Wednesday, 5:15am - Lunar eclipse. The moon is half maroon.
5:32am - First caller. A woman - "There's a backup on 80-94 heading into Ilinois toward the lunar eclipse."
5:50am - WJOBcaller Jeff opens up discussion about the Hammond cops smashing a window and tasering a guy during a traffic stop. It's caught on video and gone viral. National news all over it - 'Atrocious. Horrible. As a father, it raises the hair on the back of my neck. Because of this kind of police abuse, all of us have been made into bootlickers... So I'm gonna lick boots so I don't get beat up in front of my children?.... Losing our freedoms. 4th amendment.'
5:55am - Caller. Northbound Cline Avenue is at a stop.
5:59am - Caller Aleks - We've have two officers shot and killed in the last couple months round here - Jeff Westerfield and Nick Schultz. Police officers on edge.
6:08am - Caller Big Rich - Sure, it was white cops and a black family in the car. Skin color shouldn't matter. You should listen to the cops.
6:18am - Caller Todd. Do something stupid, you create your own issue. The people in the car were looking for an issue and they got it.
6:25 - Caller Dawn Marie. Do I have to feel that if I get out of the car, I'm gonna get shot? Cops should have patience. Fear on the cops' part.
7:00am - Hammond Mayor Tom Mcdermott comes into old studio. Finishing up work on new studio down the road.
Mayor - My lawyers are wary that I'm doing this interview since the city's getting sued on this.
Mayor - It' s only the last couple of minutes that the child in the backseat caught on tape. My officers were patient. For 13 minutes the man in the video refuses to get out of the car. I support my officers.
Mayor makes news - There was a dash camera. We got it all on tape.
Mayor - I'm concerned with officer safety. We've had two officers killed this summer.
Mayor - I wish it didn't escalate like this.
7:22am - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller calls in. Greg's office has been asking US Supreme Court to uphold Indiana's ban on gay marriage. A few days ago the high court announced it wouldn't do it. Gay and lesbian couples all over the state getting married. National news all over Indiana and the Region.
Zoeller - explains Supreme Court non-action, means the ruling of the 7th Circuit is now the rule of the land.
Zoeller - My office has been on this case for six years. It's a new day in Indiana as we've been advising County Clerks to marry same-sex couples now.
Zoeller - Reiterates for the umpteenth time on WJOB that it's his job to defend the laws of the state of Indiana. It doesn't mean that it's his view. "I'm Catholic and against the death penalty. But my office is in court all the time defending Indiana's death penalty."
7:32am - NWI Times Sportswriter Al Hamnik comes into studio. We talk about the death of John Molodet, coach of 1971 East Chicago Washington 29-0 state champs. "Best high school team ever in state of Indiana," Al says.
Hamnik - And Jim Rogers of EC Roosevelt in 1970 best high school player ever.
JED - Better than Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson?
Hamik - Yes.
8:07am - It's my early day. Only two-and-half hours of local radio on Wednesdays. We just did two interviews with national implications. It's McDermott's first real interview about the taser incident. And it's one of the first times the Attorney General spoke about the gay marriage ruling. I'm excited to put the tape on the internet. Should be a ton of downloads.
8:09am - Producer Ryan Walsh informs me that we didn't tape the interviews.
9:27am - After I calm down, I bitch out producer Ryan for a good 15 minutes.
1:45pm - I arrive at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, for the first-ever pierogi eating world championships.
2:50pm - World champion eater Joey Chestnut, who came into the studio yesterday for an interview, eats 165 pierogis and beats all challengers. Still the champ.
3:27pm - I finish a bunch of video interviews of Joey and other competitors, including a competitive eating couple.
3:40pm - I arrive at Oil City Stadium. Whiting mayor Joe Stahura announces that the National Mascot Hall of Fame has just agreed to come to the corner of Front Street and 119th in Whiting. Crowd cheers. Sunny day. Refinery in background. A couple dozen mascots come out on to the infield and dance around. I stick video camera in their faces. Reminds of one really weird day in Berkeley a long time ago. That won't make sense until you watch the video.
4:54pm - Back at the studio, I finish editing and posting video of eating and mascots and go on the air with afternoon host Ron Harlow to tell about it.
5:05pm - I hang around studio listening to Harlow and Chuck Pullen interview Svengooli, 70s and 80s horror film show icon. Good stuff.
5:49pm - Alexis and I walk around Wicker Park. It's beautiful.
8:27pm - Alexis and I watch CNN's Don Lemon interview Jamal Jones and his family in-studio about the window smashing and taser incident. This reminds me that we didn't tape two interviews with national implications. Good night anyhows.