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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