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 18, 2018
Randy Richardson Book Signing
Cubsessions Book Signing at the Billy Goat Tavern (430 N Michigan Ave). 4-6pm today (Friday).
Come one, come all! Get your copy of the hottest book around.
America's Most Haunted
On an inspirational episode of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — scintillating paranormal talk Thursdays 9-11pE with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — we delve into reincarnation and timeless love with author Beth Jacobellis, whose new novel Cameo is based on true events. We talked with Beth at 10pE.
The future looms mysteriously in front of Samantha Ricks, who at the young age of twenty-three, finds herself at a crossroads. Driven by boredom and an innocent pursuit of divine intervention, Samantha makes an impromptu visit to Ingrid Eloise Cook, the infamous Chicago psychic. The moment Samantha walks through Ingrid’s door marks the beginning of her tumultuous journey, tainted with Ingrid’s quiet foreboding that nothing that lies ahead of her will be what it seems.
As Samantha starts to see Ingrid’s predictions coming true, she finds herself thrust into the fast-paced, lucrative and unhinged world of Chicagoland Radio. 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.
Cameo at Eckhartz Press.
Beth Jacobellis’ dream was to write something that changed the way people viewed things, offering an explanation of why beautiful and horrible things happen to us along the way. Hence, Cameo was born. Beth is a graduate of the University of Kansas Journalism School and is currently an account executive at WGN Radio in Chicago. She is a native of Chicago and lives with her two children just outside the city.
The Chicago radio industry is a central part of the storyline and is where Beth has spent most of her career for the better part of 20 years. There was a major event that happened within that community in 1994 that altered the lives of many people she knows. It was a horrible tragedy that inspired her to write a story about the cycle of life as opposed to the finality of it. She wanted to challenge everyone’s entire belief system, providing an explanation that gives comfort in knowing that just because someone is gone from your life, does not mean their soul is.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Minutia Men, Episode 94
EP94 – Rick and Dave do a medical symptoms quiz, discuss a justifiable arson, the toughest teacher ever, a poetic Cub, and Rick’s brush with Hall of Famer Jim Palmer.
Listen to it here.
Words of Wisdom from...Rex Tillerson?
“If our leaders seek to conceal the truth or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom."
Amen. Mr. Tillerson speaks the truth.
Murphy in the Morning
"The returning characters, who anchored newsmagazine FYI in the original, now have a morning cable news show called Murphy in the Morning."
I smell lawsuit. Whaddya say Robert Murphy, longtime host of Murphy in the Morning?
Senate Votes to Restore Net Neutrality
Variety has the details.
The odds are still against it. The Republican house is framing this as a regulation (which it isn't. It's the opposite. It's a keep-your-greedy-mitts-away-from-our-internet move), so most of their members will vote no. The president doesn't understand it. He'll do whatever Fox News tells him to do.
But still...this was a good first symbolic step. The Democrats will be running on this in the fall.
As the Redstone Turns
Last week, CBS CEO Les Moonves was suing to stop Shari Redstone from trying to recombine CBS & Viacom. Today Redstone struck back. From the Hollywood Reporter...
Shari Redstone has made her next move in the legal showdown that puts the fate of the CBS and Viacom merger in uncharted territory.
The Redstone-controlled company National Amusements issued a statement Wednesday saying it "has delivered written consents to CBS to amend CBS’ Amended and Restated Bylaws, effective immediately, to safeguard against unlawful action by CBS and its special committee in derogation of their fiduciary obligations to shareholders."
"The amendment principally requires that certain board actions with respect to dividends and amendments of CBS’ bylaws be approved by a supermajority of the CBS Board of Directors and be subject to certain procedural requirements," the NAI statement continued.
In plain English, Redstone is attempting to block a plan by CBS to issue new voting shares to its investors in order to dilute the 80 percent voting control that she (and father Sumner Redstone) enjoy via their ownership of National Amusements, which owns a slew of special shares of both Viacom and CBS.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Interview Like An Expert
Lynee Alves is the owner/proprietor of an exciting new business. After many years working in the media as an executive, Lynee noticed there was a distinct lack of preparedness in the interview process...on both sides.
Lynee has personally conducted over a thousand interviews herself, and has written a comprehensive guide for how to conduct an interview, but she's also now conducting workshops and bootcamps to help. Have you ever lost a great candidate for a role with your company? Are you confident that your interview process is well defined and supports accurate assessments of candidates?
I have been through so many terrible interviews (as the interviewee), I immediately saw the brilliance in this idea. She knows her stuff and can really help.
If you want to find out more, here is her website.
Tell her Rick sent you.*
*Full disclosure, Lynee is my friend, but that should just further cement how sharp she is. :)
Book Signing Weekend
Donald Trump's America
This one is in California...an unprovoked anti-Muslim rant. "What is this Halloween?" to a Muslim wearing a hijab.
This one is in New York...an unprovoked anti-Spanish rant. "I pay for their welfare" to people speaking Spanish.
Both of them from this week. Both of them perfectly normal looking white guys who should be wearing white hoods.
Not Even in the Top Ten?
Who is drinking the most? The drunkest cities in America. https://t.co/bg10ZRqmeF pic.twitter.com/oVN9nJVHrs— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 15, 2018
Tom Lounges Record Bin
Now he's putting his gently "pre-loved" vinyl records, as well as CDs and cassettes, up for sale at the Tom Lounges' Record Bin in downtown Hobart. The new record store, which opened Friday at 218 Main St., doubles as a mini museum with posters and other music memorabilia and a live 24/7 online radio station, Lounges DJs, at regionradio.live.
For Lounges, it's a return to where he started his long, distinguished career — at shops like Hegewisch Records and Woodmar Records. He went on to write for national magazines, author liner notes for a dozen Sony Records albums, pen a weekly column for The Times, host radio shows at Lakeshore Public Radio and other stations, publish the Midwest Beat Magazine for more than two decades, run the Tom Lounges Entertainment booking firm, and lecture at many colleges throughout the Chicago area.
Tom has interviewed several Eckhartz Press authors over the years including John Records Landecker, Bobby Skafish, and Mitch Michaels. I wish him the best in this new venture.
Twitter is taking on trolls
To catch trolls in the act, Twitter is now using algorithms that detect suspicious behavior regardless of the content of the actual tweets. This includes users who open up accounts without verifying their email address, users who open up multiple accounts at the same time, and users who repeatedly tweet at someone who doesn’t follow them. “We’re also looking at how accounts are connected to those that violate our rules and how they interact with each other,” the company said.
It's a bit late, but I'm glad they are finally doing this. Twitter was in danger of becoming so toxic that people were going to leave in droves.
Facebook has disabled 1.3 million fake accounts
I was happy to see I haven't lost any Facebook friends, which means none of my pals were bots. I figured out the bot thing years ago. Whenever a super-hot twenty-something girl wants to be my Facebook friend, I say no. There are literally zero super-hot twenty-something girls who legitimately want to be my friend. At least I have the self awareness to realize that.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
When you gotta go, you gotta go.... 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/xWeNUPPTNZ— Marcus Leshock (@marcusleshock) May 14, 2018
One last chance to save Net Neutrality
All 49 members of the Democratic caucus are in favor of the resolution, along with Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). If it passes, the resolution still faces a tough vote in the House, as well as the signature of President Donald Trump.
RIP Tom Woolfe
Tom Wolfe, author and satirist of American culture, dies at 88 https://t.co/dI6G75j0tr pic.twitter.com/NaggkTyGWN— TIME (@TIME) May 15, 2018
Free Kicks, Episode 2
Listen to it here.
Chicago Radio Ratings
Chicago’s diverging baseball stories are revealed by the flagships of the Cubs and the White Sox. It’s easy to see who’s got the Cubs – Entercom’s sports “Score” WSCR (2.5-2.3-3.2, and now third at night). But there’s not much happening at Tribune’s talk/White Sox baseball WGN (3.1-2.2-2.0). WGN is 22nd overall, and 23rd at night. While Cumulus talker WLS (2.0-2.0-1.8) is the station that just shed the White Sox contract due to costs. At 2.2-2.5-3.0, Chris Huff says this is a PPM-record for Chicago Public Media’s not-for-profit news/talk WBEZ. It’s now eleventh in mornings. iHeart does country on “Big” WEBG (1.7-1.5-1.8). The Windy City’s cume leader is a station we haven’t mentioned yet, iHeart CHR “Kiss 103.5” WKSC. Its weekly cume reaches 1,891,600, but it’s tied for tenth with AQH share (3.0-3.1-3.3) – suggesting lots of potential. It’s unclear what’s happening with 97.9, the former classic rock “Loop” WLUP. K-Love parent Educational Media Foundation LMAs it from Merlin Media, but it doesn’t appear in this book. Suburban sister WJKL, also doing not-for-profit contemporary Christian, has a 1.3 share.
As the Redstone Turns
Another All-Chicago Radio Ad
Monday, May 14, 2018
Johnny B Nominated for Radio Hall of Fame
Right now, Johnny is only nominated. He is up for induction in the same category as Bob Rivers from Seattle, Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison from Philly, and Jim Harper and the Breakfast Club from Detroit.
I have a good feeling about Johnny's chances. He most certainly deserves to be in there.
Another EAS Test Gone Bad
Best Mothers Day Present Ever
Tommy got his degree in cinema and television arts. He is available if anyone is looking for a video editor. That's his specialty, and he's really good at it.
Super proud of the young lad.
Everything Trump does is modeled on the mob. He's using a legitimate front business, in this case, the White House to enrich the family. #TheDon #Cohen pic.twitter.com/U3SyJuWpir— Bill Maher (@billmaher) May 12, 2018