Northwest Indiana radio came alive on Friday night in Valparaiso with a star-studded cast including Senator Ed Charbonneau as Superman, Heather McCarthy and Leigh Morris and Saturday afternoon John Records Landecker broadcasting from Top Dog in Michigan City.
John Landecker Publishers Have a Brief Twinge of Guilt: Eckhartz Press' bosses Rick Kaempfer and David Stern had a moment to pause and reflect when John Landecker called in sick for a book-signing in Beverly Shores---which has already been re-scheduled for Bartlett's on Sunday, April 28th. John's promotional book tour has been relentless for a month. And last weekend on Saturday, Landecker appeared at Top Dog for a three-hour live broadcast. I'll let Rick pick up the story from here:“On Saturday morning I rounded up the boys (my two oldest sons…Tommy & Johnny and my co-publisher David Stern), and headed out to Top Dog in Michigan City Indiana...The host of the show was 'Uncle Lou' Weber, along with David Dabagia and Mike Dempsey, and we had a great time discussing the book.
The three-hour broadcast touched on many of the good stories in the book, but I think my favorite moment happened when John told the story of the John Travolta-Woodfield Mall mayhem. When he finished telling the story with the line 'I’ve never been to a Beatles concert, but I can only imagine that’s what it sounded like,' Uncle Lou casually mentioned that he had worked security for a Beatles concert in Chicago.
'I had to throw McCartney into a car to get him away from the screaming girls,' Lou said. 'And McCartney was upset because I broke a button on his coat. I said ‘If you don’t get into the car right now, I’ll break a lot more than that.' Maybe we should be doing an Uncle Lou book.” Look for Landecker to be back on top April 28th and again May 10th at the Lubeznik Center in Michigan City.
Live Radio Friday Night at WIVY Off the Dial: Ivy Tech Fundraiser-in-Chief Cindy J. Hall produced her usual star-studded cast for yet another live radio show on WIVY in Northwest Indiana at the Aberdeen in Valpo on Friday night. The casting for the 50th anniversary show was particularly astute including Porter Sheriff David Lain and Valparaiso Chief of Police Mike Brickner as Abbott & Costello, Geminus Veep Heather McCarthy as Lil Orphan Annie and Former President of LaPorte Hospital Leigh Morris as Daddy Warbucks and especially the crowd-pleasing choice of Senator Ed Charbonneau as Superman. Others who gave incredible performances included Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Times Media Publisher Bill Masterson and Mamon Powers of Powers & Sons Construction. Also in his first cameo appearance at the annual theater festival and auction Dr. Thomas J. Coley, Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College Northwest. Also in attendance, a long list of celebrities who didn't even make it to the stage including Rick Soria, Scott Fech, Julie Masterson, Debi Anselm, Megan Marrs, Doug Ross, Damien Rico, Mike Bucko, Elden and Mary Anne LaHayne and Andrew Kyres, who has never missed a party that I know of in the last five years.