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".
Monday, December 31, 2018
Just One Bad Century
I have updated our EVERY CUB EVER feature at Just One Bad Century. There are more than a hundred new or updated profiles. More than 2000 entries in all (players, managers, celeb fans, etc), presented conveniently in alphabetical order.
Check it out here.
Friday, December 28, 2018
Writers Conference Scholarships
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Barry Butler on WGN-TV
Watch him here.
Barry previously provided the photo we used for the cover of Pat Colander's book, and the photo we used when we signed Mitch Michaels and Ken Churilla to write a book for Eckhartz Press.
Chicago Radio Ratings
Here are Chicago’s top 30 radio stations from 6 a.m. to midnight Monday through Sunday, as measured by Nielsen Audio from November 8 to December 5, followed by format and average quarter-hour share of listeners age 6 and older (with previous month’s share in parentheses):
1. WLIT 93.9-FM adult contemporary, 8.3 (3.2)
2. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM all news, 5.7 (5.7)
3. WVAZ 102.7-FM urban adult contemporary, 5.3 (5.3)
4. WOJO 105.1-FM Mexican regional, 4.8 (5.4)
5. WDRV 97.1-FM classic rock, 4.3 (4.3)
6. WTMX 101.9-FM hot adult contemporary, 4.2 (4.5)
7. WLS 94.7-FM classic hits, 4.0 (4.8)
8. (tie) WBMX 104.3-FM classic hip hop, 3.5 (3.1); WUSN 99.5-FM country, 3.5 (3.7)
10. WXRT 93.1-FM adult album alternative, 3.4 (3.7)
11. WGCI 107.5-FM urban contemporary, 3.3 (3.1)
12. (tie) WBEZ 91.5-FM public radio news talk, 2.9 (2.9); WKSC 103.5-FM Top 40, 2.9 (3.3); WSCR 670-AM sports talk, 2.9 (2.8)
15. WSHE 100.3-FM adult contemporary, 2.8 (3.1)
16.(tie) WLEY 107.9-FM Mexican regional, 2.7 (2.7); WRME 87.7-FM soft rock oldies, 2.7 (3.3)
18. WGN 720-AM news talk, 2.6 (3.2)
19. WPPN 106.7-FM Spanish adult contemporary, 2.3 (2.3)
20. WKQX 101.1-FM alternative rock, 2.2 (2.9)
21. WBBM 96.3-FM Top 40, 2.1 (2.5)
22. WPWX 92.3-FM urban contemporary, 1.9 (1.9)
23. WMVP 1000-AM sports talk, 1.5 (1.4)
24. (tie) WEBG 95.5-FM country, 1.4 (1.4); WLS 890-AM news talk, 1.4 (1.6)
26. (tie) WCKL 97.9-FM contemporary Christian, 1.1 (0.9); WMBI 90.1-FM Christian ministry, 1.1 (1.2); WVIV 93.5-FM Spanish contemporary, 1.1 (1.1)
29. WFMT 98.7-FM classical, 1.0 (0.8)
30. WERV 95.9-FM classic hits, 0.7 (0.7)
Friday, December 21, 2018
Eckhartz Christmas Party/Book Signing
Stever Signs Off
Robert Feder has a nice piece about Steve and his final show.
I was just over there last week to contribute to a piece that will be airing on the podcast, and had a chance to talk to Steve briefly. He will always be one of the all time greats.
(Photo: From the day I brought Chet to WLS to promote Chet's new book)
Chicago Cubs PBP talent Pat Hughes will keep showing up to work at Wrigley Field, beginning a 24th season in the booth next Spring. Entercom and the Cubs announce his contract extension, which keeps him on Entercom-owned sports “670 the Score” WSCR for “multiple years.” His current contract expires December 31. After calling minor-league baseball in San Jose and Columbus, Hughes traveled to Minneapolis for TV work for the Minnesota Twins. Then he worked alongside National Radio Hall of Fame and Baseball Hall of Fame member Bob Uecker in Milwaukee, before coming to the Cubs in 1996. (That’s when the Cubs games were on co-owned talk WGN/720.) Entercom market manager Jimmy deCastro isn’t exaggerating when he calls Pat Hughes “the iconic voice of the Cubs…He’s the eyes and ears for so many Cubs fans in Chicago and worldwide.” A NOW reader adds that Pat’s a fan of sports broadcasting history and did a series of audio documentaries about baseball play-by-play talents, called Baseball Voices. Hughes is 63.
Reagan's view of immigrants
'We draw our people, our strength, from every country and every corner of the world.' — Ronald Reagan's final speech was a love letter to immigrants pic.twitter.com/4mjv4WnOgb— NowThis (@nowthisnews) December 21, 2018
RIP Mark Gelinas
My friend of 38 years.
Still can't believe it.
Thursday, December 20, 2018
A great Xmas idea
This Holiday Season, give your parents the gift of blocking Fox News with Parental Controls #outfoxtheholidays pic.twitter.com/mseqDE5KfG— outfoxtheholidays (@Outfox_Holidays) December 19, 2018
Eckhartz Press Christmas Book Signing
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Free Kicks, Episode 26
Listen to it here.
Almost like a bonus Minutia Men
Minutia Men talk about their pitch to Mark Cuban, quarter bags of pothole, teenage girls learning which finger to use when driving, and so much more! @MinutiaMen on #LossanoAndFriends! https://t.co/2v9M0LG4CB— Radio Misfits (@RadiosMisfits) December 19, 2018
More Good Press
Five of the ten authors on this list are Eckhartz Press authors. We had a great year. Thanks to Bill Turck for his support of the Chicago writing community. https://t.co/MAfhWShiy9— Rick Kaempfer (@RickKaempfer) December 18, 2018
Eckhartz Press Christmas Event
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
RIP Penny Marshall
Today, there is crying in baseball. RIP Penny Marshall. Thank you for everything you gave us. https://t.co/cuXuReYsJi— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) December 18, 2018
Les Moonves Isn't Getting His Severance
You know who would have approved of that? Former CBS CEO Les Moonves.
Uncle Lar and Snot Nosed Tommy
I know what press is releasing it!
RIP Dave Robbins
R.I.P., Dave Robbins, gone at 59. Robbins, born David Robinson, was the victim of a heart attack. Dave grew rapidly from his beginnings as a jock – he programmed in Phoenix, St. Louis, became a group programmer for the former Nationwide chain and manager of its awesome cluster in Columbus, and later managed for CBS Radio in Chicago (2002-2010) and Orlando (2010-2015). (He’d previously been a jock in the early days of Chicago CHR “B96” WBBM-FM.) Dave was an early advocate of tech in radio, and his LinkedIn page says he “launched CBS Radio's Digital Radio Initiative.” In 2015, he left radio to devote full-time to one of his own family’s ventures, begun a decade earlier, named “Florida Getaway Vacation Homes.” He’d been partnered in that vacation-rental business with his son.
Dave was the only person in radio who ever fired me, although in fairness, he didn't technically do it himself. He had his underlings do it. He fired the whole Landecker show in 2003. Last time I saw him (about a year after he fired me), he said "So jealous of you, getting to spend so much time with your family." I thought it was an odd thing to say to someone he had fired. Still sad to hear he passed at such a young age. 59 is way too young.
Monday, December 17, 2018
RIP Mark Gelinas
Minutia Men, Episode 118
Listen to it here.
Free Kicks, Episode 25
Listen to it here.
It's a Wonderful Trump
The WGN Superfans have another Bears song to celebrate the Division Win!— WGNMorningNews (@WGNMorningNews) December 17, 2018
"Da Bears!" #BearDown #DaBears #CentralDivisionChamps pic.twitter.com/STshZvgRDt
Bringing WW1 to Life
Take a look at a preview in the New York Times. It's amazing.
An Eckhartz Christmas
Friday, December 14, 2018
Explaining the Sniffing
I've known @CaslerNoel for years. He has always been super professional and discreet. I'm so glad he's decided to reveal this important information about Trump. Thank you Noel, I know this isn't easy. pic.twitter.com/iZF5P9njMe— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) December 14, 2018
Eckhartz Press Holiday Party/Book Signing
This just in: @AndreaDarlas to host new weekly roundtable of Chicago journalists, “Andrea Darlas and The Reporters,” on @WGNRadio: https://t.co/idlil56kJ8 pic.twitter.com/XOgHhk5AHZ— Robert Feder (@RobertFeder) December 14, 2018
Another Creep Revealed
Details are here.
She was paid $9.5 million for it, by the way. That's the equivalent of being a regular on the show for four years.
By next year, he'll be in a room by himself, counting pennies. I'm predicting he'll be visited by three ghosts in the night.
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Right Behind You, Keith
Keith Richards has given up drinking: “It was time to quit” https://t.co/XpsJY5Ogxp pic.twitter.com/KETne8mUy5— NME (@NME) December 12, 2018
Wright succeeds former longtime OM/PD Haynes Johns, who exited at the end of October after 13 years.
As if it were possible to think any less of Michael Ferro, a bombshell report Wednesday claimed the former chairman of Tribune Publishing was heard making an anti-Semitic slur to a gathering of company executives. NPR reported that Ferro was caught on tape referring to California billionaire Eli Broad as part of a “Jewish cabal” that ran Los Angeles. NPR’s David Folkenflik reported that Tribune Publishing made secret payments of more than $2.5 million to keep a former publisher and editor of the Los Angeles Times from disclosing Ferro’s comments. Recent financial reports show Ferro’s infamous $15 million “consulting fee” on his way out was reduced by $2.5 million to $12.5 million in the second quarter this year, according to NPR. Ferro resigned as chairman in March, hours before sexual harassment accusations against him were published. But he remains the largest shareholder of the Chicago Tribune’s parent company (which he’d earlier stuck with the hideous name tronc). A spokesman for Ferro denied he made the slur. Tribune Publishing declined to comment.
Alleged anti-Semite, alleged sexual harasser, AND terrible company namer is the largest shareholder of the Tribune's parent company. I'm sure they are very proud.
Butt boy? What is this, 1978?
I thought we were going with "small hands afficianado".
White House Panic
When they corroborate your felonious lawyer (just sentenced to 3 years in prison), and they admit they kept an entire safe full of damaging stories about you--going back 30 years, it's time to start panicking.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Claudio and Danielle Reyna were the royal couple of US soccer. Their son Gio is a top US prospect, but they can't see him play without thinking of his older brother, Jack. An inspiring story of love, tragedy and how to cope with a parent's worst nightmare. https://t.co/eVhj2yxTr1— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) December 12, 2018
The drawing for matchups in the knockout phase is on Monday, but here are the teams...(among them 4 English teams, 3 German teams, 3 Spanish teams, 2 Italian teams, and one from France, Holland, and Portugal)
Borussia Dortmund (GER)
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Real Madrid (ESP, holders)
Atlético Madrid (ESP)
Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
Through, position to be confirmed
Bayern München (GER)
Manchester City (ENG)
Manchester United (ENG)
A Good Trend
As reported by The Dallas News and other media outlets, Premiere Networks syndicated personality Glenn Beck played Santa Claus and paid off $27,000 worth of layaway items at a North Richland Hills Walmart in Texas. It all happened on Saturday, December 8, just two days before the final payments were due. Joining a growing trend of celebrities this season, Beck said he was inspired by actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry, who paid off all the layaway accounts at two Atlanta Walmart stores.
Beck and his family, who were on the way to a Christmas party, broadcast via Facebook live as they walked into Walmart and met with the layaway department to pay each account individually. In a video, Beck challenged other conservative media personalities, including Mark Levin, Steven Crowder and Bill O'Reilly, to do the same.
"You don't have to spend the money that Tyler Perry or I spent," Beck told his radio listeners on Monday. "You can just go in and just give $100, or $50, or $10. You are not going to believe what a difference it makes."
Oh, you know, just a HOFer stoppin' by the ol' Twitter feed
An Uncommon Writers Conference
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Another Amazing Barry Butler Photo
Thru the Uprights! Tonight's Crescent Moon between the Sears Tower Antennas. #news #ilwx #weather #chicago pic.twitter.com/F606naaYJb— Barry Butler (@barrybutler9) December 10, 2018
Another Chance to See Chet Coppock
The Patch has the details.
Tom Taylor Signs Off
Final issue of this Tom Taylor NOW Newsletter will be Friday, December 21. Yes, it’s time for me to retire. In my head, I may still think I’m a kid, but my odometer is about to roll over to a large round number (70). And at this point in my life, my family needs more of me. Between my wife and I, one parent has a grave illness and another parent just passed away. (Also, my wife reminds me that with me working six days a week and taking little time off, we haven’t taken a real vacation since 1995.) I’ll miss this daily conversation with you, and I apologize for breaking the news to you this way.
He was the very best at what he did and will be missed on the radio-trade scene.
Ghost Marriage is Over
I had January 1st in the pool, so I'm pretty sure I win this one.
Good Year for Disney
In a year where movies are struggling, one company is not.
Disney just announced they have brought in $7.6 billion at the box office this year.
They have four of the top eight movies.
Monday, December 10, 2018
IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR pic.twitter.com/9kzVBGQFC9— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) December 9, 2018
I think I’ve watched this Bradley Sowell TD catch 100 times. #Bears pic.twitter.com/31zJ8c5OMR— Marcus Leshock (@marcusleshock) December 10, 2018
We’re in this together. 🐻⬇️#DaBears pic.twitter.com/05Lq0zjeLr— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) December 10, 2018
Chet on the Radio
guesting with two great pros, two great pals, @BruceWolfChi and @AmyJacobson Wednesday at 8:35 on WIND Radio.... gonna pump my book, talk the Bears and let Wolfer and Amy bust my chops... pic.twitter.com/S4PkOkOxHI— Chet Coppock (@ChetCoppock) December 10, 2018
On a New Level
Trump’s willingness to constantly repeat false claims has posed a unique challenge to fact-checkers. Most politicians quickly drop a Four-Pinocchio claim, either out of a duty to be accurate or concern that spreading false information could be politically damaging.
Not Trump. The president keeps going long after the facts are clear, in what appears to be a deliberate effort to replace the truth with his own, far more favorable, version of it. He is not merely making gaffes or misstating things, he is purposely injecting false information into the national conversation.
To accurately reflect this phenomenon, The Washington Post Fact Checker is introducing a new category — the Bottomless Pinocchio. That dubious distinction will be awarded to politicians who repeat a false claim so many times that they are, in effect, engaging in campaigns of disinformation.
Sunday, December 09, 2018
Big Lee Smith
Oh, congrats to Harold Baines too. Great White Sox player.