I’m sure that many people were disappointed today when they tuned in to WGN radio to listen to the Drew Peterson interview scheduled with Randy Miller.
It didn’t happen.
During the one o’clock hour, Miller explained why. During a phone conversation with Drew everything seemed to be fine but Drew asked him to contact his attorney, Joel Brodsky, which Miller did. Brodsky surprised him by saying, “Yeah Drew will do it. It’s going to cost you some money.”
Miller was not going to pay for the interview and said, “Goodbye.” but Joel assured him that all was not lost. The interview was still on and, “We’ll work something out.”
Then Randy Miller received an e-mail which he read on the air verbatim:
“To Randy Miller. This will confirm that you will be plugging the following establishment at least two times tomorrow and two times on Friday and that the plug will not be connected in any way to Drew Peterson or his attorney. The establishment is … Bar and Lounge which has the absolute best chicken wings in the city. A great place to drink, eat listen to music, and watch the game.”
A personal affirmation that you went there and loved the wings would be good.
Please confirm this agreement and I will confirm Drew’s cooperation on tomorrow’s show.”
Miller said that he was nauseated by the email but before he could respond he got a call from Drew’s publicist, Glenn Selig, who informed him that Drew was pulling out, “We’re not going to be in. It’s not going to be good for Drew.” Miller joked that it appears Mancow Muller is now managing Drew’s media appearances, because it was on his advice that Drew decided not to do the show.
An isolated and strange incidence of Pay per Play?
Well, flash back to Drew and Joel’s Sunday night appearance on Geoff Pinkus’ show at WIND 560. By gosh, there were a couple of mentions of wings during that appearance, in particular the wings served up by the Addiction Sports Bar and Grill on 1023 West Lake Street.
Pinkus’ disgust was evident when he prefaced the plug saying, “Alright, get this out of the way because we made a deal. A deal’s a deal Mr. Brodsky.” While he and Amy Jacobson laughed, Brodsky went on to say that he and Drew had eaten at a place that served, “the best wings and hamburgers in the city.” Jacobson mocked him saying, “…because he says so” and Brodsky replied, “Because Mancow says so.” Pinkus asked Brodsky, “You know the owner?” and he answered, “Yeah, I met him”.
No doubt Joel Brodsky has met the owner. He looks at him every day in the mirror. The Addiction Bar and Grill is the assumed name of FORMISANO, INC. and a search of the principals reveals none other than Joel A. Brodsky. Make of it what you will.
Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with a few reviews of the Addiction Sports Bar and Grill (which was up for sale as of January of this year ). The first review is from this month:
I’m not even sure if this place deserves one star. It’s a joke of a bar. I was in there last weekend with a couple friends and we were the only people in the place.!The bartender looked bored out her mind and it just kinda made me uncomfortable. And theyre were out of nearly half the items on the menu and didn’t even have patron, it was really just pitifull. I’m surprised theyre even still open, not for long I suppose…
…We had stopped by to catch part of the Bears game on Sunday. There were several people at the bar and a couple of tables were occupied. We got up to play some darts and when we got back to the bar the place was closing. Turns out- the owner only opened for the Bears game so when the game was over- chairs were put up on the tables and we had to leave. I get that the place wasn’t packed but to ask people to leave at 3:30 in the afternoon when they are buying drinks is wrong in oh so many ways!
The owner, Elizabeth, stood around the entire time complaining about how cold she was, and made herself a couple of martinis to warm up. The bartender, Elena, had what was called by a member of my party the “Eastern European charm”–unfriendly, cold and not interested in wasting time chatting. Both, along with the waitress, spent the entire time doting on two regulars, one of whom I believe was a relative of the owner.
This bar is Terrible! Bartender and Owner are rude!!! We were 4 girls out for a Saturday night and decided to check this place out since it’s in the neighborhood. The owner practically glared at us as we walked in the bartender was a total witch, not friendly at all!
And a recent Tweet from Elizabeth Brodsky:
How can I save my bar! Help!!!
11:03 AM Mar 12th
UPDATE MARCH 22:At Geoff Pinkus’ request we have removed his email excerpt from this post. He initially gave us permission to take it public (we wouldn’t have used it otherwise), but Joel Brodsky has threatened him with legal action if it remains up on our blog.
Download Hour 2, part 2 of Geoff Pinkus March 15 show to hear the plugs. One right at the beginning and one at 18:22 (thanks, Thinkaboutit).