Friday, October 02, 2020

Free Kicks--Upsets Galore

The Trumps Have Covid

 Yes, of course it's tempting to point out the irony of the mask-mocking-everything-is-fine-quit-your-whining-about-200,000 dead people madman getting COVID himself. I'll admit it, my first thought was, God finally said, "Oh, for cryin out loud, move aside, I got this."

But, I must also admit that moments after thinking that, I felt bad, and I don't actually want anything bad to happen to the man or his wife. I personally know five people who have died from COVID-19. It's awful. I don't wish it on it anyone, even the man who called it a hoax long after he knew it wasn't one.

Get well soon, Mr. President. You too, First Lady.

I know it doesn't sound like I mean it, but I actually do.

Richard Milne

 Thanks so much to Robert Feder for his nice mention of my Richard Milne column in the Illinois Entertainer. He wrote...

Richard Milne, the humble morning star of Entercom adult album alternative WXRT 93.1-FM, gets the profile treatment from Rick Kaempfer in the October issue of Illinois Entertainer. (Here is the link.) The Chicago native and graduate of Addison Trail High School and Southern Illinois University toiled for more than three decades before moving up to the big time. “If you want to be a full-time on-air music personality, with the ability to choose not all, but a significant amount of what you play, WXRT is the pinnacle of this business,” he told Kaempfer. “To have been granted permission to turn on that microphone and say those call letters is a great honor. All that time I was waiting in the wings, I would have given an eye-tooth to be given a full-time slot, and yes I felt I deserved it, but I realized how great that full-time lineup was, and I understood the situation perfectly.”

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Richard Milne


The October issue of Illinois Entertainer is out and includes my interview with WXRT morning man Richard Milne.

You can read it here.

JRL Back on the Radio

 From Robert Feder's column this morning...

John Records Landecker can’t wait to get started. Following up on a report here Wednesday that Landecker had postposed his debut as evening host at WGN 720-AM until the Chicago White Sox complete postseason play, he’s decided to launch his show next week no matter what. “I guess I’m like the CDC . . . I changed my mind,” the Radio Hall of Famer told me. Starting Monday, “The John Landecker Radio Oasis” will air from 7 to 10 p.m. weeknights on the Nexstar Media Group news/talk station. Explaining the show’s title, Landecker said: “It is a three-hour oasis from the stressful world we all share. All that stuff you heard all day? I’m not talking about any of it. I’m going for entertainment and fun. Will there be music? Yes, but in a way that is totally unique. Boogie Check? Yes. Stay tuned — more will be revealed!”

Another Book of the Year Finalist!

Congratulations to Eckhartz Press author Roger Badesch! His memoir "The Unplanned Life" is a finalist for the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year in the Indie Non-Fiction category!


Traditional Fiction
The River at Night by Kevin Huizenga
The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah
Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore

Indie Fiction
Tell Me a Lie by Dana Killion
Still Come Home by Katy Schultz

Traditional Nonfiction
From Miniskirt to Hijab by Jacqueline Saper
The Distance Between by Timothy J. Hillegonds

Indie Nonfiction
Eyeless Mind by Stephanie Duesing
From Inspiration to Activism by Mary Lang Sollinger
The Unplanned Life by Roger Badesch

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

RIP Mac Davis

Another icon from my youth is gone. Mac Davis was 78. You might remember him as an actor (North Dallas 40) or a recording artist ("I believe in music", "Baby baby don't get hooked on me") or a TV star (The Mac Davis Show), but to me he was first and foremost a great songwriter. He wrote a couple of big hits for the King, including this one...

Yes, he's racist

This is not a debate any longer, but if you still need examples for your blind MAGA friends...

She was strong, she was invicible

RIP to Helen Reddy, who passed away today at the age of 78.

Minutia Men Celebrity Interview--Tommy Chong

 One of the biggest thrills in my podcasting career. If you would have told the 12-year-old Ricky he would one day talk to Tommy Chong, he never would have believed it.

Chicago Radio Ratings

 Robert Feder has the details, analysis, and the daypart breakouts. This is the overall radio ratings in Chicago...

1. WVAZ 102.7-FM R&B, 8.6 (6.0)
2. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM all news, 6.4 (7.3)
3. (tie) WXRT 93.1-FM adult album alternative, 4.7 (4.9); WLIT 93.9-FM adult contemporary, 4.7 (5.7)
5. WDRV 97.1-FM classic rock, 4.5 (4.7)
6. WLS 94.7-FM classic hits, 4.4 (4.4)
7. WTMX 101.9-FM hot adult contemporary, 4.2 (5.5)
8. WOJO 105.1-FM Mexican regional, 3.8 (3.7)
9. (tie) WSCR 670-AM sports talk, 3.2 (2.5); WBEZ 91.5-FM public radio news talk, 3.2 (3.4)
11. (tie) WGN 720-AM news talk, 3.1 (3.6); WKSC 103.5-FM Top 40, 3.1 (3.5)
13. (tie) WBMX 104.3-FM classic hip hop, 2.8 (2.6); WRME 87.7-FM soft rock oldies, 2.8 (2.8); WSHE 100.3-FM adult contemporary, 2.8 (2.7)
16. WBBM 96.3-FM Top 40, 2.7 (2.7)
17. WPPN 106.7-FM Spanish adult contemporary, 2.6 (2.7)
18. WGCI 107.5-FM hip-hop, 2.5 (2.4)
19. WUSN 99.5-FM country, 2.3 (2.3)
20. (tie) WKQX 101.1-FM alternative rock, 2.2 (2.5); WLEY 107.9-FM Mexican regional, 2.2 (1.9)
22. WLS 890-AM news talk, 2.1 (1.9)
23. WEBG 95.5-FM country, 1.8 (2.1)
24. WPWX 92.3-FM hip-hop, 1.5 (1.5)
25. WCPT 820-AM progressive talk 1.3 (0.3)
26. WVIV 93.5-FM Spanish contemporary, 1.2 (1.2)
27. (tie) WFMT 98.7-FM classical 0.9 (0.9); WMVP 1000-AM sports talk, 0.9 (1.0)
29. (tie) WCKL 97.9-FM contemporary Christian music, 0.7 (0.8); WSRB 106.3-FM R&B, 0.7 (0.7)

Worst. Debate. Ever.

The pundits are correct. But I will say this...Donald Trump locked up the asshole vote last night. Unfortunately for him, he already had all of them.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Minutia Men--Fido Vs. Phones

Biggest Story Over the Weekend

New Twitter Policy

 I wasn't aware of this policy, which probably means I'm not sharing articles I haven't read. From Mashable...

See a cool headline, retweet it. Easy, right?

Sure it is, but if you haven't actually read the article, you may be retweeting nonsense, or — even worse — completely false information. 

To combat this, Twitter started testing a new feature in June, asking users whether they had actually read an article before retweeting it. Now, the company says it's pleased with the results of the test, and will soon start rolling out the feature globally. 

During the test period, Twitter says it found that people opened articles 40 percent more often after seeing the prompt. This lead to more informed retweeting, with 33 percent more people actually opening the articles before retweeting them. Twitter points out that, in some cases, people read the article and gave up on retweeting it, which is probably a good sign. 

The Man Who Makes The Final Election Call at Fox News

 Very interesting article in the New York Times about the man at Fox News who will be making the call on election night.

It sounds like he's not going to allow an "official" early call declaring Trump the president, but read the article. The amount of pressure he will be under to do so is slightly terrifying, and the lack of official news structure there is in the Fox "News" "newsroom" is illuminating.

If Fox News falsely declares Trump president, we will be in a constitutional crisis.

Counting on them to prevent one will keep me up at night.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

This year's MLB playoff matchups

 MLB Playoffs. Here are the matchups...


No. 8 Toronto Blue Jays at No. 1 Tampa Bay Rays

No. 5 New York Yankees at No. 4 Cleveland Indians

No. 6 Houston Astros at No. 3 Minnesota Twins

No. 7 Chicago White Sox at No. 2 Oakland Athletics


No. 8 Milwaukee Brewers at No. 1 Los Angeles Dodgers

No. 5 St. Louis Cardinals at No. 4 San Diego Padres

No. 6 Miami Marlins at No. 3 Chicago Cubs

No. 7 Cincinnati Reds at No. 2 Atlanta Braves