Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Updated 2022

All of my Illinois Entertainer columns through the end of 2022 have been added to the list on the right.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Updated 2018

I just added all of my Illinois Entertainer columns to the archives here. There are 60 additional interviews with media professionals in Chicago.

Refer to the handy alphabetical list to the right to find the radio or television personality of your choice.

--Rick Kaempfer

Sunday, August 11, 2013

At the Morning Show Boot Camp

The Morning Show Boot Camp was celebrating its 25 anniversary this year, and they came to Chicago to stage this momentous event. Among the memorable panel discussions was the "WLS, Then and Now" panel. It was a star-studded panel featuring John Records Landecker, Dick Biondi, Fred Winston, Brant Miller, and Jeff Davis, and it was moderated by current WLS PD (and Cumulus Programming VP) Jan Jeffries...

(Above photo: Jeff Davis, Dick Biondi, John Landecker, Jan Jeffries, Brant Miller, Fred Winston & John Gehron)

The panel told lots of stories about the old WLS days and the current WLS-FM, and gave advice to some of the younger broadcasters in the audience. After the session was over, John Landecker autographed copies of his book "Records Truly Is My Middle Name"...

(Above photo: Radio's best friend Art Vuolo chats with the panel before it begins. Art recorded it on video)

(Above photo: Boot Camp Organizer Don Anthony introduces the distinguished panel)

(Above photo: Jan Jeffries leads the discussion)

(Above photo: John Landecker sells autographed copies of "Records Truly Is My Middle Name", as Fred Winston looks on)

In the evening, Morning Show Boot Camp recognized the top 25 most influential radio personalities of the past twenty five years. Among the honorees, Chicago radio stars John Records Landecker, Steve Dahl, Garry Meier, Jonathon Brandmeier, and Kevin Matthews.

(Above photo: Garry Meier, Don Anthony & John Records Landecker)

(Above photo: Kevin Matthews & Garry Meier)

(All of the winners and/or their representatives. In the crowd, Tom from Bob & Tom, Scott Shannon, Ace & TJ, Kidd Kraddick's crew, and more)

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Joe Collins

My August column in the Illinois Entertainer is about traffic reporter Joe Collins.

You can read it here.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Dan McNeil

My July column in the Illinois Entertainer came out last week. I had a chance to sit in and observe the McNeil and Spiegel show on the Score (670 AM), and discovered something quite surprising.

You can read the column here.

Below are a few of the pics I snapped the day I was there.

Dan in the studio...

The pre-show meeting...

The control room for the live on-camera web simulcast...

Monday, June 03, 2013

Larry Lujack

It was an honor to spend about an hour on the phone with Larry Lujack in preparation for my current Illinois Entertainer column. I probably got enough material for five more.

Read about Ol' Uncle Lar here.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Now found at the Illinois Entertainer

In case you aren't aware, I'm now the media critic for the Illinois Entertainer.

My first profile is with the Drive's Bobby Skafish.

You can read it here.