(Even More) 5 Questions with...Steve Dahl

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(Even More) 5 Questions with...Steve Dahl

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Want to know more about your favorite Chicago media celebrities? CSNChicago.com has your fix as we put the citys most popular personalities on the spot with everyones favorite local celeb feature entitled 5 Questions with...

On Wednesdays, exclusively on CSNChicago.com, its our turn to grill the local media and other local VIPs with five random sports and non-sports related questions that will definitely be of interest to old and new fans alike.

This weeks guestHeeees Baaaacck!...and back by popular demand for his third 5 Questions with interview no lesshes a Chicago broadcasting legend, podcasting pioneer, innovator, trendsetter, etcthat list can go on foreverfans can catch him hosting the 24th annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards benefiting the March of Dimes on February 13 LIVE on Comcast SportsNet (coverage begins at 7:00 PM)theres just no one like him (and thats a good thing!)here are EVEN MORE 5 Questions withSTEVE DAHL!

BIO: Steve Dahl was raised in the sand, surf and sun of Southern California that has inspired so many musicians, artists and comedians. From his first taste of broadcasting at a local underground station, Steve was drawn to broadcasting and knew he wanted to share his voice and thoughts with the world. At the age of 16, Steve dropped out of high school to work full-time at the station and it was here that his 40 plus year of entertaining began.

Steve got his first morning show gig in Detroit in 1975 and his popularity skyrocketed. His everyman approach to comedy drew all kinds of people towards him. His immediate likability and the ratings of his show led to him being lured to Chicago and a bigger market. He moved to Chicago and adopted the city and its people as his own. Steve was an immediate fixture in the radio, television, sports and comedy worlds in Chicago. Disco Demolition, in July 1979, was a radio promotion that turned into an iconic event that landed Steve on the national radar. Steve teamed up with Garry Meier and the two skyrocketed to the head of the class in Chicago radio. With antics like airing his own vasectomy to shows like Greetings from Graceland, Steve constantly was ahead of his time. Steve and Garry eventually parted ways, but their mark on comedy and broadcasting is still influencing new talent today.

Called the Founder of Modern FM Talk Radio, Steves career has influenced countless other comedians and broadcasters. Steve has always been able to see ahead of his own time and be the first to try new ideas and technology. For this reason, in 2009, Steve chose to begin working with a new medium, podcasts. Podcasting allowed his listeners access to his show and daily antics whenever and wherever they would like to listen.

In August 2011, Steve began offering his show as a subscription-based podcast. As one of the first podcasters to adopt this model, Steve is once again paving the way by introducing this model as the future of broadcasting. Steve and his show, the DahlCast, have never sounded better. Not bound by corporate radio structure, Steve is able to operate an uncensored, commercial-free daily show that gives his listeners pure, unadulterated Dahl-style entertainment. With guests that include local Chicago sports and media personalities, comedians, writers and television personalities, Steves listeners are treated to a different slice of Steves life every day. In December 2011, Steve brought fellow Chicago radio personality, Kevin Matthews, into his family of podcasts and created the Steve Dahl Network. The network continues to grow and will announce more shows in early 2012. As it turns out, Chicago also has sand, surf and sun, and ironically, Steve Dahl has once again gone underground as he does his daily show from his basement.

1) CSNChicago.com: Steve, thanks for coming back for your third 5 Questions with interview. With the first two being such big hits, which has provided our readers with even more insight into your always-entertaining thoughts, a third interview was inevitable. On to the questionsback in the fall, you made a well-publicized decision to forgo heading back to terrestrial radio and further concentrate all efforts on your successful podcasting empire, but at a monthly cost to your listeners. Has the subscription model youve created lived up to your expectations so far and, if not, what plans do you have to bring in those longtime fans that may be skeptical at the moment of listening to you via the pay route?
Dahl: So far, things have gone pretty much as I had expected. We have a very good core of subscribers, so I know it works. Getting the word out to those fans who have stopped listening to the radio because of the either their schedule or the fact that it sucks is my 1 priority. Podcasting is the perfect medium for personality. There are no commercials and no restrictions on content. I am actually putting EXACTLY what I want to say out there every day for 90 minutes to two hours. It's also way easier and accessible than it sounds. There are so many ways to listen, and as a fan, you don't miss anything. With our Steve Dahl Show app, you can even listen at 2X speed. It takes out all of my dramatic pauses, but it's a very efficient way to listen to the show.

2) CSNChicago.com: I know I speak for thousands upon thousands of your fans saying that it is just absolutely ridiculous that youre not in the National Radio Hall of Fame. Does it ever bother you that youre not in there or does it even matter to you since you and your fans know what youve brought to the industry over all these years?

Dahl: Not really. I guess it used to a little bit when the nomination was handed out by their Board of Directors, but now that they have fans vote, it seems like a stupid radio contest. I am not going to hound people to put me into the HOF. Imagine if getting into Cooperstown was done by popular vote and the player had to solicit himself to get the votes. It's ludicrous and embarrassing. At this point, it's more fun to be excluded than it is to be in it. I like making fun of it. BTW: There is a Disco Demolition exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, so that's good enough for me.

3) CSNChicago.com: Checking out your tweets during the premiere airing of the Lifetime movie biopic Drew Peterson: Untouchable was pricelessbut that actor who portrayed you, yikes! As someone who has interviewed Peterson numerous times before he headed to prison, what did you think of Rob Lowes portrayal of himand what was your immediate reaction when you saw the guy attempting to portray you?

Dahl: I thought that Rob Lowe was spectacular as Drew Peterson, and having met Drew, I feel that Rob really captured he creep factor. I really wish that CBS Radio had let me go through with The Win a Date with Drew bit. I would have been able to get a lot of good publicity for myself (which they always failed to provide) and I NEVER would have sent anybody on a date with him. It would have been a chance to cross-examine him a little bit, maybe get him angry and see a different side of his personality.

Ultimately, CBS didn't trust me, and they forced me to say that it was all a joke, and that I was never really going to do it. It wasn't. I could have really done something memorable with it, but they chickened out. As for the guy who portrayed me, if I sounded like that, I would ask that somebody put a gun in my mouth and blow my brains out.

4) CSNChicago.com: As one of our citys biggest White Sox fans, weve seen a lot of changes this off-season on the southsidenone bigger than Ozzie Guillen taking his talents to South Beach and fan favorite Robin Ventura taking over as the teams new manager. What are your expectations for the Sox this season?

Dahl: I like Robin and I think he will be a good manager. He knows baseball and he seems like he'll be able to keep things in the clubhouse on an even keel. What more experience do you need than that? I think that will be good for the team. If Dunn and Rios can get it together, I still think the Sox have a pretty good team. I will miss Buehrle though.

5) CSNChicago.com: Congrats again to you and your wife Janet on the birth of your first grandchild over the summer. Many people have said becoming a first-time grandparent is even more fulfilling than becoming a first-time parent. Would you agree?

Dahl: I have to say that I was reticent to wear the Grandfather mantle, but it has been really fun so far. Henry seems to like me, and soon I'll be wearing diapers and eating strained food, so I feel that we relate on that level as well.

BONUS QUESTIONCSNChicago.com: We couldnt be happier that youll be back hosting the annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards benefiting the March of Dimes (Feb. 13 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers) for a record FIFTH-STRAIGHT year (look out Billy Crystal). Your support over all these years couldnt be more appreciated. Any insight to what attendees and viewers at home can expect from you this year? Do tellso we can alert management as soon as possible.

Dahl: Im going to go all Ricky Gervais on everybody, so be ready for that.

Dahl LINKS

Official Steve Dahl website

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Steve Dahl on iTunes

Steve Dahl on Facebook

Steve Dahl on Twitter

24th annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards

Cubs score five runs in seventh to power past Brewers

Cubs score five runs in seventh to power past Brewers

MILWAUKEE – The franchise sensitive to being the other team in town is catching the Cubs at the worst possible time, another you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up story coming out of the White Sox clubhouse.

While Chris Sale serves a five-game suspension for playing with scissors, the Cubs will start Jake Arrieta, the National League’s reigning Cy Young Award winner, on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

The perception will be hot-seat manager Robin Ventura has lost control over this White Sox season, while Manager of the Year Joe Maddon actually answered a question this weekend about how the Cubs might align their playoff rotation.

One week out from the Aug. 1 trade deadline, the debates will be which players White Sox executives Kenny Williams and Rick Hahn should sell off, and which Cubs prospects Theo Epstein’s front office should put down to buy the big-ticket item for a World Series run.

Optics, marketing and promotional throwback jerseys aside, the Cubs also appear to be hitting their stride again after a much-needed vacation, winning their third straight series out of the All-Star break with Sunday afternoon’s 6-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.  

The Cubs did it with their $155 million ace (Jon Lester) throwing only four innings, getting charged with four runs and giving up five walks and five stolen bases. The Cubs could also absorb one quarter of their All-Star infield (Addison Russell) leaving in the middle of the game with a left heel contusion.

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The Cubs stormed back with five runs in the seventh inning as MVP candidate Anthony Rizzo delivered the biggest swing, a bases-loaded, three-run double into right-center field off lefty reliever Will Smith. 

Three sellout crowds here over the weekend watched the Cubs welcome back All-Star leadoff guy Dexter Fowler to the top of the order, give the ball to six-time All-Star closer Joe Nathan in his return from a second Tommy John surgery and keep the St. Louis Cardinals seven games out of first place heading into Sunday night and what should be a gut check for the entire White Sox organization.

“I anticipate that same wonderful crosstown rivalry kind of atmosphere, which I love,” Maddon said. “It’s great for the city. It’s great for the sport. I don’t think fans really care much about records at that particular moment. They just care about your team winning.”

White Sox top Tigers with two walk-offs on Sunday

White Sox top Tigers with two walk-offs on Sunday

The White Sox are somehow still afloat. But just barely.

Melky Cabrera’s game-winning, one-out single in the ninth inning Sunday afternoon got David Robertson off the hook and helped the White Sox to a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers in front of 30,281 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Cabrera singled past Nick Castellanos to score Adam Eaton, who reached base four times, and give the White Sox their second victory of the day. Eaton’s two-out, ninth-inning RBI single earlier helped the White Sox win a rain-suspended contest 4-3 over the Tigers. Cabrera’s hit arrived just minutes after Robertson surrendered three solo home runs — all with two strikes — and blew a victory for Jose Quintana, who may have made his final start in a White Sox uniform. The victories kept the White Sox from entirely slipping out of the wild-card race as they remain 6.5 games back of the Toronto Blue Jays.

“I love the guys that are in our clubhouse,” Eaton said after the first game. “We’ve got a tight-knit group of guys that really want to fight for each other. To get the big hit and have everyone rush out there, especially with what we’ve had the past couple of days, the whole year has really been a roller coaster both on and off the field.”

The season’s topsy-turvy nature potentially could lead to a trade of mainstays Quintana or Chris Sale, who earlier Sunday was suspended five games for insubordination and destroying team property on Saturday. It has been widely speculated the White Sox could move Quintana before the Aug. 1 nonwaiver trade deadline in an attempt to rebuild a roster that general manager Rick Hahn said Thursday has been “mired in mediocrity.” An All-Star and one of the top pitchers in the American League, Quintana and his team-friendly contract could fetch a handsome return were the White Sox to part with him in a deal.  

Sunday’s 118-pitch effort displayed exactly why Quintana is an attractive option for a contender as he shut down a Detroit lineup that has given him trouble over the years. Quintana kept the Tigers off balance throughout the effort, never allowing more than one runner to reach base in any inning. He faced two over the minimum through five innings and struck out Miguel Cabrera to end the sixth after he surrendered a two-out double to Jose Iglesias.

Though he started the inning at 107 pitches, Quintana returned in the seventh and recorded two more outs before he allowed a bloop-base hit to Justin Upton. Nate Jones struck out Mike Aviles to end the inning.

Quintana allowed three hits, walked one and struck out four. He also lowered his earned-run average to 2.97.

“He’s been helping through the long run and if he gets traded he’s going to help whoever gets him,” catcher Dioner Navarro said. “But I think he’s going to be a great part of this team for many years to come.”

That would give the White Sox plenty of chances to make up for all the heartbreak they’ve caused Quintana over the years. Sunday’s no-decision was his major-league leading 56th since 2012.

It’s no secret the White Sox have struggled to score runs for Quintana since he arrived in the majors. Even though he owns a career ERA of 3.39, Quintana’s career record remained at 41-42 after Robertson blew his fourth save in 27 tries. Robertson, who earned the win in the first game of the day and also pitched before Saturday night’s game was suspended, allowed solo homers to Castellanos, Tyler Collins and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Quintana’s sub-.500 record is in large part because the White Sox never seem to score with him on the hill. This season, Quintana ranked 126th out of 136 qualified starters with a 3.2 runs per start headed into Sunday.

But the White Sox followed Eaton’s lead. Less than 45 minutes after he won the opener, Eaton singled in the bottom of the first and scored on a two-out RBI single by Jose Abreu. An inning later, Eaton took advantage of singles by Dioner Navarro and J.B. Shuck went he lined a three-run homer with two outs off Anibal Sanchez to give the White Sox a four-run lead.

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The four runs scored for Quintana marks the team’s second-highest output for one of his starts this season.

But it wasn’t enough until Cabrera came through against Bruce Rondon with two outs. Eaton led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on Tim Anderson’s sac bunt. Cabrera then singled on the first pitch from Rondon to produce the game-winner.

“I'm proud of the guys for what they did over the weekend and how they handled it,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “All of them reached down for the ball. They all wanted to be in there, so I'm proud of them for that. Robbie is disappointed. It's the first time I've seen that one, but I don't know if it was that he was out of gas. Probably some poor pitches and a day like today, you get it up in the air and it's gone.”

Ken Griffey Jr. finished his Hall of Fame speech in most fitting way thanks to Frank Thomas

Ken Griffey Jr. finished his Hall of Fame speech in most fitting way thanks to Frank Thomas

Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon, and he went out in the most fitting way possible.

At the end of his speech, Griffey Jr. grabbed a hat from under the podium and put it on backwards, rocking his signature look.

Griffey Jr. said in his speech that it was White Sox legend Frank Thomas who pitched the idea and ultimately convinced him.

"You gotta do it," said Thomas, who joined Cooperstown in 2014.

In his 22-year career, Griffey Jr. played half a season with the White Sox in 2008. He had three homers and 18 RBIs in 41 games with the team.