Friday, January 05, 2018
He's basically just watching this abomination of a television news network, and tweeting what he is seeing on the screen.
For those of you who think the tweets are scary (which is the whole world), what you're really saying is that Fox News is scary. They are. They are a disgrace.
Front row, (l-r): Kevin Gershan, Steve Resnik, Jhani Kaye, Art Vuolo, Kevin Carter, Ron Alexenburg and Joey Reynolds.
Back row, (l-r): Shotgun Tom Kelly, John Records Landecker, Lou Simon, Gary Bryan, Mike Sakellarides, Ken Levine, Don Graham, John Leader, Dandy Don Whittemore, Randy West, Don Kelley, Joel Denver, Dan Acree, Bob Hamilton and Al Salci.
For those of you who don't know, Resnik and Carter are the people who run the RAMP newsletter. Art Vuolo is radio's best friend (and the organizer of the event). Joey Reynolds is a legend in Philadelphia and New York. Tom Kelly is a legend in LA, Landecker is a legend in Chicago. Ken Levine is a radio guy turned sitcom writer (Cheers, MASH, Frasier). John Leader is one of the biggest voice over talents in history. Joel Denver is the editor-in-chief of All Access.
I think Tom Taylor (author of the column) doesn't quite understand the anger here. Pai unilaterally did something that 90% of America didn't want done. I'm not in favor of death threats obviously, but I don't think Pai realized just how much people DID NOT WANT HIM TO DO THIS. He ignored people. He was even a dick about it. Again, death threats are out of line. But you can't possibly be surprised by this.
Thursday, January 04, 2018
Ivanka maintained a relationship with her father that was in no way conventional. She was a helper not just in his business dealings, but in his marital realignments. If it wasn’t pure opportunism, it was certainly transactional. For Ivanka, it was all business — building the Trump brand, the presidential campaign, and now the White House. She treated her father with a degree of detachment, even irony, going so far as to make fun of his comb-over to others. She often described the mechanics behind it to friends: an absolutely clean pate — a contained island after scalp-reduction surgery — surrounded by a furry circle of hair around the sides and front, from which all ends are drawn up to meet in the center and then swept back and secured by a stiffening spray. The color, she would point out to comical effect, was from a product called Just for Men — the longer it was left on, the darker it got. Impatience resulted in Trump’s orange-blond hair color.
The Trump is probably the most recent combover innovation. Trumpers grow their hair really long in the back and sides, flip it toward the front, and keep it in place with ozone-layer-killing-industrial-strength hairspray. There's no need to see the certificate of the bozo who "birthed" this movement, but suffice it to say that baldologists everywhere get a certain glee when they tell their clients combovers--"You're Fired!"
Also, from the Axios article...
*Although the White House yesterday portrayed Wolff as a poseur, he spent hours at a time in private areas of the West Wing, including the office of Reince Priebus when he was chief of staff.
*The White House says Wolff was cleared for access to the West Wing fewer than 20 times. But Wolff, a New Yorker, stayed at the Hay Adams Hotel when he came down to D.C., and White House sources frequently crossed Lafayette Park to meet him there.
*How could Wolff possibly know for sure what Steve Bannon and the late Roger Ailes said at a private dinner? It turns out Wolff hosted the dinner for six at his Manhattan townhouse.
The dude had access, and the people in this White House didn't know better. Also, Trump himself approved of his presence.
The lawsuit was filed against his boss, and let's be honest, it had virtually no chance of succeeding in the courts, but it did succeed in the hallways of WLUP.
From Robert Feder's column this morning...
The latest suit was intended to “prevent the pattern of retaliation that has occurred in the past from continuing in the future,” according to Muller’s attorney. But now it’s just a memory.
On Wednesday Nyren said he was “glad to be working with Mancow again and appreciating his talents and all he means to Cumulus Chicago without any distractions,” adding: “No one is a bigger fan of his show today more than me.”
Muller described Nyren as “very gracious” in their meeting, saying: “I was brought up to believe that when somebody says they’re sorry, that’s it. He said we’d had a bad relationship before, and if I’d give him a chance he’d be my biggest advocate. We’re all a little bit wiser hopefully. I shook his hand and said, ‘Let’s go to work.’
“To me it’s a very beautiful story,” Muller added. “I get very choked up by it.”
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
SIREN: "Steve Bannon was certain that after the (July 2016 Trump Tower) meeting, Trump, Jr. had taken the participants to see his father," per excerpts from new Michael Wolff book, "Fire & Fury."— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) January 3, 2018
Trump has claimed he was unaware any meeting with Russians took place.
NEW: Here's the Bannon quote regarding the July 2016 Trump Tower meeting: "The chance that Don Jr. did not walk these Jumos up to his father’s office of the 26th floor is zero,” per "Fire & Fury." (pg. 255)— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) January 3, 2018
Steve Bannon on 2016 Trump Tower meeting: "Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.” https://t.co/rjXmKgn5kJ— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 3, 2018
in new book, author Wolff says Trump asked Hope Hicks, who had dated Corey Lewandowski, why she worried about Lewandowski's bad press after he got fired: "you've already done enough for him. you're the best piece of tail he'll ever have"— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) January 3, 2018
This is a must-read to understand how the GOP in Congress have become complicit with Trump in covering up his Russian connections: https://t.co/JYxFdn4Z4R— John Dean (@JohnWDean) January 3, 2018
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
WGN-TV answered it over the holidays in case you missed it. The decision was made in the 80s.
Fogel already knows his way around the WLS hallways, having previously co-hosted mornings there from 2010 through 2013. He spent the past five years at former CBS Radio Classic Hits WJMK (104.3 K-Hits), which in November flipped to Classic Hip Hop as WBMX (104.3 JAMS) under new owner Entercom. Fogel started his radio career in Kansas City and has also worked in San Diego, DC and Detroit.
Marv Nyren, VP/Market Manager of Cumulus Media Chicago, said, "We welcome Dave to our Cumulus Chicago team and know that he and co-host Kim Berk will kick off the New Year in a big way on 94.7 WLS. We couldn't be more excited about the energy and fun this dynamic duo will bring to mornings on 94.7 WLS, and know our listeners and advertisers will actually look forward to their morning Wake Up Call in 2018!"
Brian Thomas, who doubles as PD of 94.7 WLS-FM and Cumulus VP of Classic Hits Programming, said, "Dave has a great history of Classic Hits success in Chicago and will be an incredible addition to The WLS Wake Up Call. I look forward to the great pleasure of working with him again and think our listeners will love what they hear!"
When Dave started at WLS the first time (2010), I interviewed him at Chicago Radio Spotlight. You can read that here if you're interested.