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".
Saturday, June 22, 2019
At the Ballpark
Cubs author day in the bleachers...Donald G Evans and George Rawlinson (Cubbie Blues), Randy Richardson (Cubsessions), and me (Everycubever)
Friday, June 21, 2019
I love the Kinks, and this is my favorite Kinks song. Spinning it today in honor of Ray.
Trump to appear on Meet the Press
The ABC interview he did last week got him a week's worth of bad headlines. This is likely to do the same. He's not used to being asked legitimate questions with follow ups that poke through his BS. It makes him angry.
Cub Book Night
Thursday, June 20, 2019
A Good Summary
I now know immediately if a person who is talking about the report has read it or not. To read it, is to know with total certainty that our president is guilty of everything. Trump may not be able to be indicted because he's currently the president (and that's in the report too), and there may not be enough proof of a criminal conspiracy with Russia (the only thing he was officially cleared of), but there is without a doubt proof of collusion. Tons of it. And at least a half dozen crimes (crimes!) that the president committed covering it up--or attempting to cover it up.
This sums it up pretty well...
Exclusive: De Niro, @robreiner, @SophiaBush, @StephenKing, @jvn, and more are cutting through the Trump administration’s lies about the Mueller report pic.twitter.com/VpJhIGBbv0— NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 20, 2019
Missed this anniversary yesterday
35 years ago today, with the 3rd overall pick, the Bulls drafted a 6’6" guard from UNC 🐐 pic.twitter.com/YlSJkN0QhG— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) June 19, 2019
ECE is everywhere
It's even on the south side...
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
So, I miss watching him play (he hung up his spikes freshman year of high school), but I absolutely do NOT miss some of the parents at Little League games. More than once I would turn around to remind them something like "these are nine year olds" or something similar to that. Dads and Moms. Screaming at their own kids. Screaming at the other kids. And worst of all, screaming at the parents on the other team. There were several times it felt like we were one step away from a ridiculous confrontation.
Like this, for instance...
A brawl broke out at a children's baseball game near Denver. pic.twitter.com/QfJ1ltnQmn— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) June 19, 2019
For the record, you get this in all sports, but it seems worse in baseball for some reason. It never quite reached levels like this at the hundreds of youth soccer games I've attended and coached.
Former Chicago radio host Marc Vernon has launched “The Car Guys Report,” a weekly podcast on all things automotive, for Radio Misfits Podcast Network. His co-host is Lou Costabile, whose YouTube channel “My Car Story with Lou” has more than 56,000 followers. “The ability to run free-form without the rigidity of corporate radio has been very enjoyable, and being able to talk about my lifelong passion of cars is a dream come true,” Vernon said. In December he ended a 12-year run at Hubbard Radio classic rock WDRV 97.1-FM when his job was eliminated.
It's a corporate homecoming for veteran programmer/consultant Kevin Robinson, founder of Robinson Media, who has rejoined Audience Development Group as Senior Partner. Robinson previously served as a partner with Audience Development Group from 2006 to 2008. Robinson's extensive programming experience includes success in Chicago, St. Louis, Buffalo, NY and Lansing, MI. He also served as VP of Hot AC Programming for CBS Radio, overseeing 15 stations, and he consulted Westwood One.
Tim Moore, Managing Partner of Audience Development Group, remarked, "I can't envision a better fit as a colleague or a friend. We've kept in touch with Kevin throughout the past decade and have monitored his record-setting success. His programming skills across multiple formats make him a quintessential fit for our firm, but that's just the beginning. Kevin brings intelligence, character, collaboration, and a lot of excitement whenever he engages a challenge. He's one of the most cerebral media minds I've known, and we're extremely happy he's a member of our team."
Robinson said, "Audience Development Group has set the industry standard for custom cluster strategic and tactical success. Tim Moore is known throughout our industry, operating with impeccable character and tremendous integrity. It's with great pride to carry the Audience Development Group name into my clients as they know they are receiving the best custom services in America." Robinson is based in Indianapolis and can be reached at 314-882-2148 or Kevin@RobinsonMedia.fm.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Happy birthday Sir Paul
And no, they haven't called Minutia Men.
60% of America is absolutely sick of this guy. It's not Trump Derangement Syndrome. It's Trump Fatigue.
Monday, June 17, 2019
Fathers Day with EveryCubEver
I Had An Upset Stomach
I even named my company after him, so now his name (or a version of it) is on more than 50 different books. (Eckhartz is a combination of my dad's name, and Dave Stern's dad Fritz). Truth is, because Dad's name is on every one of our books, it forces me to be very picky about who we publish. They have to live up to a very high standard in my mind. There is no one I respected more than my dad.
The DJ's DJ
John Landecker’s home town is Ann Arbor, Michigan, and it was in 1966 when I first met him at a small station, WOIA 102.9 FM, on a dirt road across from a dairy farm located just outside the famed college town. He said, “Local talk show host Ted Heusel hired me at a staggering $1.15 per hour.” He joined Tom O’Brien, who did a Saturday morning show called The Music Shop. John did the news from an adjacent studio with cardboard egg cartons on the walls for “proper acoustics.” Even at the age of 16, Landecker had “the pipes.” That was “Only the Beginning,” a song later made famous by the rock group Chicago.
John Records Landecker is best known for his many years at Chicago’s legendary 50,000-watt monster WLS AM 890, where his nighttime show blasted out the hits over nearly 40 states, and made him a radio god to millions of young people across the country. It was at WLS that he created one of the first interactive phone features on Top 40 radio, known as “Boogie-Check.”
His middle name was his mother’s last name — Marjorie Records — from Indiana. Ironically, today John lives in Michigan City, Indiana. John said, “I’ve told the story about my name so many times that in 2015 I authored a book entitled Records Truly is My Middle Name. So, don’t put quotation marks on Records.”
Prior to landing in the Windy City, John paid his dues working at a handful of Michigan stations like WTRX/Flint, WERX/Grand Rapids (where his daughter Tracy was born), and later, while a student at Michigan State, he became the “John Records Landecker Radio Leviathon“ on Lansing’s 1320/WILS. As a promo, WILS put Landecker’s draft card — with Records as his middle name — on the back of a music survey. He was just one semester from graduating from MSU when a tempting job offer came from Philadelphia’s iconic WIBG Radio 99. Surprise!
When he got to WIBG he was given the name Scott Walker. After a few months, the station was sold to Buckley who fired the PD, Paul Drew. As he left, Drew asked him: “What do you want to do?” John said, ”I want to go back on the air as John Records Landecker.” Drew said, ”You’ll never be a success using that name.” Sometimes the PD is wrong. While at WIBG, Landecker’s second daughter, Amy, was born. Today, John’s eldest daughter Tracy is the lead singer of an LA punk band called The Walker Brigade, and Amy is an actress in LA with an ever-growing list of credits to her name. It was while John was at WIBG that his on-air work caught the attention of WLS, and that’s when his star really began to shine.
After an incredible run at The Big 89 from 1972 through 1981, he was lured away to do mornings in Toronto at CFTR 680 AM, for more money and a new challenge. Then it was back to Chicago, with stops at The Loop, WCKG, and again at WLS. In 1989, The Big 89 flipped to talk, so Landecker went to Cleveland for mornings on Power 108. After that it was a third return to Chicago and a 10-year run doing mornings on WJMK 104.3 FM, while teamed with Catherine Johns — two johns…no waiting! When his contract was not renewed, John did some talk radio at WGN with PD Mary June Rose, and at WLS with PD Kipper McGee, followed by afternoons on The True Oldies Channel and nights on 94.7 WLS-FM. In 2007 and 2008, McGee orchestrated a Music Radio 89 throwback called the WLS Rewind on Memorial Day, and John recalls, “I was there for both of them. Truly a fun time. What an amazing event!”
Not enjoying what radio had become, John quit in 2015. He said, “that’s quit, not retired.
Of course, the full John Landecker story is in his book "Records Truly Is My Middle Name" which is one of the crown jewels of the Eckhartz Press catalogue.
Pick up your copy today.
Good in Chicago
OJ is on Twitter
The saddest thing about this story is that he got a half million followers in one day.
I'm starting to wonder if America is the greatest country in the world or not. The evidence seems to be mounting in the wrong direction these past few years.
No More Gender Stereotypes?
Hmmm. On the one hand, that sounds like a very forward thinking way of approaching things. On the other hand, I wrote a book called "Father Knows Nothing."