Rich King has been a fixture in Chicago sports broadcasting since 1969. He can currently be seen on WGN Television in Chicago. Rich is not only the winner of numerous awards (Sportwriter of the Year, AP, UPI and 2014 Silver Circle Inductee), he’s also an acclaimed author. His first book (“My Maggie”) was published to rave reviews in 2008. Read More
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Records Truly is My Middle Name, John Records Landecker –
When you’re born with the middle name “Records”, your destiny has been chosen for you. John Records Landecker fulfilled his destiny by becoming one of the most respected disc jockeys in radio history.
In Landecker’s incredible 40-plus year major market radio career, he lived an amazing life. His former long-time producer, author Rick Kaempfer, has managed to pull those stories out of him in the pages of “Records Truly Is My Middle Name.” Whether the stories are about the behind the scenes world of Top 40 Radio’s heyday, or Landecker’s colorful encounters with worldwide celebrities like George Harrison, Mel Brooks, Tom Hanks, Bill Murray, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, George Carlin, and countless others, Landecker recounts his tales with refreshing honesty and humor.
The Daly News, Joel Daly
Joel Daly is a Chicago icon.
*He was a television news reporter. In that role he interviewed the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., Governor George Wallace, accused murderer (and inspiration for “The Fugitive”) Sam Sheppard, and even the Beatles.
*He was a television news anchor. In that role he helped create the Eyewitness News brand, wrote and delivered daily commentaries during the incredible tumult of the late 60s and early 70s, and along with fellow legendary anchor Fahey Flynn, anchored Chicago’s top rated newscast.
*He was a actor and performer. As a young man he appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, and as a not-quite-as-young-man recently appeared as Howard Beale in a stage version of “Network”.
*He was a pilot. He built his own airplane from scratch, later flew it, and even went wing-walking.
*He was a country music star. His band Joel Daly and the Sundowners appeared all over the Chicago area for years. Joel wowed the audience with his yodeling abilities.
*He was an attorney. He went back to law school in his 50s, and became a prominent lawyer in Chicago, recently retiring after more than twenty years practicing law.
Joel Daly is Chicago’s very own Renaissance Man. In this second edition of “The Daly News”, he tells all those stories and more.
My Maggie, Rich King
My Maggie is a rare and real love story. Rich and Maggie King were two people who never gave up on each other a testament to a love few have the will to attain.
She was his childhood sweetheart and wife of thirty two years. Diagnosed with hearing loss at the age of four, she wore cumbersome hearing aids and felt the humiliation of being different. Slowly, an insidious disease robbed her of vision. She fought three different cancers, changed careers in the middle of her life and fought to realize her dreams. Yet, underneath these great challenges, there was an incredible love shared by two people. It was cemented by adversity and reached a near perfect spiritual connection. They lived a classic old fashioned love story.
King shares one of the most powerful, complex, and memorable love stories ever written. It is an American story of great heroism, courage, and devotion. Maggie was a woman who understood how to lead a happy life and then led it, in spite of the challenges placed in front of her. My Maggie is great drama, great passion, and great fun. It is a book written with a love so immense it almost defies description.
Back in the Game, Rich King
Rich King’s “My Maggie” was released a few years ago to widespread acclaim. “Back in the Game” is his follow up to that warmly received debut book.
It’s the story of a man’s fight to find a new life after the loss of his wife and soulmate of 32 years. Rich was mired in a deep depression when he finally followed a friend’s suggestion and called April. April helped him fight off the self-pity and darkness, and brought him back into the light.
“Back in the Game” is a memoir that combines the heartwarming love story that led to his second marriage, with some truly entertaining and memorable tales from his 40 plus years of sports broadcasting in Chicago. Some of Chicago’s most beloved sports figures also come to life in the pages of “Back in the Game.”