Archive for December, 2012

Happy Holidays everyone and I can’t believe a New Year is almost here.

Just wanted to indulge myself this post and put up some music links to YouTube videos I’ve enjoyed over the years.  They are not holiday related, only interesting to me.

Before I do that, I noticed our new friend on KKSF-Newstalk 910-AM, Sebastian Kunz, has been commenting on the Facebook page of FormerKGOListeners.  He even throws a few f-bombs in there.  yikes.  I don’t know if this is the same Sebastian we hear on the radio or someone who has taken his name and pretends to be him.  He even has a Star Trek banner on his Facebook page.  The real Sebastian has been on vacation (the guy filling in for him is ok but I do miss Sebastian when he’s not there.  Even Lloyd Lindsey Young still throws the cue to him.  Good ol’ Lloyd).

Here’s the link to the Facebook page of FormerKGOListeners.  If you have a Facebook account, make sure you ‘like’ the page.

https://www.facebook.com/FormerKGOListeners

This is the article the person named Sebastian Kunz has commented on:

ClearChannel Converts Music Station to Talk!

It was posted on Friday, 12/21/12, to the page.

Okay, now for the music.

Last year I posted some music, as well, to end out the year.  This is a busy time of year so I wanted to do it now when I have some extra time.  I thought of it after trying to remember an old song with lyrics about seeing someone from the past during the holidays.  I couldn’t remember the singer or any words of the song.  Only that it was similar to Harry Chapin’s popular song, Taxi.

I had to Google old 80s hits to find it.

Here’s the song I was searching for:

When I was researching it, I found out that Dan Fogelberg died in 2007.  Also, this song was autobiographical.  Here’s a snipped from songfacts.com:

“As Fogelberg tells it on his official website, the song is totally autobiographical. He was visiting family back home in Peoria, Illinois in the mid-’70s when he ran into an old girlfriend at a convenience store.”

If you want to read more about it, here’s the link:

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=3506

I’m sure I posted some of these following videos last year, but it’s always great to hear them again.

Another old favorite of mine is an older Gordon Lightfoot performing If You Could Read My Mind:

The song is enhanced beyond a great musical piece when an aged Gordon Lightfoot sings it.  It’s very touching and almost poetic.

There is something so poignant in this raw rendition of Harry Nilsson’s demo of Without You.  It’s not what you’d expect, it’s simply Harry and his piano.  It’s wonderful.

The original writers of the song from the group, Badfinger, said Nilsson took their song to a new level.

On a different note, this old Lennon song from his ‘lost weekend’ days is a listening experience.  If you haven’t heard it, then you must hear it to see what I mean.  Not exactly what you’d expect to hear.

Finally, I’ll add a new song this year.  I think Prince sounds a little like Bob Dylan in his newest release Rock n Roll Love Affair.

What do you think?

Happy New Year, everyone!

See you next year.

I haven’t had time lately to post anything new, but I’ve seen some of the news about ratings and debt and layoffs in the broadcast industry.  It’s a bleak outlook for the coming year.

I’d planned to write an upbeat article about the decline of Cumulus Media, how it’s not meeting earning projections and how ratings for their top ten stations are stagnating below expectations.  Yeah, like we didn’t see that coming.  I even laughed when I read that the Dick-eys at Cumulus continue to blame Rush Limbaugh for their financial woes.  Just the other day, I nearly had to smother a loud whoopie! when I saw Moody’s Investor’s Services had downgraded Cumulus to negative.  What a wonderful Christmas present.

Cumulus has been doing their December thing, laying people off.  I’ve read about many markets going through what we had to endure a year ago at the old KGO.  I want to connect with these groups of people and maybe we can come up with a plan to make sure Cumulus Media cannot make it in any market.  There is power in numbers.  I was ready to write an impassioned piece about how we need to unite and figure out how to fight this.  Tag every social media comment or post with a message about what Cumulus is doing to the radio industry.  Let people know we need to do something, now.

Then, I saw it.  The news reports about what Clear Channel has been doing.  All year long, they’ve been laying people off in small numbers.  Trying to stay under the radar of bad news.  Here’s one blog that mentions it:

http://www.balloon-juice.com/2012/11/19/no-word-yet-on-whether-or-not-they-were-told-to-build-a-stage/

And, here’s an October NYTimes article about it:

http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/27/clear-channel-cuts-d-j-s-across-the-country/

I’ve seen the news about Clear Channel’s losses and how it will impact their budget decisions in all markets.  Just today, it was reported Clear Channel laid off more staff.

Here’s one report:

http://radioinsight.com/blog/headlines/79889/clear-channel-cuts-some-more/

Now I’m wondering,  should we be panicking?

I did panic today when I turned on KKSF-Newstalk 910-AM to listen to Len Tillem’s show.  The caller had a problem with a restaurant owner who might have had someone slash the caller’s car tires.  It was the same call I’d heard yesterday, same guy, same problem.  I thought, wait a minute, why am I hearing this again?

It didn’t help that it’s early December and around this time last year many of us listened to old shows of our favorite KGO hosts without knowing why.  So, you can’t blame me for panicking.  Finally, in the midst of my Google search for Clear Channel layoff information, Len mentioned that he’d talked to the caller yesterday.  Whew!  Hey Len, my man, don’t frighten me like that!

I had visions of having to rely on that media blogger for news of our favorite hosts.  That blogger guy has been a disappointment.  I’ve shared some of the reasons why in other articles.  He’s started his own show somewhere.  I don’t think it’s going well.  In the past when I tried to listen to him on-air, he was amateurish at best.  Then, this week, all in one day, dozens of glowing reviews showed up on his blog.  All in a similar voice.  hmmmm…  doesn’t pass the smell test.

So, please, Len and Gil and John, stay on the air and we will all have to find a way to keep you there.  Don’t send us back to blogger land and those inane posts about who do you think is the hottest weather girl.

That same guy wrote a tattler-like piece about Dana King.  An over-the-top pronouncement about King’s career.  Who knows if there is any truth in it?  That guy has claimed many things before that have never happened.  He’s not reliable.

Then we have someone like Gil Gross on KKSF-Newstalk 910-AM interviewing Dana King today on his show and it was a class act all of the way.  Gil showed interest, compassion, and respect for someone going through a big change in her life.  Gil really cared about what was happening in her life and she talked about what it was like saying goodbye to a place where she’d spent the last 25 or so years.

I will post the link when it’s up.  It was in Gil’s first hour today.  (and I’ll clean up this post, I put this together in a bit of a rush tonight)

It’s great to have Gil on-air locally, someone who can have a real conversation with a local celebrity, Dana King.  We don’t get a syndicated, canned broadcast interview of some hyped-up star of-the-day.

Should we be panicking that at this time next year that will be exactly what will be waiting for us next Christmas at Clear Channel?

Not if we think about what we can do about it now.  Save local radio.