Posts Tagged ‘Richard Marx’

Newsapalooza

Richard Marx:  Awesome guy, eager to cure Cystic Fibrosis.

Richard Marx: Awesome guy, eager to cure Cystic Fibrosis.

Last year, I got to learn firsthand how news anchoring and reporting aren’t nearly as nervewracking as singing in front of a live audience.  So, I was more than happy to just be in the audience Saturday night for Chicago’s Newsapalooza, an annual charity event to benefit the Cystric Fibrosis Foundation. WLS Radio Host Roe Conn and Grammy-winning singer Richard Marx select news personalities to perform “out of their element”.  Indeed, the result is interesting and entertaining.

Roe and Richard are passionate about the cause.  Richard says, “Cystic fibrosis kills way too many people and a cure is imminent. We are very close!”  Soon, we may be even closer because their event raised more than $100,000 for new research.

Sondra Solarte & Jan Jeffcoat performed beautifully.  (Look, that's Walt Willey from "All My Children" behind Sondra!)

Sondra Solarte & Jan Jeffcoat performed beautifully. (Look, that's Walt Willey from "All My Children" behind Sondra!)

I was proud to cheer on my “Good Day Chicago” pals Jan Jeffcoat and Sondra Solarte as they sang “Heartache Tonight” by The Eagles.  They were awesome!

I’ll post the Newsapalooza highlights as soon as they’re available.  But here’s Richard Marx and his band performing at the after party at the Hard Rock Hotel:

04

10 2009

Crazy Roy

Crazy Roy is all business in the control room.

Crazy Roy is all business in the control room.

Every office seems to have certain people who keep the place lively and laughing.  We’ve got a lot of personalities like that on the morning shift at Fox Chicago.  But a big standout is producer Roy Santoro.  He’s proud that I refer to him as Crazy Roy.  This guy works hard in the evolving news biz but he also plays hard.  More than once he’s told me he’s surprised to still be alive.

Just yesterday he asked the newsroom, “Is it so wrong to be disgusting?”  Roy usually can’t go more than five minutes without using the F-word.  So last year, I challenged him to go an entire workday without dropping any F-bombs. I even offered to donate $100 to the charity of his choice if he could do it. Everyone in the newsroom lent their ears to enforce to challenge and he did pretty well.  But during the sixth hour, a technical problem prompted a pretty big and loud “F*#%!”.  The whole newsroom reacted and he looked pretty disappointed.  Maybe it’s time for another challenge.

Grammy Winner Richard Marx and ABC Radio's Roe Conn, who confirms Roy is crazy!

Grammy Winner Richard Marx and ABC Radio's Roe Conn, who confirms Roy is crazy!

ABC Radio host Roe Conn happened to be in the newsroom yesterday.  He had worked with Roy years ago at WBBM-TV. When asked about Roy, Roe has a lot to share including a story about a newsroom fight!  I can’t recall the details but Roe says it made him respect Roy ever after. However, he adds, “I don’t know anyone darker, crazier or more passionate about hating himself.”

But we all know Roy is quite passionate about his work.  He can produce the heck out of a show and he’s got top-notch instincts when handling breaking news.  He may be crazy but a lot of people are crazy about him.

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09 2009