Friday, September 13, 2019

RIP Eddie Money

I didn't realize that Eddie had cancer. He passed away today (Friday the 13th) at the age of 70. Eddie has several hits (most famously "Two Tickets to Paradise"), but this is one I always liked the best...

Thursday, September 12, 2019

RIP Tom Phoebus

Last week (9/6) we lost former Cubs pitcher Tom Phoebus at 77 years old. He pitched in the World Series for the Orioles, but his last year in the big leagues (1972) was with the Cubs.

This is his obit in the Baltimore Sun.

Here's his writeup in Everycubever...

~Tom Phoebus 1942--2019 (Cubs 1972)
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.

RIP Charlie Silvera

One of the oldest living Cubs is living no more. Charlie Silvera has passed away at the age of 94. He was really known more for his time with the Yankees, but his last season in the big leagues was spent with the Cubs (1957).

His NY Times Obit is here.

Socctoberfest

I'm gonna be busy this weekend. Two book signing appearances at the Green White soctoberfest. I'll also be working there the rest of those two days.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Brain Aneurysm Walk

On Sunday morning Eckhartz Press author Janet Sutherland Madden will be appearing at the College of Dupage for the Brain Aneurysm walk. She'll have copies of her book for sale there, naturally, because "Nose Over Toes" is the inspiring tale of her recovery from a brain aneurysm. The walk starts at 10. Books will be on sale before and after. I'll be out there in the morning too. Stop by if you can. https://give.bafound.org/site/TR?fr_id=2021&pg=entry

A Very Brady Renovation

I thought this idea was genius when I first heard about it. The Brady kids were enlisted by HGTV to renovate the home (used for outside shots only) from their TV series. HGTV bought the house, got all six Brady kids to participate, and it debuted on Monday night.

HGTV scored their highest ratings ever. Details are here.

Great Article About Abbey Road

Mark Lewisohn is the foremost expert on the Beatles. This piece is about his new stage show, which discusses the making of Abbey Road. It includes a tape recording of a meeting they had, which reveals some truly shocking news: They were planning their "next" album, which they never did.

This one is for the Beatle nerds like me.

h/t to Brent Petersen for pointing it out to me.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Interview with me

This is from the CWA (Chicago Writers Association) website...


Behind the Pen: Meet CWA board member Rick Kaempfer
Interview by Meryl D'Sa

Interview with Chicago Writers Association board member, Rick Kaempfer

Rick Kaempfer, author of four books and co-founder and publisher of Eckhartz Press, has a wide range of writing experience from writing for radio, hosting a weekly podcast, to writing fiction, nonfiction, and collaborating on novels with fellow writers. Kaempfer has utilized and developed his writing skills across different forms of media and continues to do so by forming important connections and relationships within Chicago’s media.

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

Wendella

Went on a night boat trip down the Chicago River last night with my sister for her birthday. Some incredible views. Sometimes it's important to remember this is in your own backyard...

Monday, September 09, 2019

Love Reign O'er Me

Took the family to the Who last night at Alpine Valley. Lawn tickets were only six bucks, so I figured, what the heck?

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.

Kid Catches *Two* Foul Balls in One At-Bat

Minutia Men--Brexit, Beatles, Bacon, and Ballplayers


In this week's episode, former Sox slugger Eric Soderholm tells us the funniest Jimmy Piersall story ever.

Listen to it here.

Oktoberfest

The best Oktoberfest in the area is always the first one--on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. Bridget and I went out there on Saturday night (along with our friends Dane Placko and Dave & Michelle Stern) and had a great time. Best beer ever.

Blue Village Vinyl

Great time at Blue Village Vinyl. Saw some old friends, made some new ones, and talked about one of my favorite subjects: Rock and Roll. Thanks to everyone for making us all feel welcome. Bobby Skafish was thrilled to see his old buddies Wendy Snyder and Jimmy Mac McInerney. (Their son Michael also performed)

Friday, September 06, 2019

Bobby Skafish in Westmont



The box of new Bobby Skafish books arrived for Saturday’s signing at Blue Village Vinyl in Westmont (2-3pm).

Your copy of the book is awaiting your purchase Saturday. Bobby will happily sign it for you.

Free Kicks--When Worlds Collide

In this week's episode I tell the story of my meeting with Premier League announcer Arlo White.

Listen to it here.

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Chicago Radio Ratings

From this morning's Robert Feder column. The new radio ratings are in. Not many surprises here...

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

Let the Hype Begin



Rick at Wrigley

Had a thrilling night at Wrigley. Beautiful weather. Cubs won. And I got to meet my all-time favorite soccer announcer, Arlo White (who threw out the first pitch and sang the seventh inning stretch)



Tuesday, September 03, 2019

New statues

It was the third of September, a day I'll always remember

Tim Virgin

The September issue of Illinois Entertainer is out and features my interview with WKQX afternoon man Tim Virgin.

You can read it here.

Staged Photo

You know that iconic photograph of the Rockefeller Center workers having lunch on a steel beam way above ground? The Washington Post has the real story behind that photo today.

I had no idea.

Family Wedding

Had a great time in Richmond Virginia over the weekend attending a family wedding. Back on the job full time this morning...

Friday, August 30, 2019

This is unbelievable

When Worlds Collide

My favorite soccer announcer will be appearing on behalf of my favorite baseball team today...

What happens when Trump takes on Fox News?

This is what happens...



Of course Hannity later re-inserted Trump's private parts, but for a few minutes there, it was coitus interuptus.

Free Kicks--Mind the (Decreasing) Gap

Our latest Free Kicks podcast has been posted. This week's is about the decreasing gap between the haves and the have nots in the Premier League (minus, of course, Man City and Liverpool)

Listen to it here.

Scott Miller

Congrats to former Chicago radio guy Scott Miller on his new gig. From Robert Feder's column...

It’s been only a year since veteran Chicago radio producer Scott Miller signed on as afternoon host at WJBC, the Cumulus Media news/talk station in Bloomington/Normal. Now he just moved up to mornings. Under a new multiyear deal with the station, Miller will be reunited with news director and morning news anchor Katherine Murphy, with whom he worked at the former FM News 101.1. “I have never felt more a part of a community than I do here,” he said. “And the Central Illinois pork tenderloins are the size of my head. WIN WIN!” Miller also worked as a producer for Oprah Radio, Tribune Broadcasting news/talk WGN 720-AM and Hubbard Radio classic rock WDRV 97.1-FM.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

For those of you wondering why I already ordered his calendar

Champions League Draw

They did the draw today for the 32 teams in the UEFA Champions League. Group F looks the toughest to me.

Group A
Paris Saint-Germain
Real Madrid
Club Brugge
Galatasaray

Group B
Bayern Munich
Tottenham Hotspur
Olympiacos
Red Star Belgrade

Group C
Manchester City
Shakhtar Donetsk
Dinamo Zagreb
Atalanta

Group D
Juventus
Atletico Madrid
Bayer Leverkusen
Lokomotiv Moscow

Group E
Liverpool
Napoli
Red Bull Salzburg
KRC Genk

Group F
Barcelona
Borussia Dortmund
Inter Milan
Slavia Prague

Group G
Zenit
Benfica
Lyon
RB Leipzig

Group H
Chelsea
Ajax
Valencia
Lille

Randy and Becky



Great profiles of "Cubsessions" authors Randy Richardson and Becky Sarwate Maxwell are featured on the Chicago Writers Association website.

Here's Becky.

Here's Randy.

Best in the Biz

Rick and Rick



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

Whoops

Flakus for Manley trade

From this morning's Radio Insight. A strange radio trade has been completed...

Cumulus Media Alternative 101.1 WKQX Chicago has announced the appointment of Jon Manley as Assistant Program Director/Music Director and evening host.

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.

Pulled over while broadcasting

Fellow radio folks will appreciate this story out of DC. From Inside Radio...

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

My Alma Mater

Pro-Publica has a piece about professors at the U of I who engaged in inappropriate behavior.

So proud.

Salem Cancels Joe Walsh

Now that he's running for president, his talk radio career is over at Salem. Radio Ink has the details.

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

Minutia Men: The Head of the Bobbles

Rick and Dave discuss gruesome injuries, the brattiest kid ever, bacon butter essence, a brush with Werner Klemperer, and an interview with the CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.

Listen to it here.

Two Ricks, Roger That


(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

Kathy Hart

From Robert Feder's column this morning...

Kathy Hart, once one-half of the most popular morning duo in Chicago radio history, is heading out west. Hart’s agent, Steve Mandell, confirmed Thursday that she’s moving to Bozeman, Montana, for personal and family reasons. While Hart is open to employment there, he said, she has no job lined up at this time. Hart most recently had been filling in at Tribune Broadcasting news/talk WGN 720-AM. But she’s best known for her 21 years as Eric Ferguson’s partner on Hubbard Radio hot adult-contemporary WTMX 101.9-FM. She parted company with The Mix in 2017 — less than a year after Eric & Kathy were inducted in the Radio Hall of Fame.

US-99 Morning Show

From this morning's RAMP Newsletter...

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 fiancΓ© Shelby a really warm coat!"

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Bombshell

I'm in. Can't wait for this one...

Spicey is Dancing with the Stars

Remember Sean Spicer? He was the press secretary for the president when they still did something called press briefings. And he lied every day.

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

Sunset at Wrigley

Went to the game last night and it was absolutely perfect. The temperature was in the low 70s, the atmosphere was electric, there were six homers hit, and the Cubs won. Great night.



I thought my picture was good. This one is better...

National Radio Day

It's been a busy few days in the Eckhartz Press offices. Sorry for not posting. Yesterday was National Radio Day and I found a few photos from my radio days. These cover the years 1988--2000...

Monday, August 19, 2019

RIP Cedric

He was part of the last Bears Super Bowl team. Sorry to hear the news of his passing in a motorcycle accident over the weekend. Cedric was only 36.

Kudlow is loaded

If he's not drunk here, he's having a stroke...

Minutia Men

Rick and Dave talk about sweaty centers, tech-savvy kid savants, inappropriate funeral gifts, Rick’s brush with Jay Leno, and they interview improv artist/author/radio guy Brendan Sullivan. (Ep146)

Listen to it here.

Jersey Shake

The Cubs have a new dance, taught to them by the little leaguers. It's called The Jersey Shake...

Friday, August 16, 2019

Dad Talk

This is one of the themes of my life, as someone who was young when my father died. It has shaped and changed me more than anything else that ever happened to me. I'm obviously not alone...

42 Years Ago Today

And he was 42 years old at the time...

Free Kicks

Adam and Rick recap the first week of the Premier League season, including the shocking loss of Adam’s favorite team Chelsea. [Ep40]

We call it "Chelsea Lately"

Listen to it here.

Disney has five billion dollar movies

That is, they have had five movies that made a billion this year. That's a new record. The movie that took them over the top was Toy Story 4.

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

Woodstock

Today is the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. I think this was the music festival's finest moment...

Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame

From Robert Feder's column this morning...

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

One for the ladies

I can relate...


All The Wrinkled Ladies from nicole carpenter on Vimeo.

CBS & Viacom

They are back together again...like they were in my novel "$everance". From this morning's RAMP Newsletter...

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.

Lounging Rabbit





I don’t want to say that the rabbits in my yard are not afraid, but this one might as well be lounging in a hammock.

Please don't show this picture to my dog Ivy. She's not allowed in the front yard. The rabbit obviously knows this.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Remember this one?

Monday, August 12, 2019

Is this even human?

A human body shouldn't be able to do this...

Paul Simon & Bob Weir

An unusual pairing to say the least, even though they've known each other since 1967...

The Mooch turns on Trump

We started hearing little inklings of this when Minutia Men interviewed the Mooch. At that time, he was just gently chiding his friend. After the most recent racist rampage, Scaramucci was more direct in his criticism. Since then Trump has gone full out against Anthony, and now the circle is complete.

The Mooch: Republicans may need a new candidate for 2020.

This made me laugh

Friday, August 09, 2019

A very special Minutia Men

The Museum of Broadcast Communications was kind enough to allow us to record this week's Minutia Men podcast in their radio studio. We invited our old college friends; Emmy award winning journalists Dane Placko and Jay Shatz to join in. What a blast. Thanks to everyone who participated, including our producer Tony Lossano who was there to help us work the controls.

HERE IS THE AUDIO

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Field of Dreams

This would be very cool to see...

Drunk Shakespeare

My cousin Barb called us up recently and asked if we would be willing to check out something in Chicago called "Drunk Shakespeare." I'm always up for a night on the town, and so I said yes. It was a lot of fun. Hard to explain exactly what we saw, but there were scenes from MacBeth interspersed with drinking and wacky bits. Enjoyed it very much. Check it out if you're looking for an unusual night out.

Free Kicks

The Premier League is back beginning tomorrow night! That means its time to fire up the soccer podcast once again. The new episode of Free Kicks is up at the Radio Misfits podcast network.

Listen to it here.

Least satisfying job?

Thanks so much to Burt Constable for including me in his article this morning. It was fun to talk to him. I tried to defend the producer job, fellow producers...

Read it here.