Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Role of Talk Radio in Election 2012

I haven't written in a while. So caught up in the news and election. But this weekend is huge to me. And it's been said, it's the biggest election in our life time. Sounds cliche, but it's true. On Friday I heard Dennis Miller say that he has never seen this country this divided in over 40 years. I agree. I had a co worker tell me I was posting lies about a factual graphic I posted. One thing in the graphic was that 23 million people are out of work. She said it was a lie. What are you going to do with people that just watch MSNBC and John Stewart for their news?

I think all these are facts that can be proven. And probably from sources in this government. These are things that are real.

I was thinking back to when I first started listening to talk radio in the mid 80's. I was listening to Michael Jackson (from South Africa, not the singer) on 790 KABC. I listened in fascination as he talked to Alan Dershowitz about Israel. He was a frequent guest. OK so I'm like 23 and I have no clue. I thought it was really interesting and Michael Jackson was very compelling. I started to learn. The more I listened the more I learned. This takes years. I didn't know what the hell a Democrat or a Republican was. Both my parents were Kennedy Democrats I was told. So I was indoctrinated into the whole "it's about the little guy" as my mother would put it. I was learning and finding out about what had happened in history and getting an education on Geo Politics. It took me till 911 to change my view.

It's funny you hear some people say "oh man you listen to Talk Radio? It has to be said, if you don't listen to talk radio and think it's biased and think that it's bad and evil, I know why you think don't listen. For over 30 years I have listened to talk radio and have gotten a college level education. I think the value of talk radio can not be understated. Most of talk radio is conservative and one thing that the left doesn't realize is that everything that is talked about is sourced. These hosts from Rush to Hannity to Medved to Hewiit to Levin are not making stuff up and spinning it, they are reporting and commenting. They source all their material and have a wide variety of guests on from Congressmen and Senators and media people and new media people. The value of Talk Radio is huge and people that think it's crap are just partisans. Remember that line from Letterman? O'Reilly asked him if he watches Fox News...he said "Why would I do that?" People have strong strong opinions with no information. That's just wrong.

I wanted to write this to say thank you to all the people that have pushed the conservative agenda and have made a difference. I think Mitt Romney will be a great President. I think he has the potential to be an even better President than Ronald Reagan. I have never in my life seen two men more decent run for this office. And I gotta tell you, I have done my homework. I have read my ass off. I know Mitt Romney, I know he's a decent person and so do many many other people. I am not a person to be drawn in so easily. If I thought someone had even a hint of corruption I would never support them. I'm confident that people all over this country see how decent Mitt Romney is. One thing that Americans do well is see clearly, well at least half of us do!

- JP

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Townhall 2012!

Just a couple notes, feeling a little under the weather this week.

His campaign has jumped the shark. I heard this from several hosts today. A little crack in the Obama campaign might be showing. But then you never know. I mean tomorrow something could explode. I think Thursday Joe Biden will probably explode. I predict Paul Ryan will wipe the floor with him.

I probably get to drive in the rain tomorrow. It's feeling like winter is coming. Feels good. A spectacular sunset today. Here are a couple shots.

This Sunday at 5pm in Pomona is Townhall 2012, put on by 870 KRLA The Answer. I love this radio station and all the hosts. Deb and I will be there. It's minus Dennis Prager but plus Ann Coulter. $30, includes food and drink of some kind. It's right next to where the LA County Fair is put on. Be there!

From the Sheraton Fairplex website. I think this might be the room it's in, looks great. 

California Ballroom

This on the Hotel Website as of 1AM Wednesday morning might be a hint of how many people are coming: Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center is not available for 10/13/2012 - 10/14/2012.

- JP

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

How Is It That You Have A Radio Show?

I had a back and forth with Conway tonight on Twitter. He's sitting in front of a computer and he can't come up with the death date of Lincoln. He was talking about Lincoln for some reason and he said "I have no idea when he died". I sent him a Tweet and said "April 15, 1865, if you read books maybe you would know that, you are just pathetic dude" He sent me a Tweet back "We can't all be awesome". If you could just do a simple search on Wikipedia that would do it genius. He also says on the air repeatedly for years that he doesn't read. That would be books and whatever. You are going to admit that to all of LA on the radio really? You don't read really? I can tell he doesn't read, ahh baboo. He's just not a bright person. I have listened to him for going on 16 years. I don't know what happened when he moved to KFI. I think he's just phoning it in. The show just sucks so bad. When he was at KLSX I think he put more effort into it. Even Fridays with Steckler is not a good show. Now it's just awful, I mean really awful. I guarantee there is no show prep going on here. It's just not listenable at all. It's singing and yelling into the mic "Ding Dong" and just crap. I seriously have no idea how he's on KFI doing a show. It sucks Conway. I bet Stec thinks so too. Aron Bender really loves it though, that's something.

Adam Carolla shows up on Prager for 15 minutes today. I discovered that Adam and Dennis are doing another appearance at the Redondo Performing Arts Center this October 27th. I went right away and got two seats. I have never seen these guys before. I got the wife and I 5th row seats, can't wait.

I was listening to Gilbert Gottfried on with Marc Maron. It was really weird. He was laughing on purpose over and over again. I had to turn it off, it was weird. I love Gilbert. The wife and I saw his show at the Las Vegas Hilton earlier this year. He was great. He's really really filthy but funny as hell. So I'm not sure what he was doing on this appearance. Maybe he didn't know what to do on a "Podcast" not really sure. It's worth a listen but strange.

- JP

Debate Talk With Morning Drivers, Bicycles, Cheek Bites and Waging Heavy Peace

I took a couple days off from the blog. The news literally overwhelms me occasionally. Last week was not good for national or our local news. But it's an all new week with a debate on Wednesday. I can't wait for that. I heard on KABC that Doug McIntyre and T-Rae and Jumping Johnny Phillips will be doing post debate coverage, that's at night. I wonder if that means they take Thursday off. Doug and T-Rae probably take the day off and John comes in blurry eyed, not sure.

This morning listening to Geraldo in between commercials. He has Fox News business guy Stewart Varney on the show. This is a smart dude. At 36 after the hour Geraldo comes back on the air with Stewart and listens to him talk about how bad the economy is and such things and then exactly 5 minutes into it he says thank you and goodbye and goes to calls! I couldn't believe it. Why have them on if you don't like them Jerry? It's one of the worst talk shows on the air. Geraldo is such a lefty it's scary.

"The President has a war on energy, he wants us all riding bicycles"
- Congressman Pete Sessions on Medved

Danny Bonaduce was bit on his face by some woman. Tim Conway Jr. was talking about this and played audio of Danny describing the pain he felt. Danny worked at the old 97.1 The FM Talk station back in the day. And yes was Danny Partridge in the old 70's TV show that I saw every episode of multiple times and owned all the records the fake band put out. If you click on the link to the story you will see a photo of his cheek, wow.

Mark Levin went ballistic talking about the fact that new things have been learned about the Fast and Furious story and nobody in American media will cover it. Univision did a story about 2 dozen very young people at a party somewhere in Mexico that were murdered with guns from the US and were ID'd as being from the Fast and Furious program.

Disclaimer again, I know Alec Baldwin has a bad rep but man is his radio show on NPR good. The guy knows what he's doing. Posted right now are two shows that I have not heard yet, one is with George Will. And the other is a special show. In a series of one-hour, on-air specials, Alec Baldwin gives the listener unique entrĂ©e into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers. Baldwin sidesteps the predictable by taking listeners inside the dressing rooms, apartments, and offices of people such as comedian Chris Rock and Oscar winner Michael Douglas. This is a new idea he has had, normally it would be a studio interview. Can't wait to check that out.

I saved the best for last. I heard this driving back to Anaheim from the Valley tonight. Another NPR show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross and Neil Young, yea that Neil Young. I don't think I have ever heard him interviewed. I'm not a big fan. But this guy has been around forever and I respect his longevity. I think he puts a lot of heart into his music. I always thought he was really gutsy making a very successful career with that voice. I also didn't know he was a Canadian. This interview is really special. Not knowing anything about him really and hearing him talk instead of sing was really interesting. The guy is really really bright. He has a new Memoir called "Waging Heavy Peace". If you love American culture you must hear this great interview.

- JP

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Luck! Contact! And 100 Reasons The Hassle-Plex Sucks for the Communist Mentor

I woke up to an email that told me that a new Prager University course has been posted. Dennis Prager put up a website for 5 minute videos that teach important issues on everything in life. This time it's Adam Carolla on "Luck". It's fantastic and you have to see it. It's 4 and half minutes and classic Adam.

Also Forbes wrote an article on Adam, pretty cool.

"You know it's Monday and I'm like in the goggles with the leather helmet yelling contact and trying to spin that propeller around to start the engine and it's not coming together"
- Dennis Miller

Man oh man I heard a story about the Sunset offramp that has been widened and finished with an Indian engineer about 10 times on KFI today, every hour on the hour. Michael Croizer sitting in for Shannon Farren this afternoon. When you hear a story run that often lots of people are not at work. KFI is very difficult for me to listen to these days.

Today Hugh Hewitt came on the air and did a very unusual show. On Sunday he made a list of 100 reasons to vote for Mitt Romney and not to vote for Obama. Hugh talked to no guests and took no calls. Nobody that I have ever heard could monologue for three hours like this. It was compelling and you could tell he spent a lot of time putting this together. It sounded like he was reading some of the long parts like he had sat at a computer and typed it. He is also posting the entire show for anyone to hear at his website, and he doesn't normally do that. It's worth a tumble. All three hours of 100 Reasons To Vote For Mitt Romney Or Against Barack Obama.

"there is new soda technology at the hassle-plex" - Doug McIntyre

Mike Gallagher said on Fox News last week that Facebook “rejected” an ad for his book “50 Things Liberals Love to Hate” because it contained the word “hate” in the title. Mike did an hour on this tonight, weird story. Glad it turned out to be nothing.

"Big government sucks! Everything it touches turns to crap!" - Mark Levin

I've mentioned this in a previous post, I heard Paul Kengor on Michael Medved today talking about this very interesting book called "The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor". Really interesting all the details that have been uncovered about this. Check out this article on Forbes from last month.

- JP

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Endeavor Is Now Part Of Los Angeles

A very special day here in Southern California. I set the clock and headed out early to Disneyland. I was going to go to Downtown Disney which is like an outdoor mall with shops and restaurants next to the theme parks. Three hours of free parking. I was going to see the NASA's Space Shuttle on top of a 747 do a fly over around noon. I arrived at 10:20 and walked to Downtown Disney and got me some coffee and something to eat.

This Ladies and Gentlemen is $11 and change worth of Coffee and breakfast burrito, thanks Disney! 

After walking around for a while and trying to hear KNX 1070 News Radio on my phone with only 1 bar, and man was it hot, I went back to the car. The mall area has lots of trees and buildings and I didn't think I would be able to see well enough. A large group of people in Downtown Disney were sitting and waiting with tripods and cameras pointed to the north. Little did they know that the Shuttle ended up coming from the West.

Tom Haule
I thought, I'll have a much wider view from a huge parking lot, and I was not the only one with that idea. There were about 50 other people doing the same thing. I sat in my car with the Air Conditioning on and KNX radio. They did a great job with people all over LA and OC on the air talking about where the Shuttle was. Tom Haule and Linda Nunez did an outstanding job. They sound great together. The people that are on air and on the all news stations don't get a lot of attention and they should get more, they do a great job. They pretty much made this whole event understandable. I was sitting in my car and they told me that the Shuttle had just passed JPL in Pasadena and then I knew that it was only minutes away from Disneyland. About 7 minutes after that, it was flying overhead! That was about 12:20PM.

Linda Nunez

Great day and well worth the effort.

- JP

Friday, September 21, 2012

I heard It On The Radio! Ice Cream, Elections, Fresh Air And The Way People Don't like Seeing Photos of Ex Wives

I come home and I usually turn on Coast to Coast Am with George Noory. But his show is all psychics tonight, who wants to hear that crap? So a little unknown show at night is on KFWB News 98, Jon Greyson. He does his show from 10PM-3AM pacific time from St. Louis. It's a pretty good show. He has a good sense of humor and he's a pretty skilled broadcaster. Tonight he got my attention with a story about a new Ben and Jerry's ice cream flavor. It's called "Cannoli". Jon accused them of trying to kill him. I think Jon might be a little portly. I guess they had made this flavor back in the late 90's and people hated it. This time it might be better. Check out this short funny article about it.
and here is a link to Jon and his show:

"Christian is this election dragging on? Did we start talking about it when you were 14?" - Dennis Miller 

Dennis played this great blooper reel of Casey Kasem tonight, censored of course, this one is not

Casey Kasem's Profane Radio Meltdown • The Definitive Edition!

I turned on NPR's Fresh Air in the second half hour of the show, around 7:35PM. Dave Davies was doing the interview with actress Kelly MacDonald. I started listening and I recognized the voice right away, but couldn't place it. It's a thick Scottish accent. She is playing an Irish girl on the HBO show Boardwalk Empire. I have seen one episode while staying in a hotel somewhere. It's such a beautifully shot show. One of my favorite actors stars in this series......Steve Buscemi (pronounced Boo Semi Mr. Dave Davies...your on the radio my brother). I was thinking while listening, where I have seen this woman? I could see her face in my mind. Then they started talking about her role in "No Country For Old Men"! That's it. She played Josh Brolins' wife, who spoke in a southern accent. One of my all time favorite films. 

Heard about this (still a total outrage) tonight. Breitbart News is doubling its reward--to $100,000--for one of the missing pieces of Barack Obama’s past, which may be the key to understanding his collapsing Middle East policy: the “Khalidi tape,” a video kept under wraps by the Los Angeles Times since April 2008.

Here is the kind of person that will be voting for Obama again. Actress Jessica Alba encourages voters to pledge allegiance to Barack Obama.

I heard about a new App for only iPhone now. It's a new way to create and experience music, it's very compelling and could be a big deal. It's called RJDJ. Check out this cool video.
And here is the link to "The Story". The RJDJ portion of the show is around 30 minutes in:

Bob Woodward was on with Michael Medved talking about his new book “The Price of Politics”, I am listening to the audiobook. He said in the interview "Obama trying to get a deal on legislation, he could only get to the 1st yard line with the Republicans, and got nowhere with his own Democrat leadership".

Kelsey Grammer 'Ran Out' Of Piers Morgan's Show. They put a photo of his ex wife on the screen before he was to come out. I would have left to. Man she looks crazy.

- JP

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dinner Out, Bennetts' Gift And The Seeker Of The Wind That May Have Ended Wet

The wife and I go to an Applebee's up the street from where we live after I get home from work around 9:45pm. I wanted to get out and do something different. I'm bored out of my mind with my daily routine. We have never done this before during the week. At the end of dinner sitting at the bar watching the Angels eat it, I look down at my phone and I see a photo of KABC's Doug McIntyre standing next to Tony Bennett. He posts this photo with the caption "Emceeing the Q & A at a screening of "The Zen of Bennett" Wednesday night in Beverly Hills. — with Tony Bennett"
We come home and I do a Google search and I find

Wow. Doug is so connected to high quality music and people in the business. He's obsessed with it. I remember back in 2001 hearing the bumper music he played and the guests he had on Red Eye Radio, just the best. He loves it. And he made his own film about Trumpeter Jack Sheldon called Trying to Get Good. I can't wait to see this movie about Tony Bennett, talk about an American treasure. 

"An audio tape of Romney doesn't matter...come November 6th voting this man out....that's what matters!" 
- Mark Levin

Sean Hannity had Mark Levin on today. It sounded like he was in the studio. Sean said "why don't you take better care of yourself Mark? Why don't you use the elliptical I bought you?"

All kinds of hosts were playing the audio from Obama on with Letterman. Letterman asks him how much the debt is and Obama says he can't remember. Oy Vey!

Video of Obama on Letterman if you must:

I used to love Letterman. I have literally 50 tapes of his NBC show from the 80's on VHS in my garage. I actually looked at them a year or so ago and they look great. Don't believe people that tell you that VHS tapes degrade. It not true. They look great, I must be taking good care of them, cool dry place. The appearance where Bill O'Reilly was on and it was contentious, that was when I knew that Letterman was a wacko Liberal and I stopped being a fan and watching his show. In my opinion, I think he should go home and lay down. 

Dennis Prager was talking about lecturing at the Family Research Counsel. It's great to actually see Dennis standing there talking and being able to see his facial expressions. I've heard him so many hours on the radio it's a different experience. You should really check this out. When you hit the link you have to scoll down to find Dennis and click on the link.

This was shocking to me. I hear tonight that The Windseeker attraction at Southern California's Knott's Berry Farm broke down and left 20 riders who expected a three-minute thrill dangling 300 feet over the amusement park for nearly four hours. I drive by Knott's everyday and I saw this being built last year. It's scary high up in the sky. Glad everyone is OK except for some wet pants if you know what I mean. I'm way too old for that crap. Not happening.

- JP

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Crescent Moon Moistened With The Watering Can............. Do You Feel Lucky?

Much cooler day today. I drove though East LA at around 8PM and it was a nice 74 degrees with a beautiful crescent moon over the tall buildings of downtown as I listened to the great opening of the Dennis Miller show.

"Radio...a constantly changing art form....Marconi!......Lakehurst New Jersey.........The Mercury Theater......The New World Order............

From that first broadcast a media that has been pruned......honed.....trimmed.....winnowed.....
bonzai-ed.........and............strewn.........and deposited here today...........ready to be moistened with the watering can of evolutionary dew..........this... is the Dennis Miller Show!"

"The LA Sheriff's Department should have bags on their heads" - Mark Steyn

Look at this! and you can hear Mark Steyn on the Dennis Miller show from Tuesday, good stuff.

Doug McIntyre of the McIntyre in the Morning Show on KABC did a great interview with Salman Rushdie that was posted on Sound Cloud, a free audio upload site. I thought this was a brilliant idea for a radio show. To be able to post a single segment of an interview and share it on facebook or Twitter or whatever is great. Then the listeners can share it as well.

I was stunned hearing this interview. It sounded like he was in the studio with Doug. It's hard to believe that his book The Satanic Verses came out in 1989! And what supposedly some people didn't like about his book was made up, it's a frigging novel. And the offending part was from a dream sequence. What the hell is wrong with people? It's happening again with this stupid film. We have free speech in America and they don't care. I don't know what to tell you people over there that don't like it, deal with it. More to come, get ready. He was also interviewed on Warren Olney's show "Which Way LA" on KCRW today. It's an interesting story and he's one smart and very articulate person. Check both interviews.



Starting Friday at Chapman College is The Big Orange Book Festival. Mark Levin was talking about this because he will be speaking in the afternoon on Friday. I wish to hell I could keep track of all the festivals. It seems like I always hear about them only days before they happen. We are off to San Diego this weekend (with Bart the Doberman and a armed house sitter guarding) Looks like a cool event and I have never been to Chapman. It's funny Mark was talking about this and he never mentioned Hugh Hewitt, who is a Con-law professor there. Only because they are on competing radio stations I'm sure.  Also Mark's book Ameritopia came out in paperback today for $10, gotta read this great book.

Heard about this today, have not check it out yet, looks worthy of a listen.
Journalist Examines Chaotic Fighting In Syria
The Guardian's Ghaith Abdul-Ahad calls the Syrian battle fluid and complicated. "There is chaos, there is no military planning, there is no organization," he tells Fresh Air. He reported for the PBS Frontline documentary The Battle for Syria, which airs Tuesday.
and the link to the Frontline show:

John C. Dvorak was sitting in as host on TWIT (this week in tech on on Sunday while the regular host Leo Laporte was in San Fransisco at a football game. I listened to 10 minutes of it and had to turn it off. It was chaotic and just bad. I love John but, no bueno.

Who the hell was playing this? Gallagher I think, anyway I was jazzed to hear that Clint Eastwood was on Ellen. So here is half of the interview, I guess the other half is not available, I don't know.

- JP

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Scrap Metal, Errol Flynn, And San Diego Gaskets That Live With Liberals In Cerritos With Icons And Watch C-Span

Ok here we go, what's the deal with all these metal recycling centers, mostly for scrap metal accepting anything and anybody that just walks though the door. Hey here is 90 feet of copper wiring, oh here is 5700lb industrial air conditioner. When are these people that run these places going to be held responsible for taking in and paying these people? I heard this story on the radio, 16 fire hydrants stolen in 1 night, worth $40,000. I'm glad finally to see a State Senate Bill in the works and a low fine in my opinion ($3,000). This is like a huge business now and there are tons of people out there just grabbing whatever they can and taking it in for money. I think it's mostly Illegals that can't find jobs. I see several of them in my neighborhood everyday and I see them all day long on the freeways.

"The first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Gift giving can be difficult. Just remember to have someone else pay for it" - Dennis Miller

Hey here is something that not a lot of people in LA and the OC know. 600AM KOGO in San Diego comes in pretty clear. If you're tired of what the stations in our area have to offer check this out. I like Chip Franklin in the mornings and Ladona Harvey around lunch.

I thought Mark Levin was going to blow a gasket today. This is so outrageous I don't even have words.

DoJ official refuses to denounce demands for Saudi-style blasphemy law

“Will you tell us… that this administration’s Department of Justice will never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion?” Frank asked four times.

Perez refused to answer, saying “it is a hard question, in the sense that when you make threats against someone.” Perez then suggested he would respond to draft legislation from the committee, but again refused to answer Frank’s question about free speech rights.

Last time I checked we had Free Speech in this country. That film maker that lived in Cerritos for god sake, had a towel covering his head and had to go into hiding. It's getting really scary in this country. I also find it amazing how much power is given to this guy and how angry people can get, how about ignoring it? 

Dennis Prager not on the air Monday morning, sitting in for him was a pretty good host from the heartland Charlie Sykes. A new article by Dennis is up on National Review. It's as usual, brilliant. The morally upside-down world of Mr. Krugman.

TuneIn signs 20 more broadcasters. These guys are getting huge. Gotta see this article. And if you have not yet went and got the free app, do it, it's just fantastic.

Oh yea and check this out. C-Span has put up the multimedia lecture that Mike Gallagher gave at the Nixon Library a week ago. It's 1.5 hours.

A big welcome back to the air waves on KFI, LA's radio icon Mike Nolan!

- JP