This little bear and lion cub are the best of friends 🤩 pic.twitter.com/lnEgUJDv3A— Jack (@J4CKMULL) February 17, 2020
Monday, February 17, 2020
Chicago radio legends Larry Lujack and Dick Biondi have been named charter inductees in the Hall of Fame of the new Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 under construction in Joliet. Lujack, who died in 2013, was elected by museum members in the DJ category. Biondi was named recipient of the Founder’s Lifetime Achievement Award and also will be inducted in the Hall of Fame. Ceremonies will be March 29 at the Renaissance Center in Joliet. Other inaugural inductees include Chicago, Cheap Trick, Ides of March, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Buckinghams and REO Speedwagon as performers; and WLS Radio, Chess Records and Thirsty Whale in non-performer categories.
I know most of the inductees personally. That feels a little odd for a Hall of Fame, but congrats to all of them!
Friday, February 14, 2020
Eckhartz Press Author John Records Landecker Named to National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame
Landecker is best known for his tenure as the evening personality at WLS-AM Chicago, a 50,000-watt station reaching audiences in some 40 states.
His signature style included incorporating satirical songs and bits based on current events into the program, as well as his trademark saying, “Records truly is my middle name.” Landecker is credited for introducing some of the first interactive phone features on Top 40 radio, a style that is still prevalent today.
His 50-year broadcast career began as a high school student at WOIA-AM in Saline, Michigan. He stayed on the air throughout college in Michigan, working at WTRK-AM Flint, WERX-AM Grand Rapids and WILS-AM Lansing. Landecker later entertained listeners with stints at WIBG-FM Philadelphia; CFTR-AM Toronto; WPHR-FM Cleveland, Ohio; WJMK-FM Chicago; and WGN-AM Chicago.
NAB Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs, Steve Newberry, says, “John Records Landecker has had a profound impact on radio and has inspired generations of new talent. His induction into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame symbolizes the personal connection between DJs and their audiences and how innovative personalities can influence radio programming.”
Additionally, Landecker has released six albums of his work and written an autobiography titled ‘Records Truly Is My Middle Name’ and he currently hosts a weekly program on his hometown station WEFM-FM Michigan City, Ind.
Landecker was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2017 and was named Billboard Magazine’s Radio Personality of the Year in 1977.
His on-air talent and contributions to the radio industry are memorialized in the radio exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Newsman, bluesman and longtime Chicago radio raconteur Buzz Kilman will be back on the air Friday when he fills in for David Plier from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Nexstar Media Group news/talk WGN 720-AM. Kilman was last heard on WGN when Jonathon Brandmeier hosted mornings there from 2011 to 2013. He’s been a fixture on Chicago radio since 1980 when he joined the station formerly known as The Loop as Steve Dahl’s morning news anchor.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Today's the day for the Cubs!
THE SWEETEST WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
By Bill Holub
“Pitchers and catchers report”.
These are indeed the sweetest words in the English language. Friends have been hearing me recite this every year at this time. I once had an old poker playing friend who used to say the sweetest words have always been “I’ll play these”. This is the same friend who couldn’t win even when dealt a pat hand. That however is a story for another time and place, where an explanation of the relationship between the quantity of beer consumed, what the cards in your hand really look like and the amount of money you bet can be fully explored. It’s really something scientists should be looking at.
In the meantime, I apologize to all those who came here looking for a sentimental dialogue on romance. I’m sorry to say it but the sweetest words in the English language are not “I love you”. Now that I think of it, this may instead be a sentimental dialogue on romance and baseball.
It’s funny how the two always converge around Valentine’s Day. Spring fever is referred to as that time of year when things start to bloom as the weather changes and love is in the air. It is no coincidence that this is the same time the baseball season opens and brings hope to all of us diehard baseball romantics.
My love affair with baseball was re-ignited in 1987-88. There was only one place to catch baseball highlights from all over the major leagues back then. Once a week you could tune in to “This Week In Baseball” with good ol’ Mel Allen. During those two seasons I was hooked into witnessing two West Coast baseball Gods embodied in the forms of a young Mark Mcgwire and Jose Canseco. This is before anyone had ever heard of andro, anabolics and the other chemical cocktails that have since cast a pall over these two. Back then, I was treated week in and week out to mammoth sized home runs flying out of every ballpark in the country. The fact that these home runs were being hit by players wearing what my brother and I had always considered the coolest looking baseball uniforms in the world (the Oakland A’s green and gold) had me embracing the game I grew up on all over again.
By 1989 I was so hooked on this game I even started collecting baseball cards again, although as much as an investor as a fanboy. I also started another nasty habit that impacts my life to this day. That is when I started a fantasy baseball league with a bunch of guys at work. 1989 also happened to be a division winning season for my beloved Cubs, so I was in baseball heaven and haven’t looked back since.
THE NATIONAL PASTIME
I think we can honestly say that baseball is no longer the national pastime in this country. It has been supplanted by football. I can accept that. Although I would insist the true national pastime is gambling, which is the driving force that makes football the number one spectator sport in America. I suppose I could go off on a George Carlin type of rant here on the differences between football and baseball, but that’s not why I’m writing this piece.
I just want to point out there is one major difference between the two and that is commitment. I’m talking about the commitment between baseball fans and football fans. Football is a four month season requiring your undivided attention one day a week, or two if you’re both a college and pro fan. Baseball is a six month season requiring your undivided attention throughout with your favorite team(s) playing as many as five or more games a week.
Baseball is a commitment. I believe it carries as much of a commitment as love. They both require dedication and attention. They can both go awry despite the best laid plans. An early swan dive in the standings in May that ends a team’s season before it even had a chance can be just as painful as not having your phone calls returned after the second or third date. Meanwhile an October champagne shower celebrating a pennant or World Series championship is as sweet and memorable as a ‘yes’ to a question posed on one knee.
BASEBALL AND THE CINEMA
Once that warm baseball is back feeling starts sinking in every year, I like to get fully immersed by throwing myself into my favorite baseball movies before the games actually begin. This is my form of spring training.
You’ve got your “Bull Durham”, “Field Of Dreams”, “Major League” (only the first one, please), but there is one movie that hits me in the right spot. “City Slickers” is not a real baseball movie per se, but there’s one scene that remains among my all-time favorites. It’s where the three friends (Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern and Bruno Kirby) are on the cattle drive and passing the time by discussing their favorite baseball memories. Billy Crystal remembers the first time his father took him to Yankee Stadium as a kid and how he had never seen grass that green before. Mickey Mantle even hit a home run that day. Daniel Stern recalls how growing up he and his father never saw eye to eye, but they could always talk about baseball with each other. “We always had baseball” he says.
As for me, one of my earliest baseball memories was getting to take the day off of school with my brother because my Dad got opening day tickets to Wrigley Field. I still remember wearing our warmest winter coats and knit hats, waiting to sit down while the Andy Frain usher brushed the snow off our seats. They don’t make Aprils in Chicago like that any more.
THE SWEETEST SOUND
There is a sound that accompanies the words “pitchers and catchers report”. It is the sound of a ball popping into a mitt. The sound of a simple game of catch. It is more than the crack of a bat sound. The sound of a mitt popping brings the memories and feelings of a lifetime of baseball flooding your senses all at once. It happens every time, whether it’s major leaguers or just a game of catch with your dad or your kid. The week pitchers and catchers report there are no cracking bats, only popping mitts. The sweetest sound in the world. “Pitchers and catchers report”. The sweetest words in the English language.
Monday, February 10, 2020
~Angel Echevarria 1971--2020 (Cubs 2002)
By the time Angel arrived in Chicago, the first baseman was already 31 years old. He had a few cups of coffee with Colorado and Milwaukee before playing for the Cubs. Angel hit pretty well (a career-high .306) and drove in some big runs (21 RBI), but was never given another shot at the big-time.
Congrats to @gvsu alumnus @Landeckerjohn on this tremendous honor!@gvsucmj— Len O'Kelly (@LenOKelly) February 10, 2020
John Records Landecker will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the 2020 NAB Show. https://t.co/vEu5ztsYvZ
You have to hear this. It's brutal. And prety funny.
Listen to it here.
Sunday, February 09, 2020
The Elephant in the Room
Perhaps these facts can help save one person’s life, and save one other family from this unfathomable pain.
Our son, we have learned in the last few days, occasionally used cocaine ‘recreationally.’ Cocaine is more popular today than we naive parents realized, readily available and more common than we ever expected. Perhaps you have used cocaine? Perhaps your child has? Perhaps your child has and you don’t know? Talk to them.
Our son was trusting of other people, and always saw the best in everyone. We know that he could not imagine that someone out there would knowingly hand him a drug that might kill him.
Fentanyl is an opiod pain medication, a narcotic that is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. It is prescribed for late stage cancer patients experiencing extreme pain. Misuse of fentanyl can cause death, especially when used without a prescription or when combined with other drugs including alcohol.
Street fentanyl, primarily manufactured illegally in Mexico, is added to cocaine and heroin by drug dealers to increase its potency, to ‘enhance your high.’ However, most users have no idea that they are using fentanyl, often resulting in overdose deaths. You only have to use it once.
In 2019, more people in Cook County, Illinois died of a fentanyl overdose (789) than were killed by guns (580). This is a cruel epidemic which we fear does not get the attention and outrage it deserves because its victims were using an illegal drug so ‘they should have known better.’
Our son did not take his own life deliberately, and he was not an addict. He was a young man who made one bad decision last week. If you or your family are dealing with suicide or addiction, our hearts go out to you. Our prayers are with you. These are also huge problems in our community that should be given more attention.
Talk to your children. Listen to your children. Hug them, and tell them you love them. And feel free to share this message with the world.
Charlie Sullivan 1996-2020
Friday, February 07, 2020
post-benchmark revision, monthly job growth in the first 37 months of Trump's presidency has averaged 182,000.— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) February 7, 2020
In the last 37 months of Obama's presidency, it averaged 220,000.
What about stock markets? S&P 500 is up about 47% since Trump took office. At the same point in Obama's presidency, the index was up 59%.— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) February 7, 2020
Again, usual disclaimer: Presidents don't control markets. But since Trump likes to claim credit anyway, let's look at the numbers. pic.twitter.com/lsEcmQpTuT
It turns out that the economy never had a Trump bump. https://t.co/MTRTPhkdR5— Slate (@Slate) February 7, 2020
Thursday, February 06, 2020
Listen to first interview here.
Ratings for Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech were down 21% from last year. Maybe it’s time to re-cast the lead?— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) February 6, 2020
holy shit this ad pic.twitter.com/DAoYxfkeya— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) February 5, 2020
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Monday, January 27, 2020
Monday Morning Prediction. There will be a LEE/LIFESON PROJECT announcement this year. They will release a studio recording WITH guest drummers on the songs, UNTIL they decide who to tour with. These guys ARE NOT done yet.... @RushFamTourneys #RushFamily #LeeLifesonProject pic.twitter.com/VvTfldA8Ht— Steven A Banass (@StevenABanass) January 27, 2020
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Our case against lyin’, cheatin’, liddle’ Adam “Shifty” Schiff, Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, Nervous Nancy Pelosi, their leader, dumb as a rock AOC, & the entire Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrat Party, starts today at 10:00 A.M. on @FoxNews, @OANN or Fake News @CNN or Fake News MSDNC!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2020
What an embarrassment this man is. Seriously. He's a third grader.
Friday, January 24, 2020
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
1. WLIT 93.9-FM adult contemporary, 13.7 (9.5)
2. WVAZ 102.7-FM urban adult contemporary, 5.7 (5.4)
3. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM all news, 4.9 (5.0)
4. WDRV 97.1-FM classic rock, 4.6 (4.7)
5. WLS 94.7-FM classic hits, 4.3 (4.8)
6. WSCR 670-AM sports talk, 3.5 (3.1)
7. WTMX 101.9-FM hot adult contemporary, 3.3 (3.4)
8. (tie) WXRT 93.1-FM adult album alternative, 3.1 (3.8); WBEZ 91.5-FM public radio news talk, 3.1 (3.5); WOJO 105.1-FM Mexican regional, 3.1 (3.5)
11. (tie) WGN 720-AM news talk, 3.0 (3.5); WRME 87.7-FM soft rock oldies, 3.0 (3.3); WSHE 100.3-FM adult contemporary, 3.0 (3.4)
14. WBBM 96.3-FM Top 40, 2.9 (2.7)
15. WKSC 103.5-FM Top 40, 2.8 (3.2)
16. (tie) WBMX 104.3-FM classic hip hop, 2.5 (2.9); WGCI 107.5-FM urban contemporary, 2.5 (2.2)
18. WKQX 101.1-FM alternative rock, 2.4 (2.9)
19. WLS 890-AM news talk, 2.3 (2.3)
20. WLEY 107.9-FM Mexican regional, 1.9 (2.1)
21. (tie) WUSN 99.5-FM country, 1.6 (1.9); WCKL 97.9-FM contemporary Christian, 1.6 (1.5); WPPN 106.7-FM Spanish adult contemporary, 1.6 (1.9)
24. (tie) WMVP 1000-AM sports talk, 1.4 (1.6); WPWX 92.3-FM urban contemporary, 1.4 (1.0)
26. WEBG 95.5-FM country, 1.2 (1.5)
27. WVIV 93.5-FM Spanish contemporary, 1.1 (1.2)
28. WMBI 90.1-FM Christian ministry, 1.0 (1.0)
29. WSRB 106.3-FM urban adult contemporary, 0.9 (1.1)
30. WFMT 98.7-FM classical 0.8 (0.8)
Just heard about Terry J— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) January 22, 2020
It feels strange that a man of so many talents and such endless enthusiasm, should have faded so gently away...
Of his many achievements, for me the greatest gift he gave us all was his direction of 'Life of Brian'. Perfection
Two down, four to go
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Monday, January 20, 2020
Read his tribute and relive his media tour here.
Listen to it here.
Friday, January 17, 2020
Listen to it here.