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".
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Behind the Scenes with Chet Coppock on WGN Radio
Minutia Men, Episode 111
EP111: Rick and Dave discuss squirrel CPR, Chicago Radio Spotlight, a John Wayne Gacy Jenkins moment, Rick’s brush with former Bears quarterback Mike Tomczak, and they interview Svengoolie–Rich Koz.
Listen to it here.
Friday, October 12, 2018
Chet on WGN Radio
Heading downtown today. Chet Coppock is set to appear on Bill & Wendy's show at 10:30am.
I'll be there to take a few pictures and check out the new studios.
Listen if you get a chance. Should be a fun interview.
Our president is freaking out about this, but not out of outrage. He doesn't want to do anything to retaliate. Why?
He personally makes a lot of money thanks to the Saudis. (This is why we have an emoluments clause in the constitution)
He signed a big arms deal with the Saudis. (Although it hasn't actually happened yet)
Jared is best buds with the Saudi Crown Prince. (That's the guy who allegedly ordered the murder)
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Kathy Hart, the former Chicago radio morning star who’s been a free agent since her highly publicized breakup with Eric Ferguson, is getting a shot as a talk show host on WGN 720-AM.
Hart will appear as guest co-host three times in the coming weeks alongside weekend host Frank Fontana on the Tribune Broadcasting news/talk station. They’ll be on during Fontana’s regular show from 1 to 3 p.m. this Sunday and October 28, and they’ll fill in for John Williams from 1 to 3 p.m. October 17.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
New Paul Video
Warner Saunders, Chicago journalist and longtime NBC 5 anchor, passes away at 83 https://t.co/apbXSIM6FU pic.twitter.com/7te3t7QyMf— NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) October 10, 2018
Chicago Radio Spotlight
Check it out here.
Now on Spotify!
#Announcement -- All @RadiosMisfits shows are now available on @Spotify! pic.twitter.com/svkIF5Fjos— Radio Misfits (@RadiosMisfits) October 10, 2018
What did he just tell him?
Trump says something to Justice Kennedy that shocks him. Something's up. (No sound) pic.twitter.com/qSkTu9B092— Eleven Films (@Eleven_Films) October 8, 2018
Q&A with Donald G. Evans
You can read it here.
Don's book is available here (paperback or special edition hardcover)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
If some of these nominees sound more than a little familiar, its because this isn't their first time up for induction: repeat nominees include LL Cool J (his 5th), Kraftwerk (5th), Zombies (4th), MC5 (4th), Janet Jackson (her 3rd), Rufus featuring Chaka Khan (3rd), Radiohead (2nd), The Cure (2nd) and Rage (2nd). The rest of this year's group of artists are first-time nominees.
From now through December 9, fans can vote daily in the Fan Vote presented by Klipsch Audio. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a "fans' ballot" that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2019 inductees. Visit rockhall.com/vote to cast a ballot -- voting is capped at one ballot per day. At press time, Stevie Nicks leads the Fan Vote, followed closely by Def Leppard.
Of that list, here are my choices: The Cure, Devo, Kraftwerk, Roxy Music, Todd Rundgren. Time to get some of that New Wave scene in the Hall, man.
50 Years of WBBM News Radio
Fox Movie Drama
The Hollywood Reporter has the details.
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
That first book
Without a question, the best part of being a publisher is sharing in the joy of an author getting to see the first copy of his or her book. "The Scar Dance" author William Mansfield got to experience that moment over the weekend, and we couldn't be happier for him.
Happy Birthday John
I don't know how to say exactly how much John's music meant to me, but let me put it to you this way. I have a son named John, AND a son named Sean.
20 Years of ESPN-AM 1000
Monday, October 08, 2018
Exactly How I Used to Take Them
😮 This is one way to score a penalty kick... pic.twitter.com/gnYCBzwaSc— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) October 8, 2018
RIP Sandy the Tramp
Q&A with "An Off-White Christmas" author Donald G. Evans
We recently got a chance to have a chat with author Donald G. Evans about this exciting project.
EP: "An Off-White Christmas" is a collection of short stories that revolve around the Christmas season, but they really aren't religious stories. Is that why you chose the title?
Don: An Off-White Christmas comes from a line in the title story, but it resonates, I hope, throughout the collection. The white, or tainted white, does not refer to a virgin quality, or anything Biblical. Rather, it suggest the imperfections inherent in the various characters and settings as they try to orchestrate or participate in a holiday that is hyped as something it could never live up to. Plus, I think it's funny, which is always, in my mind, gives it bonus points.
EP: One of my favorite things about this book is that it features stories from all around the country. Why did you choose these locations, and are the stories based in any way on real life events?
Don: I'm familiar with all the settings, some more intimately than others. Las Vegas and Casa Grande were both places in which my parents lived. Syracuse is where I went to graduate school and return frequently to visit relatives. My wife and I lived in South Amana, Iowa for several years. We visited Lanesboro, Minnesota for a weekend. And so forth. So I chose the settings in part because I had observed them, and knew enough to incorporate the wheres with the whos and whats. I believe that settings should be integral to the story, not mere backdrop. And, yes, I stole anecdotes or episodes from my experiences or the experiences of others. But in the end, these experiences, in terms of the places and people and events, act merely as launching pads to an exploration of worlds that in the end are largely created, even if the details mirror real life. There is a difference between telling a good story while you drink at the bar and writing a good story. Well, lots of differences. Stories as they happen to you refuse to capture any larger sense of drama or meaning, and the actions and reactions therein often pale in comparison with the possibilities. Writing fiction gives an author license to reinvent those scenes and make the story live up to its possibilities. Experiences often don't make sense to me at the time, but writing them, even in a fictionalized form, enables me to understand my life and the life of those around me better.
EP: The illustrations in "An Off-White Christmas" are fantastic. How did you get hooked up with illustrator Hannah Jennings, and what was your guidance to her for creating illustrations to match the stories?
Don: I met Hannah through Margot McMahon, the fabulous sculptor. She recommended Hannah when the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame was looking for a designer to redo our website, in part to include a literary map of Chicago. Hannah's work on the website, in tandem with her partner Rich Kono, who is the technical expert, was fantastic. Over the course of working with Hannah on the website, we became friends, and I got to knew her work as an illustrator and artist. I love her work--the colors, the subject matter, the texture--and so when I started thinking about the way this collection should look I broached the subject with her.
EP: There's also a very special limited edition hard cover version of this book--and it's beautiful. Why did you choose to go this route?
Don: I collect books, especially Chicago books. The book as an object is important to me, and well made books lend themselves to a permanence that cheaply made books do not. I own several sets of Folio Society books, as well as Easton Press books, and they look awesome on my bookshelves. There are two Folio Society sets--one is the Sherlock Holmes stories, and the other the Sherlock Holmes novels. The spines on one make a silhouette of Holmes; the spines of the others make a silhouette of Watson. I'm never getting rid of those books, even if I don't read them again. I want, first and foremost, for my book to look just as awesome on my own shelf, and secondly to look just as awesome in scattered shelves throughout the country. I want people to say, "Oh, you have to see this one!"
EP: People may not realize that you are also the Founding Executive Director of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, which keeps you incredibly busy. Has it been difficult to find time to continue to write?
Don: Yes, sure. Every responsibility you accept naturally takes time away from writing, and running the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame is a big responsibility. I've had difficulty finding a balance between my own writing and everything else since probably my son Dusty was born. I was the stay-at-home dad, and priorities shifted. Nothing seemed as important as anything having to do with Dusty, and it's mostly still that way. With the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame I'm consistently advocating for other writers, and collaborating with a variety of scholars, authors, organizations, artists, and so forth. I think it's my natural bent to do things for others rather than myself. That said, I've been trying for a while to recapture that time and place in which my own writing is sacred and I tell all my other responsibilities to fuck off until, say, ten o'clock. I'm not there, yet, but now that Dusty is in high school it's certainly possible. Like I lot of things, I have to do it now, which is always harder than being able to do it.
EP: You're scheduled to be out and about quite a bit to promote this book. What are a few of your upcoming appearances if people would like to meet you or hear more about you?
Don: Well, the event schedule is on my website, and I'm always updating it. I'm going to stick around Chicago because I don't much feel like going on the road and it doesn't make sound financial sense. The Oak Park Festival Theatre is going to do a staged reading of one or two of my stories, possibly with the backdrop of A Christmas Carol set; I'm looking forward to that one, but we're trying to nail down the date and venue. The launch at Cliff Dwellers should be a lot of fun--great place, spectacular view, and a club I like a lot. There will be a series of private house parties--I like parties and I think I'll like parties at which everyone buys my book even better. If anybody wants to go to one of the private parties, they should just email me; it's not that we're trying to be exclusive with these, just that we cannot just open the doors and go from there. In other words, we need to know who's coming in advance, but within reason everybody is welcome.
Minutia Men, Episode 110
Listen to it here.
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Bastable added, "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I am thrilled to join Cumulus Media, where teamwork and collaboration thrive. I have always had a special relationship with radio, and I am thrilled at this amazing opportunity with Cumulus Radio Station Group-San Francisco. The future belongs to those who think big, and I am all in with Cumulus' vision."
McConnell Called On It
What it looks like when a reporter isn’t just asking questions, but is holding an interviewee accountable with the facts. This occurs far too infrequently. pic.twitter.com/YoHMYWx8ol— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) October 8, 2018
This is a truly brilliant ad. It should be a punch in the gut to every Millennial and Gen Z’er pic.twitter.com/NQ8GWKNbfm— Chris Evans (@notcapnamerica) October 6, 2018