Friday, August 07, 2020

Nudist Chases Wild Boar

A German nudist had the last laugh after giving chase to a wild boar that had run off with a bag containing his laptop.

Pictures posted on social media show the naked man running after a sow and her two piglets to the mirth of fellow bathers at Berlin's Teufelssee, or Devil's Lake.

German daily Bild reported Friday that the man, who wasn't identified, succeeded in recovering his pilfered laptop.

Wild boars are common in the forests around Berlin and can occasionally be seen venturing through city parks in search of food.

Fox Corp's "Don't Do What i Do, Do What I Say"

Something you should keep in mind every time you hear a Fox News host, pundit, or guest advise that we should be reopening schools or anything else: Fox News employees are still working from home, and their boss has announced they won't be returning until after the first of the year.

Friggin hypocrites. 

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Free Kicks--Champions League Preview

Adam Howarth take off his Chelsea-blue goggles during our Champions League preview? What do you think?

The Who during COVID

Which guy is *actually* losing it?

This guy.

More info about Landecker

This is exciting news for John. According to Robert Feder's column today...

When Radio Hall of Famer John Records Landecker fills in next week for morning host Bob Sirott on WGN 720-AM, there may be a lot riding on it for both Landecker and the Nexstar Media Group news/talk station. If all goes well, insiders said, Landecker could be in line to host Monday through Friday evenings and serve as Sirott’s regular substitute in mornings, starting this fall. The two Chicago radio legends have been friends since they worked together at WLS 890-AM during its Top 40 heyday in the 1970s. “Listeners are going to discover that John’s middle name truly is ‘talk,’” Sirott joked. Meanwhile, one familiar voice we won’t be hearing on WGN is Garry Meier. Management sources confirmed there were talks with Meier about replacing afternoon host Roe Conn (whose contract is up at year’s end). But serious negotiations never got off the ground, and WGN bosses quietly dropped the idea.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Minutia Men Celebrity Interview--Glenn Slater


Landecker on WGN

From Radio Ink...

John “Records” Landecker is returning to the airwaves for a short stint on WGN Radio AM 720. The Chicago radio legend will host the morning show the week of August 10.

Landecker will fill in for morning drive host Bob Sirott. Landecker, who is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and The National Radio Hall of Fame; was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame this Spring.

“Listeners are going to discover that John’s middle name truly is ‘talk,” said Sirott.

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

One Basil Fawlty

RIP Michael Smith

Chicago songwriter, folk singer, and musician has passed away. This is a great tribute.

This is my favorite song of his. Steve Goodman's version.

Meet the New Boss

Same as the old boss. Read this tidbit from Robert Feder's column today and understand everything that is wrong with consolidated media... 

With Nexstar Media Group’s “News Nation” primetime newscast set to debut September 1 on WGN America, anchors and correspondents from competing networks may no longer be welcome as guests on WGN 720-AM, the company’s news/talk station. Sean Compton, the Nexstar executive vice president who oversees WGN, told staffers in a memo Monday: “Now, with News Nation launching, that will be our go-to for national news talent needs. No more CNN or Fox News personalities — let’s promote and encourage our own product.” Also declared persona non grata on WGN Radio: Svengoolie, the iconic horror-movie host played for more than 40 years by Rich Koz. “As part of Nexstar Media, it’s frustrating to see our own talent promoting and encouraging competitive podcasts and media,” Compton wrote. “This past weekend we had a talent promoting Svengoolie who works at Me-TV. Remember that we own Antenna TV, and Me-TV is a primary competitor.”

Remember this--doing a radio show is not about entertaining and informing the audience. The only thing that matters is promoting the brand and keeping the advertisers happy. This is why I don't miss being in radio. I got fed up having these arguments in meetings. The listeners are merely an afterthought.


If you've ever wondered what would happen if reporters/interviewers stopped President Trump during his crazy-town diatribes and corrected each falsehood, wonder no more....

Monday, August 03, 2020

Chicago Radio Ratings

Thanks to Robert Feder for publishing these today. Check the article for full daypart breakdowns...

Here are Chicago’s top 30 radio stations from 6 a.m. to midnight Monday through Sunday, as measured by Nielsen Audio from June 18 to July 15, followed by format and average quarter-hour share of listeners age 6 and older (with previous month’s share in parentheses):

1. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM all news, 7.0 (6.9)

2. WDRV 97.1-FM classic rock, 6.0 (6.4)

3. WVAZ 102.7-FM R&B, 5.7 (5.6)

4. WTMX 101.9-FM hot adult contemporary, 5.2 (4.8)

5. WLIT 93.9-FM adult contemporary, 5.0 (5.5)

6. WLS 94.7-FM classic hits, 4.6 (5.2)

7. WXRT 93.1-FM adult album alternative, 4.5 (3.9)

8. WKSC 103.5-FM Top 40, 3.7 (3.3)

9. WGN 720-AM news talk, 3.3 (4.5)

10. WBEZ 91.5-FM public radio news talk, 3.2 (3.8)

11. WOJO 105.1-FM Mexican regional, 3.1 (3.8)

12. (tie) WGCI 107.5-FM hip-hop, 2.9 (2.8); WKQX 101.1-FM alternative rock, 2.9 (2.8)

14.(tie) WUSN 99.5-FM country, 2.7 (2.5); WBBM 96.3-FM Top 40, 2.7 (2.0); WRME 87.7-FM soft rock oldies, 2.7 (3.0); WSHE 100.3-FM adult contemporary, 2.7 (2.3)

18. WBMX 104.3-FM classic hip hop, 2.6 (2.2)

19. WPPN 106.7-FM Spanish adult contemporary, 2.4 (2.0)

20. WEBG 95.5-FM country, 2.1 (1.7)

21. (tie) WLEY 107.9-FM Mexican regional, 2.0 (2.5); WLS 890-AM news talk, 2.0 (2.0)

23. WSCR 670-AM sports talk, 1.5 (1.5)

24. WPWX 92.3-FM hip-hop, 1.4 (1.6)

25. WVIV 93.5-FM Spanish contemporary, 1.2 (1.2)

26. WCKL 97.9-FM contemporary Christian music, 1.1 (1.3)

27. WMVP 1000-AM sports talk, 1.0 (0.8)

28. (tie) WFMT 98.7-FM classical 0.8 (0.6); WSRB 106.3-FM R&B, 0.8 (0.7)

30. WERV 95.9-FM classic hits, 0.6 (0.5)


Republican National Convention Says Press Not Welcome

This is not an Onion headline. It's real. The Republicans are banning the press from their convention. Trump will be renominated behind closed doors. America 2020. Four more years?

Fox Loses a Murdoch

The on-going soap opera that is Rupert Murdoch's family has taken a new turn. Youngest son James Murdoch has resigned from News Corp over disagreements regarding editorial content. Variety has the details.

Sounds like James can't stomach what News Corp is doing to America. I understand that. If Fox News disappeared tomorrow, America would be a better place immediately. They pour gasoline on the fire every night. They inject toxic ooze into our bloodstream. Even the son of the founder doesn't want to be associated with it anymore.

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Minutia Men

The San Diego Chicken

In today's Washington Post, the San Diego Chicken (Ted Giannoulus) argues that the show must go on in baseball, depite the illnesses.

Last year we had Ted on Minutia Men, and he told us a great story about Elvis.

These two stories have only one connection--the San Diego Chicken. Do you need more?

RIP Wilford Brimley

Loved him in The Natural. If my math is correct, he was only 49 years old when he filmed this. I suddenly feel like a million bucks.