Friday, July 14, 2017

Landecker Auctioning Off Memorabilia

Details are here...

Chicagoland Record Collector's Show

I will be there with Bobby Skafish on Sunday morning. Here's the way they are promoting the show...

The next big show at Hillside is this Sunday, July 16. We will have about 75 dealers on hand with about 115 tables displaying great vinyl, CD's, posters and other related music items. If you're looking for Classic Rock, Jazz, Blues, plus many other areas of music, this is the place to be.

Also as a special added bonus, we will have former WXRT, WLUP, WKQX and WDRV disc jockey Bobby Skafish in person to sell and autograph his book "We Have Company - Four Decades Of Rock And Roll Encounters".

Book reviews:
“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!”
--Johnny Mars/WXRT Radio
“Bobby Skafish delves into an interview with knowledge, finesse and the ability to get a conversation started. He once told me that listening is just as important as asking the questions. This book is proof that his approach is right on!”
--Wendy Snyder/WGN Radio
“Close encounters of the rock radio kind from the coolest cat to ever drop a needle on vinyl”
John Records Landecker/Radio Legend

Bobby's appearance at Hillside will be from 8:45 am - 12:00 pm.

Start making your plans to be at the Best Western at Hillside July16 to meet Bobby and purchase a copy of his book.

The regular show hours are 8:45 am - 4:00 pm, admission is $3.00. We also have an early bird time of 5:30 am - 8:30 am, admission is $10.00. It's a great place to spend time looking for great records, meeting people and discussing what you're looking for. If you have records you want to sell or trade, bring them to to the show and let the dealers know what you have. It could be a great deal for you. If anybody is coming from out-of-state and needs a hotel, the Best Western has a special record show rate of $59 depending on availability. Call 708-544-9300 to book your reservation, and tell the front desk that you want the record show rate.

The Best Western at Hillside is located at 4400 Frontage Rd. If you're on 290 westbound out of Chicago the hotel is at exit 16 just past Mannheim Rd.

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Hope to see all of you this Sunday, July 16!!!

We did Rock You

Great time last night at the Queen concert with sons #2 & #3. Adam Lambert did a great job filling the role of Freddie Mercury. The boys were blown away...

When You've Lost Krauthammer...

There aren't many conservatives who have spoken up about the unveiling of this week's smoking gun (courtesy of Donald Jr.), but one conservative commentator has seen enough.

Today's Charles Krauthammer column is titled: Bungled Collusion is Still Collusion

It's a takedown not only of the Trump braintrust, but of the people who are still lamely defending even this. This is the last paragraph...
There is no statute against helping a foreign hostile power meddle in an American election. What Donald Jr. — and Kushner and Manafort — did may not be criminal. But it is not merely stupid. It is also deeply wrong, a fundamental violation of any code of civic honor. I leave it to the lawyers to adjudicate the legalities of unconsummated collusion. But you don’t need a lawyer to see that the Trump defense — collusion as a desperate Democratic fiction designed to explain away a lost election — is now officially dead.

Michael Gerson is a former Bush head speechwriter, and he also is appalled...

Republicans have sometimes employed the excuse that members of the Trump team are new to politics — babes in the woods — who don’t yet understand all the ins and outs. Their innocence, the argument goes, is proved by their guilt. This might apply to minor infractions of campaign finance law. It does not cover egregious acts of wrongdoing. Putting a future president in the debt of a foreign power — and subject, presumably, to blackmail by that power — is the height of sleazy stupidity. It is not a mistake born of greenness; it is evidence of a vacant conscience.

Most are still burying their heads in the sand, but there are a few. Wanted to give them their kudos.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jose to the Cubs

The Cubs realized their season was in the pooper because they need starting pitching, so they traded their top two prospects to the White Sox for starting pitcher Jose Quintana.

I think the Sox probably got the better end of that deal, but the Cubs are loaded with young hitting talent. They desperately need pitching, and Quintana is signed to long-term incredibly reasonable contract.

Win-win. I hope.

The 2017 Emmy Nominees

Hot off the presses...

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
House of Cards
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Outstanding Comedy Series

Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Limited Series

Big Little Lies
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Night Of

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Claire Foy, The Crown
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale
Keri Russell, The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K Brown, This Is Us
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
Anthony Hopkins, Westworld
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Allison Janney, Mom
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Zach Galifianakis, Baskets
Donald Glover, Atlanta
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Robert De Niro, Wizard of Lies
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
John Turturro, The Night Of

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Carrie Coon, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
John Lithgow, The Crown
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

Outstanding Supporting Actress—Drama Series

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Supporting Actor—Comedy Series

Louie Anderson, Baskets
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep
Matt Walsh, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress—Comedy Series

Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Kathryn Hahn, Transparent
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
Judith Light, Transparent
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Supporting Actor—Limited Series or Movie

Bill Camp, The Night Of
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo
Stanley Tucci, Feud: Bette and Joan
Michael Kenneth Williams, The Night Of

Outstanding Supporting Actress—Limited Series or Movie

Judy Davis, Feud: Bette and Joan
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Jackie Hoffman, Feud: Bette and Joan
Regina King, American Crime
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Outstanding TV Movie

Black Mirror: San Junipero
Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Sherlock: The Lying Detective
The Wizard of Lies

Outstanding Variety Series

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Sammy Ricardo

He looks like Ricky Ricardo's long lost brother.

Minutia Men, Episode 57

EP57 – Rick and Dave discuss a bear chomping your head, a plausible conspiracy theory, Jenkins losing 300,000 umbrellas, the 1990 All-Star game, and Rick’s brush with Bob Feldman. Who is Bob Feldman? You gotta listen to find out.

Listen to it here.

Of Course They Will

Guess who else is attending the secret media mogul meeting in Idaho this week?

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

Like I said in this week's Minutia Men podcast...I'm not a conspiracy nut, but this annual meeting makes we walk to the very edge of the conspiracy-nut bridge to peek. If I ever do decide to jump, it will be because of this.

Chicago Radio Ratings

From Tom Taylor's NOW column...

Chicago likes last month’s top three – V103, WBBM/WCFS, “Mix” and “B96.” That’s iHeart’s urban AC WVAZ (5.6-5.8-6.1), CBS news simulcast WBBM/WCFS (4.9-4.8-4.7) and Hubbard’s hot AC WTMX (4.8-4.6-4.6). In that bunch, V103 wins every daypart except mornings, the all-newser is #1 mornings and the “Mix” morning show – without Kathy Hart – slips a bit to second. From there, it’s a complete scrum in the total-week standings, with five stations between a 3.9 and a 3.7. Tied at a 3.9 are CBS rhythmic “B96” WBBM-FM (3.7-4.0-3.9) and Hubbard’s classic rock “Drive” WDRV (3.5-3.6-3.9, and now tied for second place on Saturday/Sunday). Tied at a 3.8 are iHeart’s “Kiss” WKSC (3.9-3.7-3.8) and CBS sports “Score” WSCR (3.7-3.7-3.8, with the Cubs keeping it second place at night). And right there at a 3.7 is Univision’s regional Mexican WOJO (3.3-3.6-3.7). Chris Huff has some honors to bestow – “CBS country ‘US99’ WUSN (2.6-2.9-3.4) posts its largest share since December 2014. And CBS alternative rock WXRT (2.5-2.9-3.0) has its largest share since August 2014.” Let’s salute easy oldies WRME (2.6-2.8-2.9). That’s yet another record share for WRME, the low power TV Channel 6 TV LMA’d by Weigel. Coming back is Chicago Public Media’s not-for-profit news/talk WBEZ (2.0-2.3-2.6, and sixth with “Morning Edition”). The Windy City’s cume leader is CHR Kiss (2,145,200).

Cubs Espy

Talk about a loaded team

Bayern Munich has won five titles in a row and 14 of the last 20, and they play a system with three forwards. Which of these five superstars won't be in the lineup?

What'll it be, Cubs?

The 2nd half of the season starts tomorrow.

I'm torn, Cubs. When you're good, I love every second. When you aren't, I am incredibly productive. What will the second half bring? Another playoff run, or another book?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Late Night Trump Jokes

Hard Rock Hotel to Change Name

I worked across the street while they renovated the old Carbide an Carbon building over a decade ago. It was always a beautiful building, but they really refurbished it before re-naming it the Hard Rock Hotel. The process took several years.

Crains reports that the name is being changed again. (There's a great picture at the link of the gold detail they did at the top of the tower)

I hope the new owners don't undo the renovations. It sounds like they might.

Review of Donald Jr.

The New York Post (owned by Rupert Murdoch): Donald Trump Jr. is an idiot

David Brooks Getting Skewered

Twitter exploded yesterday after David Brooks' column came out in the New York Times. Brooks is an old fashioned country club Republican, trying to connect with the Trumpian Republican revolution, and he failed miserably with this bizarre anecdote...

Recently I took a friend with only a high school degree to lunch. Insensitively, I led her into a gourmet sandwich shop. Suddenly I saw her face freeze up as she was confronted with sandwiches named “Padrino” and “Pomodoro” and ingredients like soppressata, capicollo and a striata baguette. I quickly asked her if she wanted to go somewhere else and she anxiously nodded yes and we ate Mexican.

That's the kind of story you tell your golfing buddies at the club while you sip your martinis. "And then, Chauncy, I ate something they referred to as 'enchilada'. I've seen Guadalupe make those for my gardener, and I thought, my word--how does one eat this. My uneducated friend gave me, are you ready for this, she gave me a plastic fork. It was charming. Sometimes it's good for the soul to eat among the uneducated. They have such resourcefulness."

Fox and Friends Apologizes

On Monday they accused James Comey of leaking classified documents. The President retweeted them.

On Tuesday they had to admit they had no evidence of their original report. The President did not tweet that.

Just as an aside, during the 6pm hour last night (central time), the wife and I switched on Fox News to see how they were handling the explosive Donald Trump Jr. story. It wasn't mentioned. It wasn't on the chryon scrolling below. The only thing mentioned was that Trump Jr. would be appearing on Hannity later in the evening.


An all-news station.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Donny & Marie Rock!

Warning: You can't unsee or unhear this.

I went to a different school

This is an op-ed written originally for the Philadelphia Inquirer. It was an angry response to people who made fun of Trump fans who got mad at NPR for tweeting the Declaration of Independence because they thought it was ripping our President.

Not cool, this column says, to make fun of those people for not knowing.

Um, OK. But this is the paragraph that made my head explode...
I’m not saying everyone who voted for Trump did it to “get back” at the schoolyard bullies, the ones who were always telling them they weren’t good enough, tolerant enough, organic enough, multicultural enough, tech-savvy enough, gender-sensitive enough, and so on and so forth to the tenth power of nausea.

Wow, did this writer capture the schoolyard bullies of my youth. I remember they used to chase me down, pin me, and then yell at me for not being organic and multi-cultural enough, and mocked me for not being able to write code, before dangling a wad of spit above my face.

Friggin' bully nerds. I will never forgive their tolerant and intellectual violence.

Colbert is Back

He came back on a good day...

No Different Than Me

Not sure why this made me laugh out loud, but it did...

James Rodriguez

Rodriguez burst onto the scene during the 2014 World Cup, but has been buried on the bench at Real Madrid.

It looks like Bayern Munich is swooping in to rescue him.

I'm sure the rest of the Bundesliga (the German profesional league) is sighing. Bayern has already won five championships in a row, and 14 of the last 20. This is like adding Ty Cobb to the Babe Ruth Yankees.

Trying to Woo Trump With Food

French President Macron is inviting President Trump to dine with him in the Eiffel Tower's restaurant, in a last-ditch effort to convince him to remain in the Paris climate deal.

A six course taster-menu at the Jules Verne would normally set you back €230 per person. That's before you've tasted some of the 430 wines it boasts in its cellar.

According to Paris Match Trump and Macron and their respected delegations, other halves and special guests will dine on blue lobster and caviar as well numerous other delicacies.

I hope they have ketchup, or this ain't goin' anywhere.

Boris Epshteyn

For those of you wondering what will change when Sinclair Broadcasting officially takes over WGN-TV, meet Boris Epshtyn. He's the nationwide political commentator for the network, and Sinclair forces all of its outlets to run his commentaries NINE times a week.

I'm sure Chicago's audience will cheer his "mix of cheerleading and defensive arguments on behalf of the Trump administration’s agenda"

Fred Savage

I think somewhere in the recesses of my mind I knew that Fred Savage was originally from the North Shore of Chicago.

Didn't know until this morning that he was a Cubs fan.

I like him even more now.

That's the 1945 Cubs logo by the way. I like to mix it up a bit. Have't had many chances to write about the Cubs this year.

Marconi Finalist

Chicago has one finalist for this year's Marconi Awards, and you might be surprised who it is...

Valentine in the Morning, KBIG-FM, Los Angeles, CA
Funkmaster Flex, WQHT-FM, New York, NY
Big Boy, KRRL-FM, Los Angeles, CA
Raul Brindis, KLTN-FM, Houston, TX
Omar “Omarcillo” Ramos, WVIX-FM, Chicago, IL

That's Univision's radio property in town. Good for him (and them). If you speak a little Spanish and want to listen, tune in to 93.5/103.1FM. That second frequency used to air heavy metal back in the day.

Monday, July 10, 2017

The New Entercom Crew

Looks like the executives of Entercom will be a mix of both CBS & Entercom folks after the merger. They sent out their list in alphabetical order today.

JD Crowley, EVP of Digital
Mike Dee, President of Sports
Michael Doyle, Regional President and President of Sales Operations
Ruth Gaviria, Chief Marketing Officer
Weezie Kramer, Chief Operating Officer
Chris Oliviero, EVP of Programming
Pat Paxton, President of Programming
Bob Philips, Chief Revenue Officer
Rich Schmaeling, Chief Financial Officer
Andrew Sutor, SVP and General Counsel.

I worked for Weezie when she was the GM at WJMK in Chicago. Always liked her. I interviewed with Chris when he was trying to hire me to produce David Lee Roth's show in New York. Thought he was a little young for that job at the time, but it was over ten years ago. Don't know the others.

Entercom will be taking over WXRT, WJMK, B-96, WBBM-AM, US99, and whatever the call letters for the NewsRadio FM simulcast are.

Sale, Price, Wright

Climate Change

On the one hand, some people believe there is no such thing as climate change. I know some of those people. They are ones making jokes when it is cold outside and saying things like "Climate change, my ass. Tell that to this snowball."

On the other hand, some scientists think it could be much worse than previously reported...during the lifetimes of our kids.

This New York Magazine story will keep me up at night. It's called "The Uninhabitable Earth". Nothing to worry about except for: "Famine, economic collapse, and a sun that cooks us"

Media Mogul Meeting

In my book "$everance", I go behind the doors of the annual media mogul meeting to speculate what is taking place. I'll grant you my take is somewhat ridiculous, but it's also based on an actual story I read about Michael Eisner and Rupert Murdoch fighting over who gets the biggest condo. That was reported in a Michael Eisner biography.

After the book came out, I thought it was funny that people just assumed I made up the whole concept of a secret media mogul meeting every year. There's no way the media gets together every year to hold secret meetings is there? I absolutely did not make that up. They do it every year. In fact, they're doing it again this week. The meeting itself isn't secret. Only the content of what takes place behind closed doors. The handful of moguls who control 90% of the nation's media (yes they fit in ONE room) have zero reason to worry about it being covered in the press. They'll fire anyone who does.

They presumably talk about deals, and with a new FCC open to allowing just about anything in terms of media ownership, look for another big merger or purchase to take place. Every new merger or deal will only make a terrible situation even worse, not that anyone seems to care anymore.

Every year this meeting drives me crazy. This year, it has inspired me to write a follow up piece to my book $everance on the eve of its 10th anniversary.

It will be my August Media column in the Illinois Entertainer.

RIP Claude Hall

I had several e-mail exchanges with Mr. Hall over the past decade, but especially when I was working on John Landecker's book. He was always very cordial and inquisitive. Big loss. From this mnrning's RAMP Newsletter...

Our industry has lost another legend -- Claude Hall, the iconic former Radio Editor of Billboard magazine, whose Vox Jox column was required reading for any aspiring radio pro, died at 12:02am on Friday, July 7 at Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas after complications from a fall earlier last week. That sad news was delivered by Claude's son Andy, who added, "His family was with him and loved him dearly. He loved his friends, students, and colleagues. He remained proud of radio and music stemming from his days listening to radio as a kid. He sent out his obit by accident in February of 2016... But this time... He has joined the radio waves he so treasured."

Radio legend Joey Reynolds said of Hall, "Claude was my hero and a stranger in the middle of the radio and records revolution, a cultural giant who created the idea of bringing radio people together in a forum commonly known as a convention." He added, "Claude loved radio and was truly a friend to the undiscovered talents or someone who needed a jump start... maybe you were unjustly fired or terribly forgotten, Claude was there with a pat on the back and offered the hope that kept you coming back to the greatest entertainment industry since motion pictures. Radio was king and Claude Hall made you feel like a prince." A memorial luncheon to honor Hall's memory is being planned.

Mitch Michaels in Elmhurst

Mark your calendars for July 23rd. Sounds like a fun panel discussion. Among the people there, newly signed Eckhartz Press author Mitch Michaels. From Robert Feder's column...

“Chicago in the 1970s: Music, Sports and Radio,” a panel discussion inspired by the infamous 1979 radio stunt known as Disco Demolition, will be presented at 2 p.m. July 23 by the Elmhurst History Museum. Moderated by Dave Hoekstra, veteran Chicago journalist and author of Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died, the panel will include: Jeff Schwartz, former general sales manager of WLUP FM 97.9; Mitch Michaels, former program manager of The Loop and longtime Chicago rock jock; Mike Veeck, former White Sox promotions manager; Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune baseball writer; Bob Chicoine, former Comiskey Park vendor at Disco Demolition; and Jim Rittenberg, former general manager of Faces disco club. The program is in conjunction with the Disco Demolition exhibit on display at the museum through October 8. For tickets see: