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, August 18, 2017
Mitch Michaels, Author
Bye Bye Bannon
JUST IN: White House on Bannon: "John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve's last day." https://t.co/4n07J8PHiT pic.twitter.com/DUvVuocuSE— ABC News (@ABC) August 18, 2017
Mark Suppelsa Retires
He doesn't say so, but I strongly suspect this has at least a little something to do with Sinclair broadcasting's purchase of the station. When they take over, if past purchases are any indication of future actions, they will force all WGN broadcasts to show right wing propoganda as part of their newscasts.
I'll miss Suppelsa on TV. He's an actual journalist, but not one that took himself too seriously. I interviewed him previously for Shore Magazine. You can read that interview here.
"Everything I Know I Learned From Rock Stars" Book Signing in Texas
Bill drew a big crowd, sold a bunch of books, and is now spreading some of that rock and roll wisdom throughout Texas.
If you aren't yet familiar with the book, Everything I Know I Learned From Rock Stars reveals decades of music reporting and candid conversations with 50 influential artists including Roy Orbison, Queen, Electric Light Orchestra, Grace Slick, Fleetwood Mac, Dire Straits, The Go-Go’s, Van Halen, Joe Jackson, Genesis, Boy George, Journey, Sparks, Cheap Trick, Adrian Belew, Nils Lofgren, B.B. King, and Robyn Hitchcock. These encounters are framed by memorable stories and anecdotes from both sides of the concert stage. Raw and real, Everything I Know I Learned From Rock Stars is a captivating personal time capsule guaranteed to fire the imagination of any music fan.
Below are a few of those music fans with their brand new book!
Champaign Urbana Radio Ratings
Champaign, Illinois hasn’t been surveyed by Nielsen since Spring 2015. Here are the three-book trends from Eastlan for the top-ten finishers (plus a couple more) – Saga’s #1 and #2 in this big college market with country WIXY (9.9-13.5-11.6) and hot AC “Mix 94.5” WLRW (9.0 to 10.1 and another 10.1). Third is DWS Inc.-owned news/talk WDWS (7.9-10.4-9.6). A different kind of news/talker jumps to fourth – University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign’s not-for-profit news/talk WILL-AM (7.5-7.1-8.6). That makes Neuhoff’s urban “Hot 105.5” WCZQ fifth (7.7-8.8-7.8). Eastlan’s second five - Illinois Bible Institute’s contemporary Christian non-com WBGL (4.7-4.0-5.8). SJ Broadcasting’s CHR WQQB (6.7-5.1-4.6). Tied for eighth are DWS-owned AC “Lite Rock” WHMS (5.3-3.7-3.5) and U. of Illinois-owned WILL’s not-for-profit news/classical sister WILL-FM (4.5-4.1-3.5). Saga’s back with the #10 player, classic hits WREE (2.9-2.6-3.4). Illini Media does alternative on eleventh-ranked WPGU (3.4-2.6-2.9). It’s a commercial station owned by the University and run by students. Some distant Chicago stations make the Champaign book, including Cumulus-owned talk WLS (1.1-1.3-1.6) and Tribune’s talk WGN (0.5-0.7-1.3).
Way to go, WPGU! We were in the top five when I was there, but there are a lot more radio stations down there now.
Chicago Radio Bands Together to Promote...Chicago Radio
Four companies own more than half of those stations, so don't be too impressed that these "competitors" are working together. Still, it's a good idea.
The Bears in Mt. Prospect
Local fans love seeing the @ChicagoBears practice at Prospect High School stadium https://t.co/frMOH3n2bJ via @dailyherald— Jim O'Donnell (@jodonnell17) August 18, 2017
The President Collects Magazine Covers of Himself
Here's another one...
My first cover for The New Yorker entitled "Blowhard." pic.twitter.com/OjnjELalVP— David Plunkert (@plunkert) August 17, 2017
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Minutia Men, Episode 62
EP62 – Rick and Dave discuss lunch-time speed passes, Elvis Minutia, why beer makes you smarter, where the Cubs were when Elvis died, and Rick’s brush with Jim McMahon.
Listen to it here.
Kathy Hart Finally Speaks Out
It has been challenging, mentally and physically, to be away for this long, especially on days like Friday for the live broadcast from Lurie Children’s for “Eric & Kathy’s Kids.” I’ve always admired how E&K listeners come together to love and support these kids and their families. It’s also a great reminder that health and family should never be taken for granted and always come first, no matter what.
I have always considered the Mix and our listeners as family, and want to express my infinite gratitude to everyone who has reached out to me personally and supported me publicly. Please stay tuned as I fully intend to be back on the air!
Apparently the Cubs agree that he got a raw deal. They gave Rick a World Series ring.
(Photo: Different Rick wearing a World Series ring. This Rick still hasn't received one. He's wearing someone else's)
Can CBS/Entercom Merger Still Fall Through?
From this morning's Radio Ink...
Don't worry. A few people will still get their big paydays and everyone else will be sacrificed eventually to help ease the heavy debt load as the stock tanks.
Nobody Will Defend the President
The same was true at CNN and MSNBC.
Also, the businesspeople/CEOs have left the commissions that President Trump put together to facilitate a better relationship with the government and help with job growth.
Turns out that saying nice things about people who march with Nazis isn't such a great idea after all. Finally there's a red line that has been crossed, and that red line is a red armband.
On the other hand, over 30% of Americans are still with him. For them, there is no line.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The Front Page
Front page of Wednesday's @SunTimes. pic.twitter.com/mA58KyPUCn— Robert Feder (@RobertFeder) August 16, 2017
Bob Shannon's "Turn it Up" available beginning today!
Bob chose August 16th as the release date for a special reason. It’s the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. Elvis was special in Bob’s career–Bob was the one entrusted with letting the Dallas radio audience know about Elvis’ passing. That touching story is told in the audio clip posted today at Eckhartz Press.
Bob’s book is also about the all-time great radio personalities, and that includes Dewey Phillips from WHBQ Memphis. Who is Dewey, you ask? Only the first disc jockey in America to play Elvis Presley on the radio.
This audio clip has that story too, and it’s a good one.
Bob’s audio gives you a good idea of what yuu’ll encounter in the pages of Turn it Up: American Radio Tales 1946-1996. Great stories told with great flair.
If you love radio, you’ll love Turn it Up: American Radio Tales 1946-1996
First Day of High School
On the President's Favorite Show
My Favorite Elvis song
Jimmy Kimmel Rips Trump
I agree with...Clay Aiken?
Remember all those times I defended @realDonaldTrump and believed he was not actually racist? Well... I am a f*****g dumbass. #imsorry— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) August 15, 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
"Safe Inside" Available for Pre-Order Now!
Here's what the critics think of it...
“The best books expand our humanity by the vicarious experiences and opportunities for compassion they provide. Lee Kingsmill’s Safe Inside is just such a book. It’s rich and textured, filled with family dynamics, religion, sexuality, the refuge of the imagination, the sanctuary of movies, and most of all, the depth, truthfulness, and complexity of humanity.”
Michael Lister, New York Times Bestselling author of "Blood Work"
“This beautifully written and sensitive novel about growing up in Chicago in the 1940s and ’50s and falling in love with the movies is that rare thing, a story that totally recreates a vanished world. Every detail of both place and character is so closely observed and evocative that you feel like you are there. ”
Dan Callahan, associate editor of Simon Media Works and author of "Barbara Stanwyck: the Miracle Woman," and "Vanessa"
“The meticulous detail of Safe Inside leads us through the memories and emotions that take hold early and never let go.”
Walter J. Podrazik, Media historian and author
If it isn't lobbying money, it's politics. One thing for sure is that it's not what's best for the consumer. They honestly don't care what you think.
Complete Victory for Taylor Swift
In addition to siding against David Mueller's $3 million lawsuit – or $250,000, as his lawyer compromised during closing arguments – the jury also ruled in favor of Swift's assault and battery countersuit, forcing Mueller to pay Swift a symbolic $1, CNN reports.
Following Swift's victory, the singer pledged to make donations to "multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves."
I feel a song coming...
10 Foods That Help You Poop
Towards the end of his life my grandfather would come out of the bathroom with his arms raised in the air after a BM chanting "We Win! We Win! We Win!"
Not there yet myself, but feeling really conflicted about having clicked on that link.
Take that, Ted Nugent
No the asshole just isn't good enough https://t.co/tiJ4rJaX4S— David Crosby (@thedavidcrosby) August 14, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
BBC News Accidentally Shows Anna Paquin Nude
It was on a TV in the background of a newsroom shot. I'm sure the producer/editor/writer watching it was doing it for research on a story.
RIP Joe Bologna
I loved him in the role of King Kaiser (obviously portraying a thinly-veiled Sid Caesar) in the movie "My Favorite Year"...
Doin' The Cruise
This isn't just a book about the rock and roll lifestyle Mitch clearly led. It's also about a generation, and the challenges they faced as they tried to change the world.
The book comes out in early September on Eckhartz Press. It's available for pre-order now.
The Taylor Swift Groping Case
This is Evil
In the post, the founder of the site, Andrew Anglin, claimed Ms Heyer has been killed in a “road rage incident”. He also launched into a vitriolic tirade about her appearance, saying she was a “drain on society”.This is evil. There is no gray area here. The president won't denounce it, either. This morning he went after the black CEO who quit his advisory board because Trump didn't denounce the racists by name, but he still can't find the words to call out these white supremicists.
“Despite feigned outrage by the media, most people are glad she is dead, as she is the definition of uselessness,” Mr Anglin, the site’s editor, said. “A 32-year-old woman without children is a burden on society and has no value.”
I'm afraid there's no other conclusion that can be made. The president is either one of them, or he lacks the courage to call them out because they support him.
LATE UPDATE: President Trump finally tried to clean this up today (72 hours later), but only after weirdly talking about the economy first. He did read the statement written for him without improvising, and in that statement he did call out the white supremacists by name. He met the lowest possible bar. But the White supremacists in his White House remain employed, and the White supremacists who protested know that he only made this statement because he was forced to do so.
Coverage of KKK/Neo-Nazi/Alt-Right Rally
They are not the same thing. Stop saying that.
You should really be ashamed of yourselves.
Saddest photo ever
Saddest photo ever. This is disgusting . Those poor police officers pic.twitter.com/ck95AAFdQQ— Nils Lofgren (@nilslofgren) August 13, 2017