Friday, March 28, 2014

Politics, a strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles - Ambrose Pierce

I think the thing this week that really stayed with me was an article that Rush was reading in the Washington Post about big city mayors caught up in recent scandals. In this article 6 are involved in corruption, bribes, sexual harassment, extortion, stealing money.

Rush said something interesting, he thinks that the DEM's want to clear out the bad apples before the election. He may have a point there because the FBI is doing this and they run under the executive branch, guess who runs that? Clear out all these people and then it will appear to be old news later in the year. I don't put anything past this President.

FBI also arrested California State Senator Leland Yee for murder for hire and gun running. This guy is in deep crap up to his eye balls. We have the Chinese Mafia running around San Francisco, probably here too, lovely. I guess I want to stay naive.

Who knows who else is out there doing who knows what. You gotta look at politicians as automatic liars first and good guys if they stay clean and prove themselves, does that ever happen?

And now a guy in the LA city council,  Herb Wesson oil who wants to keep the press out of City Hall in Downtown LA, a tactic brought from Sacramento by these dopes. This would give these a-holes free reign to hide all kinds of crap. And then the topper....wait for it...GOP candidate for Calif. Governor, Glenn Champ, who is sex offender, and served a decade in jail for manslaughter. I put my tongue between my teeth and say "Seriously?"

People running for office will say what ever they can to get in and then do what ever they want once they are there, we have seen it time after time. This is not new, not at all, ever heard of Tammany Hall? Google it. But we the public should have our pitch forks and torches standing by and as John and Ken say "Carry them out Nude!"

Sarah Palin posted this on facebook this week. I've never seen the inside of the studio. Sarah writes: From one Dittohead to all you others, aren't you thankful Rush defends truth, and as importantly, he defends those speaking truth! Rush is consistently loyal to the cause of justice, walking the walk as he does here in defense of Drudge calling out Obamascare. It's not commonplace that someone as high profile as is humanly possible takes valuable time to defend others. Very admirable. Very. Let me know what you think!

Soundcloud is awesome. Dennis Prager had Adam Carolla on the show and he posted the audio.

On the weekend Wayne Resnick posted this. Who kissed this microphone and left lipstick?????? And my response was, Lisa Ann Walter? Could it be?

I asked a question on facebook of newsman and host Rob Archer at KFI if the Program Director Robin is going to choose a permanent host for the Sunday Morning News that Gary Hoffman is not doing anymore. 

Dave Williams former KABC Newsman now at KLIF in Dallas. Dave goes on a rant because Associated Press has decided "over" and "more than" mean the same thing. Amy expresses her concerns over creepy face recognition technology. He posted this on SoundCloud. Great to hear his voice again. We miss you here in LA Dave!
KLIF, DALLAS: Words & Google Glass

Doug McIntyre posted this last Friday when he was out. Who ever took this photo is very talented.

"Woke up at 2:30 a.m. with body parts falling off. Took one look in the mirror and called paramedics, the Mayo Clinic and the Neptune Society. I let Nathan call Bryan Suits because, frankly, Bryan frightens me. If I survive the weekend I will return Monday, unless Suits decides to annex the morning show despite sanctions and world opinion."

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Herbert Hoover Jr. and radio set." Son of the future president and a noted ham. 
Harris & Ewing glass negative. Always Something Interesting.

Larry Elder's new website Elder Statement It's a good looking site. It was a little tough to find because Larry says the name fast and I thought it was Elder Statesman. Didn't know it was kind of a play on words. He doesn't seem to be promoting too much, maybe permission from the radio station is still pending.

[SIRIUSXM]Billy Joel Channel launching on SiriusXM.
SiriusXM will launch The Billy Joel Channel at 6 p.m. Wednesday for a limited three-month run.

[QUOTE]"Obamacare is a lot like some of my golf shots" - Rush

"My take on Religion? You must be calling from Holy Toledo" - Dennis Miller

[TWEET]Du-par's Restaurants @DuParsRestaurants
Steven Wright's one-liners kill me

*This is one weird tweet, like two universes coming together.

[PODCASTS]On Adam Carolla. Andy Summers and Rob Giles join for a podcast about the origins of The Police, culling lions, and the NFL’s new ‘Adam Carolla Rule’. Plus, Alec Baldwin surprisingly calls in, and Matt Atchity leads the gang in a round of the Rotten Tomatoes game.


[LA PHOTO]This week 2,000 gallons of honey dumped on the 605 freeway the in City of Industry about 20 minutes East of Los Angeles. 


[TECH]Article about Wikipedia. 
Notable Boomers and Where They Came From
There are 36,625 Americans born between 1946 and 1964 who warrant their own entry in Wikipedia. A really cool article with a great info graphic, gotta see this.

reading the main story
[ON THIS DAY]May 24, 1938
David Viscott would have been 76 Monday, he died in 1996, he was an American psychiatrist, author, businessman, and media personality. He was a graduate of Dartmouth, Tufts Medical School and taught at University Hospital in Boston. I heard every minute of every show he did when he was on KABC back in the 80's. Brilliant guy. He just wanted everyone to be honest.

[CLASSIC RADIO]Agent Zero M Radio Rifle
It’s a transistor radio that transforms easily into a cap gun rifle. This is from a 1960's toy line that capitalized on the popularity of that decades secret agent gadgetry. $50. Be funny to see some radio station give these away and watch the left blow a friggen gasket!

[PARTING SHOT]Listening to Mark Levin talk about how he used to go Independence Hall in Philadelphia when he was a kid and spend hours and hours there spurred a memory. Did you know that there is an exact replica of Independence Hall  in California? Knott’s Independence Hall is an exact, brick-by-brick replica of the original in Philadelphia. Walter Knott’s personal labor of love, it is the nation’s only exact replica of the Philadelphia landmark. The building was dedicated by Walter on July 4, 1966 after two years of research and numerous trips from Buena Park to Philadelphia. It's open everyday, admission is free and free three hour parking. You gotta go, you gotta.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

The Plane! The Plane!

[COMMENT]Wild and woolly week starting with an earthquake, then more news about the missing plane or not more news, what a weird story. Everyone I listened to this week did a great job covering all these big stories. General Tom McInerney on Hannity was probably the most compelling. He said that he thought the plane was in Pakistan. Very interesting interview. Bryan Suits had a 777 pilot on that was fascinating and corrected a lot of misinformation that the main stream media was reporting, what a shock. 

Wednesday I turn on KABC wanting to hear Mark Levin at 6pm and I get a live show with Gillian and John, The KABC Talk Stars contest. Ahhh baboo is all I can say. Unlistenable. Is this a lame farm team idea for new hosts instead of actually spending money on someone interesting? Well Peter Tilden was one of the judges so that tells you all you need to know. Bad idea, badly executed. Thankfully there is the Dennis Miller Show on KRLA. And then at 8 KABC puts Mark Levin back on. I need to lay down.

This week it was shocking to hear Hugh Hewitt say that people that run law schools should not run anything and that law schools brain wash students into to state-ists. Hugh is a law professor at Chapman Law School. He didn't say if this opinion included Chapman or not. I have never heard anyone say this about law schools. Eye opening. 

And what is the deal with the last 1/2 hour of Hannity's show? He talks to his staff about nothing, just an inane BS session. It's bad enough that at the beginning of the show he talks for 45 minutes. I would rather hear a guest. I have listened to Sean for years and I like him but content is what I want! 

[RADIO]This week sadly a guest that was on with Art Bell dozens of times, Dr. Roger Leir has died. 

From his website

It has been said that Dr. Leir is one of the world’s most important leaders in physical evidence research involving the field of Ufology. He and his surgical team have performed fifteen surgeries on alleged alien abductees. This resulted in the removal of sixteen separate and distinct objects suspected of being alien implants. These objects have been scientifically investigated by some of the most prestigious laboratories in the world including Los Alamos National Labs, New Mexico Tech, Seal Laboratories, Southwest Labs, the University of Toronto, York University, and the University of California at San Diego. Their findings have been baffling and some comparisons have been made to Meteorite Samples. In addition some of the tests show metallurgical anomalies such as highly Magnetic Iron that is without crystalline form, combinations of crystalline materials mixed common metals, growth of biological tissue into or out of metallic substances, as well as isotopic ratios not of this world. Dr. Leir has also been involved in investigations of other areas of Ufology involving physical evidence. He has traveled to Brazil and performed exhaustive research into the Varginha, Brazil case. In 2003 Dr. Leir worked with one of the worlds leading geneticists and the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS) on a DNA study pertaining to evidence collected in a famous California Alien Abduction Case. Dr. Leir was a recent participant (NOV. 2007) in an international press conference held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. Evidence from thirteen Military officers, pertaining to their experiences with UFO’s was presented to a worldwide media. Dr. Leir is a Podiatric Surgeon, who has been in private practice in Ventura County, California, for the past 43 years.

Whatever you think of the UFO field and the alien abduction phenomenon, one thing you can definitely say about Roger Leir is that he was an extremely careful and logical person. Very articulate and serious about his work. All the interviews I have ever heard him do with Art, he was very convincing and left no stone unturned. He really thought these objects were foreign and helped people get them out of there bodies. He analysed them with astounding results. Extremely compelling person, he will be very missed.  

Last interview with Dr. Roger Leir - Art Bell's Dark Matter
October 21, 2013 - 3 hour show.

And more........

Thanks to prolific reader KABC host Doug McIntyre, I bought a used copy of a book he loves called Harpo Speaks. I love Harpo Marx but know nothing about him, can't wait to read it, only cost me $5. 

Lots of old 97.1 people gravitating to KABC. I heard John and Jeff sitting in for Larry Elder this week. Not a bad show. Not sure where they are and what they are doing. 

Bryan Suits was saying that debris from this missing plane can be mistaken for ocean containers that have fallen off ships. He has a friend that works on a container ship and says that these floating containers are everywhere and they appear as a pyramid in the water because they are mostly underwater and titled. Bryan's show is becoming a real must hear, great guests and smart commentary. 

Thursday Hugh Hewitt talked about college basketball. I guess his show is not a sports talk show, was today. He's constantly making jokes about how Harvard is going to win everything. I guess one would have to have gone to an ivy league school to relate. He's killing him. 

'Fresh Air' Remembers Comedian David Brenner

Fred Allen death anniversary was this week. Fred Allen was an American comedian whose absurdist, topically pointed radio show made him one of the most popular and forward-looking humorists in the Golden Age of American radio. Here he is in this must see piece of video from 1952, Fred died in 1956. NBC sure knew how to do cross promotion. Fred Allen was a huge star in 1952, and he was perfect to promote a new type of program. A TV news/entertainment show that started at 7 am was unheard of in 1952. Dave Garroway was the first host of the TODAY show, and this skit was seen 8 days before the TODAY show premieres, in order to tell Allen's viewers about the new show.

Michael Medved had on P.J. O’Rourke for a really good interview. P.J. O’Rourke began writing funny things in 1960s “underground” newspapers, became editor-in-chief of National Lampoon, then spent 20 years reporting for Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly as the world’s only trouble spot humorist, going to wars, riots, rebellions, and other “Holidays in Hell” in more than 40 countries. His new book The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way (And It Wasn’t My Fault) (And I’ll Never Do It Again). I got it on Audible and will check it out.

I did not know that actor Fred Dryer has a online show. He sounds good and pretty interesting.

Left-Wing Darling Pacifica Radio Is Sliding Into the Abyss

Interesting article just published. I have heard many good shows on KPFK, not recently. Roy of Hollywood and love listening to the Alan Watts tapes. I heard all of Oliver North's testimony on the hill back in the 80's, love the hell out of that. But it's all about the progressive left. It does not surprise me that it's a mess. Nice history lesson and good reporting again from the LA Weekly. A must read.

Gotta check out the new Prager University. One of the most valuable websites on the net.

[BOOK]11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative by Paul Kengor. I heard a great Thursday interview on Levin. He's been on Prager and all over the place, the guy is just great and I bet this book is too. The hardback is only $10 on Amazon. 

[THUMBS DOWN]LA City Councilman Mitch Englander, a so called republican that wants to raise taxes to fix streets and sidewalks and trees. I heard two interviews with this guy and he's not to be trusted.

[QUOTES]Rush talking about the congress wanting to build a women's museum on the Washington Mall said: 
"A woman's museum? isn't that called the mall?"

"When will the Government make me whole?" - Doug McIntyre talking about the earthquake

[TWEET]Putin just signed to play villain in new Bond flick "Goldnipple." - Dennis Miller @DennisDMZ

[LA PHOTO]Marvin Gaye in 1974, concert at the Fabulous Forum.


[TECH]Now this is really something. I work for a medical lab, and this makes me nervous. 
A smartphone app that actually does a real blood test.

[ON THIS DAY]In 1918, March 25th, controversial & influential sportscaster Howard Cosell was born in Winston-Salem NC. He started sports broadcasting with WABC Radio in New York in the 1950's, joining WABC-TV as sports anchoir in 1961. He came to national attention televising boxing, specifically the career of Cassius Clay/Muhammed Ali. His notoriety skyrocketted as commentator on Monday Night Football beginning in 1970. He died of a heart embolism April 23 1995 at age 77.

Zenith 7-S-433 "Zephyr" (1940)

[PARTING SHOT]Bob Pittman....Super Genius.
Clear Channel boss renovates office with ‘mist tunnel’
Bob Pittman, who founded MTV a couple generations ago, is now the head of Clear Channel, which owns 850 radio stations across the country. Millions of dollars were spent on new offices on West 55th Street when the company consolidated staff from other locations.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Firing This Puppy Back Up

[COMMENT]My domain had to be renewed (should I shouldn't I?) I did. And I need to use this valuable space for a listener opinion, nobody else is doing it so I started writing the blog again.  

I have a love/hate relationship with LA Radio. Content can be very good unless Hugh Hewitt is talking about the freaking Cleveland Browns. Or if Doug McIntyre is in the middle of an interesting interview and has to go to traffic, or if Conway is singing, I haven't heard his show in months and months. Radio, It's easy, you just turn it on and it's there. Digital content is still a pain in the ass to listen to. I have my phone there in the car with my little bluetooth speaker, but I have to set it up and....I'm lazy. I'm backed up on my audiobooks too. I haven't listened to any podcasts in weeks. I'm in and out of the car all day so when I turn the car on, the radio goes on. I gotta get back into the swing of things and spout my bile about this medium that I love/hate. If anyone is bothering to read it that is, I really can't tell. I have gotten few emails and no tweets about what I have written, but in the last year I have gotten 39,000 hits, so someone is looking at it. 

With more shows and more local hosts there is more to choose from, but I dream of a day when the formatics of radio stations go away and the content will be the only thing left. A host comes on the air at the top of the hour and does a long form interview with only very short live mentions of a sponsor and continues on. The days of top of the hour news and traffic are gone, for me anyway, I don't listen to it. If I'm in traffic and I want to know what's going on, I'll pull out my phone and load the Sigalert app. And if there is breaking news the host will talk about it. The host and the show content should be king, not canned choruses of people singing "Live and Local". The sound drops and theme music and sounders are just boring and grading on the mind after a few times. Management and consultants think they know what people want to hear and oh the audience turns over ever 20 minutes, so tired of hearing that. It's a new world, lets move on!

[RADIO]Hey look at that, Randy Wang back making snarky comments and running the board at KABC on the morning show with Doug and T-Rae. Oh and Gina Grad co-hosting a day this week with Doug. I like the co-hosting thing. It's the show that I usually tend to listen to early in the morning. Even though I change the station like a maniac avoiding traffic reports and commercials. And if what they are talking about at 8 is the same thing they were talking about at 6, not doing that.

Lots of new doings in the LA Radio scene. I really like John Phillips and Gillian Barberie's new show. It's funny and topical. The opening blows, John even said he didn't like it, that canned chorus. They did a live show on Wednesday from the Hard Rock at Universal City Walk
. Yes that is Ann Coulter. 

Bryan Suits is a really good choice for the 9 to noon spot, nobody knows geo-politics better than Bryan. Then we have Mark Thompson and Elizabeth Espinosa at KFI who I have heard a few times at noon to 3. Oh yea and Carlos Amezcua on AM 1150 in the evening is pretty good too. More choices make it easier to hear content. And I'm sure you can see I have left out some names. 

and more.........

One comment about Rush. He clearly has the best show in my opinion. But, these 10 year old callers and Rush talking about his book, oy vey. I mean don't get me wrong I think the book is a great thing but I'm not listening to Rush for that. A couple times talking about the book was OK but it's way over done and just too much. It's like an everyday thing. 

I saw today on Don Barrett's LARADIO.COM that Handel is number one. This is such a mystery to me I can't tell you. I can't stand Bill Handel, he's a hack and not funny, why do people listen to him? It's beyond me. Well KFI has several hosts that I can do without actually.

Shot Gun Tom Kelly has successful bypass surgery. Godspeed!

Mark Levin was talking about a gift he had gotten recently. It's and AR-15 with this engraved on it: "Let Me Educate You". I suspect it's from Sarah Palin, he wouldn't say. 

One of the best things on the Hannity Show is Jamie Dupree, the most connected man in Washington, Sean calls him. He's on everyday and really has some great insights into what goes on in Congress. Usually in the last hour of the show. 

Really liking Terry Anzur on KFI doing the Sunday Morning News, bravo!

Mark Larson in for Dennis Prager while he's cruising West Africa was great. Mark Taylor another great host sitting in this week. 

Dennis with a voodoo chief and member of his family in Togo yesterday. Dennis is third from left.

Buck Sexton sitting in for Glenn Beck while he's on vacation was very interesting. A fiery libertarian ex-CIA Agent and NYPD Intelligence Division Specialist with a lot to say. He used to do weekends, now I'm hearing he's moving to mornings before Glenn. 

Talkers Magazine's "Heavy Hundred" host list. The strangest list I have ever seen. How can Larry Elder be #94th?

This gets the "Ahhh Baboo" award. 
FCC Agents Trace Radio Interference to 

Doorbells, Videogames, Electric Blankets

When Signals Interfere With Cell Towers or Radio Broadcasts, Agents Crack Down

[NPR] On Fresh Air this week, 
interview with author Walter Kirn.
'Blood Will Out' 
Reveals Secrets Of A Murderous Master Manipulator

[QUOTE]I love Los Angeles, and I love Hollywood. They're beautiful. Everybody's plastic, but I love plastic. 
I want to be plastic. - Andy Warhol

[TWEET]Stan Gill @StanGill
I want $5,000/month for life for mental anguish listening to @DougAndTRae @randywangpgp #bodydrop #carnivalpoopcruisestrategy



[LA PHOTO]Gas station at 3rd and Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 1954

A blond in a white Smart car in Newport Beach

[TECH]Leo Laporte was wearing this little square thing on his shirt last weekend. It's called a Narrative Clip. It takes a 5mp photo every 30 seconds and uploads it to your phone. Pretty cool idea. Go check out this video on their site.

A great story.
Sierra Leone teen builds radio station from recycled parts

Happy 25th birthday, World Wide Web! Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, reflects on its past, present and future—and encourages the rest of us to fight to keep it free and open.

[ON THIS DAY]Birthday of Rick Dees 1950

Philips BD273U "Philetta" Bakelite Radio (1957)

A Lifelong Radio Man Wins New Fans With 'Big Broadcast'

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