Friday, January 18, 2019

Just One Bad Century

On the eve of the #Cubs convention in 2008, we launched our website and company Just One Bad Century ( That led to the creation of our publishing company Eckhartz Press ( We're combining the two on Opening Day this year with the release of our book "Every Cub Ever". More details about that book in the coming weeks.

Richard Reeder with Rabbi Doug

When I first met Eckhartz Press author Richard Reeder ("1001 Train Rides in Chicago"), he immediately reminded me of my old friend Rabbi Doug. Doug is the host of a local television show, so I connected the two of them yesterday for an interview. They hit it off as much as I predicted they would. In a weird twist of fate, Doug's office is now in the same building Richard's grandmother once lived...and Richard has a painting of that building up in his living room.

The interview will air in four or five weeks.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Chet on Mancow

The SNL Experience

Good marketing move by the Museum of Broadcasting. Robert Feder has the details...

Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications is offering free admission to “Saturday Night Live: The Experience” to all federal employees during the government shutdown. (Employment IDs or business cards must be shown to gain complimentary admission.) Held over through the end of March, the immersive multimedia exhibition takes visitors behind the scenes of the comedy series. Among the displays are Alec Baldwin’s President Trump costume and the hand-crafted wig worn on an episode of “SNL.” The exhibit has been drawing crowds to the museum at 360 North State Street since October 2017. (Photo: Dave and I on the set the day Landecker got inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame)

Hugh Hefner's First Funeral

On this day in 2017, Pat Colander's book "Hugh Hefner's First Funeral" was named Book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association. Pat's award winning book is still available at Eckhartz Press and features an amazing cover photo shot by famed Chicago photographer Barry Butler. We're blessed at Eckhartz Press to have such a talented stable of authors. This weekend we'll pick up even more hardware for Lee Kingsmill's book "Safe Inside". Looking over the 17+ books we have coming out this year, there's a good chance that streak will continue. Thanks for your support Chicago!


I may never eat vegetables again...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Programming Alert!

Programming alert: Eckhartz Press author Chet Coppock will be on Mancow's show tomorrow morning (Thursday) on WLS AM 890 from 7-9am. That should be a fun merging of personalities!

Out The Door

On this day last year, Eckhartz Press author M.L. Collins picked up her Chicago Writers Association award for Book of the Year. We're very proud of her excellent book, "Out the Door", still available at Eckhartz Press.

This weekend we're picking up some more hardware for Lee Kingsmill's book "Safe Inside". Thanks to all the great authors we have at Eckhartz Press! It's so easy to promote books we believe in!

Jazz Festival Lineup

This is an unbelievable lineup for Jazz Fest in New Orleans this year. It's more like Woodstock. From

Organizers for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival have announced the lineup for the 50th annual iteration of the legendary gathering, and this year’s bill is topped by the confirmation of previously rumored headliners The Rolling Stones, plus Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry, Jimmy Buffett, Chris Stapleton and Bob Seger, along with a bevy of NOLA staples and many others.

Also included in the always expansive lineup are Santana, Van Morrison, Al Green, Logic, Pitbull, Earth Wind & Fire, John Fogerty, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (who will be teaming up with NOLA royalty the Nevilles), Gladys Knight, The Revivalists, Leon Bridges, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Tank and the Bangas, Bonnie Raitt, Alanis Morissette, Ciara, Gary Clark Jr., Irma Thomas, The Doobie Brothers, Ziggy Marley, Mavis Staples, The Head and the Heart, Jimmy Cliff, Boz Scaggs, Aaron Neville, Galactic, Jerry Lee Lewis, Rebirth Brass Band, Indigo Girls, Los Lobos, Big Freedia, Kamasi Washington, Buddy Guy, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Better Than Ezra, Dumpstaphunk, Taj Mahal, Ani DiFranco, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Radiators, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, North Mississippi Allstars, Anders Osborne, Little Feat, Samantha Fish, Foundation of Funk, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners and many more.

Jazz Fest 2019 is set for April 25–May 5, with eight days of official festival programming and an array of shows around the city throughout the week. Tickets for the festival go on sale this Friday, January 18, with ticket sale opportunities for Louisiana residents on January 17.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


Today would have been the 90th birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. A great man. And a man that was actually interviewed by Eckhartz Press author Joel Daly. That story is featured in Joel's great book "The Daly News"

Check it out here.

The Hills Are Not Alive

Sportscaster of the Year

The Illinois Sportscaster of the Year was announced yesterday.

Pat Hughes wins again!

They should just call it the Pat Hughes award.

Free Kicks, Episode 27

EP27: Adam and Rick podcasting from McCormick Place, right smack in the middle of an international soccer coaches convention.

Listen to it here.

Monday, January 14, 2019


Wasn't familiar with this podcast, but I listened to it today because they interviewed Eckhartz Press author Beth Jacobellis. Listen to it here.

Not bad.

The Who

Would you believe they have a new album coming out?

To answer your next question, yes, of course I'll go. I've seen their last five farewell shows. Time for a Hello show.

A Rather Distressing Headline

From this morning's Washington Post, one of the best newspapers we have in this country, comes the following headline: Here are 18 Reasons Trump Could Be a Russian Asset.

Oh, and then there's this little tidbit from Newsweek. Yes, that's right, Newsweek...

The Living Wills

On this day in 2012, our very first authors Rick Kaempfer & Brendan Sullivan appeared on WGN-TV midday news, and announced to the world that Eckhartz Press was here. Their book "The Living Wills" is still available at Eckhartz Press--and remains one of our big sellers. There are now 47 books available through our press.

MInutia Men, Episode 121

EP121 – Rick and Dave discuss vomiting, a scary Swedish film festival, Snowflake Army Recruitment, Jenkins in Space, Rick’s brush with Tony Award winning director Robert Falls, and interview one of the stars of “The Sandlot”, actor Shane Obedzinski.

Listen to it here.

United Soccer Coaches Convention

Over 13,000 coaches from around the world gathered in Chicago this past week--a huge event. I was lucky enough to be invited. Adam & I hosted our podcast "Free Kicks" there, which will be posted later this week.

I also got to meet some very interesting people, including the French Soccer Federation. They let me take a picture with the World Cup.

The Comeback of Billy Bush

It seems only fair. The man who said the repulsive things on Access Hollywood is now the president. Seems like the guy he said it to should be allowed to work.

Billy Bush is in talks to make his TV return on the show "Extra"