a second battle with cancer, my West Highland White Terrier,
Flurry! gave up his
fight in August after a very long life. He was once a Sun-Times
"Pet Of The Week," he had his own website and even
appeared at his own remote broadcast at a pet store when
I was on-air at Windy 100. He was well loved by friends and family
The "!" in his name is no typo, it was part of his name
and who he was.
His name described his color as well as his demeanor - a ball of
He loved everyone he came in contact with and now is at rest and
in no pain any longer.
One co-worker said that Flurry! was a Rock Star. He certainly was.
He was my best friend and I will miss him very, very much.
HEAVEN STOPS BY STAR
Supergroup 7th heaven are well on their way to becoming
superstars. We are glad to help them on their road to success and
to call you friends! If you haven't had a chance to see them play,
do yourself a favor and check them out!
L-R: Richie, Keith,
Mike, Nick, Mark, me.
A DULL MOMENT AT HOME!
It's about 11pm on April
20th I am sitting watching TV and all of a sudden I hear these
animal screams. And as I listen, it sounds as if they are coming
from INSIDE my house! I mute the set and head for the basement
yap yap yaaaaaaappppp.
I go downstairs and sure
enough - an animal is stuck in the window well! And while it kind
of looked like a dog - I knew it wasn't a dog! I have no idea how
to get him out. And I am NOT gonna get bit.
yap yap yaaaaaaappppp.
I look in on him and he is
shivering - probably very scared. So I call the local police
department. About 20 minutes later, a squad pulls up and we look
outside. He sez "yep - baby fox. Don't see that
So I grab some tools after
he tried to grab it with his hand. Fox started to snap. He used
the little lawn rake to get him out and baby fox scampered off
down the street.
Talked to the cop awhile
who said that often they get calls of dead animals that couldn't
make it out of the window wells.
This little guy got lucky.
Never a dull moment!
A listener to my afternoon show on Star 96.7 recently asked about
TV legend Ray Rayner. Ray worked in Chicago television, beginning
in the 1950's, but his biggest influence would be to all of us
kids growing up in the 60's and 70's. Ray was the one who woke us
up every weekday as the host of "Ray Raynor &
Friends" from 1962 through 1981 on WGN-TV Channel 9.
Ray with Chelveston the Duck and
was fortunate enough to have met Ray when he was a guest on Fox
Thing In The Morning On Channel 32, where I was traffic anchor.
What a thrill it was! I still have the picture up in my office.
passed away from complications caused by pneumonia in 2004.
BIONDI TOY DRIVE 2009
Another great year at the annual Dick Biondi Toy Drive, the day
at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale. Several WLS History
raffled off for charity and Jim Peterik (and fellow Morton West HS
with the Ides of March stopped by to play some songs!