Friday, July 11, 2014

There are two potential violators of man’s rights: the criminals and the government - Ayn Rand

[COMMENT]I read these radio industry pages like Radio Ink and Inside Radio and Talkers. Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan (Emmis Communications is an American media conglomerate based in Indianapolis, Indiana) writes this column about how radio needs to be cool again. And then touts this new App called NextRadio. It's just like the iHeart Radio app. These execs want us listening to their stations on our smart phones and soon to be installed in cars. The only problem is that nothing in his column says that the content will change. The best way to make radio "cool" again is to change the content. The content that I'm looking for obviously is talk radio. And of course the way they want to do that seems to be to TMZ everything. They are still talking about Donald Sterling and then a guest will be on talking about rockets raining down on Israel. I mean seriously? 

One of the problems that I see often, even at the company I work for is that people in management want changes to be their idea. They want to steer the boat and letting someone outside of their circle make a suggestion or a change is not ever gonna happen. People like me that actually listen to radio all the time could never have valuable opinions (sarcastic). What do we know? I think corporate America has a big problem letting people other than themselves take any kind of credit for making things better. This morning drive thing is boring and I'm sure "consultants" insinuate themselves into these companies and then it's baked and wrapped. 

Making radio "cool" would be dropping the format and doing things a lot different. How about a "Clear" format at least for a couple hours a day. No clock, no top of the hour news, no traffic reports. Just a host talking. Embed ads and sell studio naming to some company. Turn it upside down and shake it hard. Ahh by the way Don Barratt posted June ratings. KIEB who broadcasts Rush is in 36th place. KABC is in 39th place and on the bottom KRLA. Pathetic. No wonder Brian Whitman calls in sick every week. Something needs to change, obviously.

I heard a promo by Bryan Suits on KABC that said that Leo Terrell is sitting in for him while he sits in for the vacationing Doug McIntyre. I don't want to listen to Leo. Leo is not anything like these other hosts. KABC has been trying to push this guy on us listeners for years. I just don't get it. I don't like the guy. Although it is very entertaining to hear Larry Elder and him fight. 

I turn on KFI on Tuesday and sitting in for Tim Conway Jr. is Michael Reagan. I just happened to turn it on, its not a thing I do often. I'm not a fan of Tim's show. Michael Reagan did talk radio for a long time. Refreshing to hear him on the air. I think Tim should go listen to this show, he might learn something.

Colin Quinn with Nick DiPaolo sitting in for Dennis Miller. Dennis returned this week after a couple weeks off. These two guys are really good together. I guess they have been friends for a long time. Nick has a great voice and should have his own show. Dennis mentioned that he tried to get him a show and was surprised that he doesn't have one yet. 

Lauren Sivan at KABC was doing the show with Bryan Suits this week. Not really sure why she is working in radio, she's not the usual face for radio, she's beautiful. I like her and I think she does a competent job. I wonder what KABC is thinking, will she be a future host? She is a Fox News employee. KABC is not explaining.  

[RADIO]This week Joe Crummey sat in for Bryan Suits who was sitting in for Doug McIntyre. He posted this on his facebook page: Here I am sitting at KABC Master Control. It always amazes me they let me sit here. Steve Binder came back in and shooed me away asap!

It's strange, every time I see a photo of Joe I find it weird that that voice comes out of that face. Joe as been around soo long. He was at KFI (The evil station) then at KABC. He's currently at WABC in New York in the morning. And at a station in Arizona for a long time. He's undoubtedly an unsung broadcast radio vet. For people who know Joe well you will know what this means: Joe Joe Joe Crummey!

NPR And APM Encourage Activation Of FM Chips In Cell Phones

Keeping Time By Rubidium At The Naval Observatory (7 minutes)

NPR left two words out of the Declaration of Independence, listeners caught mistake

He's Back!! Be sure to listen to Frazer Smith Sundays from 4PM-8PM.
Three weeks of shows posted.

By Neal Boortz
Who is Neal Boortz?, Hannity talks about him often. Neal A. Boortz, Jr. is an American author, attorney, and former radio host. His nationally syndicated talk show, The Neal Boortz Show, which ended in 2013, was carried throughout the United States. Hannity was raving about this piece he wrote. 

Wayne Resnick and Producer Mystie at KFI, 
Wayne sitting in for Conway. 

Two pretty cool sites that Hugh Hewitt talked about this week for new writers and readers.

Phil Hendrie guest stars on Maron (the TV Show) showing off his radio talents. Gotta see this clip of Phil doing his show.

[SIRIUSXM]Some host got fired and then came back. I don't listen to the show, so.... there you go.

Adam Carolla on Anthony Cumia's Firing: "SiriusXM Has Become The Man"

[QUOTE]Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual. - Calvin Coolidge

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30 Years Of Cell Phones

[PODCASTS]Gabriel Iglesias interviewed by Marc Maron on

JOSH ROBERT THOMPSON chats with Piotr Michael from about growing up in Cleveland, the origins of his character Apostle BG, embracing his impressions, and deleting negativity!
This is just a great interview, a must hear. 

Ricky Gervais and Dennis Miller join Kathie Lee Gifford on her popular podcast, Kathie Lee and Company



I read this book a few years ago and it blew me away. It's the LA River from when Junípero Serra got off a Spanish boat in San Diego and rode a horse to Los Angeles and tells about the present day. It's an amazing book.


[TECH]Future contraceptives will let women remote-control their fertility I'm sorry but I think this is a really bad idea. It takes the man out of the equation.

Just discovering this online show talking tech called the Gilmore Group. I know a couple of the people on the show like Robert Scoble and Kevin Marks. Both these guys are on with Leo Laporte often.

The Youtube page:

[ON THIS DAY]July 7, 1949 - "Dragnet" was first heard on NBC radio.

[CLASSIC RADIO]Emerson: 888 Pioneer
Turquoise Emerson 888 Pioneer Transistor Radio, 1958. Plastic, eight transistors, upper front round dial knob, large lower metal perforated grill area with V-shaped top, with a crisscross design and lower right G clef logo. Beautiful color with swing handle, made in USA. Excellent condition, no chips or cracks. Has leather case. Plays beautifully. From

[PARTING SHOT]The Best Documentary About Los Angeles You've Never Seen Is Finally Coming Out On DVD

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