Friday, July 4, 2014

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

[COMMENT]Well another 4th of July is here, my 51st one. It's a great time to celebrate our country and focus on what our country is. Long may it wave! Happy Independence Day!

Short week for me. Listening to radio this week was pretty different than usual. A couple hosts were off or took off early because of the 4th of July holiday and the fact that it's summer and it's the lowest for ratings. An unsung host that is just great is Royal Oaks who sat in for McIntyre for the whole week including today. He's always great, smart and funny. Big talk from Rush, Hannity and Bryan Suits about the border and what the president is doing. He got a "worst president ever" rating in a recent poll. He comes out this week and completely deflects and acts like it's the Republicans that are the cause of everything not going well. I think a lot of people have turned on him that voted for him. I think the border situation is a real big problem and will get only worse.

The huge Supreme Court ruling came back including the Hobby Lobby ruling which looks to be a good decision but pretty narrow.

Then we have this: PUTIN TO OBAMA: Let's get along...

I say oh brother. 

And isn't this all you need to know: Record 92,120,000 Americans Not Working, Not Looking...

[RADIO]Matt Drudge Talks ‘Divided’ Politics, Media in Very Rare Radio Interview
In the WTOP interview, Drudge also said news is more important than ever and described Washington D.C. as the “heartbeat of the nation, for good or bad.”

Court Upholds Public Broadcasting Political Ad Ban

Forbes has released its 100 Most Powerful Celebrities issue, which lists five broadcasters, including Howard Stern, who, between his SiriusXM and America's Got Talent salaries, earned an estimated $95 million, topping all broadcasters on the list. Glenn Beck comes in second, according to Forbes, with earnings of $90 million from his radio show, his online news site The Blaze, and Mercury, his publishing company. Rush Limbaugh with $66 million in earnings edged out Ryan Seacrest with $65 million. Sean Hannity earned $30 million, according to Forbes. Radio Ink's 40 Most Powerful People in Radio list will be released on July 28.

Radio’s Most Dangerous Experiment By Richard Harker
Radio is in the midst of the greatest transformation of local radio since national networks faded in the 1950s. The rush to trim local operations and consolidate many operational tasks at the corporate level is a bold experiment that moves local radio into untested and uncertain territory. The audacious action will certainly change the face of radio. What isn’t clear is whether radio will be stronger for it, or suffer as a result.
Richard Harker is President of Harker Research, a company providing a wide range of research services to radio stations in North America and Europe. Twenty-years of research experience combined with Richard's 15 years as a programmer and general manager

How George Lucas Transformed The Modern Fairy Tale (4 minutes)
Star Wars superfan and IMDb critic Melanie McFarland tells NPR's Don Gonyea why George Lucas's career is worthy of a $1 billion museum on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive.

KLIF Dallas morning man Dave Williams:
Dean Koontz has sold 450 million books but this morning he got the thrill of his life: He got to talk with us.

This is a great interview. I have never read a Dean Koontz book, but it sounds compelling. He did a very good sounding phone interview with Dave and Amy from his Newport Beach, CA home. During the interview he talked about how he loves radio. Dave generously posted this audio on his facebook page. Dave used to do the news at KABC here in LA and we miss him.

From NPR Weekend Edition Saturday with Scott Simon
America's Got Talent judges told the dancing hip-hop violinist Lindsey Stirling that her career had no hope, but she proved them wrong. She tells NPR's Scott Simon about her new album, Shatter Me.

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As Yosemite Park Turns 150, Charms And Challenges Endure

IBM's Watson Is Out With Its Own Barbecue Sauce

Do You Pass the Israel Test? From Prager University.

[SIRIUSXM]SiriusXM Celebrates 4th of July with Extensive Independence Day Programming Spanning Music, Comedy, Talk, and Sports

[QUOTE]The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.

Alexis de Tocqueville
Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville was a French political thinker and historian best known for his works Democracy in America and The Old Regime and the Revolution.


[PODCASTS]Marc Maron reveals his podcast shame to Jimmy Kimmel

Podcaster Marc Maron calls Reno 'morally bankrupt' from the Reno Gazzette Journal July1st


LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind.-- A bumper sticker is the center of controversy in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU against the Indianapolis Police Department.

The bumper sticker in question is one that reads "Unmarked Police Car" that wound up getting an Indianapolis woman pulled over by an IMPD officer. After reviewing her license and registration, the officer made her remove the bumper sticker from her vehicle because the officer believed people would think she was impersonating a police officer.



[TECH]Microscale Monet is world's tiniest full-colour painting
Wang's team's reproduction is just 300 micrometers wide -- one third of a millimetre.

[ON THIS DAY]1776 - The amended Declaration of Independence, prepared by Thomas Jefferson, was approved and signed by John Hancock, the President of the Continental Congress in America.

The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription


[PARTING SHOT]American composer-conductor John Williams is debuting a new arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner," featuring choirs, trumpets, an orchestra and cannons on the National Mall for the nation's birthday.

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