Saturday, January 6, 2018

Steve and Johnnie, John Siuntres, Elliot Abrams (again, interview this time), shortbread

If you have flour, sugar, and butter, today is for you because it's Shortbread Day!

french shortbread cookie
This is French shortbread. I hope the Scots don't mind.

  • The year started with witnessing history: for the last time, Steve King & Johnnie Putman had their New Year's Eve show in WGN's Showcase Studio. They're not giving up their show, but WGN will be moving across the river to 303 E. Wacker Drive. So if I get the chance next (this) year, I will attend that show at the new digs and post a picture. In the meantime, here's a picture of them on the air pretty much right after the clock struck midnight in freshly-minted 2018.

Steve and Johnnie New Year's Eve on WGN Radio
Steve and Johnnie on the air. Maybe I should've made this the first picture so it would be prominent.

And here's a picture of Steve in front of a bling Christmas tree and all the branding available:

Steve King on WGN. Maybe I should've made *this* the first picture.

  • Steve said he's working on an album and other projects, and they're pretty much doing what they'd say they do "some day," because Some Day is here. Bonus for reading this far: their book A Little More Les is currently being offered at a discount.
  • As you probably know, I've posted a couple essays by AccuWeather meteorologist Elliot Abrams (heard on WBBM Newsradio and stations on the East Coast that are probably buried in snow right now). He's not only a weather geek and linguist, but is a total radio guy as well. He discussed his long career, puns, and weather, of course. Listen to the interview here.
  • Speaking of podcasting and geek(s), John Siuntres, who does traffic on WBBM Newsradio and has a lot of radio experience that includes The Drive and The Score, has a popular podcast called Word Balloon, which is about comics, movies, and other "geek" culture (though at this point, I don't know if that's considered nerdy because it's become more mainstream, but that's another subject for another day). He's been doing his podcast longer than even moi, back when podcasts barely existed. He just posted a fresh episode about Star Trek (which is probably nerdy/geeky, so maybe you should ignore my previous commentary).

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