Friday, July 25, 2014

The reason there are two senators for each state is so that one can be the designated driver - Jay Leno

[COMMENT]This week Talk Radio reigns at the center of truth and clarity when it comes to Israel and Gaza. All the shows that I listen to got it right and see things clearly. It's amazing when you have all the information you need to understand a situation, how it makes things clear. How is it that Israel can be made out to be the bad guy is beyond me. They defend themselves because they are being attacked and Hamas uses women and children as human shields. I'm just a regular guy in my car in California and I get it. 


Well here we go again. Don Barrett at reported this week that once again readers at The Daily News voted Bill Handel the best morning radio show. That's got to sting Doug McIntyre who writes a column at The Daily News. And once again I'm astounded. It's not a good show and it's not funny! It just isn't. I think the problem here is that KABC does very little advertising. I think Handel has a TV hit and McIntyre does not. I just don't think enough people in town know about the great show that Doug and T-Rae and Randy do. And the great edition of Bryan Suits. I bet if you asked people on the street if they ever heard of KABC radio it would be very thin. AM radio is like Black and White TV to people. When you look at the ratings it shows mostly people listening to music, young people. The other big audience is Spanish language. It's really a shame because in my mind the big three in town are KABC, KRLA and KFI, and now the new AM 1150 KIEB and they have a lot of content (between the commercials, traffic and news ;). I hardly listen to KFI anymore. All the best shows are at KIEB, KABC and KRLA in my opinion. KFI is sliding into bad, boring or old shows that I have no interest in. Even John and Ken....old and stale. We are talking KFI in 12th, KABC 38th and KRLA 39th in the ratings. It may one day improve or just go away. 


Mitt Romney was on with Sean Hannity this week. It was great to hear his voice. Even after years he still sounds the same. The same forceful and confident person. And of course he still sticks to what he argued in the debates and would have done things a lot different than this President. To imagine how things could have been is just sad, what a lost opportunity. 

This week Mark Levin talked about his Landmark Legal Foundation suing the EPA for.....wait for it.....destroying records. Mark for some reason doesn't get much credit for suing and winning against the IRS for targeting conservative organizations. But he has done it again and this will be a big story. 

From the Washington Free Beacon
Mark Levin Sues EPA for Destroying Emails on Regulation Delays
Levin: 'The EPA is a toxic waste dump for lawlessness and disdain for the Constitution'

[RADIO]I would never normally post a link to Bill Handel and his show as you have just read, but he had Weird Al Yankovic on Thursday for an hour. It's a really interesting interview. I love Al and it's great to see him back at it. I guess his new stuff is a huge hit. 
Success From Parody -- Weird Al Yankovic 8am (7/24)

The Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings announced a new radio deal with Cumulus' KABC (790-AM) Radio. The L.A. Times reports the agreement is a five-year deal and the Kings will be the only sports property on the station. Longtime team broadcasters Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans will continue to call the games. Kings president of business operations Luc Robitaille said "We are thrilled to partner with Cumulus and TalkRadio 790 KABC. They are a strong and visible media and broadcasting brand in our community, and they have a great overall reputation as a business and in the radio industry in particular."

I remember back in the 80's having baseball interrupt and preempt Michael Jacksons' show, it was horrible. The radio station is doing this for money. All week long they have been saying "We are soo proud and happy" bla bla bla. KABC is a talk radio station the last time I checked. The listeners that want to hear their shows get to hear sports instead. Who wants that? And who is this rare animal that wants to hear a Hockey game on the radio, I mean seriously (tongue between teeth.)

Maybe KABC should change their format. You know in the UK there is a station called Talk Sport. For many years there has been rumblings about mixing talk radio with sports talk. I say go for it. This culture is soo wound up with the cult of sports they just may have something. LOL I won't be listening to it, but hey knock yourself out.

All this week KABC is hyping this new programming change like it's a huge celebration. I'm sure when Larry Elder or Mark Levin are preempted it's listeners will be pushing back in a big way. One way to start early if your a Mark Levin fan like me is to download the Mark Levin App!

Here is something that I love that KABC does. They post audio of great segments.
Mariette Hartley Remembers James Garner from Mondays McIntyre in the Morning show.

Howard Stern Gives Impassioned Defense of Israel
"If you’re anti-Israel, then you’re anti-America. It’s the only democracy over there, it’s the only friend we have who’s willing to fight and stand up for what’s right."

This week Dennis Prager was talking about a video on Prager University that has gone viral with way over 2 million hits. It's a simple explanation of what is going on in Israel. A must see, it's only 5 minutes and it's free!

What a concept. This is from a Radio trade magazine called Radio Ink.
Buzz Knight is the Vice President of Program Development for Greater Media

Interesting, from Public Radio's Marketplace.
Turning a new leaf can prove elusive in tobacco-built South

Apple CarPlay - TBA
After months of hype, Apple has officially partnered with more than a dozen automakers to bring CarPlay on the road this summer. The innovative iOS system includes some of Apple’s best features (maps, phone calls, text messaging), all installed in the vehicle’s built-in display, and silken-voiced Siri will help drivers keep eyes on the road and hands on the wheel at all times. Road trips—and daily commutes, for that matter—will never be the same.

CEO Brian McAndrews threw out some impressive listener stats during the conference call Thursday night. Pandora has 76.4 million active users, 250 million registered users, and over 6 billion stations have been created. Pandora has 7 million unique users through its native automotive integration, listening for about six hours per month (outside the car listeners averaged 21 hours in June) and total listener hours grew 29 percent year-over-year, to 5.04 billion. The cost for all of that listening, what Pandora calls content acquisition costs, was $111.5 million for the quarter.

[THUMBS DOWN]Windsor Johnston on NPR just said that James Gardener died. You're on the radio! Good god!

[SIRIUSXM]Tom Petty Radio Returns to SiriusXM
Limited-run channel to air a "Town Hall" special featuring Petty answering questions from fansTom Petty Radio to feature music spanning Petty's entire career, including his new album with The Heartbreakers, "Hypnotic Eye"

[QUOTE]Rockford Quote
Jim: Would you knock off that "Rockfish" stuff? The name is RockFORD!
Gandy: OK, Rockfish



Woody Allen's First Podcast: 7 Revelations From 'Magic in the Moonlight' Director with Josh Horowitz

The Guardian in the UK writes about this podcast

No matter what you think of Woody Allen, he has made some great films and is a huge creative force. I was curious to hear this interview because he does no interviews normally, no Radio or TV and no print. Not really even sure why he did this. It's only a half hour but there are some interesting insights and to hear his voice again is just weird. It's the same old Woody. 

***This is an outstanding interview, don't miss it. 
Leonard Maltin on with Marc Maron on the WTF Podcast
A lot of things in Leonard Maltin’s life were unexpected. He never expected to become a ubiquitous American film critic. He didn’t expect to be entrenched in show business after spending his formative years revering it. And he definitely didn’t expect to become a comedy podcast legend. Leonard and Marc talk about how these unlikely things came to be.

On Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #8: Butch Patrick
Child actor Butch Patrick was barely 11 years old when he was asked to screen test for a CBS "family sitcom" and within hours, his life was forever changed. To mark the 50th Anniversary of the debut of one of TV's strangest (and most enduring) shows, "The Munsters," Gilbert rings up Eddie Munster himself to find out how he first landed the part way back in 1964, why the original Marilyn was replaced and if he still has his old "Woof Woof" doll. Also, Butch speaks with surprising candor about overcoming his various demons of booze, drugs and typecasting and tells us where "Lidsville" creators Sid & Marty Krofft found their own "inspiration." All this, plus memories of Chuck Jones, Mel Blanc, Charles Nelson Reilly, Paul Lynde and more!


[AUDIOBOOKS]Bronson Pinchot has read 100 audiobooks, wow I didn't know that. 
This Is the Best 5,453-Word Interview With Bronson Pinchot About Audiobooks You Will Ever Read
By Jeff VanderMeer

[LA PHOTO]Construction of the 101 through Hollywood in 1953. You can see the Castle Argyle and the Hollywood Tower among the buildings. Source: Life Magazine — with Dario Witer.


[TECH]This is the first full week I have used Windows 8.1, I like it. I don't think the Metro interface is at all "done". I have heard that Windows 9 comes out in the next year and will "Window" those metro apps. One thing it does very well is let you use multiple monitors. I have two and the mouse goes back and forth to each screen space effortlessly. This allows multiple browser pages to be viewed. I feel like I work at NASA or something. I never thought I would have such a great setup in my life.

Ryan Block and Veronica Belmont's Comcast Call: This Week in Google 258
Writer Veronica Belmont and comcast her husband Ryan Block, called Comcast last week to disconnect their comcast service. The couple planned to switch to another cable and Internet provider, but the customer service representative who handled their call had no intention of letting them do so.

Sony's Walkman Makes Comeback
New $700 Device Is Aimed at Upscale Users

[ON THIS DAY]1933 - The first broadcast of "The Romance of Helen Trent" was heard on radio. The Romance of Helen Trent was a radio soap opera which aired on CBS from 1933 to 1960 for a total of 7,222 episodes. The show was created by Frank and Anne Hummert, who were among the most prolific producers during the radio soap era.

Ever heard of this? Neither have I. Amazing all the radio that has come before. That many episodes is incredible. At this link you can hear kind of a cheesy soap opera but interesting to hear and to imagine a housewife sitting and listening to this with wrapped attention. You gotta hear just a couple minutes of it.

Also on this date:
1935 - NBC radio debuted "G-men." The show was later renamed "Gangbusters."

[CLASSIC RADIO]Panasonic RC-6025 radio which awoke Bill Murray every morning, on the same morning in the movie Groundhog Day.

I think it's completely amazing how people can push their own agenda and ignore logic and facts. And in the case of Israel, people are dying. Shameful.
9 Things You Need To Know About Hamas — Straight From Its Charter

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