A Sunday afternoon surrounded by newspapers, magazines and a cup o’ coffee is my idea of a good time. With today’s weather in the 60s, my South Loop balcony was THE place to be. Strewn before me was April’s edition of Business Week Chicago and last week’s 30th Anniversary edition of Crain’s Chicago Business. I was set for a few good hours of reading.
First, I read an article on the demise of the Chicago Sun-Times. Makes me so sad to see such an historic newspaper, which catapulted the careers of Roger Ebert and Mike Royko, spiral down to the state it’s in today. Did you know that the Sun-Times unveiled the Hired Truck Scandal? From a local perspective, The Sun-Times IS known as being the deep diving, hard hitting local reporting that Chicago deserves (sorry, Tribune, but it’s true). The math is simple. The less staff you have, the less investigative reporting you can do.
I was happy to see a former Sun-Times staff writer, Howard Wolinsky, appear in my Business Week magazine! Wolinsky wrote an article about me and some start-up counterparts in a 2007 article about the new Web 2.0 companies in Chicago. Howard left his job at the Sun-Times and wrote a piece about his experience here. Don’t feel bad for Wolinsky, he’s doing very well freelancing and wrote a terrific piece on the ins and outs of David Axelrod in Chicago’s Business Week. Didya know that Axelrod has two consulting companies and that one of them is set up to make the public think a different way about a company? Think ComEd rate hike and Children’s Museum issue. That’s right, big companies/entities pay Axelrod’s firm to make commercials about a topic, then show you a ‘community group’ that sponsored the commercial…when it’s actually the company that hired Axelrod and launched a new ‘organization’ per Axelrod’s recommendations. Ohhh..k.
Next, I went on to the world of Chicago’s stellar unions. It looks like a well known Union leader is taking some heat for how he determines who drives trucks around when Hollywood is shooting in Chicago. Crain’s Chicago columnist Greg Hinz always puts a smile on my news loving face.
First, I have to mention that it’s quite an honor to join the NBC5 Street Team! I really dig interviewing entertainers of all types and I’m absolutely thrilled to do it for you here.
Recently, comedian Lee Camp was invited by Fox News to appear as a “left wing” comedian vs. a “right wing” comedian. Everything went fine until he surprisingly spoke his mind after the segment ended…watch what he did on youtube. You’ll also hear the clip in the beginning and again at the end of this podcast. It’s one of those rare unexpected live TV moments that really made me laugh.
In our conversation he explains why he said what he said and why it wasn’t a planned move to boost his career (burning bridges isn’t exactly a great idea for an up & coming comedian).
Anyone who knows me well, knows I love to talk politics. Which doesn’t exactly endear me to a lot of people. I know, I know, politics, like religion, is one of those topics you should never discuss in polite company. And in the midst of such a divisive political season, I’ve personally witnessed some heated confrontations that probably weren’t appropriate for the setting we were in. To that, I say, a little personal discomfort is worth the all important process of thoroughly discussing issues that affect each of our daily lives.
We just launched a new blog on NBC5.com that is a great resource for enhancing that political discourse. Steve Rhodes (pictured, right), the founder of the popular Beachwood Reporter blog and Web site, is now writing an NBC blog entitled Division Street. The name is an homage to the Studs Turkel book about the divisions in American politics, as well as a metaphoric nod to the real Chicago street that encompasses many of the diverse neighborhoods that define our community.
Steve posts several times a day on the blog, and tries to spur discussion on important local, state and national issues.
Check out my interview with Steve discussing his new blog.
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