Wednesday, August 28, 2013

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence -- Martin Luther King Jr.

[COMMENT]I heard [Leo Laporte] talking about how impatient he is about TV going to all digital this week on TWIT. I am too. I cut the cable cord over 4 years ago. And Leo mentioned that [Kevin Spacey] did a speech this week about how TV is changing to digital and how "House of Cards" on Netflix is the model. He said people want what they want....when they want it. And we need to give it to them. Sounding like a media mogul in some film Spacey talked passionately about how stories can be stories on any device and not just TV on TV or movies in a theater. It's a great speech and it shows how far we have come and that something really big is happening. Leo mentioned that people from the NFL were in meetings in Silicon Valley recently. Leo says that the NFL wants to own its own content and distribute it. I think the only thing left is to break out of these cable and satellite companies. Imagine a day where you turn any device on and get what you want. It's coming. Go right to AMC and watch Breaking Bad, go right to NFL Network and watch the game. This is coming and soon. And when it does it will be huge.

[Kevin Spacey] gives The James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture for 2013. 47 minutes.
From his unique perspective as a director, producer and actor working across the world on stage and screen, mainstream networks and the internet, Kevin Spacey considers the changes sweeping across our industry and the opportunities for innovation and creativity for those who live to tell stories and engage audiences.

How the NFL and Silicon Valley are primed to blitz cable TV

[RADIO]Thanks Mike Nolan!

When To Hang Up On A Right-Wing Radio Host
"Was Alger Hiss a communist?" [Hugh Hewitt] asked at least 6 or 7 times to MSNBC host Karen Finney and then she finally hung up. Funny interview where Hugh just does not let up.

This week on NPR's Fresh Air it's Late Night TV Week. Past interviews with [Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O'Brian, Jimmy Fallon]. Also this week with the death of [Elmore Leonard], an interview with him.


Interesting to see the actual cochlear implant and seeing this cool photo and it's very unusual. Obviously on the golf course smoking a cigar with his gloves on. I think when Rush is long gone either retired or god forbid not with us anymore there will be books written about him. He's one of the most interesting people in media and I personally would love to read about his life.

[Eddie Pepitone] is a comic’s comic.
He visits The Edge Show with [Mark Thompson] and talks everything from touring internationally to promote the documentary ‘The Bitter Buddah‘ about him that was just completed, to his views of the future and pitching TV shows in Hollywood.

Actress [Jennifer Tilly] was on with [Mark Thompson] sitting in for Conway Monday. You can hear the whole interview here. She still looks great, and that voice...yeeow.

[Steve Hodel] who says his father was the killer of Elizabeth Short, The Black Dahlia was on with Doug McIntyre. You can hear this great interview from Monday.
And check out Steve's website and his new book.

Shock jock [Chris Christie] roars on sports radio Chris Christie was on WFAN in New York the other day. They wanted him to try on a Yankee jersey, Christie being a long time Met's fan. He said no way. Then they gave him a Yankee jersey to try on that said his name on the back and the date 2016. Christie said "Now that's no way twice". Hmm interesting.

An interview with actor [Harry Dean Stanton]. The Movie Geeks speak to legendary actor Harry Dean Stanton (Cool Hand Luke, Alien,Paris, Texas, Escape from New York, Wild at Heart) about his remarkable career spanning more than 200 films over the course of 50 years. Mr. Stanton is the subject of a new documentary titled Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, which opens in limited release on September 13. We're also joined by the director of the documentary, Sophie Huber.

[QUOTE]"Mark why are you yelling?'s passion!" - [Mark Levin]

[PODCASTS]On [Marc Maron] this week is [Michael McKean and Catherine O'Hara]

on a large Ram truck

[TECH]Screen redesign highlights TuneIn refresh.

Marc Maron has updated his app, I didn't even know he had an app.

[ON THIS DAY]1885 - The first prizefight under the Marquis of Queensberry Rules was held in Cincinnati, OH. John L. Sullivan defeated Dominick McCaffery in six rounds.

[OLD RADIO PHOTO]Wells-Gardner & Co. 2701 N. Kidare Ave. Chicago, Illinois.
Date: 1938

Wells-Gardner was a company that rarely put their own name on a radio, & was an "OEM"(original equipment manufacturer) that made the radios for a particular "brand"-such as Firestone. They made a lot of the Sears Silvertone stuff, especially since Sears was based in Chicago as they were. Also made record changers later on, when "Hi-Fi" became the rage & most radio companies started making portable record players & console units(mono first, then stereo) - info about this radio from [Dennis Forkel] is an audiophile and an old friend.

[PARTING SHOT]“And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. Don’t just set out to do a good job. Set out to do such a good job that the living, the dead or the unborn couldn't do it any better. “If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. If you can’t be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be the best little shrub on the side of the hill. “Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn't by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.”
The above is from a speech that was given by MLK to a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967.

Happy and Restful Labor Day!

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