Friday, April 25, 2014

Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar - Edward R. Murrow

[COMMENT]Most of what I hear on the radio is one person or another trying to make something sound different than it really is to further an agenda. I hear John McCain saying "illegals aren't going home so why don't we give them a path to citizenship". It's not about that, nobody in this government wants to secure the border and certified that it is. People steer the argument to a completely different topic. Out of all the things that have not gotten done from our government not securing the border is one that has just gone on and on. People are soo tired of nobody doing anything we've just thrown up our hands. I'm frankly stunned that we have not had some terrorist come over and blown something up. For this government to go against the will of the American people and just ignore us is beyond frustrating. Now we have John Boehner talking about it again. I don't think any of them want to do anything about this at all...ever.

This November and in 2016 we really need to start to take back this country, but I'm not at all confident. We have a bunch of idiots and power hungry bozo's running this place. Like Clint Eastwood said "We own this place".  

And thank god for talk radio, it's like a college course everyday. We have great hosts that keep track of important issues and research news and tell us the important stuff that we need to know. It goes back to the American people must be informed voters for this country to work and talk radio definitely helps with that.  

Let's use this valuable media to share and tell others, inform others and change this country for the better. 

Just think if we didn't have these tools. 

[RADIO]Really great to hear Rush back on the air this week. He sounded a little groggy, but he just jumps right back into the fray and does the show. Rush spent time explaining his medical procedure and the fact that he does not hear like most people think. It was an eye opener and we all should be thankful for our hearing.  

Did you know that Larry King has a show online called PoliticKing? Larry Elder was on the most recent show. It's on but it won't load and it's not on youtube soo what can I do?

This sounds great.
Harvey Kubernik’s new book Turn Up The Radio: Rock, Pop and Roll in Los Angeles 1956-1972, 
out last week from Santa Monica Press, tells that tale.
Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' Challenge: What To Do With His Hands

“Randi Rhodes is the Most Talented Person in Radio Today. Period.” – Stephanie Miller 

I have never been a big fan of Miller, but now she has really lost her mind. Rhodes' show was literally unlistenable, and I tried. Maybe we will hear a new story of her face down after a bender. 
What?..... this microphone? No that one! She will not be me.

This week on Hannity he had the great David Horowitz on to talk about Anti-semitism on college campus's now being called Israeli Apartheid. This article is pretty shocking and I think it's one of the most important stories of the week.
Barbara Kay: Keeping our campuses Israel-friendly

On Tuesday's Mark Levin Show: Mark talks about the Supreme Court ruling upholding its ban on affirmative action and explains the history on it. Mark says that affirmative action is racial discrimination, plain and simple. He talks about Justice Harlan's reasoning from Plessy vs. Ferguson, and the notion that we are supposed to be a colorblind society. We are to treat our citizens as human beings, not based on race or skin color. Also, the realization that the Republican establishment isn't giving up on their attacks on conservatives such as Ted Cruz, who refuses to give in and play their game. Mark talks about Ronald Reagan's history and how he overwhelmingly won because of conservative principles and ideals. Mark read from Plessy vs. Ferguson and it's amazing.

Larry Van Nuys posted this on his facebook page. My mother loved this station when I was growning up in the Valley! This is one great ad. 

Ansel Adams’ nose
Posted By: Scott Harrison
Posted On: 12:16 a.m. | April 23, 2014
Sept. 19, 1979: Photographer Ansel Adams laughs during an interview with KABC radio host Michael Jackson.
I have never seen this photo! Wow!

Sitting in for Rush for the first time was a host named Eric Erickson. Erickson is a politically conservative American blogger and editor-in-chief of the blog site From 2010-13, he was a political contributor for CNN. And he's also a lawyer. He had a great sense of humor and I enjoyed the show. He does a show out of Atlanta.

Is there anyone that you can think of that is more condescending and fake than George Noory? I don't know maybe you love the guy. I heard him say "I think the Malaysian airliner might have just went into a Bermuda triangle time warp...and it's just gone" This quote like many stupid things he says are on a dedicated facebook page called "Stupid stuff Goerge Noory says.
A woman calls in and she's from Pahrump, NV. I wonder if she has ever heard of Art Bell? I must be getting really old because that is just so stupid to me that she or Noory never said anything about it.

On Airtalk with Larry Mantle on KPCC
Paramount Drive-In re-opens after being closed for more than 20 years
Great article from the Press Telegram

[SIRIUSXM]SiriusXM and NBC News will launch TODAY Show Radio on June 26
There's a reason to get SiriusXM.....ahhh baboo.

[QUOTE]Israel is the canary in the mine. What happens to Israel will eventually happen to America itself - David Horowitz


[PODCASTS]Leo Laporte on his Tech Guy show talked about British Pathe putting their entire back catalogue of 85,000 films online for free. absolutely astounding!

It's also the 8th anniversary of Leo Laporte's TWIT that he started in a spare bedroom. Congrats!

Here is Lisa Kentzell (Leo's partner) making Easter Brunch at the Brick House.


[LA PHOTO]The Million Dollar Theater - Los Angeles, Saturday April 26th a screening of 'Touch of Evil" with Orson Wells.


[TECH]Radio stations should be giving these away!
ABCO Tech Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Shower Speaker

I don't listen to Savage, he's not on here in LA and I don't know if I would take the time to stream it. I have in the past. Not really sure about the guy.

[ON THIS DAY]1938 - "Your Family and Mine," a radio serial, was first broadcast. The program was initially broadcast daily at 6:15pm, sponsored by Sealtest (Sealtest Dairy was a division of National Dairy Products Corporation (predecessor to Kraft Foods, Inc.) of Delaware. It produced milk, cream, ice cream, etc). The series was created by Lillian Laugerty, following her success with the daytime drama series Big Sister, which had a long run from 1936 to 1952.
Templeton Fox

[CLASSIC RADIO]General Electric GD63 (1938)

[SPECIAL LOS ANGELES LISTENER PROFILE]Gaylord Carter. Back in the 90's a co-worker of mine introduced me to a special person in LA history, his name is Gaylord Carter. Tomorrow, April 26th at 8pm at LA's historic Million Dollar Theater there will be a special screening of Touch of Evil, a 1958 American crime thriller film, written, directed by, and co-starring Orson Welles. This theater (built in 1918) is where the 21 year old Carter became theater organist in 1926. I had the privilege to meet and spend time with him at his home and saw him play the organ at San Bernardino's California Theater. He's truly a LA icon. He lived to be 95 and did nothing but love being an organist all his life. Just a sweet and gregarious and generous guy. It will be a special thing to be inside that theater soo many years later. 

At KNX Studio, Columbia Square, Hollywood

Broadcast 30 August, 1942:
More detail on the life of Gaylord Carter:

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Lord save us all from a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms - Mark Twain

[COMMENT]$20? Are you kidding?

Hey look at that a new newspaper, the LA Register. The same company that is putting out the OC Register and the Long Beach Register that was debuted this time last year. Since the OC Register went to a pay wall I haven't seen it one time. I don't buy the newspaper. I do buy the LA Times Sunday occasionally. I also find it pretty important to be able to share stories, no can do with that pay wall, until the article is posted somewhere else days later, if at all. I heard McIntyre say that newspapers like the one he writes a column for make their money from people buying the paper. These people that buy the paper must be older than me and I'm 51. I have a smart phone, it's a new thing:). I barely turn the TV on. I get everything from radio and the web. I really don't understand a new newspaper that charges and also has ads I have to look at. It's a step back in time in my mind. I get the physical thing about a newspaper but by the time you get it, it's old news and pretty much only good for feature stories. I wish them luck but I just don't understand that in a time of the most advanced technology we have ever had someone would buy a newspaper. 

As newspapers struggle, Los Angeles gets another daily

[RADIO]Stunning things in the news this week. Very hard to hear, some of it. Best coverage in my mind is McIntyre, Suits, Rush, Medved and Hannity and Hewitt. I flip around a lot. Can't go wrong with this line up. 

Hugh Hewitt interviewed author Johnathan Allen talking about this new book HRC about the history of Hillary. Three hours of interview that Hugh has generously posted on his website. I heard two hours of it Thursday and he will play the third hour Friday. Allen has the most comprehensive book about Hillary. He interviewed people that nobody had access to. This is a really important interview, especially if she runs in 2016. 

Glenn Beck Ramping Up A Film Studio, Planning Three Original Features

Silicon Valley, Mike Judge's new sitcom, talks with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

I turn on the radio on Tuesday at 9pm on KABC which I never do and there is Frasier Smith sitting in for Peter Tilden. He's talking to Malibu Dan who's taking calls and then Melrose Larry Green calls in. Can't get more LA old school than that. Too funny. Then Fraiser takes a call from supposedly John Lovtiz. He asks John if he has ever seen a lab grown vagina or a vagina at all. The funniest interview I have heard in years. He ends the interview with "I"m Peter Tilden". Then he takes a long call from from George Lopez. He said that him and Frazier have been friends for a long time. Just a wonderful interview. To turn on the radio and by accident hear Fraiser is just great. And then Gary Busey calls in and says he's hanging with Larry Elder. I'm sure you can hear this on the KLOS website. 

Barbara Eden. Great interview on a Chicago radio station, Really great history of her career. I worked at a place in Encino when I was a teenager called Two Guys From Italy. Barbara came in and had dinner. I was star stuck. She asked for some cream for her coffee. I ended up spilling it on her.

Christian Bladt, Dennis Miller's great producer did and interview with Paul Stanley. Looks like a home studio.

A very important and insightful interview, transcript from the Hugh Hewitt show. Robert C. O’Brien From Gitmo At The Trial Of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Michael Medved had an author on with a new book about John Wayne. Scott Eyman's John Wayne: The Life and Legend.

Looks like the always unhealthy Artie Lange is in the hospital. I saw this on Twitter, don't know the details. He's a funny dude, god's speed. 

[QUOTE]Larry Elder was telling a story about talking to a liberal woman that did not know he was a republican, he said "You could have heard a rat tinkling on cotton on the moon"

[TWEET]KFI's stevengregory ‏@stevengregory
Amazing phone footage from inside restaurant where a firetruck came through the front entrance in 
Monterey Park, CA


On WTF with Marc Maron
Jason Reitman and Ivan Reitman, that's big.


[AUDIOBOOKS]The Audio Publishers Association hands out 35 Audie Awards from an unwieldy 
150 finalists next month. The list is online.

[LA PHOTO]Dopes...with Hopes


Join Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the Internet, in a discussion about the Internet's past, present, and future, from April 2nd

[ON THIS DAY]Wednesday was KABC Radio Michael Jackson's 80th birthday. This man taught me everyday about the middle east and soo many news stories. I had no idea what a Liberal was then at age 22 or something. Michael was a Liberal I found out many years later. He educated me on politics and I heard many great interviews. He had a 30 year run at KABC arriving everyday in slacks, a blazer and a tie. What an amazing broadcaster. Thanks Michael, I hope you are well and miss you on the air.

2003 Radio Hall of Fame inductee,
7 time Emmy Award winner, 6 time Golden Mike Award winner.

A local host gave this to me about 12 years ago, wonderful radio. Henry Kloss - Model One

[PARTING SHOT]Did I miss a fucking meeting about the coffee? You can get every other flavor except COFFEE FLAVORED COFFEE! They got mochaccino, they've got chococcino, frapaccino, capaccino, rapaccino, Al Pacino, WHAT THE FUCK!!!
- Denis Leary

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15 - Ronald Reagan


The most important story of the week in my opinion is this Mozilla CEO that lost his job because of a Prop 8 donation years ago. When we have views that other people don't like, tolerance should prevail. When the radical left doesn't like what someone believes and they try to shut people up or get people fired or make them quit a job, then we have a serious problem. Tolerance is not a virtue of the left. Remember the Chick-Fil-A thing? And now Condi Rice is in the cross hairs. She has joined the board of DropBox, and there are people out there who hated the Bush administration and are targeting her. If we are going to have people deciding who to employ and what to buy based on their politics we are in deep trouble. It's McCarthyism all over again. Dennis Prager says it soo much better than I, read his brilliant piece.  

Uninstall Firefox
By Dennis Prager

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014


Back in the day you could turn the radio on and hear the same people doing the same show day after day. I get that vacations and holidays keep hosts off the air occasionally. But these days it seems lots of hosts are not on the air regularly. And most of the time you don't know they are not there till you turn the show on, and sometimes it's a replay of an old show, but the station doesn't volunteer that information. This relationship we listeners think we have with stations and hosts is an allusion. There is no relationship. Radio stations hope to fool you by not telling you anything and hoping that you stay tuned to get hit over the head with there ads. Hugh Hewitt was not there for a week recently and one day last week, they put up a repeat show, they did not say it was a repeat. Hannity is regularly gone with no notice. Glenn Beck was gone because of a family death. McIntyre takes a Friday often to fly up to Oregon, I get that, not complaining. John and Jeff were in for Larry Elder a few weeks ago. Gillian Barbarie was gone last week for a few days, and that's a brand new show. Bill Handel was off for two weeks recently, Gary Hoffmann was loving life. The worst offenders are the trio at KRLA's The Morning Answer. Ben Shapiro must have in his contract that he takes Monday's off every week. Elisha Kruse is a new mother and is off often. Brian Whitman is off it seems at least once a week, why? He's Brian Whitman. He has a rep for calling in sick. He did this often when he was on 97.1 The FM Talk Station. Bryan Suits was out and Royal Oaks sat in and will be out again this week. I remember hearing back in the 80's KABC's Michael Jackson, he was there everyday for years, 30 to be exact. I can hardly remember him not being there. Consistency is important in daily local radio. If your not there, I change the station. Oh and Hugh Hewitt was off on Thursday :)

Can I get the PD of KABC's attention just for a minute. ahh yea, hey listen. If John and Gillian are out, I'm not happy. Love the show, (in a whisper) you can't put Leo Terrell in as a sub...know why? I'll change the station. Just letting you know. Royal Oaks is OK though.


On Fresh Air - Edie Falco On Sobriety, The Sopranos, And Nurse Jackie's Self-Medication

A 5 minute interview with Michael Garber, who edited Huell's work from 2004 until his last episode from KPCC's show Offramp.
Huell Howser: 'California's Gold' host had a clear vision for show

Memories of Mickey Rooney posted on facebook by KOST-FM's Ted Ziegenbusch
More than once, I found myself in the same room as Mickey Rooney. On a vacation in Las Vegas, he chose the seat right next to me in the LV Hilton Race Book. He looked over at me, smiled and spoke first. "Good morning! How ya' doing?" he said. I'm not sure what came out of my mouth, but it was something along the line of "But, uh, um, uh." Legendary moment with an all-time great. RIP, Mickey Rooney. Thanks for your enthusiasm and entertainment.

Why didn't anyone report that Mickey Rooney won an Emmy in 1958 for "Eddie"? I didn't hear anyone talk about that. That show also won best director, my uncle Jack Smight got that. 

From "People Who Love Art Bell" facebook page.
Art and daughter seeing Noah. The caption said, "Cool we own the whole theater" Art is not doing his show currently. His "Non Compete" clause with SiriusXM ends August of 2015. He'll be back.

KFI's Rob Archer and Mark Austin Thomas on a new media site called on Saturday on Miss Lora's Civil Wars which airs 10:00 am - 11:00 am. It's TV ;)

Listening to Leon Kaplan "The Motorman" on Sunday morning on KABC is always a pleasure.  Leon has done a show about cars on KABC for years and years. He may be one of the most talented and knowledgeable mechanics around. Jay Leno calls in once and a while. It's a down home atmosphere and just a relaxed show with some bad jokes thrown in. Keep going Leon!

Leon mentioned that Malibu Dan of 97.1 fame was working the board or taking calls. I had a back and forth with Dan on facebook. He wrote: "There seems to be a lot of us ol' KLSXers here at Cumulus. I've been here for awhile now and only work a couple of days a week which is perfect!" Dan is a working Realtor in the OC. He has a facebook page for that: No Worries, lov'n you buddy!

Speaking of 97.1, remember Frosty Stilwell? Turns out his Studio City home was being rented by Mickey Rooney. What a trip that is. Frosty has been living in the bay area. Info from

Terri-Rae Elmer is in her second week out because of a bad back, get well soon!. Lew Stowers has been sitting in doing a great job.

This is a shock. Voice of America radio stops Russia broadcast after Moscow refused license extension.

I actually found a directory on Yahoo of radio personalities.
Radio Personalities

Hugh Hewitt talked to Ryan Lizza about a very lengthy article he wrote about Chris Christie's history. I think this may be a big deal. It appears in the New Yorker. You'll need a big cup of coffee and about a half hour.

Kevin Pollack was on the Heidi and Frank's Show on KLOS. Kevin has been on a show I love called Mom. He's always funny and entertaining.

[SIRIUSXM]Howard Stern will interview Billy Joel in a town-hall styled meeting, broadcast live on SiriusXM on April 28, which will include special guests and performances just days before Joel turns 65.

[AUDIOBOOKS]This is a great book, listening to it this week. 

[QUOTE]"The chief law enforcement officer in the country has no understanding of the constitution and worse, no concern" 
- Dave Williams KLIF Dallas

[TWEET]Los Angeles Listener ‏@LosAngListener
@realphilhendrie Looks good. Life and Times of a Warrior Steakhouse owner, I guess.

Well look at that, Gillian Barberie on the Adam Carolla Podcast. I have no idea who these other people are.

In case you missed it, musician and amateur radio enthusiast Joe Walsh (WB6ACU) was a guest on this week's episode of Ham Nation on Leo Laporte's TWIT network.
(He also wrote and plays the Ham Nation theme).
This episode also marks the debut of Valerie Hotzfeld (NV9L) as a co-host on the show.

Comedian/Podcaster Marc Maron writes a blog every week that is posted on this website and it gets emailed to me. He was talking about his book "Attempting Normal" which is a great book. One of the most honest books I have ever read. It's coming out in paperback soon and the cover was going to be changed. I thought this was hilarious, he posted a cover that did not make the cut.

Dennis Miller did a recent interview with Dana Carvey and it's archived on Podcastone. Lots of other interviews as well.


[LA PHOTO]By Los Angeles architectural photographer Mike Kelley. A composite photo taken over 8 hours at LAX. 


[TECH]Major bug called ‘Heartbleed’ exposes Internet data
This is a very big deal. I heard Leo Laporte talking about this on his show TWIG. 2/3rd's of all web servers have a problem. The patches are being applied but it will take a while. Read this.

From Inside Radio.
Study: 124 million web radio listeners in 2014.
Edison Research and Triton Digital found 124 million Americans age 12 and older listened to some form of streaming in the month prior according to the Infinite Dial survey. It’s an increase over 118 million a year earlier. That lifts the total reach of digital radio to 47% of the U.S. 12+ population.

[ON THIS DAY]1921 - The first live sports event on radio took place this day on KDKA 1020 Radio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The event was a boxing match between Johnny Ray and Johnny Dundee.

[CLASSIC RADIO]1950's Emerson Model 744B

[PARTING SHOT]I learned that very often the most intolerant and narrow-minded people are the ones who congratulate themselves on their tolerance and open-mindedness.
- Christopher Hitchens

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