“Swany” is the man behind the scenes for Eric & Kathy
Andy Shaw rebuilt of the BGA, and it has gone incredibly well
Traffic reporter Joe Collins’ brave fight
Dan McNeil stops and smells the roses
Old Uncle Lar’s “Animal Stories.”
If the name Bobby Skafish rings a bell, there’s a good reason for that.
This is my first column as the media critic for Illinois Entertainer, and I’m very excited to be joining a publication I’ve been reading for 30 years.
IE’s Media columnist Cara Jepsen says goodbye after 20 years
Musicians who are trying to get their music heard on the Internet – and failing – may want to take a second look at public access TV.
My favorite book of the past year is James VanOsdol’s We Appreciate Your Enthusiasm: The Oral History Of Q101.
When the John Records Landecker Show ended in 2003, radio producer Rick Kaempfer left the industry and started writing books, beginning with 2004’s The Radio Producer’s Handbook (co-written with John Swanson). In 2007 he followed up with $everance – a scathing satirical novel about the sad state of corporate radio. Kaempfer says things have only […]
Open any newspaper or media website and you’re likely to see more hard news bylines belonging to men than women – and even fewer by minorities. But it’s not part of a conspiracy, says Michele Weldon, seminar leader at The OpEd Project. “The gender gap in most all cases is not deliberate. It is a […]
I recently had a driveway moment while listening to Loyola University’s WLUW-FM (87.7). The host was doing an in-depth, hour-long retrospective on Daft Punk – whom I’d never heard. Yet I couldn’t stop listening. The way the show’s host, Steve Damien, used live and pre-recorded interviews with full-length versions of songs to tell the story […]
Chicago is one of the most talented cities in the country as comedians, actors, artists, bands, indie filmmakers, etc,” says Craig Erpelding, creator and writer and co-producer of the new, independently-produced local sitcom, “Two Flat.” “I felt it was a tragedy that sitcoms that are supposed to take place in Chicago are really produced in […]
Remember Michael Essany? He’s the teen who hosted a nighttime public access talk show in his parents’ Valparaiso living room from 1997 to 2007. In 2003 and 2004, he starred on an eponymous reality show on E! and was poised to take over late-night television.