WBEZ | Robert Feder http://www.wbez.org/tags/robert-feder Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A lifetime of nightly trust http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-11/lifetime-nightly-trust-109058 <p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6b7ec9d6-1485-278f-0058-e6d409cffaf5"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/581727_120379431501714_1869507271_n.jpg" style="float: left;" title="Robin Robinson (Facebook)" />One thing I know for certain is that nobody faces scrutiny like a black woman. Or at least, that is what I have gained from personal experience. The scrutiny comes not just from non-black people. It also comes from within. Growing up, sometimes the harshest criticism came from women who looked just like me, who were expecting me to act or think or especially look a certain way. </span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6b7ec9d6-1485-278f-0058-e6d409cffaf5">When I first tried to go &ldquo;natural&rdquo; a couple of years ago, it was other black women, random strangers I met on the street who had the most to say. Granted, the acceptance of &ldquo;alternative&rdquo; black hairstyles has progressed rapidly within the past few years, but back then, the situation felt like a shaming from those I expected to offer the most amount of support. </span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6b7ec9d6-1485-278f-0058-e6d409cffaf5">I thought about this when media reporter Robert Feder <a href="http://www.robertfeder.com/2013/10/28/feder-photos-robin-robinsons-run/" target="_blank">announced</a> that long-time FOX 32 anchor Robin Robinson would be leaving the station. Feder wrote, </span></p><blockquote><p dir="ltr"><span>&ldquo;</span>Over the past 26 years, six men have occupied the Monday-through-Friday night anchor desk at Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32. And alongside all of them has been one woman &mdash; Robin Robinson.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6b7ec9d6-1485-278f-0058-e6d409cffaf5">Let that settle. </span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6b7ec9d6-1485-278f-0058-e6d409cffaf5">Although media outlets claim millennials only get their news online (if they get it at all), I still tune-in when I am home and I can. And growing up, I watched newscasts with my mother after our favorite broadcast network television shows ended. We listened to the stories, but we also commented on the appearances of the black women on the screen. </span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6b7ec9d6-1485-278f-0058-e6d409cffaf5">&ldquo;What is that new hairstyle?&rdquo; my aunt Sue used to ask to my mother about one of the women on the screen. Clothes were a constant source of amusement. We always commented when an anchor was &ldquo;upgraded.&rdquo; It wasn&rsquo;t necessarily out of maliciousness. &nbsp;</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span>Rather, it was a moment of pride and accomplishment by proxy. </span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6b7ec9d6-1485-278f-0058-e6d409cffaf5">Seeing faces that &ldquo;looked&rdquo; like us created a connection or bond that solidified our relationship to the newscasters. Our discussions were no different than our current discussions about Michelle Obama or even Olivia Pope on <em>Scandal</em>. In many ways, they were and are all one in the same: black, female, and in public. </span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6b7ec9d6-1485-278f-0058-e6d409cffaf5">They were not just faces on the screen. For women like Robin Robinson (or Cheryl Burton or Micah Materre or Allison Payne), it was a confirmation that we exist and that those in power acknowledged it. In 2013, we still face those same tribulations of recognition and acceptance. </span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6b7ec9d6-1485-278f-0058-e6d409cffaf5">Younger generations have thankfully been witness to a diverse array of newscasters. But in a city as hypersegregated as Chicago, our bevy of black female anchors felt like a fluke. Even now, I wait for the other shoe to drop. </span></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6b7ec9d6-1485-278f-0058-e6d409cffaf5">If broadcast news is intended to be as informational as possible to as many people as possible, the reality of a black woman presenting that information was and is not lost on me. The most vital information rested in her hands, in her trusted voice. I looked to her like another matriarchal figure to admire. I am 26 years old. There has never been a time when Robin Robinson has not been a voice of reason for the Chicago masses. That accomplishment is worthy of praise.&nbsp;</span></p></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-11/lifetime-nightly-trust-109058 Randy Michaels snatches up Q101, The Loop in radio buyout deal http://www.wbez.org/story/randy-michales-snatches-q101-loop-radio-buyout-deal-88135 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2010-October/2010-10-26/randy michaels.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Two well-known Chicago radio stations are being sold to a controversial media tycoon.</p><p>Classic rock station WLUP-FM (97.9), known as the Loop, and the long-time alternative staple WKQX-FM (101.1), known as Q101, will&nbsp; be sold for more than $110 million in cash. Their former owner, Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications, will also take a&nbsp;minority stake in a new parent company called Merlin Media LLC, run by former Tribune Company CEO Randy Michaels.</p><p>Michaels left Tribune last fall following reports that he ran it like a frat house, complete with parties and profanity and sexually-charged behavior. But veteran Chicago media columnist Robert Feder said, despite that, Michaels does know radio.</p><p>"It's in his blood, it's always been his life, and people are not surprised that he couldn't wait to get back into the business," Feder said.</p><p>Rumors are churning that Michaels may turn Q101 into an all-news station to go up against WBBM-AM, one of the top stations in Chicago.</p><p>If that happens, "we are likely to see the outbreak of a new kind of radio war in Chicago," Feder said.</p><p>A spokesman for Michaels says he won't comment on any format changes for a few weeks.</p></p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 18:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/randy-michales-snatches-q101-loop-radio-buyout-deal-88135 It's time to ask the hard questions: What do local audiences want from their local media? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-06-13/its-time-ask-hard-questions-what-do-local-audiences-want-their-local <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-13/bluesfestival.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-13/bluesfestival.jpg" title="Long live the Blues Festival (Flickr/Mjlmadison) " height="333" width="500"></p><p>Late Friday night, the <a href="http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/towerticker/2011/06/phil-rosenthals-new-tribune-business-column.html">Chicago Tribune's Phil Rosenthal published a memo from his bosses</a>. The memo stated that Rosenthal would be leaving the media beat and concentrating on general business coverage for the paper.</p><p>This, coupled with the news that the <a href="http://feder.blogs.chicago.timeout.com/2011/06/10/how-a-%E2%80%98horrible-decision%E2%80%99-cost-wiser-dream-job-at-sun-times/">Sun-Times does not intend to replace fired TV critic Paige Wiser</a>, ushers in a new day in Chicago media: There is no longer a major television reporter or a major media reporter at either the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> or <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em>. Say what you will about the need for these beats in major media, but those beat reporters and columnists comprised a significant portion of the newspaper you'd buy for quarters and dimes only a decade ago.</p><p>Now, facing declining readers and revenues, the local newspapers have decided to go the route of the local school council:&nbsp; Music and art go first. Gym second. Then heck, pull up a trailer to the side of the building for extra classrooms and maybe just combine social studies and math. And don't get new textbooks. The ones from 1987 work just fine.</p><p>This is a big win for Chicago's online ecoystem. <a href="http://feder.blogs.chicago.timeout.com/">Robert Feder</a> (former Vocalo blogger) used to be the Sun-Times media columnist. He now stands tall at <a href="http://www.timeoutchicago.com">Time Out Chicago</a> as the biggest media writer in town. You could make an argument that his tenacity and his daily bible-like output forced the major newspapers' hands (Lazare was writing media at Sun-Times and was laid off recently).</p><p>And for TV, shops like <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/">A.V. Club</a> and other local sites are giving the same kind of coverage, but with an edgier tone for a more sophisticated television watcher (i.e., they aren't writing about <em>Glee</em>).</p><p>Make no mistake about it, this is a serious win for the underdogs. The online media establishments have been fighting and fighting against the "bigs" for the better part of the past decade and have been forced to compete against much larger circulations and organizations.</p><p>If I were a music or food writer at one of the dailies, I would think about learning a trade. And how long before local sports sites start popping up in bulk, chipping away at the audience and eliminating the need for a columnist to tell us what we already heard somewhere else, hours earlier?</p><p>Places like the <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/">CNC</a> went straight at the papers with news coverage. I get that. But it seems to me that right now might be the time to gauge local audiences. Do you want more news? Or do you want local media covering television? How bout the media business?</p><p>Being part of the Feder blog all of last year, I can say with certainty that there is a robust audience for such work, one that the newspapers cultivated, and then squandered. I can also say that when this site dabbles in television coverage, the response is high.</p><p>But what do you want, Chicago?&nbsp;</p><p><strong>B story:</strong> Someone couldn't figure out the schedule and <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chibrknews-metra-cancels-7-up-west-line-trains-20110613,0,7256679.story">six UP Metra trains didn't run today</a> because they were short staffed? Who's doing the schedule, the night shift guys at the Dominicks?</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: The weather is like an old truck. Just turn over. So close. So close. Come on, baby....you can do it...</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: I told myself I wasn't going to watch the NBA Finals out of respect for the Bulls, but darnit, the hype drew me in. Great series and the better team won. It wasn't a fluke - the Mavs were a hot team all year long (only to play in the same division of the hotter Spurs). It was great watching James and Wade sputter, wasn't it? Now the storyline shifts to 'Heat'.&nbsp; My favoriite?&nbsp; 'Do you think it's possible Lebron James could never win an NBA championship?' That is the one I'm buying into.</p><p>If Sergio Santos didn't wet the bed Saturday night, the Sox would be 3 1/2 back. But even losing that heartbreaker Saturday, the Sox sit 4 1/2 back ready for interleague play next week. Speaking of interleague play, why is the Cubs/Sox series in the middle of the week? It plays so much better on a weekend. But a Tuesday thru Thursday? Lame.</p><p>And speaking of lame, the Cubs lost again. Are Cubs fans just dazed? If this were Dusty Baker, we would have t-shirts and web sites shouting "FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE FIRE." Why not with Mike Quade? The Cubs are not only losing, but they are listless. That's a dangerous combination for a manager.</p><p><strong>Obit</strong>: This weekend, this world lost a great woman. My Grandmother-in-law Catherine Floridia passed away at the age of 90. Catherine came to this country from Italy when she was 18. She came with a group of Italians leaving Italy before World War II. They settled in the South Bend area. Catherine didn't speak English. So she was put into the first grade. She lived and worked in Mishawauka, Indiana for years and years, sewing hospital garments and raising her daughter, Marge.</p><p>Catherine and I had a great relationship. Whenever a room would clear, she would give me life advice at the drop of a hat. Using her broken English, she would tell me to 'get married' or 'have a baby' or 'to tell me my wife loved me' (her granddaughter). In the last couple months, those platitudes turned dark, where she would tell me 'I'm ready to go' or 'It's my time'.</p><p>She was a very strong, dramatic and funny woman. When I saw her in the hospital this weekend, her last words to me were 'Justin, it's time for me to go where I am going.'&nbsp;</p><p>Catherine, I have a feeling you already have them laughing.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-13/catherine.jpg" title="" height="375" width="500"></p></p> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 13:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-06-13/its-time-ask-hard-questions-what-do-local-audiences-want-their-local Chicago news rankings: Blago trial takes top billing; Oprah, Rana, Bulls & my fashion crusade take backseat http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-25/chicago-news-rankings-blago-trial-takes-top-billing-oprah-rana-bulls <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-25/AP110525030380.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="487" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-25/AP110525030380.jpg" title="Love the umbrella, gov'nah! " width="512"></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/source-blagojevich-witnesses-include-emanuel-jackson-jr-87007">Jesse Jackson Jr. is in the building!!!!!!</a> <em>The Blagojevich Trial II: Attack of the Clones</em> is stepping up its media blitz. The terror trial of Rana, the Bulls, Oprah and Bin Laden have really stripped the media power from this Illinois corruption trial. But not anymore! Zagel approves the Blagojevich team's desire to call Congressman Jackson Jr. and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. That means they have to take the stand. As Ryan Seacrest would tell us, "The Blagojevich trial is climbing up the charts! Now, the latest from Katy Perry!"</p><p>Blago team brought Jackson Jr. up first. They went about 10 minutes with him. Classic. Keep it short, give the people what they want!</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-05-25/mccormick-place-east-casino-royale-86995">WBEZ Blogger Lee Bey has a great story today about where to put a new Chicago casino</a>. He says that when he worked for the mayor's office a decade ago, he worked up proposals to turn Lakeside Center (McCormick Place East) into a casino site. It would be the largest casino in the United States. Go big or go home (with empty pockets).</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/comed-rate-hike-approved-86989">ComEd is raising rates for the summer</a>. I don't follow regulations and utility politics (sorry), but it seems to me that this is very conveniently timed to take advantage of air conditioners. Do all parties (ComEd and Illinois government) at least acknowledge that or they hoping we just don't recognize? I'm sure it's more complicated than that.</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: It's the end of Oprah. Today. So what's next? Robert Feder gives you the rundown of what is <a href="http://feder.blogs.chicago.timeout.com/2011/05/24/daytime-dilemma-oprah%E2%80%99s-farewell-throws-tv-viewership-up-for-grabs/">vying to take over her time slot</a>. Tomorrow begins the new, local, morning show "Windy City Live."</p><p><strong>E story</strong>: Yesterday, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-24/hold-your-horses-chicago-no-linen-or-white-pants-until-after-memoria">I wrote about how I think we should move the "no linen/white pants before Memorial Day" up to "no linen/white pants before May 1st."</a> It's working. My crusade has netted me some local (and national) response. I will have the story later today or tomorrow. It's going to blow the lid off of all you know about fashion. You're welcome.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: That was quite a commute. I won't complain about rain though.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: I <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-25/ok-can-we-finally-do-away-hot-chick-shot-tv-sports-and-other-game-4-">wrote up a whole post about the Bulls game this morning</a>. What a night. Did the Cubs or Sox win? Didn't even pay attention. But the big sports news that you probably would have never thought would be the big sports news a few months back? <a href="http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/news/local/cbsports-report-bulls-asik-out-for-rest-of-playoffs-20110525,0,5345857.story?track=rss">Bulls' back up Center Omer Asik is out for the rest of the Eastern Conference Finals</a>.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: I just thought this was the best comment ever placed on a blog post at WBEZ. This was on one of my posts from a few days back. From "Matt":</p><blockquote><p>Oops, I accidently liked this article trying to see who the other three people who liked this article. I couldn't so now I'm writing here to set the record straight that I don't.</p></blockquote></p> Wed, 25 May 2011 15:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-25/chicago-news-rankings-blago-trial-takes-top-billing-oprah-rana-bulls Alderman Ed Bus weighs in on "Anchor-gate" http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-10/alderman-ed-bus-weighs-anchor-gate-86319 <p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/content-categories/68648">Alderman Ed Bus</a> finally gets his big break and Robert Feder destroys it! The word on the street is that the infamous<a href="http://feder.blogs.chicago.timeout.com/2011/05/10/spot-remover-cbs-2-fox-anchors-scrubbed-from-smithe-commercial/"> Walter E. Smithe commercial featuring local celebrities and television anchors saluting the mayor has been pulled</a>. All because Bob Sirott and Rob Johnson made the mistake of telling the world that they have man-crushes on Mayor Daley.</p><p>This Walter E. Smithe Brothers commercial is the most controversial commercial since...well, I don't know. I'm sure Eddie &amp; Jobo did something worse at some point? The commercial features a bunch of local television anchors saluting Mayor Daley, direct to camera. Best part? This is the embed below and the random screenshot is Alderman Ed Bus.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="311" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8sdbPU52ADc" width="498"></iframe></p><p>Unfortunately, nobody is calling for Alderman Ed Bus to resign. Which is good, because he's in the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-06/alderman-ed-bus-honoring-daley-waguespack-steals-53rd-walter-e-smith">political fight of his life to save the 53rd ward</a>. Yesterday, television station "management" gave Feder a bunch of baloney that they were 'misled' in what they thought was a private message to Daley and not for public consumption. Is it me or does that make it a tad worse? You'll kiss his ass in private only? Yikes.</p><p>And honestly, what makes this any different than the 'kicker' stories that the local television news put out each and every day? You don't see too many 'Daley should be held accountable' stories coming off the NBC5 newscast. I think the bigger issue is that most of Chicago doesn't have a problem with this kind of commercial because the Chicago consumer is over local television news.</p><p>Anyway, Tim Smithe was forced to remove the commercial and late last night and he issued an apology. I called Alderman Ed Bus this morning to ask him what he thought of the raging controversy. He was offended:</p><blockquote><p>"What? I'm on a commercial with who? What? Who is this?</p><p>I was misled. I was told this was going to be a personal tape to the mayor featuring other aldermen, commissioners, a couple people from the ward office, all our friends from Bridgeport and Dennis Farina. And then I was under the impression that there would be some sort of adult entertainment, jumpin' out of a cake or somethin'. No one said anything about scummy television anchors bein' there. Listen,&nbsp; I would have never poured out my heart to the mayor in front of a well-lit, professionally-staffed TV studio if I knew this would be made public. I should have learned my lesson. Last time I had a conversation taped I ended up on probation. Wait, who is this?"</p></blockquote><p><strong>B story</strong>: <em>The Blagojevich Trial II: The Temple of Doom</em> is now in full swing as <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/blagojevich-prosecutors-laser-focus-86292">federal prosecutors try to convince the jury that Blagojevich tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat</a>. The trial is getting heated because in cross-examination, the defense is trying to lure witnesses to contradict themselves (think Boston Public) but the prosecution and Judge Zagel objected and sustained the objections several times over prompting Patti Blagojevich to rip the courtroom proceedings to the press as she walked out. Bad day for the Blagojevich team.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: A new follower (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/richouston24">@richouston24</a>)&nbsp; to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-09/did-scottie-litter-national-television-and-other-random-observations">Twitter took umbrage with my Scottie Pippen littered post</a> from yesterday. He wrote: "You are a terrible writer. Did Scottie litter? Have you ever been to a sporting event? Do you see trash cans everywhere? No, you drop it on the ground."</p><p>Really? Because when I'm at a sporting event, I put my trash at my feet and then make a sneaky decision to just leave it there when the game is over. But sometimes, if easy to handle, I take it with me and throw it in a garbage can. I don't crumple up my napkin and throw it over my shoulder as if to say "this is your job. Pick it up."</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20110509/NEWS0702/110509866/melman-reader-nab-beard-foundation-awards-chicago-restaurants-shut">Rich Melman and the Chicago Reader</a> were the only winners at this year's James Beard Awards. All Chicago restaurants shut out. Ouch. It's all up to Derrick Rose now!</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: 80 today? Yes sir!</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: Tonight is a big game for the Bulls. But <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bulls">ESPN wants to know if Derrick Rose was to blame for Game 4</a>? I say no. I say Derrick Rose was the only reason we stayed in the game. Also, don't look now, but the <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/recap?gameId=310509103">Sox have won three in a row</a>. The Cubs start a big series with the Cardinals tonight. But seriously, how big is any series before Memorial Day. The only drama? <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/news/story?id=6514914">Should the Cubs bean Theriot</a>?</p><p>Kicker: We should have local reporters do more of this:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2nHE-EErdWs" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 10 May 2011 14:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-10/alderman-ed-bus-weighs-anchor-gate-86319 NPR virtually uncut by federal budget. Now who wants to throw an expensive, lavish party? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-13/npr-virtually-uncut-federal-budget-now-who-wants-throw-expensive-lav <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-13/marc-rich-party-415x275.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-13/marc-rich-party-415x275.jpg" style="width: 415px; height: 275px;" title="Who's up for a federally funded yacht party????"></p><p><strong>Top story</strong>: Today is a big one for Chicago politics. It's the first City Council meeting since the April runoffs. So what's on the agenda? Um...um....wait...um....nothin'? Affordable housing? No. Pushed off. Food trucks? No. That's old. Cleaning horse urine? Already done. The only thing that really stands out is hyper-local. There is debate about a new development on the old Lincoln Park Hospital site (the hospital is closed). Alderman Vi Daley (outgoing) supports the development and newly-elected Michele Smith is against it. So Daley (Vi) is trying to push it through before Smith can start. Is that high drama enough for you?&nbsp;</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: Yo Rahm, <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/emanuel-seeks-donations-up-to-50k-for-inaugural/">I want to go to your inaugural jam</a>! It sounds awesome! But I don't have $50k right now. Is there a list?&nbsp; Can I get on it, plus +3 (roommates)? What's the dress code? Can I wear jeans? If Rahm were smart, his office would give away VIP tickets to radio stations to be given to the 90th caller. That would be so much better than tickets to a beach bash. I kind of know Eddie &amp; Jobo, so I could help make that happen.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: Ah, we should have tried to shake down "Source Code" like <a href="http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110412/news/704129798/">Metra allegedly did</a>. Maybe <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-12/wbez-swag-cut-source-code-should-we-blame-dunkin-donuts-85094">WBEZ wouldn't have been cut from the movie</a>.</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: If you were wondering, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/npr-public-television-wont-get-budget-ax/2011/04/12/AF5CtwSD_story.html">NPR and public broadcasting were virtually uncut by the new federal budget</a>. Shakespeare wrote a play about this, didn't he? Something about nothing? Wait, maybe I'm thinking Seinfeld.</p><p><strong>E story</strong>: Damn! <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/adler-planetarium/no-shuttle-adler-85092">We lost out on getting the space shuttle</a>. Didn't we learn anything from the 2016 Olympic bid? STOP LIVE BROADCASTING DISAPPOINTMENT! WE CANT TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!!! Adler Planetarium loses out, but they still have my son's love, who asks me daily to go to the "pwanatarilium." Because he saw the ad in the back of Time Out Kids. The Adler president was quoted as saying that the shuttle would been a "game changer." Colleague Ed Keegan retweeted "If having a relic of 1970's technology would be 'a game changer,' perhaps the Adler needs to reconsider their game." SNAP.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: Stay breezy, Chicago.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: I'm starting to get ramped up for the Blackhawks game tonight. You realize the 'Hawks have <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/ct-spt-0413-blackhawks-chicago--20110412,0,1212749.story">bounced the Vancouver Canucks</a> from the playoffs two years in a row? To quote that wacky Beatle, "<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dHUfy_YBps">Keep playing those miiinnnnd gammmmes forever...</a>"</p><p>Sox fans got chippy last night. The Sox outfield has been dropping a ton of fly balls. Well, five. It's really unheard of in baseball to have that happen. So last night, when Alex Rios caught a fly ball, the crowd sarcastically cheered. <a href="http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/sports/cbsports-guillen-not-happy-with-fans-sarcasm-20110412,0,1845189.story">Ozzie didn't like that</a>.</p><p>And Derrick Rose is going to be the first Chicago Bull to grace the cover or <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/cbsports-rose-first-bull-since-mj-to-grace-si-cover-20110413,0,1812519.story">Sports Illustrated since MJ</a>. That seems historic, but, really, you have to be pretty damn good to be on the cover of SI, right? Here's a funny story - one our national networks called our newsroom to help with an interview. When asked who the interview was with, the producer said it a guy named "Derrick Rose?" Wow! Then when our reporter pressed for more details, the producer said "Oh, sorry, the interview is with a Chicago reporter talking about Derrick Rose." Oh. Never mind.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: Congrats to my former colleague <a href="http://feder.blogs.chicago.timeout.com/">Robert Feder</a> for being one of the "100 Powerful Chicagoans" listed in Michigan Avenue Magazine!!!!! He is one of the only non-millionaires featured (it's not online). They give him mad props for his role in exposing Trib management last year (on Vocalo blogs, thank you very much). I'm surprised, though, that such a high end, social magazine would be into Feder. Michigan Avenue magazine is about the finer things in life like fashion and jewelry. Not necessarily the Feder I know. But then I saw his picture. Man, he's changed since he moved to Time Out Chicago:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-13/male-model copy.jpg" style="width: 499px; height: 338px;" title=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 14:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-13/npr-virtually-uncut-federal-budget-now-who-wants-throw-expensive-lav Lost weekend: Where should Rahm Emanuel party next? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-05/lost-weekend-where-should-rahm-emanuel-party-next-84766 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-05/rahm-ddoor.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 669px;" title="Rahm Emanuel in what might be the worst cell phone picture ever"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Top story</strong>: There were a handful of posts and Tweets yesterday reporting that<a href="http://manupchicago.com/rahm-emanuel-double-door-black-joe-lewis/"> Mayor Elect Rahm Emanuel was spotted at Double Door for the Black Joe Lewis show Saturday night</a>. I received a few texts the night of with the same information. Hey, there's nothing wrong with a guy enjoying music in Chicago. Some complained that the show became about snapping cell phone pictures of Rahm in the audience, taking away from the show on stage. Some wonder if there were political motives. May I suggest another? Bender.</p><p>That's right, Rahm Emanuel is going it alone in Chicago right now. His family is still in DC. So if you had already done your work and were waiting for your new job to start and you had access to box seats at Wrigley and your favorite artist was coming to Wicker Park, wouldn't you throw down? Let's be honest here: Every guy in the world would love to have a few days off from the family. We love em, sure and we miss them terribly, but when in Rome, do what the Romans do. In this case, that involves Opening Day at Wrigley, pizza at Piece Pizza, Black Joe Lewis at Double Door and probably a bunch of bar food carry out on a lazy Sunday afternoon trying to shake that headache from the Honkers Ale.</p><p>(We're also assuming here that he's not being influenced by <a href="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hall_pass/"><em>Hall Pass</em></a>. He has better taste than that, right?)</p><p>Possible Emanuel sightings to come: Punk Rock Monday's at Delilahs, Rockabilly night at Martyrs, 2am at Round the Clock liquors with a bunch of college girls, sleeping on the Red Line, standing in line at Joe's for Mr. Blotto and fighting a cab driver who didn't drop him off at the right corner. Also, maybe a little Whirly Ball?</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: Richard Babcock is the focus of <a href="http://feder.blogs.chicago.timeout.com/2011/04/05/chicago-magazines-babcock-can-you-judge-an-editor-by-his-covers/">Robert Feder's column today</a>. Feder breaks down some of the best covers from Chicago Magazine's past. Babcock is stepping down as editor of the magazine. I'm sure there were a great number of inspiring covers under Babcock's direction, but it's the ones in between that I would like to focus on. We used to play a game when the new Chicago Magazine would be delivered. Co-workers would all gather around and guess the cover before we ripped open the envelope. I had three go-to guesses: Best Lawyers, Best Doctors, Best Getaways. I usually won.&nbsp; I was also stunned that Feder missed this photo, which also ran in Chicago Magazine during Babcock's tenure. That's right, I'm a dirty bear:</p><p><img alt="" height="400" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-05/schad.jpg" title="" width="600"></p><p><strong>C story</strong>: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/2011-04-04/will-dave-matthews-save-far-south-side-84741">DeRogatis had the scoop last night</a>: Dave Matthews is bringing a festival to the Far South Side, near or at the former US Steel South Works plant. WOW. Now, that is technically still Chicago, right? Not Indiana? So I can make the tasteless joke: DMB is back with this cheesy festival, ready to sh*t on Chicago once again? ZING.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: Oh yeah, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-board-election-commissioners/suburbs-14-chicago-wards-head-polls-84748">today's the runoff election</a>. We will see a whole new City Council after tonight. Or at least, one with aldermen who don't fall asleep while at work.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: My weather tracker said 36 degrees this morning, but it felt more like 45.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: Dennis Rodman makes the NBA Hall of Fame! I put together <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-04/dennis-rodman-chicagos-1-bad-boy-84730">some choice clips yesterday</a> of Rodman's on and off court antics. I had a whole angle that Dennis should go into the Hall of Fame as a Bull, instead of a Piston. But then I realized that the NBA Hall of Fame doesn't work like the MLB Hall of Fame. So I just embedded some YouTube clips instead. I couldn't find my favorite Rodman clip where he gets tangled up with Antonio Davis (Pacers) and then grabs his arm and starts dancing with him at mid-court. I think this was a playoff game. Davis thought it was funny at first but then his machismo took over and he pushed Dennis away. That's what Dennis did better than any other player in the history of the game: be effeminate. And it worked. It was almost like he was the first out of the closet basketball player in NBA history. Even though I don't think he was gay.&nbsp;</p><p>In this clip (check at 3:00-on), Rodman gets into it with a young Stacey King when Rodman was on San Antonio. The video is from German TV. Will someone please ask Stacey what he thinks of Rodman getting into the Hall of Fame?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/PBX8CcMpqV0" title="YouTube video player" width="425"></iframe></p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: More Rodman. Rodman crushes Bob Costas during a game. Poor thing. Too bad Dennis missed Isiah...</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xyTzcVcyJGA" title="YouTube video player" width="425"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 14:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-05/lost-weekend-where-should-rahm-emanuel-party-next-84766 The 'Feder Rules': Advice on how to edit the best media columnist in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/feder-rules-advice-how-edit-best-media-columnist-chicago <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-10/Rave.jpg" style="width: 463px; height: 345px;" /></p><p>As we wrap up the work-week, let's look back at the big media story.&nbsp; Robert Feder is going to....<a href="http://www3.timeoutny.com/chicago/blog/out-and-about/2010/12/media-critic-robert-feder-joins-time-out-chicago/">Time&nbsp;Out Chicago</a>. Time Out wins the rumor derby for the top media columnist in Chicago, after he left our little blog network. As of now, Time Out doesn't really cover media (or local media), so this will be a new day for the culture magazine. I worked with Rob for the past year on the Vocalo blogs. I learned a lot. Not necessarily about the media beat, but how to handle media columnists.</p><p>Time Out, here's what you need to know about editing Mr. Feder:</p> <p>1) He doesn't like mayo on his sandwiches. I once witnessed him throw a filing cabinet into&nbsp;Lake Michigan (from our offices) because his 'wreck on wheat' had too much mayo. Worst part, that cabinet was filled with lost episodes of &quot;Whadya Know.&quot;</p><p>2) Keep an extra fedora in your desk drawer. When he comes down to the offices, he likes it to be all &quot;newspaper.&quot;&nbsp; Fedoras, cigars, newsprint, ticker tape, etc. &nbsp; Keep a bottle of whiskey on hand. Think Don Draper meets Mike Royko with a little of your drunk uncle.</p> <p>3) He hates NSFW&nbsp;slideshows. Just FYI, TOC.</p> <p>4) Feder can't stand techno music. If he comes in the office and you are throwing a rave, he'll blow his top. Seriously, I've been there. And don't get me started on bubble machines. Who doesn't like a million bubbles?&nbsp;(He's partial to foam parties).</p> <p>5) Rob is a huge Adam Sandler fan. Not a day goes by where he doesn't quote &quot;Billy Madison&quot; or &quot;Anger Management&quot; or &quot;Spanglish&quot; or &quot;Little Nicky.&quot; He even stood in line for the opening of &quot;Grown Ups.&quot; So you might want to invest in some movie posters for the office.</p><p>6) He loves to be pranked. Like, Jackass style. If he walks in the office, pour a bucket of water on him. Or put a pillow case over his head and hit him in the stomach with a bat. God, he just laughs and laughs and laughs.</p><p>7) Feder types every blog post on a typewriter. I hope you have an abundance of onion-skin.</p><p><span>8) Have petty cash available. I&nbsp;can't tell you how many &quot;off-the-record&quot; calls I&nbsp;received from&nbsp;Cook County jail. Sh*t happens.&nbsp;<br /></span></p><p>9) Don't refer to him as an 'out-of-work blogger.' You will probably end up losing your job (see Randy Michaels). That's like calling Ray Lewis or Brian Urlacher a &quot;finesse&quot; player.</p><p><span>10) Finally, don't call him Bob. It's Mr. Feder. At least until you guys can hit up a rave or two...</span></p></p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 17:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/feder-rules-advice-how-edit-best-media-columnist-chicago Video: A message (and job opportunity) for Ron Huberman http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/video-message-and-job-opportunity-ron-huberman <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/DSC_0014.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><iframe height="364" frameborder="0" width="485" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/17307921?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000"></iframe></p><p>Yesterday marked the end of the public service career of Mr. Ron Huberman. Until he is appointed again somewhere else.</p><p>We have had a good ride alongside Mr.&nbsp;Huberman, from his time at OEMC (911 center) to head of the CTA (doomsday) to Chicago Public Schools (swine flu?). He was a strong presence in the news and he was thought to be a shrewd budget man behind the scenes. <br /><br />Sounds like something I need for Vocalo Blogs! So I put this little plea together to try and get&nbsp;Ron Huberman to the blogosphere.&nbsp;If it works, you are welcome, Chicago.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 09:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/video-message-and-job-opportunity-ron-huberman It's settled. I'll take over for Robert Feder (and other top stories) http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/its-settled-ill-take-over-robert-feder-and-other-top-stories <p><p>Ah, the bounty that is Chicago news. Plenty to talk about today:&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img height="333" width="500" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-29/tomatoes.jpg" alt="" title="" /><br /></strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><sup><em>(Flickr/Paul Hertz)</em></sup></strong></p><p><strong>Top story</strong>:&nbsp;The <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/24-7/2929058,CST-NWS-cop1129.article">Chicago police are reeling</a> after one of their own was shot and killed on Friday while investigating a crime scene. It is just a terrible tragedy and something that you hate to see any time, but especially during the holidays. The story of the killing dominated the news all weekend. It has been interesting watching the coverage since the first day. Friday night, NBC 5&nbsp; went 8 minutes deep in the 10pm news and even created a graphic they threw up reminding us that they will be covering this story all weekend. On-line, most news orgs blew out their home pages with the story.</p><p>The weekend wasn't much different, the story was finally bumped from the Chicago Tribune site for the Bears win.&nbsp; But this weekend, the news story became less about the details of the crime or the investigation, and more about how the police needed help with leads. They were having little success finding the killer, so they started throwing out sound bites and phone numbers that were all about the community stepping up and telling the police who did this. Saturday's news turned from the tragedy to how the community must have seen something and their duty is to tell the police about it.</p><p>Was I the only one who found it strange that almost every television newscast threw up the tip-line phone number and used Police Chief Jody Weis' sound bites about tips to text? I understand the police need help solving this crime. But is it the media's job to support this or to report on the facts of the story? Is helping the police part of the story?&nbsp;Maybe it is. But throwing up the phone number graphic plus having the reporter repeat it three times might move into a gray area. <br /> <br /><strong>B story</strong>: Ha! And you thought this mayoral race would be dull...Rahm Emanuel is having a hard time proving to the media and some lawyers that he lives in Chicago. Most Chicagoans roll their eyes and give the ole 'politics as usual' speech when they read about this, but this might actually be a big deal. Why? Because as one of our esteemed panelist said on this week's Best Game in Town - the Chicago judicial system is not immune to politics. That is such a great point - it would take a clouted judge who didn't want Emanuel (or better, wanted someone else) to make a decision against Rahm and his residency. And you thought the circus just left town.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: Today marks the first week without Robert Feder on the Vocalo blogs. If you are living under a blog-rock, our esteemed <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/robert-feder">media blogger has left the building</a>. He is going to make an announcement soon about his new digs. It was a great year working alongside one of Chicago's best columnists. I learned so much from working with him, not only about the news business but about reporting on the media. But what I'll miss even more are the throngs and throngs of commenters that graced our site. Of course, I'll miss the pageviews, but more, I'll miss Bruce Wolf. I'll miss Dvorak, Chet Coppak's fur coat, fake Judy Barr Topinka, fake Mancow, fake Ron Magers, fake Sarah Palin, fake Warner Saunders and of course, Mike. I'll miss the commenter that used the e-mail <a target="_blank" href="mailto:lucylu@hotmail.com">lucylu@hotmail.com</a> who was actually leaving comments in different names, arguing with himself. Yeah, I'll miss those guys. <br /> <br />But you know, you don't have to leave! I can replace Mr. Feder on the Vocalo blogs! I'll cover media. Sure, Feder gives you scoops, insight, depth and institutional knowledge (plus great writing), but I give you snarky observations with no research or further information. Think of me as an underqualified Stella Foster. That's more in-line with what the internet thrives on anyway. So here goes - my first piece: <br /> <br />1. What's with that weird northside/southside commercial that McPherrin and Davlantes are sporting on FOX Chicago? They get mad at each other at Madison/State and Davlantes gets waaay too close to McPherrin. Like kiss close. Weird. <br /><br />2. What else...oh! I could be the guy who analyzes what news reporters choose as their winter-fashion. Lots of fur collars and goofy, expensive hats. It could be like the Oscars, but for the 10pm news. &quot;Giiirrrrlllll, those are bad earmuffs!&quot; <br /> <br />3. And&nbsp;I&nbsp;could pressure the man to change programming. Hey, Channel 11 - cool it on the Curious George Xmas special. We get it. It's Christmas. But don't show that cartoon every two hours. <br /><br />There, three items. Boom. Give me the Lisagor now. That will keep you around, right? Right? Anybody?&nbsp;<br /> <br /><strong>Sports</strong>:&nbsp;I have a big Bears wrap-up coming up today, so I'll skip that story and go with the teams at the UC! The Bulls are coming back to Chicago from the dreaded west-coast 'circus' road-trip. For the first time since 1997, the Bulls had a winning record (4-3). This is a huge, historic feat for the Bulls as the last time they had a winning record, they won a championship. It's amazing if you think about it - 13 seasons of losing west-coast road trips. It's time to prep the Petrillo band shell. And the Blackhawks also had a successful trip. Just think about your winter for a second: You might have the Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks playing deep into their seasons. Times are good. <br /> <br /><strong>Kicker</strong>: Last week, I posted the first of my series of videos featuring our longtime fictitious <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/video-who-should-run-mayor-alderman-ed-bus-d-53rd-should-run-mayor">Alderman Ed Bus (D-53rd)</a>. It's the brainchild of my comedy group Schadenfreude (used to be on WBEZ). The idea is that our alderman is running for mayor. This past week, I received several e-mails about the show 'The Good Wife' introducing a new character - an alderman from the 53rd ward. The show is set in Chicago, so this is significant. Why did they choose that ward? Everyone knows there are 50 wards. So was it a homage to our long-running character from the fictitious 53rd (first on stage in 1999), or was it just a coincidence? Or worse - did they take our research (53rd is by far the funniest fake ward in Chicago) and use it without permission? So this begs the question: Do several friends of mine really watch 'The Good Wife'?</p></p> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 15:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/its-settled-ill-take-over-robert-feder-and-other-top-stories