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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".
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Happy New Years Eve!
Friday, December 29, 2017
Radio Ink has a nice interview with new WGN boss Todd Manley.
Todd's a very nice guy. Wish him the best in his new role as the station manager.
RIP Rose Marie
Ms. Marie sang in a series of movie shorts including “Baby Rose Marie, the Child Wonder” in 1929 and appeared on vaudeville circuits until vaudeville’s demise. Among her friends was one of the country’s most notorious gangsters.
“My father worked as an arsonist for Al Capone,” she told People magazine in 2016. “He used to burn down your warehouse if things weren’t going the right way, but I didn’t know that at the time. I was a child star and to me Al was my ‘Uncle Al.’"
Northwest Indiana Press
This was a year when a lot of folks felt the need to tell their stories, as books by and about some of the Chicago music scene's movers and shakers were published. Popular radio DJs became first time authors as they led the pack. Bobby Skafish ("We Have Company: Four Decades of Rock and Roll Encounters") and Mitch Michaels ("Doin' The Cruise") each dropped their titles via publisher Eckhartz Press.
The same is true of John Records Landecker, who updated and re-issued his previously-released 2013 autobiography "Records Truly IS My Middle Name" (Eckhartz Press), to tie-in with his being inducted this year into the National Radio Hall of Fame and being awarded the Hoosier state's prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash Award. Landecker is a resident of Michigan City. FYI: eckhartzpress.com.
Thursday, December 28, 2017
People Love Minutia Men
Over 22,000 downloads, and the reviews are coming in from around the world. These are just from this past month...
A Podcasting First
in iTunes by Chubby Smalls from USA on December 27, 2017
This is the only show that could seamlessly weave in topics as diverse as testicular fungus, psychosomatic heart attacks, and the sex life of widows into one episode and make it entertaining. Great job! Highly recommend and will be listening again!
Funny and mentally stimulating
in iTunes by L4999 from USA on December 26, 2017
Makes you laugh while making you think!
in iTunes by 94MK from UK on December 26, 2017
Top Podcast by two Hosts who are really easy to listen to The episodes fly by and are very nicely broken up. Personal favourite is the section about the Cubs and baseball as someone Who doesn't really know baseball I found this easy to understand and fun. The rest of the podcast is easy going chat that is great to listen along to and you'll find yourself wanting to respond. Great podcasting from either side of the pond 🇬🇧🇺🇸
in iTunes by alfsmith23 from USA on December 26, 2017
This is a great show. Highly recommend!
A lovely listen
in iTunes by Besd1 from UK on December 26, 2017
This is a really enjoyable wander through bits and bobs of life, with two very welcoming and interesting hosts.
in iTunes by Cashhmonet from USA on December 24, 2017
Really entertaining ! Definitely binge listening for the holidays! Keep up the great work
in iTunes by LaughingLuchadores from USA on December 23, 2017
This is just an all around, well produced podcast. It is a lot of fun and although they talk about some Chicago based things it is still relateable to someone like me who isn't familiar with Chicago at all.
in iTunes by Akshay-Blood on the Rocks pod from UK on December 22, 2017
These two are ace! Some great chemistry, stories, and solid humour go together a treat!
This Show Is Fantastic!!!
in iTunes by RayGFX from USA on December 17, 2017
I recently came across this show and i simply cant get enough, ive binged through 17 episodes already!!! These 2 guys have great chemistry, great production and one hell of an awesome show!! I highly recommend you hit that subscribe button you will not regret it!!
Easy Like Sunday Morning
in iTunes by Ericsubpar from USA on December 7, 2017
Really great laid back podcast. Super funny with wonderful topics. I loved hearing real talk from other dads. And these two have the greatest voices of any other podcast I listen to. Kick sand, Ira Glass.
This is funny
in iTunes by Mainethepain from USA on December 6, 2017
Had me from the beginning. Good show guys don’t scream at Santa guys.
good for morning commute
in iTunes by grandmastersmack from USA on December 4, 2017
reminds me of old school talk radio without the annoying music. good for a 30 minute commute to warm up your brain
Very soothing voices
in iTunes by The Hoopers Podcast from UK on November 28, 2017
I know this sounds flippant, but I very much appreciate that both speakers had excellent 'podcasting' voices. Don't underestimate that; great for paying attention and soothing to fall asleep to at the same time. Perfect! I envy you.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
RIP DIck Orkin
Dick Orkin is the owner of the Famous Radio Ranch, and one of most acclaimed radio commercial actors and producers of all time. He worked in Chicago radio at WCFL in the late 60s and early 70s.
Rick: I still think WCFL in the 1960s was one of the best radio stations of all time.
Dick: I agree.
Rick: How did you get in the door there?
Rick: Did you realize while you were doing it how special that place was--the sheer amount of talent in one place at one time--I mean here it is more than 40 years later and I'm still asking you about it.
Dick: I recognized very quickly that Draper had assembled a great group. It was a great station for talent; Jim Runyon, Barney Pipp, Jim Stagg, Ron Britain.
Rick: Tell me about the creation of Chickenman. How did that start?
Dick: The origin of Chickenman was the direct result of the popularity of the television show "Batman". It was huge. It was camp. It was fun. Draper decided that each of the DJs should choose a campy superhero mascot, and for the Jim Runyon show, we came up with Chickenman. I sort of based the character on the Broderick Crawford sheriff character--that sort of straight, know it all delivery of his. It seemed like a fun thing to parody. It began with that. I wasn't thinking about a chicken.
Rick: A good twenty years after Chickenman ran originally, my alternative rock station was still running it. It really did transcend the time and format, didn't it?
After it did, Draper decided to syndicate it from WCFL for a few years until I left the station, and then I bought it. Even after I left, it continued to run as a serial, and I continued creating new episodes. It probably still runs on a dozen stations or so. My brother, who handles that now, will still get an occasional call from radio stations around the country.
Rick: Chickenman, of course, wasn't your only radio serial. You also did "Tooth Fairy". How did that one come about?
Rick: In the early 70s, you made the decision to leave radio--at least the structured world of working at a radio station. What led to that decision?
Dick: Well, the changing of programming at WCFL was the main thing. A radio rep firm came in and decided the musical format needed to change, and those changes didn't allow for enough time to keep Chickenman. It was really that. They did change their mind about it, but I wasn't comfortable with the new format. Plus, I was production director by then, and that just wasn't as fun for me. I also wanted to go into business for myself, and I found a partner that was willing to do it with me, and the timing just seemed right.
Rick: I think it's safe to say that your radio advertising work is just as famous, if not even more famous than your earlier stuff. Everybody has a favorite Dick Orkin spot. What have you figured out in those dialogue spots that no one else can seem to figure out? Is it the writing, the acting, the timing?
Rick: In 1978, you decided to relocate to Hollywood--the current home of the Famous Radio Ranch. What was the reason you did that?
Dick: The bill collectors were chasing me (laughs). Just kidding. It was the weather. Honestly, I was suffering from respiratory problems, and the weather was just making me sick. That's really the reason we moved out here.
Rick: There are fewer and fewer advertisers focusing on radio advertising these days. What is it that they are missing about radio's potential impact?
Dick: I don't think they see it as a theater opportunity. There are no limitations to radio--they don't think of it that way. Radio has the advantage of creating any stage you want, with a limitless cast of characters, in any location in the world, your imagination is your only limitation.They're so stuck in that straight spot with a single announcer. Their concept of dialogue is a rote, 'he said, she said' thing, and they don't really deviate from that.
Rick: Your list of admirers is long and distinguished. At least a dozen of my previous interviewees have mentioned you as an influence. Whose work do you admire, then and now?
As for who I admire now, I really regret that there isn't anyone I can think of. I wish it wasn't so. When I hear spots on the radio today they are usually pale imitations of sitcoms.
Rick: You're in several broadcasting Halls of Fame, but in 2010 you asked the NAB to take down your plaque in the Broadcast Hall of Fame because you didn't want to be associated with Rush Limbaugh after his tacky comments in the wake of the Haiti earthquake. Do you still feel that strongly about that?
Dick: There was a whole series of things he said, that was just the last straw for me. It hasn't changed. He's still out there with his foul-mouthed racist attitudes. The foul mouthed stuff didn't bother me. I always loved Howard Stern. It's the racist stuff--there's just no call for that. But Rush just doesn't know when to stop. And the targets he chooses--like the college student Ms. Fluke. He just attacked her again the other day. He has a marvelous opportunity--there are so many pompous and stupid politicians to make fun of, but he's so pompous himself, he can't recognize the opportunity. He's a great talent, but that talent is simply wasted doing what he's doing.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Minutia Men, Episode 78
EP78 – Rick and Dave discuss the happiest women, half-pint movie critics, a German banker’s dream, Just One Bad Century roulette, and Rick’s brush with Darlene Love.
Listen to it here.
Isn't This The Exact Plot of "The Natural"?
Today at @baseballpro: Everybody's upset about the Marlins. Players. Fans. Even Scott Boras. But you know who's not? The hedge fund that will make a ton of money if the team does well, and potentially even more if it doesn't. https://t.co/8XvZc2AVFb— Rob Mains Your Days Be Merry and Bright (@Cran_Boy) December 20, 2017
Shortest Day of the Year
Today’s winter solstice is the shortest day of the year. Here’s when the sun sets near you https://t.co/NBwscJOEP9— TIME (@TIME) December 21, 2017
What Happens When You Sign a Non-Disclosure, And Then Disclose?
Bill O'Reilly obviously wanted the non-disclosure included in the agreements because he didn't want the women speaking out about what he did or said. The problem, of course, is that it goes two ways. He has to keep his yap shut too. If he starts going around saying he didn't do anything, that violates the agreement.
There's a good chance those details are going to come out now.
Rolling Stone Magazine Sold
The company that owns Variety just paid over $100 million for Rolling Stone Magazine.
Jann Wenner will stay on in some capacity, according to the article.
Ryen Russillo Leaving ESPN Radio
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
“While I still have my health, wit and vitality it’s time to hang out with my real family, assuming they still remember me.”— Jerry Taft https://t.co/I3N2Cp9o8Q— Robert Feder (@RobertFeder) December 20, 2017
We the People
President Trump had to take the page down. From the Washington Post...
The Trump White House has not responded to any of the petitions that have circulated on the site since the president took office, many of which have taken a particularly grave tone.
Other popular petitions on the site this year included those calling on Trump to put his businesses and financial assets in a blind trust (356,000), asking for the anti-fascist organization Antifa to be recognized as a terrorist organization (366,000), asking that the liberal financier George Soros also be declared a terrorist (152,000) and calling on President Trump to resign (138,000).
We're not a very serious people, are we?
High School Rick
The Kaempfer’s Woodpecker, once thought extinct, now has its first protected habitat through a 593-acre land purchase in central Brazil’s Cerrado biome, the world’s most biodiverse tropical savanna.
Read all about it here.
(Photo by Instituto Araguaia)
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Fixing up the old girl
The renovations are looking busier than ever at Wrigley Field. pic.twitter.com/oF4T0KSS92— Wrigley Aerials (@WrigleyAerials) December 19, 2017
Another Potential Creep Revealed
This time it's Silicon Valley star TJ Miller. He's accused of sexually assaulting and punching a woman.
Return of "The Office"
It looks like NBC is preparing to bring back "The Office". Details at the Hollywood Reporter. Steve Carrell will not be involved in this reboot.
Hall of Presidents
The more I see of Disney's 'Hall of Presidents' Trump, the more I'm convinced they made a Hillary one first and had to redo it pic.twitter.com/vJTMnZPak8— maple cocaine (@historyinflicks) December 19, 2017
Twitter Blocks Violence & Hate Speech
Along with cracking down on violence both on and off the platform, Twitter says the rules will apply to anyone who intimidates a user or group in an effort to silence their viewpoints or voice. That now includes anyone that uses their profile’s user name, display name or profile bio. Hateful imagery will also now be banned as sensitive material.
The president just lost about a dozen twitter uses he has retweeted over the years.
Jill Stein Collusion?
Fogel is Back at WLS-FM
Monday, December 18, 2017
Sunday Breakfast with Tom Weinberg
“We dealt with rainstorms on steroids,” Weinberg recalls. “And Doug Preston called a spot in the jungle ‘more Jurassic than Jurassic Park.’ ”
They were there to search for The Lost City of the Monkey God (or Ciudad Blanca), a quest that began with an Elkins video shoot in 1994.
Weinberg, 73, and Elkins, 66, have been friends since the 1970s.
“It became something of an obsession for both of us,” Weinberg writes in his book, Chasing the Lost City: Chronicles of Discovery in Honduras (Eckhartz Press, 2017), a pictorial and personal companion to Preston’s 2017 New York Times bestseller, The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story.
“Nearly every night I wrote my personal impressions [17 chronicles in 2012; 12 more in 2015] of our journeys into the unknown.”
Read the whole story at the link. I love their illustration of Tom too.
Illinois Youth Soccer Volunteer of the Year
Congratulations to the following, very deserving, recipients of 2017 Illinois Youth Soccer Awards. Each of the award winners will be honored at the Illinois Youth Soccer Awards Banquet on March 2.
Competitive Coaches Of Year:
Frank Mateus, Rockford Raptors*
Craig Snower, FC United
TOPSoccer Coaches Of Year:
Cary Claver, Grove United TOPSoccer
TOPSoccer Buddies Of Year:
Jenna Birdsell, Trevian TOPSoccer
Alex Narel, Park RidgeTOPSoccer
Zoey Kolhoff, Kaneland TOPSoccer
Matthew Birkshire, Chicago TOPSoccer
Demosphere Administrator Of Year:
Jan Berkley, Young Sportsmen's Soccer League
Volunteer Of Year:
Shawn Danhouser, Chicago TOPSoccer
Rick Kaempfer, Green White Soccer Club
Steve Samuelson, Green White Soccer Club
Young Referees Of Year:
TOPSoccer Community Partner Of Year
Maine South High School
More winners still to be announced
CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO OUR HONOREES!
Friday, December 15, 2017
John & Mitch in Orland Park
Radio Hall of Fame Legend John Records Landecker, Radio Legend Mitch Michaels, Bob Feldman's #1 Nothing Bundt Cakes and Jonathan Toews Jersey Drawing Highlight FREE December 17 Sports Cards and More Show @ The Orland Park Civic Center
Mark your calendars NOW for the FREE Sports Cards and More Show Holiday Shopping Extravaganza @ The Orland Park Civic Center (14750 Ravinia Ave. Orland Park, IL) from 9 a.m - 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 17, 2017. You'll score awesome deals on sports and other memorabilia, Bob Feldman of the #1 ranked Nothing Bundt Cakes, will be on hand selling sweet gifts, and we are honored to announce Radio Hall of Fame Legend, John Records Landecker and Mitch Michaels will be with us from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. selling and signing the best-selling books "Records Truly Is My Middle Name" By John Records Landecker and "Doin' The Cruise" By Mitch Michaels. Both books make perfect stocking stuffers for every music lover on your gift giving list! We have something for everyone! Admission will be FREE as our holiday gift to you, and everyone gets a chance to win door prizes including $50 Card Show Gift Certificates and a Bundlet from Nothing Bundt Cakes @ 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and an autographed Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks Jersey @ 12:30 p.m.! (Winners MUST Be Present) Come See What We Offer....It's Not Just Sports Cards....It's A Whole Lot More!
MUST WATCH: Republican @SenJohnKennedy asks one of @realDonaldTrump’s US District Judge nominees basic questions of law & he can’t answer a single one. Hoo-boy. pic.twitter.com/fphQx2o1rc— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) December 15, 2017
And then I heard this...
You know that crazy video of Kennedy questioning Trump’s judiciary nominees who can’t answer ANY of Kennedy’s questions? Kennedy voted to confirm 👏🏼EVERY 👏🏼SINGLE 👏🏼ONE 👏🏼OF 👏🏼THEM. I don’t blame stupid, I blame the people voting to put stupid in our Judiciary Branch.— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) December 15, 2017
Why Was Net Neutrality Dropped?
In the most recent poll 83% of Americans were against this, including 75% of Republicans.
Drain the swamp, my ass.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Minutia Men, Episode 77
EP77 – Rick and Dave discuss who would have been a better roommate in college–POTUS or VP, plus Florida stories, Millennials, This week in 1908, and Rick’s brush with former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
You can listen to it here.
FCC Guts Net Neutrality
Look for the telecoms to lay low for a while before making major moves, but those moves are assuredly coming. I guarantee it. It's preposterous to argue otherwise (which is their current argument). If so, why was this necessary?
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Class of 2018
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is proud to announce that Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Nina Simone are the five artists selected for induction in the Performer category, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be recognized with the Award for Early Influence.
This year's nominees also included Kate Bush, Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, The J. Geils Band, Judas Priest, LL Cool J, MC5, The Meters, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and The Zombies. According to Variety, Bon Jovi received more than 1 million fan votes. The rest of the top five fan vote winners were the Moody Blues (950,000), Dire Straits (616,000), The Cars (553,000) and Judas Priest (539,000). Artists can be nominated 25 years after the release of their first commercial recording.
The 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Ticket on-sale dates will be announced in January. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Induction ceremony will again have its television premiere on HBO, and a radio broadcast on SiriusXM. Broadcast details will be announced in early 2018.
Here are my favs from the new members...
I interviewed Todd a few years ago (2015) in the Illinois Entertainer.
You can read that interview here.
Host of New Premier League Soccer Show on NBCSN
Would you believe it's...Joe Scarborough?
Did not see that coming.
The show debuts on December 26th.
More Creeps Revealed
Morgan Spurlock (self reported)
Russell Simmons (this one sounds really bad)
Disney Buys Fox
Also, James Murdoch (Rupert's youngest son) is leaving his dad's company to join the new Disney company--possibly as the head of television--and Robert Iger is staying on as CEO for a few more years (he was scheduled to retire next year).
I'm still processing this one. It's out of left field.
Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked
The story is well sourced and contains lots of detail.
Today's the Day
This, despite some of the news below...
#BREAKING: My office has now identified 2 million fake comments on #netneutrality that were submitted to the @FCC using the stolen identities of Americans across the country.— Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) December 13, 2017
The FCC must delay its vote until we get to the bottom of this massive fraud: https://t.co/X3ECXwh06y pic.twitter.com/PuNrqErWCw
FCC's own chief technology officer warned about net neutrality repeal https://t.co/uzH8rZVj4X This administration's assault on facts and expert opinion is on display once again. Never mind what the experts say, both internal and across the industry? #SaveNetNeutrality— Michael Halston (@mikehalston) December 13, 2017
Net neutrality: 'father of internet' joins tech leaders in condemning repeal plan https://t.co/2cBSeSd4nF— Guardian news (@guardiannews) December 11, 2017
The @FCC refuses to work with the 19 State Attorneys General who have complained about fraud in the #NetNeutrality record resulting in 2 million stolen identities.— Jessica Rosenworcel (@JRosenworcel) December 13, 2017
We need to get to the bottom of this mess. We have no business voting until we do.https://t.co/fTkFLDXfST
GOP lawmaker breaks with party, calls on FCC to cancel net neutrality vote https://t.co/clT3RlSBuV pic.twitter.com/7AYF9aezbJ— The Hill (@thehill) December 14, 2017
I believe a free and open internet is part of the foundation of a modern democracy. It is plain wrong that the @FCC wants to end Title II Net Neutrality protection. It is yet another attack on those attempting to bring about the beloved community. #netneutrality— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) December 13, 2017
Net Neutrality News!!! Congress Has officially introduced a Bill that is literally just for Saving Net Neutrality. See this link.https://t.co/I7nEdrYD49 Reasons for spreading this:— TheBoneHeadClan (@TheBoneHeadClan) December 11, 2017
1. Contact your Reps and tell them to support it
2. SPREAD THIS AROUND!
December 14th is it Hurry
Twitter: $14.99/month— banksy (@thereaIbanksy) December 13, 2017
Netflix: $9.99/per movie
Google: $1.99/per search
If you don't want to pay extra for your favorite sites you need to be supporting #NetNeutrality
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Watch the video here.
Get your perfect stocking stuff Christmas gift here.
Harvey Weinstein Was My Monster
It explains what she had to agree to in order to film the movie "Frida"--which eventually won a few Oscars.
Not Exactly Mr. Popularity
NEW NATIONAL POLL: @realDonaldTrump rating hits record low— MonmouthPoll (@MonmouthPoll) December 13, 2017
32% approve (40% in Sept)
56% disapprove (49% in Sept)https://t.co/8isfC6ehDG pic.twitter.com/N6aQF9wHOg
Bob & Marianne Let Go By WLS
A push by Cumulus Media to solidify WLS AM 890 as a conservative talk station is forcing out the husband-and-and-wife team of Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano as midday co-hosts. Their show has been airing for the last year from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.
Starting January 1, WLS will add a Washington-based syndicated talk show hosted by Chris Plante from 9 to 11 a.m. and return Rush Limbaugh to a live broadcast from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the station announced Wednesday. Limbaugh has been airing on delay from noon to 3 p.m.
I guess that officially ends the Rick and Dave on WLS-Radio experiment too. Oh well. It was fun while it lasted.
The Loser in Alabama: Steve Bannon
After Alabama disaster GOP must do right thing and DUMP Steve Bannon. His act is tired, inane and morally vacuous. If we are to Make America Great Again for all Americans, Bannon must go! And go NOW!!— Rep. Pete King (@RepPeteKing) December 13, 2017
Suck it, Bannon— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) December 13, 2017
Lesson for the GOP: if there is a bridge too far in Alabama, there is a bridge too far in every other state where Steve Bannon wants to run a fringy candidate— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) December 13, 2017
Before we get the results, I'd just like to thank Steve Bannon for showing us how to lose the reddest state in the union and Governor Ivey for the opportunity to make this national embarrassment a reality— Josh Holmes (@HolmesJosh) December 13, 2017
Even this guy might be turning on him...
The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017
RIP Pat DiNizio
We received the sad news of the passing of Pat DiNizio, lead singer/songwriter of one of our favorite bands, New Jersey's own The Smithereens, who gave us such hooky hits as "A Girl Like You," "Blood and Roses," "Behind the Wall of Sleep," "House We Used To Live In" and "Only A Memory," to name a few.
According to Deadline.com, DiNizio had been recovering from injuries sustained during a fall. Tragically, he passed away just days after indicating via Facebook that he was looking forward to returning to the road.
A Facebook post from Smithereens bandmate Dennis Diken read, "Today we mourn the loss of our friend, brother and bandmate Pat DiNizio. Pat had the magic touch. He channeled the essence of joy and heartbreak into hook-laden three-minute pop songs infused with a lifelong passion for rock & roll. Our journey with Pat was long, storied and a hell of a lot of fun. We grew up together. Little did we know that we wouldn't grow old together. Goodbye Pat. Seems like yesterday." DiNizio was 62 years old.
Women Are Dressing Up Their Boobs To Look Like Reindeers
Allure Magazine wrote about it, and has some pictures.
Go ahead and click it. Your browsing history will only say Allure Magazine. It's a women's fashion magazine. "What? I happen to really love fashion, honey. Pardon me for trying to share your interests."
This Could Get Ugly
I'm talking about the FCC open meeting tomorrow. They have unleashed a whirlwind by vowing to get rid of Net Neutrality without any hearings or any mandate. The vote still appears to be a lost cause (there are three Republican FCC Commissioners already saying they will vote yes--and that's all they need), but the meeting is going to be flooded with protestors and the nation has woken up to what is happening.
The Democrats in the U.S. Senate are finally on the case. From Inside Radio this morning...
In their no holds barred letter, the senators call Pai’s plan “reckless” and “radical.” “Your proposed action will amount to the largest abdication of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) statutory responsibilities in history,” the letter says. But that’s just the opening paragraph. The Senators accuse Pai of throwing the FCC’s main responsibility to protect consumers and the public interest overboard – along with consumers themselves. “In short, you are walking away from your statutory duties and effectively eliminating FCC oversight over high-speed internet access,” the senators say.
The biggest complaint about Pai’s rollback plan is that it will allow internet service providers, or ISPs as they're called, to block, slow down or manipulate a consumer’s access to the internet – as long as it discloses those practices. But within what the senators call “mounds of legalese” contained in the Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom order is also a provision that prevents state and local governments from adopting their own open internet protections. “It is not enough for the FCC to turn its back on consumers,” the Senators write. “You willfully plan to tie the states’ hands to prevent them from protecting their own residents.”
Pai has said he favors the “light-touch” regulation from earlier eras but the senators say that ignores the pervasive role the internet plays nowadays, when American homes and business rely on the web for everyday activities. “Your plan ignores the central and critical role that access to a free and open internet plays in Americans’ lives and the role that the nation’s expert communications agency should play with respect to the networks underlying that access,” the letter says. Even the Bush-era FCC had more teeth in its open internet policies, it adds. “The future of the internet hangs in the balance,” the senator conclude, calling on Pai to “abandon this radical and reckless plan to turn the FCC’s back on consumers and the future of the free and open internet.”
Meanwhile the FCC is preparing crowd overflow rooms at its 12th Street SW headquarters to accommodate what it calls “significant public interest” in the issue. As their name implies FCC Open Meetings are just that, open to the public. Once the Commission Meeting Room fills up, members of the public and press will be shuttled into overflow rooms, to watch a live video feed of the meeting – as long as space is available and attendees clear security. There will likely be plenty of protesters so the Commission is imposing a maximum size of 11 inches by 17 inches for signs attendees can bring into the rooms. There’s also a stipulation that the holder keeps the sign in front of his or her body to not obstruct anyone else’s views.
Why are they doing this--something that literally nobody wants them to do? There's only one possible reason. Keep an eye on where they work after their time in the FCC is up. (Chairman Pai already worked for the telecom giants BEFORE he got this job). It's pure and simple corruption, and it stinks to high heaven. Three people are destroying your internet, and there's nothing we can do about it, because the people we can complain to are the very people that are doing it.
Morrow & Smyly
Details about the two pitchers are here.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Catching up with Steve & Johnnie
Steve King and Johnnie Putnam recently did an appearance in their old timeslot, visiting with Nick Digilio on WGN Radio.
Among the subjects they discussed that night? Eckhartz Press' stunning novel "Safe Inside" by Lee Kingsmill.
Listen to it here.
Get your own personal copy of the book here.
But Joe was so much more than that. He was a constant calming presence, always there to greet players and parents with a smile and a kind comment. He was beloved by his players, his fellow board members, and his fellow coaches, managers, and parents. Losing Joe is a big loss to our club, but it's obviously an even a bigger loss to his wonderful family. Green White sends our love and support to the Welk Family; Melissa, Michelle, Kimberly, Ashley & Chris. We intend to honor Joe next season, and we'll be announcing how we plan on doing that at our Christmas party.
In the meantime, we've been flooded with people asking about funeral arrangements, and asking what can be done to help the Welk family. The arrangements are as follows...
Visitation Thursday December 14, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Friedrichs Funeral Home, 320 W. Central Rd., (at Northwest Highway) Mt. Prospect, IL 60056.
Funeral Friday, December 15, 9:30 a.m. from the Funeral Home to St. Emily Church, 1400 E. Central Rd., Mt. Prospect, IL 60056 Funeral Mass 10:00 a.m.
(His obituary is here)
The U18 girls team is leading the way in starting up a GoFundMe page to help out the Welk Family. Click here to contribute.
This photo was taken last summer in Germany. Joe's on the far left. I'm on the far right. Gonna miss him a lot.
More Creeps Revealed
New Yorker Reporter (and CNN Contributor) Ryan Lizza
NFL-Network analyst (and former player) Marshall Faulk
University of California Regent (and former CEO of Westwood One) Norm Pattiz
NPR host Tom Ashbrook
Morning anchor of "Good Day LA" Steve Edwards
A Wisconsin Radio host who revealed himself. Tom Taylor's NOW column has the news...
WHBY’s Josh Dukelow did something pretty astonishing, says the Appleton Post-Crescent. On Friday’s late-morning “Fresh Take” show, he told listeners he’d behaved badly in the past, that he regretted it, and that he hopes more men will come forward during this national conversation about behavior. Sounds as if Woodward Communications was surprised. It’s the owner of WHBY Kimberly/1150 and its translators at 106.3 and 103.5 in Appleton and Oshkosh. GM Kelly Radandt says while the company knew Dukelow would be talking about “the topic of sexual harassment, we were unaware of the admission, or specific information he planned to disclosed.” Put yourself in Woodward’s shoes, when Josh took off his headphones at 11am – how do you proceed, after such a confession? Radandt says “We immediately began gathering information and have had several conversations with Josh.” Woodward says it never logged any allegations of sexual harassment by Dukelow, who joined the staff only recently, after running for mayor of Appleton in Spring 2016. And what is Woodward’s response, so far? Josh still has his “Fresh Take” job. He was off-air yesterday, but should return today. In a followup statement, Dukelow says that in 2015 (before WHBY), he’d touched a female friend’s body in several places, put his arms around her and kissed her, without permission. He says “This example highlights the fact that terms like ‘sexual assault’ and ‘sexual harassment’ are not narrow and specific. They cover a wide swath of behaviors.”
Uber Accidentally Charged a Passenger $14,000 for a 21-Minute Ride
Time Magazine has the details.
In fairness, it was in Toronto, so we're only talking about Canadian Dollars. I'm sure the conversion rate is about $700-1.
100 Greatest Christmas Hits
"The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time will be making spirits bright for a second straight year on MeTV FM," said Chicago Program Director Rick O'Dell. "The mix of holiday standards and surprises, celebrity greetings and Wink Martindale's instantly familiar voice and inviting personality are an ideal fit with the timeless and memorable music our listeners have come to count on whenever they tune into 87.7 FM."
Monday, December 11, 2017
This made me happy
Albert Pujols Has Grounded Into More Double Plays Than Anyone in Baseball History https://t.co/N5gjRNKfRS pic.twitter.com/kIrs9Eb1Nu— Baseball is Fun (@flippingbats) December 11, 2017
Another Creep Revealed
Four different women are accusing him.
2016: 196,000 jobs per month— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) December 10, 2017
2017: 170,000 jobs per month
Unemployment rate when Obama left office: 4.5%@QuinnipiacPoll, 11/15: Who gets credit for the economy?
Let me know if you need any other facts, @PressSec https://t.co/rllgvwh65p
Jose Mourinho, Ederson Involved in Massive Post #ManchesterDerby Brawl https://t.co/rs8HKTv08X— Paul M. Banks ❄️🇺🇸 (@PaulMBanks) December 11, 2017
Two New Baseball Hall of Famers
Morris was a post-season superstar for several teams including the Tigers. Trammel was his teammate and won 4-gold gloves and a World Series MVP award. I have no problem with either of them getting into the Hall.
Ex-Fox News Anchor Accuses Trump
The New York Post has the details.
Honestly, I've never felt better about my life-long decision not to be a hugger/kisser. There will be no stories about me like this. I'm a handshaker. I even used to shake hands with my grandmother.
Cold fish? Perhaps. In trouble for excessive hugging/kissing? Never.
Wanna Feel Old?
Coming soon to an oldies station near you: Songs from the 2000s.
Now where did I put my walker?
Net Neutrality Protest
See the organizers’ page here. There’s still protest inside the FCC itself, from the two Democratic Commissioners. Jessica Rosenworcel slams the Commission’s refusal to provide documents to the New York State A-G about the alleged identity theft around public comments about Net Neutrality. Rosenworcel says the agency’s letter to A-G Eric Schneiderman “shows the FCC’s sheer contempt for public input.” But this is likely to be another 3-2 vote – unlike the 2015 Net Neutrality decision, a vote to dismantle it.
We have to mobilize, people. These bastards are really going to hand over full control of the internet to three or four companies to do as they wish.