The latest episode of Free Kicks has been posted. You can listen to it here.
Chelsea Football Club has been sanctioned because they are owned by a Russian oligarch. Adam and Rick discuss the implications. [Ep149]
This weekend I'll be downtown at the Allerton Hotel helping preside over the Chicago Wrtiers Association writers conference known as Chicago Writes. I'll be moderating a panel discussion on Saturday with fellow producers Jeff Hoover (WGN-TV), Jason Marck (WBEZ), and Jasmine Cooper (WCIU-TV). On Sunday I'll be on a panel with fellow Chicago publishers from Amika Press and Tortoise Press. Looking forward to spending a weekend talking about and thinking about writing.
Sounds like they are going for the younger audience that doesn't listen to radio. Let's hope it works. From Robert Feder's column...
Four personalities from Phoenix’s KALV — known collectively as “The Morning Mess” — are moving to Chicago to broadcast live from B96, Audacy announced Wednesday. They’ll start on the air the week of April 4.
The show will air here from 5:30 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday and continue to be heard in Phoenix as well.
Leader of the ensemble cast is Joey Rodriguez, a Philadelphia native of Puerto Rican descent who grew up in Los Angeles. Known to fans as “Joey Boy” and “Nachoo,” he first began pursuing his radio ambitions at age 15 and was hosting nights at Power 106 in L.A. by his early 20s.
His team also features Jeana Shepard (described as a young mother of two who’s “looking for any excuse to get out of the house”), Aneesh Ratan (“an avid advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and top-of-the-line twerker”), and Karla Hernandez (“a young and fun Mexican American beauty queen who enjoys giving listeners a sneak peek into her dating, partying and personal life”).
Our latest interview episode has been posted. Listen to it here.
His TikTok videos about Chicago history are a phenomenon (@6figga-dilla), and Rick and Dave discuss his upcoming streaming deal, and some of the unique and crazy stories about Chicago history that have brought him attention. [Ep94]
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?
*March 13, 1781 the planet Uranus was discovered. We talked to Phil Plait about our favorite planet. (Listen to the entire interview here)
*March 14 is Dobie Maxwell's birthday. We interviewed Dobie on the show, including about his book Monkey in the Middle.. (Listen to full interview)
*March 14 is also the birthday of God Friended Me creator Steve Harper. We talked to him about that show, and the importance of the BLM marches in 2020. (Listen to full interview here)
*March 15 is the Ides of March. We had Ides of March lead singer Jim Peterik on the show, and he played their biggest hit ("Vehicle") for us. (Full interview available here).
*March 17 is St. Patrick's Day. A perfect day to call the Catholic Confession Hotline (AUDIO)
*St. Patrick's Day\, of course, was celebrated live on the podcast in 2020 when we had Irish musician Timothy O'Shea in the studio. (Listen to his entire interview here)
*March 17, 2017 is the day the program The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel debuted. We spoke to an actor on that show, Dave Koenig (Full interview is here)
*March 18 is sportscaster Rich King's birthday. We had him on the show on the anniversary of his retirement. (Listen to interview here)
*March 18 is also the birthday of Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine. We talked to the man who discovered him playing in a garage, John Denicola. John is the guy who co-wrote the hits for the film Dirty Dancing. (Listen to full interview here).
(Rick and Dave with Timothy O'Shea)
Great review by Rick Kogan in today's Chicago Tribune about our latest book, Chili Dog MVP. "I guarantee that the most excitement you’ll find — short of a World Series win on either side of town — is in the 400-some pages of “Chili Dog MVP: Dick Allen, the ‘72 White Sox and a Transforming Chicago” from publisher Eckhartz Press."
Tucker Carlson invited me on his show tonight, but that’s not going to happen…ever. While he echoes Putin’s lies, I’ll remain focused on supporting the Ukrainian people. My video statement: pic.twitter.com/plfOhh6bNb— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) March 14, 2022
Here is a small excerpt of that piece...
He had been a heavy XRT listener for years, and he credits some of the greats for influencing his own style on the air.
“All of them had an impact on me,” he says, “but I don’t think I’ve ever given proper credit or attribution to Bobby Skafish. He created the most marvelous radio in the late ’70s/early ’80s, which was an impressionable time for me. I was a hardcore WXRT listener beginning in ’78 or ’79, and Bobby Skafish was on fire in those days. His personality leaped through the speakers. Those Skafish years at WXRT are as responsible for me getting into radio as anything.”
Since arriving at the 93.1 dial position himself, Milne has had some of his own shining moments.
“I remember talking to Curtis Mayfield in 1996. He had just released his first LP since an on-stage lighting accident in 1991. You have to admire all that Curtis brought to music, but for the majority of his life—by this time, he was living in Atlanta—he was a Chicago guy. I have always taken great pride in that. When I left the studio that day, having just interviewed Curtis Mayfield, albeit it that he was literally lying on his back talking into a telephone, I felt like I was walking on air. Surviving an interview with Lou Reed live, with his personality, while witnessing his on-stage performance, was another highlight. He played songs four feet away from me that I was engineering. It’s hard to top that.”
Milne isn’t the same disc jockey he was when he first cracked the microphone in the 80s. His on-air style has evolved over time, and he credits his attention to detail.
“I have a path I follow every break,” he says. “That’s the way I do my best work. I have to know what my ‘in’ is and what my ‘out’ is, and what my content is. I don’t just whip these things out. I have given thought to everything I say and everything I play. It is important to me. I don’t have a problem with other people who can crack a mike and let the stream of consciousness flow, but I’m not that guy.”
He is, he admits, a very lucky guy.
“I wish everyone in radio had the kind of outlet and the kind of freedom we have on WXRT. That’s why listeners respond to it. As far as I’m concerned, the future remains bright for Chicago’s Finest Rock, and I’m glad to be a part of it.”
Richard Milne can be heard every weekday morning from 5:30am—10am.
If you'd like to read the entire piece, it's here.
*This week in 1872 (March 16), they played the first FA Cup final game in history. Wanderers FC beat Royal Engineers FC 1-0.
*This week in 1892 (March 15), Liverpool FC (my favorite English team) was founded.
Both Liverpool and the FA Cup will be discussed in this week's Free Kicks with Adam and Rick. New episodes drop every Friday.
The latest episode of Minutia Men is out. You can listen to it here.
Pickle crime, Cousin Oliver from the Brady Bunch, Grizzly Bear counselors, flatulent license plates, a box full of heads, and a brush with a celebrity rapper are discussed by Rick and Dave. [Ep263]
I've never seen this one before. It was posted on my facebook page. Love it. Trying to figure out who those three Cubs players are...
UPDATE: It wasn't the Cubs. It was the White Sox. Full story is here.
That makes me feel a little better. I was worried I didn't recognize the players.
An amazing accomplishment. You couldn’t pick a more difficult way to write a book, and they have pulled it off.