On high upon royal decree was the day betroth’d to The Bard. Our fair-cheeked newssayer, Mary Dixon, lent her siren song in tribute to William Shakespeare as if she dwelt at Stratford-upon-Avon. All the world’s […]
Lin's on vacation, so the soon-to-be retiring Frank E. Lee is filling in on today's installment of Len & Lin. They talk about...
Morning Show Updates
Much was made of Kris Bryant’s Major League debut, and after a shaky start at the plate on Friday (but a great day in the field), it looks like he’s starting to settle in. He could be lined up for a nice, long big league career. Jon Lester, on the other hand, is still looking a little uncomfortable in Cubs pinstripes.
“You’ve Always Been A Great Champion Of What We Do In Chicago” Hear Pete Townshend Converse With The Lin Brehmer
Tomorrow at 10am, tickets go on sale for May 14th’s Celebration of The Who, featuring Eddie Vedder and the legend that Lin Brehmer got to speak with, Pete Townshend. This concert is benefiting Teen Cancer America and other local children’s charities. Pete reminisced about how the benefit shows got started in Chicago and some wise advice he offered to Eddie Vedder during the height of the mania surrounding Pearl Jam:
Not much has been happening with the Chicago Cubs, so picking through the young baseball season with Len Kasper for today’s edition of Len & Lin was a real chore for Lin Brehmer. The team’s only in first place thusfar, and some kid named Bryant is looking to break into the big leagues this afternoon at Wrigley. Word on the street is that he’s got a sweet swing, but they said that about Mantle too, and look how he turned out. As with anything, and especially baseball, time will tell. Something about the time of the season and hope springing eternal or some such. Should be a fun weekend, regardless.
Len & Lin recapped the weekend series in Denver against the Colorado Rockies, wherein a 9th inning home run by former Rockie Dexter Fowler against former Cub LaTroy Hawkins (the oldest MLB player) lifted the Cubs. They open up a 6-game homestand against the Cincinnati Reds today.
Chicago Cubs TV play-by-play announcer Len Kasper joined Lin this morning from beautiful Denver, Colorado where the Cubs open a three-game series today for the Rockies’ home opener. They discuss the overall lack of hitting in MLB the last several years, including the start of this season. The thin air of the mile high city should probably remedy that. Len makes an interesting prediction regarding just this.
Stan Freberg was a cartoon. Or the voice for many Warner Brothers cartoon characters. But his versatility included a stint as an adman which only enhanced his satire of the radio and TV commercialism of the ‘50’s and ‘60’s. His lampoons of the powerful television personality Arthur Godfrey and Ed Sullivan were not well received by the targets. His version of The Banana Boat Song was not embraced by Harry Belafonte. But Stan Freberg’s comedy albums and radio shows were the stuff of legend. For the last 40 years, WXRT listeners have been treated to his novelty tune, “Nuttin’ for Christmas.”