is also very good, will host with rotating guest hosts.
Jeff Sessions in 1999 speaking on the importance of prosecuting Bill Clinton over perjury allegations pic.twitter.com/LCV6AqZB17— Lee Fang (@lhfang) March 2, 2017
Todd Manley, WGN VP of Programming and Content remarked, "With Brent Sopel joining our sports conversation, we can ramp up for more expanded Blackhawks coverage. As a mentor to some of today's biggest stars, Brent brings a depth of knowledge in the past, present, and future of this great game." Sopel remarked, "I'm very excited to join the WGN family and look forward to a [Blackhawks] long run in the playoffs." Listen to The Beat Saturdays from 4-7pm and Sundays from 3-6pm.
In the live-action retelling starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens — Gad plays LeFou, the comical sidekick to antagonist Gaston (Luke Evans). Thanks to a subplot alteration, LeFou will be Disney's first-ever LGBTQ character.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” director Bill Condon tells Attitude. “He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie."
I personally think this is long overdue. Children will not be damaged by this, believe me. Although, let's be honest about this being Disney's first gay character. Have you seen Peter Pan?
I once played a gay character on stage myself. Behold the Cliff Dancers, circa 1989...
You can read it here.
Full disclosure: I am quoted multiple times in the article.
First the good news. They caught "it" early and my prognosis is very good. "It" is amyloidosis, a rare blood disorder where an abnormal protein (amyloid) is produced in bone marrow and can be deposited in organs. Before you read some scary stuff online, two facts: I'm an early stage 2 out of 4 and so far the effects are confined to my kidneys. I'm very lucky.
My persistent wife, Lisa, gets the credit for the early diagnosis. She pushed me to pursue the cause of a slightly elevated protein level discovered during a physical ("Relax. No big deal," I said. "I feel fine and I don't have time for this.") Lisa found a smart Chicago nephrologist who ordered a kidney biopsy. He sent the sample to the Mayo Clinic, which quickly identified amyloidosis, even though it's a tricky thing to diagnose. Again ... very lucky.
The Mayo hematologists are among the best amyloid experts in the world. They say a bone marrow transplant using my own stem cells and chemotherapy is clearly the best option for me. Two-thirds of amyloid transplant patients go into remission and my doctors are confident I will be one of them.
I head to Minnesota first thing Friday and will be off the anchor desk for several months as I undergo this procedure, live in a sterile environment, rebuild my immune system and recover from the effects of chemo.
For the record, I did not wait for the end of sweeps to schedule this. In fact, Dave [Doebler] and Frank [Whittaker] told me not to wait, but March 3 was the first opening on the Mayo schedule after the required medical tests. I thank the bosses for all their support, Allison for her prayers, Brant for his humor and Dick Johnson for covering while I went back and forth to Mayo.
I consider this early diagnosis a gift that left to my own devices I would not have received. I'm going to take full advantage of my good fortune and hit this head on with the most aggressive and proven treatment available.
I will announce this at the end of the 10 p.m. news tonight and share it on social media. As I go through the process, I will also post updates on Facebook. I can't wait to get ahead of this and back to the desk and all of you. Wish me luck!
I wish him a healthy and speedy recovery.
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
During a City Club of Chicago luncheon Monday, Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts reiterated the team’s desire to host the game at Wrigley Field. He says he’s not sure exactly when discussions with the city will happen.
An All-Star game in 2020 would be a huge showcase after a $600 million transformation to baseball’s second-oldest ballpark and its surroundings.
Wrigley Field has hosted three All-Star games in the past: 1947, 1962 and 1990.
Former figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is paired with Artem Chigvintsev.
Major League Baseball player David Ross is matched with Lindsay Arnold.
Normani Kordei from Fifth Harmony is dancing with Val Chmerkovskiy.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Girardi, aka Erika Jayne, is matched with Gleb Savchenko.
Bull rider Bonner Bolton is dancing with Sharna Burgess.
The legendary Mr. T is paired with Kym Johnson this season.
Charo is dancing with pro Keo Motsepe.
Olympian Simone Biles is paired with pro partner Sasha Barber.
SNL‘s Chris Kattan is matched with Witney Carson.
Former Giants’ player Rashad Jennings is paired with Emma Slater.
Former Glee star Heather Morris is matched with pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Can you guess which one? Hint: It's not Charo. It's Grandpa Rossy, former Cub catcher David Ross. That should be entertaining.
Today through March 31, the National Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee is accepting suggestions for 2017 nominees. This year, people can visit www.radiohof.org and click on the NOMINATE tab to submit their picks for consideration.
I nominated John Records Landecker, who somehow is not in the official Radio Hall of Fame. If you think John should be in there, please hit the link above and nominate him too.
John Valenta, who was employed as the station’s engineer for 30 years, pleaded guilty in DuPage County Circuit Court to felony theft in connection with what investigators said was a 16-year scheme that bilked the station out of more than $400,000. As part of his plea agreement, Valenta faces a minimum of six years in prison. Sentencing will be May 19.
He didn't only work at WDCB. I worked with him in the closing years of my time at WJMK. At that time he was the engineer of all the CBS stations in town--a ridiculous cost-cutting move that wreaked havoc on everyone. I had lost track of him until this news emerged.
Everyone is OK, more or less. Chuck has a fractured vertebrea and was kept in the hospital overnight, and everyone else is "banged up and pretty sore", but they got lucky it wasn't worse.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
An event or group in which the majority of participants are male.
‘the show was a total sausage fest’
Early 20th century (in the sense ‘event at which sausages are served’): from sausage + fest, with allusion to the supposedly phallic shape of a sausage.
Monday, February 27, 2017
How do I know this?
Somebody leaked it to Politico.
That's just flat out funny.
Here’s a statement from Cumulus after the ruling. “While we are certainly disappointed by the court’s decision, we will continue to review all available options to address our balance sheet issues. We are making solid progress in our turnaround, and remain focused on exploring strategies that would give us the runway needed to fully execute our plan.”
It's probably for the best. The thin-skinned one can't handle the heat anyway. Last time he attended, Obama torched him. Some say it was the moment that made him want to run for president--just to stick it to Obama.
If true, it might be best to end the tradition completely. Who knows what other sort of collatoral damage will be caused.
Follow all of that? Sheesh.
Anyway, it's a bummer for both the "La La Land" folks and the "Moonlight" folks. "Moonlight" in particular got a raw deal because they were essentially deprived of their big moment--it had a bit of a stink on it.
It's also a bummer for Jimmy Kimmel if you ask me. I thought he was absolutely terrific as the host of the show. Totally nailed it. He looked calm and collected, breezy and hilarious.
A mass deportation of White Sox fans from Wrigleyville is set to begin this week after Cubs owner Tom Ricketts signed a controversial executive order to send them back to the South Side of Chicago.
When asked how White Sox fans will be singled out, Ricketts said there will be an array of extreme vetting processes and ideological tests.
“Before fans enter any local bars, and especially Wrigley Field, they will be asked to accurately recite the entirety of ‘Go Cubs, Go.’ If a person can do so without projectile vomiting, then he or she is clearly a Cubs fan and is welcome in,” said Ricketts.
Ricketts also hopes this vetting process will help weed out all of the bandwagon Cubs fans, whose “definition of getting to second base strongly differs from that of a real Cubs fan.”
Cubs loyalists have mixed emotions about the new “fan ban,” as it has come to be known.
“[Sox fans] aren’t all bad. Sure, some of them can get rowdy and start fights on the field,” said Blake Benton, a die-hard Cubs fan. “But maybe we should be a little more tolerant and not just stereotype an entire 30 or 40 people, which is how many Sox fans I assume there are in the city.”
The deportation will begin immediately, and White Sox fans are encouraged to enjoy the overpriced drinks and sweaty frat bros that Wrigleyville has to offer while they can.
Left-to-right you can see radio executive Greg Solk, Bobby, radio producer Rick Kaempfer, and radio DJ Johnny Mars - and their combined radio experience is probably more than 150 years.
The book is titled: “We Have Company: Four Decades of Rock and Roll Encounters” and Johnny Mars says: “With over four decades as a silver-tongued D.J., Bobby Skafish turns his numerous interview moments into a can’t-stop reading adventure. Partly his thoughts on the interview process but mainly a memoir about his lifelong passion for music and those that make it. Highly recommended!” Jim Skafish (his punk rock star cousin) says: “I wanted to let everyone know that my cousin Bobby Skafish’s first book is coming out! It spans four decades of fantastic interviews Bobby conducted with legendary rockers to memorable life-changing events that Bobby covered and more.”
Other radio guests at this book-release party were: Cara Carriveau, Stan Lawrence, Patty Martin, Brendan Sullivan, Paul Webber, plus radio-TV star Amy Jacobson and TV star Dane Placko. The aforementioned Rick Kaempfer is also publishing the book, and more details - including a list of who’s interviewed - can be found at EckhartzPress.com.
And then, next week, everyone will get a chance to hear some of the great stories in that book directly from the author's mouth. Bobby will be on the show March 7th at 7:45am.
Be sure to tune in!