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, November 16, 2018
Free Kicks, Episode 23
Listen to it here.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Holy shit. This commercial. pic.twitter.com/aXewAG5C3i— James Corden (@JKCorden) November 15, 2018
Q&A with "Death of the Angels" author Alex Burkholder
"Death of the Angels" tells the tale of one of Chicago's most tragic events--the fire that took the lives of so many children at the Our Lady of the Angels school in 1958. Those that have been touched by this tragedy were altered forever. Former reporter (WGN, WLS) Alex Burkholder has been interviewing people that were there that day for the past several decades. He finally put this all together into a book form. It will be released on December 1st--the 60th anniversary of the fire.
We recently got a chance to catch up with Alex and talk to him about the book...
EP: Alex, you have a long and distinguished journalism background. Where and when did you work in Chicago?
Alex: Born and raised in Chicago. In 1962 while still at Northwestern University worked for Lerner Newspapers (Skokie Life) covering various village board meetings. 1963 to WGN Radio and TV. 1984 moved to ABC7 with John Drury. Retired in 2008 after a total of 46 years.
EP: You've obviously taken that journalistic approach to this book. What was it about this fire that initially captured your imagination?
Alex: Just hearing the terrible stories that day as a high school senior and fire buff I wanted to know more about the tragedy and curiosity increased over the years.
EP: A lot of the interviews were conducted many years ago. How long have you been working on this project?
Alex: There was a great deal accomplished with the interviews done in the 1970s. I've collected more information over the ensuing years and decided in the summer of 2017 that it was time to give the public a fresh look at something that never should have happened.
EP: Is there anyone involved in the fire that you wish you could have interviewed but didn't?
Alex: Two people: 18th Battalion Chief Miles Devine for more information about his first minutes on the scene of the fire, and Family Court Judge Alfred Cilella, who in 1962 ignored evidence the fire might have been set. Cilella died of a heart attack in 1964.
EP: The book does a great job of painting a picture of what happened that day--complete with room maps, photographs, and interviews with survivors. Did you have a hard time tracking all of this information down?
Alex: No, there was a lot of information out there including new revelations from those interviews and excellent photos from the newspapers and the Chicago Fire Department.
EP: What do you think is the lesson to learn from this tragic event?
Alex: Don't ignore fire hazards, correct them immediately. If fire doors had been placed on the east end of the school's second-floor hallway we would not be doing this today.
Radio Hall of Fame
Most of this year's inductees have Chicago ties. Obviously, Johnny B is the most famous, but Mark Levin airs on WLS, Jim Kerr was on WLS during the music radio days, Mike & Mike aired on ESPN in Chicago for a long time (and Mike Greenberg also worked at the Score), Dr. Laura aired on WLS in the late 80s/early 90s, the Fabulous Sports Babe worked on AM 1000, and Scott Shannon ran the Real Oldies network in Chicago on 94.7FM.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Almost no one has set foot in the original torch of the Statue of Liberty in 100 years. Now you can circle the torch’s balcony in augmented reality. https://t.co/4bLBGV40sg pic.twitter.com/BPr0mPnc7b— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 14, 2018
Supporters by State
What’s the 🔝 @premierleague club in your state?— COPA90 US (@COPA90US) November 12, 2018
[📷: @soccerdotcom] pic.twitter.com/rNLlrUnEfG
Most & Least Trusted News
CNN Sues the White House
I personally think Acosta's a bit of a dick, but he is no worse than some of the others who have covered the White House over the years, and none of them have ever been punished like this. Certainly the reasons given by the White House for revoking his pass are pure BS.
I suspect this will be resolved pretty soon.
Forty-seven years after he first went on the air in Chicago, radio legend Fred Winston is getting behind a microphone again. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) Friday, he’ll be a guest on Fred Lange’s “All Over the Planet” on Radio Harbor Country WRHZ 93.5-FM and WRHC 106.7-FM in Three Oaks, Michigan. (It streams at radioharborcountry.org.) Winston, who now lives on a farm in Michigan, says he’ll tell stories about famous recording artists he met during his years at former Top 40 powerhouse WLS 890-AM, where he started in 1971. “I haven’t been on the air in any shape or form for awhile, so I’m really looking forward to dusting off the cobwebs and firing up the bilge pump,” he added.
Our Latest Charitable Endeavor
Now I'm asking for your help to up the ante and make an even bigger impact on families, especially kids! I'd like to enlist you to powerfully launch my 2nd Children's book - "I Had An Upset Stomach" (you can see the trend) by getting it into the hands of children fighting cancer or the children whose parents or siblings are suffering. I'm also hoping to give those families some relief by offering them a creative respite from their battle!
We've combined the power of 3 foundations I'm involved with and have created a cool and unique program. We're hoping, with your help, that we can bring thousands of kids laughter, smiles and creativity while they're fighting this horrible disease.
For my new book, I've teamed up with an incredibly talented artist, Ben Olson, who runs the Chicago Chapter of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity through his non-profit the backyard EXPERIENCE. Ben and I are looking to expand the reach of our 3 foundations by combining
*My new book,
*The art therapy of Sally's Studio
*AND Ben's the backyard EXPERIENCE foundation / Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Chicagoland Acme Creative Cart
Then, we're bringing this trinity to the kids and families fighting cancer at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Swedish Covenant, Amita Healthcare in Hoffman Estates and other Chicagoland hospitals.
What We Need & What You Get
In order to get this program off the ground and get the best pricing for books and art boxes we're looking for some pre-order help and funding commitments from our supporters!
*If you help us, we've created some cool ways for you to get in on the fun and giving!
*Buy a book and give a book to kids fighting cancer!
*We'll acknowledge your generosity inside each book!
*Each book funded will also fund a daily art experience for a child or family member battling this disease!
*You'll also have a chance to get your hands on one of Ben's custom, limited edition lithographs!
The Impact You'll Make!
Your donation will bring smiles and laughter while igniting the passions and creativity of children battling cancer. The benefits of art therapy are numerous and can make a HUGE difference in a kids' struggle. Please help us get these tools in front of thousands of kids and Chicagoland families!
Click here to participate, and thanks in advance for your help.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
"On November 13th, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence. That request came from his wife.” pic.twitter.com/WJueEurwQX— Phil Rosenthal (@phil_rosenthal) November 13, 2018
Fox News Protesting Twitter
I personally think it can't be effective unless they do it permanently. Seriously. No other way to make your point. Silence. Please. Forever. That'll show 'em.
New WLS lineup possibilities
Erich Mancow Muller is said to be in line to host mornings, but no agreement has been finalized. It would be a return to WLS for Muller, who co-hosted middays with Pat Cassidy from 2008 to 2010. Muller most recently hosted mornings for Cumulus Media on the former WLUP (aka The Loop) before it was sold in March.
Sounds like it will be 100% conservative talk now. Time to take it off the pre-sets.
Monday, November 12, 2018
Mix Fires PD
Mary Ellen Kachinske was fired by the Mix, effective immediately. There must be a non-ratings reason for this move, otherwise it makes no sense at all.
Shot out of a cannon
😳😳😳— MLB (@MLB) November 11, 2018
🎥 (Via: @saladeportivard on Instagram) pic.twitter.com/HFSMVQRuif
Dahl, the Next Generation
Fans of a certain age still remember how radio renegades Steve Dahl and Garry Meier shocked the media establishment when they won a Chicago Emmy Award for “Greetings from Graceland,” their 1981 special about Elvis Presley. Thirty-seven years later, the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored two of Dahl’s sons for their TV work. At Saturday’s 60th annual regional Emmys, Pat Dahl, founder and vice president of Banner Collective, won for a Wintrust Bank commercial. Matt Dahl, former manager of digital video for the Chicago White Sox, won for “Night Before Soxmas.” (Matt now works as a firefighter in Mount Prospect.) “Consider me one proud dad (and PR department),” their famous father wrote. “They have great talent and wonderful wives!”
Lieutenant Commander @DanCrenshawTX stopped by Weekend Update. #SNL pic.twitter.com/pBFoSH7Yom— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) November 11, 2018
Observe their expressions as Putin approaches pic.twitter.com/okDnM2T4qt— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) November 11, 2018
Why? He always hits the post.*
Don't look now, the Bears are in first place and they're actually good this year. Going into the depths of my closet to relocate all of my Bears gear.
*I admit, I stole that joke from Eddie Volkman.