Monday, December 30, 2019
Monday, December 23, 2019
Robert C Skelly says:
12/23/2019 at 9:36 am
Rick, I read your TODAYS CUBS BIRTHDAY column daily. December 23rd’s edition moved me like no other date. Maybe it was the contrasting stories of tragedy, victory & what never was…or the prose of an inspired fan.
Whatever it was, I just voted it the Best Column of the Year!!!
Thanks Robert. I greatly appreciate that. That made my day.
Tony Lossano, host and producer of “Lossano and Friends” and “Nude Hippo: The Podcast,” will celebrate Christmas morning with a one-hour spectacular gathering a dozen hosts of shows produced by the Radio Misfits Podcast Network for OppihShows.com. Joining him at the Museum of Broadcast Communications will be: Steve Baskerville and Howard Sudberry of “Back 2 You”; Rick Kaempfer and Dave Stern of “Minutia Men/Minutia Men Celebrity Interview”; Marc Vernon of “The Car Guys Report”; Ed Silha of Radio Misfits Podcast Network; Tommy Mallie, Kimmy Spoons, Samuel Greenberg, Chris Cwiak and Michael Garay of “Lossano and Friends”; and Evie Olson of “Grape Insights.” Added Lossano: “I will be the Fahey Flynn holding the bow-tie shaped holiday cookies.”
Maybe now that they are back in Soldier Field, and have a new director, the Fire can re-emerge. This past decade has been a complete waste.
Friday, December 20, 2019
Details are here.
I have nothing against either Bob or Steve. I've interviewed both of them many times over the years.
Bob Sirott 2014
Steve Cochran 2017
The new WGN lineup is...
4-5am: Simulcast of WGN-TV “Early Morning News”
5-9am: Bob Sirott
9am-12pm: John Williams
12-1pm: Wintrust Business Lunch with Ji Suk Yi
1-3pm: Anna Davlantes
3-7pm: Roe Conn
7-11pm: Justin Kaufmann
11pm-4am: Nick Digilio
the facts in this instance are unambiguous: The president of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents. That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.
The reason many are not shocked about this is that this president has dumbed down the idea of morality in his administration. He has hired and fired a number of people who are now convicted criminals. He himself has admitted to immoral actions in business and his relationship with women, about which he remains proud. His Twitter feed alone—with its habitual string of mischaracterizations, lies, and slanders—is a near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused.
Trump’s evangelical supporters have pointed to his Supreme Court nominees, his defense of religious liberty, and his stewardship of the economy, among other things, as achievements that justify their support of the president. We believe the impeachment hearings have made it absolutely clear, in a way the Mueller investigation did not, that President Trump has abused his authority for personal gain and betrayed his constitutional oath. The impeachment hearings have illuminated the president’s moral deficiencies for all to see. This damages the institution of the presidency, damages the reputation of our country, and damages both the spirit and the future of our people. None of the president’s positives can balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader of such grossly immoral character.
It took some time for them to admit the immoral character, but I'm glad they did. I was starting to think that I was living in an alternative universe.
The full scathing editorial is here: Trump Should Be Removed From Office
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Listen to it here.
Read all about it in Robert Feder's column from last night.
Of course, in my role as media writer for Illinois Entertainer, I have interviewed both Lin and Mary. Here are the links...
Mary Dixon 2014
Lin Brehmer 2018
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
But a fun interview. Really.
Listen to it here.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Congratulations to Chicago radio veterans Shel Lustig and Reed Pence on the 30th anniversary of Des Plaines-based MediaTracks Communications, the leading producer of nationally syndicated public affairs radio programming. The two co-founded the company in 1989 from a makeshift studio in Pence’s basement. Today its flagship broadcast, “Radio Health Journal,” reaches 3 million listeners a week on more than 600 radio stations. “Reliable, high-quality, syndicated public affairs programming is a must in today’s competitive radio landscape,” Lustig said in a statement. “The key to our success and longevity has always been our ability to adapt with the times and meet our affiliates’ changing needs.”
Here's a picture of Reed with Eckhartz Press author Janet Sutherland, who appeared on his Radio Health Journal...
Monday, December 16, 2019
According to Republicans— Doug Gordon (@dgordon52) December 16, 2019
The FBI: liars
The intel community: liars
The media: liars
The DoJ IG: liars
But the guy who has told more than 15,000 false or misleading claims since taking office...
He is telling the truth. https://t.co/14unpGfULc
Listen to it here.
Friday, December 13, 2019
I could do that. But not as well as he does it in his podcast Destination Eat Drink.
This week's episode is about Paris, but it involves some great info about the Beatles.
Listen to it here.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Have I mentioned that the Radio Misfits and Oppih Productions have created a new show based on our celebrity interviews? It's true. Every week they post a new one. The first three are below...
Field of Dreams actor Dwier Brown (he played Ray's dad)
Rico Suave himself, Gerardo
Shark Tank star and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban
Tomorrow we'll be interviewing Jim Peterik. He'll be next week's guest.
Ken “Hawk” Harrelson has been elected the 2020 Ford C. Frick Award winner, presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. @baseballhall // #WhiteSox pic.twitter.com/LgBo8LsD28— Stadium (@Stadium) December 11, 2019
Monday, December 09, 2019
Saturday, December 07, 2019
Friday, December 06, 2019
Thursday, December 05, 2019
The counter to Mueller was the "investigation of the investigators". Remember that? It was supposed to be the *real* scandal. Trump's hand-picked AG hand-picked another US Attorney to look into it. The Inspector General looked into it too. There's nothing there. Nothing. Here's the headline in the Washington Post today: Barr’s handpicked prosecutor tells inspector general he can’t back right-wing theory that Russia case was U.S. intelligence setup.
Of course it's not true. It was always a ridiculous theory.
The Thread Shop will introduce its first wave of The Beatles merchandise collection with a Beatles holiday pop-up store in New York City from December 11 through December 22 -- perfectly timed for holiday shopping. The pop-up will showcase new apparel designs as well an assortment of licensed Beatles clothing, toys, and other branded products including turntables, a pinball machine, and other cool stuff.
In connection with the agreement between Apple Corps and Sony Music, Joe Marziotto has joined the Thread Shop Team as VP, Licensing & Marketing to continue active Beatles licensing relationships and develop new opportunities for the band in partnership with Apple Corps.
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
OK, maybe not that John Glenn. But there was a John Glenn who played for the Cubs in 1876-1877. He was not a nice man. Glenn was killed by police at the age of 38 during an attempted lynching. He looked like this...
.@JustinTrudeau, @EmmanuelMacron, @BorisJohnson and other VIPs shared a few words at a Buckingham Palace reception Tuesday. No one mentions @realDonaldTrump by name, but they seem to be discussing his lengthy impromptu press conferences from earlier in the day. (Video: Host Pool) pic.twitter.com/dVgj48rpOP— Power & Politics (@PnPCBC) December 3, 2019
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
Wednesdays Are for Writers
Wednesdays Are For Writers
102 Harrison Street
Oak Park, IL 60304
Don and Hannah Jennings will talk about the story collection at this monthly reading series. Admission is free, but everybody who comes is encouraged to spend $10, on food, drink, or some combination.
Nineteenth Century Club’s Enrichment Series
Monday, Dec. 16, 2019
11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
19th Century Club
178 Forest Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60301
The Nineteenth Century Club hosts a staged reading of the story "Bah!", An Off-White Christmas. Some actors who did the exceptional, just-released audio recording of the story collection, including Kevin Theis, Savanna Rae, and Bryan Wakefield, will perform
Reservations are required for the lunch, which precedes the performance. Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, as a co-sponsoring nonprofit organization, is able to offer our audience the member rate of $20 (as compared to the non-member rate of $25) that includes social time (starting at 11:30 a.m.), lunch (noon), program (1 p.m.) and tea (2:15 p.m.). Reservations should be made before Dec. 10. Two options for making making reservations: 1. call the 19th Century Club directly (708.386.2729) and let them know you are taking advantage of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame's $20 membership rate, 2. email CLHOF or call (773.414.2603) and we'll add you to our list of attendees. For those who can't make the luncheon, there is a suggested program donation of $15. Books will be available for sale.