Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Icicles at L train Grand Street station, NY City, 1/2/18


1/2/18, "At the Grand Street station on the L train these stalactite-like icicles formed above the platform this morning. Photo Credit: NY1 twitter. More images of Grand St., East Williamsburg, Brooklyn L train station

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Mike Francesa visits The Bill Simmons Podcast, gives 4 NFL picks for Week 16, talks 49ers' Franchise QB, Eli's Next Move (Ep. 304)

Mike Francesa appears on Bill Simmons podcast, published on You Tube, 12/21/17. Mike is first heard at 4:00 when Simmons introduces him. Mike says he's under contract til January 1, after which he'll have time consider next steps.

Text from You Tube page: "HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by legendary New York sports radio host Mike Francesa to discuss Jimmy Garoppolo's setup in San Francisco (5:00), Eli Manning's offensive line problem (12:00), Matt Ryan's down year (19:00), picks for Week 16" (31:18). Mike gives 4 NFL picks for Week 16.


Added: "Mike's Finale," NY Radio Message Board

"Here's Mike's last half hour [at WFAN]:
Posted by Allan Sniffen on December 15, 2017 at 19:53:46:

Mike did a nice job at the end. He thanked all those who should be thanked and gave a heartfelt appreciation to his listeners.

As he said so many times himself, he was so fortunate to have had the opportunity. That includes being allowed to do a final show. Very, very few in radio ever get that chance.

I would add that Mike was smart enough to take advantage of his WFAN 30 year opportunity. It's one thing to get the chance. It's another to be smart enough to nurture it, to appreciate it and to make it more than a lucky break. Good for him. It's nice to see real success in a business that can be so difficult."...


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

More than 80 guests were present or called in to WFAN's Mike Francesa on second to last show of his 30 year career. Fri., Dec. 15 is last day

12/14/17, "LISTEN: Celebs Bid Mike Francesa Farewell On Second-To-Last Show," WFAN, newyork.cbslocal.com

"Thursday marked Mike Francesa’s penultimate show.

The day before the sports talk pioneer signs off from WFAN, ending his 30-year run, Francesa broadcast his show from the Paley Center for Media in Manhattan. Many celebrity guests called in or stopped by to bid him farewell, including Jim Nantz, Dan Patrick, Lawrence Taylor, Eli Manning, Bobby Valentine, Willie Randolph, Regis Philbin and, of course, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo.

MORE: Q and A With Mike Francesa Part 1: ‘I’ll Miss All Of It’
MORE: Q and A With Mike Francesa Part 2: Memorable Interviews, Mad Dog Years, More

Here are clips from the show."...

20 podcasts include 80+ guests who were present or called in. Included in the 14th podcast are Bernie Williams and Suzyn Waldman. I couldn't figure out how to embed the podcasts on this blog, this is what one of them looks like.


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Friday, December 08, 2017

Camden, NJ baseball stadium to be torn down, redeveloped-AP

12/8/17, "Camden's baseball stadium to be torn down, redeveloped," AP, via wpvi tv, Philadelphia

Camden, NJ: "Camden's baseball stadium will be torn down and replaced by fields for Rutgers University-Camden athletes and the community, marking the end for a publicly funded stadium once heralded as a new beginning for the city waterfront.

Rutgers-Camden on Thursday agreed to invest $7.5 million in the project to redevelop Campbell's Field, which sits across the Delaware River from Philadelphia.

The announcement marks the end for a stadium now viewed as a waste of public money. Then-Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, a Republican, broke ground on the project in 1999 - comparing it to the film "Field of Dreams."

The stadium itself was built with a complex combination of at least $21 million in bonds, loans, grants and other financing from the state Economic Development Authority, the Delaware River Port Authority, Rutgers and Santander Bank.

The Campbell Soup Company, based in Camden, paid $3 million to have its name on the stadium, and the facility began to attract crowds for baseball games, concerts and other events in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

Despite the auspicious beginning, the project eventually defaulted on its bond payments, and the county bought it to save it from foreclosure. The stadium currently only brings in about $100,000 a year in revenue.

Plans call for building athletic fields, bleachers and locker rooms for Rutgers-Camden's NCAA Division III baseball team. The university's softball, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey teams also will use the fields, along with Camden students and residents, officials said.

Camden would seek state funding to help pay for the estimated $15 million project. Rutgers-Camden spokesman Mike Sepanic said he is unsure what will happen to the stadium's existing debt.

There's no date for demolishing the stadium or building the new athletic facility." image above from AP

Added: Camden Unemployment is 8.50, third highest in NJ, as of Sept. 2017, per OpenGov Civic Dashboards


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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Mike Francesa comments on inept Giants management: "You’re playing guys who drop every ball in sight. You haven’t disciplined a damn player all year. And you’re gonna blame this now on your quarterback? At 2-9? What a gutless move”

11/29/17, "Mike Francesa Loses His Mind Over The Giants Benching Eli Manning," Deadspin, Barry Petchesky

Above, highlights (2:19) of Francesa response to Giants' management handling of Eli Manning. Below, 8 minute version. Via Deadspin.

"Mike Francesa has just 13 more shows to go, but he—and we—received an unexpected gift in the form of Eli Manning’s benching.

It was an inexplicable move. Not the benching—I’m a Giants fan and I agree it’s about time, if you can set aside sentimentality—but the part where they’re replacing him with Geno Smith? What the hell is the point of that? And why is Ben McAdoo, who owners have basically confirmed they’ll be firing as soon as the season ends, being allowed to make this decision? (And it was his decision.)

The Sports Pope had himself an afternoon....

Mike really gets going around the 1:50 mark. Some highlights:
“You’re gonna stand up in this town—WHERE WE’VE SEEN GENO SMITH PLAY!—and you’re gonna tell us you have a better chance to win with him than with Eli Manning?”
“He’s got a game plan? We haven’t seen a game plan from this guy all year. Since he’s been the head coach, the Giants haven’t scored 30 points EVER.”
“You can’t run this clown out of town fast enough! The worst thing that ever happened was Eli Manning had to be associated with you as head coach.”
“Maybe on the way out you can take a look at Eli’s rings, that’s the closest you’re ever gonna get to one.”
“You’re gonna try to tell us that [whacking desk] GENO SMITH IS THE ANSWER?! That’s the problem with this team now is the quarterback [loses voice] AFTER WHAT WE’VE WATCHED THIS YEAR? You’re playing guys who drop every ball in sight. You haven’t disciplined a damn player all year. And you’re gonna blame this now on your quarterback? At 2-9? What a gutless move.
“That’s not gonna stand in this town because these guys have watched Eli Manning, they’ve watched him long before they ever heard your name. And they’ll remember his long after they’ve FORGOTTEN YOURS.”...
Dom called it when he said the Giants have become the Jets. And we’re really going to miss you, Mike. Thanks for all the content."


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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Arod and Beltran chat at Dodger Stadium-Oct. 23, 2017

10/23/17, "Carlos Beltran and Alex Rodriguez catching up on the field at Dodger Stadium," Arash Markazi, ESPN, twitter

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Aaron Judge ranked third in regular season for low strikes called that weren't quite strikes-NY Times

10/17/17, "In the Cage and at the Plate, Aaron Judge Is Still Trying to Figure It Out," NY Times, Filip Bondy

"According to ESPN Stats and Information, Judge ranked third among all major leaguers during the season when it came to getting the most low strikes “framed against” — pitches called strikes by the umpires that tickled the bottom of the strike zone or actually fell below the knees. Only Matt Carpenter and Cameron Maybin endured more such indignities."...Aaron Judge is 6ft. 7 inches tall

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

No team had ever struck out as many times as the Yankees did on Wednesday (16) and still won a nine-inning postseason game-NY Times, Kepner, 10/12/17

"No team had ever struck out as many times as the Yankees did on Wednesday [Oct. 11, 2017] (16) and still won a nine-inning postseason game."...(parag. 12) 10/12/17, "Ahead of Schedule, Yankees Push Toward World Series," NY Times, Tyler Kepner...10/11/17, ALDS game 5, Yankees at Indians, final score 5-2

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Altuve and Judge in July 2017

"New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) and Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) has a conversation during the top first inning of the game at Minute Maid Park Sunday, July 2, 2017, in Houston. ( Yi-Chin Lee / Houston Chronicle )"...10/12/17, "Smith: Altuve-Judge debate hasn't been close in playoffs," Houston Chronicle, Brian T. Smith

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Derek Jeter says it's OK if Miami Marlins players want to take a knee, has no problem if his players choose to protest social injustice and police brutality as long as it's peaceful-NY Post, 10/11/17

10/11/17, "Derek Jeter: It’s OK if Marlins players want to take a knee," NY Post, Zach Braziller

"Derek Jeter wouldn’t say whether he would take a knee during the national anthem if he still were playing, but the Marlins’ new co-owner and future Hall of Famer wouldn’t have a problem if one of his players chose to protest social injustice and police brutality by doing so.

Peaceful protest is fine,” the Miami CEO said Wednesday at the 21st annual Turn 2 Foundation Dinner at Cipriani on Wall Street. “You have a right to voice your opinion, as long as it’s a peaceful protest.”

As a player, Jeter rarely discussed social issues. But when asked his feelings about athletes taking a knee, which has become a major topic of discussion since former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee last year as a form of protest and has been followed by many other NFL players, he had no problem sharing his opinion. One MLB player, Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell, has taken a knee. Growing up biracial in Michigan, Jeter faced racism, and has said it shaped his life.

“The thing that I think is probably frustrating with this whole rhetoric that’s going back and forth is people lose sight of why someone was kneeling,” Jeter said. “They’re focused so much on the fact they are kneeling, as opposed to what they are kneeling for.”

Jeter made baseball news this week, when he poached former Yankees vice president of player development Gary Denbo to join the Marlins as director of player development and amateur scouting. So far, Jeter is enjoying his return to baseball.

“I’ve always been pretty vocal in my career [that] when I was done, I wanted to be part of an ownership group,” he said. “That was the second dream. Now I’m getting an opportunity to live that.”

But he still has made time to follow his old team. Jeter has kept tabs on the Yankees from their victory in the wild-card game through the ALDS against the Indians, and he has been impressed.

“They’re doing well,” the legendary Yankees shortstop said. “A lot of them I worked with at the minor league complex [when he was still playing]. A lot of the players I saw when they were 17, 18 years old. It’s fun to watch. Yankees fans have a lot of years watching [these] guys.

“It’s more exciting [for me] to have had the opportunity to see them develop, and turn into the players they are now.”"

Among comments to this article at Lucianne.com: "Another role model bites the dust." 


My comment: Jeter is an elitist asshole. This has absolutely nothing to do with free speech nor how worthy the cause is--whether from his or his players' point of view. It's a form of "bait and switch." If I expend time and expense traveling to a store to shop for an appliance and the employees are "peacefully" taking a knee outside or inside the store in observance of a particular social or political cause, I'm not going to buy from that store. I have no respect for a business that would conduct itself in that fashion. The media and the entire political class constantly try to find new ways to incite hatred and division in our society. Some of us aren't into groupthink. You're free to do whatever you want on your own time. Derek, despite all the good things your parents did for you, they apparently didn't teach you the difference between right and wrong.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Calories of Yankee concessions. Surprised by the pretzel at 630 calories-Darren Rovell

Image, 10/3/17, Darren Rovell twitter. Final score of AL wild card game, Yankees 8, Twins 4

Above, 10/3/17, "M.L.B. Playoffs: How the Yankees Beat the Twins in the Wild-Card Game," NY Times, Benjamin Hoffman

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Empire State Building celebrates MLB postseason by rotating colors of playoff bound teams

"The Empire State Building will celebrate the 2017 MLB Postseason by illuminating its tower lights with a color rotation representing the 10 playoff-bound teams: the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins and Washington Nationals." 10/3/17, Marly Rivera, ESPN

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Monday, October 02, 2017

Fortunately, Tom Petty is alive

10/2/17, "Tom Petty’s Daughter Posts To Instagram, Confirms Her Father Is Not Dead," etcanada.com

"Initial reports Tom Petty had died at age 66 were inaccurate."


10/2/17, "Tom Petty Dies at Santa Monica Hospital After Cardiac Arrest Sunday Night," Santa Monica Observer...Tom Petty 1950-2017

Tom Petty with Traveling Wilburys, "Handle with Care," You Tube. Released in 1988

Above, "Limited edition 40th Anniversary Tour raglan jersey from the Wrigley Field concert is now in the Tom Petty Store! " Tom Petty twitter

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wisdom of Yogi Berra offered to NFL: “If people don't want to come to the ballpark, nobody can stop them." 1994 baseball strike lost some fans permanently-commenter TBP

Wisdom of Yogi Berra offered to NFL, among comments to Joel Sherman 9/25/17 NY Post article, "Donald Trump attacked what makes America great," at Free Republic

"Remember how baseball lost fans after the 1994 strike? Some of those have never come back. As Yogi Berra said, 

If people don't want to come to the ballpark, nobody can stop them."

Now it’s starting to happen to the invincible NFL, the league nobody could destroy. It looks like the NFL is on a suicide mission, and I’m quite happy to help them along with that.

Again, from Billy Joel: “And you can speak your mind, but not on my time.” 

8 posted on 9/26/2017, 1:48:00 AM by TBP (Progressives lack compassion and tolerance. Only their self-aggrandizement matters.)" 

Added: Re: Yogi quote, two similar versions of Yogi quote above: USA Today and Baseball Almanac: 

Above Yogi quote via Baseball Almanac:
"If people don't want to come out to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?"


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Saturday, September 23, 2017

The current anti-American tone of the NFL (and ESPN) really cuts to the heart of American culture–which is always locally defined. People take it personally-commenter

9/22/17, "President Trump Calls Out National Disrespect in NFL Player Behavior," tcth, sundance

3 among comments:

"Truthfilter says: September 23, 2017 at 1:58 pm

As Saints fans in Louisiana, I can tell you that we literally plan our weekends around watching the games during the Fall months. Football season, the smell of harvested sugarcane, the festivals, the fairs, and cooler temperatures–this is our favorite time of the year. It’s not just about football. It’s about families, friends, and neighbors getting together to yell for the Saints over a pot of gumbo or chili. The current anti-American tone of the NFL (and ESPN) really cuts to the heart of American culture–which is always locally defined. People take it personally. The NFL is cutting off its own legs."


"Thecleaner says: September 23, 2017 at 2:43 pm
The NFL business model has very little to do with “ticket sales”. They play 8 home games per season. Lets say they draw 60,000 per game at an “average” ticket price of $50. Thats $3m per game x8 making $24. Not enough to pay the qb on most teams these days.

The money comes from broadcasting rights contracts. I do not think those are reliant on ad revenue. The networks sign 5 to 8 year contracts with the league allowing them to broadcast the games. Any ad revenue goes to the network. I think a new contract was recently signed, so don't expect Goodell to give a crap either way…the owners get paid…it will be up to the networks to threaten them with drastically reduced compensation in the next contract to have any effect….unless of course their is some morality clause the networks could engage to cancel the contracts. Goodell's only job is to make money for the owners, and empty [stadiums] look bad, but dont hurt the bottom line as much as you might think."

"Vince says: September 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm
The money comes from broadcasting rights contracts. I do not think those are reliant on ad revenue.

Game to game, no, but contract to contract, they are entirely about ad revenue. No broadcaster would sign a contract to pay an amount of money they can’t get back, plus a healthy profit, from ad revenue. The NFL may think this is a fad, but I don’t think so. Once fans find other things to do, it will be hard to get them back."


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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Former MLB outfielder Raul Mondesi sentenced in Dominican Republic for corruption while serving as mayor of his hometown, San Cristobal-ESPN

"His son Raul Adalberto Mondesi plays for the Kansas City Royals." Raul Mondesi was a Yankee 2002-2003

9/21/17, "Raul Mondesi sentenced on corruption charges in Dominican Republic," ESPN

"A court in the Dominican Republic has sentenced former major league outfielder Raul Mondesi to eight years in prison for corruption and mishandling of public funds while serving as mayor of his hometown, San Cristobal.

Mondesi, the 1994 National League Rookie of the Year while with the Los Angeles Dodgers, had been under house arrest since February while awaiting trial.

The three-judge panel also fined Mondesi the equivalent of $1.27 million for defrauding more than $6 million during his time as mayor from 2010 to 2016. Three of Mondesi's staff members also were sentenced.

Mondesi will be prohibited from holding any public office in the country for 10 years.

Mondesi, 46, had a 13-year career in the major leagues with the Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels. He last played in 2005 for Atlanta.

He won the NL rookie honors for the strike-shortened 1994 season, and he was selected as an All-Star in 1995. He was a two-time Gold Glove winner with the Dodgers. His cumulative earnings, according to baseball-reference.com, were $66,470,000.

After retiring from baseball, Mondesi became active in politics in the Dominican Republic, having also served in its chamber of deputies.

His son Raul Adalberto Mondesi plays for the Kansas City Royals."

"ESPN Deportes reporter Enrique Rojas contributed to this report."

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Remembering my friend, Don Ohlmeyer-Rush Limbaugh, 9/11/2017

9/11/17, "Remembering My Friend Don Ohlmeyer," Rush Limbaugh

"RUSH: I got a phone call. Oh, gosh, I don’t know when. It was during the football game last night, so 6 or 6:30.

I looked at the number; didn’t recognize the number. It was a local number here. I didn’t recognize it, and so I didn’t accept the call, because talking on the phone is a hearing challenge. And within seconds I got a message from whoever it was that had called, It was just a shocking thing, so I called back, and it was from one of Don Ohlmeyer’s sons. Don Ohlmeyer had passed away at 5:30 Pacific Time yesterday afternoon. You know, Ohlmeyer was a beast in the television business. He was with ABC during the inception of Monday Night Football.

And though he didn’t make Howard Cosell because nobody made Howard Cosell, Ohlmeyer was instrumental in letting Cosell be Cosell. For those of you that are too young to know, Howard Cosell…For those of us in broadcasting, the thing about Howard Cosell was that he was one of the first high-profile TV personalities that wasn’t technically in news who had freedom to say, do what he wanted to do. Management was unable to clock him, so to speak, and he became the envy of many people in media for this.

Ohlmeyer was instrumental in protecting Cosell from efforts to tame him or moderate him or whatever. And he then after leaving ABC after many years there, went to NBC and became the president’s NBC’s prime time division West Coast. And it was under his leadership that they came up with this killer lineup of comedies and shows that just owned, for example, Thursday nights. It had Seinfeld and just any number of other shows that he, after seeing, purchased and arranged for them to air on NBC. And he had Ohlmeyer Communications.

It was Don Ohlmeyer who invented the Skins Game, golf, that always aired on Thanksgiving weekend. Four or five professionals would play in a tournament over the weekend, call it the Skins Game, and now everybody plays “Skins” in golf. I never knew Don Ohlmeyer during all this. I knew of him, I knew his reputation, but I never knew him during all this. When ABC/ESPN lost the rights to Monday Night Football to NBC, they hired Ohlmeyer to produce the first year, to executive produce….

Don and LJ
He was actually in the truck, produced the first year, and they were looking for somebody to pair with Al Michaels. So I offered myself. I thought, “This is something I would love to do, and I would be great at it,” and I had Cosell in my mind. “I would love to do this.” So I’m on the air making comments about how much I would love to do this, and at the time there was a man named Howard Katz who’s now with the NFL who actually is the chief of the unit in the NFL that does the schedule every year. But at the time Howard Katz was an NBC Sports executive.

And he called Ohlmeyer and said, “I think this Limbaugh guy is serious. Why don’t you talk to him?So Ohlmeyer was in Ft. Lauderdale for a friend’s wedding and called and said, “Why don’t you come down; let’s talk about this.

I never thought this would happen. I mean, I’m just bloviating about it on the air, but I never thought it would… I was serious in wanting to do it, but I never thought it would happen. I never made a call to anybody at NBC saying I was serious. I just did it all on the air.

So I drove down. I’m listening to Mambo Number 5 by Lou Bega all the way down to Ft. Lauderdale. It’s about… From my house it was about an hour, and I was gonna play golf at Pine Tree on my way back from the meeting with Ohlmeyer, and I got down to the hotel he was staying [at]... and his partner L.J. approached me and said, “Don will be down in a moment.” I said, “Wow, this is cool. This is big.” So Ohlmeyer came down and we had a chat about it and talked about it.

He said, “Look, why don’t you come out; let’s do an audition.” I said, “Really?” “Yeah. You come out and we’ll get a tape. I’m not gonna tell you which… I will tell you the game. I’ll tell you the game. We’ll get a tape.” It was the Music City Miracle game. It was the Titans and Buffalo Bills. He said, We’ll replay the tape of that game, and you and Al can pretend it’s live, and we’ll just see you do. And I said, “Really?” He said, “Yeah.” So I went out and did that. He picked me up at the airport when I arrived.

I think I flew into Burbank. He picked me up. Now, I didn’t learn a lot about Ohlmeyer in the Ft. Lauderdale meeting other than I liked him, but it wasn’t an interview or anything like that. So I’m thinking, “NBC West Coast chairman, ABC. This guy’s got to be a typical media liberal. Just has to.” So I figure my chances here are nil, but I’m gonna have fun with it. So we’re in the car, and we’re driving to the hotel. He’s gonna drop me off the hotel and have dinner, and the next day do the audition.

And on the way to the hotel, he starts ripping the media just like I do, and I thought, “I’m being set up here. He’s settin’ me up. I’m supposed to be say, ‘Yeah, you’re right,’ and I’m supposed to launch,” ’cause I figured he’s gotta be part of the liberal leftist media establishment. So I was standoff. I was very cool in the car and I didn’t go, “Yeah, man, you’re right,” and offer my own examples. None of that. I just nodded and I said, “Yeah, I can’t argue with that. Can’t argue.”

So he dropped me off, we had dinner that night, then next day did the audition. It went well, and he was shocked and Al Michaels was pleasantly surprised and all that. I knew Al, but I’d never met Ohlmeyer. Anyway, that’s the year they chose Dennis Miller. But the point is through all of this, Don Ohlmeyer became a really, really close friend. And he was a really, really good guy. Do you remember, those of you been here a long time, I’ve told the story of how I was with friends at a golf club down in the desert in Palm Springs, Indian Wells?

A famous media person that you would all know joined us for dinner and my friend just lacerated this guy on the subject of illegal immigration? It was Ohlmeyer. And I’m not gonna tell you who the famous media guest was, but you would know who it is. I never… I also never identified Ohlmeyer, always protected his privacy. But Ohlmeyer was one of the funniest… He and Roger Ailes were some of the most naturally funny people. But when Don got going on this stuff (laughing), it was just marvelous to sit back and listen to it.

And he had this poor TV star backwards and forwards and pretzeled inside out. The TV star was reduced to, “Well, look, if poor people around the world would have come to my country and improve their lot in life, I’m not going to say no!” And Don said, “Well, what happens if the guy jumps your back fence and wants to date your daughter?” “Well, that would never happen, and I’m not…” Anyway, we played a lot of golf together, and we had a lot of good times.

I would host a thing at my house every spring I called the Spring Fling. He was just somebody I never expected to meet, and when I did meet him, I never expected him to be the kind of guy he was. 

He was the most unassuming, for the things that he had done in life, the things that he had accomplished. It was just a cool thing to get to know him and to have he and L.J. become friends of ours, become part of our life. I was just shocked when I found out that he had passed away. His son Kemper is who called me. He had four sons. And the text message said, “Don died at 5:30.”

I didn’t even know that he was sick. And it turns out that it had to be a late discovery of cancer that had metastasized, so I gathered this was all really, really sudden, I mean, like, days. And like a blow to the stomach, first Roger Ailes passes away this year and now Don. It was just a shock and sadness, disappointment. I didn’t even know. I hadn’t seen him in a while. This is a crazy thing, but when the iPhone six plus came out, the big one, the five-and-a-half-inch screen, I had an extra one and I said,

“Hey, Don, do you want an iPhone six plus?

He said, “Yeah!” So I FedExed him the six plus, and L.J. said, “This is the greatest toy anybody’s ever given him. He won’t stop playing with it.” It made my day. So when the new ones came, 6S Plus, I sent him one, “You want an upgrade?”

“Well, if you’ve got one hanging around.”

So I sent him that one. He was a great golfer. He hit the ball straight. By that I mean wherever it was aimed is where it went. The envy of everybody. He didn’t bomb it, it didn’t go a long way, but if the guy didn’t break 80, it was a bad day. So just a sad, sad turn of events. And, you know, with Roger Ailes passing away, now Vince Flynn and his movie, screening that this afternoon.

And all this happening within the time framework of the hurricane, you know, it just really reinforces, folks, that you shouldn’t take anything for granted, particularly with the people in your life that you love. You should always try to stay in touch and don’t let any kind of momentary disagreement you had with people cause distance. It’s just silly because anything can happen at any time that changes everything.

He’s one of these people that you wish everybody could meet him and get to know him. He was that charismatic and welcoming and very confident — love hanging around confident people. And he was that. He loved L.J. He often said, “You know, I decided there’s nobody in the world I’d rather talk to than her. So excuse me for not playing golf today.” Okay, that’s cool. So Don Ohlmeyer is 72 years old, same age that my mother and father both passed away at." Image from RushLimbaugh.com


Rush Limbaugh "Related link" 

Los Angeles Times: Don Ohlmeyer, 'Monday Night Football' Producer and Originator of  'Must See TV,' Dies at 72 


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World Trade Center Jumpers, September 11, 2001

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9/10/2011, "The 9/11 victims America wants to forget: The 200 jumpers who flung themselves from the Twin Towers who have been 'airbrushed from history'," UK Daily Mail, Tom Leonard
  • "Almost all of them jumped alone, although eyewitnesses talked of a couple who held hands as they fell."...
9/10/2011, "Children of 9/11: Life with a parent missing," Newsday, Carol Polsky
9/9/2011, "WaPo's Dionne: 'Time to Leave 9/11 Behind' as 'A Simple Day of Remembrance'," NewsBusters
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"Then the crowd let out a collective gasp, I looked to see the first of many people falling through the sky. The television stations and the newspapers downplayed this aspect of a day already filled with enough shock and terror, but I place great importance on it because it immediately human-ised the situation for both myself and those around me. This wasn’t just a burning building; it was suddenly full of people, friends, and family. For me, it is the most haunting memory of the day. When I focussed on what the crowd had noticed, I too let out a cry so involuntary and so primeval that I barely recognised it as my own. It was not a piece of building falling to the ground, but a man, recognisable by his flapping tie and flailing arms and legs as he fell through the air. The situation was surreal no longer; my body shook with shock, my knees buckled and a light-headedness overwhelmed me with such severity that I thought I was either going to throw-up or fall down. 

I sat down and looked up only to see more people jumping. I thought for a moment that they might have fallen, but there were too many people, their arms windmilling as they subconsciously tried to fight gravity and avoid the inevitable. Haunted by these visions numerous times since the incident, I have tormented myself by trying to imagine the extreme conditions that those people must have faced that they should choose certain death by leaping from the building over clinging to any hope of rescue. What were they thinking when they jumped; what did they think on the way down?...But my fear is that to forget is to fail the lesson and lose the opportunity. That’s why this raw wound will never completely heal and that things can never go back to ‘normal’. Because even as a simple bystander I have a responsibility to incite change for the rest of my life or I watched all those people die in vain."
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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Yankee Stadium, the House that Stick Michael Built-May 2009 article...Nov. 1, 2001's World Series game at Yankee Stadium was MLB's first November game ever. Derek Jeter delivered the first November hit, a 10th inning walk-off home run

"When I see the new Yankee Stadium, I can only think of it as The House that ‘Stick’ built.”" (link inactive)

May 2009, "Yankee Stadium, the House that Gene Michael Built," Sportspolymath.typepad.com

"Being that Steinbrenner wasn’t allowed to communicate with players, managers, coaches or executives,  it was the perfect storm for Gene Michael to build a winner in New York.

Prior to his suspension, Steinbrenner made one other move. He appointed Robert Nederlander, one of Steinbrenner's limited partners and a complete unknown in the baseball world, as the new Managing General Partner during his absence. Nederlander was known for owning theaters in New York, not running baseball teams, so it was a surprise move to say the least. On September 13th, 1990, Nederlander took his place in sports history, and had this to say at his press conference, "Whatever Mr. Steinbrenner did, he did. I intend to operate the club the way I think it needs to be operated. I learned a long time ago to rely on experts. And I'm going to rely on the expertise of our baseball people to make the necessary decisions regarding the baseball operations of this franchise."
Words of an extremely wise man.

While those words were echoing around the House that Ruth Built,
In the quiet of the New York Winter, Gene Michael would get to work. He transformed the team in two short years, to one that was strong in pitching, defense and clutch hitting. He also built up the farm system and didn’t trade away top prospects for aging vets.
  • During this time, the Yankees produced players like Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Mariano Rivera, Andy Petitte and Jorge Posada from their minor league system. All main contributors to the four World Series championships they won together.
He also traded blue chip prospect Roberto Kelley for Paul O’Neil, in an against the grain move. O’Neil would be the I-can’t-stand-losing personality that the team would later rally behind. He also added Tino Martinez, David Cone, John Wetteland, Chuck Knoblauch, Roger Clemens, Jimmy Key, Wade Boggs, David Wells, Mike Stanton, Orlando "El Duque" Hernández and Scott Brosius.

This Yankee team he was assembling was devoid of what some people call prime time stars. Yeah, Clemens was a star and so was Boggs, but they were a little past their prime, by the time they wound up in New York.

The only Hall of Famer starter on the team was probably Derek Jeter. They weren’t loaded with power either as they
by only hitting 162 homers in the 96 regular season, Bernie Williams led the team with 29 that year, a far cry from what we see today.
  • The team Michael constructed would rule the baseball roost from 1996-2000, winning four World Series in the process. After their loss to the Diamondbacks in 2001 World Series, the Yankees went back to their free agent ways and haven’t been the same since....
Gene Michael listened to the experts he hired and had on staff. Guys like Buck Showalter, Stump Merrill and Bob Watson all contributed mightily to the cause.... 

In closing, Gene Michael was the single person most responsible for the four World Series championships by the Yankees, and when the history books are written,
  • there is a chance his contributions will be glossed over.
When I see the new Yankee Stadium, I can only think of it as “The House that ‘Stick’ built.”"

(Ed. note: I copied this article in 2009. Sorry, as of Sept. 2017 can't locate link or author)

Overall, having the highest paid team hadn't worked for George Steinbrenner with the exception of 1977 and 1978. His being banned from baseball enabled Yankee winning to begin. Gene Michael's tenure as general manager from 1990 to 1995 (his second stint in that role) put together the dynasty of no-names.
Upon Mr. Steinbrenner's return, they started losing again.  

9/12/2001, "No baseball games through Thursday," AP, Ronald Blum

"Baseball may play its first World Series games in November...as result of the terrorist attacks that disrupted the major league schedule....That would lead to the possibility of the October Classic producing its first Mr. November."...

11/1/2001, Minutes after midnight "on November 1, 2001, Jeter hit a walkoff  home run in 10th inning of Game 4 of the World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks." A fan held up his sign, "Mr. November," USA Today, Bieser
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"Shortly after midnight, the November Baseball happened for the first time in a non-exhibition game. It was the 10th inning and the game was tied. Jeter blasted the first ever November hit for a walk-off home run, beating the Diamondbacks....A camera showed the fan with the sign (Mr. November) and the name stuck ever since."...

"The World Series entered a month it had never seen before during a magical Game Four in the Bronx.

As the clock struck midnight during an extra inning game, it had officially become November 1, 2001.

Jeter then deposited an offering from Diamondbacks closer Byung-Hyun Kim over the right field wall for a walk-off homer.

Forever earning the nickname “Mr. November”, Jeter then tied the series at 2-2 and temporarily kept the team’s dreams alive."...image via heartbeatofthebronx. Derek Jeter, Baseball Reference. Jeter played in November 2001 and November 2009.

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Sunday, September 03, 2017

Yankee pitcher Luis Severino worked with Pedro in the offseason-Scott Lauber, ESPN

9/3/17, "Luis Severino, protege of Pedro Martinez, doing pretty stellar Pedro impression with eight strikeouts through five innings. Severino met Pedro through a friend and worked with him in the offseason." Scott Lauber, ESPN Staff Writer. Final, 9-2, Yankees over Red Sox at the Stadium. Winning pitcher Severino. Luis Severino

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Combination of 8 coaches, managers, and players ejected from Yankees at Tigers, 8/24/17. Final, 10-6 Detroit

8/24/17, "Punches were thrown during the Yankees-Tigers game," ESPN twitter. Final score, 10-6 Detroit over Yankees

"Game notes"


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Monday, August 07, 2017

Skittles tarp on Washington Nationals field, 8/7/17

8/7/17, ESPN Eddie Matz twitter...Florida Marlins@ Washington Nationals, box score

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Cincinnati Reds could've had 3 of Yankees Core Four: Jeter, Rivera, and Posada. In 1992 Reds GM Jim Bowden drafted Chad Mottola ahead of Derek Jeter. Later, Reds turned down a trade that would've brought Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada to Cincinnati-Rory Ryan, Highland County Press

8/5/17, "A legend passes, and what might have been for the Reds," Highland County Press, Hillsboro, Ohio, Rory Ryan

"I’ve been reading a lot, lately. One of the books that I’m reading for the second time is Harvey Araton’s “Driving Mr. Yogi” about the relationship between Hall of Famers Yogi Berra and Ron Guidry. (Guidry was Yogi’s chauffeur during several of the New York Yankees’ spring training camps in Florida.)

When I reached Page 165 of Araton’s fine book, I had to stop and say something to Colin [Rory's son].

Do you know that the Cincinnati Reds could have had three of the Yankees famous Core Four (Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte) players?

Colin said he didn’t know. Neither did I.

It’s no wonder the Reds haven’t won anything since 1990. They are cursed by three of the Core Four.

Granted, most serious baseball fans understand that Chad Mottola is perhaps more famous as the answer to a trivia question than anything else. In 1992, Reds GM Jim Bowden (old Leather Pants) drafted Mottola ahead of someone named Derek Jeter. No kidding.

Mottola played in just 59 Major League games.

That was Strike One.

Not long after that, according to Araton, the Reds turned down a trade that would send Reds pitcher David Wells to the Yankees for Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada. (Wells would become a Yankee anyway. He had an 18-4 season in New York. And on May 17, 1998, Wells pitched the 15th perfect game in baseball history.

Strike Two and Strike Three.

Jeter, Rivera, Posada and Pettitte joined the New York Yankees organization in the early 1990s as amateurs.

Jeter became the Yankees all-time hits leader on Sept. 11, 2009, with his 2,722nd hit, surpassing Lou Gehrig. On July 9, 2011, he collected his 3,000th hit, the first Yankee to accomplish the feat and collect all 3,000 hits with the team. In 2011, Jeter broke Mickey Mantle's record for most games played as a Yankee. His No. 2 was retired on May 14, 2017.

Rivera played 19 seasons with the Yankees (1995–2013), serving as closer for 17 years. He retired as MLB's career leader in saves (652) and games finished (952), having surpassed Trevor Hoffman in both categories in 2011. On Sept. 22, 2013, Rivera became the first active Yankee player to have his number retired by the organization. He was the last major league player to wear number 42 full-time, following its league-wide retirement in honor of Jackie Robinson.

Posada is only the fifth major league catcher with at least 1,500 hits, 350 doubles, 275 home runs, and 1,000 runs batted in, in a career and the only major league catcher to ever record a .330 batting average or better with 40 doubles, 20 home runs and 90 RBIs in a season. He is only the second Yankees catcher to hit 30 home runs in a season, after Yogi Berra. His No. 20 was retired on Aug. 22, 2015.

Those three could have been Cincinnati Reds.

By the way, Pettitte was no slouch, either.

Pettitte holds the all-time record for postseason victories, with 19 wins in total. Among Yankees pitchers, he ranks first in strikeouts and third in wins (213). His No. 46 was retired in August 2015.

What might have been…

And then there was the Paul O’Neill deal to New York. Never mind…Jim Bowden is what he is."

"Rory Ryan is publisher and owner of The Highland County Press, your only locally owned and operated newspaper with no entangling alliances with anyone."

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

It's Summertime, summertime, sum sum summertime-The Jamies, 1958, co-written by Sherman Feller, Fenway Park PA announcer, 1967-1993

"Sherman Feller (Feller, who co-wrote "Summertime, Summertime" with Tom Jameson, later became more famous as the public address announcer for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.)"

Sherman Feller, IMDB: "Public address announcer at Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts, home of the Boston Red Sox, 1967-1993."

Lyrics for above song at end of this post.

"The Jamies were an American singing group, led by Tom and Serena Jameson. The group's 1958 single for Epic Records, "Summertime, Summertime," reached #26 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Both "Summertime" and its b-side, "Searching for You", are often described as doo-wop, because of their time period and their a-capella harmonies (with a harpsichord backing on "Summertime, Summertime"). However, both songs may also be described as pop versions of sacred harp styles, as the group started as church singers.[citation needed]

Several singles (many written or co-written by members Jameson and Feller) followed "Summertime, Summertime", none of them hits. In 1962, they re-released "Summertime, Summertime" and hit again, this time peaking at #38.

The song's fame far eclipsed the band's; The Fortunes, The Doodletown Pipers, Hobby Horse, Jan and Dean, The Legendary Masked Surfers, Mungo Jerry, and Sha Na Na all covered the tune, and it was used in commercials for Buick and Applebee's.[2] It was also featured in the 1978 film, Fingers.

Tom Jameson died from cancer on July 19, 2009, at the age of 72.

Note:This list has every member of the Jamies
Thomas "Tom" Earl Jameson
Serena Jameson (Thomas Jameson's sister, who sang lead vocals)
Jeannie Roy
Arthur Blair
Sherman Feller (Feller, who co-wrote "Summertime, Summertime" with Tom Jameson, later became more famous as the public address announcer for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.)

"Summertime, Summertime" b/w "Searching for You" (Epic Records, 1958 single 9281 mono)
"Snow Train" b/w "When the Sun Goes Down" (Epic, 1958)
"Don't Darken My Door" b/w "Evening Star" (United Artists, 1959)"

Lyrics for  "Summertime, summertime, sum sum summertime,"-The Jamies, 1958, from genius.com

"It's summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime summertime...

Well shut them books and throw 'em away
And say goodbye to dull school days
Look alive and change your ways
It's summertime...

Well no more studying history
And no more reading geography
And no more dull geometry
Because it's summertime

It's time to head straight for them hills
It's time to live and have some thrills
Come along and have a ball
A regular free-for-all

Well are you comin' or are you ain't
You slow poke are my one complaint
Hurry up before I faint
It's summertime

Well I'm so happy that I could flip
Oh how I'd love to take a trip
I'm sorry teacher but zip your lip
Because it's summertime

Well we'll go swimmin' every day
No time to work just time to play
If your folks complain just say
"It's summertime"

And every night we'll have a dance
Cause what's a vacation without romance
Oh man this jive gets me in a trance
Because it's summertime

It's summertime

It's summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
Summertime summertime sum sum summertime

It's summertime"

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Monday, July 17, 2017

30 for 30 ESPN documentary describes how Mike and the Mad Dog became the template for sports talk radio-Washington Post

July 12, 2017, "New ‘30 for 30’ shows how ‘Mike and the Mad Dog’ gave sports-talk radio its bite," Washington Post, Matt Bonesteel

"New York saturates “Mike and the Mad Dog,” ESPN’s latest “30 for 30” documentary that premieres Thursday night (July 13) at 8 p.m. EDT. From the jazzy soundtrack to the five-borough accents of nearly everyone who appears on-screen, it’s a thoroughly Big Apple story of two Long Island guys who were haphazardly thrown together in a radio studio nearly 30 years ago and ended up as the template for an entire industry. Without Mike Francesa and Chris Russo, there would likely be no “Goober and the Donk” on 1090 The Zone (or whatever your local sports-talk crew and station are called), no “longtime listener first-time caller” and probably no “First Take” on ESPN.

Whether you think this is a good thing is a matter of personal preference, but the impact of the show is undeniable, even if its reach during its prime was limited mostly to the tri-state area. For much of its run — 1989 to 2008 — “Mike and the Mad Dog” was broadcast only on New York’s WFAN, the nation’s first full-time sports-talk radio station. In its later years it was simulcast in a few other cities (Albany, Tampa) and televised by the Yes cable network (which was available nationally on DirecTV), but compared with the likes of other New York-based radio talkers like Howard Stern — whose show was broadcast in 45 markets in 2004, just months before he announced his impending move to satellite radio — Francesa and Russo’s show was grounded in New York and never much strayed from its idioms, customs, dialects and professional sports teams.

“They are the sound that New York makes when it is talking to itself,” Nick Paumgarten wrote in the definitive “Mike and the Mad Dog” story, a 2004 New Yorker article (Paumgarten appears as one of the documentary’s talking heads).

So why devote an hour to a long-gone show that was basically a provincial phenomenon during its long run? Daniel Forer, the director of the documentary, said in a telephone interview that his point in making “Mike and the Mad Dog” was to show just how big of an impact Francesa and Russo made on a genre that once was foreign to radio listeners but now is a fact of life.

“That was one of the things that I wanted to bring out in the show: To share the story of the start of the first all-sports radio station and give a sense of what the show was like for those who had heard of the show but not heard it,” he said.

“It’s like a little-known rock band from England making waves with a top hit over there and you want to hear them over here,” he continued. “The documentary will give [viewers] a chance to see what the fuss was about.”

The talents of the two hosts cannot be discounted: Francesa haughty and pompous, a know-it-all, Russo at times unhinged and borderline incomprehensible but just as knowledgeable as his partner. Taken together, they gave us something that was seen all the time on the field or court but seldom over the air (at the time, anyway): “Mike and the Mad Dog” gave us conflict, our own arguments over what’s good and what’s bad writ loud.

Russo and Francesa had “authentic, combative personalities that were very different,” Forer said. “Chris a little bit more high-pitched, a little bit more enthusiastic, Mike a little bit more low key and a little bit more bombastic. They both had this passion and this wealth of knowledge and they didn’t want to lose to each other. They were not characters, they were themselves. It really was a clash of personalities. …

“People hated them and people loved them but people had to listen to them.”

And that template soon began to be repeated just about everywhere, in part because “Mike and the Mad Dog” proved that sports talk could be highly rated and comparatively cheap to produce (the golden combination to radio executives). WFAN billed itself as the first radio station devoted entirely to sports talk when it launched in July 1987, and WIP in Philadelphia followed just months later. By 2005 there were 500 such stations in the United States, and six years later that number stood at 677. Today there are 790 sports-talk stations, according to Nielsen’s Inside Radio. Many big-time sports cities now have at least two stations. Some have three.

Francesa, who continued on in the “Mike and the Mad Dog” time slot after the pair split in 2008, still is on one of those stations, for now: He says he’s leaving WFAN when his contract is up at the end of this year. Russo got a satellite-radio channel named after him and hosts his own show in roughly the same afternoon time slot as Francesa. The two were better together than they are apart: Francesa has fallen asleep on the air at least twice over the last few years and otherwise has become renowned for ill-informed analysis and borderline offensive language. Russo spends a lot of on-air time grousing about the quality of the other shows on his Sirius channel. But they were something when sharing a studio, and maybe one day they’ll do it again (as has been rumored ever since they started doing sporadic, one-off reunion shows in March 2016).

I have no inside information” on whether the two will join forces once again, Forer said. “That said, I’m a fan so I’m hopeful that whether it’s weekly, monthly, quarterly they get together so a younger generation can appreciate the art of sports-talk radio by the men who did it best.”"


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Saturday, July 08, 2017

NJ Gov. Chris Christie will guest host on WFAN Mon. and Tues., July 10 and 11 in Francesa slot-Bergen Record

Gov. Christie is a Mets fan

7/6/17, "WFAN: Christie's appearances an audition for new job," NorthJersey.com, Bergen Record, Keldy Ortiz and Dustin Racioppi

"For two days next week, Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to sit in as a guest host on sports-talk radio station WFAN 660-AM New York, an appearance a station spokeswoman called an audition. 

Christie is slated to be heard on Monday and Tuesday instead of afternoon host Mike Francesa, the radio station posted on its website. The two days will be audition days, Jaime Saberito, a station spokesperson, said Friday, as Francesa is set to leave the station once his contract ends later this year.

Christie will host the 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. show along with Evan Roberts, a WFAN host. He isn't the only one slotted to audition next week. Mike Valenti from WXYT-FM 97.1 in Detroit, former National Football League quarterback Chris Simms, SNY's Brian Custer and NFL Network and WFAN contributor Kim Jones will also audition next week, the station said. Roberts and his midmorning co-host, Joe Benigno, are also scheduled to audition in the afternoon slot, the station said.

Mark Chernoff, the station's program director and vice president of its parent company, CBS Radio New York, previously told The Record he would consider the governor, whose term ends in January 2018.

"If he's interested and we're interested, it's worth pursuing," Chernoff said in February.

Chernoff has reportedly said he would like to have a plan in place for Francesa's replacement by Labor Day.

Christie has previously said he has an interest in sports broadcasting. But the governor is prohibited from seriously seeking or considering job prospects while in office.

Mike DuHaime, Christie's longtime strategist, said Friday that the governor has not precluded any job opportunities that may come his way, but that he is still focused on finishing his remaining six months in office....

Christie regularly fills in as a co-host on the station’s morning program “Boomer and Carton.” Chernoff told The Record earlier in the year that he had planned to rotate Christie into the afternoon slot during the summer if the governor was willing....

"The governor enjoys the opportunity to talk about sports on WFAN and is happy to have the chance to do that with Evan Roberts for eight hours next week over two shows. Despite those eight hours, as always, he will be on the job as governor," Christie spokesman Brian Murray said in a statement. "As for the governor's future, he appreciates the interest and concern about his next employment from his friends in the media, but he is not concerned at all about it.""


Comment: I've heard Christie a few times on WFAN, and he's very good.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Sony Music will resume production of vinyl records in March 2018. Global vinyl revenue expected to hit $1 billion in 2017-BBC

6/29/17, "Sony Music goes back to vinyl records," BBC

"Sony Music, one of the big three global record companies, says it will start pressing its own vinyl releases again for the first time since 1989.

The firm will resume in-house domestic vinyl production at a Japanese factory south-west of Tokyo by March 2018.

The move comes amid renewed demand for old-fashioned black plastic records, which now occupy a key market niche.

At one time, the format had been expected to disappear after the rise of CDs, digital downloads and streaming.

During vinyl's long decline from the late 1980s onwards, many vinyl record factories closed down, with production confined to a few specialist independent firms.

But this year, global vinyl revenue is expected to hit $1bn (£770m), with many consumers swearing by its supposedly superior sound quality.

Analysis: Jonty Bloom, business correspondent

They said the CD had killed it and that digital downloads had left it dead and buried: but vinyl is back. Sony, which played a major part in killing off vinyl by developing CDs, has seen them replaced in turn by other music technology such as downloads and streaming, but vinyl is increasingly popular once again. 

The format has been saved by a resurgence in demand, as it attracts not only nostalgic older consumers, but also younger generations who have rediscovered records, especially in clubs and at music festivals.

Sony is even struggling to find older engineers who know how to make records. Part of the reason for the popularity of vinyl records may be that you can actually sell them in shops. In the UK, record sales brought in more money last year than streaming platforms - although the unit costs of vinyl is many times that of streaming.

Vinyl records have been growing in popularity again in recent years, boosted by events such as Record Store Day in April every year, for which record companies produce special limited-edition singles and albums.

Sony's move comes a few months after it equipped its Tokyo studio with a cutting lathe, used to produce the master discs needed for manufacturing vinyl records.

It has not yet said which titles it will be pressing in vinyl, but big sellers in the format these days are a mixture of classic back-catalogue items and modern releases by new bands."


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