Archive for January, 2013

Gil Gross, talk-show host on radio station KKSF-Newstalk 910-AM, interviewed comedian Paul Mercurio on his January 9th show, for a short segment on Hour 3.  I could have listened to Gil’s guest for an hour or more.  I also could have purchased tickets to Mercurio’s show at the Punchline on Saturday and I would have if I didn’t already have tickets to the musical  Anything Goes.  Sorry, Paul.  You were a great guest on Gil’s show.

Paul Mercurio talked about his relatives and his aging mother.  It was both interesting and hysterical. If you missed it, listen to the podcast (the Mercurio interview begins around 15:50 on the podcast):

http://www.newstalk910.com/player/?station=KKSF-AM&program_name=podcast&program_id=gil_gross.xml&mid=22766118

I’ve been listening to Gil nearly everyday since he took over for Pete Wilson on that other station this is now a wreck drifting in the sea of radio.  I followed him to KKSF-Newstalk 910-AM so I’ve heard all of his stories more than once.  Some I’ve heard five or more times.  Yes, they were interesting the first time, but after the fifth time they’ve lost their lustre.  So, it’s refreshing to hear good stories from other sources.  Mercurio would be an endless source.  Loved him.  Gil, please get him on the air again!

I haven’t been following anything about Cumulus for some time now.  Maybe they’ve sunk so low they are no longer relevant (fingers crossed!).

I don’t read that media blogger much any more.  What a disappointment that guy has been.  Throws out all of these breaking news/gossip stories that don’t happen and then fills the blog with promo pieces about his radio show that no one listens to.  Anyone who has heard him on the radio knows not to waste time on it.  It’s getting to the point where looking at his blog, even once a week, is a waste of time as well.  It was fun while it lasted…

Of course, I should mention, that the only people who bother to look at my blog are finding it by Google searching for Bernie Ward and Ray Taliaferro.

I don’t know what’s going on with Ray but Bernie has two new posts up on his blog, The Lion of the Left Speaks:

Sunday, December 16, 2012 – ‘Why’ (about the Connecticut shooting and gun violence)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/12/why.html

Saturday, January 12, 2013 – ‘The Way of the Dodo’ (about football and brain trauma)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-way-of-dodo.html

I haven’t had much time to listen to more Radiolab podcasts, but when I do I’ll share the ones I find interesting.

I think I’ll add my boycott Cumulus Media tag onto these posts from now on as well.  Never hurts to get the word out!  Cumulus sucks!  Don’t listen to any of their stations!

Oh, and don’t forget to visit the Facebook page of FormerKGOListeners and ‘like’ their page!  Here’s the link:

https://www.facebook.com/FormerKGOListeners

As always, Len Tillem is on KKSF-Newstalk 910-AM at 3:00pm every week day and Gil Gross follows him at 4:00pm.

These are links to podcasts of their shows:

Len Tillem the loyah!

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

Gil Gross:

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

And, with them, you get Lloyd Lindsay Young and Sebastian Kunz.  If you can’t get KKSF on the radio dial after dark, then you can stream the shows live on iHeart.  Just Google KKSF Newstalk 910-AM to find it, or simply follow the links I’ve left above and there is an option to listen live online.

I sometimes turn on the television and listen to snippets of programs while working on something online.  Yesterday, I happened to have the tv tuned to a PBS station and an episode of Charlie Rose aired.  I stopped what I was doing to watch it.  It was so interesting, a discussion about the radio program, Radiolab.  That show would be a good alternative for those who don’t know what to listen to until Len Tillem’s show begins on radio station KKSF Newstalk 910-AM at 3:00pm.

Radiolab has many podcasts on their website as well as listings of what stations carry their show.  You can listen to audio files of the show.  Unlike video, you don’t have to sit and watch.  You can simply listen.

It’s hard to describe the content of the show.  It’s fascinating, entertaining, educational, quirky and intelligent.

Watch the interview first on the Charlie Rose show.  Here’s a link:

http://www.charlierose.com/

Look for the video titled Radiolab.  Currently it’s listed on the front page.  Later, I’m sure it will be found under Recent Shows.

Now, after watching that I’m sure you will want to visit Radiolab’s website.  Here’s the link:

http://www.radiolab.org/

For a starter, listen to the Episode titled ‘Bliss’.  It is really wonderful.  I want to listen to every available episode now.  If you listen to the ‘Bliss’ episode, let me know what you think of it.  What did you think of the man who created the symbols?  Or, the story of the snowflake?

Each story presented is as unique as a snowflake.  If you are a former KGO listener, then this is the type of radio show for you.  It has it all.  What a treat to find a great show to enjoy before turning on KKSF-Newstalk 910-AM to listen to Len and Gil.

Another thing I love about Radiolab’s website is they list the books people affiliated with their shows are reading.

I can’t believe I’m excited about radio again.  What a nice feeling.