Friday, August 23, 2019

Kathy Hart

From Robert Feder's column this morning...

Kathy Hart, once one-half of the most popular morning duo in Chicago radio history, is heading out west. Hart’s agent, Steve Mandell, confirmed Thursday that she’s moving to Bozeman, Montana, for personal and family reasons. While Hart is open to employment there, he said, she has no job lined up at this time. Hart most recently had been filling in at Tribune Broadcasting news/talk WGN 720-AM. But she’s best known for her 21 years as Eric Ferguson’s partner on Hubbard Radio hot adult-contemporary WTMX 101.9-FM. She parted company with The Mix in 2017 — less than a year after Eric & Kathy were inducted in the Radio Hall of Fame.

US-99 Morning Show

From this morning's RAMP Newsletter...

Stand by for the official quote-filled press release, but RAMP has learned that Scotty Kay has joined the recently launched morning show on Entercom Country WUSN (US99)/Chicago. In late June we reported that Kay had resigned as co-host of Scotty K & Bret Mega Mornings on Cumulus Top 40 KLIF-FM (Hot 93.3)/Dallas and announced he was relocating back to Chicago to once again be a fulltime dad to his son, Chance.

"I'm not sure my heart could be any more full," Kay posted. "Three weeks ago I took a risk for happiness. I quit my job to be closer to my son and bring my family together. Now, because of [US99 PD] Kenny Jay, [VP of Programming] Todd Cavanah and everyone at Entercom Communications, I get the chance to do what I love, in the city that I love, with the people that I love. I'm beyond excited to get back into Country radio. I get to join the incredibly talented Jason Pullman, Katie Bright Christenson and Erin Creedon to bring really special radio to Chicago, on the legendary US99, Chicago's Hottest Country. Call me a crazy, but this all seems too perfect!" Kay added, "Surround yourself with good people, and good things happen. Get ready for some really, really good things! Now someone please get my Florida girl fiancé Shelby a really warm coat!"

Thursday, August 22, 2019


I'm in. Can't wait for this one...

Spicey is Dancing with the Stars

Remember Sean Spicer? He was the press secretary for the president when they still did something called press briefings. And he lied every day.

Well, now he's got a new job. He's going to be (probably the first one cut) on Dancing with the Stars. From Politico this morning, a preview...

Two black-shirted production assistants rolled out a lectern to the applause of an in-studio audience waving gold cheer poms, and Spicer offered a wave and a single clap before taking his seat in a director's chair alongside country music singer and former “American Idol” aspirant Lauren Alaina.

“Now that everybody is assembled, honestly — and ignore the fact we're on live television — how many of you are having second thoughts already?” Bergeron asked after the contenders had been revealed. Spicer raised his hand.

“The nice thing is, Sean will be in charge of assessing audience size,” Bergeron later quipped.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Sunset at Wrigley

Went to the game last night and it was absolutely perfect. The temperature was in the low 70s, the atmosphere was electric, there were six homers hit, and the Cubs won. Great night.

I thought my picture was good. This one is better...

National Radio Day

It's been a busy few days in the Eckhartz Press offices. Sorry for not posting. Yesterday was National Radio Day and I found a few photos from my radio days. These cover the years 1988--2000...

Monday, August 19, 2019

RIP Cedric

He was part of the last Bears Super Bowl team. Sorry to hear the news of his passing in a motorcycle accident over the weekend. Cedric was only 36.

Kudlow is loaded

If he's not drunk here, he's having a stroke...

Minutia Men

Rick and Dave talk about sweaty centers, tech-savvy kid savants, inappropriate funeral gifts, Rick’s brush with Jay Leno, and they interview improv artist/author/radio guy Brendan Sullivan. (Ep146)

Listen to it here.

Jersey Shake

The Cubs have a new dance, taught to them by the little leaguers. It's called The Jersey Shake...