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, May 11, 2018
A Quiet Place
Ivy Noor Fowler— Aliya Fowler (@aliyafowler) May 10, 2018
We’ve picked a name!
We can’t wait to meet her in July! pic.twitter.com/w3fnHrjqV3
Trump May Have Just Started a War
Since 2012, the Israelis have allegedly launched more than 100 strikes on supposedly Iran-linked positions in Syria. It’s necessary, they argue, to keep Iran away from their borders and stop the flow of weapons to Hezbollah, Iran's Lebanese ally.
But the existence of the accord seemed to help stave off the worst. Iran threatened retaliation last month after an Israeli strike killed seven Iranian soldiers, but it had never directly struck back against Israel — at least not until after Trump’s announcement.
Now, without the involvement of the United States, said Ian Bremmer, the founder and president of the Eurasia Group, a political consultancy, “it is more likely that we see military strikes.”
Bremmer told Vanity Fair that “the Iranians have not responded, and I am sure a part of the reason for that is that they don’t want to give the Americans any reason to leave the deal. Now that they have done so, I assume that the gloves are off for the Iranians, and it makes mutual military escalation between the Israelis and the Iranians much more likely.”
And it gets worse...
A flare-up between Iran and Israel also isn’t the only — or even the biggest — threat. Last weekend, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that his country might restart suspended elements of its nuclear program in the face of new American sanctions. “We have put a number of options for ourselves, and those options are ready including options that would involve resuming at a much greater speed our nuclear activities,” Zarif told Margaret Brennan on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
And we did this for what reason again? Because Iran would get to pursue nuclear weapons ten years from now? Oh, OK. This is much better.
New WBEZ lineup
Here is the full schedule of the new lineup.
Net Neutrality Officially Ends June 11
And check this out. Have you heard that AT&T gave Michael Cohen a huge pile of money to "lobby" Donald Trump? The guy who made that ridiculous decision for AT&T is the same guy who led the charge against Net Neutrality. Read all about that here.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Little Tommy Kaempfer
Minutia Men, Episode 93
Listen to it here.
Saw this item about Weezie this morning in Tom Taylor's NOW column. Congrats to her!
Entercom COO Weezie Kramer to receive the Conclave’s 2018 “Rockwell Award,” presented for “lifetime achievement.” Weezie went to the University of Kentucky and started working with the local Village Communications radio operation there. Soon she was in Chicago, as GSM of then-WFYR, and later a GM for CBS. She crossed to Entercom in 2000, became President of the Station Group in 2013, and CEO in 2014. Other recent Rockwell winners from the not-for-profit Conclave include Hubbard Radio’s Ginny Morris, NRG’s Mary Quass, Midwest’s Duke Wright, and (last year) AccuRadio’s John Gehron. The Rockwell Award’s named for radio pro and Conclave supporter Mike Rockwell. This year’s Summer Learning Conference is July 18-20 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis-Park Place. More about attending Conclave 43 here.
“Sonic brings a passion for music and drive to succeed to 104.3 Jams,” said Jimmy de Castro, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Chicago. “We’re looking forward to having him take the helm of Chicago’s new afternoon drive show.”
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Are you a fellow 'radio nomad'? Get some great pointers on What advice do you have for someone getting to know a brand new market from @B96Chicago morning star DreX! https://t.co/ZfvdNAZnxH @martindave pic.twitter.com/e6A8McaNPx— kippermcgee (@kippermcgee) May 9, 2018
This is why I can't stop sneezing
Pollen Bomb! Eric Henderson wondered what would happen if he tapped a pollen-laden tree with his backhoe in Millville, NJ. His wife Jennifer grabbed the video. Makes you want to sneeze!#AllergySeason pic.twitter.com/L2cURSNmXf— Mike Seidel (@mikeseidel) May 8, 2018
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
Money to Democrats
Trump himself has given more than 4 times as much to Democrats (including Hillary Clinton) since 2000: $330,000
Not a witch hunt. Not partisan. Not tainted. Let the professionals do their job.
Another Creep Revealed
Schneiderman did the right thing by immediately resigning.
One person who is probably exhaling in relief is our president. Schneiderman was actively investigating him on multiple fronts.
Listen to it here.
Monday, May 07, 2018
Did John Oliver Quit?
uploading this here so you guys actually understand how insane this whole thing in hawai'i is pic.twitter.com/RmZY4cJdSo— nahloo | nalu (@OGNahloo) May 5, 2018
Worst Cubs-Cards series ever
On the other hand, maybe we can start selling our crying Cub shirts again at Just One Bad Century.
Note for my fellow Chicagoans
Buckingham Fountain is on for the season! @LITEFMChicago @Bryesha_Adams @MCaplanWeather pic.twitter.com/UspKUpizZz— Bart Shore (@BartShore) May 7, 2018