Friday, January 17, 2020

Free Kicks--Across the Pond episode 4

Adam and Rick discuss the star strikers of the Premier League (one injured, one red-carded, one setting records), and do their fourth installment of “Across the Pond”–a report from their visit to Chelsea. [Ep56]

Listen to it here.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Ted Giannoulas

One of our favorite interviews. This week we talk to the San Diego Chicken. His Elvis story alone is worth the listen.

Listen to it here.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

They just announced this year's inductees. They are...

*Depeche Mode
*The Doobie Brothers
*Whitney Houston
*Nine Inch Nails
*The Notorious B.I.G.

Imagine facing this team

5 of the players are from Liverpool...


Who do you agree with the most?

Interesting quiz in the Washington Post. They ask you 20 questions, and let you know which of the candidates agree with you. Then they tell you which one you agree with the most. For me, shockingly, it was Michael Bloomberg (followed by Biden/Klobuchar). Last place was Bernie.

Click here to do the quiz yourself.

Ron Smith obit

Robert Feder eulogized him today in his column...

No one knew more about oldies music in Chicago than Ron Smith. An on-air personality, program director and music director at four radio stations in the Chicago area, and author of five books on Top 40 music charts, he died Monday at 66. Smith, who graduated from Harold L. Richards High School in Oak Lawn and North Central College, also was a pioneering Internet radio programmer and consultant. “A brilliant and kind man who loved radio and radio people,” said longtime friend and colleague Tommy Edwards, who worked with Smith at the former Magic 104 WJMK and Real Oldies 1690. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church, 6980 South County Line Road in Burr Ridge.

Grammy Lineup

Pretty strong lineup of performers this year for the Grammy's. The show airs on January 26. Here's the scoop from the RAMP newsletter...

Demi Lovato took to Instagram to announce her involvement in the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. Much to the delight of her millions of fans, she posted, "I told you the next time you'd hear from me I'd be singing at #Grammys." Lovato joins previously announced performers Ariana Grande, Aerosmith, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani, plus host Alicia Keys, who will be returning for her second straight year as master of ceremonies for Music's Biggest Night. Hey, and speaking of Aerosmith, Variety reports that the two surviving members of Run-DMC -- The Rev. Joseph Simmons and Darryl McDaniels -- will perform with Aerosmith during that band's advertised medley of hits -- no doubt referring to their hugely successful 1986 collaboration on Aerosmith's classic, "Walk This Way." The group's third original member, DJ Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell died in 2002.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

RIP Ron Smith

I got word over the weekend that Chicago radio programmer (and author) Ron Smith passed away. Sorry to hear it. Ron and I corresponded frequently, although we never met face to face.

In 2011 I interviewed him for Chicago Radio Spotlight. It's a great overview of his career, and reveals his passion for radio.

RIP Ron. You will be missed.

Congrats to LSU

We have a lot of family in Louisiana (on Bridget's side), and lots of LSU grads. Happy for them...

Not budging on press briefings

In moments like last week's attack on Iran, it's glaring that there are no press briefings held anymore. I know when Sarah Sanders was in there, it was a lie-apalooza, but at least the White House had to answer for their behavior.

The White House received a letter yesterday from former press aides urging them to return to the old practice.

They refused. Amazingly, Fox News, which is supposed to be part of the press, is cheering on the decision.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Top 25!

Would you believe that the Illini are back in the top 25? It's been years.

Granted, they are #24, but baby steps.

Jimmy Johnson

I don't think I've ever rooted for Jimmy Johnson before, but this was a nice moment...

The Oscar Nominations

Check out the names in this category! Actor in a Supporting Role

Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood)
Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes)
Al Pacino (The Irishman)
Joe Pesci (The Irishman)
Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

The rest of the nominations are here.

Amy Louise Williams

From Robert Feder's column this morning. The driver of the car from Chet Coppock's accident last April has also passed away...

Amy Louise Williams, the former Chicago TV producer who was driving the car in which sportscaster Chet Coppock was fatally injured last year, died January 5 in South Carolina, according to her family. She was 50. The cause of death was not reported, but Williams underwent numerous surgeries after the accident near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, on April 6, 2019. The car she was driving veered across a highway median and struck another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Her injuries included two broken legs, two broken femurs, four broken ribs and a broken arm. “After a lifetime of brilliant triumphs and crippling struggles, Amy is finally at peace,” her sister, Erin Clark, wrote on Facebook. In 2001 Williams won a regional Emmy Award for a documentary on elder abuse in Chicago produced for PBS station WYCC-Channel 20.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Minutia Men--Reefer & Rutles

A timely interview in this week's Minutia Men episode. With marijuana's legalization in Illinois, we reached out to Billy Hayes, the man who wrote (and lived) "Midnight Express". We also played back an interview with the recently departed Neil Innes (of Monty Python fame).

Listen to it here.