Saturday, October 09, 2010

Chicago Radio Spotlight: Danny Bonaduce

This week's Chicago Radio Spotlight has been posted. I had a real fun conversation with my former colleague (and Partridge Family "bassist") Danny Bonaduce.

You can read it here.

John Lennon turns 70

It's almost impossible to imagine, isn't it?

People are gathering in Central Park to celebrate.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Tea Party tribute

Or more accurately, a Tea Party anti-tribute...

Don Larsen

The other day Roy Halladay threw a playoff no-hitter, which was tremendously fun to watch, by the way. It was only the second time in baseball history that someone had thrown a no-hitter in postseason play. The other time occurred on this day in 1956.

Don Larsen threw a perfect game in the World Series. Larsen and Yogi remember...

Danny Bonaduce

I recently got a chance to catch up with Danny Bonaduce, and that interview will be tomorrow's Chicago Radio Spotlight.

Danny made me laugh out loud a few times during the interview. I think you'll enjoy it. It  should be up on the site sometime tomorrow morning.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Joke for a Thursday morning

This was sent to me by "MM"...

A CNN journalist stationed in Jerusalem heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to the Western Wall to pray, twice a day, every day, for a long, long time. So she went to check it out. She went to the Western Wall and there he was, walking slowly up to the holy site.

The journalist watched the old man pray, and after about 45 minutes, when he turned to leave, using a cane and moving very slowly, she carefully approached him for an interview.

She said, "Pardon me, sir, I'm Rebecca Smith from CNN. What is your name?

"Morris Feinberg," the old man replied.

The reporter inquired, "Sir, how long have you been coming to the Western Wall and praying?"

"For about 60 years." replied the old man.

The reporter said, "60 years! That's amazing! What do you pray for?"

The old fellow answered, "I pray for peace among the Christians, Jews and Muslims. I pray for all the wars and all the hatred to stop. I pray for all our children to grow up safely as responsible adults, and to love their fellow man."

The CNN reporter then asked, "How do you feel after doing this for 60 years?"

The old Jewish man replied, "Like I'm talking to a wall!"

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Joke for a Wednesday morning

This is from an old radio friend "DM." It's a little inside-radio, but you get the idea...

Q: What’s the difference between a Clear Channel-owned radio station and the drive-thru at McDonald’s?

A: The kid at the drive-thru is live and local.

The Billy Goat

Today is the anniversary of the famous incident during the 1945 World Series when the Billy Goat wasn't allowed to enter Wrigley Field, and Sianis supposedly placed a curse on the Cubs.

If you haven't checked it out yet, you really should check out our explanation of the entire event at Just One Bad Century. It's part of This Week in 1945. 

The entire 1945 World Series is profiled, including reports from the newspapers of the day (even the original Billy Goat report), the box scores, photos, and a rare video taken during the World Series itself.

I know you don't care about the Cubs anymore this year (even I don't), and you probably don't care about the Billy Goat curse anymore (even I don't), but I worked real hard on putting together all this info from that era. It's a good read.

Disco Duck

On this day in 1976, the song "Disco Duck" by Rick Dees was a nationwide hit.

I'm proud to say it wasn't my fault. I wasn't in the United States for a single day of 1976. All these years, I've been bummed about it because I missed the bicentennial, but it turns out there was a bright side.

I also missed "Disco Duck."


The final Tale from a Bad Century this season at JOBC is about the man that should have been the Cubs starting catcher for a decade, Smoky Burgess.

He was an all-star for three different teams, but none of those teams was the team that had him first...The Chicago Cubs.

Read all about him here.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

You Bet Your Life

It debuted on this day in 1950. Groucho was incredibly great in this format. No script, just chatting and ad libbing...

Mash up madness

This is a mashup of 16 songs. It's seamless. The editing is superb, both the audio and the video--which is extremely difficult to do. And the song is pretty good too. I'm really impressed...

Monday, October 04, 2010

Chasing Pittsburgh

This captures the 2010 Cubs season pretty well...

Janis Joplin

She was found dead of a heroin overdose on this day in 1970 in a Hollywood hotel room. She had just finished recording her "Pearl" album, which was released posthumously. I couldn't find a good video of a news report from that time, but I did find this...

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Father Knows Nothing

This week's Father Knows Nothing is posted. It's called "Story problems to explain parental frustration."

You can read it here.