Thursday, November 13, 2008

radio interviews, internet and elections,a nd broadcasting radio show in video format

What a busy week. Great guests on the radio, as usual. We had author Caryn Amster discussing her book about the murder of his father "The Pied Piper of South Shore" on Monday, followed by a discussion with Democrat State Sen. Mike Jacobs from the Quad-Cities talking about forming an exploratory committee to look into his possible run for governor in 2010 against incumbent Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Tuesday, we spoke with Jay Paul Deratany, who had one of the BEST campaign commercials supporting his bid for the Cook County Board fo tax Review against Machine incumbent Joe Berrios,a nd the one-sided media coverage including on the Comcast Cable TV network where one host who does business with the county hosted Berrios on his show. (Shame!). And, Deratany discusses his new play performing through Dec. 7 at the Athenaeum Theater in Chicago that discusses the execution of two 15 year old Iranian boys accused of being Gay/Homosexuals in Iran.

Later, we had a moving discussion with Ron Kukal, the chiefpetty officer of the USS Liberty which was attacked by Israel on June 8, 1967, 40 years ago. Till this day, extremist supporters of Israel have refused to allow Americans to know the truth, that the attack was intentional and that Israel wanted to kill every American soldier on the ship that day in order, it is theorized, to provoke the United States to enter the war in full force -- and with unrestrained vengeance -- and launch a nuclear attack against Egypt, Israel's mortal enemy back then. Kukal had to identify and supervise the recovering of the 34 dead American soldiers killed in several Israeli attack waves even though the ship displayed the American Flag.

The Ron Kukal interview is in honor of Nov. 11, Veteran's Day. Veterans who have challenged Israel's lies on this issue have been denounced, typically, as being anti-Semitic and haters. but the truth is they are American soldiers whow ent into the war to defend Israel and to help Israel, only to be abused, murdered and mistreated by Israel and later by Sen. John McCain's father, Admiral McCain who helped in the coverup of the Israeli intentional assault.

Wednesday, we again lightened up with a fascinating interview with Jason LaBrousse, a tour guide for the Chicago Trolley service downtown, taking Chicago downtown history and trivia.

And, we interviewed American Soldier Daniel J. Turner who is serving in Taji Iraq. That was followed by an eye-opener interview with Cook County Board Commission Mike Quigley who talked about how some county commissioners are abusing the "reimbursement" fund of $1,200 a month they each receive, treating it, possibly illegally, as income.

Today, I interviewed the Rev. Johnny Dodd who hosts a morning gospel program Mon-Thursday before my own morning show.

This was a special day as Mornings with Ray Hanania is now broadcast in live video and audio format on the internet. You can hear and watch the radio show by visiting You don't have to do anything, just go to the web page and the broadcast starts automatically (when the show is being broadcast on the radio) right on the page.

As you know, we also podcast the audio files and you can use the Flash iPod player on the web site to review and then pick from every interview and play the audio file right from the web page without ever leaving. And, you can check out the list of individual interviews I have hosted since starting back in radio in September 2007.

I also interviewed Ray Long, who is celebrating his 10th year as the Chicago Tribune's Springfield bureau correspondent, talking about the ongoing battle between House Speaker Michael J. Madigan and Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and other issues like Casino gaming and the state's deteriorating economy.

I also have a podcast reminiscing about covering former Chicago Mayor Jane. M. Byrne and talking about my friend the late Harry Golden Junior.

And, we end with an interview with Google's Jake Parrillo, a former trustee from Frankfort, Illinois, who is now living in Elmhurst and running the draft Tom Cross for Governor web blog at Cross is the Republican House Minority Leader in the Illinois Senate.

Today's show (Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008) was broadcast live on Internevt video and despite some initial minor complications involving some initial sound loss in the very beginning from our caller Ray Long, the show went off well. (The entire Ray Long interview is podcast on my web site at

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