Saturday, March 09, 2019
Friday, March 08, 2019
George got exactly one big league start, and it came for the Cubs on September 23, 1962. The location was the Polo Grounds, and the opponent was the worst team in big league history, the 1962 New York Mets. Gerberman lasted into the sixth inning and got a no-decision, although the Cubs eventually lost their 100th game of the season in the ninth. George walked five batters, but gave up only three hits. One of those hits was a home run by former Cub Frank Thomas. Gerberman’s only strikeout victim was future Cub Jim Hickman. George was only 20 years old at the time, but he never got another chance in the big leagues. He remained in the minors until 1968. (Photo: 1983 Fritch One Year Winners Baseball Card)
So, yes, Fox News can continue to function as something close to Trump TV. It can go on spreading disinformation.
But everyone ought to see it for what it is: Not a normal news organization with inevitable screw-ups, flaws and commercial interests, which sometimes fail to serve the public interest.
But a shameless propaganda outfit, which makes billions of dollars a year as it chips away at the core democratic values we ought to hold dear: truth, accountability and the rule of law.
Despite the skills of a few journalists who should have long ago left the network in protest, Fox News has become an American plague.
I've been saying it for a decade, often to deaf ears. I believe Fox News is the reason our society is so divided now. One side may be presenting the news with a slightly liberal bias, but at least it's delivering the news. Fox News presents fiction as news. And then uses the existence of that fiction, to "prove" that the other side is not reporting news.
"Why aren't they reporting Seth Rich was murdered by Hillary?"
Because it's not true. It's fiction. Fox News is the worst thing that has happened to America in my lifetime.
Today would have been the 56th birthday of Eckhartz Press author Mark Gelinas. We lost Mark at the end of 2018 after a truly heroic battle against pancreatic cancer. He told that tale beautifully in the pages of his book "GelStrong". Still miss you, Mark. You were one of the good guys!
Thursday, March 07, 2019
Nineteen months after he announced he was quitting sports radio for good, North is joining ESPN Radio flagship WMVP 1000-AM as host of a weekly show on sports betting.
Starting this week, North and Carmen DeFalco will host “The Odds Couple” from 6 to 7 p.m. Fridays. DeFalco will continue to co-host from noon to 2 p.m. weekdays on ESPN 1000 with John Jurkovic.
“Mike isn’t just a sports talk legend, but his expertise in sports handicapping is second to none,” Adam Delevitt, senior program director of ESPN 1000, told me. “His record speaks for itself, and he and Carmen are going to keep ESPN 1000 listeners not only entertained, but maybe make a few bucks along the way.”
They gave her $10,000.
Details are here.
Great Lakes Media Corp. announced the first of several appointments to its Board of Advisors and Senior Leadership Team -- and simultaneously proclaimed a strategic shift in the company’s focus toward larger market acquisition opportunities.
Tom Langmyer, Founder & CEO of Great Lakes Media Corp., has added several highly experienced and well-respected names to the team as the Company moves to become a significant local media player in the U.S.
John Gehron, Chairman of AccuRadio, joins Great Lakes Media Corp. as Board Advisor, bringing his legendary major-market experience as a highly accomplished executive with some of the nation's premier media companies.
Langmyer launched Great Lakes Media Corp. in November of 2018 with the initial intent to target media acquisitions in small communities. In a very short time, interest and support shifted Great Lakes' focus toward the media properties and groups that operate in larger markets. The vision remains the same, which is to invest in radio stations and digital platforms and to grow them as true “local” brands. The company is meeting with investors, brokers and others who are interested in specific markets; and has plans to announce appointments of additional officers and partners in the weeks ahead. To check out the full leadership bios, visit greatlakesmediacorp.com.
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Don't look now, but Minutia Men has slowly but surely been crawling up the iTunes charts. Right now it's #84 in it's category, ahead of the New Yorker. In the history category (because of our Cubs history segment), we're in the Top 20 (#19). Not bad for a couple of middle aged schmos from Chicago. We'll be recording our newest episode tomorrow, featuring our interview with Anthony Scaramucci. Look for it beginning this weekend.
There are 200+ 5-star reviews on iTunes. Here are a few more recent ones...
Love the tone
in iTunes by tonytonymacorony from USA on February 22, 2019
Good natured fun. Nice to listen to something that is apolitical.
Binge listen today
in iTunes by tyu6443 from USA on February 22, 2019
( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) dare you to listen to just one. Rick and Dave are ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) the goods.
in iTunes by 343Blane from USA on February 22, 2019
I love the witty banter and asides. These guys get great guests and wonderful interviews.
Topical and Comical
in iTunes by Chris (No Context Host) from USA on February 5, 2019
These dudes are the kings of casual banter. The topics are hot, the retorts are funny but not forced funny. It’s the kind of funny you expect from your funniest friend when you’re hanging out in his basement and his mom brings in lemon squares and iced tea. It’s the perfect leisure podcast. Chris (No Context Podcast)
in iTunes by andreresendez from USA on January 30, 2019
The two hosts have good banter between them and keep things engaging and interesting for the listener. The comedic back and forth is funny and the topics are relevant. An easy listen. Keep up the good work, guys!
~Casey Wise 1932--2007 (Cubs 1957)
Wise came up to the big leagues with the Cubs in 1957. The second baseman/shortstop got the most extensive playing time of his big league career that season, appearing in 43 games and hitting .256. The Cubs traded him to the Milwaukee Braves after the season for pitcher Ben Johnson and outfielder Chick King. After his playing career ended, Wise became a dentist. (Photo: Topps 1958 Baseball Card)
You read that right...Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Joe Perry.
The tour happens in May. Right now it's only on the west coast. Details are here.
The article, as usual, is ruined by the word moderation.
But it's still one of my all-time favorite articles.
People have simply stopped answering their phones altogether. “If it is apparent the call is from an unknown (or untrusted) source, it goes to voicemail – period,” for one. Meanwhile, the “growing number of telemarketers clogging up our phones lines, not to mention the explosion of robocalls,” which he says have tripled over the past three years, has turned consumers away from answering a ring. Jacobs writes, “For researchers dependent on a phone as the communications gateway to a research survey of some kind, this is bad news.
I'm one of those people that doesn't answer the phone. If you aren't in my phone already, there's a zero percent chance I will answer.
But this picture accompanied her message this week, and I found it disturbing. Yes, I've seen that facial expression before. Men hate it when women hold their fingers nine inches apart like that.
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
I remember when these stories were in the news. He was literally on trial for molesting children and people would show up and cheer him. His fans simply could not believe it was true. They were so devoted and so unflinching in their belief, it did make me wonder. Maybe he really was just a man-child who was robbed of his childhood, and likes to play with little boys. Could that presposterous statement actually be true?
Not so much.
After the show, Oprah interviewed the guys in the documentary...
Read the comments section on YouTube. Same people cheering Michael, unflinching in their belief of him.
I'm sorry--you cannot watch the documentary with the level of detail they provide and think they are making it all up. At least I can't. These guys describe a love affair. Michael seduced them. And they were only seven years old at the time.
Keith Flint, the frontman of pioneering British electronic group The Prodigy, has been found dead at his home in Essex, England at the age 49, according to CNN. Flint's bandmate, Prodigy founder Liam Howlett posted on Instagram that Flint died by suicide, as he said, "The news is true, I can't believe I'm saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend. I'm shell shocked, f****n angry, confused and heart broken." The Prodigy's Twitter feed also posted the news of Flint's death, saying, "It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint. A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time."
Monday, March 04, 2019
New from me: Fox News HAD the story of Trump's hush money payoffs to Stormy Daniels BEFORE the election but killed it because the reporter said she was told, "Good reporting Kiddo, but Rupert Murdoch wants Donald Trump to win. So set it aside." Reporter sued, is bound by an NDA. https://t.co/md9B4fLm1i— Jane Mayer (@JaneMayerNYer) March 4, 2019
Listen to it here.
Can the stars of The Score survive for a week in the desert under one roof? That’s the reality-show premise of an inspired stunt playing out on Entercom sports/talk WSCR 670-AM. Midday hosts Dan Bernstein and Connor McKnight and afternoon hosts Dan McNeil and Danny Parkins aren’t just broadcasting their shows from Cubs spring training at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona. They’re all occupying a rented house together in Scottsdale along with operations director Mitch Rosen, their show producers and a video producer from Entercom Chicago. On Thursday, they’ll be joined for dinner at The Score House by morning hosts Mike Mulligan and David Haugh. (Those two will be staying at a hotel nearby.) Video highlights of the adventure will be posted each day at 670thescore.com. “At the end of the week this could be epic radio,” said Rosen, who added: “Pray for me.”
I've known Jen since her very early days in radio. At the time I was working for her dad Tim. One of my sidegigs during the Landecker years was providing Tim with clips he could use during his Weigel Wieners segment. I also worked with Tim's third wife Vicki. She was the sidekick and traffic reporter to Landecker the first three or four years of the show.