September 23, 2013 |
When the WWE returns to Chicago tonight for another broadcast of "RAW", superstar Dolph Ziggler will be in the house at the Allstate Arena. I spoke with the self-proclaimed "show-off" by phone prior to the show. We spoke about how social media has affected his career; what winning - then ultimately losing -the World Heavyweight Championship felt like; geek culture; the challenges of stand-up comedy; and whether he likes doing birthday tweets: (The following is the complete and unedited version of the interview that ran in REDEYE September, 24th)
September 23, 2013 |
The WWE returns to Chicago when RAW broadcasts from the Allstate Arena on Monday. In the fold will be Dolph Ziggler, the self-proclaimed "show off" who has gone from a top "heel" (bad guy) to "face" (good guy). Ziggler spoke to RedEye about advancing his career in social media and working the stand-up comedy circuit. You're one of the WWE superstars who has been most active on social media. How has engaging with fans in that way affected how they view you? It's great for someone like me who every week is somehow in a match, but usually not talking.
September 19, 2013 |
Nobody cares about your cellphone. Nobody. Social media is a place where people talk about the banalities of their existence, with 99.9 percent of personal posts being nothing more than trivial drivel aimed at entertaining strangers. The other .1 percent is a forum where news is disseminated and discussed (yes, these numbers are accurate. I counted). Most of the 99.9 percent is fairly benign, whimsical and generally not the slightest bit irritating. Discussions about current events advance discourse about issues the world needs to be talking about.
September 18, 2013 |
He's got a seat with one of the best views in all of sports in the Wrigley Field press box, but on a Cubs game day you'll almost never find the team's communications manager Kevin Saghy in it. "I love the view from the press box, but it can be hard to engage as we would want to if we sat up here for all nine innings," he said. Saghy, who along with colleague Mary Reisert serves as the voice behind the team's @cubs Twitter feed, prefers to spend his days at the ballpark using the account to connect with fans on a personal level.
August 14, 2013 |
Craig McRae not only wants you to have a beer in the shower, he wants to make it easier. The 27-year-old Lakeview resident and his longtime friend and business partner Craig Conant fondly remember their days as college dorm mates, when they would grab a brew and hit the showers before a night out. But the problem of soap, suds and water mixing in with their drinks of choice always remained. Five years after graduating, they're hoping to fund their solution, Sudsy. “The idea sort of came out of our own experiences,” McRae said of his Kickstarter campaign for Sudsy, an adjustable hook with a cup holder on the end that allows bottles or cans to be suspended above the shower floor.
July 23, 2013 |
The interwebs have been good to Joe Moses. His first round of internet fame came from playing Severus Snape in Team Starkid's online parody sensation, "A Very Potter Musical. " Then he went viral with his follow-up YouTube project, "The Potion Master's Corner. " For the past two years, he's been performing a sketch and improv comedy show called "The Joe Moses One Man Showses" (#JMOMS), which featured himself and a rotating cast of guests. But for a five-city live tour - which kicked off Saturday in New York City - he added Curt Mega (Nick on "Glee")
July 22, 2013 |
Robin Ventura may have put Hector Santiago in the White Sox starting rotation, but there's one place the reticent manager isn't following his loquacious lefty. Twitter. "No," Ventura said flatly when asked if he'll ever have an account. "No. [The players] can have [Twitter]. It's all theirs. " The social media-savvy southpaw, on the other hand, is more than happy to pick up his boss's slack. "I'm up a lot at late hours and up early so it's kind of easy for me," Santiago said, shrugging.
July 7, 2013 |
It sounds morbid, but iconic White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson has the ideal final moments of his life scripted out in his mind. "I want to die right here in this seat," Harrelson said softly in the booth that he's called home for the past two-plus decades. "That's what I want to do. If I could write my own script, I would die right here in this seat. " Then his voice shifted from softspoken to the familiar baritone that has provided the soundtrack to many a Chicago summer as he calls his imagined final broadcast.
June 10, 2013 |
Chicagoans are calling for a day of peace on Monday. What started as a social media campaign to raise awareness of violence plaguing the city has transpired into a pledge for no violence on June 10 to help inspire change. Earlier this year, South Sider Bryant Cross, 28, asked Chicagoans to send photos of themselves angry over how many people are killed in the city. A few months later, hundreds of photos are part of the 500 Campaign created by Cross. He tweets the photos, posts them to Facebook and uploads them to Instagram . That led him to ask people to commit to a day without violence and to do something peaceful with their neighbors.
May 22, 2013 |
A handful of elderly folks stopped, peered past a set of double glass doors, scratched their heads and were on their way. “Why's there a bird on the door?” one passerby said, index finger stapled to her chin and forehead scrunched. The younger crowd had a much different reaction. Once the youngsters spotted the sign that hangs just below Section 154 at U.S. Cellular Field, a slight nod of the head and a casual peek inside came to be expected. “This is pretty convenient,” 19-year-old Dylan Goll said.