Friday, December 21, 2018
Robert Feder has a nice piece about Steve and his final show.
I was just over there last week to contribute to a piece that will be airing on the podcast, and had a chance to talk to Steve briefly. He will always be one of the all time greats.
(Photo: From the day I brought Chet to WLS to promote Chet's new book)
Chicago Cubs PBP talent Pat Hughes will keep showing up to work at Wrigley Field, beginning a 24th season in the booth next Spring. Entercom and the Cubs announce his contract extension, which keeps him on Entercom-owned sports “670 the Score” WSCR for “multiple years.” His current contract expires December 31. After calling minor-league baseball in San Jose and Columbus, Hughes traveled to Minneapolis for TV work for the Minnesota Twins. Then he worked alongside National Radio Hall of Fame and Baseball Hall of Fame member Bob Uecker in Milwaukee, before coming to the Cubs in 1996. (That’s when the Cubs games were on co-owned talk WGN/720.) Entercom market manager Jimmy deCastro isn’t exaggerating when he calls Pat Hughes “the iconic voice of the Cubs…He’s the eyes and ears for so many Cubs fans in Chicago and worldwide.” A NOW reader adds that Pat’s a fan of sports broadcasting history and did a series of audio documentaries about baseball play-by-play talents, called Baseball Voices. Hughes is 63.
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Minutia Men talk about their pitch to Mark Cuban, quarter bags of pothole, teenage girls learning which finger to use when driving, and so much more! @MinutiaMen on #LossanoAndFriends! https://t.co/2v9M0LG4CB— Radio Misfits (@RadiosMisfits) December 19, 2018
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Today, there is crying in baseball. RIP Penny Marshall. Thank you for everything you gave us. https://t.co/cuXuReYsJi— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) December 18, 2018
You know who would have approved of that? Former CBS CEO Les Moonves.
I know what press is releasing it!
R.I.P., Dave Robbins, gone at 59. Robbins, born David Robinson, was the victim of a heart attack. Dave grew rapidly from his beginnings as a jock – he programmed in Phoenix, St. Louis, became a group programmer for the former Nationwide chain and manager of its awesome cluster in Columbus, and later managed for CBS Radio in Chicago (2002-2010) and Orlando (2010-2015). (He’d previously been a jock in the early days of Chicago CHR “B96” WBBM-FM.) Dave was an early advocate of tech in radio, and his LinkedIn page says he “launched CBS Radio's Digital Radio Initiative.” In 2015, he left radio to devote full-time to one of his own family’s ventures, begun a decade earlier, named “Florida Getaway Vacation Homes.” He’d been partnered in that vacation-rental business with his son.
Dave was the only person in radio who ever fired me, although in fairness, he didn't technically do it himself. He had his underlings do it. He fired the whole Landecker show in 2003. Last time I saw him (about a year after he fired me), he said "So jealous of you, getting to spend so much time with your family." I thought it was an odd thing to say to someone he had fired. Still sad to hear he passed at such a young age. 59 is way too young.