Saturday, April 16, 2022

Minutia Men--A David Letterman Story

 Our latest episode is out. You can listen to it here.

Tennessee history morons, an imaginary fire rescue, really bad product names, and Tom Dreesen’s David Letterman story are discussed by Rick and Dave. [EP267]

Wow, Just Wow

Friday, April 15, 2022

Slideshow from the Writers Conference

Fritz Becker

Free Kicks--And Then There Were Four

 The latest episode of Free Kicks is out. You can listen to it here.

The semi-finals of the Champions League is set. Adam and Rick discuss the four remaining teams and this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final games at Wembley. (Ep151)

One Town That Won't Let You Down

Eckhartz Everyday

*On this day in 2013, Eckhartz Press author Brendan Sullivan (The Living Wills) appeared at Marist High School, which had just introduced the book into their literature curriculum. See more about that here. 

*Today would have been Chicago mayor Harold Washington's birthday. Eckhartz Press author Roger Badesch worked with the Mayor and wrote about those experiences in his book The Unplanned Life.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Cubs Tweet of the Week

Roger Badesch

 Why is Roger Badesch one of our favorite authors? He never stops hustling. 

Minutia Men Celebrity Interview--Colin Peterik

 The latest episode is out. You can listen to it here.

The son of the rock and roll legend Jim Peterik, is a musical force in his own right. Rick and Dave talk to Colin Peterik about growing up with a rockstar as a dad, plus a song from his album Everything and Nothing. [Ep96]

Eckhartz Everyday

 *Today is Pete Rose's birthday. Pete is featured in two different Eckhartz Press books. Chet Coppock devotes a chapter to him in his book Your Dime My Dance Floor, and Randy Merkin does the same in his book Behind the Glass. Both books are still in print. (Photo: Randy Merkin with Pete)

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Studio Walls

 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?

*April 12 is David Letterman's birthday. We had his good friend Tom Dreesen on the show and he talked about his relationship with Letterman. (Listen to the entire interview here)

*April 12, 1892, the Cubs and Cardinals played against each other for the first time. Pat Hughes and Ron Santo talked about a mixed Cubs-Cardinals marriage (We have the AUDIO)

*April 12 would have been David Cassidy's birthday. Fellow Partridge Family member Danny Bonaduce was on our show and discussed his "older brother" David. (Listen to the entire interview here)

*April 12 was also Tiny Tim's birthday. Leo Durocher and Lou Boudreau once discussed Tiny Tim in an expletive filled outtake from the Durocher in the Dugout pre-game show. (AUDIO)

*April 13, 2014, Dave appears on WGN-TV morning show to talk about The Pothole Store. The show did another visit with him in 2018 (Video here)

*April 13, 1990, the song "Rico Suave" peaks at #7 on the Billboard charts. We talked to the creator of that song, Gerardo. (Listen to the interview here)

*April 13 is actress/producer Summer Crockett Moore's birthday. We interviewed her for the show a few years ago. (Listen to the interview here)

*April 14 is stuntwoman Janene Carlton's birthday. We interview her as well (Listen to the entire inteview here)

*April 15, 2014, Dave's song "Pothole Song" debuts on YouTube. (Video is here)

*April 15, 1865, Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. Dave's 1974 poem correctly identifies Booth as 'Surely Not a Lincoln Fan' (AUDIO)

Eckhartz Everyday

*On this day in 2019, I appeared on WGN Radio (Steve Cochran's show) to promote EveryCubEver. If you'd like to listen to that interview, it's here on the WGN website.

*On this day in 2009, the Bibliophile website interviewed me about my first novel $everance. The interview is here.

*On this day in 2019, Eckhartz Press author Mitch Michaels appeared in Westmont at Blue Village Vinyl to promote his book Doin the Cruise.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Chili Dog MVP

Thanks to Rob Hart at WBBM News Radio!

Eckhartz Everyday

 *On this day in 2006, an excerpt from my book The Radio Producer's Handbook was published. If you'd like to read The Intern Commandments, click here. It's not technically an Eckhartz Press book (It's Simon & Schuster), but I don't get a chance to promote it very often these days. It's nearly twenty years old.

*Author Scott Turow is celebrating a birthday today. He contributed to the Eckhartz Press book Cubsessions, talking about his love of the Cubs.

*Today is also the birthday of Vicente Romo, a member of the 1972 White Sox. He is part of the book Chili Dog MVP.

Monday, April 11, 2022

John Owens on WGN Radio


This past weekend the Illini Media Hall of Fame inducted a few new members. Even though I'm not in it (and probably never will be), it made me reminisce about those days. Found these... My first press pass: Wrigley Field opening day 1984. My first radio convention: NAB 1984. My first business card: Program Director WPGU 1984.

Eckhartz Everyday


*On this day in 2018, Eckhartz Press author Beth Jacobellis (Cameo) appeared on the WGN Radio morning show, hosted at the time by Steve Cochran. To listen to the interview and see a few in action pictures, click here.