Archive for April, 2013

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His book, that is.  I’ve searched online for any signs of it.  Has anyone heard anything more?

I did find some interesting Ray backstory, though.  Things we can look forward to in his upcoming book.  There is a book, right?  Whaddya say, Ray?

Here’s some of what I found:

Basic background information

Did you know Ray once co-hosted with Regis Philbin?  Plenty of interesting background here.

In this 2011 article, Ray tells us what rides would be found in amusement park ‘Rayland’.

Plus, Ray narrated a DVD about Sutro Baths – Sutro’s: The Palace at Lands End (2011)

Here, you can hear Ray’s voice at the beginning of Sutro’s DVD trailer:

More info about the DVD:

So, that’s all the Ray we’re left with for now – until the book comes out.  I hope it comes out in audio.  That’s the Ray we know – the familiar voice we can listen to once more.


Bernie has another blog post:

Thursday, April 18, 2013 – Defiant, Resourceful…Sheep! (about recent events in Boston and use of street cameras)


On the subject of Boston, I did go back to WBZ NewsRadio to listen to talk radio and it was all news.  Of course, it was mostly about what happened in Watertown.  I was disappointed, I’d hoped to hear some talk.  I wasn’t disappointed having to go back to Gil’s show.  He’s great, but no callers whatsoever.  And, once again, there’s the Friday show…I need to find an afternoon replacement for that.


On a lighter note, there were two funny stories on BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo’s Confessions in the past two weeks.  These are available online for 30 days after the first broadcast date.  They can be downloaded as well if you want to keep them on your computer with no expiration date.

Listen to this one on Simon Mayo’s Confessions page –Stuck On You and other tales 26 Apr 13 – It’s the 2nd story – Pins in my Pants!

The last story is funny as well, Stuck on You.

Then, listen to this one on the Confessions page – A troublesome toilet tale and other tales 19 Apr 13  (yep, it’s the toilet tale, the 3rd story.  I didn’t realize what had happened until the end, will you figure it out?)

Find them here:

BBC Radio 2 – Simon Mayo’s Confessions


Finally, I heard this on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 show last week.  Thought it was great, about looking back on youth.

Baz Luhrmann – Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen


Here’s the link to the YouTube page:


Every one, at any age, should listen to this at least once.

And, don’t forget about the sunscreen…

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What the h- is going on out there?

When the unbelievable happens, where do we go?  For information, for updates, for insight.

I used to go to KGO.  Not anymore.  Trashed by greed and on-air content only a bottom-feeder shareholder could appreciate – not to listen to, of course, but appreciate.  You know what I mean.

Not even 910AM, or whatever they are calling themselves now, can be considered a go-to source for answers.  The morning and early afternoon shows on 910 are filled with screaming fools and syndication.  Gil Gross is the only reason to listen to that station now and then only starting at 3:00pm.  I stay away on Fridays, though.  That voice of Rhoda ruins Gil’s show for me.  Can’t spend any length of time listening to it.

Gil Gross is a good broadcaster.  He has faults but there is no denying he is a dedicated, professional host.  On the day of the Boston Marathon when the terrible news broke late morning, Pacific Time, I had nowhere to go to listen to what the h- was going on.  I found a Boston outlet, online, the CBS local affiliate, WBZ NewsRadio 1030 and listened to that station most of the day.  When I wanted to see video, I watched WBZ television streamed online.  I made sure it wasn’t a Cumulus station.  Not giving them one second of a blip on any of their ratings tracking systems.

Here’s a link to online WBZ NewsRadio 1030 – Boston (using

There is a strong feeling of community on this station and it’s heard in the calls.  Something we used to, but no longer, have here.  I really wish Gil would take calls!  Listen to this station and recall how good it can be.

At 3:00pm on Wednesday, the day of the marathon, I turned on Gil’s show but there were so many commercials played and Gil didn’t even stay on the story.  Unbelievable.  I had to turn back to non-stop coverage of the Boston Marathan at WBZ and that’s where I stayed all day and far into the evening.

There was so much misinformation being reported out there as well.  It’s summed up neatly in this blog post:

On late Thursday, early Friday, when the MIT police officer was found dead and there was a report of a car hijacking, I watched everything unfold on WBZ TV leading to the firefight that broke out in Watertown,  WBZ aired non-stop online coverage.  They did report some misinformation, but corrected it the moment more information came in.  They cited their sources and included a listener-beware statement that in a fluid on-going, breaking story there was sure to be updated, corrected information from the proper authorities.  And, that’s exactly what happened.  The naked guy turned out to be just that, a naked guy and nothing more.  I’m sure we’ll hear all about his story once this all calms down.

It was hours before the local television stations here in the Bay Area broke into programming for Special Reports, and even then they repeated the same things I’d been hearing about and watching for hours out of Boston.  I turned my television to the ABC network so I can hear reports from George Stephanopoulos.

Next week I think I’m going to listen to  Boston’s WBZ NewsRadio 1030 talk station instead of Gil’s program.  I want to hear what the callers have to say about all of this.  They were the ones affected by it and they should have a voice in all of this.  I’m listening to it right now and I love to hear the calls and all of the opinions.  I miss that.

Even members of agree that WBZ had some great coverage.

Here’s Page 5 of the discussion in the Boston section under the topic ‘Patriot’s Day Explosion’:

Plus, another topic on ‘Why Local Radio is Important’:

I want to note that Thursday morning I listened to Gil’s Wednesday podcast.  He did a great job reporting on the Boston Marathon tragedy and he was especially astute in cautioning about what information would turn out to be true.  He was correct in almost every point he made, all of it corrected by reporters early this morning.  Good job, Gil.  Now if only you would take callers and stay on breaking news instead of stopping for ten minutes at a time to break the flow with inane commercials.  Yes, they need those commercials.  But they also need listeners.  Without us, those advertisers would go elsewhere with their ad dollars.

One last thing, I happened to see video online where Amy Poehler gives advice to a young girl that Poehler framed against the happenings of the day.  Watch it.  It’s very touching.

That’s how I got through these past few days.  How about you?

What did you do?

Have you been listening to Len Tillem’s podcasts?  Register to follow him on Spreaker or rate him on iTunes and show some luvvin’ to Len.

Listen to his podcast archives at his website, on, or at iTunes:

Len has been playing old calls mixed in with some of his current commentary.  I’ve heard all of these calls before, so it’s not as fun as hearing fresh, new calls every day.  He’s getting a phone line installed so I can’t wait for that.

Is there a way to play these podcasts online back to back?  I’d like to listen to several at one time without having to stop and click on Play.  Many times I want a program to play in the background as I work and it’s annoying to have to go back to a website, find the next podcast, and Play it – then have to do it again 30 minutes later.  YouTube has it set up so someone can watch a series of videos that automatically play one after another.  Is there something like that for audio podcasts?

Okay, now I’ll list the separate Spreaker podcasts for Len this past week.  I listen to them every week, even though they are repeated calls, because I want to give Len the website hits to show support.  Note: On the Friday podcast at the end Len says several radio stations are interested in broadcasting his show.  He says to send him an email for now, until his phone lines are installed, and he’ll answer them.  He’s unsure he’ll get many callers on podcast so he’s hoping to get back on the radio.







Also, John Rothmann, who continues to provide guest commentary with Gil Gross every week, has begun to post his own blog on his website and has some YouTube podcasts available (posted by ellenstacy):


‘Around the Political World with John Rothmann’ – YouTube audio vids (these are under ten minutes in length):

April 11, 2013 – The gun debate

April 9, 2013 – Guns and the Senate


And, don ‘t forget about Ed Baxter:

Ed Baxter Media – ‘Making Sense’:


Finally, there’s Bernie Ward.  He has one new blog post about Easter on ‘The Lion of the Left Speaks’:


Once again, why does Gil have Rhoda on the Friday show?  I’m sure she’s a lovely person, but she has a lousy radio voice.  Gil, grow some and get rid of Rhoda (on the radio show).  You are losing listeners!  I can listen to Gil for four hours, but not when Rhoda starts speaking and screeching and making strange sounds that she can’t contain.  It’s a miserable listening experience!


Add to the conversations on

New Post up about KGO getting rid of Candice DeLong.  I don’t listen to KGO so I have no idea who this person is, but maybe you want to add your opinions.  What are you doing listening to KGO anyway?  Boycott those fools!  Okay, here’s the link:

Or, you can bump up the Len Tillem topic.  No one has commented for over a week now:

Plus, they have a News/ Talk section:

Lots to read and listen to this week!  And don’t forget to send in your taxes!