WBEZ | Steve Dahl http://www.wbez.org/tags/steve-dahl Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Memo to Randy Michaels: It's time for Chicago radio to go 'Nostalgic' http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-06-23/memo-randy-michaels-its-time-chicago-radio-go-nostalgic-88271 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-23/Mancow2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/chicago-media-blog/14822651/ready-or-not-it%E2%80%99s-showtime-for-ringmaster-randy-again">Randy Michaels is back, baby</a>.</p><p>The former Clear Channel executive and Tribune CEO has purchased the Chicago radio stations Q101 (101.1FM) and WLUP (97.9FM). And now all eyes will shift to what Michaels will be doing with a new format at Q101.</p><p>Staffers of the alternative rock station will learn their fate within the next month and Michaels has already leaked that the new format will be more of the news and talk variety, possibly even all news.<br> <br> Might I make a suggestion? Chicago has news radio. It has talk radio. We have conservative and liberal formats, and we are deluged with sports. Music channels run the gamut. But you know what we don't have? A one-to-one connection to our radio past.</p><p>Mr. Michaels, I would like to pitch you on a no-risk, guaranteed winner format. I call it "Nostalgic Radio."&nbsp;<br> <br> All too often, the DJs and personalities get older and have to adapt to keep working. This means you get some of the better radio personalities adhering to awkward formats or developing political opinions to stay relevant.</p><p>Chicago radio was built on the backs of the zoo-crew. We bring back oldies and disco music. I implore you to hire all of the out of work Chicago jocks to do their shows once again. And not new shows. The same old shows.<br> <br> Q101 has a great history of morning zoos. Here is what I would do to the new Has-Been radio line-up. Ready?<br> &nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-23/Mancow2.jpg" style="width: 177px; height: 177px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title="">M-F 6am-10am: <strong>Mancow's Morning Madhouse</strong></p><p>Mancow was at his best when he was running amok weekday mornings on Q101. His brand of free speech radio included stunts, fake callers, a hot weather girl and the infamous Turd (sidekick). Bring him back and let him do the same shtick again. He was a controversial hire when he was brought into Q101 back in the day, so bringing him back to helm mornings would controversial all over again. But as we all know, Michaels thrives on controversy.</p><p>Bring Mancow back and break the chains, Randy!<br> &nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-23/kevin matthews 2.jpg" style="width: 175px; height: 263px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>10-2pm: <strong>Kevin Matthews</strong> <strong>Show</strong></p><p>Return of the Kev-Heads! Free Bird!</p><p>Kevin Matthews was arguably the best mid-day show in Chicago radio history. His assembled crew included his own brand of characters, including Jim Shorts. Even his famous sidekick sports announcer Bruce Wolf had an alter-ego. This show has to come back. And so does Shorts and Chet Chit-chat.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-23/brandmeier.jpg" style="width: 177px; height: 207px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title=""></p><p>2pm-6pm: <strong>Johnny B. on the Loose!!!!</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.johnnybontv.com/">Johnny B</a> has been rumored to be back on the airwaves soon. But let's be honest - they would be putting him in some slot to talk about the Middle East and why Obama is ruining this country. No. That's not the Johnny B Chicago is nostalgic for. Bring back Brandmeier, Buzz and the rest of this famed zoo-crew. Randy, hire away Jimmy "Bud" Wiser from WGN and invest in a horn section. We want more "<a href="http://www.lucidsound.com/jb/audio/13%20We%27re%20All%20Crazy%20in%20Chicago.mp3">We're All Crazy in Chicago</a>."</p><p><br> &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-23/Steve-Dahl_thumb.png" style="width: 181px; height: 171px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>6pm-10pm <strong>Steve &amp; Garry</strong></p><p>Dahl. Meier. Everyone else. This would be a no-brainer. Randy, you have to pay these guys. Everyone in radio management has tried to reunite these two pioneers. Can you do it? Throw some of that Trib-like money at them and see what happens. If they aren't avail, I guess you could get Bonaduce.<br> &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-23/howard_photo.jpg" style="width: 178px; height: 187px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title=""><br> 10pm-2am: <strong>Crazy Howard McGee</strong></p><p>Let's mix it up: Go ahead and bring back <a href="http://chicagoradioandmedia.com/news/143-former-wgci-star-qcrazyq-howard-mcgee-breaks-his-silence">Crazy Howard McGee</a>. Howard was a mainstay morning voice at WGCI-FM. He is probably best known for his morning show, but he might find a space to flourish in the nighttime hours. McGee never really did zoo-crews, but that form of African-American radio (there's a party in the studio!!!!) is as nostalgic as they come. Give Crazy Howard the microphone and let him invite three or four friends in studio. Best party in Chicago radio.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-23/Eddie-Jobo.jpg" style="width: 173px; height: 173px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title="">2am-6am: <strong>Eddie &amp; Jobo </strong></p><p>Best overnight? Hmmm, this is tough. But I gotta go with my guys Eddie &amp; Jobo. Eddie &amp; Jobo are probably the most notorious morning radio music team in Chicago history. They did talk radio, but they did it interspersed with top 40 hits. And I figure they could have the overnight spot so if they slip up and talk about Joan Esposito or Horace Grant, it will be at an hour where the FCC will not be listening.&nbsp;Now, they are already back on commercial radio (104.3FM), but you are Randy Michaels! Steal these guys away.<br> &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-23/Z-95 logo.gif" style="width: 177px; height: 126px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title="">Weekends: <strong>Barsky!</strong></p><p>Weekends are usually a dead time for commercial radio, but this might be a great opportunity for you to bring out the best zoo-crew to have ever roamed the Chicago market. Z95's <a href="http://chicagoradiospotlight.blogspot.com/2011/02/paul-barsky.html">Paul Barsky should be brought back to the area</a>. His zoo-crew was very popular and it also gave rise to some of Chicago's biggest radio names: Eric Ferguson was a producer and Wayne Messmer was the news guy.<br> &nbsp;</p><p>Now I'm sure I have omitted some great names and you have your own opinions of who should be featured on "nostalgia radio," but in the end it's not our call. It's Randy's call and Chicago is listening.</p><p>And whatever you do, please bring back the radio commercial. We need to see more of this on Chicago television:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2P31qhcndAM" frameborder="0" height="349" width="425"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 19:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-06-23/memo-randy-michaels-its-time-chicago-radio-go-nostalgic-88271 Are the CTA cuts just some sort of nasty payback for not getting the Olympics? http://www.wbez.org/blog/are-cta-cuts-just-some-sort-nasty-payback-not-getting-olympics <p><p style="text-align: center;"></p> <a href="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4346282194_2d7fba1c49.jpg"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4346282194_2d7fba1c49.jpg" alt="" width="375" height="500" /></a> <code> </code> <strong>Top story:</strong> After three days of trudging through snow and longer commutes, have you felt the <a href="http://chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=39876" target="_blank">CTA cuts yet</a>? I didn't want to believe it, but I have. The CTA buses I take in the morning have either: a) not been on time, b) been bunched in threes, or c) been non-existent due to cutbacks. Something tells me this drastic move by our transit agency is retaliation. I know, I know, but for the sake of the bit, weren't we talking about adding trains and renovations to the CTA for the 2016 Olympics? The people of the city do not cooperate, in turn we don't get the Olympics and the CTA officials strike back by cutting budgets. This is on you, Chicago. Okay, funny non-plausible rant over.‚  Now back to your regularly scheduled programming... <strong>B story:</strong> Robert Feder <a href="/feder/2010/02/out-in-wls-radio-shakeup/14628">broke news yesterday</a> that Mancow was fired from WLS. <a href="/feder/2010/02/will-cassidy-hop-along-back-to-newsradio-780/14724">Today he has quotes from Mancow</a>, who talks about the demise of Chicago radio. <!--break-->Someone in the comments (120+ comments) made a great point about the volatility of talk radio. He makes the point that talk radio is for a younger demographic and our aging Chicago shock-jocks (Dahl, Johnny B, Mancow) are biding time in a young man's game. There is no place for them on the dial. Live by the sword, die by the sword.‚  The transition of shock-jocks to more WGN-like talk-show hosts is looking like a failed experiment. <strong>C story: </strong>In Scott Lee Cohen's media blitz, has the press brought up at all his desire (or lack of) to run for Lt. Gov. as an independent? I was too busy <a href="/jkaufmann/2010/02/wikipedia-files-scott-lee-cohen/14651">doing bits with him</a> to ask about it. Cohen says voter support is higher than ever and if the Dems choose unwisely, there may be a window. Is this being covered and just glossed over or is this a unique thought (no way)? I'll bet it has been talked about, but where's your front-page coverage, Chicago newspapers? <strong>Valentines:</strong> I would like to take a minute to talk to the 26-year-old Justin. "Dude. You still have one day til Valentine's weekend. Time to stop playing Sega and mobilize! <a href="/dolinsky/2010/02/valentines-day-foodie-forecast-last-minute-restaurant-ideas/13162">Dolinsky gave you this list</a>. Suck it up and call a few. Get a table and then go down to build-a-bear and act like you put some thought into this. And a key to your apartment is not a Valentines gift. That's just lazy." <strong>Weather:</strong> Is that all you got, Chicago? <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/weather/" target="_blank">Apparently not</a>. <strong>Sports:</strong> I was listening to sports radio yesterday and the conversation was all about packaging Tyrus Thomas, Kirk Hinrich and John Salmon's contracts for mid-season trades. The Bulls want to free up money next year, so they could go after a huge free-agent. Haven't I heard this before? Didn't the Bulls send Benny the Bull to the airport to greet NBA superstars back in 2000/2001? Remember that? And no one wanted to come here? Note to Reinsdorf: when wooing the 25-year-old superstar NBA player, lose the mascot and Luv-a-Bulls schtick. Instead, class it up like an episode of<em> Entourage</em>. <strong>Kicker:</strong><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/2040676,chris-chelios-dui-charge-021010.article" target="_blank"> Best DUI argument ever</a>: Chelios' lawyer says "knee surgeries" caused him to wobble in his sobriety test, not on the account of being loaded. Is that the same argument Walter Jacobson made?</p> Thu, 11 Feb 2010 08:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/are-cta-cuts-just-some-sort-nasty-payback-not-getting-olympics