Archive for November, 2012

This may be a bit wonky for most, but I found this interesting Broadcast Law blog maintained by David Oxenford.  In it, he addresses legal issues in broadcast.  I’ve been searching for material that will help explain how we got into this current broadcast mess as well as any insight on how to fight back against Cumulus Media, the mega-corporation that has been destroying local broadcast environments.

I’m not suggesting that Oxenford’s blog speaks to these issues, but it provides well-written, informative legal aspects of broadcast law.  Some if it might be interesting to those who want to know what to do about a company such as Cumulus and the Dick-eys who run it.

Here’s a link to the blog:

http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/

This is David Oxenford’s bio:

http://www.wbklaw.com/Our_Team/David_Oxenford

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And, here’s a sampling of some of the content found there:

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This is a link to all of the topics covered under the keywords AM Radio:

http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/articles/am-radio/

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This is one of those articles:

http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/2012/10/articles/am-radio/fcc-commissioner-proposes-review-of-the-am-band-to-make-it-more-competitive-what-can-be-done/

I found this interesting tidbit in the article:

“One proposal for AM improvement was not discussed – a proposal to use TV channels 5 and 6 as a way to re-invent the AM band – moving all AM stations to what is in essence the FM band (as TV channels 5 and 6 are adjacent to the FM band), allow them to operate digitally, and avoid the many interference issues inherent in the current AM band. This proposal has already been advanced by the FCC, comments have been received, and they could be acted on tomorrow (see our previous articles on the subject here and here). This proposal is complicated by the FCC’s incentive auction proposal and the concern that these channels might be needed for TV stations reallocated out of the UHF band. So it appears that this proposal is, at least for the time being, on hold.”

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Another article:

http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/2012/11/articles/fcc-fines/fcc-inspection-issues-for-broadcasters-auxiliary-licenses-chief-operator-designations-and-tower-issues/

“Since the KAB Convention, I’ve noted that many stations and their representatives have been receiving emails from an engineer in California identifying himself as a “frequency coordinator.” These letters identify perceived issues with auxiliary stations at many stations around the country. Take these letters seriously. They are from a group of private-industry engineers who have come together to work on broadcast auxiliary and other engineering issues.”

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Here’s some important information:

http://www.dwt.com/advisories/Preparing_for_Radio_Station_FCC_License_Renewals_03_23_2011/

“At its simplest, the license renewal application allows the FCC and the public to review the station’s conduct in the previous license term and to assess the licensee’s continuing qualifications to remain an FCC licensee. The crux of the license renewal inquiry is whether the station has complied with the Commission’s laws and served the public interest during the previous license term. Accordingly, the renewal process invites the public, competitors, public interest groups, and the government to sift through all aspects of the station’s operations during the past eight years. Based on the Form 303-S and related documents filed by the licensee, as well as any comments, petitions, or objections raised by interested parties, the FCC will then decide whether or not an extension of the license is warranted. Broadcasters need to review all aspects of their operations and prepare for the license renewal process in advance, approaching it with the seriousness it demands.”

I found the link to it in this article:

http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/2012/01/articles/am-radio/broadcast-station-reminders-license-renewals-pre-and-postfiling-announcements-eeo-public-file-reports-and-noncommercial-ownership-reports-due-for-select-states/

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This deals with TV:

http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/2012/08/articles/television/questions-and-answers-about-the-tv-online-public-inspection-file/

Where Do You Go To Get Access to the Online File?

“Station access is available at https://stationaccess.fcc.gov/. The public gains access to the various station files by going here: https://stations.fcc.gov/

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And, finally, another one that emphasizes the importance of free, local radio access to the general public:

http://www.broadcastlawblog.com/2012/11/articles/emergency-communications/broadcasters-giving-back-thoughts-on-sandy-public-service-and-communications-charitable-contributions/

“Being on the ground at the NJ shore for a few days, without electricity other than what was provided by a small gas-powered generator, demonstrated to me the power and importance of portable media – including radio. Throughout my weekend at the shore, we could get news and entertainment from a battery-powered radio and the radio in our car. Together with tidbits of news from Facebook posts, a local list-serve and the few other sites that we could get on our mobile phones (for as long as the phones stayed charged) in an area where the mobile networks were often slow due to the high demand for wireless service as the storm had ruined many landline connections  – these were our links to the outside world. Radio kept going, providing updates of all that was going on in the area. One local radio station was particularly noteworthy, as it was operating even though it did not have operating phones or email access. Yet it continued to broadcast, conveying information as to how people could help each other. That information was collected from people posting on the station’s Twitter feed. The station truly showed how convergence of electronic and broadcast media can really work well together.”

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Imagine having to go through a local disaster and having only syndicated shows of Rush and Geraldo and Huckabee on our radio airwaves.  A chilling thought, indeed.

This is a possibility in a Cumulus world.  Turn off their world.  Do NOT listen to Cumulus Media radio stations.  Do NOT give them a future.  Think about the future of your community and how you can fight back by NOT listening to them.

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To end on a lighter note, did anyone hear the story on Gil Gross’ show about the woman who was turned away at the polls because she was wearing an MIT t-shirt?  Love it.  Gil has the best stories and he’s not on a crappy Cumulus station.  Listen to KKSF-Newstalk 910-AM from 3:oopm for the Len Tillem show and from 4:00-7:00pm for Gil Gross.  Do something good for the community and listen to our local talent.

Here’s the link:

http://www.newstalk910.com/main.html

Len Tillem – the loyah’s show:

http://www.newstalk910.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=tillem

The Gil Gross Show:

http://www.newstalk910.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=gil_gross

And, don’t forget about John Rothmann’s highlights in ‘Around the Political World’:

http://www.newstalk910.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=rothmann

Every day I see searches for Bernie Ward and Ray Taliaferro.  I wish I had news to post about Ray but I don’t see anything new about him.  So, for those who search for Bernie these are his latest blog posts:

September 20, 2012 – 1% vs 47% (Bernie comments on Romney’s remark)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/09/1-vs-47.html

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September 21, 2012 – Cliff Notes (Bernie yells  ‘jump’)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/09/cliff-notes.html

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September 28, 2012 – Whatever You Do For The Least (Bernie blames himself for the loss of the Fresh Start charity)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/09/whatever-you-do-for-least.html

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October 5, 2012 – There’s No Such Thing As A Free Lunch (Bernie talks about Churches and Politics)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/10/theres-no-such-thing-as-free-lunch.html

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October 15, 2012 (2 Posts) – Miss Congeniality (Bernie’s thoughts on the VP debate) and None of the Above (Bernie discusses young people and religious affiliations)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/10/miss-congeniality.html

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/10/none-of-above.html

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October 17, 2012 – A Pig In A Poke (Bernie blasts Paul Ryan)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-pig-in-poke.html

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October 21, 2012 – May Perpetual Light Shine Upon Her (Bernie mourns a soothing voice in the Texas wilderness)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/10/may-perpetual-light-shine-upon-her.html

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October 26, 2012 (2 Posts) – A Gift From God (Bernie shares his thoughts on that infamous rape comment) and The Government Giveth, and the Government Taketh Away (Bernie reminds us how the states have spent our money)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-gift-from-god.html

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-government-giveth-and-government.html

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November 4, 2012 – Lay of the Land (Bernie predicts an Obama victory)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/11/lay-of-land.html

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That’s it for Bernie.

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Another interesting program that aired this week was the rebroadcast of Moyers & Company first show from January 2012.  It’s about inequality and sets the tone of Moyers’ ongoing fight to right the wrongs of riches.

http://billmoyers.com/episode/on-winner-take-all-politics/

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I wish I had something to post about Ray.  Here’s an old clip from YouTube when Ray falls in love with Bob:

Another election.  Another result that will push the winner to the top of the media pile for everyone to scrutinize and criticize over the next four years.

Can we predict what will happen on Tuesday?  What do the polls tell us?

Gil Gross reads various presidential poll results every day on his show at KKSF-Newtalk 910-AM ( http://www.newstalk910.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?podcast=gil_gross ).  He tells his audience the poll results should be taken as seriously as reading a daily horoscope – mostly for the useless entertainment value.

There must be a better way to monitor this stuff.  But, then, you’d have to be a mind reader to get it right.  Not just one mind, millions of minds.  And, you’d have to be tuned into what effect those millions of minds will have on the hundreds of minds that make-up the electoral college.

Ugh.  I would not want to read minds.  First of all, it’s not that interesting.  Why would I think that?  Have you ever read Facebook and Twitter feeds?  It might be interesting if you could zero in on specific minds, but everyone all at once?  Have you seen network television lately?

Back in election year 2000, there was an attempt to read minds to find out the outcome of the election.  I stumbled upon the article in the SF Weeky early in December 2000.  At the time, no one had been officially declared the presidential winner.  Gore, the winner of the popular vote, waited as his future hung on a chad.  It was December 6, 2000.

This is the article I read back then.

http://www.sfweekly.com/2000-12-06/news/the-view-from-here/

SF Weekly writer, Silke Tudor, was intrigued with a 1995 interview he’d seen on Nightline with Ted Koppel and his guest, retired Major Ed Dames, on the subject of military remote viewing.  The article is about Silke Tudor’s attempt at civilian remote viewing and its after-effects.  It’s a fascinating article, especially how it ends.

A week after I read the article, Al Gore conceded to president-elect George W. Bush.

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/al-gore-concedes-presidential-election

You have to admit, if you believe in mind-reading or not, it is a compelling and disturbing read.

I know some people have the ability to mind-read.  When I was in high-school, one day while sitting at a table in the lunchroom with several others, one of my classmates claimed she could read minds.  We all laughed, so she asked if anyone wanted to volunteer and she would show us.  I volunteered.  She told me to select something from my purse, hide it in my hands so no one could see it, and think about the object.

I chose a multi-colored, beaded coin purse, it was empty so no coins clinked together, and I kept it hidden in my hands and under the table.  I concentrated on that coin purse.  My classmate closed her eyes and we waited.  It was a slow process.  First, she visualized the size of the object.  Small, like she couldn’t have figured that one out without reading my mind, and then, after more waiting, said it was rectangular.  She had my attention, but it might just be a good guess.  She wasn’t guessing.  When she said something, it was only one thing, the thing she was seeing in her mind.

She then, slowly, said it was light-colored with darker colors over it.  After more time, she could see the colors orange and green – the color of the beads.  I don’t recall if she eventually named the object, but she had described what was in my hand.  A cream-colored, rectangular coin purse decorated in orange and green beads.  At no time did I say yes or no to what she was seeing.  She wasn’t a good friend of mine, so she wouldn’t have known what I carried in my purse.  Girls in high school carry so many things in there.  It could be that a coin purse was a logical choice since that’s what girls have in their purses, but how did she know the exact colors?

So, because of that, I don’t dismiss people who claim to have the ability to read minds.

I thought I’d look online to see if anyone had attempted a remote viewing project for this 2012 election.  Oh my gawd, the things I see online now about the subject are simply insane.  Things about grey reptiles riding in on the backwash of comets and aliens’ master plan to harvest human souls for food and energy.  It’s beyond the scope of aluminum hat insanity.  Makes me appreciate the poll results Gil Gross reads every afternoon.  Who needs mind readers when we have polls?  I’ll stick with that, thank you very much.

The interesting thing about what I found online is that most of this stuff is referenced online in connection with that radio program, Coast to Coast.  Are you kidding me?  Is that what people are listening to now?  I’ve never heard that show.  I wonder if Sebastian Kunz listens to it.  He loves Star Trek.  I’d love to hear his opinions on it.

Gil Gross should do a show about remote viewing.  He used to discuss a variety of topics back when radio was functioning.  Back when politics wasn’t looming in our collective minds so close to election day.  It’d be interesting to hear his take on all of this after the polls no longer matter.

As if polls matter now…

Here’s the Wiki link to the 2000 election:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2000

Don’t want to read the entire article about remote viewing?  Here are links to Page 2 and Page 3 of the article if you want to skip ahead to the ending.  It’s more fun to read the entire thing, though.

http://www.sfweekly.com/2000-12-06/news/the-view-from-here/2/

http://www.sfweekly.com/2000-12-06/news/the-view-from-here/3/