Musings, observations, and written works from the publisher of Eckhartz Press, the media critic for the Illinois Entertainer, co-host of Minutia Men, Minutia Men Celebrity Interview and Free Kicks, and the author of "Back in the D.D.R", "EveryCubEver", "The Living Wills", "$everance," "Father Knows Nothing," "The Radio Producer's Handbook," "Records Truly Is My Middle Name", and "Gruen Weiss Vor".
Friday, May 08, 2015
Two of Us
May 8, 1970…The Beatles released "Let It Be," their twelfth and last album of original studio material, although it was actually recorded before the previously released "Abbey Road."
"Let it Be" is one of my five or ten favorite songs of all time, but when I bought the album, this is the song that really spoke to me. I still love it today...
Next Week on Letterman
On Friday, CBS announced the line-up of guests for next week, a.k.a. the second-to-last week of The Late Show with David Letterman. Oprah, Bill Clinton, George Clooney and Julia Roberts will be among the final guests.
Last night's show had another memorable moment. I did not see this coming...
As the Sumner Turns
Over the years Sumner has held this over his daughter's head, telling her she could have it, then changing his mind. It's very similar to the dysfunctional Murdoch clan.
The NextRadio App
I hope he's right.
White Sox Radio Rights
CBS Radio sports/talk WSCR AM 670, radio home of the White Sox since 2006, is making a strong bid for renewal, while Tribune Media news/talk WGN AM 720 and Cumulus Media news/talk WLS AM 890 also are said to be vying for the rights.
I know this one!
Clark the Mascot stumps all three Final Jeopardy contestants.
Watch it here.
Thursday, May 07, 2015
Cavs Domestic Violence Promo
RIP Ty Wansley
Former Chicago radio personality Ty Wansley has passed away at the age of 63. I interviewed Ty more than twenty years ago when he was teamed up with Ed Vrdolyak at WLS, and then got to know him when we worked together at the old WJJD/WJMK.
Heck of a guy. A true gentleman.
He'll be missed.
Another Surprise Letterman Appearance
Bob Uecker Gets Locked in Booth
From the ABC-7 website...(which also has the video)
Brewers broadcaster and funnyman Bob Uecker was locked in the radio booth at Miller Park when the door handle broke during the sixth inning against the Dodgers Wednesday night.
The 80-year-old known for his wit was trapped and, of course, made a joke out of it.
"People who are listening to the ballgame, I know what you're thinking: 'He's ready for the (nursing) home. He's cooked. It's finally happened. He's seeing ladders and doors without handles.'"
When the door wouldn't open from the outside, a long, red ladder was brought to the walkway on the Loge level and an employee climbed through the large front windowless opening of the booth to remove the hinges in the seventh inning.
"Anyone, really, from the concourse could just walk up our ladder," joked Joe Block, Uecker's broadcast partner, who was also locked in.
A Near Skype-tastrophy
At 8:57am, Com Ed knocked on the door and said: "We're shutting down your power for two hours, beginning in three minutes."
"But I have a Skype interview scheduled at 9," I said.
"Not any more, you don't," the Com Ed man said.
And poof. It was gone.
Luckily we rescheduled for this morning and it went very well. She'll be posting the entire interview on her website soon, and I'll share with everyone.
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
This day in 1998
The Jimmy Butler Show
Crawford, Crawford, Crawford
We didn't chant "Darryl, Darryl, Darryl" after Darryl Strawberry homered. Only after he butchered a play in right or struck out.
That's Taunting 101.
Letterman's Ratings Are Up Huge
His numbers are up 75% from last year.
I missed it last night because I had a meeting, but I'm taping every episode.
Entercom announced today the promotion of Louise "Weezie" Kramer to Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Kramer is a media veteran who has been with Entercom since 2000, most recently serving as Station Group President. In this role, she spearheaded the company's reinvention efforts, focusing on enhancing the company's future growth and directly overseeing several of the company's markets. She is also a member of Entercom's Operating Committee and, since 2013, has served as chairperson.
Congrats to Weezie!
I'm like the Professor & Mary Ann
Ryan Chiaverini, Jenniffer Weigel, and more! Laughing on #LossanoAndFriends! Listen http://t.co/q2N5cICI1W pic.twitter.com/NivOMZd0U8— Lossano and Friends! (@LossanoFriends) May 6, 2015
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Harry Caray on Letterman Last Night
Watch it here.
The president was on after Harry. I'm tellin' ya, if you haven't been watching these last few weeks, you're missing something memorable.
Cinco De Mayo
Check it out here.
Somersaulting into home plate
Merle & Willie
New Pulitzer Chair
On the one hand, Gigot has won a Pulitzer himself. On the other hand, Gigot is a staunchly conservative partisan. Should be interesting to see who gets Pulitzers next year.
Chicago Public Media Leaps Into Mobile With Both Feet
Robert Feder has the details.
Their investment in mobile technology is something that all radio stations will eventually have to do. I'm sure the big corporate giants won't until they absolutely have no other choice, but this is the new reality. It's all got to be easily accessible in that phone in your pocket.
John Landecker & Dylan Gardner
Read it here.
Monday, May 04, 2015
John Oliver on Bud Light
I also interviewed radio personality Mitch Michaels about this once. Mitch was there, and this is how he recalled that day...
I was working for a radio station in Cleveland at the time, as a board op, and doing some stringer reporting for them while I was at school, and the whole weekend before the shooting had been crazy. There were sit-ins and protests, and helicopters hovering, tear gas in the air, and spotlights, it was like a movie set. The protesters burned the ROTC building on Saturday night. The National Guard members were wearing gas masks and were pounding everyone. They couldn’t see anything out of those masks. I had a press pass, and they pounded me too. On Monday I was in the car with my wife on the way to the dentist when I saw all the commotion. Police cars, sirens, people running all over, complete mayhem. I pulled over to the side of the road, locked the door, and told my wife not to move, and I went over to see what was happening. I got there just as they were carrying the girl into the ambulance. It was around 12:30 or so. By 2pm, it was completely deserted. They had closed down the campus and sent everyone home. It was eerie.
Cub Man, Blackhawk Fans
@JorgeSoler68 photobomb in the back #Blackhawks pic.twitter.com/Qi80m1rPwF— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) May 3, 2015
Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover
Like any story, there are two sides to this story. On the one hand, the governor could just be an astoundingly paranoid and stupid dipshit. On the other hand, he could just be catering to his astoundingly paranoid and stupid dipshit voters who actually believe this could be true. There isn't a third hand. The Onion wouldn't have printed this story because it would have been deemed "too ridiculous". It's impossible to satirize the news these days. I can see why Jon Stewart is walking away from it.
RIP Ben E. King
Ben E. King, the former lead singer of The Drifters and a man whose voice will forever be associated with his iconic solo hit, "Stand By Me," died last Thursday, April 30 in Hackensack, NJ. He was 76. King was born Benjamin Earl Nelson on Sept. 28, 1938, in Henderson, NC and grew up in Harlem, where his father had moved the family when he was a child. He was working in his father's Harlem luncheonette in 1956 when a local impresario, Lover Patterson, overheard him singing to himself and persuaded him to join a group he managed, the Five Crowns. Lightning struck in 1958 when the group, then known as the Crowns, performed at the legendary Apollo Theater on a bill with the original Drifters and attracted the attention of the group's manager, George Treadwell, who also owned the Drifters name. He later fired the Drifters en masse and replaced them with King and three of his fellow singers.
This is the song he will always be remembered for...
I didn't watch it. I think a few centuries from now people will look back at things like boxing and that ridiculous extreme fighting in the same way we look back at gladiators today. "Wait a second, people paid money to watch men punch each other in the face hoping to knock the other person out cold?"
But I know my opinion is not in the mainstream on this one.
Funniest Video I've Ever Seen
Clark Weber in the Hall of Fame
The surprising thing in the article to me, is that Clark has announced he's retiring. It sounds like he's really walking away from all of it. From Feder's piece...
Weber said his last radio interview will be May 19 with midday hosts Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano on Tribune Media news/talk WGN AM 720. His last speaking appearance will be May 22 at Chestnut Square Retirement Community in Glenview. Then he’ll take one last bow at his June 16 Hall of Fame induction.
I worked in the same hallway as Clark for several years when I was with John Landecker's show at WJMK and Clark was hosting the morning show at WJJD. I always enjoyed chatting with him. He has some incredible stories. If you ever get a chance to read his book, there are a bunch of stories in there.
He told some more (including the story of introducing the Beatles at Comiskey Park) when I interviewed him a few years ago for Chicago Radio Spotlight.
Sunday, May 03, 2015
My appearance on Lossano & Friends
New Episode feat. Ryan Chiaverini, Jenniffer Weigel, Rick Kaempfer #LossanoAndFriends! Listen http://t.co/q2N5cICI1W pic.twitter.com/bFCdg0LYjL— Lossano and Friends! (@LossanoFriends) May 2, 2015