Friday, December 08, 2017

Minutia Men, Episode 76

EP76 – Rick and Dave discuss smart condoms, German parenting tips, mustard on pop tarts, Prohibition at Wrigley Field, and Rick’s brush with British Royalty.

Listen to it here.

37 Years Ago Today

This is how I heard the news. I'll never forget it.

I agree with...Joe Walsh?

Not the first time I've agreed with Joe Walsh, but definitely the first time I've agreed with THIS Joe Walsh...

Switching Parties

A prominent conservative switches parties and becomes a Democrat...because of Roy Moore.

Read his opinion piece here.

Here's another piece, this one in the New York Times. Conservative columnist David Brooks writes: "The rot afflicting the G.O.P. is comprehensive — moral, intellectual, political and reputational. More and more former Republicans wake up every day and realize: “I’m homeless. I’m politically homeless.”

Tyler Chatwood

The Cubs have a new pitcher and his name is Tyler Chatwood.

His stats are not very impressive, but you have to remember that he pitched at Coors Field for the Rockies. If you look at his stats away from Coors, it's pretty darn good.

Read all about him here.

Gone But Not Forgotten

This month's Illinois Entertainer is out and features my column about the Chicago media figures we lost during 2017.

You can read it here.

Sherman and Tingle

From this morning's RAMP Newsletter...

The Sherman & Tingle morning show on Hubbard Classic Rock WDRV (97.1 The Drive)/Chicago recently held their 2nd annual live broadcast and fundraiser, "Operation: Santa PAWS" in partnership with PAWS Chicago -- an organization dedicated to building no-kill communities -- to collect food, new toys, and cash donations for those animals that don't have homes or families for the holidays.

To help raise money for this life-saving cause, the guys did a live broadcast from "a local Jewel-Osco location" in Skokie, IL on Saturday, December 2. Hundreds of Sherman & Tingle loyalists turned out to support the cause and donate carts full of pet supplies and cash. All told, the effort raised $10,300 in pet supplies and monetary donations.

Commenting on this successful venture, Sherman & Tingle said, "Again this year, we are proud to have been a part of an event that helps so many homeless animals during the holiday season -- and all year long. Our listeners are the best, and we are deeply grateful for their support and generosity." Pictured during the remote, (Front row, l-r): Sherman & Tingle Producer Jill Egan, Brian Sherman and Steve Tingle. (Back row, l-r): PAWS Chicago rep, The Drive night jock Phil Manicki and afternoon dude Steve Seaver.

FYI: I just interviewed one of the gentlemen in this picture, Steve Seaver, for my January IE column.

Delilah Returns to Lite-FM

From Radio Online...

WLIT-FM (The New 93.9 LITE FM) returns syndicated personality Delilah to the Chicago airwaves. Effective immediately, she joins the iHeartMedia AC outlet weekdays from 7-11pm. With more than 150 radio stations, she's the most listened-to woman on radio in the U.S. Delilah has quite a resume, winning a Marconi Award, being inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the National Radio Hall of Fame.

Suppelsa's Sign Off

Tonight is Mark Suppelsa's last newscast at Channel 9. Robert Feder has the details...

Tonight also marks the final broadcast of Mark Suppelsa, who’s retiring as 5, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. news anchor at WGN and wrapping up an outstanding 36-year career in television news. Tributes are pouring in to the veteran newsman who attended Libertyville High School and graduated from Lincoln-Way High School in New Lenox, and Marquette University in Milwaukee. Among the highlights was a hilarious sendoff in “Noticias de mi Corazon,” the telenovela spoof starring WGN’s Dan Ponce, Lourdes Duarte and Ana Belaval. (Here is the link.) Spoiler alert: Look for cameo appearances by Ben Bradley, Robert Jordan, Rich King, Muriel Clair and even Ron Magers. Suppelsa, 55, plans to move with his wife to their cabin in Montana. He’s one of Chicago’s all-time best.

More Creeps Revealed

Former NFL quarterback Warren Moon. From this morning's Tom Taylor column: NFL radio analyst Warren Moon takes a leave of absence, after an accusation of sexual harassment. The Pro Football Hall of Fame QB “denies the claims” of his former executive assistant, says his attorney. Moon’s camp hasn’t seen the civil suit filed by Wendy Haskell, but says he’s aware of what she’s alleging happened while she worked for him at Sports 1 Marketing. According to Seattle Times columnist Matt Calkins, the suit “says he would grab her crotch as she slept. It says he once drugged her drink because she wasn’t ‘having fun.’ It says he required that they share a bed on road trips and that she leave the bathroom door open while she showered.”

Moon has been suspended.

And two more from the political world...

Former Congressman Harold Ford

Congressman Trent Franks

Ford was fired by Morgan Stanley and Franks resigned.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Mark Your Calendars--December 17

MSNBC Reverses Firing Decision

Here's something you don't see everyday. MSNBC fired contributor Sam Seder for a sarcastic tweet from several years ago. It was obviously a joke--even if it wasn't a good one--but in today's climate, MSNBC decided not to take a chance.

Well, the viewers of MSNBC did not like the decision. They said MSNBC shouldn't be bullied by the Far Right (who unearthed this tweet), and no one should be fired for sarcasm.

After giving it some thought, MSNBC agreed. Yesterday Sam Seder was rehired.

Randy Bachman

The rocker (The Guess Who, Bachman Turner Overdrive) had an experience that made him appreciate his Canadian roots...

The Osgood File

From this morning's Radio Ink...

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of The Osgood File, hosted by esteemed broadcast journalist and radio icon Charles Osgood. Fresh off receiving a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Osgood saluted the milestone by signing an extension to continue broadcasting The Osgood File with Westwood One.

The Osgood File is heard four times each weekday morning on hundreds of radio stations nationwide, including some of the most influential news and information stations in the country, including WCBS-AM/New York, WBBM-AM/Chicago, KCBS-AM/San Francisco, and WWJ-AM/Detroit.

I've always loved the Osgood File. Glad that there is still someone of his quality on the air every day.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Bill Paige Book Signing

Meet Bill Paige! Eckhartz Press author Bill Paige (Everything I Know I Learned from Rock Stars) is in town (he lives in Texas), and will be appearing in Chicago on December 10th. Bill is excited about signing and selling his books at one of his favorite places--The Old Town School of Folk Music. Register for the free session here: (scroll down to the bottom).

Here's the description of the event on their webpage:
Music fans spanning generations are invited to discover favorite artists anew in former Old Town School student, Bill Paige’s Everything I Know I Learned From Rock Stars, on Eckhartz Press. Join Paige for this special book signing and discussion!

Most Talked About Stories of 2017

On Facebook, it was International Women's Day.

On Spotify, Ed Sheeran was #1.

(For me, it was obviously lederhosen. But then again, that's my #1 story every year.)

Time Magazine's Person of the Year

Somebody nail down the furniture in the White House--I feel a temper tantrum coming on.

This year's Time Magazine's Person(s) of the Year: The Silence Breakers. (The women who have come forward to confront the men who sexually harassed them)

The fashion world is obsessed with dorky dad shoes

The New York Post has a big story about this today. I'm torn. I can't decide how I feel about this...

If you want to look fresh, try raiding your father’s closet.

“Dad shoes” — those thick-soled, aggressively awkward sneakers beloved by Jerry Seinfeld, circa 1994 — are currently fashion’s hottest, must-have accessory.

And celebrities can’t get enough of them.

Just this past month, Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Jaden Smith have all sported new clunky tennis shoes by brands like Yeezy and Louis Vuitton.

Chance the Rapper donned a pair while hosting “Saturday Night Live” in November, while model Bella Hadid wore some very dadlike Nikes during a recent dinner with her own dad.

“We’re in the dad-sneaker peak at the moment,” says Yu-Ming Wu, cofounder of the traveling industry footwear event Sneaker Con, which takes place in New York City on Dec. 16 and 17.

I'm generally insulted by the concept, but on the other hand...I do have a couple of dorky dad sneakers in the closet that I've been afraid to wear since I was called out as a dork by one of my sisters-in-law a few years ago.

Also, I was called a dork for wearing black sneakers too, so what the hell? Either way I'm a dork.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Mitch Michaels Book Signing

On Sunday afternoon (1-3pm), I'll be with Mitch Michaels at the Elmhurst History Museum (120 E Park Ave, Elmhurst). Mitch will be selling and signing his book ("Doin the Cruise") by their incredible "Disco Demolition" exhibit. Looking forward to seeing that.

If you're in the neighborhood, swing by and say hello!

(Photo by Barry Butler)

Tone Deaf Quote

Orrin Hatch, on why there is no money for the CHIP program, which is insurance for children...

"I have a rough time wanting to spend billions and trillions of dollars to help people who won’t help themselves, who won’t lift a finger and expect the federal government to do everything."

It's cartoonish villain territory these days.

(Photo: Orrin Hatch)

Robert Mueller's 12 Days of Xmas

WJMK is officially dead

The radio station that employed me for ten years is no more. The call letters are now WBMX. This morning's Inside Radio explains how they got those iconic urban call letters back from a station in Boston...

The new call letters for Entercom's WBMX-FM (HOT AC) in Boston are now WWBX-FM. Entercom says after twenty six years as WBMX-FM the station will return the call letters back to its original station in Chicago. WJMK-FM (104.3), a Classic Hip Hop station in Chicago Entercom picked up in the CBS merger, will take over the WBMX call letters. The format at WWBX-FM in Boston will stay the same.

John Oliver vs. Dustin Hoffman

If I had to guess, Dustin Hoffman will never appear on John Oliver's HBO show.

The two men were involved in a panel discussion about the movie "Wag the Dog" (which Hoffman stars in), and Oliver was the moderator. He kept bringing up the sexual harassment charges against Hoffman, and it got incredibly testy.

The Washington Post has the story.

When I was with Steve & Garry's show they always said, "if it can't be funny, then it better be awkward". People remember awkward. Sounds like anybody who was in this room won't forget this panel discussion.

PBS Replaces Charlie Rose

How do you significantly increase the odds that you don't hire another sexual harasser to replace the old sexual harasser? Hire a woman! Christiane Amanpour has been hired by PBS to replace Charlie Rose.

I'm a fan. She's incredibly qualified. Perfect for the gig.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Nazis Cheering FCC

I mispoke when I said only 6 people wanted to kill Net Neutrality. I thought it was only the 3 Republican FCC Commissioners and the three telecom giant CEOs. I missed a few others in favor of killing it. Donald Trump. And the Nazis. For real.

This move to kill Net Neutrality has to be stopped, and not just because Nazis agree with the FCC. Although, isn't it refreshing to know you'll be on the opposite side of the Nazis?

Bobby Skafish in Blue Island

This Sunday is your last chance to get Bobby's great book "We Have Company" before Christmas (unless you order through Eckhartz Press). He will be in Blue Island from 3-5pm. Here's Bobby's caption for the picture on the left..."With Alan Cromwell, owner & mgr. of Blue Island Beer Co., 13357 Olde Western Ave. On Sunday, December 10, 3-5 PM I’ll be selling and signing what he’s holding while he’s selling what I’m holding. Please come out. Photo taken by brewmaster Bryan Shimkos, who along with Alan held me down and forced their beer down my throat, not unlike a fraternity hazing ritual."

He had me at beer. I will be there too.

Most Insulting Quote Ever

This Republican tax bill repeals the Estate Tax, making sure that billionaires can pass down every penny to their kids who haven't earned a dime. Or, as Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley puts it...

"I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing, as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies."
- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

As opposed to food, shelter, clothing, and medical insurance. Seriously, I think we're just a drink or two away from one of these guys coming right out and saying "Fuck the poor." And yet, poor people still vote for them. Amazing.

How To Parent Like a German

An American mom living in Berlin wrote this article for Time Magazine.

As someone who was raised by Germans, I found this interesting.

Let's just say that the 2017 German mom is definitely not the same as the 1968 German mom. There are similarities, but my fellow old(ish) Krauts will certainly notice the changes.

Cool Video

Set your DVRs

Never thought I'd write this sentence, but here goes: I'm excited that Billy Bush will be on TV tonight.

He'll be a guest on Stephen Colbert's show. I'm sure a certain videotape will be topic number one.

"The Lite" is Back

I wonder if they made this move because everyone still calls them the Lite, but 93.9 FM in Chicago hasn't officially been known as the Lite for many years now. This weekend they announced that they are bringing back the old name. Robert Feder has the details.

When I worked at WJMK in the 90s we went through the same thing. Before I got there it was known as Magic 104.3. It was changed to Oldies 104.3 just before I started working there. After calling it Oldies for about five years, we decided that everyone was still calling it Magic, so screw it, we once again became Magic 104.3.

It's a branding thing.

More Creeps Revealed

NYC NPR host John Hockenberry


Geraldo Rivera

That second one is about the least surprising name to turn up yet. The only surprising thing was the name of hte person he groped: Bette Midler.

Chuck Buell

This was in my e-mail box this weekend. Congrats to Chuck Buell on his news...

Hello, Rick!

As a former on-air Radio Personality during the late 1960s and early 1970s heydays of WLS Radio, I just wanted to pass along my latest news with you!

I’ve certainly enjoyed my life-long broadcast career as a pretty focused On-Air Radio Personality. Overall, it’s been a great run for me!

I’ve had many fabulous successes in many unique cities with singular radio stations of unsurpassed reputations, notably WLS in Chicago, all of which, unbeknownst to me, has been leading up to this point in time.

The result is ~~~ this January, I will be inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Colorado's Radio Hall of Fame!

I’m thrilled, as you might imagine, and extremely honored, and I just wanted to share this with you!

Chuck Buell

I previously interviewed Chuck for Chicago Radio Spotlight.