Friday, August 17, 2018

Flip the Script

Amy Landecker is great in this social satire...

Where we are today as a country

Yesterday over 300 newspapers from every side of the ideological spectrum printed editorials ripping the president for his perpetual war against the press.

The Senate passed a resolution with unanimous consent (100-0) declaring "the press is not the enemy of the people."

The president called this co-ordinated reproachment: "Fake news"

And you're wondering why the world is making fun of us?

More Carpool Karioke with Paul

The first episode of this made me cry, and I still can't totally explain why. Now it's going to be an hour-long prime-time special. From this morning's RAMP Newsletter...

Late Late Show host James Corden recently gave us the longest and most beloved Carpool Karaoke episode yet when he and Sir Paul McCartney returned to McCartney's hometown of Liverpool, drove around town, sang some of the biggest Beatles hits, visited his childhood home, and ended with McCartney playing a surprise gig at a local pub. That emotional 23-minute segment garnered almost 130 million views across Facebook and YouTube, according to CBS. You had to know there was other footage that had to be edited out for time constraints. Not anymore. That never-before-seen footage has been added back in to create a one-hour primetime special: Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool, which will air on Monday, August 20 at 8pm ET/PT.

Everybody Loves Rizzo

Thursday, August 16, 2018

RIP Aretha

Sad news. Aretha Franklin has passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.

Ironically, she passed just a few weeks after her movie-husband Matt Guitar Murphy (Blues Brothers)...

Chet on WLS

Tune in to John Howell and Ray Stevens tomorrow (Friday) as they welcome Eckhartz Press author Chester W Coppock. Chet will be discussing his new book 'Your Dime, My Dance Floor" between 6:30--7am on WLS (AM 890).

Cameo Signing

Eckhartz Press author Beth Jacobellis posted this on her facebook page last night...

On 8.22, there will be a book signing for Cameo at Elemental Float and Cryotherapy in Park Ridge from 7 to 9pm. Learn why Elemental Float & Cryotherapy can naturally help you achieve the ultimate in relief and healing for your mind, body and spirit while checking out a book that can open your mind to a whole new world (we can only hope ;)) Please, come by! (Free tarot card readings!)

Attention Poets

You could be a poet, and you don't know it. This is our latest Chicago Writer's Association workshop...


Took the boys to see ELO last night at the All-State Arena. What a show!

Towards the end Johnny said, "I hope they do 'Don't Bring Me Down', 'Turn to Stone' and 'Mr. Blue Sky'". They proceeded to do them all back-to-back-to-back.

This one will always be my favorite...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Paul's New Song

This guy can roll out of bed and write a catchy song, and this song is no exception...but the chorus and the Edgiest 76-year-old on the planet.

Media Fights Back at Trump

Last week it was only 100 newspapers, but this movement is growing. From Robert Feder's column this morning...

More than 200 newspapers across the country — including the Daily Herald — have signed on to publish editorials Thursday condemning President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media. The concerted effort, organized by the editorial staff of the Boston Globe, is being supported by the American Society of News Editors. ‘‘We are not the enemy of the people,’’ said Globe deputy managing editor Marjorie Pritchard, who proposed the coordinated editorial response. “Our words will differ. But at least we can agree that such attacks are alarming.”

Richard Reeder

Next Thursday night in Skokie...

John Prine

Always liked John Prine...

Safe Inside on the radio

Tune in to WGN radio this weekend to hear Eckhartz Press author Lee Kingsmill. He'll be a guest on Rick Kogan's show on Sunday night from 9:40--10:20.

Lee is the author of the beautiful memoir "Safe Inside"

Radio Personality Study

Interesting survey of radio personalities conducted by Fred Jacobs for Don Anthony's Morning Show Boot Camp. I can't remember a study of this kind before. Here are a few of the results...

Where's the farm team? More than four in ten (43%) survey respondents perform on their station's morning show, while only 14% work nights, overnights, and weekends. Yet, nearly three-fourths (74%) of the AQ sample got their start in radio on these rapidly disappearing airshifts.

Let's do an air-check. Overall four in ten (40%) of the air talent surveyed in AQ say their work is never critiqued by station management. And nearly one-fifth (19%) say they are only air-checked a couple times a year.

Venus & Mars. While nearly seven in ten (69%) male air talent agree that "women have as good a chance as men to advance" on the air, less than one-fourth (24%) of female respondents agree.

Getting social. The #1 skill mandatory for air talent? Social media prowess, mentioned by nearly two-thirds (65%) of AQ respondents, is at the top of the list. Yet, only about one-third (35%) of these same participants rate their social media ability "excellent."

Why radio? When asked why they opted for a career on the air in radio, the top three reasons are that "it's fun" (80%), "to entertain" (73%), and because it's "emotionally fulfilling" (57%). The least important reason? "Sex and relationships," mentioned by only 1% as a main motivator for being on the radio.

Show me the money. Six in ten (60%) say that financially, they're making it, they're comfortable, or they're set for life. Conversely, four in ten (40%) report they're struggling or in debt. Those having the hardest time are women, Millennials, and those who work in smaller markets.

In the eye of the beholder. One in ten (11%) strongly agrees with the statement, "I have a face for radio." Men are twice as likely to strongly concur with that dubious claim.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Nick Lowe

And that just happens to be a great song. Watch it below...

Joni Mitchell

Great article in tne New Yorker about one of the hippie-era's great musical artists, Joni Mitchell.

Met her once a long time ago. Very nice lady.

Board Meeting

Free Kicks, Episode 12

EP12: Adam and Rick preview the Premier League season and recap the first weekend of games.

Listen to it here.

Penn on the Trump Tape

Penn Gillette, who I've met many times over the years, is one of the most brutally honest people I've ever met. He is interviewed in the current Vulture (a subsidiary of New York Magazine). I thought this part might interest you.

Does Mark Burnett have tapes of President TrumpOmarosa Manigault Newman has backed the claim that there is a tape of Trump using the N-word on Celebrity Apprentice. Not to be confused with the Access Hollywood tape, the alleged pee tape, the tapes Omarosa made in the White House, or the tapes Michael Cohen made of Trump. saying damaging things during Celebrity Apprentice?
Yeah, I was in the room.

You’ve heard him say …
Oh, yeah.

Can you tell me what you’ve heard him say?
No. If Donald Trump had not become president, I would tell you all the stories. But the stakes are now high and I am an unreliable narrator. What I do, as much as anything, is I’m a storyteller. And storytellers are liars. So I can emotionally tell you things that happened racially, sexually, and that showed stupidity and lack of compassion when I was in the room with Donald Trump and I guarantee you that I will get details wrong. I would not feel comfortable talking about what I felt I saw in that room — because when I was on that show I was sleeping four to five hours a night. I was uncomfortable. “Stress” is the wrong word, but I was not at my best. Then at the end of a day, they put you in a room and they bring out a guy [Trump] who has no power whatsoever and he’s capricious and petty and …

You’ve got to pretend to care what he thinks.
Yeah! It’s your job. You sit at this table and this man rambles — pontificates is giving him too much credit. And because you live in the modern world you’ve heard Trump ramble. But you’ve heard Trump ramble when he thinks he’s being careful. Imagine when he feels he can be frank. And I will tell you things, but I will very conscientiously not give you quotations because I believe that would be morally wrong. I’m not trying to protect myself. This really is a moral thing.

You can read the whole article here.

Public Urinals

This was a trend already last summer when I was in Europe. In Amsterdam, for instance, they have installed urinals in the middle of public places. These are urinals with no stalls...out in the open...sometimes in a tourist destination.

I remember thinking..."Who would use one of those?" (And I really had to pee at the time, too)

The same is now happening in Paris. Click on this link to read the Guardian article about it. There's a picture along the Seine River that shows you just how ridiculous this looks. The French people (that's right, the FRENCH people) think it's a little too immodest.

I'm with the French people.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Tom Skilling Meets Tommy Skillethead

This is incredible for Steve & Garry fans. Steve based a character voice he did on Tom Skilling and made fun of him for years. Recently, the two of them got in the same room to talk about it...

Ride *This* Wave

Is it Fake News if *All* Newspapers Do it?

The Boston Globe is leading the charge. In an effort to fight back against President Trump's calling the press the "enemy of the people" and "fake news", newspapers all across the country (more than 100 already) are organizing a push-back against the president. On August 16th, they will ALL publish op-eds critical of this dangerous stance by the president.

I know it sounds wimpy and ineffective when you are dealing with the "I know you are but what am I" president, but a show of newspaper force will at least let the public know that the press is everywhere--including in your community--and we are not the enemy.

Reward for Grand Slam

Still buzzing from that Cubs win last night. Unbelievable. What did David Bote get for a reward? How about a meet and greet with Bill Murray...

Geoff Emerick

On the left, Beatles recording engineer Geoff Emerick (Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, Abbey Road). Next to him, two guys who are not worthy—me and my buddy Mike Medina. Heard some incredible stories.

He talked about Ringo's squeaky drum chair in "A Day in a Life", about the way he mic-ed up the drums in "Tomorrow Never Knows", and how John doesn't actually sing "Shoot Me" in the beginning of "Come Together". A musical noise (probably a cymbal) makes the "t" sound appear. He's actually saying "Shoo".

For the Beatles nerd, and Mike and I both clearly qualify, this was heaven.

Family Weekend

My brother and his boys (in town for a rare visit), my mom, and me and my boys. Good family weekend. Took this whole crew out on the golf course.

ANOTHER Great finish

I jumped into the air...