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, April 20, 2018
Taking a few days off
Pray for me. I've got a window seat on Southwest Airlines.
I was already a white-knuckle passenger. Adding one more thing to worry about on an airplane shouldn't affect me too much.
Making America Great Again
Yes, this is a genuine official comment from the Kremlin: Putin did not tell Trump Russia has the most beautiful hookers in the world, says Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “President Putin could not say such things and did not say it to President Trump," Peskov said.— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) April 20, 2018
Thursday, April 19, 2018
I remember her as my classmate and fellow Heidelberg High School student. This is her picture from our 1980 yearbook...
Study of First Born Children
They found that first-born children performed better on psychometric intelligence tests, which corresponded to a higher level of intellect when compared to their later-born counterparts who took the same tests. Sulloway’s findings also noted that first-borns showed a higher level of conscientiousness. He hypothesized their increased level of conscientiousness was a result of first-born children often being delegated to act as surrogate parents to their younger siblings. This also instills a certain level of maturity and responsibility first-born children will carry with them well into adulthood.
Let me just say that in my family, this was definitely not true. Then again, my sister (one year younger) was treated more like the first born and she fits this description to a tee.
Brandwidth (second printing)
For this year's NAB, Kipper went back to the book, and updated his classic. The Second Printing of Brandwidth debuted at the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Vegas.
And now it's also available at Eckhartz Press. Pick up your copy today.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Good-looking 1968 throwbacks tonight for A's and White Sox. pic.twitter.com/VscpDdtaYS— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) April 18, 2018
A change at the FCC
RIP Barbara Bush
“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You *will* regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend, or a parent.” @CBSThisMorning pic.twitter.com/C9Sth8rhPh— Norah O'Donnell🇺🇸 (@NorahODonnell) April 16, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Brian Doyle-Murray said the menu is all about comfort food, the stuff he and his brothers and sisters grew up eating. “It’s not fine dining, but it’s gonna be consistently good,” he said. “You’ll go away happy and full. … I grew up eating everything. My eight brothers and sisters and I ate everything and anything my mom cooked. … [The restaurant’s] basically an extension of my living room.”
Cubsessions on the South Side
We Have Company
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Not sure what this song is about
The entire list is here.
Kendrick Lamar also won a Pulitzer for his music.
Congrats to all the winners.
Chicago Radio Ratings
Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Praise Radio
John Lodge and Justin Hayward from The Moody Blues also heaped praise on radio and spoke about some of the personalities that helped the band succeed. “I’d like to thank American radio for supporting us for five decades. And the belief in us has just been tremendous and has given us encouragement to keep going, and doing everything we love to do, and that’s make music. We’d like to thank also some of our friends at radio, Howard Stern. And the great Scott Muni (of WNEW and later, Q104.3) in New York. Hawyward said, “I would also just mention, like John and some of the radio personalities, Scott Muni and Howard, and Alison Steele (WNEW FM). She was a wonderful, wonderful DJ.”
The Cars also thanked radio when they were inducted. The Cars thanked WBCN in Boston and Maxanne for discovering and playing “Just What I needed” in heavy rotation, before they even had an album.
Monday, April 16, 2018
A Trade That Helped Everyone
Baseball bringing people together.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 15, 2018
A young Colorado fan caught a Nationals home run, and a young Washington fan caught a Rockies home run. So they swapped souvenirs. pic.twitter.com/MNWaW0Pciy
RIP R Lee Ermey
Good news, bad news
The shares were bought by Col. McCormick's family, the original owners of the Tribune. That's good news too. At least they appreciate the history.
But Ferro is walking away with a profit of more than $100 million...after inflicting untold damage.
That doesn't seem fair or right.
Comey on Trump
“I don’t think he’s medically unfit to be president. I think he’s morally unfit to be president. A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they’re pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it, that person’s not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds. And that’s not a policy statement… Our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country. The most important being truth. This president is not able to do that. He is morally unfit to be president.”
70 Years of Cubs Baseball on WGN-TV
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the first Chicago Cubs baseball broadcast on WGN-Channel 9. The Tribune Broadcasting station will celebrate by featuring classic Cubs memories and moments throughout tonight’s coverage of the Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals game, starting with the “Leadoff Man” pregame show at 5:30 p.m. “There is no relationship in TV sports we are aware of that compares to this partnership,” Bob Vorwald, executive producer and director of production at WGN, told the Tribune. “We broadcast more games over the air than all other teams combined.”
It's the 70th anniversary on WGN, but the Cubs were on TV two years earlier. Here's the description from Just One Bad Century...
You can watch it all right here.
It's one for the ages.
RIP Art Bell
The nationally syndicated UFO-believing radio host has passed away at the age of 72. Radio Ink has the details. His show aired locally in Chicago overnights on WLS for years.
A Rare Funny SNL
Robert Mueller (Robert De Niro) has a few questions for President Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller). #SNL pic.twitter.com/Qt395ORCAn— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) April 15, 2018