When Your Heroes Die – Johnny Winter

johnny-winter

When your heroes die, it’s time to grow up. One of my heroes—a guitar hero—died on Wednesday, joining a long list of people whose talent thrilled me for so many years of my youth. Johnny Winter was 70 years old when he passed away this week. He’d been playing guitar since he was 15, playing […]

Five Most Bizzare Weird Al Songs

Weird-Al-Yankovic-Off-Deep-End

“Weird Al” Yankovic is back! Like El Nino, the long-haired, Hawaiian-shirt-wearing god of rock accordion returns every few years to skewer a new batch of music stars. His latest album, which hits this week, includes a parody of Pharrell Williams’ hit “Happy,” called “Tacky”; the video has already gone viral. Yankovic has been a master […]

Home Improvement USA – 7/4/14

with Dave Rusch and Steve Leventhal We are joined by Rebecca Fyffe of ABC Humane Wildlife Rescue who tells us a few stories about the right and wrong ways to deal with wildlife when they become unwelcome guests in your home. Energy and environmental analyst Harry Braun has concrete ideas on how to get America […]

Joakim Noah Earns 2013-14 All-NBA First Team Honors

joakim-noah

From the Chicago Bulls and news wires…. NEW YORK, June 4, 2014 – The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant, the 2013-14 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player and winner of four scoring titles in five seasons, highlights the 2013-14 All-NBA First Team.  Durant was the lone unanimous selection, appearing on all 125 ballots as a First-Team […]

Ray Manzarek Dead at 74 – Audio Interview from 1994

Ray-Manzarek-jim-morrison

Author’s note: It’s been a year since Ray passed away. We bring you our old interview once again…. I was saddened to hear of Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek’s passing. He died in Germany after a long battle with cancer. While Jim Morrison may always be the public face of the band, Manzarek and guitarist Robby […]

Home Improvement USA radio – 5/2/14

Coffee-Beans

with Dave Rusch and Steve Leventhal Rebecca Fyffe from ABC Wildlife Rescue returns and tells us how to deal with racoons, snakes, and skunks. Kevin MacMillan from Duradek discusses his single sheet product line that covers and protects outdoor decking. Don Guzan, D-Plantman explains how composting works, what can be composted, and how to start […]

To Mr. Marty, April 29th, With Sadness

mr-marty-circa1971

It was supposed to be the day before my birthday, but April 29th, 1999 will forever be one of the saddest days of my life.  Instead of enjoying the festivities of my special day, it was spent helping coordinate between various family members, while my wife, a travel agent, made their travel arrangements to attend […]

Home Improvement USA – 4/4/14

home-theater

with Dave Rusch and Steve Leventhal Learn about rodent control as we hear about a product called X-Cluder. Bill and Kim Sacks, experts in home and broadcast audio, talk audio for home theatre. And, Ashton Ritchie from Scotts joins us again to cover lawn and garden. In the final segment Dave and Steve discuss gutter […]

Is Fleetwood Mac That Much Better Than In 1977?

fleetwood-mac-present-day

That might seem like a strange title for a blog post, until you follow my illogic. I just got an email from Ticketmaster (or Ticketbastard as my friend Otis likes to say) touting the upcoming “On With The Show” tour stop at the United Center in October. So what’s the big news?  Christine McVie has […]

Second Round of March Madness 2014 Comes to Milwaukee

michigan-wofford-2014-ncaa

Forget Christmas and the day the kids go back to school. This is one of the two most wonderful days of the year. It used to be New Year’s Day and all the Bowl games, but that has been whittled down as the good games are now spread out over the entire week. That delectable […]

Home Improvement USA – 3/5/14

cactus

with Dave Rusch and Steve Leventhal Our guests include Jeff Lynch, a home builder, discusses how to avoid common mistakes made in planning a remolding job. D-Plantman, Don Guzan, talks about environmentally friendly gardening.  Home inspector George Rieger explains what to look for when buying a new versus an older home.  Lastly, Steve gives some […]

Thoughts on the 2014 Best Picture Oscar Contenders

gravity-movie

It took until the Thursday before Oscar Sunday to finally view each and every one of the Best Picture Oscar nominees.  Here are my thoughts on each of the films, and my prediction for the Best Picture winner. In the theater, especially in IMAX, Gravity was a visual spectacle.  It certainly helps to convey the […]

Home Improvement USA – Podcast -1/10/14

hd-tv

with Dave Rusch and Steve Leventhal On this edition of the Home Improvement USA Radio Podcast, home inspector George Rieger describes the process and things that turn up during a typical home inspection. He also shares his knowledge on roofing.   Julia Billen from Warmly Yours Radiant Heating tells us how you can add heated […]

ESPN Thrills TV Viewers with Megacast of BCS Game

espnews-film-room

The final BCS Championship game was a game for the ages. Fans who were thrilled and delighted with the down to wire contest won by Florida State 34-31, not just for the action on the field, but for the myriad of viewing choices they had to watch the college title game with their “Megacast.” ESPN […]

Wisconsin Dismantles Northwestern 76-49

Nigel Hayes slams home one of his 19 points. courtesy: uwbadgers.com

If the Northwestern bsketball team wanted a measure of their progress – they got one Thursday night, courtesy of the fourth ranked Wisconsin Badgers, who defeated the Wildcats 76-49. NU couldn’t have been any colder than if they’d taken a pregame dip in chilly Lake Michigan. They couldn’t hit water from the side of an […]