It's Jonathon Brandmeier as you've never seen him before -- angry, profane and rapping like a mother. (NSFW)
In a four-minute music video posted on his website Tuesday night, the former million-dollar Chicago radio star spoofs himself as "an everyday unemployed normal mother---er" who's out to settle a few scores with the radio bosses who fired him:
"He said we know who you are and we know who you were, but there's only one thing that corporate does concur: You may have been the greatest and you might be yet, but our bottom line says you ain't worth shit."
In another part of the video, titled "Johnny B. The Unemployed Radio Mo Fo," he raps:
"Johnny B.'s the best and he's got awards to prove it. But now the suits say it's cheaper to play music. Hey, monkey, push a button and play another song. Talent on the radio just doesn't belong. Enjoy this crap while you can 'cause it won't last long. It's the last time I raise a ship from the dead. Now I'm gonna watch it sink all over again."
Brandmeier, 53, had been silent since Nov. 30, when he parted company with Emmis Communications after four years as morning personality at classic rock WLUP-FM (97.9). He still had three months left on his contract when both sides agreed to call it quits. At the time, his only public comment was a statement he posted on his website:
"When I left the air last Friday for Thanksgiving vacation, I had NO IDEA that it would be my last show on The Loop. "¨Here's the deal: WLUP made the decision not to renew our morning show. We mutually agreed on an early release. I accepted so I could start looking for a new radio home ASAP. That's all there is to it. We had a good run on The Loop. "As I've always said, I'm not here for a long time, I'm just here for a good time. Thanks so much for listening. You're the ones who made me laugh every single day."
It's good to see he's making us laugh again -- even if he does have to apologize to his mother (and to "Baby Jesus") for his dirty mouth.