Friday, June 14, 2013

Fly That Flag!


[COMMENT]
It's flag day! My flag is up, it's always up. I really have no idea what to say about what's happening in this world and in radio, it's all so over the top. Besides it's my day off. Fly that flag!


[RADIO]

2013 National [Edward R. Murrow] Award Winners
The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the [Edward R. Murrow] Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism. No LA radio station won anything, San Francisco did.
American broadcast journalist. He first came to prominence with a series of radio news broadcasts during World War II, which were followed by millions of listeners in the United States.


Frank Pastore and Frank Sontag

[Frank Sontag] has been selected as new afternoon drive talk host for Los Angeles Christian Teaching and Talk station 99.5 KKLA-FM. "The [Frank Sontag] Show" will air weekdays from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. Frank succeeds longtime host [Frank Pastore] who passed away late last year from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in November 2012.

Sontag worked as news director, disc jockey, and was part of the popular [Mark and Brian] Program. During this time Frank also hosted his own talk radio show for 21 years, The Impact Program on KLOS. This top-rated talk show covered a wide variety of topics, including spirituality, philosophy, personal development, and current events. Frank does a great show and he's a great choice for this show. The Impact program used to be hosted by [Michael Benner]. I would stay up very very late in the early 80's listening to that show.



This was very cool on NPR's Fresh Air. The documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, which explores the world of rock 'n' roll's backup singers, opens to the soundtrack of [Lou Reed's] "Walk on the Wild Side."
http://www.npr.org/2013/06/12/188384737/20-feet-from-the-spotlight-theres-singing-worthy-of-one


I heard this on [Dennis Prager]. Hard Hits, Hard Liquor In 'The Summer of Beer and Whiskey'
A really interesting Baseball book.
http://www.npr.org/2013/04/27/179242101/hard-hits-hard-liquor-in-the-summer-of-beer-and-whiskey




Great 3 minute story from NPR
Massive Bat Cave Stirs Texas-Size Debate Over Development in San Antonio
Around sundown, the first of 10 million bats begin to emerge from the cave
this colony alone is going to eat 100 tons of insects every night
http://www.npr.org/2013/06/11/190736097/massive-bat-cave-stirs-texas-sized-debate-over-development



“Over 92 percent of the U.S. population that are over 12 years old still listen to radio for an average of 2.1 hours a day,” Sykes said. “That’s pretty much the same percentage of the population that was listening to radio in the 1970s and it’s still the basic way people discover new music.”
Clear Channel Entertainment Inc. President [John Sykes]
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/blog/morning-edition/2013/06/clear-channel-president-says-radio.html



[QUOTE]Long time caller [Rita from Sunland] on McIntyre in the Morning, her idea for a new Ben and Jerry's flavor: Michael Douglas's Tuna Surprise.



[PODCASTS]Very important and enlightening shows this week talking about the NSA snooping scandal. TWIG (this week in google) and Security Now with [Steve Gibson], both shows with [Leo Laporte] explain in detail what is actually happening and the mainstream press of course has no clue. These shows give you a real sense from a technical point of view the firehose of data that is being siphoned off. http://twit.tv/


Oh my god I just looked at who [Adam Carolla] had on Thursday, Criminal defense attorney [Mark Geragos]. Clients that he represented include Michael Jackson, actress Winona Ryder, politician Gary Condit, Susan McDougal and Scott Peterson. This guy is a total dirt bag. I have to go hear this, soo funny.
http://adamcarolla.com/mark-geragos/


And look at this people! A second season, if you can call it that of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee! This is a website of short interviews with [Jerry Seinfeld]. The first new one is with [Sarah Silverman] and episode 2 is with [David Letterman]. Last year he did ten of these with people like [Larry David] and [Alec Baldwin] and [Michael Richards]. The quality of these is outstanding and it's an absolute must see. In this screen shot they are sitting in a '69 Jaguar. Part of the show is Jerry renting a classic car, and this is as sweet as you can get.
http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com

They went to Millies on Sunset. Gotta go there now!




[TECH]Google Expands Its Boundaries, Buying Waze for $1 Billion
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/11/google-expands-its-boundaries-buying-waze-for-1-billion/
Waze has drawn a particularly passionate base of nearly 50 million users around the world.



Why Pandora bought a radio station in South Dakota
http://www.marketplace.org/topics/business/why-pandora-bought-radio-station-south-dakota



[PLATE]BEEHIVE



[THUMBS DOWN]Hey let's give weapons to the Rebels! You have got to be kidding me.
Syrian rebels pledge loyalty to al-Qaeda
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/04/11/syria-al-qaeda-connection/2075323/



[HEARD THIS]From Inside Radio dot com.
Smartphones now go-to device for web radio.
More Americans would prefer to listen to streaming radio on a smartphone than on any other device.  That’s according to Nielsen, which has been studying web radio habits.  It finds that smartphones are biggest among young adults, but across all demos except those 55+ the handset is the new transistor radio.
Nielsen’s first-quarter study found that device owners aged 25-34 and 18-24 are the most likely to stream tunes from the radio using their smartphones (27% and 26%, respectively), while consumers aged 55+ opt for laptops (14%).  Gaming consoles only registered among those 34 years old and younger.  About a quarter of those surveyed had no preference for what sort of device they use to access web radio.   But the Nielsen data also shows smartphone owners are using more radio apps than a year ago.



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