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, 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
I agree with...Joe Walsh?
This attack by @FoxNews & Republicans on Robert Mueller's integrity is despicable.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) December 8, 2017
And don't tell me you're just attacking the investigation, not Mueller. Bullshit. It's HIS investigation. When u call it a witchhunt, you're blaming him.
Bob Mueller has always put America first.
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.”
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
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
Suppelsa's Sign Off
More Creeps Revealed
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
MSNBC Reverses Firing Decision
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.
Meet Barry Killen. He found my cell on the road and called a friend to safely return it. He said all he wanted was a selfie but I have 2 tix to Neil Young's show tonight so we're going to rock out. People like this make me so proud to be Canadian! Thanks, Barry! pic.twitter.com/Za8ARBFwVF— Randy Bachman (@RandysVinylTap) December 1, 2017
The Osgood File
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
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
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
If you're in the neighborhood, swing by and say hello!
(Photo by Barry Butler)
Tone Deaf Quote
"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)
WJMK is officially dead
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
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
I'm a fan. She's incredibly qualified. Perfect for the gig.
Monday, December 04, 2017
Nazis Cheering FCC
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?
Ajit Pai’s baffling defense of killing net neutrality is an alt-right talking point: https://t.co/2pWNAn7YIz pic.twitter.com/wL5MVPifRv— Slate (@Slate) December 4, 2017
Bobby Skafish in Blue Island
He had me at beer. I will be there too.
Most Insulting Quote Ever
"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
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.
A camera falls from an airplane and ends at a trough for pigs. pic.twitter.com/sKuZkeFUR6— Roberto Alonso González Lezcano (@robertoglezcano) December 3, 2017
Set your DVRs
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
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
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.
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!
I previously interviewed Chuck for Chicago Radio Spotlight.