Blake Harris has written a new book, Console Wars, about the Sega-Nintendo battles of the late 80s and early 90s. As someone who actually owned a Sega Master System instead of an NES, I found this book fascinating. Great read.
Griffin Dunne called into the show to promote his latest movie, TheDiscoverers. He also shared stories about hosting Saturday Night Live in the 80s and how he’s still recognized by very particular kind of person from his appearance on Seinfeld.
For April Fools’ Day, I decided to fulfill one of my radio fantasies of being an obnoxious host on a Morning Zoo show.
The makeup of a Morning Zoo team is usually like this: The main guy is either identified as “crazy,” “wild,” or “mad” so-and-so, or just uses his initials. The other guy (who basically is just there to laugh at everything) is named after an inanimate object.
Thus, “RG and The Cheese” were born, thankfully for one day only. Talking like a Classic Rock Morning Zoo guy for just a couple hours shredded my larynx.
To help me get into character, I decided that RG and The Cheese are two small market jocks who haven’t traveled much outside of the very conservative town they grew up in, and therefore their idea of what is “shocking” and “edgy” may differ from yours.
Here are some highlights. First, RG shares a very, very mildly amusing anecdote with The Cheese:
Next, RG and The Cheese perform another staple of a Morning Zoo show, a “phone scam:”
And every Morning Zoo show has to play stupid games to give prizes away:
Listening back, you can certainly tell what I had pre-recorded vs. what was live, as I clearly hadn’t yet decided how severe my Morning Zoo rock jock voice would be.
For Tom Berninger, coping with the fame of his rock-star brother — the National frontman Matt Berninger — led to his new documentary film, “Mistaken For Strangers,” which opened March 28 in theaters, on iTunes and video-on-demand.
Natasha Korecki‘s book Only In Chicagois now out in paperback, and that was a good enough excuse to reminisce about out our old neighbor & former governor Rod Blagojevich. We still miss seeing Rod jog by our houses. Kind of.
Adam Alter chatted about his new book, “DRUNK TANK PINK: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel and Behave.” Along with many other topics, we learned why radio interns are always given names like “Stinky” or “Half-wit.”