“I have not ruled anything out,” the former congressman and 2012 GOP Senate nominee told The Hill. Akin continued that he thinks “There is a high level of dissatisfaction among conservatives, that they have to some degree been pushed out of the Republican Party.” Furthermore, he said, “I think (Blunt’s) support among conservatives is weak… His biggest liability is a third party conservative getting into the race. If I were in Roy’s shoes,that’s what I’d be worried about.”
SIGHTEM: The marquee at the Delmar Loop’s Vintage Vinyl pays tribute to our town’s late jazz trumpeter Clark Terry.
IT FIGURES that a talented entertainer like Robert Zimmerman would change his name to Bob Dylan - but that’s not the item. Maybe this is: Eighty years ago today, Babe Ruth was released by the N.Y. Yankees and radar was first demonstrated. Forty-five years ago today,the Beatles released their celebrated song, “Hey, Jude.” Sixty years ago, RCA paid Sun Records $25k for the rights to Elvis Presley. The film, “Around the World in 80 Days,” based upon the Jules Verne classic, was booked 60 years ago by our town’s Esquire Theater on Clayton Road. The epic was to become the theater’s premiere first-run movie house. It was managed by the late Howard Zulauf and owned by Sam Shucart and Sam Levin. Advertising and publicity by yours truly.
In an effort to help tout the film, Michael Todd, Jr., son of the producer, Michael Todd and step-son of Elizabeth Taylor, came to town to tout the blockbuster as well as to give heads-up on the Todds’ vision of “Smell-O-Vision,” a process by which a film could release odors during projection. The idea smelled.
Last October, longtime news director Mike Shipley left KSDK after a 30-year stint, climbing the ladder to the director’s spot from the assignment desk manager. During his tenure, KSDK slipped in ratings from #1 to be surpassed by both KTVI and KMOV. His reputation was tarnished in January,2014 when he was responsible for the lockdown of Kirkwood High School after sending an undercover reporter to report on security at the school, which caused a firestorm about media ethics. Anchor Mike Bush gave the public mea culpa on KSDK’s behalf, but many in the industry felt his comments were tepid and lame.
KSDK’s ratings have fallen under Beale’s leadership. She has been widely criticized for the revolving door of young inexperienced reporters who frequently botch the facts. Hopefully, Danielski can repair the damage and make KSDK #1 again.
It was a great time to be younger, in a city that had not quite grown up yet, in a world on the brink of disaster, but poised for the plunge. We lived through the twilight of the golden age of journalism: two dailies at each other’s throats and great journalists on all of them. Paul Tredway, Ed Presberg, Bill Feustel, Sue Ann Wood Poor, Mary Kimbrough, Bill Fleishman, John Spano, Rich Koster, Bob “Bench Warmer” Burnes, Ted Schafers and Frank Hunter at the Globe-Democrat. At the P-D, there were Neal Russo, Richard Weil, Ed Kohn, Eric Mink, Amanda St. Amand, Carolyn Tuft, Ron Lawrence, Harper Barnes, Sally Bixby Defty, Elliot Porter, Joe Pollack, Marty Goldman, Bob Broeg, David Lipman, Paul Berg, Carolyn Bower, Christine Bertelson, Ed Wilkes, Virginia Irwin, Selwyn Pepper, Bill Koch, Michael Sorkin, Bill Koester and Myles Standish. Most all of them were lean, mean, talented and giving the papers the kind of devotion money can’t buy. We lived and breathed the newspaper business. Sometimes I feel like a survivor of a Last Writer’s Club. Throw another dollar at the slot and remember the good times. Oh hell.
THAT BRINGS US TO CHAD GARRISON, erstwhile editor of the RFT, who’s changing jobs to join Gateway Media. In his departing email: “The new gig is by no means journalism – at least the real journalism we try to practice here at the Riverfront Times.”
Congrats to reporters Beth Hundsdorfer and George Pawlaczyk of the Belleville News-Democrat for their unprecedented, three-part investigation into the prosecution – or lack of thereof – of sex crimes in Southern Illinois. They found that “Authorities did not prosecute seven out of 10 of these sex crime suspects from 2005-13, even though victims were able to identify their attackers 95 percent of the time,” and “the prosecution rate of felony sex crimes in Madison County was more than in St. Clair County – 38 to 18 percent, respectively – even though they border one another and are nearly identical in population.