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Posted in Music, Nonsense with tags , , , , , , on March 17, 2014 by Bob

I would like to congratulate all my friends in the band Modern Day Romeos on their awesome win in the 2014 WGN Radio Cubs Song contest. The obliterated the competition and won in a landslide. My deepest thanks to any of you that voted for them and my deepest condolences to any of you that voted for the other guys. Although, they were all very worthy entries. Yeah, I am biased. Again, if you would like to hear the winning song, go ahead and click below. And be sure to catch them perform it LIVE on opening day at Wrigley Field. CONGRATS AGAIN GUYS!

Modern Day Romeos – Hey Hey!

Listen to the announcement (and Jimmy) here. It is about 35 minutes in.

Death Knell Of A Radio Giant

Posted in Nonsense with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2010 by Bob

About 20 years ago, I started listening to news/talk radio. I am not sure what prompted this change in my mobile listening habits. At the time, I realized I just wanted to be informed with what was going on in the world around me. Listening to news and talk seemed to do that. Despite my lack of stellar grades throughout my education, I really do love learning and retaining trivia of all sorts. To this end, I chose to listen to WGN, after all, how could the home of the Cubs treat me wrong?

I can’t remember all of who was on the station at that time. I know that Bob Collins was on in the morning and Spike O’Dell was on at some time as well I think. I am assuming I am remembering this correctly since Spike took over for Uncle Bob when he died. Over the years, there have been many changes to personnel and I have had the opportunity to listen to a variety of timeslots during my various “careers”. For the most part, I have liked everyone that I have listed too over the years and had no complaints. (I complained about Kathy & Judy a lot but that was just because I felt I had to. There were times they actually entertained me…but don’t tell anyone).

Recently however, WGN AM Radio has been torpedoing their station. From what I have read it is new management that is destroying the station. Some folks will not agree with me at all. Some people think that they need to do what they are doing. However, from what I have read, more people have complained about the changes than have supported them. I know they also lost the number one spot in the mornings for the first time in who knows how long. They are also losing ratings overall. There are still a few people I like listening too, but they are on when I can’t listen. For the first time in a long time I have started listening to my iPod in the car, or turning on a music station.

Here are what I think are the mistakes … I know many will disagree.

Greg Jarrett – They brought him in from L.A. when they though John Williams wasn’t a good fit in the mornings after Spike O’Dell left. I agree that John is better with longer segments to utilize, but this Jarrett guy is NOT the answer. A) He doesn’t know how to pronounce the simplest of words … get hooked on phonics buddy. B) He is really rude to callers, and guests. He cuts them off and dismisses them seeming totally uninterested in anything they are talking about. C) Quit talking about YOU. He CONSTANTLY connects himself to EVERY story that is going on in the world. Stop being so full of yourself. YOU ARE NOT GOOD!

Kathy & Judy – While they weren’t my favorite team, they were a VERY popular and powerful team on Chicago Radio. With both of them being columnists in Chicago Newspapers for years, they truly knew what was going on and how to treat people. Canceling their show abruptly I am sure lost a large number of listeners. Why cancelled? We will never know the real reason.

The Noon Show – WGN recently got rid of the noon show. Granted it was mostly for farmers, but still … it was WGN and among farmers it was popular. Again, it was another thing I listened to occasionally and learned something I didn’t know before. I could tell you what a pork belly was and what percentage of corn had been planted. I know, not real cool but still.

Garry Meier – At first I thought this was going to be a great addition. I used to listen to Garry way back in the day. Unfortunately, I am thinking that is where he should have stayed. At first it was great to hear him. Gradually though I grew tired of his shtick. There have been a number of drives home where I have thought “didn’t he talk about this yesterday, and the day before, and the day before?”. He needs to learn to let go. It sounds like he is a bit senile and can’t remember one show to the next. Elton Jim … amusing on occasion … NOT a good side kick.

WGN MAJOR FAIL – These I think are the WORST things they have done. I immediately turn off the station when these people are on. They really need to just go away.

Jerry Agar – Telling everyone that your opinion is the only one … yeah, good show. Go hang out with Rush.

Jim Laski – OMG…Let’s hire a FELLON to whine and cry on the radio and not even know what the heck he is talking about. On many occasions I have had to endure him for one reason or another and he is just DUMB!!! His voice … most irritating EVER.

Simon Badinter – WHO???? I honestly can’t say if he is good or bad because I turned him off after 30 seconds. That is 30 seconds of my life that I will NEVER get back however. I should sue him.

The latest is that WGN hired yet another out of towner to come in and pretend to fit in. Some guy from Ohio I think. Which means they need to get rid of someone. It won’t be someone new that sucks. It will be someone who is established and has a following. Is it a wonder why they have had their window broken twice in the last few months by someone throwing a brick through it and then shooting it?

As sad as I am to say it, it looks like I am going to have to start getting my news, traffic and weather somewhere else. Are there any other news/talk stations out there anymore or is every one hiring goofballs thinking that will help by dumbing down?

Anyhoo, until next time remember … “In the future, it might help if you located the source of your rage before you unleashed it on the world

To Hell With The Groundhog!

Posted in Nonsense with tags , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2010 by Bob

No matter what the groundhog says, signs of spring are upon us! “A pox upon you! It is still cold out!” one might say. While this is true, to which my chilly, nighttime toes can attest, signs of the coming warmer months are cropping up all over.

First of all, pitchers and catchers report today in Mesa, AZ. That’s right, CUBS spring training is right around the corner!! As I am every year, I am excited. This is the year. It has to be, it was one of my predictions for 2010. I am pretty good with my baseball predictions. So much in fact, that I avoided having to have a tattoo of Ichiro Suzuki plastered on my left ass cheek one year. Soon, the rest of the team will be there, (at spring training, not on my left ass cheek) and then Pat and Ron will take us on that magical journey all the way from spring training to the World Series! I will also, albeit reluctantly, wish whi … whi … wh … White Sox fans (sorry, hard for me to say that) good luck for the upcoming season as well.

I have been leaving work earlier the last few weeks so I hadn’t really noticed, but last night, I was out running errands and I all of a sudden realized it was after 5 p.m. and I was not home yet. I tried to figure out how the time had slipped away and I didn’t realize it was that late. (I left work around 3:30) The reason, it was still light out! Indeed the days are getting longer. This is a sure sign of spring. Granted, it isn’t getting things warmer but still, it is a nice little bonus. Although, Tom Skilling did say that we are only 40 some odd days away from our first 70-degree day. As a side note to those of you that think it is a good idea to wear shorts on the FIRST warm day of the year … unless you fake bake with Snooki all winter, please don’t. Snooki … she is actually trying to trademark that name … and now we find out she isn’t even Italian. But I digress …

Spring also starts a little earlier these days thanks to good old “W”. Back in ought seven, they made Daylight Saving Time start 2 weeks earlier and end 2 weeks later. This gives us the illusion of longer days since the sun will set even later by the clock. Be careful though, this also means more unsupervised children running around in the streets later in the evening.

For any of you out there that might still be in school, spring also brings that time of year when Joe Francis makes enough money to pay all of his legal bills for the year … Spring Break. If you are a parent of any student, you may dread spring break. If so, I am sorry for mentioning it. Also a warning, if you are the father of a girl 16-25 who goes to spring break, you should probably stop buying those Girls Gone Wild videos. Serious potential for AWKWARD!

I can’t think of any negatives to the approaching spring. American Idol is already on and ruining my late winter, (which means it will be over by early spring god willing) Eureka doesn’t start up with new episodes until the summer (this is good because it won’t conflict with a lot of other good shows that are on now where I might have to choose) and the spring of 2010 brings the demise of the Tyra Banks show. (much to the dismay of Joel McHale and the rest of The Soup staffers. Thank god for Wendy Williams) See … SPRING IS GOOD!

So, grab your spray tan, go out and buy that first time of the year grass fertilizer, and pick up a few extra large garbage bags for that first trip into the backyard after the snow melts when the dog has been going out there all winter.

Until next time remember … To truly hock a loogie, one must not retrieve the phlegm from the throat, but from the soul.

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