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, September 01, 2017
This month's Illinois Entertainer is out and features my interview with ESPN Radio's Fred Huebner. The first time I was able to mention soccer in a media column!
You can read it here.
RIP Shelley Berman
A MILLION cars and trucks
A million. A million people have lost their mode of transportation. That's unimaginable.
Pete Rose Banned Again
As of yesterday, he's now also banned from Fox Sports. This time it's because of alleged sexual misconduct. From the Hollywood Reporter...
A sworn statement by the woman, identified as Jane Doe, in a motion filed July 31 by Dowd’s defense attorney, alleges that Rose had a relationship with her for several years, beginning before she turned 16, the age of consent in Ohio, where the woman and Rose lived at the time. Rose acknowledged in court documents that he had sex with the woman but thought she was 16 at the time. Rose would have been 34 then and was married with two children. The statute of limitations means that Rose will not face criminal jeopardy.
The decision to sever ties with Rose comes as 21st Century Fox has been rocked by systemic harassment allegations at Fox News that have resulted in millions of dollars in settlements.
Mitch Michaels Release Party
Here are a few photos from the event...
Big Upcoming Week for Eckhartz Press
Robert Feder reported this in his column this morning..."The honors keep piling up for John Records Landecker, the legendary Chicago radio personality and 2017 inductee in the National Radio Hall of Fame. On September 8 it’ll be proclaimed “John Records Landecker Day” in Michigan City, Indiana (where he lives). He’ll also receive the Sagamore of the Wabash Honorary Award, decreed by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. Introducing Landecker at the ceremony will be Rick Kaempfer, his longtime radio producer and collaborator on his memoir, Records Truly Is My Middle Name."
Rick's note: The new Hall of Fame limited edition of "Records Truly Is My Middle Name" was completed by John and I this past week, and is now in the hands of talented designers. That will be available by early October.
Mitch will appearing on WGN Radio with Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder (who appears in the book "Doin' the Cruise"). Look for future Mitch appearances on Indiana Public Radio with Tom Lounges (September 15) and on the Car Con Carne podcast with James VanOsdol. Mitch's book "Doin the Cruise: Memories from a Lifetime in Radio and Rock and Roll" has just arrived in our offices and will be shipping next week. Get your copy today.
Dan McGrath has written a wonderful piece about Eckhartz Press author Lee Kingsmill. Before he retired and became a novelist, Lee was an esteemed teacher. McGrath compares and contrasts the behavior of his former colleague Lee during trying, tense, and difficult moments, with the behavior of our current president under similar stress. It really shows what a great human being Lee is. Lee's book "Safe Inside" also arrived in our offices this week. Get your copy today.
The author of "Turn it Up: American Radio Tales 1946-1996" will be appearing on the nationally syndicated (Westwood One) Walter Sterling show at 10:30pm. The show airs here locally on WLS AM 890. The e-book is an Eckhartz Press production and became a best seller on Amazon. You can get your copy right here.
Bill is the writer of "Everything I Know I Learned from Rock Stars" and he and his book will be featured on Rick Kogan's show on WGN Radio Sunday night. The book came out at the end of July is available NOW at Eckhartz Press.
Mitch Michaels and Ken Churilla on WGN-TV
And then Steve Sanders calmly turned to the camera and knocked this interview out of the park.
Watch the video here.
The book "Doin the Cruise: Memories From a Lifetime in Radio and Rock and Roll" ships this coming week. Get your copy today.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Tune in today to WGN-TV Midday News to see Eckhartz Press authors Mitch Michaels and Ken Churilla talking to Dina Bair about their new book Doin' the Cruise, which is available for pre-order now!
I'll tag along to take some pictures. They expect the boys to be on the air sometime between 11:15--Noon.
Javy Steals Home
The video is here.
Man, he is an exciting player.
I was backstage at a Landecker & The Legends concert, waiting to go on stage, when I heard the news. Part of the show was a song about Diana, written in honor of her visit to Chicago in 1996 (to the tune of the Paul Anka song). We obviously opted not to do the song that night, and never did it again. At the time it felt like one of those "you'll never forget where you were" moments.
When Elton John released this version of his song for Diana it became (and remains) the best selling chart single all-time...
ESPN Football Analyst Walks Away, Disturbed by Brain Trauma on the Field
You get the feeling the sport of football could be in trouble. Not yet, but it's on the horizon. This is one of the canaries in the coalmine.
From the New York Times...
If Ed Cunningham had not already seen enough, he would be back in a broadcast booth on Saturday afternoon, serving as the color analyst for another top college football game televised on ABC or ESPN. It is the work he has done each fall for nearly 20 years.
But Cunningham, 48, resigned from one of the top jobs in sports broadcasting because of his growing discomfort with the damage being inflicted on the players he was watching each week. The hits kept coming, right in front of him, until Cunningham said he could not, in good conscience, continue his supporting role in football’s multibillion-dollar apparatus.
“I take full ownership of my alignment with the sport,” he said. “I can just no longer be in that cheerleader’s spot.”
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
CNN Reporter Saves Man
Here’s the moment just before @DrewGriffinCNN’s live shot that he realized a man was in need of rescue https://t.co/Hb20IhyEaK— Joshua Chavers (@JoshuaChavers) August 30, 2017
Looks like my old girlfriend Margy made the right call by dumping me and going out with Drew. She later married him. I think they're still married today.
Mustache 💯👨🏻 pic.twitter.com/fgSQnT1Bp6— Green Bay Packers (@packers) August 30, 2017
Love this story
Trump in Houston
Didn't. Meet. With. Any. Victims. pic.twitter.com/ZHVy4oZBS8— Talia (@2020fight) August 30, 2017
Cable News Ratings
1. Fox News (2,206,000)
2. MSNBC (1,835,000)
3. USA (1,499,000)
4. HGTV (1,429,000)
5. TBS (1,258,000)
I see that people are tuning in to the most partisan versions of the news too. Fox and MSNBC may both be covering the news, but believe me, other than the constant mentions of Trump, their reports don't even remotely resemble each other. One could change their motto to "Trump Bad" and the other to "Trump Good".
By the way, Fox News does not play well in the UK. Rupert Murdoch has been pushing it through his Sky network there and the British people have roundly rejected it. This week he made the call to pull it off the air there.
Justin Bieber’s testicles spark lawsuit
Fortunately, Bieber’s balls are just fine, but a staffer working at the hospital can’t say the same. A woman named Kelly Lombardo allegedly accessed Bieber’s medical files after hearing rumors he was admitted for an STD instead of a testicle injury and was subsequently fired.
She is suing because she says she never accessed the file. The case will probably be next year's version of the Taylor Swift groping trial (a chance for reporters to constantly mention Justin Bieber's balls), although this time Bieber won't have to testify.
Didn't realize that the Biebs was a soccer fan.
Milwaukee Media Supports Houston
Relief efforts for all of those affected by the ongoing damage caused by the former Hurricane Harvey extend far beyond Texas. The fine folks at Scripps Milwaukee organized a fundraiser on Monday afternoon to collect much-needed funds for disaster relief. Staffers from WTMJ-TV (Today's TMJ4), News-Talk WTMJ-AM and WKTI (94.5 KTI Country) manned the phone bank from 4-7pm to collect donations for the American Red Cross.
"People in Wisconsin are looking for a way that they can help the victims of the hurricane," said Tom Langmyer, VP/GM for Scripps Radio in Milwaukee and VP of News/Talk/Sports for E.W. Scripps. "Using the power of local media we can combine our efforts to enable giving on a large scale and truly make a difference to support the American Red Cross." And make a difference they did.
People helping people. This is the best of America in action.
Chicago Radio Supports Houston
Illinois Broadcasters Association Radio Broadcasters of Chicagoland Committee Chairman Matt Scarano said, “The Radio Broadcasters of Chicagoland are proud to unite as a group to help the people of Houston impacted by the devastating floods. We urge all Chicagoans to contribute to the relief efforts that are so desperately needed. We are using the power of radio in both English and Spanish, to help out those in need. In a time of crisis, Chicago radio is willing to help in any way we can.”
“What a great idea for the Radio Broadcasters of Chicagoland to apply their winning roadblock formula in building instantaneous public awareness to the immediate needs of the Red Cross in helping victims of Hurricane Harvey,” said Dennis Lyle, president and CEO of the Illinois Broadcasters Association. “Doing so is yet another reflection of the care and concern local broadcasters have for their community and communities beyond.”
Great gesture. I have no snarky comments.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Everything that is wrong with this country in two sentences
I don't believe Hurricane Harvey is God's punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than "climate change." https://t.co/K7d7mopY5Q— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 29, 2017
Bridget and I went to the Cubs game last night and enjoyed a big Cubs win. We also got to see Gary Pressey's big night. They even let him sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"
This is @GaryPressy. He celebrated 2,500 consecutive games as the @Cubs organist --— Jessica Kleinschmidt (@KleinschmidtJD) August 29, 2017
Doin’ the Cruise: Memories From A Lifetime in Radio and Rock & Roll. Written with Ken Churilla and published by Eckhartz Press, it’s a straightforward account of the ups and downs of a Chicago radio career spanning nearly five decades and encompassing such iconic call letters as WXRT, WDAI, WKQX, WLUP and WCKG. Most interesting are insights Michaels shares about his personal life, including growing up as an only child of adoptive parents in a Cleveland suburb, and coping with the death of a 21-year-old son, who fell victim to drug addiction. Still rocking at 69, Michaels now hosts afternoons at Alpha Media classic hits WERV FM 95.9.
Trump Welcomes New Network
We know one thing about this network. If Trump likes it, they never criticize him. No need to watch it.
Monday, August 28, 2017
View of downtown Houston right now, from Instagram https://t.co/7wSWxM1z9s pic.twitter.com/ffkDkSdOK1— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) August 27, 2017
Unbelievable Before & After of the flooding on Buffalo Bayou in #Houston from #Harvey. (Via streetreporter on Youtube) pic.twitter.com/a6FXIh0rtq— Matt Reagan (@ReaganMatt) August 27, 2017
A reporter in Houston spotted a truck driver stuck in the flood. She was able to flag down police who saved his life live on TV. Holy crap. pic.twitter.com/v2nNjxJ12P— Jessie 🇰🇪 (@JMKTV) August 27, 2017
Nielsen To Reissue Chicago’s July Book After Ratings Snafu
Nielsen will reissue the July 2017 ratings for Chicago on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at noon Central, after it left out listening data from one of a pair of Univision Radio FMs that simulcast and qualify for Total Line Reporting (TLR). The company says audience shares for other stations may be “slightly affected.”
In a notice to clients on Friday, Nielsen said that in the July numbers (released Aug. 7), audience estimates for the TLR combo of Univision’s Spanish urban “Latino Mix 93.5 & 103.1” WVIV and WVIX-FM did not reflect combined listening to both stations. The ratings reflected listening to only one of the stations.
The original ratings, reported with the call letters WVIV-FM, showed it had a 0.6 share of listeners aged 6+, down from a 1.0 share in June and a 1.3 share in May.
In the new numbers coming out Tuesday, listening data from both simulcast partners will be combined and reported with the call letters of the “primary” station, Nielsen said.
“Audience shares for other stations may be slightly affected, as the under-reported listening to the WVIV-FM/WVIX-FM combo was not included in Market totals in the originally released report,” the company explained.
It probably won't make too big of a difference, but it's a big deal when the ratings need to be re-released. Stations have been selling those numbers for the last month.
Art Vuolo's Tribute to Jay Thomas
Ken Levine was one of the writers of Cheers, and he writes one of my favorite blogs. About ten years ago he told the tale of how Jay Thomas' big mouth got him fired from Cheers. Great story.