Quick question…is it Christmas yet? pic.twitter.com/0sWhGxgW5t— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) December 17, 2020
Friday, December 18, 2020
Thursday, December 17, 2020
From today's Robert Feder column--it looks like WGN has finally named a replacement for Orion Samuelson who will be retiring at the end of this month...
When the legendary Orion Samuelson retires at the end of the month after 60 years at WGN 720-AM, he’ll turn over the agribusiness beat to Steve Alexander, who’s been a news-and-business anchor and reporter at the Nexstar Media Group news/talk station since 2007. “Steve grew up on a farm and has the knowledge to know what is important to our audience of farmers, food producers and consumers,” Big O said of his successor. “I am delighted that he is available to continue the WGN tradition of serving this most important audience.” Alexander, who also co-wrote and published Samuleson’s 2012 autobiography, You Can’t Dream Big Enough, said: “When I’ve filled in for Orion over the past 12 years, I’ve often joked that he gave me the key to the tractor, and I was able to keep it out of the ditch until he returned. Come next month, I’ll try to keep the tractor upright and continue Orion’s efforts to explain how important agriculture is to all of us.”
What was Elvis like? How did it feel to box Donny Osmond? What about the day Danny got Jonathon Brandmeier to scream in fear? All of that is covered in our chat with this week's guest, my old Loop colleague Danny Bonaduce. https://t.co/e1JJCZaOHl— Rick Kaempfer (@RickKaempfer) December 17, 2020
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Now that the Negro Leagues have officially been re-classified as a Major League, this man's name is going to be all over the record books...
Satchel Paige on Pitching 160+ games in a row for 3 straight years. 👑 pic.twitter.com/6rfnsTqQws— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) December 16, 2020
On this day in 1979, George Halas Jr. passed away. The son of the NFL Founder was a Bears executive too, but he died four years before his father. Eckhartz Press author Chet Coppock got to know the younger Halas (known as Mugs) and dedicated a chapter to him in his book “Your Dime, My Dance Floor”. We present it to you today as a free excerpt in honor of Mugs and Chet.
From Robert Feder's column this morning...
Melissa McGurren, the pride of Portage, Indiana, who rose from traffic reporter to full-fledged co-host of Eric Ferguson’s top-rated morning show, is out after more than two decades at WTMX 101.9-FM.
Officials of the Hubbard Radio hot adult-contemporary station ended speculation today about McGurren’s lengthy absence and announced a parting of the ways. She is expected to be paid through the end of the year, when her contract expires.
A statement released by the company alludes to a contract extension offer it says McGurren turned down, but it provided no other details.
I'm not going to speculate on what happened here other than to say it's not a simple contract dispute. I think this will be a big loss for the show.
I previously interviewed Melissa for Shore Magazine. You can read that here.
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
He coined the term “Rock and Roll” and yet few people remember the disc jockey Alan Freed. In his Eckhartz Press book “Turn it Up,” author Bob Shannon chronicles Freed’s contributions. On the 99th anniversary of Freed’s birth, we present this free excerpt from Shannon’s book…
Monday, December 14, 2020
Signature Shoes: The Athletes Who Wore Them and Delightful Pop Culture Nuggets. Ryan Trembath, Eckhartz Press, November 28, 2020, Trade Paperback, 154 pages.
Reviewed by Brian R. Johnston.
As you’ve witnessed some of the greatest moments in sports history, have you ever wondered about the story behind the shoes that the athletes are wearing? If so, you’re in for a real treat, as Ryan Trembath has recently released his book, Signature Shoes: The Athletes Who Wore Them and Delightful Pop Culture Nuggets. I just completed the book and, as a big sports fan, I found it to be a fascinating read.
In the introduction, the author says, “The intentions of this book are to chronicle every signature shoe leading up to the Jordans and immediately following.” I would say that the author did a great job with this. The book is broken into many small chapters, each telling the story behind a signature shoe. It starts with a brief history of the origins of the idea of a signature shoe, followed by chapters on many different shoes that span the history of sports such as basketball, tennis, soccer, and others.
The author goes into a lot of detail describing each shoe, including what it looked like and why it was important in history. The majority of the book covers the 1970s, though there are also chapters from before then, as well as on the 1980s and 1990s. Mixed in with details about the shoes are entertaining explanations about pop culture trends that were taking place during the time each shoe was popular to place the shoes in historical context.
The book is easy to read, with clear language and without a lot of jargon that would make it difficult to understand. The author clearly has a passion for his topic, as it frequently shows throughout the book. In the middle, a section of photos shows the shoes he talks about
Whether you’re a fan of history, sports, collectibles, or all of the above, Signature Shoes would be an interesting read, and I recommend it to anyone who likes to study these topics.