Friday, May 27, 2022

Eckhartz Everyday

 *On this day in 2014, Sting discovered the Eckhartz Press book by Chuck Quinzio, Life Behind the Camera (Photo: Sting & Chuck)

*Today is Cubs broadcaster Pat Hughes' birthday. Pat is featured in the pages of the Eckhartz Press book EveryCubEver. He's also featured in our book Cubsessions

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Eckhartz Everyday


*Today is Stevie Nicks' birthday. She is featured in the Eckhartz Press book Everything I Know I Learned From Rock Stars. A photo of her with John Records Landecker (taken at the Playboy mansion) is also featured in the book Records Truly Is My Middle Name.

*On this day in 2005, Eckhartz Press author Joel Daly appeared on Steve & Johnnie's show on WGN. That interview is still out there, and you can listen to it here.

*On this day in 2021, Margaret Larkin was featured on the Eckhartz Press site, doing a Q&A for her brand new novel Wicker Park Wishes.

*On this day in 2020, Eckhartz Press author Roger Badesch appeared on Matt Bubala's show on WGN. You can listen to it here.

*Today is Jim Mahoney's birthday. He was a coach on the 1972 White Sox, and is therefore featured in the pages of the Eckhartz Press book Chili Dog MVP.

*Today is also Lenny Kravitz's birthday. Lenny rates his own chapter in Bobby Skafish's Eckhartz Press book We Have Company (Photo below: Bobby & Lenny)

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Dr. David Fletcher

What He Said

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*On this day in 2012, Eckhartz Press released our third book, Cheeseland by Chicago Writers Association president Randy Richardson. 

At the time we conducted this Q&A with Randy about his book. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Chicago Radio Ratings

 Information courtesy of Robert Feder. To see the full breakdown of dayparts, click here.

1. WVAZ 102.7-FM R&B, 6.0 (5.8)
2. WDRV 97.1-FM classic rock, 5.7 (4.8)
3. WLIT 93.9-FM adult contemporary, 5.1 (5.0)
4. WBEZ 91.5-FM public radio news talk, 4.8 (5.4)
5. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM all news, 4.6 (5.5)
6. WTMX 101.9-FM hot adult contemporary, 3.8 (2.9)
7. WXRT 93.1-FM adult album alternative, 3.7 (4.4)
8. WOJO 105.1-FM Mexican regional, 3.6 (3.0)
9. WRME 87.7-FM soft rock oldies, 3.3 (3.1)
10. WLS 94.7-FM classic hits, 3.2 (3.0)
11. (tie) WUSN 99.5-FM country, 3.1 (3.3); WGN 720-AM news talk, 3.1 (3.5)
13. WPPN 106.7-FM Spanish adult contemporary, 2.9 (2.9)
14. (tie) WCHI 95.5-FM rock, 2.7 (3.0); WKSC 103.5-FM Top 40, 2.7 (2.6)
16. WFMT 98.7-FM classical, 2.6 (2.2)
17. WSHE 100.3-FM adult contemporary, 2.4 (2.3)
18. (tie) WBMX 104.3-FM classic hip-hop, 2.3 (2.4); WGCI 107.5-FM hip-hop, 2.3 (2.5); WLEY 107.9-FM Mexican regional, 2.3 (2.2)
21. WBBM 96.3-FM Top 40, 2.1 (2.5)
22. (tie) WSCR 670-AM sports talk, 2.0 (1.3); WKQX 101.1-FM alternative rock, 2.0 (1.9)
24. WMVP 1000-AM sports talk, 1.5 (0.9)
25. WPWX 92.3-FM hip-hop, 1.3 (1.2)
26. WCKL 97.9-FM contemporary Christian music, 1.2 (1.3)
27. WLS 890-AM news talk, 1.1 (1.2)
28. (tie) WSRB 106.3-FM R&B, 0.9 (0.8); WVIV 93.5-FM Spanish contemporary, 0.9 (0.9)
30. (tie) WDCB 90.9-FM public radio jazz, 0.8 (0.6); WXLC 102.3-FM hot adult contemporary, 0.8 (0.8)

Meet Randy Merkin

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Former Chicago mayor Jane Byrne was born on this day in 1933. Jane was a larger than life figure in Chicago and is featured in two Eckhartz Press books.

*Roger Badesch actually worked for her press office, and talked about his experiences with her in his book The Unplanned Life.

*John Landecker wrote two songs about her in his career. The story of one of those songs is an incredible tale involving the Jefferson Starship. That story is here, complete with the song itself.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Rich King on WGN Radio

Rich King on WGN-TV

Chili Dog MVP

 Great event Saturday afternoon on the Northwest side at Paterno's Pizza. Dr. David Fletcher and John Owens were on hand to talk about their great new book Chili Dog MVP. They brought along a few guests including former White Sox slugger Carlos May and organist Nancy Faust. Thanks to everyone who came out to say hello and buy a book.

Rich King Book Launch Party

 Dave and I appeared with Rich King on Saturday at Rich’s book launch party for “Ike and Me” at Guaranteed Rate Park. It was a star-studded event. Great party. Great book. Congrats to Rich. (

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*Today would have been Joan Collins' birthday. We had Joan Collins on the John Landecker show once, and that story is told in the pages of the highly acclaimed Records Truly Is My Middle Name. It involves a pair of headphones she wouldn't wear, and an honest-to-goodness on-air confrontation. 

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Minutia Men--Studio Walls

 Our last Minutia Men episode for a few weeks. Listen to it here.

Memorable highlights from the Rick and Dave archives, including excerpts from interviews with Danny Bonaduce, Tommy Chong, Tom Dreesen, and Bill Kurtis. [Ep272]