Springsteen vs. The Four Tops: “When She Was My Girl”
by Mark Blatte (Co-Writer of the Song)

Why I love both versions of When She Was My Girl for different reasons. Any writer who is fortunate enough to have his song covered by two such great artists is miraculously fortunate. I count my blessings daily. Larry Gottlieb and I wrote the song in the Motown tradition of sad lyrics in an up-tempo major key. David Wolfert produced it brilliantly in its first iteration, and The Four Tops sold it with a most…

Bruce Springsteen and Me
by Mark Blatte

Forty years ago, almost to the day, I was at The Power Station co-producing and co-writing with Rachel Sweet and Larry Gottlieb for Rachel’s album for Columbia records. Around nine o’clock, Rachel wanted to take a fifteen-minute break. She said she needed to freshen up for a visitor. When she was doing that, I went to the lounge and sat down on a banquette. The Honeymooners was on, and I began watching. About five minutes…

Happy Birthday, John
by Roy Firestone

John Lennon would have been 82 years-old on October 9th had some psycho not shot him six times in the back on December 8, 1980…on my birthday. 82 years old! We can’t even figure out legislation to keep people who have mental problems from owning weapons…but that’s another post. 82 years old! I think about all the music he could have made and was busy making. I think he would’ve written and performed with Paul…

Who is Bob Hope? Cultural Knowledge is Lacking Today
by Roy Firestone

Not long ago I was doing the sports segment on a LA morning TV show. I made a reference to Howard Cosell. The show’s co-anchor had no idea who that was. THAT’S A CO-NEWS ANCHOR!!!  Hey, Howard died way back in 1995. The point I wanted to make isn’t to embarrass anyone, but to point out that not just news people, but all kinds of people today (mostly young people) have very little cultural knowledge…

I Want to Know More About Mike Trout by TJ Simers

It is damn near impossible now to get quality time with athletes as a journalist, the enemy banished outside upon the arrival of Covid—never again to be afforded intimate access. I knew Kobe Bryant, adored him, disliked him, laughed, and yelled and all in the same interview. He was human, and I came to understand that. Even Kevin Brown was human, although I could argue the alternative. I’m not sure I could function today in…

The “Mick”, Billy O’Connor, Honored as One of the Top 40 Over 40 Podcasters in America By Frankie Blake

Podcast Magazine has honored Billy O’Connor, “the Mick” of A Mick A Mook and A Mic, as one of the Top 40 over 40 Podcasters in America. The Bronx native was honored for his eclectic lifestyle, freewheeling jargon, and for his phoenix-like transformation later in life.  Billy was a Vietnam Vet, a 20-year member of the FDNY, and was present front and center for the “big dig” after 9/11.   The Irish-born O’Connor has outpaced alcoholism,…

ME & VIN
by Charley Steiner
LA Dodger Broadcaster

When I was a 5-year old child, growing up on Long Island, playing stick ball on the street with the unrestrained joy of, well, a 5-year old, I started to hear about the Dodgers. Then I heard the Dodgers on a big radio in my mom’s very small kitchen. The sound of the crowd. The crack of the bat. And the voice. The over-arching voice of 25-year old Vin Scully. I was the RCA Victor…

Remembering Harry Chapin by Roy Firestone

There’s so much darkness in the news. Murder. Frightening truths about a corrupt and vindictive former president. Hard economic times. A bloody war in Ukraine. Sadness seems to be everywhere. It’s actually hard for me to watch the news and stay informed. I’d like this morning instead to remember a good and decent man who left us 41 years ago this week in a tragic car wreck on the Long Island Expressway. His name was…

Muhammad Ali and The Penguin

This is from memory, so the year will come to me later. My late partner Frank Shaw and I had written a Bill Cosby Special. We were taping it at NBC in Burbank. One of the guest stars was Burgess Meredith, glowing in his newfound fame as The Penguin on the Batman series. I didn’t care. To me Burgess Meredith was Ernie Pyle in The Story of G.I. Joe, George in Of Mice and Men,…

Going Home

Going home is almost always wonderful, except when it’s to grieve a loss of a loved one. Recently, I went back to my home town, Miami Beach, for my High School reunion, and it was a very joyous time, but there was some, brief, grieving. At my age, many of the people I knew and loved start to pass, and the list of those who left us gets longer with time. We remembered them fondly…

Remembering Peter Scolari

I met Peter in the days of our golden youth, on the playing fields of the Sepulveda Basin where we were teammates on the ‘Ten Guys From Italy’ softball team. I was still an occasionally working actor with a number of failed pilots and series behind me and one spec script written in my peripatetic journey to a career, and Peter was ridiculously successful. On the diamond, Peter was just a sweetheart of a guy…

Through Toughest of Times, UFC, MMA Emerge as Constants in an Uncertain Sports World

Summary: As the world has been turned into disarray during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ultimate Fighting Championship took the lead in returning to action and provided a reprieve from the doldrums, with stars such as Israel Adesanya, Jorge Masvidal, Amanda Nunes, Dustin Poirier, Kamaru Usman and Conor McGregor leading the way. Nearly 28 years ago, UFC 1 “The Beginning” took place.  Roughly 16 years ago, The Ultimate Fighter aired its first season and mixed martial…