Friday, September 13, 2019
Thursday, September 12, 2019
This is his obit in the Baltimore Sun.
Here's his writeup in Everycubever...
Phoebus was a member of the very impressive Baltimore Orioles starting rotation of the late 60s. He was a star right out of the gate. He threw shutouts in his first two big league starts and was named Sporting News Rookie of the Year in 1967. He won 15 and 14 games the next two years as well, tossed a no-hitter against the Red Sox, and won a game in the 1970 World Series. By the time he came to the Cubs in 1972, however, he was primarily a relief pitcher. He struggled with his control in Chicago, and the Cubs traded him to the Braves after the season for a career minor leaguer named Tony LaRussa. Not sure what happened to that LaRussa kid.
His NY Times Obit is here.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
HGTV scored their highest ratings ever. Details are here.
This one is for the Beatle nerds like me.
h/t to Brent Petersen for pointing it out to me.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Behind the Pen: Meet CWA board member Rick Kaempfer
Interview by Meryl D'Sa
Interview with Chicago Writers Association board member, Rick Kaempfer
Q: Would you say your writing process has evolved over time? If so, how?
A: My writing process is probably pretty unusual because of my background. I began my professional career in radio (with Hall of Famers Steve & Garry at WLUP and John Records Landecker at WJMK). That was a very different type of writing than I do now. My process has changed a lot over the years.
When I wrote my first book (The Radio Producer’s Handbook), I was given three months to deliver the manuscript. I’ve written seven books since then on wildly different subject matters, and each one required a different process. For my first novel ($everence), I mapped out every twist and turn before I wrote the first word. My second novel (The Living Wills) was on the opposite end of that spectrum. I wrote it with another author, using improvisation techniques to unlock intersecting storylines. I’ve since written a non-fiction book that took me ten years to research (Everycubever) and that was a totally different process. Another book required me to cull ten years of my newspaper and magazine columns (Father Knows Nothing). I adapt my process to the project, if that makes sense.
Q: How do you handle writer’s block?
A: I’ve never experienced writer’s block and I think there is a very good reason for that. When I wrote for radio, my job was to come up with four hours of material every single day. There’s no room for writer’s block in that situation. Necessity is the mother of invention. It forced me to find great stories, and they are all around if you pay attention.
Now that life has slowed down a bit from that frenetic pace, there are a few things I do that help. I’ve found that when I am super busy, I must allow myself some thinking time. I sit on the deck in the summer with my dog and enjoy the summer air. I come up with some of my best ideas doing that. If I’m on the other end of the spectrum and spending too much time thinking about a project, I keep myself busy doing something else for a while. Just going to the grocery store can unlock ideas that my myopic mind hasn’t allowed me to think about.
Q: Do you have a routine in place daily, or is it always random how you write?
A: Yes, I definitely have a routine. I write first thing in the morning before I do anything else. The thoughts have been gestating overnight and need to come out of my brain before I do anything else. Once they are on paper (or in a computer file), I can leave them behind for a while. I own a publishing company (Eckhartz Press), host a couple of podcasts (Minutia Men, and Free Kicks), and I’m on four board of directors for not-for-profits, so when my writing is done, it’s time to do my actual day jobs.
Q: What, in your opinion, establishes someone as a “writer”?
A: If you write, you are a writer. I don’t differentiate between people who write for print (newspapers, magazines, etc) and those who write for other media like I did. I guess I’m not a purist in that sense.
Q: What literary workshops or opportunities do you think have made you a stronger writer?
A: The only conferences I’ve ever attended are the ones we’ve done for the CWA. I found those incredibly inspiring. There’s something about hanging out with other writers. I have found that collaborating is a great experience. Four of my books are co-written, and they wouldn’t have been nearly as good if I had written them by myself.
Q: What is your role within the Chicago Writers Association?What special projects have you worked on?
A: My job on the CWA board is publishing our yearly writers journal. I’m the only publisher on the board, so I suppose it was an easy choice to have me handle that. I’m also very connected to the Chicago media after being a part of it for so many years, so I help make connections when we need speakers or publicity.
Q: What’s your favorite quote?
A: It’s not from a book, it’s from a song. I’ve been saying it to my kids their whole lives. At first I said it pompously on purpose, as if I was going to dispense important wisdom, which instinctively caused them to roll their eyes. I live for their rolling eyes. That’s my fuel. But now I’ve said it so often, I’ve grown to actually consider it profound. It’s this: “Life…is a highway, and I’m going to ride it all night long,” (Tom Cochran). Sounds ridiculous I know, but think about it. Life is all about the journey. You never actually reach your destination. But if you ride it all night long, you’re going to see some incredible things. Like kids rolling their eyes.
Q: Any advice you would give to any new aspiring writer? What do you want them to know that you wish you had known when you began your journey?
A: Write as often as you can to improve your craft. It almost doesn’t matter what you are writing. I wrote commercial copy for years and it helped me learn to economize my words.
As for ‘what,’ I didn’t know. I had no idea how difficult it was to get published. I consider it a blessing in retrospect. It allowed me to keep on writing without always thinking, “How can I sell this?” or “I’ll never sell this.”. I know myself well enough to realize I never would have finished a few of those early projects if I knew what awaited me when it came to selling them. Finishing those never sold projects taught me so much. Because of that, when opportunities arrived later in life, I was ready to pounce on them
Monday, September 09, 2019
It was a great show, highlighted by this great song. When the piano solo finished, the rain actually began to fall on us. Incredible moment. Gave me chills.
In this week's episode, former Sox slugger Eric Soderholm tells us the funniest Jimmy Piersall story ever.
Listen to it here.
Friday, September 06, 2019
Thursday, September 05, 2019
1. WTMX 101.9-FM hot adult contemporary, 5.7 (5.2)
2. WDRV 97.1-FM classic rock, 5.4 (5.4)
3. WVAZ 102.7-FM urban adult contemporary, 5.0 (4.9)
4. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM all news, 4.8 (4.8)
5. WLIT 93.9-FM adult contemporary, 4.5 (4.3)
6. WSCR 670-AM sports talk, 4.1 (3.8)
7. (tie) WKSC 103.5-FM Top 40, 3.8 (3.3); WLS 94.7-FM classic hits, 3.8 (4.0)
9. WXRT 93.1-FM adult album alternative, 3.5 (3.8)
10. WKQX 101.1-FM alternative rock, 3.4 (3.0)
11. (tie) WBMX 104.3-FM classic hip hop, 3.1 (3.3); WSHE 100.3-FM adult contemporary, 3.1 (2.8)
13. WOJO 105.1-FM Mexican regional, 3.0 (3.1)
14. (tie) WBBM 96.3-FM Top 40, 2.9 (3.0); WRME 87.7-FM soft rock oldies, 2.9 (3.1)
16. (tie) WBEZ 91.5-FM public radio news talk, 2.8 (2.7); WGN 720-AM news talk, 2.8 (3.0);
18. WUSN 99.5-FM country, 2.6 (2.8)
19. WGCI 107.5-FM urban contemporary, 2.5 (2.8)
20. WLS 890-AM news talk, 2.1 (2.2)
21. WLEY 107.9-FM Mexican regional, 2.0 (1.9)
22. WPPN 106.7-FM Spanish adult contemporary, 1.9 (1.9)
23. WEBG 95.5-FM country, 1.6 (1.6)
24. WVIV 93.5-FM Spanish contemporary, 1.5 (1.4)
25. WMVP 1000-AM sports talk, 1.4 (1.5)
26. WERV 95.9-FM classic hits, 1.1 (1.3)
27. WCKL 97.9-FM contemporary Christian, 1.0 (1.5)
28. WMBI 90.1-FM Christian ministry, 0.9 (0.8)
29. WFMT 98.7-FM classical, 0.8 (0.8)
30. WSSR 96.7-FM adult contemporary, 0.6 (0.3)
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Wrigley sunset pic.twitter.com/5JaMTTKu4c— Rick Kaempfer (@RickKaempfer) September 4, 2019
Listeners of my podcast Free Kicks will recognize what a thrill it was for me to meet my favorite Premier League announcer Arlo White at my favorite ballpark Wrigley Field. pic.twitter.com/8jF5Ne09AP— Rick Kaempfer (@RickKaempfer) September 4, 2019
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
I had no idea.
Friday, August 30, 2019
This exchange between Stuart Varney and Joe Walsh is oddly reminiscent of the torture scenes from "1984."— Eric Kleefeld (@EricKleefeld) August 30, 2019
Varney challenges Walsh: Name an example ofTrump lying.
Walsh names one. Varney denies it.
Walsh: "Do you believe he's ever told the American people a lie?"
Varney: "No." pic.twitter.com/XkDTJEk1dA
This is my version of spring training.— Arlo White (@arlowhite) August 30, 2019
Preparing for the most important (only) pitch of my life.
Please PLEASE don’t make it bounce in front of the plate 🙏😆#Cubs #EverybodyIn #WrigleyField pic.twitter.com/l68ZZpsDFE
Check out Neil's latest Common Sense pic.twitter.com/Iwg9ZrxDeH— Neil Cavuto (@TeamCavuto) August 29, 2019
Of course Hannity later re-inserted Trump's private parts, but for a few minutes there, it was coitus interuptus.
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Red Star Belgrade
Red Bull Salzburg
The audio from my interview with Rick Kogan has been posted on the WGN website if you'd iike to listen. My portion begins around the 46 minute mark. https://wgnradio.com/2019/08/27/after-hours-with-rick-kogan-a-night-full-of-great-reads-08-25-19/
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Manley indirectly completes the talent exchange with Entercom Alternative “107.7 The End” KNDD Seattle who hired Walter Flakus as APD/afternoon host in July after parting ways with Manley. Manley had exited KNDD in April after five years with the station. He previously worked as APD/MD at “X107.5” KXTE Las Vegas from 2010-2014 and KEDJ Phoenix from 2003-2010.
By the way, my article in the upcomng Illinois Entertainer will be about KQX afternoon man Tim Virgin.
Apparently, Chris Russell, weekend talent at Entercom sports “106.7 The Fan” WJFK-FM Washington, has not heard of hands-free devices that are readily available so one can safely have a phone conversation while driving.
Russell, affectionately known as “Rooster,” was speaking with afternoon host Chad Dukes Monday (Aug. 26) live on the air when he was pulled over for using his cell phone while driving.
“Dukes, I think I’m getting pulled over,” Russell can be heard saying during the call. “This is awesome.” The exchange, which is posted on “The Fan” website, continues with Russell telling Dukes he’s getting pulled over for talking on his phone while driving. “Want to keep us on the line and we can talk to Officer Friendly for you?” Dukes says. A one-sided conversation with the patrolman can be heard live on the air, with Russell saying, “I’m sorry, I was doing a radio interview… I understand, I’m sorry… Okay, okay,” followed by the line going silent. Dukes comes on laughing, saying, “How are we going to top that… How quickly did he snap to? He was giving that cop like a little bit of lip, and then he goes ‘Okay, okay.’
While making for a good bit that Russell will no doubt be reminded of by Dukes and his crew for a long time, it appears this is a somewhat common occurrence in the nation’s capital, where Beltway traffic apparently has radio show guests literally reaching for their phones.
I can answer their question about why he doesn't have a hands-free device. He's a weekend radio guy. He's not making enough money to have a car built in this decade.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Walsh has been making the rounds doing interviews just about everywhere, and I happened to catch one yesterday afternoon on MSNBC that was astounding. It was one of the most intense things I've ever seen. Watch it below...
Monday, August 26, 2019
(Rick Kaempfer, Roger Badesch, Rick Kogan)
Had a great time on with Rick Kogan last night on WGN Radio. We talked mostly about my new book "everycubever" but we also talked about Eckhartz Press, including the book written by Roger Badesch, Rick's newsman. We're hoping to get it done in the next year or so.
Thanks so much to everyone there. It was fun driving in to the city and walking around before and after the interview. Snapped a few photos, including this one...
Friday, August 23, 2019
Stand by for the official quote-filled press release, but RAMP has learned that Scotty Kay has joined the recently launched morning show on Entercom Country WUSN (US99)/Chicago. In late June we reported that Kay had resigned as co-host of Scotty K & Bret Mega Mornings on Cumulus Top 40 KLIF-FM (Hot 93.3)/Dallas and announced he was relocating back to Chicago to once again be a fulltime dad to his son, Chance.
"I'm not sure my heart could be any more full," Kay posted. "Three weeks ago I took a risk for happiness. I quit my job to be closer to my son and bring my family together. Now, because of [US99 PD] Kenny Jay, [VP of Programming] Todd Cavanah and everyone at Entercom Communications, I get the chance to do what I love, in the city that I love, with the people that I love. I'm beyond excited to get back into Country radio. I get to join the incredibly talented Jason Pullman, Katie Bright Christenson and Erin Creedon to bring really special radio to Chicago, on the legendary US99, Chicago's Hottest Country. Call me a crazy, but this all seems too perfect!" Kay added, "Surround yourself with good people, and good things happen. Get ready for some really, really good things! Now someone please get my Florida girl fiancé Shelby a really warm coat!"
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Well, now he's got a new job. He's going to be (probably the first one cut) on Dancing with the Stars. From Politico this morning, a preview...
Two black-shirted production assistants rolled out a lectern to the applause of an in-studio audience waving gold cheer poms, and Spicer offered a wave and a single clap before taking his seat in a director's chair alongside country music singer and former “American Idol” aspirant Lauren Alaina.
“Now that everybody is assembled, honestly — and ignore the fact we're on live television — how many of you are having second thoughts already?” Bergeron asked after the contenders had been revealed. Spicer raised his hand.
“The nice thing is, Sean will be in charge of assessing audience size,” Bergeron later quipped.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
I thought my picture was good. This one is better...
Monday, August 19, 2019
Friday, August 16, 2019
"I was personally shattered, and then you kind of reform yourself in this quiet, grieving world that was created in the house."— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) August 16, 2019
Comedian Stephen Colbert opens up to @andersoncooper about grief and the death of his dad and brothers in a plane crash when he was 10 years old. pic.twitter.com/dUnc5CXSs5
I saw that one. Disappointing. Not nearly at the level of the nearly perfect first three Toy Story movies. (Although my son, who saw it with me, disagrees. He's 16.)
(The other four billion dollar movies this year are Captain Marvel, Aladdin, Lion King, and Avengers: End Game)
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Jeff Joniak, sports director of Entercom all-news WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM and longtime radio voice of the Chicago Bears, will receive the Media Award from the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame September 25. Joniak will be one of 10 inductees at the 23rd annual fundraiser for local charities. Others include Harold Baines, Rick Sutcliffe, Mike Magee, Israel Idonije, Bryant Colby Young, Desmond Howard, Lou Holtz, Jim Phillips and Patrick Kane. Peggy Kusinski, sportscaster for NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5, will emcee the event at Wintrust Arena.
Um...Lou Holtz and Desmond Howard? Really exanding the definition of Chicagoland, aren't we?
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
After 13 years apart, CBS Corporation and Viacom announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to reunite in an all-stock merger, creating a combined company -- to be called ViacomCBS Inc., which will house CBS Television, CBS All Access, Showtime, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and BET, as well as Paramount Pictures, the Paramount Network and other major media assets. Bob Bakish, President & Chief Executive Officer of Viacom, will become President & CEO of the combined company, while Joe Ianniello, President & Acting CEO of CBS, will become Chairman & CEO of CBS.
And yes, $everance really was written 13 years ago.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Monday, August 12, 2019
The Mooch: Republicans may need a new candidate for 2020.
Trump Fact:— Donaldo (@donaldmackenz30) August 10, 2019
New Yorkers don't like Trump.
They have started a petition to request that the stretch of Fifth Avenue between 56th and 59th be renamed President Barack H. Obama Avenue.
If it gets the green light, Trump Tower will have a new address.
Poetic justice or what...?
Friday, August 09, 2019
HERE IS THE AUDIO
Thursday, August 08, 2019
The Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees are set to play the first major league game in Dyersville, Iowa, at the site of the 1989 movie "Field of Dreams" in 2020. https://t.co/mTccyZ6NrW— CBS Chicago (@cbschicago) August 8, 2019