If you’ve watched Television or been in a theatre lately, you might have seen an advertisement for the new Goosebumps movie. If you read R.L. Stine’s spooky series when you were a kid, then you definitely had a nostalgic moment thinking back on his stories. I saw the movie with my girlfriend, at her dismay, on the opening weekend. It was a fun and creepy children's’ movie, but it paled in comparison to a different piece of film you might not know about.
When I was a kid, I loved TV. The stories on the screen jumped to life with their color and detail. My favorite show to watch in the weeks leading up to Halloween was the television version of R.L. Stine’s novels: Goosebumps. As a kid, this show provided the kind of plot lines and visuals that kept you up at night. See here a clip from The Chillogy part 1: Squeal of Fortune, where a girl is turned into a pig for taking part in unethical business practices.
It was prosthetics like that, and people in dummy and lawn gnome costumes capturing and enslaving children that made the show so terrifying. Watching it now, it’s admittedly still pretty creepy . . . and yes . . . I still watch it, but now I watch Goosebumps for a different reason.
Goosebumps, while scary for children, is the funniest thing for anybody past the age of 12. The terrible acting, cheap effects and extremely convoluted plots make nearly every episode comedic gold. One of my personal favorite episodes is “Piano Lessons Can Be Murder” where, in the beginning, a kid and his family move into a house, which turns out to haunted by a piano playing ghost. After the kid takes his first piano lesson, he gets lost in the building where the lesson was and is chased by a robot, only to be saved by a janitor. At a later lesson it is revealed that not only is the piano teacher a robot, and not only did the janitor create the robot piano teacher, but the ghost that was haunting the kid’s house at the beginning was the janitor’s mom. If you don’t believe the absurdity of that, here’s a scene from the episode in which the teacher, Dr. Shreek, is trying to take the kid’s hands.
Other ridiculous plots include a kid who is afraid of dogs and his friend swapping bodies with pirates trapped inside of the bodies of dogs (also he’s afraid of dogs), a time travelling cuckoo clock, and a type of plankton made with a growth hormone that makes animals giant and turns people into strange sea men.
Perhaps the scariest Goosebumps character is Slappy, the ventriloquist’s dummy that comes to life, enslaving people, turning people into dummies, and having a generally creepy laugh.
Well there are a lot of scary characters . . .
Even after having just turned 18, I still find this show immensely entertaining, and I would never turn down watching an episode. If you’re looking for a good laugh, you can always count on Goosebumps. If you want to watch it for yourself, every episode is on Netflix (and Youtube if that’s your thing), and there a DVD copies you can purchase. “Viewer beware, you’re in for a Scare!”
James McMillin, Co-News Director
Hi all I'm Nik Krull the co-news director here a WLTL. On Thursday October 8th the WLTL managers went on a field trip to learn about jobs in radio. We started the field trip with a tour of the United Center, the home of the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls. After the tour and a special event at the end we headed over to CBS radio Chicago home of B96, XRT, and US99.5, and after CBS radio we traveled to WGN radio.
We started out the field trip by getting on a bus to drive out to the United Center, the UC. When we arrived at the UC a Blackhawks employee in the sales department named Nick met us to start the tour. At the beginning of the tour we headed to the top where we saw the Bud Light Legends Lounge to take a look down at the hockey ice where a Micheal Rosival was out training, also we say the brand new 2015 championship banner that was hung the previous night. Along with seeing the banner we also got to try on the championship ring of the VP of sales (and former WLTL manager!). After the sight from the top floor we went down to the press box and we learn about how many people are there collecting stats about everything in the game. Once we left the press box we got to take a look at the BMO Harris club which is on the lower box level and a different view from the legends lounge. The special part of the visit to the UC was next as we left the Harris club we went down to the main concourse, where the Stanley cup was seated for pictures. We were fortunate to get group photos with the cup.
After our tour of the UC we hoped on the bus and headed over to CBS radio, where we met up with two people from the Promotions Department. We first walked through the offices and saw into the radio world. Then we went to the on air studios and got to meet on air talent. We learned about how the the host of the 10-noon show host, Terri Hemmert, went through as one of the first woman in radio, and how she pushed through and is now very successful. After learning about Terri we moved over to US 99.5, and talked with their mid day host, Drew Walker. Drew talked about he came about in radio and then explained the technology he and other hosts use to make the show run smoothly. When the tour ended at CBS Radio we moved on over to WGN radio where two WLTL grads, now WGN engineers, showed us around. We saw everything I could imagine could be in a radio station: a lot of engineering equipment, studios, producer boxes, the news room, offices, a production area, a green room. And we capped it all off with a visit to the Allstate showcase studio, the main studio where most shows are done--a room some may recognize as it is a very cool street view studio.
As cool as it was to see all everything and meet everyone, this trip taught me how there are so many jobs in radio, from engineers to editors to producers to sales people to promoters to bosses, to live talent, that all make radio run smoothly for your listening enjoyment.
Hi! My name is Matthew Walsh and I am the Imaging Director for WLTL. I am a senior and am currently looking at colleges to attend. The hardest thing in my college search has been finding a school with a good radio station. I already know the major I want but finding a radio station better than Lyons Township’s has been difficult. Being able to go to a school with one of the best high school radio stations in the country is an absolute blessing. I am forever grateful for the opportunities Mr. Thomas and WLTL have provided me. But finding a college with a high school radio station better equipped or produced than WLTL has been extremely frustrating.
Schools like Kent State and Rutgers have great radio stations and they are at the top of my list for possible colleges. Kent State has a very classical and mellow sounding station, which I believe I wouldn’t mesh well with. But, whichever school I choose, whether it be Rutgers or Kent State or one I haven’t even thought of yet, WLTL has greatly prepared me for a future in radio.
Matt Walsh, Imaging Director
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