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

http://www.lentillem.com/podcasts/

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.

http://www.spreaker.com/user/lentillem

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

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/len-tillem/id535550590

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.

https://www.facebook.com/FormerKGOListeners

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

len@lentillem.com

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

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

http://radiodiscussions.com/smf/index.php?topic=232014.0

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

http://radiodiscussions.com/smf/index.php?topic=224131.0

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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:

lentillem

rimemberOffline OfflinePosts: 1
« 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@lentillem.com
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.

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I’ve been thinking about a site like radiodiscussions.com.  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?

http://www.radiodiscussions.com/smf/

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.

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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:

http://insidemusicmedia.com/cumulus-mr-mean-genes-strikes-back/

This is his Home Page:

http://insidemusicmedia.com/

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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.
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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.

 

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

http://open.salon.com/blog/lheure_bleue/2013/03/30/a_quote_i_dont_fully_understand_anyone_want_to_help_me

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