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, April 07, 2017
Timing is Everything
Timing is everything...
He was the love of my life . Don Rickles is funnier right now in death than most comics are in life. pic.twitter.com/jcWIhdJsgX— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) April 6, 2017
My daughter took this photo and just texted me, "Look how much he loved you." I can almost hear Don saying, "Take it easy, I tolerated you." pic.twitter.com/nCHHgdgKrD— bob saget (@bobsaget) April 6, 2017
I was honored to be Don's pal and work with him. My xx to his family. For sheer laughs and fearlessness, he's king. pic.twitter.com/OlmKBY7QoE— Richard Lewis (@TheRichardLewis) April 6, 2017
Those were the days, my friend Don. We thought they'd never end. We loved you so. Love, Dick and Arlene— Dick Van Dyke (@iammrvandy) April 6, 2017
Lisagor Award Finalists
Congrats to all the finalists for this year's Lisagor awards, including Eckhartz Press author Bob Herguth (photo). Impressive list of Chicago journalism achievements.
Believe it or not, my Father Knows Nothing column/blog was actually a finalist twice back in the day. Lost to some no-name from the Sun Times (Roger Ebert). Still not sure how we ended up in the same category.
O'Reilly Cuts Commercial Load
TV Newser has the details.
Trump Sued By Twitter
If the government pushes it, this would be an interesting case to take to the Supreme Court. Honestly not sure which way they would go.
RIP Paul O'Neill
Many of our radio colleagues are mourning the passing of Paul O'Neill, the producer, songwriter, recording artist and the founder of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, who died this week at the age of 61. The news was initially posted on TSO's website in a message that stated, "The entire Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, past and present, is heartbroken to share the devastating news that Paul O'Neill has passed away from chronic illness. He was our friend and our leader -- a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all. We ask that you respect Paul’s family’s privacy now. We will make additional announcements shortly." The Tampa Bay Times says O'Neill was found dead Wednesday afternoon in a Tampa hotel. There were no signs of foul play. As Entertainment Weekly reports, "O'Neill got his start co-producing Aerosmith's two Classics live albums in the late '80s and went on to form a relationship with metal band Savatage. He later recruited members from that group, Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli, to help form Trans-Siberian Orchestra in 1996. That year, they released Christmas Eve and Other Stories, a holiday-themed rock record and the first in their Christmas trilogy, which included the seminal classic "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24."
A New Way to Win a Game
File this under things you’ve never seen before … pic.twitter.com/zgr3eT8HP8— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) April 6, 2017
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Minutia Men, Episode 45
EP45 – Rick and Dave discuss bad Trip Advisor reviews, potholes, the worst movies ever, Tony Larussa on the Cubs, and Rick’s very brief brush with Kevin Costner.
Listen to it here.
RIP Don Rickles
The meanest comic ever...and oh so funny.
Trump and Xi
"Melania, have you met the Chinese president? Xi loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah. Get it?"
"How will we describe our meeting to the press? How about...He said, Xi said? Get it?"
"Can you autograph this for me? Thanks. That's all Xi wrote. Get it?"
I don't need credit, Mr. President. Feel free to use them. People will marvel at your creativity and wit.
Brothers from another Mother
I'll just leave this here. pic.twitter.com/dN0E5yheoW— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) April 5, 2017
Dahl Out of the Hospital
USWNT Agrees to a New Contract
The New York Times has the story.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Uh oh, Bill-O
LATEST: At least 31 companies have stopped advertising on Bill O'Reilly's Fox program. https://t.co/thedzei571 pic.twitter.com/iB63sLHAIs— CNBC (@CNBC) April 5, 2017
Wainright Pulls A Kaempfer
Can't stop watching this. 😳 pic.twitter.com/vvzO21ZMVm— Marcus Leshock (@marcusleshock) April 5, 2017
Proud Irishman Joel Daly
(Photo: Joel is the one on the right. The other isn't Irish. His name is Matt Forte. Maybe French?)
Why Isn't Fox News Disciplining Bill O'Reilly?
This was Fox News’s 13th straight week at No. 1 in total day. The four episodes that Bill O’Reilly hosted were the top 4 cable news shows last week. (He doesn’t host on Fridays.)
If advertisers keep fleeing, those ratings might not matter, but I doubt it. The numbers keep the shows around him up too, which also effects the advertising dollars. Let's see. The bottom line for Rupert Murdoch is always the bottom line. He literally cares about nothing else.
Charity Donates $100 Million To Boost Journalism and Fight Hate Speech
At a time when real journalism is more needed than ever, and the monetary realities of running news organizations are forcing cutbacks, this money is greatly appreciated.
Note that it was awarded to journalists, not Fox News (which suggested last night that there should no more investigation of Russia...despite the news that the FBI said they were creating a special unit to further investigate) or Breitbart (which I won't honor by putting the word "news" after their name). If those are your news sources, you are not consuming actual news.
The Dictionary is Trolling
It's all about the Merriam Webster Twitter account, which points out words being looked up on their site that coincide with whatever the lastest Trump scandal is spiking in the news. For instance, just in the last few days...
📈'Complicit' is our #1 lookup after Ivanka Trump told CBS "I don’t know what it means to be complicit." https://t.co/HEqWBltPUc— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 5, 2017
📈 We're seeing a 2657% increase in lookups for 'filibuster'. https://t.co/HFRSvVjUEl— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 3, 2017
📈Lookups for 'witch hunt' are up 2453% after Trump used it to describe the inquiry into his campaign's ties to 🇷🇺. https://t.co/GsYeOZTlpt— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) March 31, 2017
📈Lookups for 'immunity' are still high after the @WSJ reported that Flynn offered to testify. https://t.co/9G4V41vjGH— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) March 31, 2017
Bryant and Arrieta on the Radio
"It's an extreme honor to welcome a league MVP and a recent Cy Young award winner to the Score team, and it's beyond a grand slam for the Score brand," said WSCR Program Director, Mitch Rosen. "The content Kris and Jake will add to the Bernstein and Goff show will bring the audience into the clubhouse, on the field, and other places the average fan can't experience."
Bryant and Arrieta will rotate weekly on "Bernstein and Goff" with days and times varying due to game schedule and Arrieta's pitching schedule. Beginning April 10, Kris Bryant will join the show bi-weekly with Jake Arrieta scheduled to join the show on the alternating weeks. During the MLB All-Star Break, both player appearances will be on hiatus. Arrieta will host back-to-back weeks on August 28 and September 4.
P.S. In case Kris or Jake are reading this, that's a photo of a transistor radio. Ask you parents.
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Love is Strange
In today's shocking news, @TheNormanLear says Jimmie Walker dates Ann Coulter: https://t.co/h1WSZTdEwS #GoodTimes pic.twitter.com/qss6Dos5dJ— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) April 4, 2017
'It got Grandma!' Chimp throws poop at zoo, hits elderly woman in the nose... WATCH: https://t.co/8A6NKuqCdN pic.twitter.com/ynvaqvEbWW— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) April 4, 2017
It's good for one group though...ISIS.
They are now recruiting based on his ineptitude. I wish I was kidding.
Jordan Klepper Gets His Own Show
USA Today has the details, although admittedly, I've given you the highlight. The article notes there isn't yet a name for the show.
The Future of Mike & Mike
Another O'Reilly Accuser
Julie Roginsky, another Fox News contributor, has followed up with a harrassment lawsuit against Fox News.
Sponsors are starting to pull out of the show, including Mercedes, BMW and Hyundai.
UPDATE: There are now nine companies that have pulled their ads.
David Ross on DWTS
I love Anthony Rizzo's reaction...
Speechless... and a bit horrified. @DancingABC @D_Ross3— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) April 4, 2017
Monday, April 03, 2017
That's what happened to Angry Bill over the weekend. It's a pretty thorough take down of his very checkered history with sexual harrassment.
RIP Lonnie Brooks
In a news statement Sunday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised Brooks as “a Chicago blues legend with a towering talent and soulful style that won him legions of fans across the country and around the world. His celebrated career inspired generations of music lovers, garnered numerous awards, and brought him from the clubs of Chicago’s West Side to the concert halls of Europe and beyond.”
He was most famous for his version of the classic "Sweet Home Chicago"...
16-year-old on the National Team
Welcome to the #USWNT, Sophia Smith! After losing 3 to injury, Jill Ellis has called in the 16-year-old.— U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) March 31, 2017
Details: https://t.co/OMoXauZYpD pic.twitter.com/t5f05UtiSL
Good Year for the Music Biz
This is the first time since 1998 that the U.S. industry has experienced a double digit increase in overall revenue. Back then, the industry enjoyed revenue of $13.7 billion.
The increase is thanks to streaming increases. The more traditional means of revenues (CDs, Downloads, Vinyl) are all either down or flat. Still, it's good to see the music business has found a way to recoup some of that market share.
This month's Illinois Entertainer has hit the street. It features my interview with Chicago Public Square's Charlie Meyerson.
You can read it here.