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  1. 5 out of 5

    Bart Shore

    I loved this book - Doin' The Cruise was a great read, I used to hear Mitch back in his WDAI days when I was in High School, then followed him along his path of rock and roll radio. Having been in the radio industry myself, starting out in Iowa and then coming to Chicago for my own path on the radio dial, it was so interesting to me to hear Mitch's stories. In fact while I was in Iowa, we used to run some of the radio commercials Mitch talked about producing in the book, and it was always cool fo I loved this book - Doin' The Cruise was a great read, I used to hear Mitch back in his WDAI days when I was in High School, then followed him along his path of rock and roll radio. Having been in the radio industry myself, starting out in Iowa and then coming to Chicago for my own path on the radio dial, it was so interesting to me to hear Mitch's stories. In fact while I was in Iowa, we used to run some of the radio commercials Mitch talked about producing in the book, and it was always cool for me to hear Mitch on my station in Iowa, knowing that this was "the guy in Chicago" who I used to listen to. For me, there were so many names in the book that I either knew personally or heard on the radio over the years, it was like finding a long lost friend or two, in fact I just reconnected with someone in the book that I haven't talked to in years. So, even if you're not in Chicago Radio, this is a fun read to hear it from a guy who was there for some of the greatest times in FM Rock Radio. Mitch is still "Doin' The Cruise" ..thank goodness.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wally Kilburg

    I just finished my friend Mitch Michaels memoirs (with help from Ken Churilla). I know the guy pretty well, and he has told me some of the stories in the book and others he probably never wants in a book...but I digress...the book is the real deal. I have loved music since I first ever knew what it was. I can't play an instrument but would love to. I own multiple hard drives of music, large hard drives and I surround myself with music when I work or play. Thats how I met Mitch way back in the 70 I just finished my friend Mitch Michaels memoirs (with help from Ken Churilla). I know the guy pretty well, and he has told me some of the stories in the book and others he probably never wants in a book...but I digress...the book is the real deal. I have loved music since I first ever knew what it was. I can't play an instrument but would love to. I own multiple hard drives of music, large hard drives and I surround myself with music when I work or play. Thats how I met Mitch way back in the 70's. It just took some 40 something years for us to hang out. I started listening to him long ago on the many stations he was part of because of the music and he became part of it. I mean the radio DJ's were like the guardians of rock music back then. They emcee'ed shows. Had the scoop on new music. There was no Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, just them. I heard a lot of DJ's but I remember him. His book takes me back through those years since we sort of grew up together. Its a great read. No sales pitch here but if you listened as I did, and you felt you "knew" these Jocks then you need to read his book. Its written in a conversational way, honest and humble. Great job Mitch and Ken. Thank you so much for putting pen to paper and rekindling tons of excellent memories. And filling in a few blanks!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Geno Davis

    Mitch Michaels was already one of my favorite Chicago on-air personalities when I was in my mid teens, some 45 years ago. He solidified my admiration when he agreed, on three or four different occasions, to let me sit in on his shows at WGLD and WDAI. For better or worse, his kindness was instrumental in my choice of careers later in life. Yup, I worked on the radio for nearly 30 years. If you love FM rock radio the way it used to be, or if you’re a Chicago kid who loves Mitch Michaels, you’ll wa Mitch Michaels was already one of my favorite Chicago on-air personalities when I was in my mid teens, some 45 years ago. He solidified my admiration when he agreed, on three or four different occasions, to let me sit in on his shows at WGLD and WDAI. For better or worse, his kindness was instrumental in my choice of careers later in life. Yup, I worked on the radio for nearly 30 years. If you love FM rock radio the way it used to be, or if you’re a Chicago kid who loves Mitch Michaels, you’ll want to read “Doin’ the Cruise”. The happy times he describes will make you feel like you were there … or maybe you *were* there for some of them! His sad times might wrench your heart out. Enjoy. Yeah baby!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mike Bono

    A great book, a broadcasters life in print but brought to life in a very engaging manner. Mitch is quite the character, part crazy, part creative genius, with a wild streak! The memory of that time in Chicago is burned in my mind, the summer on 1979 was magic in the city because of rock music and The Loop. Michaels relives Chicagofest & Disco Demolition too! It’s like his own personal “Almost Famous”

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    If you have any interest in Chicago radio and/or the rock music scene in Chicago, this is the book for you. Well-written and full of interesting stories. I couldn't put the book down. If you have any interest in Chicago radio and/or the rock music scene in Chicago, this is the book for you. Well-written and full of interesting stories. I couldn't put the book down.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    For *anyone* who grew up on a steady diet of rock radio in Chicago, this is a MUST READ. And if you're not in that category, but you have a sincere love of and passion for the music, this is a MUST READ. This is a first-class, first-hand story from a guy who helped fashion the rock-radio landscape in Chicago, and how hard he worked to survive all the ups and downs in a brutal industry...thanks to a sincere love of and passion for the music. It always comes back to the music. Mitch Michaels, curr For *anyone* who grew up on a steady diet of rock radio in Chicago, this is a MUST READ. And if you're not in that category, but you have a sincere love of and passion for the music, this is a MUST READ. This is a first-class, first-hand story from a guy who helped fashion the rock-radio landscape in Chicago, and how hard he worked to survive all the ups and downs in a brutal industry...thanks to a sincere love of and passion for the music. It always comes back to the music. Mitch Michaels, currently doin' the cruise at 95.9 The River, thank you for your hard work and for your honesty in sharing your journey. And for believing in the music. KC sez "check it out!"

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    A must-read for fans of radio and rock & roll music. Radio legend Mitch Michaels takes you behind the scenes of some of Chicago's most popular radio stations that were part of his remarkable career. An honest, in-depth, revealing look at the radio stations, DJ's, management, and rock stars that created the soundtrack to our lives. The memoir is very enlightening, and at times extremely funny, but also with moments that are heartbreaking. Mitch Michaels along with Ken Churilla have perhaps writte A must-read for fans of radio and rock & roll music. Radio legend Mitch Michaels takes you behind the scenes of some of Chicago's most popular radio stations that were part of his remarkable career. An honest, in-depth, revealing look at the radio stations, DJ's, management, and rock stars that created the soundtrack to our lives. The memoir is very enlightening, and at times extremely funny, but also with moments that are heartbreaking. Mitch Michaels along with Ken Churilla have perhaps written the best book to date that captures the life of one of Chicago's most beloved radio personalities. A great read from start to finish.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Watts

    This book was such a fascinating look at one of the Chicago radio DJ legends. I loved all of the stories - and the Chicago radio history. As someone who grew up listening to all of the stations that Mitch frequented throughout his career - it was like experiencing a trip down memory lane. While I was a bit too young to have attended Disco demolition in person - I sure knew all about it (especially as my Dad was a huge sox fan). Kudos to Mitch for openly discussing all of his successes and challe This book was such a fascinating look at one of the Chicago radio DJ legends. I loved all of the stories - and the Chicago radio history. As someone who grew up listening to all of the stations that Mitch frequented throughout his career - it was like experiencing a trip down memory lane. While I was a bit too young to have attended Disco demolition in person - I sure knew all about it (especially as my Dad was a huge sox fan). Kudos to Mitch for openly discussing all of his successes and challenges - particularly his heartbreaking situation with his son, Spencer. One thing that comes through loud and clear in each story - is Mitch's overall determination to keep going. What a fantastic life lesson. This book was an engrossing read. Well done.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mick Kahler

    I highly recommend the biography of one of Chicago radio’s most legendary FM air personalities, Mitch Michaels. This book is a thorough reveal of Mitch experiencing tremendous highs and serious lows in career, family and financial matters. “Doin’ the Cruise” takes you on a journey from the infancy of album oriented rock radio to the modern day times of the changes in the business via consolidation of media corporations. Along the way Mitch Michaels had personal encounters with music icons like t I highly recommend the biography of one of Chicago radio’s most legendary FM air personalities, Mitch Michaels. This book is a thorough reveal of Mitch experiencing tremendous highs and serious lows in career, family and financial matters. “Doin’ the Cruise” takes you on a journey from the infancy of album oriented rock radio to the modern day times of the changes in the business via consolidation of media corporations. Along the way Mitch Michaels had personal encounters with music icons like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and The Who. He also befriended members of Foreigner, Styx and other American rock and pop acts and shares special stories of these happenings. Mitch continues to work in Chicago radio with no signs of stopping. If you’re any kind of fan of rock and roll and or radio, you owe it to yourself to take a reading ride with “Doin’ the Cruise.” It’s a fun expedition and one you’ll be sharing with your fellow rock fans! Mick Kahler

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michele Reynolds

  11. 4 out of 5

    Roz Schwartz

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Hall

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ken Churilla

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dave

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rodger Long

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Williams

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carol

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Reynolds

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gerald Baio

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rob Sobkoviak

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