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 30, 2018
Hubbard Cuts in St. Louis Too
Happy holidays. Balis is a KSHE institution. Middleman is one of the premier producers in the country. It's just a matter of time before that position (producer) no longer exists in radio. By the way, I've been trying to track down the names of who was let go by Hubbard here in Chicago (they oddly won't say it publicly for some reason), and among those let go, is my old WPGU buddy Marc Vernon. Sad to hear it. I enjoyed his work on the Drive.
Alex Burkholder Appearance
Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of the infamous fire at Our Lady of the Angels School on the West Side that took the lives of 92 children and three nuns. It’s also the release date of Death of the Angels: The Why of a Tragedy, a new book about the disaster written by Alex Burkholder, a former Chicago television investigative producer who worked closely with the late news anchor John Drury. Published by Rick Kaempfer and David Stern’s Eckhartz Press, it includes the stories of survivors and firemen who fought the blaze. Burkholder will discuss the book at a signing at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Robert J. Quinn Fire Academy, 558 West DeKoven Street.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
The correct music for Amazon
I replaced the Amazon can you feel it commercial music with the theme from Winter Soldier pic.twitter.com/rXMcDGoWcJ— Omar Najam (@OmarNajam) November 24, 2018
RIP Aimee Johnson-Kilman
So sad. Only 53 years old.
Too cool for words
We are the first human beings to see a Mars sunset. Its quite a thought. pic.twitter.com/cM5UJojiPy— David Smith (@davidingolcar) November 28, 2018
Chicago Radio Ratings
• More ties in Chicago – sharing 11th place are Tribune’s talk WGN (2.8-2.8-3.2) and iHeart AC “Lite FM” WLIT (3.2-3.5-3.2). Splitting 13th place are Entercom’s rhythmic AC WBMX (3.3-3.3-3.1), iHeart’s urban WGCI (3.1-3.1-3.1) and Hubbard’s AC “She 100.3” WSHE (3.1-2.6-3.1). further down, iHeart’s country “Big 95.5” WEBG (1.6-1.5-1.4) is tied for twenty-fourth place with Disney-owned/ESPN-run sports WMVP (1.2-1.4-1.4). The sports leader is Entercom’s “Score” WSCR (4.3-4.2-2.8). Good book for Chicago Public Media’s not-for-profit news/talk WBEZ (2.3-2.3-2.9). The Windy City’s cume leader is top 40 Kiss (1,776,200).
Behind the Scenes with Alex Burkholder at WGN-TV
Alex brought along a survivor of the fire, Richard DeVitto. The two men did a great job explaining the tragedy that took place at Our Lady of the Angels school this week in 1958.
Here are a few photos from the interview. The link to the interview is here.
Free Kicks, Episode 24
Listen to it here.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Hubbard Budget Cuts
Eleven positions were eliminated Tuesday in year-end budget cuts at Hubbard Radio Chicago, sources said, including the overnight personalities on hot adult-contemporary WTMX 101.9-FM and adult contemporary WSHE 100.3-FM.
Jeff England, vice president and market manager of Hubbard Radio Chicago, would not confirm the number of full-time and part-time jobs affected, but acknowledged the shift from live broadcasting to voice-tracking during post-midnight hours to save money.
I've heard from a few of the people cut, and it appears they are also cutting weekend talent, which is unfortunate. Chicago radio already has a short bench. It appears they have zero plans for keeping and training talent.
Leader of the Free World
“I’m doing deals, and I’m not being accommodated by the Fed,” Trump said. “They’re making a mistake because I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can ever tell me.”
Can't argue with that incredible decision making process.
RIP Stephen Hillenburg
Hillenburg was only 57 when he passed away yesterday.
Lou Gehrig's Disease claims another famous victim.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Pick an Event, Any Event
Alex Burkholder on WGN-TV
You may remember Alex from his days at WGN-TV as a reporter.
Tomorrow during the noon hour he will be appearing there as an Eckhartz Press author--discussing his book "Death of the Angels" with Steve Sanders.
Be sure to tune in. He'll be bringing along one of the kids who survived that fire 60 years ago.
When you are considering where to contribute, keep in mind that Eckhartz Press has several titles that donate their proceeds to charity.
These two books donate ALL of their proceeds to charity.
This one is another option. It's also an Eckhartz Press book, but the charitable details are being worked out by the incredible Beat Tom and Bill Foundation.
Most Memorable Events in Illinois History
1. Mourning Lincoln – Nobody knew Abraham Lincoln better than his fellow Illinoisans. When he was killed, the state went into mourning and then welcomed him back to rest forever in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery.
2. Victorious Cubs – When the Cubs finally managed to win a World Series, much of the state went wild. Millions (just how many millions is a subject of debate) lined the parade route or gathered at Grant Park for the official celebration.
3. Ending Slavery – After months of work, President Lincoln and his congressional allies passed the 13th Amendment on Jan. 31, 1865. The very next day, Illinois became the first state to ratify the amendment, which officially ended slavery.
4. Lewis and Clark – The Lewis and Clark expedition began from a base in Illinois. The explorers spent the winter of 1803-04 near present-day Wood River, where they prepared their troops and equipment. They started west on May 14, 1804.
5. Lincoln-Douglas Debates – When Lincoln faced Stephen Douglas in an 1858 Senate race, they held seven debates around the state. The debates put Lincoln on the path to the White House and set a new standard for political discourse.
6. Women Voting – In 1913 Illinois became the first state east of the Mississippi River to let women vote. But it was a limited right at first. Women could vote for president and for local offices but not for state offices or Congress.
7. Obama Elected – Barack Obama addressed the nation from Grant Park after winning the presidency. Some 240,000 people attended, and millions more watched on TV. For friends and foes alike, it was a remarkable moment.
8. World’s Fair – The World’s Columbian Exposition celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus arriving in the Americas. It was a huge success, with a profound influence on architecture, the arts and Chicago’s image.
9. The Nuclear Age – Chicago Pile-1, the world’s first nuclear reactor, went into operation on Dec. 2, 1942. It produced about half a watt for less than five minutes but paved the way for the atomic bomb and nuclear power plants.
10 (tie). Blagojevich Arrested – On Dec. 9, 2008, Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested for extortion, demanding campaign donations in exchange for state services and trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat. He was removed from office on Jan. 29, 2009.
10 (tie). Native Americans Leave – Unable to stop a flood of settlers, the Ottawa, Ojibwe and Potawatomi gave up all their Illinois land in the 1833 Treaty of Chicago. They performed one last war dance two years later, then left for good.
Monday, November 26, 2018
Whoa Black Betty— bug tina (@bumwees) November 25, 2018
Boat belt wacky
Black Betty had a child
Hatchback badly tiled
Man of Few Words
Diego Maradona with one of the greatest post-match interviews ever. pic.twitter.com/GjwjdyTXOq— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 26, 2018
Live Action Lion King
The eagerly awaited remake comes from Jon Favreau, who also directed the live-action/CGI remake of The Jungle Book. And while the Lion King, thankfully, has James Earl Jones returning as the iconic Mufasa—its new star-studded cast has fans of the original and new audiences alike excited. Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner are all set to voice familiar roles, as Simba, Pumbaa, and Timon, respectively. And then there is the woman that has everyone already prepared to throw their money at Disney: Beyoncé as Nala.
The trailer video has gone viral...
Unfortunately the movie isn't coming out until next summer.