On the 12th anniversary of 9/11, Former Vice President of the United
States and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project Al Gore gave a speech in Chicago that included a line evoking Ground Zero in New York City.
At the 2013 NASCAR
Green Summit, Al Gore said:
"When my movie (An Inconvenient Truth) first came out, one of the criticisms from the people who just don't get it, was about the World Trade Center site being underwater- that's not going to happen. They said.
And here it happened ahead of schedule last October
," referencing Superstorm Sandy.
As threatening as terrorist attacks are, extreme natural disasters brought on by climate change can be even more deadly and scary.
But it wasn't all gloom and doom in the 15 minutes Al Gore was at the podium at Venue 610 on South Michigan Avenue. He actually opened by telling this joke
about the film Sharknado
. Expect a Miley Cyrus twerking joke when Gore gives a speech in December...
Kim Coon headlines the Miss Sprint Cup
program in 2013. The Orlando, Florida native will be interacting with racing fans at the NASCAR Contenders Live at Navy Pier on September 12. This year’s event will feature the top 12 drivers on stage in Chicago to discuss the most competitive time of the season, The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
It's essentially the playoffs for auto racing.
"For the fans who aren't as avid and maybe don't know how it works we have 36 races, with the first 26 being considered our regular season, and the last ten are considered the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup," she told me this morning in an exclusive interview by phone.
"All 43 drivers will still be on the track battling it out, but the top 12 drivers are competing for points in the Championship, and this event gives fans the chance to see those top 12 drivers before they get started. It's the most competitive part of the season and actually my favorite time of the year," Miss Sprint Cup said...
We're close to the one year anniversary of Chicago Sports Media Watch. The inaugural post went live on April 20th, 2012 (yeah, 4-20 man! for all you stoners out there) To celebrate, I'm posting links to the top ten media interviews I conducted for this website. All media interviews are exclusives, because exclusive is how I roll.
Ok, not really. I actually enjoy eating spray cheese and my all-time favorite movie Team America: World Police
is filled with extremely low-brow humor. But the fact still holds, these media interviews were one-on-one Q&A.
The interview subjects of the past year who didn't retweet me, after I nicely asked them to do so, were automatically eliminated from top ten consideration. But "Hey, thanks for coming!!!!"
Stay tuned to CSMW this week as I will have exclusives with University of Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas and WFLD FOX Reporter Dionne Miller posted in the next couple days.
The order below is totally random; these media interviews are not ranked by importance or page views or social media response. They are just the ten I enjoyed the most. (side note: here's my top ten media criticisms of the past year
is co-host of WMVP AM’s Waddle and Silvy
show which airs weekdays from 9am-1 CDT on ESPN radio 1000
. He’s also a regular on WFLD Fox 32′s The Final Word
, airing at 10pm central on Sundays. He has one of the biggest Twitter followings among sports media
personalities in this market, and you can follow him here.
had an exclusive chat with Silvy
about all the local teams and the local sports media
Before the wreck
occurred at yesterday’s NASCAR
Nationwide series race, all the talk at the Daytona 500
was about Danica Patrick
and her winning of pole position.
Of course, ESPN SportsCenter mentioned Danica Patrick before they got to reporting on the crash (misplaced priorities).
Anyways, the Daytona 500 is the NASCAR Super Bowl so this is the biggest week of auto racing. Danica Patrick, like Janet Guthrie before her, is making huge strides in a male dominated field and inspiring little girls everywhere. Another overwhelmingly male dominated arena is sports reporting, especially in auto racing. Here are five female NASCAR TV reporters who are making their mark to inspire future female auto reporters. Of course, half of them are bikini models and beauty pageant winners, so it helps to have that going for you in this business...
The annual preseason NASCAR media
poll is out and the results show five-time NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson
as the favorite to win the 2013 Cup points title. The season opening Daytona 500
is just days away.
has qualified for the “postseason” Chase for the NASCAR
Sprint Cup the past nine years. His 22 Chase wins are more than any other driver. Jimmie Johnson
will start his 400th NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series race in Sunday’s Daytona 500
(1 p.m. on FOX). He finished third last season behind champion Brad Keselowski and runner-up Clint Bowyer...
As the Daytona 500
approaches, and Danica Patrick
mania has engulfed the sports media
in recent days, we’re reminded that the NASCAR
season is almost here. Therfore, it’s timely that Chicagoland Speedway and ESPN Chicago (WMVP-AM 1000) announce today their partnership for the 2013 season. The deal includes weekly reporting by the WWL during the NASCAR
season, driver interviews and even broadcasting some 2013 NASCAR
Sprint Cup races.
ESPN 1000 personality John “Jurko” Jurkovic will provide updates on the latest NASCAR news throughout the season. He’ll be your “auto racing guy.” Reporter Ray Flores will also provide weekly NASCAR reports to listeners. Live remote broadcasts will also be held from Chicagoland Speedway and NASCAR personalities and drivers will make regular appearances on various shows, including Waddle and Silvy and Carmen, Jurko and Harry.
As the Great American Race approaches, we’re experiencing Danica Patrick
Daytona domination! In all of Speedweek's media
coverage. Rightfully so, as Danica Patrick
, a Beloit, Illinois native (sometimes her hometown is listed as Roscoe, Illinois), won the pole for the Daytona 500
. She is the first woman to win a pole for a NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series race and the first rookie since Jimmie Johnson
in 2002 to win the Daytona 500
This is why she is making the front pages of newspapers and websites alike, and is the lead on ESPN's auto racing shows. However, Sunday isn’t the first time she’s made history. She was first woman to ever lead in an IndyCar race, the first woman to win an IndyCar race and has the highest finish by a woman (4th) in a Nationwide, Cup or Truck series, breaking her own record of 9th.
Patrick went out eighth in the qualifying session Sunday and covered the 2½-mile superspeedway in 45.817 seconds, averaging 196.434 mph.
And the day before Patrick recorded the fastest lap of everyone on qualifying Saturday...