Thursday, July 25, 2019

Bill Moller, Lisa Fielding, Edwin Eisendrath, Tove Lo and Eric Tyler and Julia, Mike Janssen, Refreshment Day

Happy National Refreshment Day! I'm currently having a more interesting coffee drink of the home-Starbucks variety, instead of the usual bland version, and that might be the extent of my celebration today. Hope you're enjoying various refreshments to/of your liking!

national refreshment day
A refreshment that I enjoyed at a radio outing in honor of Kris Kridel and Terry Keshner, though I won't be drinking this on National Refreshment Day. But there is a picture of me from the same event enjoying another refreshing drink that's posted on another non-radio site. 
  • Since I last posted here, I've been working a lot inside and outside radio, and for the past several weeks, people offline have heard me talking about the crazy hours I've put in. One of the highlights of my radio existence has been the chance to see Tove Lo at the B96 performance stage. I hadn't been there before, so I asked someone where it was, and I just walked in. They were doing a sound check and I was wondering why no one was there...then later they let the audience in at what I guess was the official time. I'm surprised no one kicked me out when I made my unauthorized entry, but maybe it's because they didn't know who I was, or they wanted to leave my clueless self alone. But I was definitely very impressed with on-air hosts Eric Tyler and Julia. She actually said hello to me during my premature entry, not wondering what I was doing there during their prep. She and Tyler are very talented people who have a great stage presence, are entertaining, and ask good questions. I hope they continue doing more stuff here (or move on to bigger things).
Tove Lo, Tyler and Julia
Tove Lo interviewed by the very talented radio hosts Tyler and Julia.
  • During my writing-here hiatus, I did manage to do a couple of interviews for my podcast: Lisa Fielding, whose shirt is in the refreshment picture, and who's also a reporter and anchor at WBBM Radio. The other pod is with Edwin Eisendrath, who was the CEO of the Sun-Times. He basically saved it from extinction and has also been active in Chicago politics and other pursuits. Considering he's well-connected and quite successful, he's a very friendly guy and is more humble than a lot of people I've met who've achieved a sliver of what he has. 
  • And speaking of modest successful folks...as you may have heard, Bill Moller is leaving Chicago. I interviewed him for my podcast, and I also worked on his show at WGN Radio. I had a fantastic time there, and he was great to work with because he wasn't rude, demanding, or high maintenance; he didn't treat me like The Help

Bill Moller newsroom
Bill Moller in the CLTV/WGN newsroom with some weekend crew thinned out by the Sox game.

  • That was radio...he's also the best TV anchor in town, and one of the best in the country. I got the chance to see him in action at CLTV this past weekend, where the place was quite empty, though busier than most radio stations on even just regular days. When I met the TV folks there, I prefaced my self-introduction with "I'm a radio person," in case they wondered why I was naive and excited about being at a TV station.


CLTV control room
CLTV control room. One of the sources of my nerdy wonderment, which they seemed to tolerate.

  • In addition to the various writers, directors, producers, and other people whose job descriptions I don't know or remember, I waved and stared at meteorologist Mike Janssen, who really seems to enjoy his job and is laid back, i.e., he didn't act like a stereotypical TV talent. I also met WGN anchor Tahman Bradley, whose picture I didn't take because I didn't think of it. Maybe I thought it would be silly? I should've asked...next time I will (if there is a next time...stay tuned).

Mike Janssen
WGN/CLTV meteorologist Mike Janssen, who had no problem with me a) watching his weather report, b) me taking a picture of said report. 

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Bill Moller, Lisa Fielding, Edwin Eisendrath, Tove Lo and Eric Tyler and Julia, Mike Janssen, Refreshment Day

Happy National Refreshment Day! I'm currently having a more interesting coffee drink of the home-Starbucks variety, instead of the usual...