Saturday, August 26, 2017

Bob Roberts, Alison Moran, Neil Fiorito, just because

Why should you enjoy a cherry popsicle today? Just because. That's my clever way of mentioning two special days within a singularity: today is Cherry Popsicle Day and tomorrow is Just Because Day.

because I want to
Translation: Today I'm happy because I want [to be], because I can, and because I feel like it!

  • But much more importantly, today at 6:00 pm, Bob Roberts (who* I interviewed) will be on the air, but not on WBBM (where he's been a fantastic, hard-working reporter for several years). He will be spinning records (not sure if he's literally doing that, but it's a nice phrase, in addition to hearkening back to yesteryear when jocks such as him+ did that) at Indiana University on his alma mater's radio station, WIUX (which was WIUS when he was there). The question is if he'll go by his then-on-air name "Frankie B. Rhodes." You can find out by listening live at the station's stream link
  • I've been reading and writing blogs for several years (while established media folks were deriding them before they themselves had to jump on the digital bandwagon), and longtime sports radio and writer Alison Moran just shared a new post on her Token Female blog. Her blog about sports and life, and is an example of the quality that's remained as other bloggers have jumped textual and visual ship to social media exclusively.
  • Another radio pro who has on online project is traffic reporter Neil Fiorito, who is also a concierge at the Residence Inn in River North. His "Neil's News" videos cover activities and interests in Chicago, and they demonstrate his talent broadcasting visually as well as audioally (not a word, I know, but I want to be linguistically obnoxious).

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

+I know it's supposed to be "he" but I want to say "him." 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Lefties, Trey Elling, Jeff Burnett, boxers

If you're left-handed, this day is for you; you're part of the worldwide minority that is celebrated on Left-Handers Day! As part of the right-handed majority, I offer you congratulations for making it this far if people have tried to "correct" your natural propensity to do things a different way (according to my left-handed dad, teachers would often switch pencils to his right hand, but that was super old-school style; let's hope that doesn't happen in the 21st century, at least in developed countries).  

left hand
Simple image. Scroll down for more compelling ones.

  • A former Texan-turned-Chicagoan-back-to-Texan has a new gig: Trey Elling, who was a producer at WGN Radio and The Game 87.7 (a former brief offshoot of WGN). He's in Austin, Texas now at 104.9 The Horn (KTXX Radio), where he's on the air every day, in addition to producing.
  • Downstate (at least from a Chicago perspective), Jeff Burnett (an encouraging podcast supporter) has just scored a cool job in Peoria as a news producer at 25 News WEEK-TV. He's already on the air at B104 (WBWN Radio) in Bloomington-Normal, so he seems quite busy in broadcast media at this point.
  • And speaking (or writing) of Peoria, perhaps now is the time I should go public with the comparison I've been sharing with radio folks (and other people who perhaps care) offline: the saying "Will it play in Peoria?" has been connected with Vaudeville. Vaudeville used to be a very popular form of entertainment. But it is no longer, and its decline was known to be caused by the rise of movies. So when I hear people complain about the faltering radio business or personal struggles in the profession, I sometimes tell them, "It's like the last days of Vaudeville." I'm pretty sure I've enlightened a few people because they told me they'd never considered such a similarity before. So if you work in radio (or even TV), the next time you're lamenting lack of opportunities, pay, etc., think about the Last Days of it similar?
  • And for a final segue, this time connected to radio and TV, here's something to appreciate if you're toiling in radio obscurity: what's good is that if you're multitasking (i.e., shopping online, reading something frivolous, or looking at silly pictures) while working, you don't have to worry about TV cameras catching you browsing for boxer shorts or other undergarments.

At least the traffic map is open.

Proof of my boxer reference to substantiate my claim.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Friendship Day, Rebel Force Radio, Tommy Rose

Happy Friendship Day! In case you're wondering if you saw my last post on the International Day of Friendship, this is not a typo. Today is Friendship Day! But what I said last time is worth repeating: thanks to the wonderful people I've met in the biz and to people who I consider friends (and who hopefully reciprocate such a sentiment). My inadvertent celebration of this day will include seeing a friend later at the soon-to-be-no-longer Tribune Tower. Hope you're also seeing friends, especially since we're going to have a sort-of decent day weather-wise.

lamb sheep friends
They seem to be friends.
  • And similar to last week's friendship-day-related segue as well, scores of friends are sharing memories and offering condolences to the family of Joe Collins, who passed away last week. Please watch his FB page to get information on when the memorial service will be "within the next couple of weeks."
  • Over in Princeton (a town I've passed by on the Southwest Chief to Los Angeles), if you look at the on-air page at WZOE Radio, you won't see Tommy Rose's name or picture there anymore. He hosted mornings and was the Program Director there for 14 years.
  • And the latest episode of the excellent Star Wars podcast Rebel Force Radio is out, co-hosted by longtime radio pro Jimmy McInerney (who* I interviewed). They have thousands of listeners, and they started podcasting when podcasts were barely a blip on the digital media radar. Such innovators and early adopters should be acknowledged!

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

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