Eight Forty-Eight 9.27.11
Longtime Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has been released from his contract; Cheryl Raye-Stout provides the latest news from the South Side ball club. During the Chicago Cubs 2003 pennant battle, fan Steve Bartman reached for a foul ball and was later blamed for derailing the Cubs’ World Series run. The incident is the subject of ESPN Film’s Catching Hell, which premieres Tuesday night; Eight Forty-Eight hears memories from WBEZ’s Paul Friedman--the Cubs’ PA announcer at the time—and other local sports fans. Then, City of Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson is releasing his options for the city budget Monday. Ferguson discusses the report with Eight Forty-Eight. Then, the show looks at the influence of Chicago’s aldermen under the mayor--what do the recent spats over furlough days say about the balance of power in the county? Eight Forty-Eight looks at the shape of political power at the city and county level. The ensemble Chicago a capella performs and talks about music from their new CD, which features sacred Jewish music from the upcoming High Holidays. With options like Spotify available to music fans; A.V. Club music editor Steven Hyden joins the show to talk about consuming music in a digital world, along with how those options impact the music industry.