Friday, September 15, 2017
ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
Beyond its own uniqueness, there’s always been a fascination for me in any North American CHR that takes its cues from somewhere other than the U.S. charts. That’s how CKOI Montreal recently became my station of summer 2017. It is also why XHTO El Paso and the short-lived CHR on KXOS Los Angeles—both influenced by Mexico City CHR—fascinated me.
“Chicago’s new Polish-American mix” has its share of the chirpy, sludgy trap pop that I’ve complained about so much lately. So does the pop music in any language, at this point. But there’s also a lot of uptempo dance pop in both languages. There’s the full spectrum of Polish-language hits, some in genres like ska punk not currently represented on the radio here. As with stations of this sort, there are also a few songs that mainstream American CHR has given up on (e.g., DNCE, “Kissing Strangers,” which I’ve heard several times now). And there was one song that stumped even Shazam and SoundHound.
When I’ve encountered them, WPNA-FM has been mostly jockless, but it just launched a new bilingual morning show. The presentation is still taking shape—hot contemporary jingles, but some formal sounding sweepers that sound like they could as easily run on the heritage AM. There’s also an ad for the Alliiance’s insurance business that uses “You’ve Got to Pay the Price” by Al Kent, the 1967 R&B instrumental classic that has endured for years as a music bed. And I hope it plays as a music bed somewhere for the next 50 years.
On September 4, 1935, the Cubs began the longest winning streak in baseball history (until yesterday). The Cubs were in third place in the National League 2 1/2 games behind the first place Cardinals, and a half game behind the second place New York Giants. They had been flirting with first place for most of the season, but nobody on that Cubs roster could have predicted what began on that September day.
Seven different Cubs pitchers won games, but Larry French won five, and Charlie Root and Lon Warneke each won four. The lineup was impressive, featuring four Hall of Famers (Gabby Hartnett, Billy Herman, Chuck Klein, and Freddie Lindstrom) and two of the all-time great Cubs (Phil Cavarretta and Stan Hack).
The city of Chicago got more and more excited as the streak wore on. In that first win, only 5000 were in attendance. By the time the Cubs won their 18th in a row at Wrigley, 40,000+ packed the joint; despite the fact that the country was in the darkest days of the Great Depression.
There really weren’t too many close calls, but two of the games did go into extra innings. The Cubs pushed across a run in the bottom of the 11th to win the first one (Charlie Root pitched all 11 innings), and in the bottom of the 10th in the next one (Lon Warneke pitched all 10 innings).
Probably the best game of the streak was the 19th win in a row. Lon Warneke and Cardinals pitcher Paul Dean both entered the game as 19-game winners, and both men pitched their hearts out. Dean threw a seven hitter, but Warneke allowed only two hits. But the streak wasn’t the only thing at stake during this game. The Cubs were only three games ahead of the Cardinals with five games to play in the season, and all five games would be head-to-head in St. Louis.
Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the difference in the game was one single mistake pitch by Dean, which was smacked over the fence by Cubs first baseman Phil Cavarretta. That gave the Cubs a nearly insurmountable 4 game lead with 4 games left in the season.
The 20th win in a row the next day clinched the pennant, and the 21st win in a row came the same day in the second game of the double header. Whether or not the Cubs celebrated that night a little too ferociously is lost to time, but they did drop the meaningless final two games of the season.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
It led to the star of that movie (Armie Hammer) ripping James back for dating a 19-year-old when he was 60.
Oh, and it led to this open letter from Amber Tamblyn who was only 16 when Woods tried to pick her up. The bummer for James is that the story is in Teen Vogue, which could ruin his chances for future dates.
Cubs: bullpen has an 8.03 ERA since the start of September..5.85 ERA since August 1 is MLB-worst pic.twitter.com/S3LORAX41m— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) September 13, 2017
Won't be a problem. All we have to do is score 17 runs a game.
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An amendment agreed to by both parties says the deal can “be terminated by either CBS or Entercom if the merger has not been consummated as of January 31, 2018.”
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
If you're in the NW burbs of Chicago this morning at 11am, swing by the Frisbie Center in Des Plaines (corner of Mt. Prospect Road and NW Highway). I'm moderating a little chat with one of our authors, former Channel 7 anchorman and all around great guy, Joel Daly. The event is free and open to the public, and Joel will be selling and autographing copies of his book after the chat.
**PLEASE RETWEET** since Trump is actively working to stop ppl from knowing how to obtain insurance they are legally entitled to have. pic.twitter.com/dBvi7N5Lzw— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) September 11, 2017
The British are right. The details are here.
(Photo: Rupert Murdoch)
I'm thinking that this Eric & Kathy picture I chose can be cropped. Might save a few more bucks.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
The Texas Senator, who has more than three million followers on Twitter, "liked" a pornographic two-minute video clip from account @SexuallPosts. The account replied to Cruz's like with: "Thanks for watching ted!" It also updated its Twitter profile to read: "Follow for the Same Porn @TedCruz Watches."
Early Tuesday, the Twitter universe took notice and immediately slammed the conservative politician with a slew of hilarious responses for the embarrassing gaffe, which apparently happened on Monday, Sept 11 (yes, on 9/11).
The FBI recently questioned a former White House correspondent for Sputnik, the Russian-government-funded news agency, as part of an investigation into whether it is acting as an undeclared propaganda arm of the Kremlin in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
As part of the probe, Yahoo News has learned, the bureau has obtained a thumb drive containing thousands of internal Sputnik emails and documents — material that could potentially help prosecutors build a case that the news agency played a role in the Russian government “influence campaign” that was waged during last year’s presidential election and, in the view of U.S. intelligence officials, is still ongoing.
Oh, and did you hear this yesterday?
Wow --> Russian politician says on live TV that Russian intelligence "stole the U.S. presidency" https://t.co/MjyusZ5BBO— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) September 11, 2017
If you're in the NW burbs of Chicago tomorrow morning at 11am, swing by the Frisbie Center in Des Plaines (corner of Mt. Prospect Road and NW Highway). I'm moderating a little chat with one of our authors, former Channel 7 anchorman and all around great guy, Joel Daly. The event is free and open to the public, and Joel will be selling and autographing copies of his book after the chat.
One of the biggest thrills of my radio career was when two of my songs (written during the Ebony & Ivory days) were played on the nationally syndicated Dr. Demento show. I still have the personal note he sent me saying he would playing them, and I still have the shows themselves (on vinyl). Sorry to see that Dr. Demento is currently going through some rough times. From the RAMP Newsletter...
We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to radio legend Barret "Barry" Hansen, better known and loved as Dr. Demento, on the passing of his wife, Sue Hansen. The good doctor posted this heartbreaking update on his Facebook page, which read, in part, "Sad times in the Land of Dementia -- Sue Hansen, my wife, love and helpmate for 34 years, died at 12:30am on Sunday, September 10, after a month-long illness. She was just 65. Sue saved my life and my sanity at a time when I was sorely tempted by the fast times of the L.A. radio and record business in the 1980s. We never had children (our mutual decision, for several reasons) but richly enjoyed each other's company, and I learned a whole lot about life and love from her."
Hansen continued, "On August 15 Sue was admitted to the hospital. Despite their efforts including emergency surgery and dialysis, her condition continued to get worse. I was totally unprepared for how fast she was taken from me. The Dr. Demento Show will go on (and you will continue to hear Sue's voice saying, 'The Doctor is In!' at the start of each show) but this will be a very hard one to get over." -- Dr. Demento
Monday, September 11, 2017
A native of Floydada, TX, Williams (left), known as "The Gentle Giant" for his smooth, laid-back sound, was born May 27, 1939. He made his chart debut in 1973 with "The Shelter of Your Eyes," followed in 1974 with his first chart-topper, "I Wouldn't Want To Live If You Didn't Love Me."
From that point through 1991, each Williams single would hit the Top 40 on the Billboard Country charts. His 1970s hits included the hits "Tulsa Time," "She Never Knew Me" and "It Must Be Love." He was named the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year in 1978. In 1981 Williams recorded "Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good," and what would be his biggest hit, "I Believe In You," which not only topped the Country charts, but also crossed over to No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Its a nice event. It was like going to a wedding without a bride and groom. A few photos are below...