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, July 03, 2015
ESPN Wants Olbermann to Stop Doing Commentary
They've asked him to stop doing commentary. The Hollywood Reporter has the details.
The semi-final game vs. Germany scored the highest ratings for Fox since the finale of their juggernaut series "Empire".
Adweek has the details.
Thursday, July 02, 2015
35 years ago today...
I don't think Sammy will be joining Van Halen again
Twitter Snarks Jindal
Here are a few of my favorites...
#AskBobby So you say state employees can deny same-sex marriage licenses? Are we free to choose which laws to obey? (Tweeted while driving)— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) July 1, 2015
My neighbor is a kind, hard working, undocumented immigrant contributing to society in a positive way. Where can I report him? #AskBobby— Chase (@chasebrignac) July 1, 2015
Can anyone pet a dinosaur or just Jesus, @BobbyJindal? #AskBobby pic.twitter.com/KlqKoWZ6wJ— Scott Wooledge (@Clarknt67) June 30, 2015
Which spice girl is your favorite and if you had a chance, what laws would you pass to oppress them for having a uterus? #AskBobby— Zora Neale Thirstin (@CarefreeBlkGirl) June 30, 2015
Many have responded to the news of your candidacy with laughter. Thoughts? #AskBobby— Bearded Stoner (@beardedstoner) June 30, 2015
My latest column for the Illinois Entertainer has been posted. This month I interviewed Cubs radio broadcaster Mark Grote.
You can read it here.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Worst Simpsons Impressions Ever
USA! USA! USA!
Don't look now, but the USA's Women's National Soccer Team is in the World Cup Finals in Canada. They'll face the winner of tonight's England-Japan match on Sunday.
Watch these girls if you get the chance. They've got a great chance of winning the biggest title in soccer.
Is it possible that Smooth Jazz was wrongly killed by PPM?
But what if smooth jazz wasn’t killed by neglect, but by bad data? Radio stations run on ratings, and Nielsen is by far the dominant ratings provider, as it is in television. It has a near-monopoly on the biggest markets in the U.S. But many in the industry are starting to wonder if Nielsen has been getting the ratings wrong.
What if people kept listening, but weren’t all being counted anymore? What if a new Nielsen counting method wasn’t working as it was intended to? That failing would hurt many stations in the ratings, but some more than others, and possibly none more than smooth jazz.
I know Steve Dahl also questioned the validity of the new ratings technique when it came out. If it's true, imagine how many lives this has affected.
RIP Dr. Brock
Longtime radio veteran WILLIAM GRADY BROCK passed away SUNDAY, JUNE 28th at the age of 66. BROCK spent 42 years in radio, most notably as DR. BROCK on the iconic Top 40 WCFL-A (SUPER CFL)/CHICAGO.
Brock had a hand in the creation of John Landecker's "Boogie Check" although he may never have known it. This is an excerpt from John Landecker's book "Records Truly Is My Middle Name"...
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Gay Wedding Advice
Whatever happened to Ed? Well he was just named CEO of Starcom, a podcasting network.
Radio Ink has the details.
I agree with Michael Gerson
I think Gerson gets it right. Conservatives are right to feel that judges probably shouldn't be making such an important decision, but they are completely wrong to feel we weren't already heading in that direction on our own--and at light speed (politically speaking). It was inevitable. It was the will of the people.
In fact, he argues, the success of the gay marriage movement wasn't because they were pushing for people to be pro-gay. They were pushing for people to be pro-commitment--which is completely in line with conservative and liberal thought. It unifies us as a nation. In the 36 states that already have gay marriage, absolutely nothing has happened since it became legal. "Traditional" marriage hasn't been harmed or affected in the slightest.
Monday, June 29, 2015
It’s with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire. Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix Arizona.
He may go down as one of two or three greatest bass players of all-time. The only one I can think of that compares is John Entwistle. Just listen to his work in this song...
His latest moronic move--banning Univision staff from his properties and publishing a Univision anchor's cellphone number--because they said mean things about him. That's the reaction of a spoiled 15-year-old boy.
Imagine this horse's ass having access to nuclear weapons.
LATE UPDATE: NBC has dumped Trump. Here is their statement: “At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC. In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in The Apprentice on NBC. Celebrity Apprentice is licensed from Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue.”
LATER UPDATE: Trump now says he is suing NBC.
Their latest is a new podcast by Chet Coppock.
Family Day At Wrigley
We saw the dugouts, the clubhouses, the batting cages. We played catch on the warning track. We met former Cub Bobby Dernier. And we kept saying stuff like..."this is soooo cool."