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I always hate seeing this familiar refrain, as if what gets played on the radio hasn't mostly been garbage for decades. That's never where the best music is found. It sucks, but it's true. If only the complainers in the industry would do something about it, like buy a chain of radio stations or put some dollars behind efforts like our local CHIRP Radio, which is pretty excellent. We could five more stations like it in the market - if we should even care about over-the-air radio anymore. (CHIRP is planning to launch terrestrially at 107.1FM sometime this year.)
Therefore, we should have empathy with these addicts, and treat them medically, instead of angrily punishing them criminally like we do black people.
I don't deny the rising use of heroin, but I'm also a bit immune to (and skeptical) of media coverage thereof, because I've been reading about it for so long it's hard to discern the proper context. I worked on a Newsweek cover story about heroin in the 1990s - this one? - and I worked hard interviewing a cross-section of recovering users, including a suburban plumber, for example, amidst pledges from the editors, which I passed on to my subjects, that we wouldn't do the "heroin chic" thing, and instead were making a sincere effort at understanding the issue.
Then the editors did the heroin chic thing. Every reporter knows that sick feeling in their stomach when their bosses have sold them - and their subjects - out.
Long a media favorite: "Heroin Plague, Newsweek, 5 July 1971. This article criticizes, but takes part in the media frenzy resulting from the spread of the heroin plague out of black neighborhoods and into white suburbs."
I can't help but be reminded of my national scoop on a Michael Irvin sexual assault allegation. My chief reporting tool was knowing how to work a bar:
4. This one's too easy, but here we go: But there are plenty of bad times, and this is one of them.
Plus, I find it hard to believe Soldier Field's capacity (whose fault is that?) is preventing the McCaskeys from making a profit.
I really don't know if that's meaningful because the story doesn't dig into City Hall's explanation. But I do know this is meaningful:
"The mayor also said the four-year switch to 270,000 energy efficient LED lights will be managed by city's transportation department, not the privatized infrastructure trust he once touted as central to innovative public works plans . . .
The infrastructure trust, which has had the lighting overhaul on its to do list since 2013, acted as a procurement manager for the project and helped the city select Massachusetts based Ameresco as the lead contractor. The deal still requires City Council approval.
* BR Item (2013): Rahm's Trust Is A Bust.
And so on. Peruse the Beachwood archives at your leisure.
"Lapides wants a site for the museum fairly accessible for tourists staying downtown."
For a Chicago magazine article in the oughts suggesting a to-do list for Mayor Richard M. Daley, I including an item called "Build Comiskeyville," and I'm almost certain I included locating a Chicago baseball museum there, I'm just too tired to dig out the print piece right now to confirm my memory; it's not on the Web.
"We're going to draft the best players available, wherever that may be," Pace said. "And if it's a quarterback, it's a quarterback. But we're going to take the best players available. Right now, I like the way Sanchez blends with Glennon and with Connor."
I know I'm hardly the first or only one to make this complaint, but really? Who kidnapped the Ryan Pace who came here saying his philosophy was to draft a quarterback every year, and who is the guy banking on Mike Glennon, Mark Sanchez and Connor Shaw?
8. So The Last Two Years Haven't Been What He Thought They Would.
This has been what I've preached from day one; the only problem now is how many vertical/niche opportunities are being missed - particularly by newspapers - from lack of imagination. I've still got about a dozen in my back pocket that I couldn't find funding/partners for - and some of them are pretty killer, I'll go to my grave saying!
The Beachwood Tronc Line: Whistling past graveyards.
Posted on March 30, 2017
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