Thursday, September 13, 2018

Sir Paul

Great interview of Paul McCartney in GQ.

This is the Jerking off interview, but it's so much more.

Babies Laughing at Dogs

I could watch this all day long...

On Line Marketing Tools

My friend (and fellow CWA board member) Marcie Hill is having a seminar that might be of interest to you. She really knows her stuff. Here are the details...

1 day sales: 750,000 copies

Bob Woodward is making every other author in America jealous. On the first day of it's release, his book "Fear" sold 750,000 copies.

That's a ridiculous total.

And while I'm happy for our country--I am definitely jealous.

60 Minutes Producer Leaves

Yes, this is another one of those #metoo moments. From TV Newser...

Former CBS News chairman and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager is leaving the company “effective immediately.”

CBS News president David Rhodes made the announcement official in a memo sent to staff today at 1:31 p.m. ET. 60 Minutes executive editor Bill Owens is managing the 60 Minutes team, while Rhodes and Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews will search for the new permanent 60 Minutes ep.

Rhodes said the move “is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports. …However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level.”

In this case it's more like the firing of Bill Shine from Fox News. He wasn't accused for actively participating in the harassment--just in fostering a culture in which harassment was allowed to exist.

After getting fired by Fox News, Shine was hired by the president to run his communications office.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Chet at Windy City Live

A few more behind the scenes photos from yesterday's Chet Coppock appearance at Windy City Live. Thanks again to the producers, crew, and hosts of the show. Everyone was very professional and accomodating.

David Stern

My Eckhartz Press co-publisher David Stern is celebrating a birthday today. Congratulations David!

For those of you keeping score at home, everyone who had 54 in the Dave-pool has been eliminated. He is now 55.

How to Know if Your Wife May Kill You?

If she writes a 700-word-essay entitled "How to murder your husband", it should probably set off red flags, even if she is a romance novelist.

You could ask Portland chef Daniel Brophy. could have asked him a few weeks ago. His wife, the romance novelist who wrote an essay entitled "How to murder your husband", murdered him.

Free Kicks, Episode 16

EP16: Adam and Rick discuss the Nation’s League results and the retirement of Jermaine Jones, preview this season’s Champions League, and Adam takes a quiz about Everton FC.

Listen to it here.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Chet on Windy City Live

This is where I'll be today, with Chet. The show airs locally in Chicago on Channel 7 at 1pm.

Wah Wah

Disappointing outcome, but still enjoyed the night out at the ballpark last night with my wife.

The Night We Stole Christmas

Quite a lineup! From the RAMP Newsletter this morning...

Cumulus Alternative 101WKQX/Chicago revealed the ambitious all-star lineup for its popular annual Christmas shows, The Nights We Stole Christmas.

This year's series of four shows, sponsored by Wintrust and Heineken, will be held at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom on November 29 & 30 and December 1 & 2, and will feature live performances from 12 acts. Follow along, won't you, as we read off the lineup by date:

Nov. 29: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Houndmouth, Alice Merton; Nov. 30: Smashing Pumpkins, grandson, Albert Hammond Jr. (guitarist of The Strokes); Dec. 1: Walk The Moon, Chvrches, Flora Cash; Dec. 2: Death Cab For Cutie, Elle King, lovelytheband. Tickets are now on sale via

September 11

John Landecker posted this on his facebook page: “Leslie Keiling, Rick Kaempfer, Vince Argento, Richard Cantu, Brant Miller, and myself were all on the air together the morning 9-11. I certainly don’t want a repeat of that awful day but I’d give anything to be a part of a team like that again.”

In the pages of “Records Truly Is My Middle Name“, John tells the full story of that day on the air…

The most unique broadcast that I have ever been a part of, has nothing to do with planning, promotion, prizes, and listeners. It was the morning of September 11th, 2001.

I’m sure that every morning show in the country has their own story of what they did when the planes hit the twin towers in New York. This is mine.

We were doing our regular show. Our producer Rick was on the phone with Butch Patrick, who had played Eddie Munster on The Munsters. He was going to be a mystery guest — listeners were to call in and try to figure out who he was. When Rick got in touch with Butch, the news had just broken that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center.

“Are you watching this?” Butch asked Rick.

“Yeah,” Rick replied. “I don’t think we’re going to do this mystery guest bit.”

“No, you better not,” Butch replied.

Brant Miller was our weatherman and had a broadcast line hookup to his home. He was also the meteorologist for NBC-Channel 5 in Chicago, and had access to all of the NBC News information. Richard Cantu was our news man, and he’s a real journalist, and was connected to the CBS Radio network.

Needless to say, after the news had come across that the first plane had hit, we turned on the television in the studio, and we were all watching it, and the microphones were open, when the second plane hit the tower.

I’ll never forget what Brant Miller said: “We’re under attack.”

Well what do you do in a situation like that? Our decision was to go all news right on the spot. There weren’t many details early on, so there was a lot of repetition, as to the content, but we didn’t play any music. I thought it would really be ridiculous to play “Hang on Sloopy” and then do more content about being under attack.

We did play commercials, but not because the clients had paid for them to air — because we needed that time to regroup and find out as much information as we could so we could better inform our audience what was going on. News stations didn’t play commercials, but they were set up to handle this much better than we were. They had a full staff on hand. We just had the four or five of us in the studio.

But I’m really proud of what we were able to deliver. Brant was able to tap into what NBC was getting. Richard was able to tap into what CBS was getting. And I sort of quarterbacked and anchored the whole thing; repeating the facts as we knew them, and encouraging people not to jump to conclusions about who did this, because we didn’t know anything for sure.

I found out later that listeners stuck with us during that morning show, and didn’t tune into the news station, and that the radio station itself toyed with the idea of keeping us on the air until noon. The adrenaline, the being in the moment, and the feeling you have in that situation takes on a whole different sensation — one that I hope I never have again frankly.

It was certainly one of the most memorable mornings I’ve ever spent on the air.

Leslie Keiling was one of the co-hosts of the show during the WJMK run, including the day of 9/11. This is how she recalled that time… “I wouldn’t trade the time we spent together on the morning show at WJMK for anything in the world. Being with everyone on that show on the morning of 9/11/2001 is etched in my head and heart. I now have a glimmer of understanding about sharing a foxhole.”

Monday, September 10, 2018


My weekend plans include about ten hours a day at this incredibly fun event...

People Better Wake Up

If you don't think the revelations in the Bob Woodward book are scary enough, check out the end of his interview on CBS this weekend. (You can watch it here)...

"This one was in the belly of the beast," he said.

Martin asked, "And what did you conclude about the beast?"

"That people better wake up to what's going on."

Bye Bye Les Moonves

This was a bad week for CBS CEO Les Moonves. More and more women came out to accuse him of sexual inappropriateness, and suddenly his battle to maintain control of the company was the least of his problems.

According to this piece in the New Yorker, he will have to step down immediately, and also will not receive his exit package (worth nearly $100 million) unless he is proven innocent of these charges.

Sunday, September 09, 2018