Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Illustrated Man, Hockey, and The First Drive In

On Wednesday we here in LA were all hyped up with the Kings game being played at Staples and the President coming to town. I had a pretty busy drive from Anaheim to West Hills. I left at around 5:15 and got to the Valley at around 7:15. That's a normal busy day. I flew back though. I was right around the LA Zoo when the game got out and hauled ass though East LA.

Leykis was ranting about the President coming to town. Holy crap was he pissed. I don't think I've ever heard him that pissed and use more profanity than that. It was great LOL. And after that broadcast he and Gary went and saw the Kings lose and then had to catch a plane out of LAX for New York. I don't imagine he was all to happy. He also did an hour on the top ten most annoying celebrities. He brought in the boys, quite an entertaining hour. It repeats till tomorrow at 3pm at I'm not getting paid for this I promise you.

I started out the day hearing Michael Medved talk about Bill Press the Liberal talk show host that used to be here in LA at KABC for years. Bills an OK guy but he goes off on tangents. He must not be getting enough attention these days because he came out and said that the National anthem is an 'abomination'. Now this can not do anybody any good and it's hurtful and insulting and just plain stupid. Nobody is going to take this crap seriously. I will be avoiding this schmuck forever now.

Michael also had on a very interesting guy that is Muslim and wants to make his religion and the relationship with other Americans work for everyone here in the US, and for Muslim people to embrace America. Very smart guy. He grew up in Wisconsin and is a football fan and a religious Muslin. Zuhdi Jasser, is a medical doctor specializing internal medicine and nuclear cardiology in Phoenix, Arizona. Very interesting interview. And here is his book.

Ray Bradbury died today. I was skipping around the dial and heard an incredible interview with Joe Montegna talking about his friend. I did not know that Joe and him were friends. Just an incredible piece of audio. Thinking about Bradbury's passing I'm reminded of my Uncle Jack Smight who directed Bradbury's Illustrated Man starring Rod Steiger, Claire Bloom from 1969. I have a black and white still of a mannequin that looks like Rod Steiger with all the tattoos. Pretty weird film. Bradbury was an Angeleno though and though. Add him to the huge legacy of this town. Rest in Peace. 

Nationally syndicated Talk host G. GORDON LIDDY will be retiring from his daily radio program on the Radio America network; his last show will be FRIDAY, JUNE 27th. I always enjoyed his show but have not listened in quite a few years. I could not tell you where to find his show. Lots of history with this guy. If you have no idea who I'm talking about do a wiki search. This guy was huge in the 70's. Very articulate and funny. Despite some things I think he was a patriot and a good American.

Larry Elder was talking about Tommy Lasorda and the must hear classic audio here (1.5 minutes): 

I heard this on the radio today: PITTSBURGH – The 500 millionth lighter produced by the family-owned Zippo Manufacturing in northwestern Pennsylvania didn't exactly roll off the assembly line Tuesday.

A cool Google Doodle. The 79th anniversary of the first Drive In movie. I miss the Victory Drive In!

"I see Pelosi and I tell my kids, I want you to be not like that woman." - Dennis Miller.

"This morning I was halfway to work when I realized I forgot my car. I was just flying." - Doug McIntyre

- JP

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

There is No Singing in Talk Radio!

You know days like today are iffy. Sometimes election days are filled with talk about nothing but the election. I think tomorrow will probably be filled with a lot of that analysis. If every radio station is talking about the same thing, why do they think people want to listen to that? I would be just as happy to hear about it for one segment and then move on to an author or talk about the middle east or something, anything. I think it's awesome that Scott Walker won and I think this could be the bell weather for the election, let's hope so. But tomorrow could be interesting, Obama is in LA (traffic!) and the Kings could win the Stanley Cup (traffic!) and it's getting hotter and it's summer (pissed off guys with guns). Some crazy thing is on the way, I can feel it.

Tom Leykis came on today and asked "What do you think of Obama?" "I think Obama has a great foreign policy" I was blown away by that comment. Tom thinks Obama is completely incompetent on the economy but is still going to vote for him. I do not get that at all. I agree with Tom on most things but have always been baffled by his politics. He made this comment "Occupy Wall Street, Tea Party? Same thing" He had a couple really good callers ask important questions like why didn't he close Gitmo? Tom came back with, he would rather have Obama (who he voted for) than Romney. I'm voting for Romney and if he doesn't do what he says I will be first in line to light the biggest fire under his ass you have ever seen. In my mind all you have to do is read the Constitution and see that Romney is for it and Obama is not. I'm with our founders, it's just that simple. The bigger the government the smaller the citizen. <--------- see that? That's a period.

I know I write a lot about Tom but he has been providing lots of interesting stuff lately. One more thing that is a must see, if your a fan of Tom. A Santa Barbara newspaper went to Tom's ranch and took video. In the piece he says that he thinks people will see this and want to come there "Please don't" So this is probably why Tom didn't mention it on the show. I didn't hear him anyway. This video shows the outside of his beautiful house and they talk to Tom about the show.

NewsMax Top 25 Radio Hosts, number 25...Tom

Larry Elder was talking about this today:

Analyst: Facebook will disappear in 5 to 8 years

Not sure where I heard this.
A bus driver has sued a Connecticut hospital, saying staff at an affiliated facility failed to promptly and properly treat his painful erection and watched a baseball game on television while he waited. I thought that was the treatment, Baseball...Baseball, Baseball. isn't that supposed to help calm you down?

Hugh Hewitt quoted the Wizard of Oz. I can not escape this movie.
"If I were King of the Forest, Not queen, not duke, not prince."

Then a great episode of The Adam Carolla Show with David Wild and Pia Zadora. I have not heard about Pia Zadora in years. She was super hot in her day. Then became kinda of the butt of jokes then reinvented herself and went on tour with Frank Sinatra. This is a great interview and she's really funny and cool. I enjoyed it.

Adam talked about racing up in Sonoma last weekend then David Wild's buddy Brad Paisley calls on the phone. Adam and Pia were talking about Sinatra and what a hard ass he was and how he treated Jr badly.

"You invite him over to your house, how many seconds does it take Tom Dreesen to to mention Frank Sinatra?" - Adam Carolla

They went on to talk about Richard Dawson who has just died. I had forgotten he was on Match Game. Before or after Gene Rayburn? Did you know Richard Dawson recorded a very bad tune called Apples and Oranges? it's worth a tumble.

Adam also mentioned that he is in talks with Taco Bell to possibly team up with the launch of his new book "Not Taco Bell Material" I think that would be brilliant and get Taco Bell into the new media arena. Those suits probably aren't savvy enough to know how cool that would be.

Myles Berman Announces Sponsorship of The Adam Carolla Show

A couple other things of note:

Tim Conway Jr. and Aron Bender tonight were heard singing the Banana Boat song as well as Dennis Miller singing something from the possibly made up Broadway version of Carrie. This is in direct violation of the "No singing on Talk Radio" rule that I have imposed. It's guaranteed to make someone (me) turn to another radio station or listen to a podcast or an audiobook. Which is easy for me. Lots of other choices, at least 8. Also I wore my "I voted" sticker on my lapel, screw you Tim.

And a shout out to an LA Radio icon Larry Van Nuys doing election coverage on KABC tonight. Man that guy has smooth pipes.

- JP

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I'm Definitely A P1

I slid though downtown LA after everyone was at the Kings game at Staples around 6pm. Then at around 8pm after the game got out I slid though East LA with no traffic on the return trip. Just lucky I guess. Conway was all sports tonight and then horse racing, Kim Kardashian tomorrow Tim?

New York Post lists 'Top 10 Most Hated People in America' Number 7....Kim Kardashian

Michael Medved was talking about Miss Ohio Audrey Bolte during the Miss Universe pageant. Bolte was asked a question about how women are portrayed in the media ... and she chose "Pretty Woman" -- a film about a prostitute -- as an example of a role that could inspire young women. You can almost see the realization of the remark start to sink in as soon as she said it ... and as she tried to get back on course she began to stumble and ramble. Bolte ultimately finished in third place.

David Limbaugh was all over Talk Radio Monday talking about his new book "The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama's War on the Republic". He's a very passionate speaker and the two interviews I heard on Hannity and Levin were great. This book sounds very compelling. A lot of what I heard today on conservative radio was what dire straights Obama is in. Also what dire straights our economy is still in. The world news is not much better with crap going on in Syria and Iran heating up. Limbaugh was very forceful in these interviews about events and things that Obama has done. It's frankly looking pretty good for Romney. We now have several Dems coming out and denouncing him.

Obama is a very very bright...leftist. - Dennis Prager

Tom Leykis again, talked about the future of Talk Radio Monday. Man oh man I just love this stuff. Tom is so thoughtful and insightful about this topic. You gotta hear this first hour. I think this is so important and if you hate Tom I challenge you to listen for just the first 30 minutes of his first hour today. Just an amazing hour. It will repeat at 3am, 6am, 9am, 12 noon.

Tom said that the Santa Barbara News Press did a story on him. I went there and you have to subscribe to read it. I did another search for it and came up empty.

A few quotes from Tom: "It's exciting to come in here everyday and do this show" "People in Radio are not having fun right now" "it's a level playing field now" "in radio lingo their is something called P-1's that's code for our most ardent listeners" "I don't come in here and try to run things up the flag pole, I am the fucking flag pole".

I was looking at what exactly is on the Tune In App that is for listening to Tom and tons of other things. I mean tons. Holy crap I went though the menus and it's just endless. I even looked up some local hosts and was surprised to see Doug McIntyre. The show is was current. Not all were. I saw a listing for Tim Conway Jr with a photo of John and Ken next to it and it was from 2010 sometime. I think if local radio shows get current on these phone apps they may be able to stay alive a little longer. But I know radio hates the Internet so I doubt it.

Big big story today even though I have only heard him fill in for Rush or Hannity or somebody, Neil Boortz in broadcasting for 42 years retires and gives the show to Herman Cain!

Robin Quivers back on board at Sirius XM with Howard Stern following surgery.

I never heard that Steven King owned radio stations.

In April, author Stephen King told the Daily Beast Web site he was “losing my shirt” on his two Bangor-area radio stations, WZON (620 AM and 103.1 FM), which air liberal talk shows. While King’s rock station WKIT (100.3 FM) finished third in the market in the most recent Arbitron ratings, the other stations failed to even crack the top ten.

On May 31, King took action, laying off afternoon sportscasters Dale Duff, who’d been at the AM station for nineteen years, and co-host Clem LaBree. The two had been doing a sports talk show from 4-6 p.m., the last remnant of WZON’s previous incarnation as an all-sports station.

King delivered the bad news personally, according to the Bangor Daily News. “He said we were losing too much money,” Duff is quoted as saying. “He said it didn’t have anything to do with broadcast quality.”

The LA Kings may win the Stanley Cup on Wednesday at Staples. I wonder if NBC will decide to finally broadcast a game. Oh yea and Obama is in LA for yet another fundraiser and spending our money on jet fuel to do it. It should be an interesting day.......

- JP

Friday, June 1, 2012

Who Needs TV!

Well I guess Conway and Steckler stepped in it tonight. They came on KFI at 8pm and started talking about a woman that got her son's 20 year old Lexus reupholstered as a gift, her son was home on leave from Afghanistan. Tim and Doug were making fun of how weird a gift it was. I thought this was a product of not much Friday show prep, I thought this is the show tonight? I didn't hear the whole show, but when I turned it on again at 9:00PM they were apologizing to the mother who had called. Apparently the family had heard them making fun and got pissed. Turns out the son is on emergency leave because of a cousin in the hospital. Ouch. I love Tim and Doug and the Fridays they do together. They would never hurt anyone intentionally. They just didn't have all the information. It was probably private family info that they just could not have known. They apologized profusely and will meet them in person to do so. Don't sweat it guys. Here is the KTLA story on the family and the car.

Hugh Hewitt on KRLA today was talking about the fact there their are so many cases of kids getting clothing and fingers caught in escalators. He wanted to let parents know not to let kids play on escalators. Hugh also said "Happy talk from the president about the economy is other worldly" This is after the job numbers came out and wall street going in the dumper today.

Mark Levine was pissed that Obama took Air Force One to Minneapolis today for...wait for it......6 fund raisers.

Hannity talking about Bloomberg on TV, being asked about National Donut Day in New York after his no Big Gulp crap yesterday. Hannity said "Sugar is Sugar"

Tom Leykis explained something very important today that I didn't know. He said the reason that KLSX 97.1 The FM Talk Station flipped formats to top 40 was because of a new way that the rating company Arbitron gets their numbers. It's called the Personal People Meter or PPM. The stations that did well had a big turn over of people listening. Top 40 and All News Stations got the best numbers. That was a big change and Talk Radio suffered and still suffers from this. Loyal listeners do not get big numbers for stations. Seems really backwards to me. Tom did a very funny hour on "The Thumper" personal massager. Him and a lady friend were enjoying this and were very loud. Tom got a personal visit and a letter asking him to keep it down. He is going to post this letter next week.

Every Friday in the last segment (around 8:30-8:45PM) I look forward to hearing Fox's Chris Wallace on with Mike Gallagher on KRLA. They literally insult each other for 15 minutes. It's very funny. I love Chris Wallace, he's very good at what he does.

Funny line by Dennis Miller talking about Dick Lugar leaving Congress. "Getting rid of Dick Lugar was like having to Taze Winnie the Pooh to get him off the honey jar".

A really great interview with Jane Seymour with Philly's own Michael Smerconish. I hear his show on KFWB 98AM at 7pm everyday, except when sports is on. Jane is incredible in this interview. She talks about her being a Bond Girl, having spinal surgery, being in the jewelry business and painting. I really enjoyed this. Michael has it posted on his website, it's about 15 minutes long. Here is the link:

Some really good stuff from earlier in the week:

Marc Maron did a remote interview with Tony Clifton. This is a character that supposedly Andy Kaufman used to do. But as it turns out it was Andy's friend Bob Zmuda. This low rent, loud and vile comedian singer with bad hair and a bad tux on, which is pretty funny actually, is performing again regularly Thursdays and Fridays at The Comedy Store. This interview takes me back to Andy, it's really good.

On Adam Carolla's Podcast a couple really good shows. First one with Comedian Dana Gould. I have always loved Dana, he's hilarious. Dana and Adam played clips of Huell Howser and made fun of him, I thought I would pee my pants. Dana does an awesome impression of him. "oh my god!"

Then Adam does a show with Actor Michael Madsen and his son. Really great interview. Michael does a very funny impression of Nick Nolte, gotta hear this. He has a book called "American Bad Ass"

And Finally (so much great stuff this week) an interview with Kathleen Turner from March with Alec Baldwin on his NPR Show "Here's The Thing". Just an incredible interview. I don't remember hearing her interviewed, if I did it was years ago. She talks about her life and it's just fascinating. One of my all time favorite films, is her first, "Body Heat".

- JP