Friday, June 14, 2019

Fox News Actually Reporting Accurately

The headline is a bit tongue-in-cheek. These two men (Shep Smith and Judge Andrew Napolitano) are both pretty straight shooters.

But still, I recommend you watch this video. They are openly saying that Trump is willing to commit a felony to be re-elected.

Tribute to Chet Coppock

Tonight they are showing a film at New Trier high school that Chet narrated and had a hand in creating. They are charging entry fee, but the proceeds will go to a journalism scholarship in Chet's name. Here are the details that were sent to me (I'm hoping to attend)...

The GameChangers Foundation will be hosting a screening of the sports documentary film, GameChangers, at 7pm on Friday evening, June 14th, at New Trier (Cornog auditorium on the West Campus in Northfield).

The screening is a tribute to Chet Coppock, a Northfield native and New Trier graduate, Class of 1966. Chet pursued this particular project for years, and the Marshall New Trier story from the mid-Sixties brought him back full circle to where his broadcasting career began at WNTH, the school's student radio station. One of his last film projects, Chet narrated and conducted the interviews for GameChangers, and served as our Master of Ceremonies at multiple events. In addition to the film screening, this Friday night tribute will also show a few unreleased outtakes that are ... classic Chet.

Chet's daughter, son and their mother will be the guests of honor and 100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser will go to establish the Chet Coppock GameChanger Grant for Sports Journalism. Instigated by several of Chet's New Trier High School classmates, this annual grant will be awarded to a graduating high school senior, starting with the Class of 2020.

GameChangers is a 77 minute film that has played at festivals, premiered in theaters around the Midwest, and aired multiple times on both local and national television networks. To see the film's trailer and learn more about the foundation, please visit:

A GameChangers screening and tribute to Chet Coppock

Friday, June 14th


Cornog Auditorium at the New Trier West Campus, 7 North Happ Road in Northfield


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Disco Demolition Backlash

I'm a little surprised that people are freaking out about this, but here we go again. Via Robert Feder's column this morning...

On Thursday, the Chicago White Sox will commemorate the 40th anniversary of Disco Demolition by distributing 10,000 free T-shirts and welcoming radio legend Steve Dahl to throw out the first pitch. But not everyone thinks it’s cause for celebration. In response to vociferous complaints here and on social media, the White Sox released the following statement: “This year’s Disco Demolition T-shirt giveaway was intended to recognize the anniversary of a historic off-the-field moment that has been connected to the organization over the past 40 years. It is a recognizable part of Chicago baseball history. We recently were made aware of comments criticizing the T-shirt giveaway and are in the process of reviewing feedback. We have been communicating with our community partners who have raised concerns to make it clear that the intent of this giveaway was only meant to mark the historical nature of the night 40 years later. We have reinforced that the White Sox organization is dedicated to advocating for a safe, welcoming ballpark experience for all people and communities, and will continue to engage in important, informative discussions with our fans and partners to build toward positive change through sports. We remain proud of our franchise’s longstanding record on advocating for inclusion and diversity.”

FYI--I spoke to Steve about this, and it will be next month's column in the Illinois Entertainer.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Love this

Chicago Radio Ratings

The Chicago radio ratings are out. To see the full breakdown by daypart, check out Robert Feder's column today. This is the overall ratings for the full day, Monday through Sunday...

1. WTMX 101.9-FM hot adult contemporary, 5.6 (5.9)
2. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM all news, 5.3 (5.3)
3. WVAZ 102.7-FM urban adult contemporary, 5.2 (5.6)
4. WDRV 97.1-FM classic rock, 4.7 (5.4)
5. WLS 94.7-FM classic hits, 4.5 (3.9)
6. WSCR 670-AM sports talk, 4.2 (3.7)
7. WLIT 93.9-FM adult contemporary, 3.9 (3.9)
8. WXRT 93.1-FM adult album alternative, 3.7 (3.3)
9. WKSC 103.5-FM Top 40, 3.6 (3.2)
10. WBMX 104.3-FM classic hip hop, 3.5 (3.3)
11. WOJO 105.1-FM Mexican regional, 3.1 (3.9)
12. (tie) WUSN 99.5-FM country, 3.0 (2.7); WKQX 101.1-FM alternative rock, 3.0 (2.8)
14. (tie) WGN 720-AM news talk, 2.9 (2.9); WRME 87.7-FM soft rock oldies, 2.9 (2.5)
16. (tie) WBEZ 91.5-FM public radio news talk, 2.8 (2.8); WSHE 100.3-FM adult contemporary, 2.8 (3.3)
18. (tie) WBBM 96.3-FM Top 40, 2.7 (3.1); WGCI 107.5-FM urban contemporary,2.7 (2.8)
20. WPPN 106.7-FM Spanish adult contemporary, 1.8 (1.9)
21. WLEY 107.9-FM Mexican regional, 1.9 (2.2)
22. (tie) WEBG 95.5-FM country, 1.8 (1.7); WLS 890-AM news talk, 1.8 (1.8); WPWX 92.3-FM urban contemporary, 1.8 (1.8)
25. WVIV 93.5-FM Spanish contemporary, 1.6 (1.2)
26. WERV 95.9-FM classic hits, 1.5 (1.1)
27. WMVP 1000-AM sports talk, 1.4 (1.3)
28. WFMT 98.7-FM classical, 1.1 (1.2)
29. WCKL 97.9-FM contemporary Christian, 1.0 (1.2)
30. WMBI 90.1-FM Christian ministry, 0.9 (1.0)


Monday, June 10, 2019

Minutia Men, Episode 138

EP138: Rick and Dave discuss manscaping, an unfortunate gun incident, Jenkins in Philadelphia, a Cub who participated in the D-Day invasion, Rick’s brush with actress Jeri Ryan, and they interview the guitarist of the band The Kings–who did the song “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ to Glide”

Listen to it here.

Radio Hall of Fame

Not a lot of Chicago influences in this year's Radio Hall of Fame nominee list...

Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more)

Bob Rivers, Seattle
Charles Laquidara, Boston
Harry Harrison, New York
Jack Harris, Tampa Bay

Active Local/Regional (10 years or more)

Angie Martinez, New York
Kevin and Bean (Kevin Ryder, Gene "Bean" Baxter), Los Angeles
Preston and Steve (Preston Elliot, Steve Morrison), Philadelphia
Sarah and Vinnie (Sarah Clark, Vinnie Hasson), San Francisco

Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more)

Jim Rome, The Jim Rome Show
Robert Siegel, All Things Considered
Sid Mark, The Sounds of Sinatra
Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!

Active Network/Syndication (10 years or more)

George Noory, Coast to Coast AM
Glenn Beck, The Glenn Beck Program
John Tesh, Intelligence for your Life
Kim Komando, The Kim Komando Show

Nominees To Be Voted On By Listeners/Radio Hall Of Fame Nominating Committee:

Music Format On-Air Personality

Hollywood Hamilton
Lon Helton
Mark & Brian Show (Mark Thompson, Brian Phelps)
Ryan Seacrest

Spoken Word On-Air Personality

Joe Madison
Scott Slade
Stephanie Miller
Suzyn Waldman

Someone shot Big Poppy

David Ortiz, one of the most popular ex-players in baseball, was shot yesterday in the Dominican Republic.

The Washington Post has the story.

He's in stable condition right now.