Friday, November 01, 2019

Jenniffer Weigel

This month's Illinois Entertainer is out and includes my interview with WLS's Jenniffer Weigel.

You can read it here.

My favorite Minutia Men review

I especially like the "not over the top smart"...

★★★★★ 5 out of 5 stars.
Curiously Smart
At first I thought this was a show where a couple of comedians talk about current events, standard stuff. But after a couple of episodes you realize that there is considerable depth to their banter. Not over-the-top crazy smart, but pretty insightful. Also their celebrity interviews are fantastic.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

It's snowing in Chicago too

The history of Take Me Out to the Ballgame

This is a fascinating read. I never thought of the song as having a feminist message.

Once you read about the history of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" you won't be able to hear it any other way.

Also, love the name of the woman who inspired it: Trixie Friganza.

Free Kicks--A Star is Born

In this week's episode we talk about the emergence of American superstar Christian Pulisic.

Listen to it here.

Happy Halloween

The best Halloween song...

Wednesday, October 30, 2019


I set up my first instagram account today. (I know, I know, I'm a little behind the times here). When I got on Instagram I discovered there were three people impersonating me. First of all, what a weird person to impersonate. Secondly, if you were following "Rick Kaempfer" before today, it wasn't really me. Here's the real instagram address: Nothing really posted yet. Still figuring it out.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A contrast in style

And class. And grace. And intelligence.

Can you find Botswana on a map?

According to scientists, we all came from there originally. From

Africa has long been regarded as the cradle of humankind, but scientists seeking a more specific location have narrowed in on northern Botswana as the "homeland" for all modern humans, according to a new study.

There, south of the Greater Zambezi River Basin, which includes northern Botswana and parts of Namibia and Zimbabwe, the ancestors of Homo sapiens began 200,000 years ago, the researchers said.

Their new study, published Monday in the journal Nature, suggests that the ancestors of modern humans thrived for 70,000 years in this region before climate change led them to migrate out of Africa and eventually span the globe.

Chicago Radio Ratings

This information comes from Robert Feder's column today. If you want the day-part breakdowns, click here. The Mix is #1 in mornings and afternoons. My old pals Bob Stroud (the Drive) and Greg Brown (WLS) are tied for #1 in middays.

1. WTMX 101.9-FM hot adult contemporary, 5.5 (4.2)
2. WVAZ 102.7-FM urban adult contemporary, 5.4 (5.7)
3. WDRV 97.1-FM classic rock, 5.2 (5.4)
4. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM all news, 4.9 (4.8)
5. WLS 94.7-FM classic hits, 4.8 (4.9)
6. (tie) WSCR 670-AM sports talk, 4.3 (4.3); WLIT 93.9-FM adult contemporary, 4.3 (4.2)
8. WXRT 93.1-FM adult album alternative, 3.8 (3.5)
9. WGN 720-AM news talk, 3.5 (3.2)
10. (tie) WRME 87.7-FM soft rock oldies, 3.4 (3.3); WSHE 100.3-FM adult contemporary, 3.4 (2.9)
12. WBEZ 91.5-FM public radio news talk, 3.3 (2.9)
13. WKQX 101.1-FM alternative rock, 3.1 (3.4)
14. (tie) WBMX 104.3-FM classic hip hop, 3.0 (3.2); WKSC 103.5-FM Top 40, 3.0 (3.5)
16. WOJO 105.1-FM Mexican regional, 2.9 (3.0)
17. WBBM 96.3-FM Top 40, 2.8 (2.9)
18. WGCI 107.5-FM urban contemporary, 2.4 (2.5)
19. WLS 890-AM news talk, 2.3 (1.7)
20. WUSN 99.5-FM country, 2.0 (2.7)
21. (tie) WLEY 107.9-FM Mexican regional, 1.8 (2.1); WMVP 1000-AM sports talk, 1.8 (1.6); WPPN 106.7-FM Spanish adult contemporary, 1.8 (1.7)
24. WVIV 93.5-FM Spanish contemporary, 1.4 (1.4)
25. WEBG 95.5-FM country, 1.3 (1.5)
26. WSSR 96.7-FM adult contemporary, 1.1 (1.0)
27. (tie) WCKL 97.9-FM contemporary Christian, 1.0 (1.1); WERV 95.9-FM classic hits, 1.0 (1.0); WMBI 90.1-FM Christian ministry, 1.0 (0.8)
30. (tie) WFMT 98.7-FM classical, 0.7 (0.8); WZSR 105.5-FM hot adult contemporary 0.7 (0.7)

Rick on the Radio

Fun interview last night on WGN. Andrea Darlas treated me like a true journalist. I was on with Channel 2 anchorman Brad Edwards. At one point he told a tale of saving a homeless woman in Detroit. When Andrea asked me my proudest accomplishment, I almost said "I wrote 'King of Farts' for John Landecker, but I pulled it together in time to say something a little more appropriate.

Listen to the interview here.

Monday, October 28, 2019

I want to believe, I really do...

...but I'm not sure about this hire. These boys need a swift kick, not a buddy. Hopefully Ross brings his kicking shoes.

Rick on the Radio

If you're near a radio tonight (Monday), tune in to WGN-AM 720 between 7pm--8pm. I'll be on for the full hour with Andrea Darlas. We'll talk about my Cubs book ( and whatever else she has in mind. Looking foward to it.

Trump Wanders Outside of Bubble

The full story is here.

Da Bears

This is how bad it's gotten with the Bears.

I watched the Liverpool-Tottenham game instead. And I didn't even think about switching over until halftime.

I watched two drives (interception, fumble), and switched it back to the Liverpool game for the second half.

Everyone Loves Minutia Men

Recent reviews for Minutia Men, via Apple Podcasts...

Binge Worthy
★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by plyamber65 from United States of America on October 14, 2019
This is a great podcast to binge a few episodes at a time. Quirky news stories, fun hosts and great guests.

Ok, new favorite comedy duo!
★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by loveboyyyy from United States of America on October 11, 2019
These hombres crack me up. Great mix of topics and hilarious banter! This is a comedy pod you def need to add to your playlist. Perfect for my long commute!

Life’s about the little things
★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by Michael Paul Smith from United States of America on October 11, 2019
And these guys are here for them (and you). You’ll feel like you’re in on every joke, because their chemistry is warm, funny, and inclusive. Get into it!

Good Stuff
★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by WTPC85 from United States of America on October 7, 2019
They have voices for radio and our spot on with their content. They sound like they have been friends forever. Cheers!!

Binge Worthy
★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by inacitylikeyours from United States of America on October 5, 2019
I’m always looking for podcasts that are not True Crime. I am a true crime junkie, and like to break up the murder with something more light. This podcast is one of those easy to get into podcasts. Check them out

Minutia Men--Yes Please

Free Kicks--Old Trafford

Adam and Rick discuss the power of Manchester United’s home stadium–Old Trafford. Also, play along with the Guess the Premier League Star game. Can you guess him before Adam does?

Listen to it here.