Saturday, February 05, 2022
Thanks so much to Jim O'Donnell at the Daily Herald. This was part of his column in the Sunday version of the paper...
Also from the Eckhartz file, Der Bookman said that Jim Baumann's "Grammar Moses" ($20) was the holiday season's bestseller. (Topping even "Catskill Fever: Sam Smith's 100 Funniest Bulls Post-Game Questions.") Baumann is the executive editor of The Daily Herald. ...
Friday, February 04, 2022
Born OTD in 1876, (Cub 1901-2), Germany Schaefer. He was known for his wackiness. He once stole second base in an attempt to force a throw. When the catcher didn’t fall for it, Germany stole first base on the next pitch, so he could try it again. #EveryCubEver pic.twitter.com/kGnQxuvebb— Rick Kaempfer (@RickKaempfer) February 4, 2022
“Seriously I can just come out and say it? Call him a liar?” asks @JonathanPieNews, a fictional broadcast reporter created and performed by comedian Tom Walker, in a satirical video about Britain’s Prime Minister.— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) February 4, 2022
“God bless America.” https://t.co/Hu6Q6q8TBp pic.twitter.com/ojr8Pb1d0S
*On this day in 2014, Chicago broadcasting icon Joel Daly got the first copy of his Eckhartz Press book The Daly News. This is the photo we took of him at his favorite breakfast joint, the day he got the book. Dave and I had breakfast with Joel at this place in Western Springs every other month from the day his book was published until just a few months before his death. Great guy. We loved him.
*Today is Alice Cooper's birthday. Alice is featured in Bobby Skafish's book We Have Company. He's also featured in my book The Radio Producer's Handbook, and in the pages of Father Knows Nothing, I rewrote the words to "Schools Out" to more appropriately convey the subject from the parent's point of view.
Thursday, February 03, 2022
*On this day in 2015, the Daily Herald did a big writeup about me and my book Father Knows Nothing. If you are a Daily Herald subscriber, you can still read that article here. If not, like me, you can wonder what it says and imagine it's a glowing tribute. That's how I remember it.
Wednesday, February 02, 2022
In addition to the information about Tom provided by Robert Feder in his column today (below), Tom is also the author of Chasing the Lost City. And yes, it's an Eckhartz Press book.
Tonight will mark the test launch of ImageUnion.TV, a new video platform created by famed Chicago television and documentary producer Tom Weinberg. (Here is the link.) The site debuts at 7 p.m. “We’ve been creating this from scratch for over a year and now you get the first peek at the hundreds of short videos our curator-programmers have chosen,” Weinberg said. “Though I know it’s not completely ready for prime time, and we have mountains of work to realize the vision, it’s not like anything you’ve seen before.” For more than 50 years Weinberg has been on the cutting edge of independent video, including creation of WTTW-Channel 11’s long-running “Image Union” series and establishment of the nonprofit Media Burn Independent Video Archive.
My interview with Nick Digilio also got a mention in today's column. Thanks so much to Robert Feder for the mention...
Nick Digilio, the popular former late-night host at Nexstar Media news/talk WGN 720-AM who just launched a new podcast, merits the spotlight in the February issue of Illinois Entertainer. (Here is the link.) In an interview with media columnist Rick Kaempfer, Digilio says: “The podcast will be a lot like the WGN show. Tons of guests that were regulars on my show on WGN, and we cover the world of pop culture. . . . We’ll do all the regular features that we did on the show. I’ll do movie reviews. And I get to swear a little. If you were a fan of the radio show, you’ll like this podcast.” Billed as “The Nick D Podcast,” new episodes upload Tuesdays and Fridays on the Radio Misfits Podcast Network.
Every week I send my Minutia Men Co-Host Dave Stern a list from our audio archives for this week's Studio Walls feature. These are the possibilities for this week. Which one will he choose?
*January 30 is Dwier Brown's birthday. He played Ray Kinsella's father in the movie "Field of Dreams" and we interviewed him about that. (Listen to the entire interview here)
*January 31st was Nolan Ryan's birthday. We had former White Sox slugger Eric Soderholm on the show, and he told us what it was like to face Ryan. (Listen to the entire interview here)
*February 1, 2019, we spoke to the founder of the Bobblehead Museum, Phil Sklar. (Listen to the entire interview here)
*February 2nd is Graham Nash's birthday. We spoke to comedian Mike Toomey about what it was like, opening for a rock act like Crosby, Stills & Nash (Listen to the entire interview here)
*February 4th is Dan Quayle's birthday. In 2000, when Dan Quayle officially retired from politics, Landecker & the Legends did a tribute song to him. (From Landecker & the Legends, 20th Century Hits and Bits)
*Graham Nash is celebrating a birthday today. Nash is featured in Bobby Skafish's Eckhartz Press book We Have Company: 40 Years of Rock and Roll Encounters.
Tuesday, February 01, 2022
*On this day in 2012, we released our second book, Down at the Golden Coin by Kim Strickland. Paige Wiser from Windy City Live said: “Down at the Golden Coin” couldn’t be more timely or original, with the most eccentric spiritual guide since Clarence the Angel. Prepare to set your set your brain to spin-cycle.
It was also the moment when Dave and I realized we could publish for authors other than ourselves. That was now 80 authors ago.
*On this day in 2011, Roger Badesch was trapped on Lake Shore Drive during a terrible snow storm. It became a famous story as he reported it back to his radio station WGN until his phone died. It also later became the cover of his Eckhartz Press book The Unplanned Life, which was released in 2020, and is still available today.
*On this day in 2016, Dobie Maxwell appeared on Steve Cochran's morning show on WGN Radio to promote his Eckhartz Press book Monkey in the Middle.
*On this day in 2019, we started taking pre-orders for Janet Sutherland's book Nose Over Toes. A portion of the proceeds from this book continue to go to the Brain Aneuryism Foundation.
Monday, January 31, 2022
*Today is Johnny Rotten's birthday. How strange it must have been to meet the famous Sex Pistols front man back in the day. Well Bobby Skafish did, and that story is in his Eckhartz Press book We Have Company: Four Decades of Rock and Roll Encounters
*The great Ernie Banks would have been 91 years old today. Randy Merkin has a story about Ernie in his new Eckhartz Press book Behind the Glass: Stories from a Sports Radio Producer. Needless to say, Ernie is also featured in EveryCubEver.
Today is WBBM NewsRadio sportscaster Josh Liss' birthday. I featured Josh in my Illinois Entertainer column back in 2016. Here's a short excerpt...
He went to Cleveland to cover Game 6 and 7 of the World Series.
“I still have not come down from that high,” he admits, “and I hope I don’t. It was tough riding the fine line between supporting and reporting, being objective and all, but I think I did a good job. After going through that – the whole month of playoffs, going to Cleveland for Games 6 & 7, and the parade coverage, that buzz is still there – and I hope it lasts until spring training because it makes the rest of the Chicago sports scene more palatable.”
Though the Bears may be sliding toward mediocrity, and the Bulls may have a difficult time reclaiming their former glory, they can never take away this once in a lifetime experience from him. “That World Series is without question the greatest sports story I’ve ever covered and I don’t even sense one on the radar that can possibly top it. The generations of fans that stuck with this team—and some of them who didn’t make it to see the championship. To pop that cork with so many people hanging on it for so many years and carrying the emotional investment – to see it pay off. I don’t think it will ever be topped in my career.”