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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Good-bye Wally Phillips, Radio Star and Good Guy

Wally Phillips kept this old newspaper hawk warm on the coldest days. There's not much more to say except I'll miss you.

Wally Phillips, pioneer of talk radio, dies at 82
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Chicago Tribune's thoughts :

Wally Phillips, whose wit and charm dominated the art of the on-air radio personality in Chicago for two decades, has died after battling Alzheimer's disease for the last five years, WGN Radio announced Thursday. He was 82.

Phillips was the morning program host on WGN Radio from January 1965 until July 1986, and was number one in the morning slot from 1968 until his departure for an afternoon radio slot in 1986. He retired from WGN in 1998 after 42 years with the station, but came out of retirement the following year to host a weekly two-hour program on WAIT-AM, a station based in Crystal Lake....

Good-bye, old pal.

R. Hawk, a faithful listener since childhood

Monday, March 3, 2008

Cold, Wet Dedication of Paper Hawking

It is 5:30 - I saw out the window - 40 degrees, pouring rain, completely dark, some guy chugging away jogging. Dedication.

I'm sitting in a big comfy chair, cozy sweatshirt, steaming coffee, warm laptop. Not so dedicated.

Yet, like the runner, I need to be on my shift, hawking papers, making my daily bread. I'll get there by 6:30 today.

Want to tip me today? How about a Starbucks card?

The News
Jack Nicholson's in drag campaigning for Hillary Clinton. Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has predictably chosen to support Barack Obama, though somewhat weakly, "If you could take Barack Obama's image, add Hillary Rodham Clinton's money and John Edwards' voice, that would be my candidate," Simmons said in January 2007.

No word on what Obama will do if he wins the nomination about his weekend job as senator.

Sad news: one of the guys who helped begin the Jesus Movement of the the 1970s, Larry Norman, has died. He was a guy who grew up in a regular church, but sang songs about Jesus that were meant for those who never entered a church. He was a rebel not against Christianity but for it. His songs became anthems of the disenfranchised, lost and lonely. We even know a few of his tunes at the Hawk home. He understood newspaper salesmen.

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