Friday, June 13, 2014

"If I was the President, I'd run so many pipes in there, I'd suck it drier than Noel Coward's memoirs" - Dennis Miller





[COMMENT]I could hardly keep up with everything this week. Flipping to this station and back to that station. Michael Medved did really annoy me when he said about Cantor "This is not a good day for America". Michael Medved is not a TEA Party guy obviously. He also said "building a fence will not work". I used my click filter and turned him off. He said this a few years ago and it's just a ridiculous thing to say. And then we have Sean Hannity talking about a dog contest between talking about Mosul falling. Him talking to his staff is THE worst radio. Hugh Hewitt has been obsessed with who will take Cantors place for 2 days, which is really boring radio. I think McIntyre and Suits are hard to beat, I listen regularly. But at 9am I'm switching between Rush and Suits and Prager, gotta know where those breaks are mannn, and I do. 

This week a really great candidate named Dave Brat beats Eric Cantor in Virgina. Brat is University Economics Professor. It just goes to show you that a lot of the pre-election banter during any election is just complete BS. This is why Karl Rove is just worthless, just look at his record. I think he's in the witness protection program, where is he? Nobody saw the defeat of Eric Cantor coming, nobody.

And of course, in my opinion Talk Radio can take some huge credit here. Mark Levin who lives in Virginia has been hammering Cantor for months. The TEA Party listens to Mark Levin. Mark is an educator on the radio everyday about what is really going on. I have said it before, he has probably the best radio show on the air if you want to be an informed voter.

Here is a Politico article about the contribution of Talk Radio in the primary election. 
Right-wing radio’s win on Cantor




[RADIO]Bye-Bye To The Home Of A Favorite Conspiracy Theory, HAARP. (5 minutes)
http://www.npr.org/2014/06/10/319539712/bye-bye-to-the-home-of-a-favorite-internet-conspiracy-theory

For years I heard about this place on Art Bell's late night show. 
Nick Begich was a frequent guest and author of "Angels Don't Play This HAARP" 

The remote HAARP facility in Alaska has 180 antennas that are used to study the ionosphere.







BECK SPENDS $350K ON NORMANDY FLAG
The Daily News reports it was Glenn Beck and his charity Mercury One that purchased the U.S. flag that flew over Normandy at D-Day for $350,000 at an auction in Manhattan on Monday. The tattered flag flew aboard the American-built LST 493 during D-Day operations 70 years ago. It had been estimated to sell for $25,000 to $35,000



D-Day radio broadcasts from KFWB found and restored
http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2014/06/d-day_radio_broadcasts_fr.php



KCRW radio station breaks ground on new Media Center in Santa Monica
http://archinect.com/news/article/101717557/kcrw-radio-station-breaks-ground-on-new-media-center-in-santa-monica

And....

L.A. station’s website gets a $10 million refresh.
The website of influential public radio station KCRW, Los Angeles (89.9) just got a major makeover, thanks to a new $10 million investment in technology and new programming. Looks like pretty soon the "Public Radio" part of KCRW can be dropped and public funding can be ended.
http://insideradio.com/Article.asp?id=2802653&spid=32061#.U5r4j5RdW6E





Hattie McDaniel was an American actress. Her birthday was this week on June 10th. She is perhaps best known for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her the first African American to win an Academy Award. She also was the first Black woman to sing on American Radio. She died in 1952 and is buried Angelus Rosedale Cemetery Los Angeles. There is also a memorial for her at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery (shown here)


Hattie singing "Sooner or Later" from Disney's Song of the South 1946.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4g-bCQtKhM





[QUOTE]Every Friday I used to have about fifty, sixty kids who would wait for me on Sunset Boulevard and I'd take them all to dinner. 
All runaways - Al Lewis





[TWEET]Donald Trump Retweets Fake Quote Attributed To Him
http://www.npr.org/2014/06/11/320882355/donald-trump-retweets-fake-quote-attributed-to-him





[PODCASTS]Josh Robert Thompson keeps plugging away. Really talented guy. He does this podcast where he talks into a mic while he's driving. Really personal things and what's going on in his life. Some behind the scenes at the Craig Ferguson Show. Worth a tumble.
https://soundcloud.com/jrtvoices/ep-57-the-fart-of-war-6-7-14





On WTF
Great actor Giovanni Ribisi takes a break from his press tour for “A Million Ways To Die In The West” to sit down with Marc and talk about child acting, http://www.wtfpod.com







Esotouric - Bus Adventures into the secret heart of Los Angeles has a podcast. It all about Los Angeles!
You Can’t Eat the Sunshine is the podcast of Esotouric, the off beat Los Angeles company that turns the notion of guided bus tours on its ear. Each week, join Kim Cooper and Richard Schave on their Southern California adventures, as they visit with fascinating characters for wide-ranging interviews that reveal the myths, contradictions, inspirations and passions of the place. There’s never been a city quite like Los Angeles. Tune in if you’d like to find out why.

http://esotouric.com/canteatsunshine




Adam Carolla with Dinesh D’Souza and Mark Cuban this week and last. 
http://adamcarolla.com/episodes/





[SIRIUSXM]How Radio and Streaming Can Be Complementary at New Music Seminar
http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/6121108/how-radio-and-streaming-can-be-complementary-at-new




[BUMPER STICKER]

TEA Party kicks out Cantor!





[AUDIOBOOKS]Amazon Kindle apps can now play Audible audiobooks
It's now possible to make the switch between ebook and audiobook right inside of the app, rather than having to jump from the Kindle app over to the Audible audiobook app.
http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/10/5796564/kindle-audible-audiobook-integration-built-in-whispersync







[LA PHOTO]To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Napoleon Dynamite, a statue was unveiled at the Fox lot on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles on June 9th. Photos by Mary Bove. Thanks LA Weekly. 





[PLATE]BAD DOGY






[TECH]Worldwide Smartphone Usage to Grow 25% in 2014
Nine countries to surpass 50% smartphone penetration this year 
By the end of 2014, we expect 1.76 billion people to own and use smartphones monthly, 
up more than 25% over 2013.
http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Worldwide-Smartphone-Usage-Grow-25-2014/1010920


Court OKs Universities' Quest To Turn To More Digital Copies Of Books (3 minutes)
http://www.npr.org/2014/06/10/320734904/court-oks-universities-quest-to-turn-to-more-digital-copies-of-books





[ON THIS DAY]1866 - The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. Congress. It was ratified on July 9, 1868. The amendment was designed to grant citizenship to and protect the civil liberties of recently freed slaves. It did this by prohibiting states from denying or abridging the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States, depriving any person of his life, liberty, or property without due process of law, or denying to any person within their jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.





[CLASSIC RADIO]The First Radio Designed for the Home

The first licensed broadcast radio station, KDKA, was launched in Pittsburgh in 1920. The creation of KDKA was a serendipitous offshoot of a Westinghouse project headed by a researcher named Frank Conrad. Conrad had decided to conduct research testing by placing a receiver at his home while his laboratory assistants sent him signals from a transmitter located at the Westinghouse facility. For these purposes, Conrad arranged for his assistants to play recorded music into the transmitter. Conrad's neighbors, using their personal crystal sets, started listening in on this music, and even began making requests for particular musical selections to be played.

As the number of listeners grew, the owner of the local hardware store asked Conrad to announce over the air that crystal radio sets could be purchased at his hardware store. Hence, the first radio advertisement was born.

Conrad's boss at Westinghouse took note of Conrad's unofficial enterprise and instructed Conrad to build a larger transmitter. Later, He assigned Conrad to design a home radio receiver, the RADA. The RADA was Introduced by Westinghouse in 1920 to coincide with the launch of KDKA, the first commercial broadcast radio station.

Shown: Westinghouse RA tuner and DA detector/amplifier, Type LV "Vocarola" loudspeaker with "Operola" reproducer. American, c. 1920






[PARTING SHOT]

February 8, 1922, was a big day at the White House. On this day President Harding had a radio installed. At the time, radio was the hottest technology there was, and the White House was on the cutting edge. Almost two years later, Calvin Coolidge, who followed Harding, was the first president to broadcast from the White House. Coolidge's address for Washington's Birthday was heard on 42 stations from coast to coast.

Before that historic broadcast, radio had played a big role in Coolidge's victory in the 1924 presidential election. The night before the election, Coolidge made history when the largest radio audience ever tuned in to the broadcast of his final campaign speech. Coolidge won the election easily, and in March, Americans listened for the first time to their president take the oath of office on the radio.





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