Friday, August 29, 2014

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence
- Martin Luther King Jr.

[COMMENT]Lisa Ann Walter has been summarily dropped from the weekend lineup at KFI.

This from
Lisa Ann Walter had been missing from her weekend show at KFI for the past two weeks. A deluge of emails asked what happened. Her name and photo has been scrubbed clean from the website.
Neil Saavedra, assistant program director responded: "Lisa Ann Walter will no longer be doing her radio show here at KFI as she will now be focusing on her acting career and her family. Of course we wish her the best."

Nothing has been posted on her Twitter or facebook accounts about her leaving. It's typical of KFI or any radio station to pull an on air host and not say anything and just let the listeners flap in the breeze wondering what happened. Radio stations are horrible at this kind of thing, especially KFI. For those old enough to remember, in 1992 KFI fired number 1 in the ratings Tom Leykis and didn't say anything to the listeners. You have to remember the reality of commercial radio, its about selling ads, not about the listeners, I get that but it's just soo friggin rude. I really liked Lisa, she's a great host. She's funny and very blunt. I wrote a couple things about her in the past. She was one of the very few female hosts that could hold her own. Sorry to see her go.

This week I canceled my subscription to SiriusXM. I never use it and it's $15. And when I do use it I only listen to the "Chill" channel. It's like ambient music. I don't listen to Howard Stern and I just have no time to actually log in and listen. There is a mobile app but then I would have to set up my bluetooth speaker and then it sounds kind of tinny. I have also discovered that the time I want to hear some calming music I can listen to Pandora and now I just found that Soundcloud has ambient music with no commercials. And...I mean come on, I usually have on talk radio, that's always the go to with me. And when and until everything is on either my car radio or my little portable Sony that I have in the house I just can't give it a lot of time. Of course I go to cancel it and SiriusXM says "We are sorry, canceling a subscription is not available online, please call this number". I'm not doing that. I emailed them and told them if they charge my card again I will just have it shut off by my bank. Hear that Comcast story?

*Did you hear that Congressman Paul Ryan sat in for Sean Hannity on Thursday? I only heard the tail end of it. He's pretty good at it. 

[RADIO]Dennis Miller did an interview with Bill Medley that was amazing.
He talks about being friends with Sinatra and Elvis and the fact that "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" is the most played song ever on radio. Bill also talks about his new book.
The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother's Memoir. Check out some clips from the interview.

From McIntyre in the Morning on 790 KABC a 7 minute conversation
"We asked 86-year-old great grandmother Georgie Marie who the voice was that inspired her "steamy" novel about a woman falling for a radio talk-show host. And?..."

Elizabeth Moss Revels In Naive-But-Calculating Characters
The One I Love is a time-shifting-cosmic romantic comedy starring Elizabeth Moss. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with the Mad Men star about her new film and impressive career. (5 minutes)

Frank Morano from AM 830 in New York talks with "Hustler" magazine publisher Larry Flynt. He also talks with two former attorneys, who are also ex cons. He gives his take on the Sharpton march in Staten Island and explains his greatest fear.

I'm not sure how I missed this. From WNYC, Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin interviewing Jerry Seinfeld back in June. A must hear.

Eric Bogosian's TALK RADIO to Begin Performances Next Month at The Chain Theatre. If you haven't seen the film, do it.

[BOOK]Mark Levin was talking about this book in detail. The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society By Arthur Meier Schlesinger, written in 1925. The whole book is a free read on Google Books. Schlesinger was friends with JFK and a Liberal. Mark said today he would be kicked out of the Democrat party.

[SIRIUSXM]Actor John Lithgow joined SiriusXM OutQ’s Larry Flick to discuss his new film Love Is Strange (opening Friday 8/22) Print article with audio and movie trailer.

There is also another interview from Monday on NPR (8 minutes)

[QUOTE]"I was in a bad motel in Niagara Falls once and could hear the awesome rush of the water, I went and got in the shower......
no water pressure"  - Dennis Miller

[STREAMING]There is an article on this website about 4k Streaming and the fact that Samsung is going ahead with a new TV. It says in the article: Amazon’s 2014 original series line-up will soon be available to stream via Samsung Ultra-HD TVs with the launch of the Amazon 4K video streaming service.

4K resolution is a display device or content having horizontal resolution on the order of 4,000 pixels.

I think this is important because technology is moving quickly as it usually does. The thing that is not necessarily moving quickly enough is access and speed. It's getting close to where a lot of people have 10GB internet service in their homes. But what is needed is fast speed everywhere, in the car and on our phones. It is getting better but phone and cable companies are holding on to bandwidth tightly and charging big for it. This will end, but when? If you are going to be able to stream 4k content to your TV we should have perfect and super fast internet access everywhere, and I mean everywhere. Maybe we will soon, I think this is good news.

Netflix streaming losing 100+ movies in September 2014
Every month brings changes to Netflix's catalog, and while September is seeing the addition of 17 recent seasons of your favorite TV shows, the streaming service is subtracting more than 100 movies from availability.

YouTube may be late to the party but the company has finally hinted at a music streaming service called Music Key.


[PODCASTS]This week on WTF with Marc Maron

From Gilbert Gottfrieds' facebook page this week.
Drawing by the incredibly talented Drew Friedman & my Podcast guest this week. Listen:

Gilbert Gottfried Speaks for the Birds
The Gist asks the comedian about the old showbiz world that drew him to comedy.

[BUMPER STICKER]A little message from the locals to keep people out of the water.

[AUDIOBOOKS]Amazon's Audible audiobooks app for iOS updated with new design and new features

From USA Today
Sci-Fi Encounters: Behind the scenes with 2 audiobook narrators

Hurricane Marie brought much higher than normal surf, sending surfers and body-boarders to catch the waves in Southern California this week. And some of the biggest waves were at..........

N E W P O R T W E D G E – U S A
Known for pulling the biggest swell in southern California, Newport Beach is a surfers’ paradise with its potential for a 30ft shore break.
The large swells send the surf crashing, quite literally, into the jetty. The waves bounce back towards the ocean where they meet and form in a ‘wedge’ shape and huge walls of water.

[PLATE]I think this might be from Mark Levin's car. He does live in Virginia.

[TECH]Larry Elder had Daniela Perdomo Co-founder of GoTenna on the show this week. I have never heard a person like this on Larry's show. It's a new product where you can send text messages with no cell service or Wi-Fi using and antenna and bluetooth. A serious breakthough product. Gotta go check this out.

'Beep' is a documentary about the history of sound in video games

There's another billion-dollar buyout in tech, Amazon's purchase of the video game streaming service Twitch.
Twitch is a company that lets you watch video gaming as a spectator sport — it live-streams gamers gaming and allows viewers to interact during the games, to enormous success. Twitch now boasts 55 million monthly active users, a count that's only growing.

I was listening to Leo Laporte and his producer Chad talking about this. Chad who is a 20 something said that it is more about the humor of the player talking than it is about competition. 

[ON THIS DAY]August 28, 1922 - The first radio commercial aired on WEAF in New York City. The Queensboro Realty Company bought 10 minutes of time for $100.

[CLASSIC RADIO]1972 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

[PARTING SHOT]September 4th marks the traditional anniversary of the 1781 founding of El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles 

233 Years Young: Happy Birthday Los Angeles!!
Mural by Millard Sheets

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