Saturday, July 29, 2017

Joe Collins, Rick O'Dell, Bob Kessler, sports, friends

Sunday is so important, even the United Nations has declared it: the International Day of Friendship! And if I want to get really sappy, I can say that I've met a lot of wonderful people in the radio biz, some of whom have become friends! So thank you to those people and others who should be in the friendship circle...lots of exclamation points here!

danbo friends boxes
These box friends have a lot to talk about...日本語で [in Japanese]
  • Speaking of friends...a friend of former traffic reporter Joe Collins, who was on the air for several years, including at WBBM Newsradio, reported on Fakebook that "Joe is in the ICU at Advocate South Suburban hospital." He's been dealing with health issues for a while. I first met him when he was at Northwestern hospital more than a few years ago. Friends have been leaving prayers and good wishes on his page. 
  • On Monday night, MeTV FM Radio's Rick O'Dell (who* I interviewed) and Bill Cochran will be at the Monday Night Car Shows at Old Orchard Mall in Skokie from 6:00 to 9:00 (I don't know why it would be called "shows" in this case because it's only one show on Monday night, but that's the official name, so I have to go with it). You've probably also heard Bill Cochran's voice on WTTW, WXRT, in commercials, etc. Considering he's so successful, he's a modest guy, and even has an interesting blog called Every Clog Has Its Day. Thus it's a Clog Blog, probably one of the only (or *the* only?) such genre in the world. 
  • You're probably wondering, "She's always mentioning people she's interviewed...isn't there anything new?" Why yes, and my latest pod happens to be with Bill's friend, Bob Kessler, who does news on WGN Radio, produces Green Sense Radio, and does lots of other things in and out of the biz. And, more (or equally) significantly, it's my 150th episode, which means I've interviewed well over 100 people so far. And I started the podcast when there weren't many out there (you can read more of my whining about that subject at my site). 
  • If you prefer sports, there's a fresh Weekend Sports Report for August that's just been posted by Steve Leventhal (who* I also interviewed) and Packer Dave (guess he's not a Bears fan?).
  • And an update from some previous whining I did: I passive-aggressively mentioned how the Writers Guild East, which is based in New York, always sends emails to us Chicago people about New York events. I figured they'd want to share the love in Chicago, so I called to find out the prospects. There are none, and it looks like I can't even organize anything through them because we don't have many members here. So basically, there's nothing to report about WGA-related Chicago events because I guess they figure we're just flyover country, since LA and NYC are the Important Places to be Noticed. So if you're in Chicago, don't expect live humans to present anything; you'll have to watch some of the NYC fun via videos at their YouTube page instead.

*I know it's supposed to be "whom" but I want to say "who."

Friday, July 14, 2017

Leslie Harris update, Fantasia/Brian Tallerico, Tapioca

I have mixed feelings about Saturday because it's National Tapioca Pudding Day, and I'm not really a fan. But somewhere out there, tapioca fans are jubilant as they get to enjoy their special day. I plan on eating some other dessert, though I really do like pudding (usually vanilla and/or chocolate).

delicious pudding
This pudding looks more delicious than tapioca. Plus there's a cookie.
  • In other news, there's an update on the seemingly vague information I reported about Leslie Harris: her first time back on the air will be on Saturday (probably not eating tapioca pudding) at 95.9 The River from 10:00-3:00, and she'll be filling in for Beth Reynolds from 10 to 3 during the entire week of the 24th.
  • The next podcast (yes, I still do them), #150, is going to be with Bob Kessler, who does news at WGN Radio. He recently became ordained as a Lay Buddhist Teacher with the Buddhist Society for Compassionate Wisdom at Zen Buddhist Temple Chicago.

*I know it's supposed to be "whom" but I want to say "who."

Saturday, July 8, 2017

John Landecker's tattoo, Steve Scott, Pong remembered

Greetings from the Land of Lincoln, where no Boston Tea Party has been planned...yet.
  • I guess I'll jump on the celebratory bandwagon and congratulate John Records Landecker on his forthcoming entry into the National Radio Hall of Fame. I only met him once when I interviewed him (and I really appreciate it because he's well-known and established in Chicago radio). I'd heard good things about him, and he was, indeed, very friendly and positive. It seems like he has a ton of friends and support from Chicago and beyond. You can see a lot of pictures of him online, but here's one that I think no one else has taken: his tattooed arm. He told me that after his German-born father died (he was Jewish), the German government issued a number for a cash payment that was made to him. 
John Landecker's arm
I took this picture of John Landecker's arm...I'm saying this in case anyone wants to use it without attributing it to me, which has happened before, including by a major news outlet...not naming names, at least for now...bwahaha
  • In other more pressing news (pun intended), former WLS newsman Steve Scott (who* I also interviewed) is moderating an event on August 7 at the New York Press Club with Dr. Bennet Omalu, who uncovered football injury-related CTE. (You're probably thinking, "I don't live in NYC, why does this matter?" Now you know how I feel when I get emails announcing glorious events hosted by the Writers Guild, which I must pay into, while never being able to actually go, unless I had a private plane and a pied-à-terre there. So I'm going to try to plan something in Chicago...this is news...stay tuned for updates.) 
  • And finally...even though it's supposed to be a fantastic weather day today, be sure to stay indoors because it's Video Games Day (not to be confused with my birthday, which always falls on National Video Games Day on September 12). Remember Pong? So do I, actually.
pong video game
My friend had this game and we played it. It was considered fun.

*I know it's supposed to be "whom" but I want to say "who."

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