Saturday, September 08, 2018

Minutia Men, Episode 106

EP106: Rick and Dave discuss Dave’s cross-country trip with the kids, fake heart attacks for food, who will vomit first, electrified fences at school bus stops, Rick’s visit to the Cubs broadcast booth, and Rick’s brush with Dawn Wells (Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island)

You can listen to it here.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Burt Reynolds on Celebrity Jeopardy

Always cracked up at Norm MacDonald's Burt...

Q&A with Judge Michael Ian Bender ("Protecting Children: Bettering the World One Child at a Time")

Protecting Children: Bettering the World One Child at a Time
Safeguarding and advocating for children in divorce, separation and parenting disputes

Meet the Author
Q & A with Eckhartz Press Author Judge Michael Ian Bender (Ret.)

Question: Your book is chock full of legal information about protecting children in cases of divorce and separation. What is your personal experience in this area that inspired you to write this book?

Answer: In college, I focused on child psychology. I was fascinated with the development of the human mind from birth to adulthood. I entered Law School from which I graduated with honors and served on the Law Review Board. That presented me with the opportunity to serve as a Judicial Law Clerk in the Appellate Court, where I learned in detail the practice of many areas of law.

I then opened my own law practice and litigated almost every area of law, from civil rights, to personal injury, to criminal law. My passion, however, has always been helping children. I found my calling in family law, which is what I concentrated on for many years. I eventually joined a major family law firm. The greatest opportunity, however, always was representing children as a Guardian ad litem, Child’s Representative, or Attorney-for-the-Child.

Then in 2008, the State Supreme Court appointed me to serve as a Judge. My litigation experience was vast, and I was trusted with presiding over many different matters. I quickly, however, gravitated back to helping children. I was presented with the opportunity of my lifetime, serving as a Judge in the Domestic Relations Division.

As a Domestic Relations Judge, I was able to help over 40,000 children. My focus was always on ensuring that each child had the opportunity to grow into healthy, functional, independent adults. I learned so much, and developed so many skills. The most important was aiding children by minimizing trauma to them caused by divorce, custody, and other disputes in which their parents were involved.

I knew that I had to write it down so that others would be able to help now, and long after I leave this earth. There will always be children facing trauma when their parents are involved in conflict. There are so many ways to remove the trauma from their lives. These skill are important and can be used by parents, lawyers, and judges.

Question: If you had to generalize advice to parents--not knowing their individual situations -- what is the most helpful general advice that you would give?

Answer: Look at the world through your child’s eyes. It is easy to get lost in the conflict that you are facing, but your child did not ask to be born to you. That was a choice you made. Your child is entitled to a trauma free childhood.

Question: There is also a lot of great advice for attorneys in this book. What is the biggest or most common mistake made by divorce attorneys with regard to the children?

Answer: No matter who you represent, who the parents are, and how you know the parents, refuse to advocate a position that would harm a child. Judges are relying on you to help them get it right. Manipulation of the facts does not lead to justice, it causes injustice, which is inexcusable when a child’s life is involved.

Question: You're a judge, so it may be hard to answer this question, but judges also make mistakes. What advice do you have for your fellow judges?

Answer: Do not be afraid to interview a child. Children are the greatest source of accurate information. Even when they are not telling the truth, because they are afraid of hurting or betraying one of their parents, their body language will let you know the truth. Then you can do everything possible to protect him or her.

Question: One of the great things about this book is your in-depth look at how to deal with different age groups--from infants to toddlers to teenagers. There really isn't a "one-size-fits-all" approach to protecting children, is there?

Answer: That is very true. For example: infants obviously do not speak. As an attorney who represents very young children one is really looking for bruising, repeated injury, and comfort with the parent. Another example are young children who are mobile. They will waddle over to a parent for comfort unless there is an issue with that relationship. As children age, they become better communicators. This can clue you in to a great deal of information. With teens, it is vital that they know their thoughts and feelings matter; that they matter. That is how they learn to stand up for themselves, and avoid abusive relationships. At all ages, however, it is imperative that children are removed from abusive situations. They need to know that violence is not the norm. It is so important to break the cycle of violence. A person who abuses was abused himself or herself. Children are not born violent. It is a learned behavior.

Question: Who do you see as the audience who will most benefit from reading it?

Answer: We can all benefit from each other’s experiences. I was blessed with the opportunity of a lifetime, helping over 40,000 children have the opportunity that they deserve: to be healthy adults who can have healthy relationships - in the work place, with a significant other, and with their children. Many of the children I’ve helped found themselves in high-conflict family situations. This, obviously, was at no fault of their own. Parents, lawyers, and family law judges can make a real difference in these children’s lives. I truly believe that we can make the world a better place one child at a time.

Clinical Delusion

This actually aired on a television network...

RIP Art Hellyer

From this morning's Robert Feder column...

Art Hellyer is being remembered as a legendary broadcasting pioneer and one of Chicago’s most popular radio personalities of the ’50s and ’60s. Hellyer, who died Wednesday at 95, achieved his greatest fame as the witty and irreverent “Morning Madcap” on the former WCFL. Radio historian Chuck Schaden called him “the originator and perhaps the foremost exponent of zany, off-the-wall comedy on the air.” Among Hellyer’s claims to fame was being No. 1 in the ratings four times in four different decades on four different Chicago radio stations in four different time slots. He also had a 20-year run as a local and network announcer for ABC TV and radio in Chicago, and hosted news, talk shows, game shows, sports and other programs.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Fun with Elevators

RIP Burt Reynolds

Sad news. Burt Reynolds passed away at the age of 82.

This is my favorite Burt Reynolds scene from any Burt Reynolds movie..."Silent Movie" with Mel Brooks.

Silent Movie. Burt Reynolds from Andy S on Vimeo.

Back on the Market

Tribune Media is once again available for purchase after the Sinclair deal fell apart. Tom Taylor's NOW column explores that this morning...

Tribune is back on the market and “in a new round of talks to sell itself.” That’s following the cratered $3.9 billion sale to Sinclair. Reuters says Tribune’s using Guggenheim Securities and Moelis & Company as financial advisors. (Separately, Moelis is also working with iHeartMedia on its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.) Liana Baker of Reuters hears one possible deal partner for Tribune, and it’s Nexstar. Whoever the eventual buyer is – and Tribune’s board definitely hankers for a sale – there’s the issue of what happens to Tribune’s sole radio property, Chicago’s talk WGN/720.

Under the Radar

Some huge stories understandably dominated the news coverage yesterday, most notably the infamous anonymous op-ed in the New York Times written by a senior White House staffer. That's a historic development.

There was also a very tumultuous (but ultimately always) Supreme Court confirmation hearing. I tried to watch as much of that as I could.

But because of those stories, this one went a little under the radar. You know how Twitter and Facebook have been under a lot of pressure to stop allowing Russian bots and various other forms of hate speech to influence the upcoming election? Well, conservatives now feel that this is somehow attacking them, and led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions (that's right--same guy), they are threatening to crackdown on the crackdown.

Seems like a big story to me. The Justice Department is coming down on the side of the Russians and hate speech. If that's mainstream conservative speech now (as they seem to be implying) maybe it's time for introspection instead.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Free Kicks, Episode 15

EP15: Adam and Rick discuss Clint Dempsey’s retirement, week 4 of the Premier League, a few foreign traditions, and Rick quizzes Adam on his knowledge of Watford.

Listen to it here.

Green White Passing

Sad news. One of the biggest Green White supporters (and members) going back to the earliest days of the club has passed away. Wilhelm Franz (shown here on the right with founding members Eckhard Kaempfer--my dad, and Martin Schneider--former club president) has passed away. He was the writer of the first Green White newsletter (Gruen Weiss Vor!) in the early 60s, and is featured prominently in the Green White book I wrote (also called "Gruen Weiss Vor"). His funeral mass will be held at St. Mary of Woods in Chicago on Friday morning at 10am (7033 N Moselle Ave). Mr. Franz was a very nice man, and a big supporter of mine. He's the one that first brought me into the emcee world as the Master of Ceremonies for the Sport, Radio & Press ball in 1989. Rest in peace, Willi. You were one of the good guys.

Fox News Reacts to Woodward Book

Bob Woodward's book is making news even though it won't be released until next week. Woodward's first official interview about it will be on CBS on Sunday morning.

But the excerpts are so explosive and so damning to the president that Trump has felt the need to deny everything and impugn the writer. That's not easy to do when dealing with Woodward, who literally has tapes of everything that was said to him, and comes to this process with nearly fifty years of credibility. (Oh, and by the way, he's a Republican).

When I heard about the book my first thought was "How is this going to be covered on Fox News?" I think Brit Hume's tweet below is a glimpse into the coverage...

Okey doke. It's the never Trumpers who are to blame here, apparently, not the people who voted for this mess. Of course, if you read between the lines in this tweet, Hume is admitting the president is nuts.

Chicago Radio Ratings

From this morning's Tom Taylor NOW column...

Chicago is the same at the top – iHeart’s urban AC WVAZ (6.0-6.1-6.0). “V103” ties for the afternoon lead and goes on to win nights and weekends. The two “classic” stations are no longer tied, bringing Hubbard’s classic rock “Drive” WDRV to second (4.8-4.9-5.5) ahead of Cumulus classic hits WLS-FM (4.2-4.9-5.3). Chris Huff says the Drive’s 5.5 represents “the largest share in the facility’s history.” While the 5.3 for WLS-FM is its highest number since the January 2009 PPMs. The Drive ties with V103 and WLS-FM for the afternoon lead, while WLS-FM is #1 middays, by its lonesome. Holding fourth place is Hubbard’s hot AC “Mix” WTMX (4.9-4.8-4.9, and #1 mornings – though tied for eleventh at night). Fifth is Univision’s regional Mexican WOJO (4.3-4.0-4.8, though it’s fourth everywhere except nights). Sixth is Entercom’s news simulcast of WBBM/WCFS (4.8-4.6-4.6). It’s second mornings – and third at night. “The little station that could” is Weigel-run easy oldies WRME-LP, on the audio channel of a leased low power channel 6 TV station (3.3-3.7-3.8). Cubs flagship WSCR (Entercom’s “Score”) is eighth, 3.5-3.4-3.5, but down to fifth at night. Adult alternative sister WXRT is next (3.7-3.7-3.4). Tenth place is an interesting tie, between Entercom sisters who were previously tied for seventh. That’s classic hip-hop/throwbacks “104.3 Jams” WBMX (3.6-3.9-3.3) and country “US99” WUSN (3.5-3.9-3.3). iHeart’s country “Big” WEBG is 22nd (1.9-1.7-1.8). iHeart CHR “Kiss” WKSC is twelfth (3.5-3.3-3.2). We write a lot here about the uncertain future ownership of Tribune’s talk WGN (2.4-3.0-2.5). Windy City cume leaders are Kiss (1,687,600) and “Mix 101.9” (1,679,000).

Robert Feder posted the ratings by daypart. Here are the morning numbers...

1. WTMX 101.9-FM Eric Ferguson, Melissa McGurren and Brian “Whip” Paruch 7.7 (7.1)
2. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM Felicia Middlebrooks and Pat Cassidy 6.9 (6.6)
3. WVAZ 102.7-FM Steve Harvey 5.7 (5.5)
4. WOJO 105.1-FM Raúl Molinar, Carla Medrano and Andrés Maldonado 5.6 (5.1)
5. (tie) WDRV 97.1-FM Brian Sherman and Steve Tingle 5.2 (4.7); WLS 94.7-FM Dave Fogel and Kim Berk 5.2 (4.1)
7. (tie) WGN 720-AM Steve Cochran 4.0 (4.7); WSCR 670-AM Mike Mulligan and David Haugh 4.0 (3.9)
9. WXRT 93.1-FM Lin Brehmer 3.7 (4.1)
10. WKSC 103.5-FM Christopher “Fred” Frederick and Angi Taylor 3.0 (2.9)

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Me During Oktoberfest Season

The WBBM Transmitter Site

From this morning's Tom Taylor NOW column...

The other side of Entercom’s $46 million sale of the transmitter site for Chicago’s news WBBM/780 is what the buyers are going to do with it. The answer is, probably some sort of warehouse operation. Crain’s Chicago Business says the site four miles west of O’Hare Airport in Itasca, Illinois is in a red-hot area for real estate. Bridge Development Partners says “O’Hare is good as gold, if you can get it.” One of his execs says “We keep waiting for a slowdown” in the Chicago-area industrial market, “but it’s just not happening.” Anybody who ships goods in and out of O’Hare wants to be around it, and it’s close to many potential customers. Entercom is moving toward diplexing WBBM with sports sister “670 the Score” WSCR – and CEO David Field will gladly pocket the money from selling the 50-acre site. Speaking of that, Entercom’s talked about the sale price as $46 million, but Crain’s calls it $50 million.

Kaepernick Becomes Nike Spokesperson

It's the 30th anniversary of the "Just Do It" slogan, and Kaepernick's face was chosen to be the anniversary spokesface. The tagline says: "Believe in something, Even if it means sacrificing everything. Just Do It."

And conservative heads exploded.

There were reports of people burning their Nike socks and shoes.

Nearly half of this country is completely nuts.

Monday, September 03, 2018

Lin Brehmer

This month's Illinois Entertainer is out and features my interview with WXRT morning man Lin Brehmer, your "best friend in the whole world"

You can read it here.

Chet Coppock

Chester talks to WCIU's Kenny McReynolds.

Very entertaining interview.

Reeder on the Radio

Eckhartz Press author Richard Reeder did a great job last night on the radio with Rick Kogan. Thanks again to Mr. Kogan, one of the best interviewers on Chicago radio.

What Makes a Great Year?

Mitch Michaels wrote the following on his webpage at his radio station (The River). It's hard to believe it's already been a year since he released "Doin the Cruise" via Eckhartz Press...

Well, the past 12 months have been quite a unique and interesting ride! In that period of time we’ve been included on the River’s annual trip south (this year to Puerto Vallarta and here’s hoping that becomes a yearly thing for us as well), celebrated a milestone birthday and was totally surprised by Susie and group of my good friends, was made aware that I would be a grandfather for the sixth time around December 1st, was nominated (for the 2nd year/unsuccessfully) for the Radio Hall of Fame (hey if it’s suppose to happen it will) and literally one year ago today my book was released: Doin The Cruise: Memories From a Lifetime in Radio & Rock n Roll.

As I look back on all the other events that clog the calendar, the shows, the station events with River staff and listeners, diners and gatherings with friends and family, this one simply overwhelms. I wrote the book for me, for my kids and grand kids so they knew at least some of what I had done with my life, but I also wrote it for all those of you who have been listening throughout years. We’ve spent a great deal of time together and I thought a chronology of the Chicago radio landscape, from my point of view, over the past forty-five plus years might be of some interest. I’m happy to say that the vast majority of those, I’ve heard from after their accusation of the book, have been very positive. I wanted to say thanks to my publishers Rick Kaempfer and David Stern from Eckhartz Press who did such a great job and a special thanks to Ken Churilla (my co-author) who spent two years listening, recording and writing down my stories. Ken was required to learn a brand new language for this project. He had to learn “Mitch Speaks” and he learned it very well.

Forgive me if this sounds like I’m reliving A Day in The Life, because that’s exactly what I’m doing! This day, one year ago was so special. It started with an interview on The Noon News at WGN-TV with Steve Sanders who turned out to be a fan. Big fun! Great guy!! Followed by a book release party later that afternoon, at Lloyd’s of Chicago, attended by old friends and co-workers alike. It was an amazing day! It’s been a whirlwind of a year and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m still doing what I love and will celebrate my fiftieth year in radio this fall. Let me say thanks to one and all and on to the next fifty!! Yeah Baby!!