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
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  • 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.

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