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CLTV SPORTS :60: Mike North Scammed!

NORTH, WIFE SCAMMED!!!!


By JERRY RILES

I was a little surprised, but not shocked to hear Saturday morning that Mike and BeBe North were fired by Dave Hernandez the financial backer of the start-up internet radio sports outlet Chicago Webio or whatever it's been called over the past few months.
Hernandez allegedly did not pay any of his bills.
North, in a SunTimes piece, indicated that as many as 30 checks from Hernandez's company bounced last week. That may be true.
But a Crain's Chicago Business blog earlier this week quoted Hernandez as talking about expansion into broadcast radio and insisting the Web site already was making money.
"I know what my overhead expenses vs. revenues are," Hernandez told Crain's. "We're absolutely in a profit."
The question is, how did Mike and Bebe get scammed by someone who allegedly was under investigation by the FBI in the past? How did the Norths get duped? Keep in mind, this duo teammed up to convince "The Score" Sports Radio 670AM and CBS to sign them to a 5 year $1.5 million dollar per year deal a few years ago. How could the Norths miss this alleged con? I'm not sure.
Maybe it was greed, maybe it was the gambling edge of competition, I don't know, but whatever the case the Norths got hit.
Mike is classic in putting a spin on any and everything that comes his way. That's how he has survived all these years. The problem is, Mike has always believed that he was bigger than the business in my opinion.
The unfortunate thing is North not only damaged his reputation, but that of the dedicated and talented individuals that left their former employers to follow him to Webio.
Don't get me wrong, internet radio is a great concept, but everybody and their mothers believe they can start-up a station on the web as well. A buddy of mine started up Fearless Radio years ago.
Many in the industry and the market believe this is exactly what the Norths deserve. They finally get a taste of their own medicine. The medicine that they have dished out for all of these years.
Mike has made great money over the years he spent with the Score. But if he's so wise and clever, one must ask the question, how did this happen to the Norths?
I'm not too concerned with the longtime couple. My concern is with the producers, talent, and camera people who gambled their careers on what I call the greed of the Norths. Some executives in the market called it "broadcast suicide". That's pretty strong in my opinion, but appears to be true.
Let's hope their families aren't as surprised as I was when they received the news on Saturday morning. Oh, I'm sorry, the shock probably already hit them when they didn't get those checks!
I guess it's simply called "Settling The Score". Go get 'em Mike!!!!

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scottygee:

Has the author ever taken a basic grammar class? For one, you do not need to use an apostrophe every time you pluarlize the name "North." Also, after taking shots at North throughout the story, at the end he writes, Go get 'em Mike!!!!
Whose side are you actually on?

The Gridiron Assassin:

RILES KEEPIN' IT REAL!

Sometimes the truth hurts Jer..... The other commenting can criticize you all they want, but I like J-Riles on the muscle.

If it sounds too good to be true, and looks too good to be true, usually it IS too good to be true. Especially in the economy we've been in since things went in the crapper in the late Fall.

It sounds like Pappy was desperate to remain relevant, and David Hernandez was the the guy with the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that could finance Mike's endeavors.

Not that it's wrong to 'use other people's money' (Michael Jordan's been doing it in the NBA since he retired) - but it's a shame that Mike got played and brought in his former coworkers and other sports radio contacts into the fold.

I hope all of these guys learn from this and gain employment soon, as some of them are too talented for this treatment.

ciao ciao

The Gridiron Assassin

The Grammar Police:

Just a few points to bring up after reading another well researched, informative column.

1. The website is called Chicago Sports Webio. You can use a website called Google to look up all kinds of proper nouns. Or just do your job and investigate, i.e. Ask some people about it.

2. "whatever the case the North's got hit." In this case, the apostrophe in the word Norths is unnecessary. An apostrophe is a possessive tool, as in "the north's home" or "i'm taking the North's grammar class."

3. "Many in the industry and the market believe this is exactly what the North's deserve. They finally get a taste of their own medicine. The medicine that they have dished out for all of these years." There is nothing worse in journalism than using the old "many believe." It's cowardly. Either call out some sources who actually believe that, or just take the stance and say it is what YOU believe. And what kind of "medicine" have the Norths dished out? You don't give any examples. Instead you just smear them and leave the reader to determine all of the heinous acts they may have committed. Shame on you.

4. "Mike has made great money over the years he spent with the Score. But if he's so wise and clever, one must ask the question, how did this happen to the North's?" Again, apostrophe problem. It really sounds to me like you don't believe Mike should have made the money he made at the Score. If that is the case, take it up with management. Should he have turned down their offer or not negotiated for more money? I'm not a huge North fan but kudos to him for working hard enough to convince his bosses to give him a payday. Sounds like somebody is a bit jealous.

5. "My concern is with the producers, talent, and camera people who gambled their careers on what I call the greed of the North's." Again, another apostrophe problem. Are you making the accusation that Mike North had knowledge of what was going on with David Hernandez? Are you claiming that he and his wife knowingly attracted colleagues into a illegal scheme? I hope you are doing so with some facts behind your disposal. People come to CLTV for legitimate news and information. I really hope that one of their talent isn't simply spouting rumors out to the world without any sort of evidence or proof. You're venturing into a new territory of journalism here and flirting with something called "slander." Unfortunately I don't have time to tell you about it. Type it into the website I mentioned up in #1.

Jim:

Sounds like you have an axe to grind Jerry...

Good article. Everyone has an opinion, but..Jerry Riles? Didn't you do a stint at the WSCR? Your not their now are you? Hmm... Some of what you write is sounds like sour grapes to me. Your comments aimed at Mike and BeBe make it sound like they are Bonnie and Clyde (minus the guns).
Let's face it, if you want to make it in any kind of business, you have to be a gambler. Mike seems to love the competition, and when one gambles, you don't always win. This goes for all the "other" talent you are worried about. They knew what could happen when they joined on, and they too will survive because they were willing to take chances.
I'm sorry that your article reads as if you are afraid to take a stance one way or another. You failed to present an informed, or interesting argument to cause the reader to pause for thought. Could be why you have failed to attain your own radio slot.
Good luck to you though, looks like you will be looking for more work soon,

Good article. Everyone has an opinion, but..Jerry Riles? Didn't you do a stint at the WSCR? Your not their now are you? Hmm... Some of what you write is sounds like sour grapes to me. Your comments aimed at Mike and BeBe make it sound like they are Bonnie and Clyde (minus the guns).
Let's face it, if you want to make it in any kind of business, you have to be a gambler. Mike seems to love the competition, and when one gambles, you don't always win. This goes for all the "other" talent you are worried about. They knew what could happen when they joined on, and they too will survive because they were willing to take chances.
I'm sorry that your article reads as if you are afraid to take a stance one way or another. You failed to present an informed, or interesting argument to cause the reader to pause for thought. Could be why you have failed to attain your own radio slot.
Good luck to you though, looks like you will be looking for more work soon,

jw7451:

May I suggest you do your research before you write these lame articles . Seems to me you have an agenda against the Norths . Let's face it - you either love 'em or hate 'em .

What on earth do you mean by "They finally get a taste of their own medicine. The medicine that they have dished out for all of these years " . Didn't they just cover the bounced checks out of their own money.

This article reeks of jealousy and envy.

Find another day job , will ya

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