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, December 16, 2016
Best News Bloopers 2016
Got an Hour to Kill?
The Return of Legitimate News
Facebook has enlisted real news organizations (like ABC News) to help them get rid of fake news.
It's a little late, but it's a good first step at reclaiming truth.
Another Sign FCC Chairman Will Be Missed
Among the reasons given in this linked interview of radio group owners...
"I don’t think that Chairman Wheeler has been proactive on behalf of broadcasters."
"Regulatory radio rules remain stagnant and out of date while new media industries around us continue to grow and thrive."
If I can translate for you, these guys believe the only way to improve their business is to buy more radio stations. The Chairman realized that isn't true. I'm with the chairman on this one. I also love the cracks in the article about how he played politics with the internet...by not allowing the telecom giants to gouge and create different internet lanes for the big boys. I'm with the chairman on that too.
They have it back now. The Wild Wild West will be returning soon. Innovation will be coming...in the form of consolidation and internet gouging...you know, to *improve* the public airwaves.
Black is white. Up is down.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
More Sad News
According to this Turner Sports press release, Craig Sager has passed away. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/MT0GPqSFgx— Rich MacLeod (@richmacleod) December 15, 2016
Sager was originally from this area, and he was a Cubs fan. So at least he got to see that glorious championship before he passed.
We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Craig Sager. #SagerStrong pic.twitter.com/0xzctYw2Uz— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) December 15, 2016
RIP Dr. Bombay
Minutia Men, Episode 32
You can listen to it here.
It's not gonna stop when he becomes president
Trump threatens magazine editor who published a critical review of Trump Grill https://t.co/SOVV61Z96E pic.twitter.com/KhJMM7IZew— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) December 15, 2016
FCC Chairman to Step Down on Inauguration Day
Under the guise of being more pro-business, many businesses will be damaged (Black is white, up is down). The internet will cease to be an equal opportunity job creating force for businesses like mine, and will instead favor the huge corporations who will have to pony up big bucks to get an internet advantage.
And once the ownership limits are erased (this will happen almost immediately), there will be another debt-leveraged buying spree which will increase stock prices and short term gains for media investors (namely the bosses themselves) at the cost of constricting and constraining future budgets because of the inevitable debt. This will cost media jobs, decrease media quality, and drastically alter the media landscape.
Not trying to be a Debbie Downer. Just telling it like it is.
Another Friday view of the future American Airlines 1914 Club. pic.twitter.com/aZKzEJlCKp— Wrigley Aerials (@WrigleyAerials) December 14, 2016
Trump's Plans for the Press
Speaking to radio host Hugh Hewitt, Priebus said "many things have to change" in the White House's relationship and daily traditions with the media, including the daily briefing with the White House Press Secretary and the seating chart.
"I think that it’s important that we look at all of those traditions that are great, but quite frankly, as you know, don’t really make news and they're just sort of mundane, boring episodes," Priebus said.
Uh huh. Boring to keep the American people informed through professionals who can ask questions. Instead, just announce things on Twitter, and hope that nobody scratches beneath the surface.
This is gut-check time for the press in this country. This president thinks he can get by without scrutiny. It's your job to hold his feet to the fire and make him answer questions. Don't give up. Don't ever give up.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
RIP Alan Thicke
I'll always remember him from Growing Pains, his hit show in the 1980s...
Another Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Fox News
I've worked with and for some pigs before, but none of them are in the same league as Roger. It's hard to believe this actually happened in the workplace, and that it happened (allegedly) for such a long time.
I have a face too, you know
The World's Highest Paid Musicians
The top ten are...
9. Calvin Harris (a DJ)
8. The Rolling Stones (and they only played 27 gigs)
6. Garth Brooks
2. One Direction
1. Taylor Swift
Just out of the top ten...McCartney's in 12th. At 74 years old. Not bad. Springsteen is in 11th at 67. Gotta love the old dudes.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Bill and Barack
Don’t putter around. Head to https://t.co/GNfbft9Ewv by December 15th to #GetCovered starting January 1st, 2017. https://t.co/X4R4hhC5Fe— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 12, 2016
Johnny B Signs Off
“They want to go political across the line,” he said of his bosses. “All political. And we certainly handle all of that, but all political. It’s very simple. So each show sounds exactly like the next show. That’s the way radio thinks today.
“That’s what you do: You make sure that every show sounds exactly the same. So you can’t tell. There’s an angry white guy. There’s an angry white guy. There’s an angry white guy. I heard ‘Obama.’ I heard the word ‘Obama.’ I heard ‘Trump.’ And then it just goes on and on and on.”
I love this. Amen, Johnny. Tell it like it is.
Monday, December 12, 2016
The Golden Globes
The full list of Golden Globe nominees is here.
Looks like a pretty respectable list this year.
Trial Date Set for Radio Engineer
The Chicago Tribune has the details.
P.S. I'm not 100% sure it's the same guy, but I believe I worked with him back in the day.
Angela Merkel on SNL
Patti Smith Accepts Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize
If the House or Senate chooses not to investigate this, they will have a very hard time explaining that to the public.
Even the Trump voters.
Genuflections Book Launch
Lossano and Friends
We had a lively discussion. You can listen to it here.