Thursday, August 30, 2012

Can You Please Shut Up NPR...So I Can Hear The Speech!!


I want gavel to gavel coverage with one quiet speaking announcer for both the conventions, like the congressional hearings have, from now on! I was so frustrated with listening to NPR's GOP Convention coverage for a third frikken day. 89.3 KPCC is the only station in town covering it. But you need to ride though their formatics and commentators and then layered on top of that is KPCC's formatics with Shirley Jahad doing local news and traffic and bla bla bla, Jesus. Someone will be giving a speech and they will go "we are going to back out of this and take a break" or "we are going to go down to the floor talk to a delegate". Then this NPR person is talking to a delegate on the floor and you can hear in the distance that person still giving the speech, but I'm not allowed to hear it! I heard pieces of several speeches but it's always layered over with commentary by someone at NPR. They come on mic and tell me who I'm listening to interrupting! And I already know who I'm listening to! Shut up!


Thankfully I got to hear all of Clint Eastwood (who was the surprise speaker) and Rubio and Romney. Another great night and very inspiring. I loved this whole week, just really enjoyed it .


It was funny after it was all over NPR went to a round table of people from NPR and they made comments about the speech, I'm a glutton for punishment. Big lefty Mara Liasson says "I didn't think it was a great speech". Ok...why? Crickets. Just spit that out there and offer up no explanation. Maybe it was something you FELT Mara.

I tweeted to KPCC "can you guys stop talking so I can hear this convention!"

I got a tweet back from the great newsman over at KABC Steve Kindred  "switch to kabc. we'll have Romney speech live any minute". I saw this around 8pm and moved over there. Thanks Steve! I never heard one thing about KABC airing it. But then I wasn't there most of the day.

Now this only leaves the all out stupid commentary from the media that will tell me what line of what speech was racially coded and who is a bad person at heart and how horrible it all was. Give it a rest, I'll make up my own mind! Hey Chris Matthews...I got your "Code"....right here!!!


- JP



Punch Number Two!



Well I really didn't think it could get better than yesterday but it was great. I heard again on NPR, 89.3 KPCC to be exact, three GOP Convention speeches. Oh my god the Governor of New Mexico? I have never heard of this woman, she is awesome. Susana Martinez. I thought that story about her carrying a Smith and Wesson .357 was hilarious. The audience did too. Can you imagine being in a court room with this woman trying to prosecute you, holy crap. I can't wait for all these a-holes tomorrow to tear this woman to shreds.

I heard all kinds of people today trying to tear down Ann Romney and saying Christie's speech was crappy. You have got to be kidding me. Even Larry Elder saying he wished he could have wrote the speech for Christie, he should have said this and this and this. Please. That's the speech he wanted to give and it was awesome. People just can't take things at face value. All kinds of media just talking trash. How anyone can say a bad thing about Ann Romney is just so beyond the pale, but I guess you have to fill air time. I won't be listening or watching it. Hey if there is a great speech at the Democratic Convention I'll be the first to say it. I'm not going to be parsing it, looking for how it's bad for the Republicans. This whole thing with the media is just mental masturbation. Ann Coulter says "Where's my Christie, what happened" stuff it Ann. Go pose for Playboy or something.



Then Condi Rice, wow. I so respect this woman. She did a great job. That line just induced tears: "And on a personal note– a little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham – the most segregated big city in America - her parents can’t take her to a movie theater or a restaurant – but they make her believe that even though she can’t have a hamburger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter – she can be President of the United States and she becomes the Secretary of State". This is one of our greatest citizens. She gives this campaign such credibility too.



Paul Ryan looked and sounded great. This guy is just such the right pick. I saw people in the audience with tears in their eyes, rightly so. He showed his family on camera and his mom, soo cool. It was a 37 minute speech and I loved it. How could you possibly get a more competent person than this guy? The LA Times where I stole this photo from had such a bias title for the article they ran: "Ryan rouses GOP convention by trashing Obama on economy". Real nice LA Times, so you don't care about objectivity anymore? Or never did is more like it. Good god.

Wednesday morning Dennis Prager from Tampa was sounding so upbeat. He sounded and commented that he has never felt this optimistic. You could hear it in his voice. I was wondering how the other shows in town felt if they just had to do regular show because they didn't have anyone in Tampa or weren't there themselves. I think this is just taking over the whole week. I can't listen to anything else. I wonder if next week will be this interesting hmmmm hmmmm?

Here is a photo of Hugh Hewitt on radio row in Tampa. 






- JP




Wednesday, August 29, 2012

NPR Broadcasts A Special Night.... For Those In Our Cars



It was quite a drive tonight on the way to and back from the Valley. I experienced something pretty cool. I heard speeches talking about America and the people that live here and our dreams and hopes for the future. These speeches done by some of the brightest stars in the Republican Party at the National Convention in Tampa. It was odd, as I was driving I was seeing the sky and the sunset and working people, like the plumber that passed me, and the guy driving the Vons truck and the woman and her young son going home. It was strange and beautiful to see real people and the landscape of our city and hear inspiring words from people like Texas Senate Republican candidate Ted Cruz, Former Rep. Artur Davis, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. It's a bit sappy but it just hit me with that sunset.


I looked around at all the AM stations that I listen to and none of them were broadcasting any of the live GOP Convention. I never thought I would say this, but thank god for NPR. They were the only ones broadcasting it. I only wished they had just put the live feed on instead of breaking away and going down to the floor to interview delegates. I missed half of Artur Davis' and Ted Cruz because they did that. If even one of the AM stations did it like KRLA, who does special election coverage, people listening would have been riveted like I was. It was a big night and I wanted to hear it all, but I have this pesky job so I couldn't be at home watching it, oh yea I don't have cable, thanks Networks, what's going on here?


Ann Romney comes out and tells the most tear inducing story of her and Mitt meeting at a high school dance and then living in a basement apartment and Mitt going to two colleges at once while she cared for kids. It sucked me right in. I think Ann Romney is incredible. And I think this story is wonderful, call me naive.


Then the topper...Chris Christie doing the Keynote. This guy is amazing and just killed out there. Thoughtful and smart and open about his growing up and his parents and how he still can't believe he's the Governor of New Jersey. Every time he walks into the State House he shakes his head. Amazing energy he had. I was blown away. And I only had the sky and highway to look at.

Big fail for the local stations. I have to give credit to Tim Conway Jr. for replaying the speech on KFI at 8pm, I listened again. I think one local station should play both conventions from beginning to end. I would even listen to the Democrats and I probably will on NPR. This is the biggest election of my lifetime and your lifetime, it's important. Ignoring it will not help our country and besides those licenses you stations hold...we own those so buy a clue!

Get ready tomorrow for a barrage of rehashing of this night, including Fox commentator Juan Williams saying on some panel show that Ann Romney is a "Corporate wife who's husband takes care of her". To watch that  speech and then say that, this guy has ice running though his veins and or he's just an asshole with an agenda for the left, unreal!



- JP





Monday, August 27, 2012

Flip the switch!


Dennis Prager was so pissed arriving in Tampa to see the first day canceled. He was doing a show from a local radio station. He said "I'm looking out the window at leaf movement"


I heard Ambassador John Bolton on KRLA with Brian Whitman this morning, I was like what the hell? I love John Bolton. I hope he get's to be Secretary of State one day.



"Mitt Romney got though all those Liberal schools...something must have changed...a Mexican babysitter must have dropped him or something" - Geraldo at the Convention




Hugh Hewitt had on from Tampa, Actor/Activist John Voight, great interview. At some point he's going to put that video up. Hugh was on CNN. Very sharp dresser indeed. http://youtu.be/ubxkDr41i7s

From a few days ago Radio: Can KLOS bounce back as it wraps up the end of an era?http://www.presstelegram.com/lifestyle/ci_21385339/radio-can-klos-bounce-back-it-wraps-up


Apple owns patent for Podcasting
Could make it difficult for third parties to use the word podcast to describe their offeringshttp://www.macworld.co.uk/ipad-iphone/news/?newsid=3377340

Behind the Curtain: A conversation with Stitcher Smart Radiohttp://www.androidguys.com/2012/08/24/behind-the-curtain-a-conversation-with-stitcher/



A taste of Chris Christie today in front of the California Delegation. He's gonna kill so hard on the Keynote, I can't wait! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3Y5yulrMIo


Tomorrow should be one hell of a day. Great radio everywhere.


- JP









Sunday, August 26, 2012

Storm's A Brewing And Not Just In Tampa


Watch out everyone, Larry Miller has his Labor Day Sit and Sleep ads on the air now, that you will hear till...you guessed it, after Labor Day. I hope I don't hurt myself diving for the volume knob.

Out of town this weekend. We were in Thousand Oaks, Ca, one of the worst places for Sprint cell phone access. And the Internet in our hotel room didn't work. They put our last name in the computer misspelled, didn't find that out until we were checking out. Trying to get on using a hotel login page with my last name, no dice. Without the Internet I watched about ten episodes of Pawn Stars, what a show.

We listened to the Car Talk Guys on the way there. My wife loves Tommy's laugh. If your in a bad mood just turn that show on, it will perk you up. We listened to Leo Laporte on the way home of course. My wives favorite show...not. Stopped at Bea's Bakery in Reseda for an Egg Challah and a Napoleon.

Huge week coming up with the Convention and the storm. The radio will be all a buzz. I bet you will hear guests on the radio this week that you rarely hear, big names. It's going to be "sound bite" heaven. Sorry to hear that Joe Biden canceled his Florida trip, that would have been beautiful. Now I'm seeing on Drudge that the storm could over shadow everything, being possibly as big as Katrina, hope not.

Can't Forget to mention that Vin Scully will be coming back for another year, amazing. Oh nothing, just 64 years on the job.
http://www.wsbradio.com/ap/ap/entertainment/vin-scully-to-return-to-dodgers-booth-in-2013/nRKqP/

This week in radio history: August 27, 1910 James McCurdy sends first aircraft-to-ground wireless message

Also Rest in Peace American Hero!  Neil Armstrong


- JP




Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thank you!


Big spike in people coming to see what I'm saying, thank you. I'm just a talk radio listener here in LA and it's soo cool to be able to do this and have people come and read my thoughts. Love it. Thank you soo much.

Oooooh the storm. Wouldn't it be funny if nobody was able to get to Tampa next week? I hear a weather guy on Hannity talking about "the potential could be a cat 5". You know these weather guys have no clue what so ever. Weather is not something the human race has been able to get a handle on, we just haven't. It could happen I guess, another Katina?, I hope not. Maybe the Obama administration with the military weather control will descend on the convention and ruin it...please. And I heard on Monday no network channel will broadcast Ann Romney speaking in prime time. Hmmm I bet the Democratic Convention will be on in prime time, the entire thing from beginning to end, I could be wrong.

Urbanski

A lot of hosts took the week off because next week and until November 6th is going to be very very busy. I love hearing Mark Taylor sitting in for Dennis Prager (used to host at KABC) who is on a trip to Australia and Doug Ubanski sitting in for Rush who is just an outstanding host. He was in the facebook movie. I wish this guy had a regular show, he's just so articulate and brilliant. And a guy I have never heard of sitting in for Dennis today Lee Habeeb. Just a smart guy, really enjoyed the show.

I think this is a photo of Lee, not positive.

As I listen to a lot of radio lately and almost no podcasts or audiobooks because I think the upcoming election is so important I tend toward KRLA. They have such intelligent shows and informative shows. And I think Hugh Hewitt is really the best of the best. You can not get more information and up to date political news than from Hugh, the guy is just brilliant.


One thing about the digital world that is just pathetic and funny. Microsoft just updated their logo. Here it is.


I think this is about a lame as it gets. I bought my first computer in May of 1993 when Windows 3.1 was released. It was a 386-40 megahertz, AMD processor with a 130MB hard drive with 4mb of ram and a Viewsonic 14 inch monitor. It cost me $1800 from a Louisana company called Treasure Chest Computers. I'm a Microsoft guy as you can see. I downloaded the consumer preview of Windows 8 and ran it on my Dell. It has to be the worst thing I have ever used. It forces people to learn new key combinations to navigate the operating system. They are trying to sell this crap, a tablet with a keyboard called "surface". It's going to fail. I have used every version of Windows and now I will own an Apple computer by next fall. I think the company, Microsoft as we know it today will not be around in 10 years. They are just clueless. 



- JP






Tuesday, August 21, 2012

People Just Declare It, He's Done. I Beg To Differ




I'm so angry about this. All these radio hosts I listen to today just say get out to this guy. OK it was stupid what he said but an apology is nothing?

You know I don't get it. A guy says he is sorry for what he said and all the radio hosts that I listen to just don't believe him and just kick him to the curb....and he's a conservative. It seems to me it's more about the election than what he did. I don't claim to know a thing about this guy. Maybe he's gotta a bad rep. But if a person that you or I know says something stupid and then spends the next 24 hours on every radio show imaginable apologizing, do you then say... you're a lair and kick him to the curb and ruin his life? I just do not get this. My values dictate that I would at least give him the benefit of the doubt. If he did it again or had a history of this then OK I get it. The values of conservatives are based on more solid principles than this. I mean every one including Mitt Romney, whom I'm very disappointed in just says...see ya. OK I get it, he won't win, the seat is very important. But we are talking about a mans life here. He will never be the same after this, the whole country is hammering him. Mark Levin is like "he's done, it's over". Really? So this man's life is just over, how's he gonna get a job after this. Just trash him, bye, really? Do you think he really believes what he said, or was it a gaff for gods sake, of course it was. If it was a Democrat or a Republican or anyone how can you just say see ya you suck. I don't get that, it's not in keeping with me being a Christian and a Conservative. Someone says something stupid and spends the next 24 hours on every radio show imaginable and you don't forgive them, really? We have to ruin his life? He will be known forever for this, really? Talk about cruel. I don't get it. I'm hearing people just declaring it... he's done..why? because you said so? I don't agree. How about the chains gaff from Biden, crickets.




- JP






LA Radio Changes And An Intense Election Season



All over the radio Monday is talk about this horrible press conference that the President did today. His first one since March. And a lot of talk about this Missouri congressman that put his foot in his mouth, the rape comment. Hugh Hewitt just took the president apart. It's really amazing to me that this president says stuff that's either not true or with slight of hand moving the discussion to something he wants to talk about. I think after seeing the movie 2016 this last weekend a whole lot of people have had enough. A woman behind me at the end of the film said "I feel sick to my stomach" The couple weeks coming up here next week with the convention is going to be must hear radio. Can you imagine Chris Christie doing the key note....holy crap!

Big local news is that Heidi Hamilton and Frank Kramer are getting the morning show slot at KLOS replacing Mark and Brian starting Sept 4th. October of last year KABC dropped them. I've been to the studio. KABC is there and KLOS is across the hall. That's pretty funny. I think the KLOS audience will love  Heidi and Frank. They can do their great music bit on Friday's "Stay or Go" where they rate local bands. I see them doing remotes and maybe even a billboard. Good for them, happy for them.
http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2012/08/klos_goes_with_heidi_and.php



This is rare on Coast to Coast AM with Stand-up comedian, actor, and author, Richard Belzer, he's currently on the cast and is best known for his role as John Munch on the hit NBC show, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He was on talking about Conspiracies. You've gotta see his website, it's incredible. It acts as it were a iPad. He's on talking about his new book: Dead Wrong: Straight Facts on the Country's Most Controversial Cover-Ups. http://www.ibelz.com/



"We went to the Tillamook County (Oregon) YMCA to buy week passes so we can pretend were going to the gym" - Doug McIntyre





Thanks To Phyllis Diller for all the laughs. Several hosts played clips from her stand up. She was all over TV talk shows when I was a kid, loved it. Rest in peace. 



- JP









Sunday, August 19, 2012

Director Tony Scott Jumps off of the Vincent Thomas Bridge



It's not really a radio story but it's so LA. If you told me that some guy named Tony Scott drove on to the Vincent Thomas Bridge and jumped off and killed himself, I would have no idea who you were talking about. Then if you told me he directed Top Gun, ok. I still would have no idea who he was but ok he directed that film and 115 episodes of "Numbers" the TV show. His IMDB page is long, it goes back to 1997. Living in LA you don't see movie stars all over the place or recognizable movie people. I might have seen 2 in my life. I heard about this on the radio at around noon. I just heard who it was now at around 10pm. Depressed? On meds? Probably. A 68 year old man with some real success drives his car on to the Vincent Thomas Bridge, stops and without hesitation (I heard on the news) and just jumps. The Vincent Thomas Bridge is in San Pedro and is a huge bridge. I hate driving over this thing. It scares me. Picture this. Driving your car to the apex of this bridge and getting out and just jumping over the side. It's 185 feet to the water. When you are on this bridge it feels like you are hundreds of feet off the earth. I can't imagine doing this. I feel for this guy. He must have been so desperate and unhappy. Very sad. Another Hollywood suicide. He obviously wanted to make a splash, sorry. Forever he will be known as a the guy who directed Top Gun and then jumped off a bridge. I'm sorry it just seems so worthless and sad. Ballsy, I couldn't do it.







- JP


Friday, August 17, 2012

You Guys Saved My Drive!


The Mark and Brian Show on 95.5 KLOS, Los Angeles is over after 25 years.

I didn't know that Mark was leaving today, I knew it was coming but didn't know it was today. I have not been following that close, but now Brian is leaving too. I didn't know why Brian would stay by himself, except for a paycheck.

News from All Access:
http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/109290/brian-phelps-joins-mark-thompson-in-saying-goodbye

"But the big shocker came today, when just before 8am, THOMPSON's partner BRIAN PHELPS told listeners he broke off negotiations with CUMULUS YESTERDAY afternoon and is also leaving KLOS."


These two guys got me though many many years of driving to work. During my first marriage in the early 90's I was living in Apple Valley in the high desert off the 15. I was driving my Blue Buick Century Station Wagon everyday to Garden Grove. It was a hellish drive. I was trying to get transferred to the area but it just never happened. We moved up there to raise our son in a better, safer place. It was a 2 hour commute, if I was lucky. I would get up at 4:30am and get to work by about 7am. I left work at about 3:30pm to try to beat the traffic on the way home and in bed by 8:30. Not fun.

I looked forward to hearing these guys everyday. All the bits and the funny phone calls. It was a pleasure and it really saved my life. Thanks a million!

Brian's announcement today, audio from the show: http://www.955klos.com/Article.asp?id=2515298

Mark Thompson on with Tim Conway and Doug Steckler on KFI on Friday Aug 17th. It's ten minutes in.
http://www.kfiam640.com/player/?station=KFI-AM&program_name=podcast&program_id=JohnandKen.xml&mid=22361916

They will both be doing podcasts, here are their new pages.

http://www.brianandjillshow.com/

http://www.markandlynda.us/


- JP




Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Thanks For The Laughs Horshack!


I'm still fuming from the thing Joe Biden said today. It's so unbelievably outrageous that he would say this. I wish he would resign, this is worthy of that. Hugh Hewitt today said something frightening, he thinks that Obama will replace Joe with Hillary. God almighty that's scary. He could win doing that. Ryan is holding his own while the media attacks him. Dan Rather says he's toxic, go lay down Dan honest to god. Ryan was on with Brit Hume tonight and did great I heard. He's got the smarts to do well in every interview. Medicare, this will be a winnable debate against the dems.


"I could sit here and talk about Medicare till I'm blue in the face, but I don't like being blue in the face"
- Mark Levin


"Jar Jar Binks is a Rhode Scholar compared to Debbie Wasserman Schultz"  - Dennis Miller



Then tonight on KFI with Robert Townsend sitting in for Tim (I wish Robert had a regular show, he's good), he did a great show.


Horshack died

Ronald Gabriel "Ron" Palillo was an American television and film actor. Palillo was perhaps best known for his role as high school student Arnold Dingfelder Horshack on the ABC sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, which aired from 1975 to 1979.

Robert had one of the cast members on the show tonight. Lawrence Hilton Jacobs who played Freddie 'Boom Boom' Washington in 92 episodes. 


He talked about the show being shot and how loose it was on the set. And how goofy Travolta was, "Up your nose with a rubber hose!". I got a little emotional because this show was one of my favorites. I was a teenager when it was on and I never missed it. Always hilarious and just fun and loved all these guys. I saw all 95 episodes on a 13 inch RCA color tv living in Sherman Oaks. I recall it being on prime time on a week day. I think Barney Miller may have been on after it. Like a Wednesday at 9pm or something like that. Horshack was a big part of the show. We laughed so hard at him. My Mom and Brother used to howl watching this. Thanks for all the laughs Ron! Rest in Peace Brother. 



Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington: "Hey, Mr. Kot-tair!"

Arnold Horshack: [gets on Epstein's case about his "notes from his mother"] "Please excuse Juan for being a sheephead." Signed: "Epstein's mother's veterinarian".





If you want to hear this great interview with Larry Jacobs and Robert Townsend on KFI click on this link. You'll love it. 




- JP  




Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Heat'n Hope



This weather is intense. After driving for so many years I see this increase in traffic the last few weeks in August almost every year. People are out on the town and on vacation and the hot weather tends to put people in their cars. The traffic for a Monday was horrendous. How about this, an intersection in Westminster on Beach Blvd. with flashing red lights and no cop directing traffic of course. They just don't direct traffic anymore, why is that? Backup a 1/4 mile in each direction. Then it's slow driving day. At least once a month almost everyone I get behind is going slow, for no reason. Or I'm just in a hurry?


Michael Medved was at the Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara doing his show, just like Hugh Hewitt did a few weeks ago. Mike is definitely a type A personality. He was just in Ohio yesterday. He's busy. He was up at the ranch to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Reagan Tax Cuts. He did the show from the same table that Reagan signed those cuts. I so want to go up and see that ranch but it's not open to the public.



Of course everyone including Michael was talking about the VP pick Ryan. I'm really jazzed about it. This was a huge game changer. I love days like this, the radio is all a buzz and people are excited. And that one line from Ryan that is just so awesome "Our Rights Come From Nature and God, Not Government". Larry Elder managed to get Paul Ryan on his show today, it was a great interview. What a home run this is. 

"Biden must be in an adult diaper today" - Dennis Miller

Adam Carolla was on tonight and layed Dennis Miller out, Dennis couldn't stop laughing. Adam's podcast is dark this week. Vaca I would imagine. Talk about a busy guy, geez. Adam and Dennis are doing a show together at the Grove of Anaheim Friday, November 16. I'm working damn it. 


KFI did an interesting thing tonight, no not having Gina Grad on with Tim, I suspect they are testing these two for something. I heard the Gummy Bear song and tuned out. I don't know what the hell is going on over there. 

Filling in for Tim was Robert Townsend. 
Robert Townsend is an American actor, comedian, film director, and writer. He said he had been doing some show fill in's at KTalk. This was interesting tonight. He's got a great voice and is funny. Seems like a nice guy. He had a few guests on and it sounds pretty cool. He might have a future in talk radio. There is room for a show like this, I'd listen.


Mark Levin was on Neil Cavuto today by phone.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKBbhAdiKxk 
Interesting to hear Mark talk about how much he likes the pick of Ryan. Mark might be the smartest guy on the radio when it comes to politics and the Constitution. If you read his book Ameritopia you can't believe how smart this guy is.


I have only heard about 10 minutes of this but wow. The NPR show called "The Story" did a piece on Anne Leibovitz the famous New York portrait photographer. I've always been a huge fan being an amateur photographer myself. In the ten minutes I heard (and I will listen to the whole thing) they talk about how she has had financial problems of late. I first heard of her years ago and was amazed when I saw a book of hers in the library. There was this photo of Woody Allen, up against a wall of pink tile, he was in a woman's bathroom. Brilliant idea for a photo.


The Story - NPR
A Pilgrimage For Annie Leibovitz
Monday, August 13 2012 http://thestory.org/archive/search_media?review_state=published&start.query:record:list:date=2012-08-13%2023%3A59%3A59&start.range:record=max&end.query:record:list:date=2012-08-13%2000%3A00%3A00&end.range:record=min&month:int=8&year:int=2012

If you click on this link you can see a bunch of her famous photos: https://www.google.com/search?q=Annie-Leibovitz&aq=f&sugexp=chrome,mod%3D17&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=3P8pUMvEJezyiQLEl4CgDg&biw=1493&bih=833&sei=3_8pUNn_GKq7igKGwYCQBQ

Update. After I wrote this post I went ahead and listened to the whole interview with Anne Leibovitz. Incredible. You know I'm not a huge fan of the government giving money to public radio, but man this is well done.

- JP






Friday, August 10, 2012

No Singing or Music on Talk Radio, Honest to Christ Your Killing Me Tim


I turn on Conway and Steckler who were sitting in for John and Ken on KFI and Tim is playing frigging Christmas music. I had to change the station. I know Tim thinks it's real funny. He thinks a lot of things he's does is funny. I find it offending my ear holes to such an extent that it's painful. There is some weird thing about Summer and Christmas. I remember as a kid the TV networks used to rerun holiday sitcoms in the summer. This is just not good. It's August and it will be here soon enough. I'm surprised I haven't seen Halloween stuff yet. Ahh baboo. One thing that Tim does well is cover live news. And tonight a small plane crashed in Westwood and Tim and Doug played audio from NBC and did a great job covering it. Bravo. John and Ken on vacation all next week. Tim and Gina Grad mon-wed and Doug Th-Fri. I'd rather have Doug all week. Lots of other choices.


Wayne Resnick is the go to guy for fill ins at KFI and was at the LA Food and Wine Festival tonight filling in for Tim's regular spot. The remote feed sounded very good. Wayne is always good and has a great sense of humor. I found something on LARadio.com that says he has been at KFI since 1988. He used to play his own produced songs on the show. I haven't heard him do that in a while.


At this festival tonight Wayne talked to Chef Sam Choy who had his new food truck at the event called The Pineapple Express. This guy is a serious Chef. He's actually worked or works for American Airlines in developing a menu that people love, that's hard to do. He also has a restaurant in Hawaii. Follow the food truck and where it will be on it's very own twitter account: @pineapplxpress1
http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/2012/07/pineapple_express_sam_choy.php



Every Friday at 7:45pm on 870 KRLA is the weekly appearance of Fox News's Chris Wallace with Mike Gallagher on 870 KRLA. I really love this segment. This week Chris had almost nothing to talk about because they had not yet nailed down the guests for Chris' Sunday show Fox News Sunday. Mike loved this and gave Chris the hardest time, hilarious. So Mike talked about appearing this evening here in So Cal in the Broadway Play Memphis and recited his 45 second speech that he does in the play while Chris howled. Mike mentioned that there is a listener in Atlanta that stops every Friday and sits in his truck to hear Mike and Chris go at each other. Now that is compelling radio!

Then!....Dennis Miller had Roseanne on his show. They go way back. She was promoting a Roast on Comedy Central this Sunday. Dennis talked about the first time they met at a comedy festival in Denver. Then they went and got a burger at a McDonald's drive though. They walked up to the drive though and then sat on a curb and ate the food. Before she came on Dennis was saying to Christian his producer that if she brings up politics (them being on opposite sides) that he will defend himself. She didn't. It was a fun interview. She is pretty crazy in my opinion. Anyone remember those Pizza Hut commercials she used to do? When she was first on the scene she was funny as hell.


This is from 1988!


The Roast is called Come to Mama LOL

- JP










Moses Supposes His Toeses Are Roses, But Moses Supposes Erroneously!



On my weekly listen to TWIG http://twit.tv/show/this-week-in-google/158 (This Week in Google) with Leo Laporte, Gina Trapani and Jeff Jarvis they talked about autonomous cars. A man named Sebastian Thrun who works for Google and wrote the operating system to let cars drive themselves was one of the subjects.


This is from an October 2010 Google blog by Thrun.

So we have developed technology for cars that can drive themselves. Our automated cars, manned by trained operators, just drove from our Mountain View campus to our Santa Monica office and on to Hollywood Boulevard. They’ve driven down Lombard Street, crossed the Golden Gate bridge, navigated the Pacific Coast Highway, and even made it all the way around Lake Tahoe. All in all, our self-driving cars have logged over 140,000 miles. We think this is a first in robotics research.


Our automated cars use video cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to “see” other traffic, as well as detailed maps (which we collect using manually driven vehicles) to navigate the road ahead. This is all made possible by Google’s data centers, which can process the enormous amounts of information gathered by our cars when mapping their terrain. They also built a modified Prius that delivered pizza without a person inside. - Sebastian


One of the comments by, I think it was Jeff. He mentioned that this is not as hard as you might think, planes fly themselves and land using computers. I can see a day soon where this will happen. It will change everything.



I turned on NPR's Fresh Air and there is Chris Rock. Great interview with Chris. Talked about his growing up and his preacher Dad and doing a play on Broadway. This guy is so confident of his ability without a huge ego. That's means he's got some smarts. He talked about his friendship with Louis C.K. and stand up comedy. He also has a new movie out and is producing a new show like Bill Mahar but with an African American. Great interview. http://www.npr.org/2012/08/09/158443299/chris-rock-on-the-funny-business-of-finding-success


Then! The last 10 minutes of Fresh Air we have classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviewing the new DVD and Blu-Ray edition of the classic 1952 Hollywood musical Singing in the Rain. On it's 60th anniversary Schwartz dives in to the history and some behind the scenes info. It's tear inducing to me, I love this movie so much. Watch this clip of "Moses Supposes His Toeses Are Roses, But Moses Supposes Erroneously!" It's incredible. 



- JP