Sunday, September 22, 2013

Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles - Frank Lloyd Wright

[COMMENT]I don't think there is anybody more LA than artist [Ed Ruscha]. I have been following Ed for years and years. I got to shake his hand once, maybe 20 years ago at MOCA. He's from Oklahoma but has lived in LA forever. I just love his art. It just soo iconic. I woke up on Sunday morning to see and hear that NPR's Weekend Edition did an interview with him. Ed does not do interviews, or very few over the years. I think he just lets his art speak for itself. From what I can gather, he lives and works in Venice. If you just do a Google image search on his name you can see tons of his paintings, and they are amazing. I remember when the web first came along, I looked his name up and found nothing. I read an article years ago that he did not want his art to get out on the web. I think over the years he has relented. Almost everything he's done can be found now on the web, and it just wonderful stuff. Nobody's art is like Ed Ruschas' art. The ones I love are images with text. Images, like a simple ship on the ocean trying to survive the elements in a dark fog or a painting with just the declination, "Honey I twisted though more damn traffic to get here". Besides his early iconic Standard Oil paintings and his fascination with "Los Angeles Apartments" he has made icons out of words and images. Ed has taken this city and made it important and special. He obviously loves LA and puts it on canvass. I have for years been so taken with everything I have seen him do. In this NPR interview you actually hear him talk about this. Ed Ruscha is truly an LA original.

Pepto-Bismol & caviar/canvas
18 H x 22 W (inches)
This piece is missing

[RADIO]The winners of the 2013 NAB Marconi Radio Awards were announced Thursday night at the annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show held at the Radio Show in Orlando. LA won nothing. I don't think anyone not in the industry knows this or cares. I still find the fact that they are called the Marconi's not a good thing. Personally I wish they were called the Tesla's. But that's just me.

On Friday at the iconic Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, The Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters (what ever that means) had a luncheon. Doug McIntyre was there, Bill Handel, Tim Conway Jr, Brian Whitman and Dennis Prager. I had to bite down on my fist that I could not go to this. It was open to the public for $50. It included lunch. I had to work so I could not go. I bet it was a blast. I got a Little League Trophy for my pathetic performance on the Astros at Sherman Oaks Park in 1973, when I was ten, at the Sportsman's Lodge. I love that place.
Photos from McInytre's facebook page! There is supposed to be video. Not seen a link yet.

How often do you see these radio bulls together?

Ventura Blvd looking east.

Nice hotel and pool. 

From NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday with [Scott Simon]
When AM Radio Was More Than Talk And Static
[Dick Biondi], a radio DJ since the 1950s, has worked for 28 stations and has been fired 25 times, and may have been the first person to play the Beatles on the radio in the U.S. Host Scott Simon asks Biondi about those days, and what keeps him in radio at age 81. 6 minutes.

I've never heard Dick but this interview is great. He's an old pro with some great stories.

NPR moves weekend edition of 'All Things Considered' to L.A. area
The weekend edition of 'All Things Considered,' which had been done in Washington, is the only NPR news program to be based in its Culver City office.
Arun Rath is the new host for the weekend version of "All Things Considered." One of his main goals is to contribute more of his own reporting from outside the studio, something NPR hosts don’t often do.

This might be the last show that Alec Baldwin does on his great "Here's the thing" show for WNYC, because he's ending it to do TV.

On Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin, Chris Columbus
Monday, September 16, 2013
This week Alec sits down with film director Chris Columbus – who has brought to the screen some of the biggest American family films in the last 20 years: Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, and Mrs. Doubtfire. It might be one of Alec's last shows, the show is ending and he's going to TV.


Art's guests next week
9/23 - Mon - Jeremy Meador
9/24 - Tue - Seth Shostak
9/25 - Wed - Matthew Alper
9/26 - Thu - ‎Whitley Strieber

[QUOTE]“It's Los Angeles mostly full of nonsense and delusion and egomania.
They think they'll be young and beautiful forever, even though most of them aren't even young and beautiful now”  - [Christopher Hitchens]

[PODCASTS][Josh Robert Thompson]Pokin' Around Podcast #19: The Big Reveal!

From Twitter:

"My version of gambling is watching porn on a laptop with 1% battery power and seeing if I can finish before it dies."

Josh knows what he's doing, the sound quality of this podcast is superior. He's always funny.
His impressions are amazing. He does an impression of Kevin Spacey that is soo dead on it's unreal.


[TECH]Woz not turned on by iPhone 5C
Apple's co-founder seems generally underwhelmed by Apple's new product announcements. He prefers things a little more "high-end."

[ON THIS DAY]September 22, 1943 - [Kate Smith] finished her War Bond radio appeal. She had stayed on the air 13 continuous hours and collected $39 million in bond pledges.

I'm sure that millions of Americans were sitting around their radios listening to Kate Smith sing this song. To raise that much money, she was a phenom of the time. It must have been absolutely huge.
Kate Smith, God Bless America

"Buying Our Boys Back": The Mass Foundations of Fiscal Citizenship in World War II
Just after 8:00 in the morning on Tuesday, September 21, 1943, the singer and radio star Kate Smith addressed her national audience with a personal story that set the tone for the marathon bond drive she would conduct over the next eighteen hours

[CLASSIC RADIO]Olympic Model 441 Plastic Radio (1958)

[PARTING SHOT]“When its 100 degrees in New York, it's 72 in Los Angeles. When its 30 degrees in New York, in Los Angeles it's still 72. However, there are 6 million interesting people in New York, and only 72 in Los Angeles.” - [Neil Simon]

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