Archive for March, 2013

Yes, folks.  It is true.  Len Tillem, the loyah, no longer has a show on the AM radio dial.

If you want to hear what he says about it, listen to his podcast dated 3/29/13 (explicit language) where Len discusses it with Jon Favreau:

Len Tillem Show 3/29/13

In it, Len talks about how he first started his 20+ year career in radio.  Did you know Len was a theater major in college?  Somehow, that does not surprise me.  He even admits he does radio better than sex, but he’s not naked on the podcast.  He’s not going to take his top off like Julie Andrews did in a movie.  He also addresses his recent firing from AM radio.

If you want to comment, you can sign up for access to the Spreaker site and you don’t even need to be a member of Facebook.  It’s easy.  Create a Name, provide your email address and create a Password.  That’s it.  You’re on.  Just type Len Tillem in the search bar and you can follow Len’s show there.

Plus, Len is promoting his podcast on iTunes.  The more you rate his podcasts, the more recognition his show will get.

And, of course, you can follow Len on Facebook and comment there.  Go to formerkgolisteners Facebook page and there you can find the link to Len’s Facebook page as well as information about all of the former KGO favorites.  Remember to ‘like’ their page.  They do a good job keeping up with all of this changing information.


The good news is Len says he will create a podcast for Monday.  Be there!  Support him.

Have a question for the Lawyer? Give Len a call! (866) 536-1000 (or, 1-866-LEN-1000)


Here’s what others are saying about it on  Join in the discussion about the recent change on KKSF.

Another thread of interest, The death of KGO one year later:


There is an old discussion in there as well, under the Len Tillem topic from December 2011 and it  includes an old response by the loyah himself when he was let go from KGO:


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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2011, 11:48:26 AM »

I am not gone.
I’m going to begin pod casting soon.
I was shocked by the KGO decision to fire almost all of its talk show hosts.  My program was the highest rated show on all of KGO.  It also had the best demographics advertisers are looking for. What were they thinking?I love doing radio.  Doing the show is usually the highlight of my day.  I am going to begin pod casting my show this week or next.  I am just working out the technical details.People all over the country will be able to call in with their legal problems and stories and I will deal with them from 12:00 to 1:00 every weekday.In the beginning, as listeners learn to find me on the web, we’ll screen calls all day long and make appointments to call back my radio show clients between noon and 1:00.  This way, the show will have the live radio feel without commercials (think commercial free radio) and FCC restrictions on my flowery language.Let me know what you think!
Len Tillem

Back in December, these were some of the comments:

“As for podcasting, I dunno, I’d be more inclined to put effort into approaching other stations.  You’ve got the books, you’ve got the demos.  Surely there is a fit somewhere.  Podcasting works really well for episodic programming such as “This American Life” and “Radiolab”, but I’m not so sure it’s workable for a daily show.”

“Len, are you kidding me?  I listen to you on podcast all of the time!”

These comments are relevant now.  It’s time, Len.  Time to control your own output.


I’ve been thinking about a site like  There needs to be a place where listeners all over the U.S. can convene and figure out how to take back the quality of discussion we’ve taken for granted all of these years.  Do we want to sit back and let Cumulus and, now, Clear Channel dictate whatever information they want us to hear?  Do you want these mega-corporations to pocket bonuses and millions in pay on the backs of the everyday citizen?  Have we become so complacent to let that happen again and again?  Can’t we do something about it?

This is what I found in a recent Google search:

Monday, March 25, 2013 Cox Radio is starting to operate from the Cumulus and Clear Channel playbooks. top execs take bonuses even in bad times – like now – and simultaneously with massive layoffs that they impose on key staffers.

It was a subscription article, but it says it all right there.


In that same Google search, I found another subscription site that lays it all out there.  The focus is music, but talks about all of the big players.  I don’t subscribe, but it seems this guy has a media blog with real content.  He’s not ogling local weather personalities and sizing up anchors based on sex-appeal.  This guy builds his content in a professional format.  Even if I subscribed to it, I wouldn’t be able to share since it’s his property and he requires a subscription fee to access it.  He does have some good opening teasers, though, like this one:

This is his Home Page:


Speaking of media bloggers, I was correct in waiting to find out if Ed Baxter and John Rothmann were released from that AM station as well.  Ed Baxter will continue to post his ‘Making Sense’ podcasts at his own site:

John Rothmann will continue to fill in for Gil Gross, when needed, on that AM station.

I’m sure I’ll have more to say about this in later weeks.  Now, I’m exhausted thinking about it.

Our listening habits have to change.  In the office, many no longer listen to the radio.  They all have their players and listen to them.  They listen to NPR and music and podcasts.

We need an app to bring all of these independent podcasts together to create a real show.  We wouldn’t have the local news or weather or traffic though.  And we wouldn’t have the shared audience experience of listening to live radio.  I wish there was a way to bring this all together.  Companies like hated Cumulus Media, and now we are seeing the effect of Clear Channel as well, bring only profit margins and shareholders and unlistenable commercials to take it all apart.  It’s coming apart at the seams and we need to come together as hundreds and thousands of listeners with purchasing power and shareholder influence and do what’s right.

What’s happening now is all wrong.



Note: I just read this interesting blog post about earning a living.  What do you think?

Bernie Ward has a lot to say, lately:

Sunday, March 17, 2013 – Let Those Who Have Eyes (about Senator Portman and same sex marriage)

Sunday,  March 17, 2013 – The Road to Argentina… (about Pope Francis)

Friday, March 22, 2013 – Those Who Forget History… (an Iraq rehash)

Friday, March 22, 2013 – New and Improved? (about the Republican Party)


And now, in full Monty Python mode, something completely different… another view about the pope:

(Warning, four letter words ahead and adult content)



Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s continue on as before.

Lately, I’ve been dissatisfied with KKSF-Newstalk 910-AM.  First, Len Tillem has so many ‘Best Of’ shows.  I’ve been disappointed too many times waiting until 3:00pm just to listen and then he’s a no-show.  Sometimes, when he is there ‘live’ he’ll bring in his money-maker buddy Pat Vitucci and I’m disappointed because I want to hear the stories, oh, the stories!

And, speaking of the stories, what is up with Gil Gross?  I love Gil and listen to him everyday, but it’s getting to be a lesson in what it’s like to have Attention Deficit Disorder, never staying on one topic long enough to gather thoughts about it.  Gil introduces a topic, talks at length about it, brings on a guest on the subject, and then Gil uses up the guest’s time by talking about his own stories that he recalls from his past.  The guest will give some courtesy laughs at Gil’s little witticisms, but then is whisked off the phone because it’s time for news and weather.

Added to this annoyance is a Friday with Rhoda.  She squeaks and squeals and talks in slow, enunciated sentences, as if just learning to speak, and when Gil is not going on with another story about him then we have to listen to Rhoda saying things like, “You’d better watch it, buddy,” and “Hey!”  She’s always yelling “Hey!” in a faux-angry voice that is a bit too high to stomach so late in the afternoon.

And, I’m saying this as a fan of Gil.  This last Friday was almost unbearable.  I want this to work for everyone.  For Gil, for the loyal listeners, for Sebastian Kunz and Lloyd Lindsay Young.  It’s as if they are not taking this seriously any longer.  If they don’t care, why should we?  Please, KKSF – Newstalk 910-AM, step it up a level.  Allow Gil to do what he does best, host a topic and discuss it for an hour with callers, guests, and keep the conversation focused.

Also, it’s not helping that Gil’s show gets cut short for some sports stuff.  I don’t even bother listening to the podcasts any longer since there is no Hour 3.  Sometimes there’s not even an Hour 2.

Are they going to just sit back and let Cumulus Media win?

See what I did there?  I know, I know.  Sometimes I can’t help myself.

There’s a new post on Bernie Ward’s blog, The Lion of the Left Speaks, about his thoughts on the selection of the next pope.  We all know, now, who they selected as the new pontiff but we also know Bernie is in prison and can’t just wander to his computer at four a.m. and post something on his blog.  I’m sure an updated post from Bernie will be up soon.

Here’s his post before the news:

Monday, March 11, 2013 – The Conclave…

There’s another earlier post about Eric Holder and the drones debate:

Friday, March 8, 2013 – Hypothetically Speaking…

Gil Gross, our favorite talk-show host at KKSF NewsTalk-910 AM had an interesting show yesterday in his second hour that went from after-life to the current state of organized religion and even Lil Wayne’s sizzurps.  I’d never heard of a sizzurp before but I did hear this morning on the news that Lil Wayne has tweeted he is fine.

Gil Gross – March 13, 2013, Hour 2 (you can hear Lloyd Lindsay Young and Sebastian Kunz as well):

He had two interesting callers that spoke of their experience with the after-life.

Gil’s wife, Rhoda, is on the show with him every Friday.  As I’ve said before, her voice is high and shrill and when she shrieks things on the show, like, “What??” or “Just a minute!” or just a high-pitched sort-of scream, it’s irritating.  I love Gil and I can listen to Rhoda when she’s not all worked up about something, but, fair warning, there are a few moments in this segment that she can’t contain it.

Also, I was really enjoying the callers on this segment and was settling in for long listen when I heard the words, “And we have to get to traffic and weather so I only have a second,” and then Gil lets Rhoda go on and on about her after-life thoughts.  Come on, Gil, you can hear this stuff at home.  Listeners want to hear calls, especially interesting calls such as you had on this show.

I’d hoped he’d continue the discussion, but, no – had to move on to another subject.  I understand that they do this to garner more listeners in each quarter-hour, but it lessens the listening experience for those of us who remember how talk-show hosts before December 11, 2011, would explore a topic for an entire hour and even push it to two if the interest was there.

I miss those hours.  Do you?

Photo by Sun Ladder CC-BY-SA 3.0

As you know, I listen to BBC Radio 2 and Simon Mayo’s Drivetime Show.  He has a segment of confessions where he reads a confession sent in by a listener and Simon and his team discuss it and decide if the confession writer should be forgiven.  I post a link to the confession page when I hear a humorous one, so here it is:

The particular confession I’m referring to is Practice What You Peach.  It’s grouped with the week’s other confessions named ‘One Man And His Prog and other tales’.  The peach one is the first confession:

Friday, March 8, 2013 (available to listen online or download the podcast for the next 30 days):

Want to listen to Simon’s show?  Here’s a link to his BBC Radio 2 page:

Episodes of his drivetime show are available online for one week.  I listen to his show live online.  Simon’s drivetime show airs 9:00am Pacific Time so I listen to it instead of that other guy on that other station.  (Note: it will change by one hour when our time changes on Sunday but the Brits will change their time as well a week later).  Haven’t listened to that other radio station since Cumulus Media destroyed it.  Do NOT listen to Cumulus Media.  Don’t even give them a blip on any ratings system.  There are other shows out there.

I never attended any of the former KGO-AM 810 All-Star Events.

I love that the 2005 All-Star Debate was captured and added to YouTube by rhxso.  The audio-only three-part clip includes Gene Burns, Ray Taliaferro, Bill Wattenburg, (Pete Wilson is mentioned but doesn’t show up), Ed Baxter, Bernie Ward, and even Karel (I don’t know what the heck he was doing with the All Stars – AND, he’s even complaining about being broke back in 2005!).

KGO AM 810 – 2005 All-Star Debate Part 1

KGO AM 810 – 2005 All-Star Debate Part 2

KGO AM 810 – 2005 All-Star Debate Part 3

It’s so interesting that their talk about Walmart could be said about the state of radio today, that people should care the way they (Walmart) treat their employees and the way they do it.  Gene was credited with doing a study about it and he determined that people do save a lot of money by going to Walmart but the wages are depressed, and that people will have to decide if the need to save money personally is as important as making sure people get paid a just wage.

hmmm… does Cumulus come to mind?


Old Ray Taliaferro Clips on YouTube

Ray Taliaferro Kicks Rush Limbaugh’s Butt Part 1

Ray Taliaferro Kicks Rush Limbaugh’s Butt Part 2

Ray Taliaferro Kicks Rush Limbaugh’s Butt Part 3

Ray Reacts to Another George Bush Call


More Bernie Ward:

This is an interesting blog post about Bernie Ward:


And, more posts are up on Bernie’s blog, The Lion of the Left Speaks:

Sunday, February 10, 2013 – Should You Be Worried? (various issues addressed)

Monday, February 11, 2013 – A Rooting Interest (Bernie’s take on two T.V. shows)

Monday, February 11, 2013 – The Keys to the Kingdom (Thoughts about Pope Benedict XVI resigning)

Saturday, February 16, 2013 – Drone On (Police Policies and Drones)

Sunday, February 24, 2013 – An I.D. for All Seasons (Discussion on National I.D. Cards)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013- Crime and Punishment (the prison industry)