Friday, July 19, 2019

Paul Musical

OK, this has got my brain moving...

(I saw her standing there)
She is just 17,
My Bedford Falls queen,
And the way she looks,
In that swimming robe,
If I step on the bottom of that robe now,
She will not be clothed.

(Get Back)
Georgey was a man, who thought he was a loser,
Working with and for his dad,
Georgey had a giant trunk, but couldn't use 'er,
That kept makin' him mad

(Let it Be)
When I find myself in times of trouble,
Mary Bailey comes to me,
George lassos stork now,
More Baileys

(Uncle Albert)
We're so sorry, Uncle Billy,
We're so sorry, that you've lost the loot again, my friend
We're so sorry, Uncle Billy,
But without that loot, our new home will be in the state pen

(Live and Let Die)
When you were young,
always sledding on a shovel George,
You used to say "Hee Haw Harry"
(you know you did, you know you did, you know you did)
But lets say you weren't there the day he fell in,
You could kiss him goodbye,
Harry would die.

Martini's bar was a place I could stay,
But now they tell me I should go away,
I said "C'mon Nick, man, whadda ya say?"
He looked at me,
Called me and Clarence two pixies,
And threw us through the door onto the street,
Oh I believe,
That Nick's a creep.

Bailey, greatest man that we have met,
Please don't worry, there's no to fret,
Don't be upset
We collected money to help pay off all your debt

(Let 'em in)
Press that button by the door,
when you hear a bell,
There's an angel somewhere,
feelin' so swell,
Do 'em a favor,
ring that bell,
get his wings.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Kennedy Center Honors

Breaking new ground with this year's nominees. The first TV show to be honored. From Deadline...

Sesame Street, actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt, R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire and conductor and San Francisco Symphony co-founder Michael Tilson Thomas have been named the 2019 recipients of the 42nd annual Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements.

I think we can all agree on Sesame Street, right? Let me know if that has also become a political football.

Savages in the Box

I think this means he thinks his boys can hit the ball well and need good strikes and balls to be called. His technique is a little more colorful...

Club 400

I accompanied Eckhartz Press authors Randy Richardson and Becky Sarwate Maxwell last night to Club 400 in Lake in the Hills for a Cubs party. It was incredible. They raised six figures for charity, and I got to meet Willson Contreras, Carlos Zambrano, and more. Thanks so much to our host Stewart, and we hope the 200+ people who went home with copies of "Cubsessions" really enjoy the book.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

What he said

And this was before the nazi chanting last night...


I haven't seen them since the night John Landecker was inducted into the Hall of Fame. They were engaged already at that time. Very happy for them...

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

RIP Ernie Broglio

Sad news. Former Cub Ernie Broglio has passed away at the age of 83. Here's his updated entry in #everycubever...

~Ernie Broglio 1935--2019 (Cubs 1964-1967)
It’s too bad that Broglio’s name has become a punchline. He was actually a pretty good pitcher before the Cubs traded Lou Brock to get him. Broglio was a former 20-game winner and was coming off an 18-win year, but he was not happy to be traded to the Cubs. He never liked the day games because he felt the batters could see the ball better, and though he didn’t tell anyone, he was beginning to get arm problems. He won four games with the Cubs the second half of 1964, but his elbow blew up on him, and he won only three more games over the next two full years.

RIP Johnny Clegg

The African singer Johnny Clegg passed away this week. He was 63 years old. I really loved this song of his when he was in the group Juluka...

Textbook Racism

How on the money are people that called Trumps tweets racist? The exact phrase he used is mentioned in the government's own handbook about avoiding racism...

Stop debating this. The debate is over. He's a racist. Period.

1969 Cubs

Last night the Cubs wore their 1969 throw back jerseys. Because their numbers are retired, nobody on the Cubs wore the numbers of 1969 Cubs Ernie, Billy, Fergie or Ron last night. However, a few of the current Cubs did wear numbers of 1969 favs like...#9 Randy Hundley (Javy), #11 Don Kessinger (Yu Darvish), #12 Gene Oliver (Kyle Schwarber), #20 Oscar Gamble (Brandon Kinzler), #22 Paul Popovich (Jason Heyward), #27 Phil Regan (Addison Russell), #28 Jim Hickman (Kyle Hendricks), #29 Don Young (Brad Brach), #30 Ken Holtzman (Alec Mills), #32 Rich Nye (Tyler Chatwood), #34 Hank Aguirre (Jon Lester), and #38 Jim Colborn (Martin Maldanado).


Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens passed away yesterday. Here is his entry from our extended JOBC edition of everycubever...

~Justice John Paul Stevens (Cubs fan 1920-2019)
He was a moderate Republican when he was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Gerald R. Ford in 1975, and was later considered the most liberal member of the Supreme Court, but Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens had other interests besides the law and politics. Namely Baseball. More specifically; Cubs baseball. Judge Stevens was born in Chicago in 1920. His father built the famous Stevens Hotel (which is now the Hilton), and John and his brothers posed as models for the bronze sculptures by the grand stairway. In 1932 at the age of 12, Stevens, who had become a huge Chicago Cubs fan, remembers sitting at Wrigley Field and watching Babe Ruth, in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the World Series, gesturing with his bat toward center field and hitting his famous “called shot” home run. He went to college in Chicago, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago in 1941. During those years, he was a frequent visitor to Wrigley Field. During the 1950s and 1960s while he practiced law in Chicago, he continued to follow his favorite team. Starting in 1975, however, after becoming a Supreme Court Justice, his visits to Chicago became less frequent. After retiring from the court, he lived in Washington & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. But every now and then, he still stopped by the favorite place of his youth. In 2005, at age 85, he threw the first pitch at a Cubs-Reds game at Wrigley Field and got it right over the plate. (Photo by AP Photos/Jeff Robertson)

New Night Jock at US99

From this morning's RAMP Newsletter...

RAMP has learned that Kimmie Caruba has exited her evening on-air position at Entercom Country WUSN (US 99)/Chicago after nearly three years, the result of corporate restructuring.

We have also confirmed that US 99 APD/MD Marci Braun will now annex the care and feeding of the US99 night show. A staff memo from PD Kenny Jay read, in part, "I'm excited that our very own Marci Braun will step into the evening on-air position at US99. She brings unmatched knowledge of the music, artists and Chicago to the table every day and now we will share it with our listeners on a consistent basis."

Caruba returned to her hometown of Chicago in Sept. 2016 to do nights on US99, earning the transfer and serious market bump up from then CBS Radio Phoenix, where she did nights on Country cousin KMLE and middays on Top 40 KALV (Live 101.5). Earlier career stops include Burlington, VT and Syracuse, NY. Caruba began her radio career at iHeartMedia Top 40 WKSC (Kiss FM)/Chicago interning for Fred & Angi twice.

"I had a dream of doing radio in my hometown & I still can’t believe that I actually lived that dream the past few years," Caruba tells RAMP. "I'm excited for the possibilities of what could come next!"

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Chance the Snapper

If you live in the Chicago area, we've been obsessed with an alligator seen in the Humboldt Park lagoon. They finally captured the scary beast last night, and he looks cute.

Tony Lossano

Our Minutia Men producer is in the news this morning, courtesy of Robert Feder...

Tony Lossano, the prolific producer of radio shows and podcasts, is going back to his roots. Starting Monday he’ll relaunch “Nude Hippo: The Podcast.” Ryan Chiaverini of “Windy City Live” will be Lossano’s first guest for the new series of one-on-one interviews. The new format is billed as “more intimate and memorable” than his previous broadcast ventures, including “Nude Hippo: Your Chicago Show” and “Lossano and Friends!” Lossano should have no trouble lining up guests. Over the years, he’s been a producer for such radio legends as Dick Biondi, John Records Landecker, Bob Sirott, Robert Murphy and Melissa Forman.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Minutia Men, Episode 141

EP141: Rick and Dave run with the bulls in Spain, expose brothers that fight more than you did, discuss Russians blessing weapons, do a Cubs tongue twister, talk about Rick’s brush with Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung, and interview Pulp Fiction/Boardwalk Empire/Walking Dead actor Paul Calderone.

Listen to it here.

Paul & Ringo

Totally jealous that I missed this...although let me point out that Paul could have gone right into "With a Little Help from My Friends" right after Sgt. Pepper. Ringo was right there.

Marty Brennaman

I've never forgiven him for the comments he made about Cub fans, and I was never a fan of his son, but I have to say he is a good baseball announcer. Not thrilled to learn we share a birthday, however. Good interview in the Sun Times...

Stone Cold Racist

I've known it since the birther years, and had it absolutely confirmed when he said there were "very fine people" among the torch-wielding Nazis who chanted "Jews will not replace us", but all doubt had to be removed even from his blind followers after he tweeted this yesterday...

“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” he tweeted. “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done.”

The Congresswomen he was tweeting about were all brown-skinned. Three of them were born in America. The president is a stone-cold racist. Period. End of discussion.