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, May 26, 2017
Vanity Fair Praises WGN-TV Morning Show
Check it out here.
It's really more about how little Trump's controversies are covered by local news, compared to the obsessive coverage on cable news. It's an interesting read.
Let's Face It, He's Dreamy
The many facets of @KrisBryant_23, thanks to @MLBNetwork. pic.twitter.com/MvKzJOliig— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 25, 2017
Ranking Sgt. Pepper's Songs
Sgt. Pepper turns 50 on June 1st, and Newsweek has ranked the tracks in order of best to worst.,
You can never please everyone with rankings like this, but I strongly disagree with their list, except for the top 3 ("A Day in the Life", "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Sgt Pepper") and the last two ("Mr. Kite", "Within Without You")
The rest of Newsweek's rankings are as follows...
4. She's Leaving Home
5. With a Litte Help From My Friends
6. Getting Better
7. Lovely Rita
8. When I'm 64
9. Fixing a Hole
10. Good Morning
11. Sgt. Pepper Reprise
I personally like the Reprise as much as the first Sgt. Pepper, but I get the difficulty of where to place it with the rankings, so let's just leave that one out. Here are the rest of the rankings as far as I'm concerned...
4. Getting Better
5. Lovely Rita
6. Fixing a Hole
7. With a Little Help From My Friends
8. Good Morning
9. She's Leaving Home
10. When I'm 64
That last one is getting a little too close for comfort.
Garry is Leaving Chicago?
After 67 years in and around Chicago, Meier is telling friends he’s moving to Santa Monica, California, where he’ll continue his subscription podcast. Meier’s last on-air radio gig with WGN ended in 2014. In March, the Chicago Tribune reported that Meier and his wife had listed their three-bedroom condo on Chicago’s Near East Side for just under $2.2 million. It’s now listed for $1.9 million.
(Photo: Garry Meier as Cliff on stage at the Chicago Theater in 1989. I was one of the "Cliff Dancers")
Me-TV Radio Goes Nationwide
"We created MeTV FM as the musical companion to America's #1 all classic TV network, MeTV. Both our television and radio formats present timeless and memorable entertainment that resonates with hipsters, hippies, baby boomers and beyond, as we like to say," said Weigel Broadcasting Co. Vice Chairman Neal Sabin. "MeTV FM's music format has broken many of the radio rules in terms of presentation, depth of playlist and mixing of genres. Using a challenging dial position in one of the most competitive radio markets in the country, we have proven the validity and viability of the format. We look forward to working with Envision to bring MeTV FM to many more places."
The Body Slam Guy Wins Anyway
He did apologize during his acceptance speech to the reporter he body slammed by the neck and punched, however, so it's all good.
Nothing to see here. Just because it happened on the same day the president pushed another NATO head of state out of the way so he could be in the front of a picture, doesn't mean we are turning into a cartoonish caricature of the ugly American before our very eyes.
It depends on your perspective. We could also be Making America Great Again by being assholes. I think that's the other side of the argument, but I can't be sure. I'm not an asshole. I don't speak the language.
Hall of Famer
In November he was named to the Illinois Soccer Hall of Fame, and last night he was honored at Toyota Park before the Fire game along with the rest of the '16 inductees.
Super proud of him. You'll never meet a nicer man. I couldn't be there last night because of commitments to Green White (ironically), but my sister Cindy was there, and snapped this photo.
John & Bobby
I heard a portion of that broadcast. I was a senior in high school and a big fan of both guys. If you would have told me that day I'd eventually work with both of them (with Bobby at the Loop for 7 years, and with John at WJMK for ten), I would have been excited beyond words. If you would have told me that I'd also eventually publish both of their books, I never would have believed you.
What a long strange trip its been.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Minutia Men, Episode 52
EP52 – Rick and Dave discuss sologamy, German children’s stories, bastard cats, Cubs during historical events, and Rick’s brush with Kerry Wood.
Listen to it here.
Chicago's Best Celebrity Chefs Are Bringing Their Dishes To Wrigley Field— Chicagoist (@Chicagoist) May 25, 2017
Blowback to Hannity
It may take a while to get there (O'Reilly, Ailes), but it eventually does. Right, Sean Hannity? His forays into conspiracy garbage are finally hitting him where it hurts. His advertiers are starting to leave his show.
That's what started the downfall of O'Reilly. It's the only thing that matters to his bosses.
But you can't do that when there's an audio recording.
And you can't do that when a Fox News crew witnesses it, and sides with the "liberal" reporter.
Did Trump just shove another NATO leader to be in the front of the group? pic.twitter.com/bL1r2auELd— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) May 25, 2017
David Ross, What Have You Done?
Dancing is part of @Cubs family, with @D_Ross3 at helm. #CubsFamily dance off? @IowaCubs @smokiesbaseball @Pelicanbaseball @EugeneEmeralds pic.twitter.com/TbTxcYgGeX— South Bend Cubs (@SBCubs) May 24, 2017
WGN Walk of Fame
The 2017 inductees are: Leonard Baldy, Lou Boudreau, Nick Digilio, Lincoln Hampton, Vince Lloyd, Mike Mathis, Anne Maxfield, Judy Pielach, Jack Rosenberg and Larry Schreiner. The ceremony will be open to the public.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Looks like a real picture
I photoshopped in the kid from THE OMEN and it’s so perfect it’s unnerving. pic.twitter.com/I3wGIrbvBW— James White (@Signalnoise) May 24, 2017
Cute family. pic.twitter.com/XkY4Vf5QnY— 👉 #FireHannity 👈 (@williamlegate) May 24, 2017
Colbert Will Not Be Fined by FCC
The agency found it was a pretty standard joke, and there isn't any reason to fine him.
Farneda Removes "Interim" Label
CBS Radio Chicago appoints John Farneda as Music Director for AAA WXRT-FM. He's held MD duties on an interim basis since early April. This marks a return to the station for Farneda who previously held the MD post at XRT for more than 13 years from 2001-2014. He was promoted to Assistant Program Director/MD in 2001. He later added Operations Director duties beofre leaving the station in 2014.
Farneda will report to WXRT OM/PD Greg Solk who commented, "Christmas has come early to WXRT. John's rich history here and his unequalled knowledge of the Chicago rock market make him the perfect programming partner. John is WXRT."
"I'm very fortunate to rejoin my beloved colleagues at WXRT," stated Farneda. "I'm extremely excited to finally have the opportunity to work with Greg Solk. He's a proven winner and I'm looking forward to working closely with him to steer WXRT to a new level of programming excellence."
By the way, on a semi-related note, Farneda's name will be cropping up in my next Illinois Entertainer column on June 1st. I interviewed WXRT's Ryan Arnold.
Minutia Men Reviews on iTunes
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"A podcast that adds the right effects and music with hosts who build very witty conversation. The show itself is filled with great information and fun listening for anyone who tunes in."
*Hysterical and Witty
"These two are great together. I just finished the 50th episode and loved it. They have a great chemistry together. Keep up the good work. Love the accent."
"You can tell these guys are great friends. Their chemistry is fluent and they create some great laughter."
"I have been listening to Minutia Men for almost a year and it's one of the funniest shows out there today. Rick and Dave play so well off each other, their chemistry is great. Each week I look forward to hearing the new episodes and what they are going to say next. Minutia Men should be sponsored by Depends for Men because they have made me piss my pants more than once."
Aw shucks, guys and gals. Thanks so much for the kind words.
Our 52nd episode will be posted tomorrow.
Fox News Retracts Seth Rich Story
On May 16, a story was posted on the Fox News website on the investigation into the 2016 murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich. The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting. Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed.
We will continue to investigate this story and will provide updates as warranted.
So anyway, sorry for the millions of people who now believe a completely untrue story, and for destroying the reputation of an innocent man who can't defend himself because he's dead, and for putting his family through hell. Our bad. (That last part must have been accidentally lopped off the end of their statement)
Ross' Last Dance
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
RIP James Bond
Infowars Gets White House Press Credentials
Actual journalists are not happy about this, and for good reason.
Infowars is run by Alex Jones who recently admitted under oath in court that his whole personna is an act. Infowars is part of the Russian investigation because they were peddling stories pushed by fake news sites run by the Kremlin.
Honestly, this is getting into some pretty scary territory.
Cool nickname for a ballplayer. Kind of an unappetizing name for a breakfast cereal. Available at your neighborhood Jewel/Osco now.
Monday, May 22, 2017
This ad is running in Israel, the one country that supposedly is always behind us...
Anti-Trump is Good for Ratings
And the Daily Show with Trevor Noah, which had struggled to replace Jon Stewart, is now nearly back to Jon Stewart's ratings.
He may not be good for the country, but Donald Trump is definitely good for the ratings. Check that...being anti-Trump is good for ratings.
A Harvard study that came out last week says that the coverage of Trump has been overwhelmingly negative. 93% of the coverage has been negative. I'd say that's probably correct.
It's also justified. He's been president for four months and he's already under FBI investigation and the White House lawyers are resarching impeachment. That's not because of the negative coverage. The negative coverage is because of that. The scandal should be that some media outlets are actually 93% positive toward Trump. That's almost the textbook definition of fake news under the circumstances.
Bob Beckel Fired Again By Fox News
He was fired by Fox in 2015 for "personal issues". After a short stint at CNN, he returned to Fox News last year.
This time they fired him for an insensitive remark to an African American staffer.
Good for Fox News for trying to change the culture in the hallways there. They might also want to switch on the Tv and see if they can find an insensitve remark or two about African Americans on the air. It's not an every five seconds occurance now that the black guy isn't president any more, but it's still a regular feature.
Girl Dragged into Water by Sea Lion
Best Program Directors
Three of them are in Chicago. Mary Ellen Kachinske, WTMX (#7), Ron Gleason, WBBM-AM (#10), and Rob Cressman, WDRV-FM (#41).
The full list is here.
Beat Tom & Bill Golf Outing
It's hard to overstate what an unusual golf outing this is. They do whatever they can to make it fun and entertaining. For instance, how many golf outings have their own opera?
Last year one of the sponsored kids was my cousin's son Caleb. He couldn't be there this year for all the happiest reasons. He was in Disneyworld with his family enjoying their "Make a Wish" trip. Caleb is doing very well!
Caleb's absence didn't stop several other members of our family from going out there. My sister and aunt came out to volunteer. So did my son Sean and my wife Bridget. Bridget got the very glamorous gig of dressing up like a T-rex.
I golfed. One hole had a hydraulic gun that did the drive for you. Another hole you had to drive off a toilet seat. Another one you had to dress like Elvis. Another hole featured the polka stylings of Eddie Korosa.
Motivational speaker Matt Foley (Matt Kissane) was wandering around, and so was a barbershop quartet. Here are a few photos from that nutty day...
At the banquet later that night, Tom Latourette (one of the brothers) unveiled his brand new book which is being sold to help raise money for the foundation. That book is published by Eckhartz Press.
We'll have more information about that soon. It will be on our website probably by the end of the week.
Thanks Tom & Bill for all you do.