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 14, 2017
Visiting the Shrine
Thursday, April 13, 2017
25 Years Ago
They'll let anyone in the White House these days
Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C on #Yelp: In the press briefing room. https://t.co/drIUCmmbeG— MancowMuller (@MancowMuller) April 13, 2017
Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C on #Yelp: Right before I went in to meet with the president. https://t.co/L7VBYFg9S6— MancowMuller (@MancowMuller) April 13, 2017
One of the winners this year is totally deserving. Congrats to Norman Lear, creator of some of the biggest groundbreaking television shows in history like "All in the Family", "The Jeffersons", "Maude", and many more.
The curse has ended and the world-champion Chicago Cubs have received their rings. (via @Cubs) pic.twitter.com/Tda0hTfuyE— ESPN (@espn) April 13, 2017
Photo of the Day: The World Series champion @Cubs got their rings Wednesday before their game against the @Dodgers (Getty Images) pic.twitter.com/fPtpL1oVUC— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) April 13, 2017
Minutia Men, Episode 46
EP46 – Rick and Dave discuss buttons you shouldn’t push, decomposed bat salad, stick shift mishaps, a Cubs movie star, and Rick’s brush with Jay Leno.
You can listen to it here.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Bill O'Reilly decided to go on a two-week vacation. Do you think his show will ever air on Fox News again?
Professional Fox-scribe Gabriel Sherman tackles the subject in New York magazine.
Monaco fans inside the stadium showed their support for Dortmund after three explosions near the team bus. https://t.co/xYWfRplM6T— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) April 11, 2017
Blitzer Skewers Spicer
I give Spicer credit for throwing himself at the mercy of the public. Totally and appropriately apologetic. His boss would never do the same.
Jimmy Kimmel tackled the subject last night too...
RIP J Geils
The Associated Press reports Groton police officers had responded to Geils' home around 4pm yesterday for a well-being check and found him unresponsive. He was later pronounced dead at the scene. In a statement, the Groton Police Department said, "A preliminary investigation indicates that Geils died of natural causes."
Geils formed the band in 1967 while attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The J. Geils Blues Band, as it was originally called, also featured bassist Danny Klein, "Magic Dick" Salwitz on harmonica, trumpet and sax, drummer Stephen Jo Bladd and lead singer Peter Wolf, who was a DJ on WBCN/Boston. Keyboardist Seth Justman was the final piece of the puzzle, joining the band shortly before they released their Atlantic Records' debut album in 1970. The J. Geils Band was initially influenced by soul and R&B music, but had moved more toward pop and rock by the time Love Stinks was released in 1980. The band's 12th album, Freeze Frame, hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart for four weeks in 1981 and remained on the chart for 70 weeks. The single "Centerfold" reached No. 1 for six weeks and the title track, "Freeze Frame" made it to No. 4.
The J. Geils Band famously broke up and reunited several times in various incarnations since the mid-'80s, but Geils' involvement with his namesake band ended badly in 2012 -- The J Geils Band was scheduled to embark on a short U.S. tour in August and September 2012. However, the band left on the tour minus Geils, who filed an unsuccessful lawsuit against his bandmates, claiming they "planned and conspired" to continue touring without him, and were unlawfully using the group's trademarked name. After this incident, Geils permanently left the band.
Obviously, the band was never the same after the departure of Peter Wolf. I was the PD at WPGU in Champaign when the first post-Wolf J Geils band album appeared. I knew it was all over for them right then and there.
To me, this is my favorite JGeils Band song. It got me through some rough times in college...
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
"People have to start respecting the vagina,” she told Marie Claire. “Until every man is fighting for our rights, we should consider stopping having sex. I love men. But evil men? I will not tolerate that. You don’t deserve to be in my presence.”
Of course, there's another name for a sex strike.
My wife loves that joke.
Today is supposedly International "Louie Louie" Day (h/t Pee Wee Herman...seriously). I'm a little too young for this story, but in the early 60s America's youth believed that the words to "Louie Louie" were secretly dirty. Indiana's Governor actually banned the song. Of course, they were wrong. But that's the power of slurring your words, boys and girls.
You thought *you* were having a bad day
Nobody believed this man when he said he got run over by a deer on April Fools'. Then surveillance footage showed it https://t.co/NrtRwht9b1 pic.twitter.com/YlGum7g0wY— ABC News (@ABC) April 11, 2017
Focus, Rossy, Focus
He's not able to be with u at Wrigley @Cubs, but @D_Ross3 is watching you backstage at @DancingABC pic.twitter.com/9tVuxxquz5— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) April 11, 2017
Fox News and O'Reilly won't admit this, and maybe they don't care, but part of that ratings growth is curiosity from people who never watch Fox News. Will he talk about the investigation of sexual harrassment? Will he talk about his advertisers leaving? Who is actually still advertising on his show? Has he lost any of that cocky smirky swagger? Is he bringing on people to defend him? Is he going to cry on the air? Is he going to say "I never had sexual relations with that woman"? Will he have a meltdown/freakout like the famous "We're going live!" moment from years ago?
Cubs raised four flags tonight, saving the best for last. pic.twitter.com/bJRohW3ZFa— The Athletic (@TheAthleticChi) April 11, 2017
I stayed up until midnight to watch the whole game. Cubs win 3-2.
The Pulitzer Prize
Congratulations to @ejwamb and the @chicagotribune! pic.twitter.com/atR7bfXXKH— The Pulitzer Prizes (@PulitzerPrize) April 10, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
The bag DID say organic.
Fox Investigating O'Reilly
He could still survive this, but it's not looking good right now.
Worst Job in the World Today
Passengers being physically removed (by force) so that airline employees could fly standby? And there's video?
Google Fact Checks Fake News
You'll see a "Fact Check" tag in your Google search results telling you which claim is being checked, who made it, who did the fact check and a short summary of the fact check, like "mostly true" or "false."
And on Google News, articles that have been checked for facts will be labelled "Fact Check."
In practice, the tag will only show up on some stories — those that have been fact-checked by organizations such as PolitiFact and Snopes. Furthermore, Google says that on some search pages you might get conflicting results, as different fact-checking sites may have judged the same page differently.
If you're a publisher and want to be included in the program, there's a couple of rules you must adhere to; plus, Google will only include publishers that are "algorithmically determined to be an authoritative source of information".
Mashable has more details.
Tomi Lahren Sues Glenn Beck
Over the weekend she responded by suing him for wrongful termination. The Dallas News has the details.
Ross & Rizz
You asked for it @ARizzo44. But in all seriousness one of the most fun days of rehearsal yet. Love that you came out to support pic.twitter.com/1QJm8fUaxz— David Ross (@D_Ross3) April 10, 2017
Golf on the Radio?
Add that to the list of things I never thought I would do.
Enjoyed it too.