Friday, November 08, 2013

Today's Best Tweets

Here are some tweets that caught my eye today...

U.S. economy adds surprising 204,000 jobs in October despite government #shutdown: (AP photo)

Chet Coppock ‏@ChetCoppock 5m
Will #Cubs new field general Rick Renteria be able keep Starlin Castro awake in 2014???

Congressional lawmakers break pledge to donate pay from shutdown, keep checks instead...

Matt Yglesias ‏@mattyglesias 9m
Nobody ever lost coverage they liked! RT @MikeGrunwald: I remember before Obamacare when health insurance was awesome. ‏@TIME 14m
Why it's a bad idea to mess with your body clock

Jessica Flynn ‏@jessicaflynn01 21m
If you don't spend your downtime looking at pictures of #nachos on the internet, then you're probably a real sicko.

David Haugh ‏@DavidHaugh 23m
Renteria persevered "difficult times" in past but job of Cubs manager might be more daunting than he realizes. Column

RUTH BUZZI ‏@Ruth_A_Buzzi 38m
When you're dead, you don't realize you're dead; it's only really difficult for the people around you. Kind of like when you're stupid.

Jeff Greenfield ‏@greenfield64 37m
Ambivalence on the Right today: a mainstream media source (CBS) suffers a hit, but the discredited story served an anti-HRC narrative.

Taegan Goddard ‏@politicalwire 51m
Big Papi finishes 3rd in the Boston mayoral race …

60 Minutes Backs Off Benghazi Story

It was an explosive story featuring an "eyewitness" of the Benghazi attack, but it's looking more and more like there are serious questions about his "eyewitness" report. Questions that weren't asked by 60 Minutes. It reminds me very much of the Dan Rather story about George Bush going AWOL in the National Guard.

Read the details here.

Going For It


I took the personality test, and I came out an INFJ. You can read the description of an INFJ here, and take the test to see what you are.

I'm a little freaked out by this opening paragraph describing an INFJ...

"The INFJ type is believed to be very rare (less than 1 percent of the population) and it has an unusual set of traits. Even though their presence can be described as very quiet, INFJ personalities usually have many strong opinions, especially when it comes to issues they consider really important in life. If an INFJ is fighting for something, this is because they believe in the idea itself, not because of some selfish reasons."

Other INFJs include...Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, Goethe, Mel Gibson, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela

Look at that list and tell me which name doesn't quite fit in (other than mine).

Book Review: "Half"

When I first heard that Doug Reed's novel "Half" was a vampire book, I groaned. I hate vampire books. I've written several magazine articles about my bewilderment about this subject matter's popularity. But the book's publisher and editor, Olga Gardner Galvin (my editor and publisher for "$everance"), told me that I would appreciate this book, so I gave it a chance.

Olga was right.

This is not your teenage daughter's vampire book.

Doug Reed has taken the burning questions vampire skeptics like me ask every time we encounter vampire world, and explored them with tremendous skill.

*Immortality is a lot of time to fill. Wouldn't you quickly get bored out of your mind?

In "Half" we find a vampire working a mind-numbingly horrible second shift job at an insurance company, and we realize that immortality is a fate worse than death. (That workplace provides the setting for my favorite line in the novel: "No one will underwrite your soul.")

*I can barely remember my kids names. Wouldn't a vampire have a hard time remembering hundreds of years worth of people's names?

The main character of "Half" shows just how much of a detriment that can be.

*How can a vampire have sex if he doesn't have any blood in his body, if you know what I mean?

Doug boldly goes where no teenage vampire book has gone before.

*When a vampire turns into a bat, what happens to his clothes?

This is my favorite revelation in this novel, but I don't want to spoil it for you.

"Half" is groundbreaking. Name me another vampire novel that also features a leprechaun. Can't do it, can you?

It's hilarious. It's touching. It's lyrical.

Doug Reed is a twisted and talented writer. (I'd love to spend a day inside that brain). He's a Chicagoan now too. (The book takes place in his previous hometown of Madison).

Support your fellow Chicagoan, and pick up a copy today.

I really think you'll like it.

New Cubs Manager

The new manager of the Cubs, Rick Renteria, would have been introduced at a press conference today, but he recently had hip surgery.

That is so Cubs. They just hired a guy on the DL.

At Some Point You've Got To Be A Writer

I can't think of a single blog that is more consistently interesting than Ken Levine's blog.

Take this post for example. It's all about writing an episode of "Frasier", but it's really about the arc of a television series, and how different writers take characters in slightly different directions. I think it's fascinating, and even if you're not a writer, I think you'll think so too.

Freddie Mercury and David Bowie A-capella

Absolutely amazing...

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Q & A With "Cheeseland" Author Randy Richardson


In May of 2012 Eckhartz Press released a wonderful coming-of-age novel by author Randy Richardson. The title of his novel was "Cheeseland", and it received rave reviews. Author Christine Sneed said it was "a story about masculine friendship you won't soon forget." Diane Rae, author of "Halo of the Damned", described "Cheeseland" as a cross between Frank McCourt’s "Angela’s Ashes" and Dennis Lehane’s "Mystic River."

Randy has been diligently promoting the book since its release, and we thought it would be a good time to check back in with him and see how it has been going.

Randy, what has surprised you the most about the reaction to your book?

Randy: I am always surprised when someone with whom I have no known connection buys my book and reads it. I read an article recently that there are somewhere between 600,000 and 1 million books published every year in the US alone. Think about that. Of all those books this person could have chosen, they picked mine. But I certainly never imagined that my little book, which I thought would have no more than a Midwestern regional interest, would find readers outside the US. But, somehow, it has. Two of the best reviews I received on Goodreads were from UK readers. One of them wrote a line that put me on the floor: “Truly a great read that I would put up there with Catcher in the Rye as a timeless critique of maturation, love and friendship.” I also had an order from the Australian Library System for five copies of my book. How or why that came about I have no idea. All I do know is that we live in a fascinating small world, a place where my words – as if placed in a bottle and dropped into the ocean – are able to reach out and touch someone who is thousands miles away. The pen is indeed a mighty weapon.

Do you have any good anecdotes from your promotional tour?

Randy: I’m not sure this counts as part of my promotional tour, but at my release party I was reunited with the high school friend who served as inspiration for one of the book’s main characters. In a way, it felt like life imitating art. We hadn’t seen each other in about 25 years, and just by chance he moved back to the Chicago area, after living in California for about 20 years, at the same time my book was being released. Much like the characters in the book who are reunited after being separated for three decades, I was reunited with this friend who helped to inspire the story. It was kind of surreal to see him again after so long and to think that it was this book that brought us together again. About a month later, the two of us got together again for a rock concert featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company – and it was almost like going back in time to when the story began.

What have you learned about yourself and your writing since the book was published?

Randy: I suppose that when I embarked on the journey of writing Cheeseland I was, in some way, searching for answers about my past. I guess that the book helped to heal some of those old wounds. Certainly, it brought together that friend from my past that I thought I had long lost, and for that alone it was worth writing.

What is the question you hear the most, and how do you answer it?

Randy: The question I hear the most is, “How much of what happens in it is true?”

My answer is, one page, and that is page 43, the opening of Chapter 7. Even that scene is probably more fiction than reality, since in real life I was only half-conscious and in a haze of alcohol when that scene actually occurred. To the extent that I remember what did happen, I think it fairly depicts what occurred up until the point that there is a woman praying beside me. The rest of the story is all fiction, though there are certainly parts of it that are inspired by things that happened to me as a teen-ager.

Tell me why your book would make the perfect Christmas present.

Randy: I am told that it pairs nicely with a bottle of wine, so wrap them up together and you have the perfect Wine and Cheeseland gift basket.


Eckhartz Press and Randy Richardson will be teaming up again on another book in 2014. Details will be announced after the first of the year.

Wanna Buy MJ's House?

The auction is 11/22/13...

Today's Best Tweets

Here are some tweets that caught my eye today... ‏@TIME 1m
Here are the funniest tweets about Twitter’s IPO $TWTR

Kevin Fishbain ‏@kfishbain 6m
Jay Cutler is practicing today. In case anyone was curious.

Harry Connick, Jr. ‏@HarryConnickJR 11m
you know you're high on NyQuil when the most interesting line you say from the stage is "who likes cheese?"...

Gawker ‏@Gawker 31s
Celine Dion is hilarious, according to Celine Dion

ChicagoNow ‏@ChicagoNow 6m
34 Egregious Examples of Truly Terrible DVD Cover Art …

New York Daily News ‏@NYDailyNews 13m
2, 4, 6, 9!!! Cheerleading coach accused of having sex with student during school.

msnbc ‏@msnbc 26m
Oops! Joe Biden calls Marty Walsh to congratulate him on his win, but calls the wrong guy:

Josh Marshall ‏@joshtpm 27m
'Guns & Ammo' Editor Apologizes To Outraged Readers For Publishing Pro-Gun Control Editorial

The Associated Press ‏@AP 28m
Forecasters say fireball seen streaking across Southern California was probably a meteor: -SS

Rolling Stone ‏@RollingStone 33m
Couples celebrate as Illinois becomes the 15th state to legalize marriage equality:

Rick Renteria

The new manager of the Cubs will be former Padres bench coach Rick Renteria.

Details are here.

This is the reason they hired him: "The Cubs are counting on him to get the most out of young players such as shortstop Starlin Castro and first baseman Anthony Rizzo, along with prospects such as Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, Albert Almora and Kris Bryant."

If he can do that, it's a good hire. If he can't...well, that makes him just like every other manager the Cubs have hired in my lifetime.

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell turns 70 years old today. She was one of the first music celebrities I ever met. It was the weekend of Farm Aid, and she actually came to our WPGU pre-show party the night before the concert. Very nice lady.

Happy birthday Joni!

A Big Hit in the Blackhawks Game

I watching the Hawks game last night and saw this hit by Bollig. He knocked the glass right out.

But it's what happened after the glass was knocked out that was amusing.

Potty Talk! 3 year old contemplates the effects of his diet

Hilarious...(over 2 million views on YouTube)

The Aragon Ballroom

I'm going to a concert with my son Tommy on Saturday night at the Aragon Ballroom. I haven't gone to a show there since I saw the Ramones thirty years ago. I was trying to explain to Tommy the rich history of that place, and even I was surprised by what I discovered. You know who has played that hall since the beginning of the rock and roll era? Everyone. I mean EVERYONE.

Take a look at this list, which I found here.

April 6-7, 1968: The Turtles / The Regiment / The Bubble Gum Machine
April 19-21, 1968: Traffic / The Circus / The Loved Ones
May 10-12, 1968: The Ohio Express (10), Dyke & The Blazers (10-12)
August 3, 1968: Herman’s Hermits / Sunshine Sequence
May 17-19, 1968: The Grass Roots / Howlin’ Wolf / The Rush Hour
January 18, 1969: Buckinghams / Operation Soul / Baby Huey & The Babysitters
January 25, 1969: Stevie Wonder / Motown Sound / Soul Machine
March 1, 1969: Marvin Gaye
March 7-8, 1969: Mitch Ryder / The Trends / Chicago Soul Sextet
March 21, 1969: Steppenwolf / Bangor Flying Circus / Three Dog Night
March 22, 1969: Procol Harum / Howlin’ Wolf / Litter / Little John Blues Band
March 28, 1969: Spencer Davis / Howlin’ Wolf / Albert Smith Blues Band
April 11, 1969: Iron Butterfly / Steve Miller Band
June 13, 1969: Ike & Tina Turner / Four Days & A Night / Dee Dee Turner
August 22, 1969: Moody Blues / Mickey, Larry & The Esiters / Conqueror Worm
November 26, 1969: Beach Boys
April 10, 1970: Pink Floyd / Rotary Connection / Mason Proffit
May 1, 1970 Al Kooper / The Byrds / Bangor Flying Circus/ Second City Cast / One Man’s Family
June 5, 1970 Jethro Tull / Sha-Na-Na
August 25, 1972: The Kinks / Foghat / Dr. Hook and His Medicine Show / Flash
September 30, 1972: Chuck Berry
January 19, 1973: Badfinger / Raspberries / Amazing Blondel
October 12, 1973: ZZ Top / Fleetwood Mac / Nazareth
March 22, 1974 Sly & The Family Stone
April 26, 1974 Eagles / Marshall Tucker
May 17, 1974 Blue Oyster Cult / Aerosmith / Sharks
May 24, 1974 Bachman Turner
October 18, 1974 Aerosmith
November 1, 1974 Lou Reed
March 8, 1975 Queen / Kansas / Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush
April 19, 1975 Kraftwerk /Greenslade
June 28, 1975 Spirit
July 13, 1975 Joe Walsh
October 10, 1975 J. Geils Band
December 15. 1975 Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes / Mountain / Heartsfield
April 9, 1976 Joe Cocker
April 21, 1976 Thin Lizzy
April 22, 1976 Santana
February 25, 1977 Journey /Heartsfield /Mr. Big
April 21, 1978 Elvis Costello /Mike De Ville /Nick Lowe
April 26, 1979 Van Halen /Robert Fleishman
July 13, 1979 Devo
August 2, 1979 Cars /Nick Glider
September 14, 1979 Clash /Bo Diddley /Undertones
October 19, 1979 AC/DC //Pat Travers
October 26, 1979 Talking Heads
November 16, 1979 Scorpions /Sammy Hagar
November 23, 1979 Tom Petty /F. Poodles
December 1, 1979 Jefferson Starship
November 22, 1980 Police /XTC
August 22, 1981 Pretenders /Bureau
April 3, 1982 B-52′s Video Dance Party / The Bongos
September 24, 1982 Joe Jackson
October 31, 1982 George Thorogood /Johnny Winter /Big Twist
November 24, 1982 Adam Ant /One Bullet Theory
December 4, 1982 Stray Cats /Marshall Crenshaw
March 18, 1983 English Beat / Thompson Twins
March 26, 1983 Psychedelic Furs /Depeche Mode
May 21, 1983 U2 / Dream Syndicate
July 15, 1983 Foghat /Krokus /Peter Tosh
November 25, 1983 Cheap trick /Aldo Nova /Danny Sparks
December 16, 1983 Eddie Money /Saga
Febraury 18, 1984 Billy Idol/Elvis Brothers
July 7, 1984 R.E.M. /Dream Syndicate
December 27, 1984 Bryan Adams /Honeymoon Suite
June 21, 1985 Howard Jones/ Red 7
June 23, 1985 Tears for Fears /Gowan
November 24, 1985 Inxs /Cruzados
December 6, 1985 Stevie Ray Vaughan /Eddie Clearwater
March 13, 1987 Beastie Boys /Fishbone /Murphy’s Law
October 18, 1988 Midnight Oil /Yothu Yindi
December 10, 1988 Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Winos
February 9, 1990 Violent Femmes
March 16, 1990 Joe Satriani
November 30, 1990 Jane’s Addiction / Henry Rollins Band
November 29, 1991 Red Hot Chili Peppers /Smashing Pumpkins/ Pearl Jam
October 23, 1993 Nirvana /Mudhoney /Jawbreaker
November 25, 1993 INXS /Catherine Wheel
November 26, 1993 Bodeans /Lowen & Navarro
December 9, 1993 Smashing Pumpkins /Swervedriver Frogs
November 18, 1994 Green Day /Pansy Division
August 8, 1995 Weezer /Teenage Fanclub /That Dog
February 2, 1996 Lenny Kravitz /Triple Fast Action
October 17, 1997 David Bowie/ DJ U-Sheen
October 21, 1997 Foo Fighters /Talk Show /Treble Charge
September 16, 2002: The Rolling Stones.

Hillenmeyer Was Bullied Too

Former Bears Linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer admitted on the radio yesterday that he was bullied when he was on the Chicago Bears. The bully on the Bears at the time was center Olin Kreuz.

CBS local has the details.

I'm not exactly surprised by this revelation. Kreuz had a very bad reputation in that regard. Apparently, it was well earned.

Elizabeth Vargas in Alcohol Rehab

ABC 20/20 co-host Elizabeth Vargas (a Heidelberg High School classmate of mine) has entered an alcohol rehab center for treatment of alcohol abuse. TV Newser has the details.

That's a big step to take even when you aren't in the public eye. I give her a lot of credit for realizing she has a problem and doing something about it.

Cubs Broadcasting News

There were a couple of pretty big stories in the Cubs broadcasting world yesterday.

First the Cubs announced that they were exercising their option to end their WGN-TV contract. That's a big deal. The Cubs have been on WGN-TV since 1948.

Then, later in the day, WGN Radio announced that Keith Moreland was stepping down as the radio analyst, so he could spend more time with his family in Texas.

Now, for the second time in the last three years, the Cubs are officially looking for a new sidekick for Pat Hughes.

Oh, and they are also going to announce their new manager tomorrow. But Cubs fans know not to get too emotionally attached to our managers. It's the broadcasters that become a part of our daily lives.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Behind the Scenes with John Records Landecker at WGN Radio (Photos, commentary, and audio)

While you were sleeping last night, I was with John Records Landecker at WGN Radio. He was there to do an interview on the Pete McMurray show. Pete talked to John about the book ("Records Truly Is My Middle Name"), the old days at WLS, and more.

To finish off the interview, John was given music intros sight unseen, and asked to talk up the post. There's never been anyone better at that highly specialized skill, and Mr. Landecker came through as we all knew he would.

Thanks to Pete, his producer Scott Miller, and the rest of the gang over there at WGN. It was a fun hour of radio.

You can listen to it here on the WGN website.

Outside the showcase studio at midnight...

In the green room...

The door leading into the studio...

On the air at WGN Radio...

John Records Landecker & Pete McMurray...

Today's Best Tweets

Here are some tweets that caught my eye today...

Jim O'Donnell ‏@jodonnell17 6m
"Johnny Carson" by Henry Bushkin is the most enjoyable entertainment read since Paul Shaffer's autobiography; highly recommended.

Pro Football HOF ‏@ProFootballHOF 2h
We reflect on a great life lived by our oldest Hall of Famer Ace Parker who died this morning at 101. …

Zach Zaidman ‏@ZachZaidman 18m
#Bears DE Shea McClellin has 6 career sacks. Four and a half have come vs. Green Bay.

Los Angeles Times ‏@latimes 19m
The French government's decision to no longer give schoolchildren Wednesday off has parents up in arms.

NPR News ‏@nprnews 6m
Tests 'Moderately Support' Case That Arafat Was Poisoned

Kim Bhasin ‏@KimBhasin 1h
Lululemon founder Chip Wilson blames yoga pants complaints on "women's bodies," gets terrifying death-stare from wife

The Heckler ‏@The_Heckler 11m
Incognito admits he has a tiny penis, just like every other bully in the world

WGN TV News ‏@WGNNews 11m
Starbucks to hire 10,000 vets and military spouses:

phil_rosenthal ‏@phil_rosenthal 59s
#Cubs exercise option to get out of contract with @WGNTV, its home since 1948, after 2014 season

Len O'Kelly ‏@LenOKelly 4m
F.C.C. Plans Sweeping Changes to Bolster AM Radio #GVSUCBR380 #GVSUCBR240

Mine's Bigger Than Yours

The Willis Tower and the new One World Trade Center are having a disagreement about which one is taller.

The Huffington Post delves into the controversy.

Not A Proud Moment For Bears Fans

The ultimate mixed marriage is a Bears/Packers marriage. There are often bets involved during Bears/Packers games, but I've never heard of one like this before. The Bears fan (the husband) bet the Packers fan (his wife), that if the Bears beat the Packers he could shoot her with a stun gun.

And he did.

Turns out stun guns are illegal in Wisconsin, so he's in big trouble. But honestly, what in the world were these two thinking?

Classic Ads

That most certainly would not fly today. Thanks to "PC" for these...

Worst Referee Call Ever

Take a look at this video and read the story.

The quarterback threw the ball from the four yard line, and was called down for a safety.

It's the sort of play that reminds me why I'm not a gambling man.

Art Bell Gone Again

Art Bell re-emerged from retirement a few months ago to do another scary UFO-heavy radio show for Sirius/XM.

It didn't work out. He's gone again.

Sting & Paul Simon

I like Sting's music, and I love Paul Simon's music, but I'm having a hard time imagining them on stage performing together.

It's going to happen though. (The New York Times has the details.) Apparently they are friends who lived in the same building in New York.

"Englishman in New York" vs. "The Only Living Boy in New York." It could work.

Howard Planning Big Birthday Party For Himself

From this morning's RAMP newsletter...

Howard and SiriusXM proudly announced Howard Stern's Birthday Bash, a live, star-studded nighttime broadcast, scheduled for Friday, January 31, 2014 at a "special location in New York City." The timing of the Bash is perfect, as Howard will celebrate a major milestone -- his 60th birthday, on January 12. The festivities will be hosted by someone named Jimmy Kimmel, who remarked, "I am honored and excited to take part in a celebration of the life of my friend and hero, Howard Stern. This should be the best BaBa-birthday party ever." Naturally, the SiriusXM brass are falling all over themselves to pay their respects to Howard -- like SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer, who remarked, "Howard's show has never been better, and a star like him deserves a party like this." SiriusXM President/Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein eagerly added, "At yet another peak in Howard's life, we are thrilled to have millions of SiriusXM fans and our listeners from across the country join in on a party only Howard could throw."

For those of you who still listen.

Dan Rather Snubbed

In the next few weeks you'll be seeing quite a bit of coverage surrounding the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination. CBS' coverage, with Walter Cronkite in the anchor chair, is the best remembered and most famous of the three networks. Their young intrepid reporter on the scene was Dan Rather. You would think that as the only living person on that famous coverage, he would be brought in to tell his story.

You would be wrong.

Apparently there are still hard feelings about their nasty divorce. The Wrap has the details. Dan Rather is going to be part of NBC's coverage instead.

Internally Defaced

This can happen to anyone, but I'll admit I got a cackle out of it happening to Fox News. Their website was "defaced" yesterday, and they're now saying it was "an internal production problem."

What did it say? The headline on the site was "WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE." And the sub-head was "STUFF YO". It's been fixed obviously.

If you want more details, yo, click here.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Life Behind the Camera

Thank you Larz at Chicagoland Radio and Media for this nice piece about our upcoming book "Life Behind the Camera", which ships out this week.

Here's a small excerpt...

For over 30 years, Chuck Quinzio has been employed as a television cameraman, and most of that time was for a pair of local stations' newscasts. He has assembled some of his best stories from his career and published them in a new book, entitled "Life Behind The Camera."

Starting out as a cameraman in Rockford television, Chuck Quinzio came to Chicago to work for WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 in the early 1980s. He worked with WMAQ-TV until the early 1990s -- a time period which also had him doing a fair amount of national camera work for NBC-TV. After leaving WMAQ-TV, Quizinio joined WFLD-TV/FOX 32, where he still works today.

In his memoir, "Life Behind The Camera," Quinzio tells the behind-the-scenes stories of Chicago newscasts... from egotistical news reporters, to impossible newsroom managers, to the perils of shooting film in dangerous situations, to running after celebrities, to getting up close to criminals, to dealing with local and state politicians. Some of the names have been left out, but many readers who are fans of local media will know just who the author is writing about.

The publisher says of the book: "Quinzio's storytelling paints a picture of Chicago and the television news business you'll never forget; tragic, gritty, frightening, and laugh-out-loud hilarious."

Today's Best Tweets

Here are some tweets that caught my eye today...

WFAN Sports Radio ‏@WFAN660 12m
Mariano Rivera named American League Comeback Player of the Year. | #Yankees #MLB

Slate ‏@Slate 8m
Ken Cuccinelli says his candidacy is a referendum on #Obamacare. So if he loses as badly as the polls indicate....

James Janega ‏@JamesJanega 10m
Last night: What took so long to think of this?! Someone will be making a fortune. via @oisforolivia @Arnezzy

Keith Olbermann ‏@KeithOlbermann 13m
ICYMI: Richie Incognito - if bullying only costs him his season or his career, he'll be lucky

Luke Russert ‏@LukeRussert 38m
. @daveweigel the first thing in the Unibomber's bio is that he went to Harvard, they never let you forget.

Chicago Blackhawks ‏@NHLBlackhawks 23m
In case you missed it... The great Bob Verdi recaps the #Blackhawks important off-day in Washington, D.C.

Esquire Magazine ‏@Esquiremag 2h
My Life as a Drunk by @RobDelaney

Slate ‏@Slate 32m
Stop handing out trophies to kids for participation:

Chicago Tribune ‏@chicagotribune 38m
Illini land Simeon basketball recruit D.J. Williams

670 The Score ‏@670TheScore 1m
The #Cubs can trade Starlin Castro… just not to the #Cardinals. Column from @wischlist

Pretty Lights

My 18-year-old got a pair of concert tickets for his birthday (for "Pretty Lights"). Who did he ask to go along with him? His old man. Never heard of Pretty Lights, but he said he wants to share his favorite music with me because I've shared my favorite music with him all these years. I must admit, I got a little verklempt. After those difficult teen years, he's coming back around.

Which Professions Have the Most Psychopaths?

According to this piece in The Week, tv/radio/media comes in at #3. I think I've known a few of them.

The winner, by the way, is no surprise: CEOs.

Tony FItzpatrick on Lou Reed

Tony Fitzpatrick is an old colleague of mine from the Loop days who lives a far more interesting life than I do. One of the people he befriended over the years was the late rocker Lou Reed. In the current issue of New City, Tony writes about that relationship.

You can read it here.

Rashida Jones

Every now and then I get a reality check to remind me that I'm actually not as tuned in as I thought I was. For instance, until this morning I had no earthly clue that "Parks & Recreation" star Rashida Jones (formerly of "The Office") is the daughter of Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton. I'm guessing you already knew. I'm a little late to the game here.

I'm a big fan of both mother and daughter. (And father too, for that matter).


The Untold Story Behind the Edgiest Sketch in SNL History

This piece in Salon describes the tense history of the time Richard Pryor hosted SNL. It was their first season, and SNL needed Richard Pryor to help establish the show. He was the hottest stand up in the world at the time. But was the network really ready to have Richard on the air live?

Great story. I highly recommend it.

Uplifting Story of the Day

From CBS News. Got a little weepy watching this...

Disc Jewkeys?

Robert Feder highlighted this awful headline, but interesting Chicago Jewish News article about four nice Jewish boys doing sports talk in Chicago.

I know three of the four (never met Bernfield), and they all have something in common in addition to being sportscasters and Jewish.

Silverman, Kaplan, and Grobstein have all been interviewed for Chicago Radio Spotlight.

Da Bears

Never a doubt, right Bears fans? (Cough)

It helps when Aaron Rodgers goes down in the first quarter, but then again, the Bears had their backup QB in there too. A win against the Packers in Green Bay is no small achievement.

The full story of the big win is here.


With a name like Weezie, it's impossible to forget her. I worked with Weezie at WJMK for a year or two. She was our general manager before moving on to a better job with a radio group called Entercom. Since that time (about 15 years ago), she has continued to climb up the corporate ladder. This month she's on the cover of Radio Ink magazine. . Here's a short excerpt from the article...

Entercom's Weezie Kramer is one of the most successful women in the radio industry today. In March, Entercom created a new position specifically for Kramer, station group president. She now oversees the operations of all 121 Entercom stations and reports directly to president and CEO David Field. In July she was named the 19th Most Powerful person in radio by Radio Ink. And, in September she was awarded the 5th annual MIW Frances Preston Trailblazer award by the MIW Radio Group. Kramer was the first woman to chair the RAB board, and currently serves on the RAB’s Executive Committee...Kramer is on the cover of the current issue of Radio Ink magazine where she discusses her love for the radio business, her rise to the top and how she single handedly started a girls golf team at her high school in Kentucky (Kramer's friends say she is a scratch golfer today).

Monday, November 04, 2013

The Beautiful Game

Touching Tribute

The opening chalkboard scene on the Simpsons last night was a nice tribute to Marcia Wallace, who passed away last week.

Rattle Your Jewelry

50 years ago today. From Bob Dearborn's The Olde Disc Jockey's Almanac...

November 4, 1963… At London's Prince of Wales Theatre, the Beatles performed at a Royal Command Performance for the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden, with John Lennon famously instructing the royals to rattle their jewelry instead of applauding. Their short four-song set included "From Me To You," "She Loves You," "Till There Was You," and "Twist And Shout." The Beatles were one of 19 acts appearing at the concert which was taped and broadcast on ATV in the UK six days later.

Today's Best Tweets

Here are some tweets that caught my eye today...

Jim Rose ‏@JimRoseABC7 8m
Good morning tweeters. I'm in DC for the @NHLBlackhawks visit to the @WhiteHouse. Reports 4,5,6 &10 on @ABC7. Might get to see @BarackObama

McMurray, Pete ‏@PeteMcMurray 23m
What's the Vegas line on Obama pronouncing #NiklasHjalmarsson’s name correctly today at the #WhiteHouse?

The Onion ‏@TheOnion 7m
Mom’s Head Rotates Demonically After Passing Sign For Antique Wicker Furniture

Matt Spiegel ‏@MattSpiegel670 7m
Dan McNeil is on a personal leave of absence. He appreciates all the people who’ve reached out to him, and (cont)

Eric Nelson ‏@literaryeric 26m
How To Spot A Fake Obamacare Horror Story

Media Burn Archive ‏@MediaBurnVideo 15m
There are lots of "Chicagos," but Media Burn preserves *your* Chicago, the city "behind the billboards." …

Hub Arkush ‏@Hub_Arkush 21m
Check out @tcmusick's column on the Bears-Packers rivalry:

Huffington Post ‏@HuffingtonPost 22m
Kendall Jenner got what every girl wants for her 18th birthday -- offers to star in porn

Ari Berman ‏@AriBerman 1m
Former Speaker of the House Jim Wright has voted in every election since 1944 but was denied a voter ID in Texas

Robert Feder ‏@RobertFeder 28m
Every Nov. 4, I sent Walter Cronkite a tie for his birthday. And every year, he wore it on the air as a signal to me:

Murphy is Back

Robert Murphy, known to millions of Chicago listeners as Murphy in the Morning for the last thirty-plus years, is coming back to the Chicago airwaves. But for the first time ever, it's not to do a morning show. He's going to do afternoons at WLS-FM. (Robert Feder has the details.)

His shift is 4-8pm.

Nobody is being fired, the hours are just being revised slightly. Greg Brown is moving to 9am to 1pm, Danny Lake is moving to 1-4pm, Landecker is now doing 8-11pm, and Dick Biondi is doing 11-2am.

(Of course, I interviewed Murph for Chicago Radio Spotlight a few years ago. You can read that here.)

Big Game Tonight

This could be ugly tonight. No Cutler. No Lance Briggs. No defense. And Aaron Rodgers. I'm almost glad that I've got a board meeting at the soccer club.

A Feel Good Story For A Monday Morning

Bizarre Records

There's a website called Bizarre Records, which I have to recommend to you. Not only did I find this awesome album (above), but I listened to the first track of the album. There are lots of great ones.

These are the kind of albums I would spend hours trying to find at Second Hand Tunes when I worked as a radio producer (for comedy purposes, obviously). It must be so much easier to be a radio producer these days.

Who is Mr. Balls?

He is Brazil's new mascot for testicular cancer awareness. I kid you not. Details at Digital Deconstruction. Photo courtesy of Daily News.