Monday, August 5, 2013

Gratitude is indispensable to happiness and to goodness - Dennis Prager

[Housekeeping]Don't know how I managed this but the email address at the bottom of this post was not working. If you have ever sent me a comment at 
I apologize. Please send me a comment, it works now and I would love to hear your comments.
 - JP

[COMMENT]In the continuing saga of cheating and lying, a 10th woman has come out against the San Diego Mayor and A-Rod gets suspended as well as 13 others. Everyday it's another prominent person caught lying and cheating. In my opinion we need to reestablish a line not to be crossed, ethics and honesty are needed. Especially with people that we elect to office. Athletes can cheat and lie and will end up with no legacy, that's their problem. Unfortunately young people see it and copy it. "Just do what everybody else is doing" and cheat and lie. It seems to be a normal thing these days. Billy Joel said in his great song " such a lonely word". I remember being in school and a kid would do something wrong and I would do it too. And the excuse to Mom was "well he was doing it too" and then she would say to me "if he was gonna jump off a bridge, would you do that too?"

We live in a culture now where getting away with whatever you can is cool, it's on the edge, it makes you look tough. Gotta do it to fit in or you're a pussy. Guys in huge lifted trucks speed at 90 miles an hour on the freeway in the fast lane. People text while they are driving. People have affairs. People steal and murder and rape, it seems just as much as they ever did. Laws are passed and maybe if we feel like it we will enforce it. If politicians want to shelter Illegal people from another country they call it sanctuary. If we want to make a drug legal we call it medical marijuana. How can we twist this or twist that to our own agenda. It's really sad. We've all done it, speed down the freeway, or take some short cut that doesn't look soo good, or lie to someone we love and get caught. The problem is that this (ethics and honesty) is really at the very base of our society and might be the real glue that keeps our society working and together. I think we all need to work to encourage ethics and honesty and make that cool. Anarchy is...well the end.

[RADIO]Article of the year
AM Radio, Signing Off
By DANIEL J. FLYNN - The American Spectator
An autopsy of a great American medium.

Congrats to [Dennis Prager]. This week he celebrates his 31st year on the air! Bravo!

What's going on at KFI? Ding Dong? Hello?

KFI has dropped from 4.6 to 3.1 in the last six months. Every month has been down since February. The just-released July '13 Arbitron reveals that KFI has dropped out of the Top 10 radio stations with Persons 6+.

1. KBIG (MY/fm) 5.6 - 5.4

2. KIIS (Top 40/M) 5.6 - 5.3

3. KAMP (Top 40/M) 4.5 - 4.6

4. KOST (AC) 4.2 - 4.5

5. KPWR (Top 40/R) 4.0 - 4.4

6. KRTH (Classic Hits) 3.7 - 3.8

7. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary ) 3.4 - 3.6

KROQ (Alternative) 3.4 - 3.6

9. KHHT (HOT 92.3) 3.3 - 3.5

KSCA (Regional Mexican) 3.6 - 3.5

How A Leaker Decides To Spill The Beans
[Daniel Ellsberg], the famous whistle-blower who leaked the Pentagon Papers when he was a military analyst in 1971, was tried under the Espionage Act. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks to Ellsberg about how he views leakers Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden in light of his own story.

From NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday
Low-Power FM Radio To Expand Into Urban Markets
Today most of the 800 LPFM stations are broadcasting to areas of less than 20,000 people.

[Robert Klein] And The Golden Age Of Comedy
The perfect person to narrate the documentary that opened this week in New York City, When Comedy Went to School. It's a look back at how many famous comedians got their start by spending their summers in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. 7 minutes.

From NPR
Charles Manson: Master Manipulator, Even As A Child
Writer Jeff Guinn has spent many years digging into Manson's past, getting access to family members and photos never reported on before. His new biography is called Manson: The Life And Times of Charles Manson.

Interesting article
CyberAlert Launches US-wide Radio Monitoring

[QUOTE]“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.” - [Thomas Jefferson]

[PODCASTS][Adam Carolla] was talking on the show he recorded on Sunday that the show he did at the Wiltern with [Jay Mohr] was a huge success. The Wiltern is a huge LA landmark and Adam was saying that he remembered driving by in the 80's and seeing that Talking Heads were playing there. He thought it was a big deal to do a show there. I saw Jean Luc-Ponty play there in the 90's. It's a wonderful theater and the building is this beautiful art deco. The Wikipedia entry for the Wiltern:

[Adam Carolla] to Host Spike TV Original Series CATCH A CONTRACTOR

The New Explosion in Audio Books
How They Re-emerged as a Rare Bright Spot in the Publishing Business
[Scott Brick], read over 600 audio books including the 62 hour Atlas Shrugged

Scott posted this on Sunday. I am not familiar with this man, but if Scott thinks he's important, you better believe he was.

Authors Taking More Active Role Picking Audio Book Narrators

[SIRIUSXM]The Turtles sue Sirius XM over royalties.


[TECH][Rush Limbaugh] reveals vast 'tech blogger' conspiracy against Apple, Republicans

[Leo Laporte] talking on Saturday about the new Google Moto X phone. He loves it except for the fact it uses AT&T. He says you can buy the unlocked version and use it on T-Mobile.

[THUMBS DOWN]953,000 Jobs Created In '13 -- 731,000 Part-Time!

[ON THIS DAY]Aug. 5, 1957 - American Bandstand made its network debut on ABC-TV. The show was hosted by [Dick Clark].

[PHOTO]Painter Marietta Del Mar painting a lovely day at Echo Park Lake.
Photo by Ted Soqui © 2013

[PARTING SHOT]My alarm is set for 6am and I wake up to the contest rules for Go Country 105.1, wtf?

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