Friday, May 30, 2014

You don't go to Palm Springs in the summer unless you're building a golf course - Arnold Palmer

[COMMENT]I have got to say big kudos to KABC. Wednesday I heard a report on Brian Stow who was sucker punched at Dodger Stadium 3 years ago and is now disabled. KABC in their report said that his injuries were the result of a fight. I tweeted and posted on facebook that it was not a fight and that they should fix that. One hour later I got a reply to my tweet that said "Adjusting that now... thanks for the catch.". I think that is huge that they realized a mistake and fixed it. Bravo KABC and McIntyre in the Morning. 

Rush was on Greta via the Ditto Cam
Limbaugh on the VA scandal: Obama administration 'not qualified to do anything ... everything is smoke and mirrors'

Fans of Rush like me should know that Rush just went on vacation and won't return till Monday June 9th.

Adam Carolla Slams PC Talk About Islam: ‘You Should Be More Happy To Judge Cultures That Are Brutalizing Women’

FBN To Debut 'Making Money with Charles Payne' June 2. Charles has been on with Bill Handel in a regular segment for a long time. He always offers smart advice and I know this will be a good show.

The one of hardest working employees at KFI in my opinion is Michael Crozier. He's also been there longer than anyone. They finally let him host a show. This last week he did the Sunday Morning News, which I did not hear, but I'm sure he did a great job.

Speaking of KFI, check this out. Posted by Terri-Rae on her facebook page. Pic first year at KFI-Terri and the Groz. — with Terri-Rae Elmer and Dave Grosby. I don't remember Dave. 

I listened this week to KABC account executive Bob Weiss who's daughter was killed in Santa Barbara, he was on with Doug and Terry-Rae. A very tough thing to listen to. A photo of his daughter Veronica and audio of that call is posted on Radio Ink.

Philly AM fined for after-hours output.
The FCC is showing its power to fine — against a Philadelphia market station that exceeded its power authorization. A $6,000 penalty has been proposed against Real Life Broadcasting’s brokered WIFI, Florence, NJ (1460). The Enforcement Bureau says on two nights in June 2012 it failed to cut its daytime 5,250-watt signal down to 540-watts at sunset.
Well thank god for the FCC protecting us against this kind of brutal abuse of the frequency band. This is your government!

Daryl Parks, who as a Clear Channel corporate PD back in October of 2013, spoke his mind about the FCC's plan to revitalize the AM band. He called the plan a joke.

[BOOK]This week on what Dennis Prager calls The History Hour, he interviewed Kevin Cook. I have never heard about this story till now.

Catherine Susan "Kitty" Genovese (July 7, 1935 – March 13, 1964) was a New York City woman who was stabbed to death near her home in the Kew Gardens neighborhood of the borough of Queens in New York City, on March 13, 1964, by Winston Moseley.

Two weeks after the murder, a newspaper article reported the circumstances of her murder and the lack of reaction from numerous neighbors.The common portrayal of her neighbors as being fully aware but completely unresponsive has since been criticized as inaccurate. Nonetheless, it prompted investigation into the social psychological phenomenon that has become known as the bystander effect or "Genovese syndrome" and especially diffusion of responsibility.

[QUOTE]"As long as we can, we need to use these airwaves for what is right" - Mark Levin



Podcast shows still seem kind of new but they have been around for years now. This week Marc Maron does his 500th show. On it he talks about the show and how it has effected his life and plays some pertinent clips. Doing 500 shows is no small task and I applaud Marc. It's always enjoyable and interesting and it's a landmark in this new medium. Marc will always be known as being there in the beginning. He's left a mark. Also this week a show with Vince Vaughn.

[BUMPER STICKER]You can always tell a host that is from the east coast.

HEMET: Local woman up against Meryl Streep for audiobook award
Carla Mercer-Meyer is nominated for an Audie for her narration of “White Dog Fell from the Sky.”

[LA PHOTO]In Santa Clarita 300 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Brownies planted an estimated 5,000 American flags on the graves of people with military service on Mondays Memorial Day.

[PLATE]Where Dicks come from.

[TECH]There are some obvious stories but this one is out there too. 
iTunes surpasses 35 billion songs sold, iTunes Radio hits 40 million listeners.

[ON THIS DAY]1868 - Memorial Day was observed widely for the first time in the U.S.

[CLASSIC RADIO]I don't usually put up a radio that you can buy but this is amazing. Sears has the Dual Alarm AM/FM Clock Radio for $4.99 (reg. $19.99)…. it lets you wake to an AM-FM Radio or buzzer, and has retro styling. You can set up 2 alarms, each each with different times. AND you can play your iPod or other Audio device with a headphone jack (not included).

[PARTING SHOT]Mel Blanc Born May 30th 1908. His final resting place is at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery. 
How many hours of enjoyment has this man given you?

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty - John F. Kennedy

[COMMENT]On this eve of Memorial Day, with our minds on Americans who gave their lives for our freedom, a scandal. More people died because of decisions that this President made, or didn't make or he didn't know about or that nobody told him to make or not to make. I mean you have got to be kidding me. Fast and Furious, people died, Benghazi, people died and now we are hearing 40 to a 100 people may have died because they could not get into the VA to get treated. The President gets up there and says "When we find out what happen people will be held accountable". When we find out? He checks off the box of good intentions and he's done. I heard today that he knew about this a year or two ago. He also campaigned on fixing the VA. This is a total disgrace. We have two more years with this guy? Will more people die? I know this sounds like hyperbole but these things are really happening and he's getting a pass on everything. Last year Ed Anser and Mike Ferrell said they 'Don't Want to Feel Anti-Black' so they stay silent, cowards! Is that what is still going on here? Now we have Senator Jay Rockefeller this week say if you don't agree with the president you must be a racist. I have never seen anything like this in my life. I am so tired of people using race. I'm a conservative and would love to see Ben Carson and Alan West running this country. They are both black men for those of you in Rio Linda, CA. 

I can only imagine how this presidency will be studied over the following years and all the scores of books that will be written and Obama's legacy will end up non existent. But that doesn't help us now. This is like watching a train wreck in slow motion. Think back to a year ago. I woke up everyday to some new outrage in the White House and it's a year later and it just keeps getting worse. Tomorrow will be another thing and another and another. Two more years, my god.


'I've Enjoyed Every Minute Of It': Carl Kasell On His 60 Years In Radio

A frequent guest on many many shows is a man that I think might be one of the most articulate and intelligent people we have in this country. Victor Davis Hanson is an American military historian, columnist, former classics professor, and scholar of ancient warfare. He has been a commentator on modern warfare and contemporary politics for National Review and other media outlets. He lives up in Central California and owns a huge piece of property. He bikes, and recently he injured himself and got his eyes opened about our healthcare system. This is the best article of the week.

The Unforgiving Moment
May 19, 2014 8:09 am

The most heard guest this week was Dr. Ben Carson. He was on almost everyone's show. He's a smart guy and has a lot of the right answers. He seems a little meek but I like him and his viewpoints. He was on Glenn Beck and Glenn mentioned that there is bible scripture at the top of the page in every chapter of his new book. Glenn said "You gotta really have balls to do that with the PC police coming after everyone these days". It will be interesting to see what happens and if he runs for President.

IMS Radio Network celebrates 60th anniversary
INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 24, 2012 – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network will celebrate its 60th anniversary when it broadcasts the 96th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 27.

Someone that worked at Clear Channel and now has his own company is gonna write good commercials? Are you kidding me? A long long long time in coming. Interesting little one paragraph about CEO Rex Briggs.

I somehow missed this. Beginning Saturday, May 10th, "The Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show" will begin airing live on AM 870-KRLA every Saturday 2-3 p.m. PT / 5-6 p.m. ET. The Saturday show is an exciting addition to the national daily 3 hour program. The program will also be streamed live on KRLA. I have heard Jesse on many shows for years. This man has more sense and a drive to deliver it than most people. Just a wonderful message he brings. I'm sure this show will be a success.

From News Busters
Feminist Lawyer Gloria Allred: Talk Radio is Full of Gender and Race Discrimination

Hollywood pro offers free inside look at the stars
Elliot Mintz did hundreds of celebrity interviews in the 1960s and ‘70s for his nationally syndicated shows. Stars such as Stevie Wonder, Groucho Marx, Donna Summer, John Coltrane, Jayne Mansfield and scores of other artists and entertainers spent hours talking to him on air.
He has a new pretty incredible website that is totally free.

Michael Reagan: Turn off the darn talk radio

I'm not really sure what exactly is but it's owned by CBS. They have a new text interview (probably from a phone call) on their page with Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin that is just out of this world great. Page talks about archiving and remastering all of the Zeppelin albums. I grew up with Zeppelin and this is just an amazing interview.

Jimmy Page: The Protector of Led Zeppelin’s Legacy and His Own
"I was there before the group started, and I know exactly what was recorded."
By Brian Ives

Tuned Out: 11 Off-The-Air & Abandoned Radio Stations

Public Radio's Marketplace
A day in the life of a payphone (3 minutes)
The highest earning payphone in Manhattan is a few blocks from Times Square, smack in the shadow of the Port Authority bus terminal and the New York Times building.

Found this cool blog on Tumblr; Don't Touch That Dial (old radio performances)

Are you a P1?
The Six Kinds Of Radio Consumers

[SIRIUSXM]Winklevoss Twins to Launch SiriusXM Show, Because Radio Is the New Facebook

[QUOTE]Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it -Mark Twain


[PODCASTS]I first heard Sean Cole sitting in for the host on a show called "The Story" on public radio. He is a great interviewer and has an interesting voice. I saw that he was doing an interview on a show called "Tape" on the digital audio service called Stitcher. You will be hearing his name in the future, I bet on it.

Leo Laporte was talking about Harry Shearer's La Show "One of my favorite shows"


[AUDIOBOOKS]A Caddyshack Alum on Surviving the Tumultuous Audiobook Industry
best known for playing Angie D’Annunzio, the caddy in the 1980 comedy Caddyshack who was on the receiving end of Bill Murray’s insane Dalai Lama speech.

[LA PHOTO]Photo courtesy of Michael Cascadden


[TECH]What Television Will Look Like in 2025, According to Netflix

Spotify Hits 10 Million Subscribers, a Milestone

[ON THIS DAY]1955 - Jack Benny did his last live network radio broadcast after a run of 23 years. He devoted his time fully to TV.

This is a very unusual Philco model which featured a two piece cabinet of white Plaskon and black Bakelite. The model UA52P appeared in 1939 or 1940 at a list price of $19.95.


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Friday, May 16, 2014

Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company - George Washington

[COMMENT]So it's been two weeks with almost all of the hosts talking about nothing but Donald Sterling, still. The host that has talked about it least is Hugh Hewitt. Thankfully he talks about important issues, but slides into it occasionally and briefly, thankfully. I don't know if Bill Handel, Doug McIntyre and Byran Suits, John and Gillian and Larry Elder, John and Ken, Ben, Brian and Elisha, Sean Hannity, Rush, Michael Medved and whoever else are trying to attract younger listeners or what? Does anyone who watches TMZ going to tune into 2 weeks of non stop talk about a basketball team owner? It's just nonsensical. I even heard a show talking about JZ the singer. New ratings just in from says KFI had it lowest ratings in recent memory, KABC is flat, KRLA is not anywhere to be found. Are they all trying to jump start their crappy ratings? I would say buy a clue about your programming and get an original idea because what your serving up is just not worthy of my ear holes.

Meanwhile I tuned over to hear Hugh Hewitt Wednesday, a show where you can hear some substance. He had on Steven Pressfield. He wrote a book about the history of Israel and the 6 day war in 1967 called The Lion's Gate. Hugh said that he has not been this impressed with a book for about 9 years since The Looming Tower came out. Hugh went out on a limb again and interviewed Steven Pressfield for the entire 3 hours of his show. And it was amazing and compelling. I will always choose radio content of quality.

Steven Pressfield
The Lion's Gate

[RADIO]Michael Medved had a friend of his on the air named Lloyd. Lloyd has a son that is a 5th grader. He went to school one day and they had a guest. His name is David Gordon and he is a bug chef. He cooked meal worms, crickets and a scorpion and served them up for the kids and Lloyd asked his son if he sampled some of the bugs? He said 'Of course, we all did". Lloyd was not informed that this was going to take place at his son's school and emailed the principal. A short apology from the principal was sent. Turns out Chef Gordon also taught the kids about global environmental sustainability. Which is code for we want you children not to eat beef and chicken when you grow up. Left wing indoctrination if you ask me.

25 years later: Man who exposed Area 51, that first interview with Bob Lazar by George Knapp. He was also on Art Bell a few times. One of the most believable guests about UFO's and Area 51 I have ever heard. 
Tuesday marked the last time on air for a beloved radio host.
Since 1959, the Dottie Ray Show has aired weekdays from 8:45-9 a.m. Dottie Ray, a 91-year-old Iowa City resident, informed her listeners about local organizations, artists, and events. Ray has interviewed thousands of guests — and left her mark on them all.
Audio from her show last year:

From Radio Ink, Hannity says he's not getting credit for his huge audience that is using the internet to hear his show.

Larry Elder had author Joy Brighton to talk about her book Sharia-Ism-Is-Here

KFI's Terry Anzur in Pakistan: Joyful evening in Karachi to celebrate the bonds between Pakistani and American journalists. We left with more gifts than we could carry and memories that will last a lifetime. It has something to do with “The Image of the female Journalists in Pakistan and the World” conducted by U.S. broadcast journalists Terry Anzur and Linda Roth at the Residence of the US Consul General.

Terry posted on her facbook page: Celebrated mother's day in Karachi with my son, Andrew, who is here on a grant from the University of Vienna. We're a long way from home!

Johnny Donovan and Listeners Choice (a music program) ended on Mothers Day in 1982, WABC was flipping to a talk format. Johnny does the "It's open Line Friday!" announcement on the Rush Limbaugh show. I always wonder who the announcers are on shows and Rush just happen to mention it in passing. Glad he did. It puts a face to the voice. This video clip is about 5 minutes, pretty cool.

I heard this on the radio this week. Sriracha is the name of the boat that brought David Tran to freedom in the United States. This guy needs to be celebrated.

Heidi Harris Launches Daily Talk Show On KBET/Las Vegas
I still think that KRLA made a mistake letting Heidi go, I think she would be great on the morning answer. Not to dis Elisha Kruse, but I liked Heidi and still don't understand why they let her go. I was tweeting back and forth with Heidi on Wednesday, he Mother lives right by where the fire in Northern San Diego County was burning this week. They packed up for Coronado, good choice.

[SIRIUSXM]The family drama of Casey Kasem is heart wrenching. His daughter Kerri has been on several shows this last week talking about the fact that they don't know where he is and that he is very ill. Hope this gets resolved soon. Thursday he had been found in Washington State on "vacation" with his wife. 
You can still hear the Archived American Top 40 shows on SiriusXM.
Casey Kasem's American Top 40 Saturdays 12 pm ET
Rebroadcasts Sundays 9 am, Mondays 12 am ET

[QUOTE]'I've been trying to give people french fries for rent, but they won't take it" - Leo Laporte

Woke up for morning radio. Did it. Now, just awake and ready to talk fast.

[PODCASTS]John Slattery who plays Roger Sterling on Mad Men on the Adam Carolla Podcast and oh nothing Kevin Nealon too.

Also John Slattery makes his debut as a film director in “God’s Pocket,” a dark period comedy set in Philadelphia starring the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro.
There’s more to John Slattery than Roger Sterling, Boston Globe article.

He's one of the best things about Mad Men, he's an amazing actor and his character is just one of kind.


[AUDIOBOOKS]Did you know that there are comic book audiobooks? I found some on youtube and they are very well done.

[LA PHOTO]One of the craziest months in weather I have ever seen. 


Clara Bow

Leo Laporte was focused on headphones on his show because of the rumor that Apple was going to buy this company called Beats. Leo said that he really did not believe it was a real story.

Some good headphone websites.


From The Atlantic
The Library of Congress Wants to Destroy Your Old CDs (For Science)"All of the modern formats weren't really made to last a long period of time," said Fenella France, chief of preservation research and testing at the Library of Congress. "They were really more developed for mass production."

[ON THIS DAY]1856 - Lyman Frank Baum, author of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," was born.

[CLASSIC RADIO]President Herbert Hoover listening to his radio - 1920s

[PARTING SHOT]Dave Diamond, Legendary Rock Radio Deejay, Dies at 77
In 1967, Diamond was one of the first disc jockeys to play “Light My Fire” by The Doors, then a largely unknown L.A. band, and he connected listeners to The Seeds, Iron Butterfly, Love, Linda Ronstadt and other acts who at the time could not find airplay.

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