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, February 16, 2018
It's not a hoax. It's not a witch hunt.
Yowza. This shit just got real.
The next time someone says "hoax" or "witch hunt" you will know you're dealing with someone completely divorced from reality.
Another Affair, Another Coverup
This is the backstory of the Playboy model who sold her story about a nine-month affair with Trump to the National Enquirer. The Enquirer is owned by Trump's friend. And the allegation here is that he (and a lawyer affiliated with Trump) bought the story to silence her. Same hotel in Beverly Hills as Stormy Daniels used.
By the way, did you hear that Stormy has a DNA sample on the dress she wore the night she spent with Trump? My parody muscles are starting to twitch. Mitch Ryder, take it away...
Porn star with a gold dress, gold dress, gold dress, Porn star with a Gold dress on.
Tambor Dropped from "Transparent"
It says something about the strength of the show that they can overcome the departure of the star. Lots of great characters in this show, including the part played by Amy Landecker.
FCC Investigates Chairman
The top internal watchdog for the F.C.C. opened an investigation into whether Chairman Pai had pushed for and timed the deal to benefit Sinclair.
The answer is yes, of course. The question is, can they prove it?
When Trump said "Drain the swamp" did you take that to mean get rid of people watching out for you and give everything to the rich whenever and wherever they want it? If so, you are getting exactly what he promised.
Rizzo at Florida Memorial
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Minutia Men, Episode 84
EP84: Rick and Dave discuss comfort animals, Valentine’s day minutia, band name mishaps, and Rick’s brush with Warren Zevon.
Click here to listen
Steve Kerr Speaks Sense
The Warriors' Steve Kerr with a strong statement on gun reform after the latest tragedy in Florida— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 15, 2018
'It doesn't seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death, day after day in schools...'
(via @ChrisBHaynes + @espn) pic.twitter.com/5VThLuCt4d
My old boss Dave Logan speaks sense too...
@ABC @NBCNews @CBSNews @CNN @MSNBC This would be a good day to juxtapose these items on your screens instead of another loop of kids running from the shooter. pic.twitter.com/6JN6AF951t— Dave Logan (@theloganshow) February 15, 2018
Rizzo's Alma Mater
He was clearly shaken up by the news.
Parkland and Coral Springs please stay strong! This is out of control and and our country is in desperate need for change. I hope In this darkest of times back home this brings everyone together and we can find love. You’re all in my prayers 🙏🏻🙏🏻— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) February 14, 2018
It's a new radio world
You know what we used to call the environment described above? Tuesday. Seriously. I wrote a whole chapter in the Radio Producer's Handbook about how to deal with it. It was once the norm.
Not that that's right. It's just the way it was.
My ever-enterprising business partner David Stern has acquired the URL "Tart of the Deal" just in case she wants to write a book. I was pushing for "Make America Felate Again", but I think Dave's title is better.
Working on a parody of the song "Stormy Weather". Just in it's infancy...
Don't know why,
One hundred thirty grand can't buy,
There are days when I miss being on the radio. It reminds me a little of the Clinton days. That was comedy nirvana for me. (Even though I voted for the guy)
Although, I must say, the Trumpsters are a humorless bunch. You should read the replies on my facebook page when Dave and I were joking about this yesterday. If we have come to a point when we can't joke about an affair between the president and a pornstar, you have to question the future of comedy in general.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
White Sox on WGN
Just announced: WGN Radio is the new radio home of the @whitesox! https://t.co/XAKUyCcKOp pic.twitter.com/2oBuZnb5fs— WGN Radio News (@WGNRadioNews) February 14, 2018
Available for pre-order beginning today! "Cameo" by Beth Jacobellis. The latest book from Eckhartz Press.
The future looms mysteriously in front of Samantha Ricks, who at the young age of twenty-three, finds herself at a crossroads. Through resilient friendship, tremendous loss and a true love that transcends the hands of time, Samantha’s destiny unfolds while a simple piece of jewelry becomes the unexpected link between the present and the past.
You can pre-order it here.
Chicago Architecture Tour
Congrats to the Chicago Architecture River Cruise on Chicago's First Lady being named the #2 Most Popular Attraction in the World by TripAdvisor. pic.twitter.com/wWVcsdoiMA— Barry Butler (@barrybutler9) February 13, 2018
My old Loop pal Pugs Moran had a great retort about that on Twitter last night...
Nothing to see here. This is all very normal. Attorneys pay settlements out of their own pockets all the time. This is why everyone loves lawyers. Cuz they do stuff like this.— Snark Twain (@pugsandco) February 14, 2018
Cumulus Media Chicago just launched a clever marketing campaign to salute market legend Steve Dahl's 40 incredible years in radio. Dahl, who currently does afternoon drive on News-Talk WLS-AM, is featured on this awesome billboard in a vintage photo with John "Bluto" Belushi, and any self-respecting Animal House fan will immediately recognize that immortal tagline... part of that classic sequence when Bluto rants, "Over? Did you say 'over?' Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!" Otter: "Germans?" Boon: "Forget it, he's rolling." Bluto: "And it ain't over now."
Congratulations to Steve for that incredible accomplishment.
Robert Feder also mentioned it in his column today. Here's what he wrote...
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
The Sweetest Words
Today's the day for the Cubs!
And this year I can barely contain my excitement...again.
THE SWEETEST WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
By Bill Holub
“Pitchers and catchers report”.
These are indeed the sweetest words in the English language. Friends have been hearing me recite this every year at this time. I once had an old poker playing friend who used to say the sweetest words have always been “I’ll play these”. This is the same friend who couldn’t win even when dealt a pat hand. That however is a story for another time and place, where an explanation of the relationship between the quantity of beer consumed, what the cards in your hand really look like and the amount of money you bet can be fully explored. It’s really something scientists should be looking at.
In the meantime, I apologize to all those who came here looking for a sentimental dialogue on romance. I’m sorry to say it but the sweetest words in the English language are not “I love you”. Now that I think of it, this may instead be a sentimental dialogue on romance and baseball.
It’s funny how the two always converge around Valentine’s Day. Spring fever is referred to as that time of year when things start to bloom as the weather changes and love is in the air. It is no coincidence that this is the same time the baseball season opens and brings hope to all of us diehard baseball romantics.
My love affair with baseball was re-ignited in 1987-88. There was only one place to catch baseball highlights from all over the major leagues back then. Once a week you could tune in to “This Week In Baseball” with good ol’ Mel Allen. During those two seasons I was hooked into witnessing two West Coast baseball Gods embodied in the forms of a young Mark Mcgwire and Jose Canseco. This is before anyone had ever heard of andro, anabolics and the other chemical cocktails that have since cast a pall over these two. Back then, I was treated week in and week out to mammoth sized home runs flying out of every ballpark in the country. The fact that these home runs were being hit by players wearing what my brother and I had always considered the coolest looking baseball uniforms in the world (the Oakland A’s green and gold) had me embracing the game I grew up on all over again.
By 1989 I was so hooked on this game I even started collecting baseball cards again, although as much as an investor as a fanboy. I also started another nasty habit that impacts my life to this day. That is when I started a fantasy baseball league with a bunch of guys at work. 1989 also happened to be a division winning season for my beloved Cubs, so I was in baseball heaven and haven’t looked back since.
THE NATIONAL PASTIME
I think we can honestly say that baseball is no longer the national pastime in this country. It has been supplanted by football. I can accept that. Although I would insist the true national pastime is gambling, which is the driving force that makes football the number one spectator sport in America. I suppose I could go off on a George Carlin type of rant here on the differences between football and baseball, but that’s not why I’m writing this piece.
I just want to point out there is one major difference between the two and that is commitment. I’m talking about the commitment between baseball fans and football fans. Football is a four month season requiring your undivided attention one day a week, or two if you’re both a college and pro fan. Baseball is a six month season requiring your undivided attention throughout with your favorite team(s) playing as many as five or more games a week.
Baseball is a commitment. I believe it carries as much of a commitment as love. They both require dedication and attention. They can both go awry despite the best laid plans. An early swan dive in the standings in May that ends a team’s season before it even had a chance can be just as painful as not having your phone calls returned after the second or third date. Meanwhile an October champagne shower celebrating a pennant or World Series championship is as sweet and memorable as a ‘yes’ to a question posed on one knee.
BASEBALL AND THE CINEMA
Once that warm baseball is back feeling starts sinking in every year, I like to get fully immersed by throwing myself into my favorite baseball movies before the games actually begin. This is my form of spring training.
You’ve got your “Bull Durham”, “Field Of Dreams”, “Major League” (only the first one, please), but there is one movie that hits me in the right spot. “City Slickers” is not a real baseball movie per se, but there’s one scene that remains among my all-time favorites. It’s where the three friends (Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern and Bruno Kirby) are on the cattle drive and passing the time by discussing their favorite baseball memories. Billy Crystal remembers the first time his father took him to Yankee Stadium as a kid and how he had never seen grass that green before. Mickey Mantle even hit a home run that day. Daniel Stern recalls how growing up he and his father never saw eye to eye, but they could always talk about baseball with each other. “We always had baseball” he says.
As for me, one of my earliest baseball memories was getting to take the day off of school with my brother because my Dad got opening day tickets to Wrigley Field. I still remember wearing our warmest winter coats and knit hats, waiting to sit down while the Andy Frain usher brushed the snow off our seats. They don’t make Aprils in Chicago like that any more.
THE SWEETEST SOUND
There is a sound that accompanies the words “pitchers and catchers report”. It is the sound of a ball popping into a mitt. The sound of a simple game of catch. It is more than the crack of a bat sound. The sound of a mitt popping brings the memories and feelings of a lifetime of baseball flooding your senses all at once. It happens every time, whether it’s major leaguers or just a game of catch with your dad or your kid. The week pitchers and catchers report there are no cracking bats, only popping mitts. The sweetest sound in the world. “Pitchers and catchers report”. The sweetest words in the English language.
How different will WGN be after Sinclair purchase?
Buckle up, fellas and gals. They may be saying there will be no changes, but if that's true, it will be the first time ever for Sinclair.
Meet our latest author
My favorite part of being a publisher is the day we meet with the authors to give them the very first copy of their books. Yesterday we met with our latest author Beth Jacobellis who is holding the first copy of her upcoming Eckhartz Press book "Cameo".
It will be available for pre-order beginning tomorrow. Congrats to Beth!
Another war against PBS/NPR
Not the way to start spring training
This probably wasn't the headline the Cubs wanted to see on the day that pitchers and catchers report: Iowa Cubs pitcher arrested after accidental shooting kills a coach
Monday, February 12, 2018
I guess the Cubs really did sign Darvish
Best Pope Ever
A girl with Down syndrome, got up during a regular papal service & went toward @Pontifex— TradCatFem🌹🙏🌹 (@TradCatFem) February 11, 2018
Security men quickly moved in 2 take her back to her mom. The Pope stopped them & said to her "come sit next to me.” She then sat down near him and he continued his homily, holding her hands pic.twitter.com/2QziweDRPX
Chicago Writer's Association Conference
And, watch for an email with a special opportunity from best-selling author David Fisher who has generously agreed to mentor an attendee and get a manuscript in front of an agent. Really!
At the Saturday evening dinner you'll have a chance to network with fellow writers, conference presenters and CWA board members, and we will hear from Fred Mitchell, award-winning sportswriter (the first African-American sportswriter hired by the Chicago Tribune), author of 11 books, journalist and Hall of Famer, who will talk about his 41-year writing career and the people he has met along the way. (Please note that the dinner is an additional fee.)
As a member of the Chicago Writer's Association board, I will be there too. Looking forward to it!
Russian Bots & Fake News
According to Snopes, the Russian bots were largely responsible for pushing the Release the Memo hashtag, and are currently pushing anti-FBI and anti-Adam Schiff memes.
That's right, they are doing it RIGHT NOW. The Russians are still messing with our democracy.
Now Devin Nunes is creating his own "alternative news" site. He's already proven what kind of "news" he believes is true. Just wait and see how many Russian bots share those stories.
This is not a "both sides do it" phenomenon. Only one side is doing it, and they are doing it with the help of the Russians.
Yet the President still doesn't believe (or won't admit) the Russians intervened in 2016. He also claims anyone in the media that doesn't support him (which is most media--because he is a terrible president) is Fake News. And he's pushing that with the help of the Russians. RIGHT NOW.
If you believe the polls, 40% of the country is now on the same side of the Russians.
I'm sure Ronald Reagan would be very proud.
Will FCC Fine NBC?
Glad to see you’ve finally ridden off into the sunset, Sammy. #VayaConDios pic.twitter.com/sxvS9EhOtu— Dave Wischnowsky (@wischlist) February 11, 2018