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HOLY COW! THEY WON!

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.

Hey Hey! Holy Mackerel! VOTE!

Posted in Music, Wacky News with tags , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2014 by Bob

For those of you that don’t know, I live in northern Illinois. That means that I am a fan of the Chicago Cubs. I am also a fan of a local band named Modern Day Romeos. One of my best friends is the lead singer for the band. He is also my daughter’s Godfather. The last few years, the Chicago Cubs, in conjunction with WGN Radio, (they are the station that broadcasts the Cubs games) have had a contest for bands to submit entries to be the theme song for the team that year. It gets played on the radio, they get to perform it at opening day, it is a pretty big deal. MDR has submitted a song. It is a good song. Out of hundreds of songs submitted, they made the top three. Now, people need to vote for their song.

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You can vote every day (voting is open until March 14th). You can vote from multiple devices the same day. Just vote! Please. It would be pretty cool to get some national and international votes as well. I know there are people reading this from exotic places … like New Jersey. Remember, they are Modern Day Romeos and their song is “Hey Hey!”

Here is the link to vote:

WGN Cubs Song Contest Voting

If you actually want to hear the song, that link is right here:

Hey Hey – Modern Day Romeos

Thank you from me, the Romeos and all of their friends that want to ride their coat tails to fame and fortune. If you vote, and they win, I will see if I can get you some sort of special thing. Maybe an autograph that you can sell on eBay one day. Leave a comment when you vote so I know who to get stuff to!

P.S. I wouldn’t be opposed to anyone re-blogging or talking about this in their own blogs. I know, cheap begging but I am not above that to help out my friends.

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

A Public Service Announcement Initiated By Steve Cochran

Posted in Nonsense with tags , , , on March 10, 2010 by Bob

On the way home from work today, there was a discussion on the radio of things that were ok to do as a kid but not as an adult. I was listening to the Steve Cochran show on WGN Radio 720 AM. They talked about many things, but the one that caught my attention most, was an activity that they decided needed a PSA. I agree.

What were they talking about you ask? To be blunt … hitting other guys in the nuts. This is not a self defense activity. What is being talked about here is flicking out and knocking a fellow male of the species right where it hurts. This can be done with the back of a hand, a towel snap, throwing a small but weight substantial item … anything that hits just hard enough to cause extreme pain and discomfort.

Ladies and gentleman, I am joining this cause and bringing it out to those that read here. A foundation was talked about on the show. They were calling it N.U.T.T. or Never Underestimate Testicle Taps. (I think I got that right) I believe this is a very worthy cause. Too many times, grown men, and sometimes women, think that a light tap to the groinal region is funny and harmless. I am here to tell you that it is not. My dog does it to me all the time with her alligator like tail. It hurts. It is debilitating. It is not funny.

I ask that people join the cause. Spread the word. Do not engage in such a painful past time. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, teach your children well. Together we can make a difference. Together we can abolish this medieval practice of humiliation.

I will follow this crusade and keep people posted. There is talk of logos, t-shirts, bumper stickers … all to support the cause. If the ball is dropped by the Cochran contingent, I will pick up the torch and carry on as I believe this is something that can be ignored no longer. I thank you in advance for your support in the propagation of this cause.

Until next time remember …Just Say NO!

Just Say No to Groinal Violence

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