Archive for May, 2013

I just heard it now on the news and I’m so very sad to hear it.

I don’t have any information at this time, but I’ll post some links so people can get more information.

I always direct people to the Facebook page at FormerKGOListeners.  There are many comments being posted, so go over there and share your thoughts and memories of Gene Burns.  Please ‘like’ their Facebook page.  They have been very informative, supportive, and have kept up with all of the latest news of the former KGO hosts.  Sadly, we’ll never hear Gene’s voice again except in saved audio, youtube clips, and archived podcasts.

https://www.facebook.com/FormerKGOListeners

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/entertainment&id=9116447

http://mediaconfidential.blogspot.com/2013/05/rip-legendary-talk-gene-burns-has-passed.html

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-gene-burns-dies-20130525,0,5936305.story

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Longtime-KGO-host-Gene-Burns-72-dies-4549884.php

There’s a discussion about Gene at radiodiscussions.com:

http://radiodiscussions.com/smf/index.php?topic=235221.0

I never knew Gene once tried to run for President.  This site has noted that fact:

http://www.heavy.com/news/2013/05/gene-burns-dies-dead-died-radio-host/

He even ventured into the chocolate business at one time, offering Gene Burns chocolates, according to this article about him:

http://cflradio.net/gene_burns_bio.htm

Here’s his Wikipedia page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Burns

John Rothmann has now added to his website some thoughts about Gene’s passing:

http://johnrothmann.com/

Bernie Ward has posted something about Gene (Tuesday, May 28, 2013):

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/05/in-memoriam.html

Also, Gil Gross talked about Gene during his entire program on KKSF (Tuesday, May 28, 2013).  I’ll post the link here for the podcast.  It’s worth listening to again and again.

Also, I think he’s discussing it live now since he’s filling in for Gil Gross today (Monday, May 27, 2013, 3:00-7:00pm).  I’ll have to listen to the podcast tomorrow.  I’ll post a link to it once it’s added online.

Gil Gross Show – 5/28/13 HOUR 1 (tribute to Gene Burns)

http://www.talk910.com/player/?station=KKSF-AM&program_name=podcast&program_id=gil_gross.xml&mid=23267968

5/28/13 HOUR 2 (tribute to Gene Burns):

http://www.talk910.com/player/?station=KKSF-AM&program_name=podcast&program_id=gil_gross.xml&mid=23268111

5/28/13 HOUR 3 (tribute to Gene Burns):

http://www.talk910.com/player/?station=KKSF-AM&program_name=podcast&program_id=gil_gross.xml&mid=23268192

5/28/13 HOUR 4 (tribute to Gene Burns):

http://www.talk910.com/player/?station=KKSF-AM&program_name=podcast&program_id=gil_gross.xml&mid=23268348

I found some old clips of Gene Burns on YouTube:

Orlando TV profiled Gene in the ’80s:

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Here’s the link to YouTube (posted by daveedwards1051):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QMJsCX4WqI

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Tim McFarland posted a Father’s Day 2011 broadcast of Gene Burns on KGO Radio:

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Here’s the YouTube link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd95w8O3dFs

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A fan of Gene’s created a video tribute to him:

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Here’s the YouTube link (posted by I am Patricia):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-9-O_iWpow

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Gene Burns on The Nature and Role of Government (posted by LibertarianismDotOrg):

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Here’s the YouTube link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjT8EmJ7h08

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Gene Burns Keynote Speaker (this is only Part 1):

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Here’s the YouTube link (this is only Part 1) (posted by NapaFarmBureau):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpDyMBMYqbs

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Here’s the link if you want to listen live to KKSF – just click the button at the top of the page ‘Listen to Talk 910 Now’:

http://www.talk910.com/main.html

We will need some time to take this in.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Gene’s loved ones.  We will honor him in our hearts and thoughts.  He will be missed.

Photo by Jens Japel

In retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have started a blog.  I have a busy job and not a lot of time to put the effort into a seemingly simple one post per week type of blog.  But, I was so darn angry at Cumulus Media and I’d awakened to the mess of our public airwaves.  I had to express it somehow.

Today, I’m still darn angry at Cumulus Media and how they threw their trash into our backyard.  If you want to read more about Cumulus Media history, there’s an extensive article here: http://www.answers.com/topic/cumulus-media-inc that lists all of their radio stations (stations you should now boycott).

**Note: See the end of this post for discussions of Cumulus Media on the News/Talk section of radiodiscussion.com.

Also, I’ve never been fully committed to the radio station that offered jobs to some of the former KGO hosts; the daily content wasn’t appealing to those of us who were used to leaving our radio dials in one spot all day long.  The morning screamers had me holding my hands over my ears and turning it off, then came Rush and the big rush for the door for me.  I had to wait for Len at 3:00pm before I could turn on the radio.  Until then, I streamed online BBC Radio 2, listened to KQED, sometimes Radiolab, and many times (but not now) I’d listen again to Len’s and Gil’s podcasts from the day before.

So, now Len has been kicked to the curb again from the station we thought would save us from our radio nightmare.  huh.  Guess my instincts were right.  That station operates in a similar way to the hated Cumulus Media.  Something we always knew but didn’t want to admit.

Sure, I still listen to Gil on that station.  He is professional and endearing.  Well, that is when he doesn’t drag his wife on the show and that is my first break with Gil.  Why does he continue to push Rhoda on the listeners?  We really don’t want to listen to it.  She doesn’t add anything to the show except the cringe factor and the high-pitched voice unsuited for the airwaves.  Added to that, I can’t understand why a Talk station is committed to keeping out callers.  You know, the talk portion they are touting.

I wonder if it’s a budget thing.  I know Gil can handle callers, but maybe there’s no budget for proper screeners.  Is that what it is?  I’ve been reading that the company is not in the best financial condition so it’s the only reasonable explanation I can come up with. What do you think?

Sorry, I’m not adding a link for Gil any longer since that station got rid of Len.  Not Gil’s fault, I know, but I don’t want to advertise a company that has similar business practices to those losers at Cumulus Media and are acting like a bunch of Dick-eys.

This leads to my thoughts about that media blogger who has tried to profit off the backs of these media professionals.  I no longer add that link since it’s not worth the time even if you have time to waste.  I see reposts of it on the Facebook page of https://www.facebook.com/FormerKGOListeners .  FormerKGOListeners do a good job keeping up with what’s going on in our media wasteland.  Sometimes it includes that blogger guy.

I used to read that media blogger guy’s posts just for the comments, but it turned into one big advertising message for that weird Santa Cruz station.  uh, no thanks.  Plus, that blogger guy has made up so many stories from so-called ‘reliable sources’ that there comes a time to reflect on the saying: Fool me once, shame on you, Fool me twice… (yeah, you know the one).  We have lives to live, who wants to waste time on that nonsense?  Also, so many supporting comments over there on that blog are obviously fake to fluff up the numbers.  It doesn’t pass the smell test.  I hold my nose when I see that stuff now.

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We might have a chance to see some of our former hosts together again.  For one night in Berkeley, on Thursday, June 27th, 11:30am – 3:00pm at Spenger’s Seafood Grotto.  Not much yet except the date and time.  There is no mention of potential guests.  That would be good to know.

Here’s the link:

http://www.broadcastlegends.com/index.html

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By the way, if you don’t know, Len is back, baby!  He’s now taking about four or five calls per day.  All new stuff.  Follow him on Spreaker.  Bump up his numbers (currently at 6,408 followers) and take a minute to leave him a message.

Here’s the link to his podcasts on Spreaker:

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

Following are links to his show for the past week:

http://www.spreaker.com/user/lentillem/len_tillem_show_5_16_2013

http://www.spreaker.com/user/lentillem/len_tillem_show_5_15_2013

http://www.spreaker.com/user/lentillem/len_tillem_show_5_14_2013

http://www.spreaker.com/user/lentillem/len_tillem_show_5_13_2013

http://www.spreaker.com/user/lentillem/len_tillem_show_5_10_2013

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I hope you haven’t forgotten about Ed Baxter.

Here’s a link to his Making Sense podcasts (I wish they were dated, I don’t know if he updates them weekly or daily):

http://edbaxtermedia.com/category/podcasts/

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John Rothmann continues to share his insights with Gil every so often on the radio.  If you want more, here’s a link to John Rothmann’s web posts:

http://johnrothmann.com/

Here’s his most recent post:

http://johnrothmann.com/post/50656866815/around-the-political-world-with-john-rothmann-may-17

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Yes, and Bernie Ward continues to write for his Lion of the Left Speaks blog.

Bernie’s May days blog posts:

Thursday, May 2, 2013 – No Free Lunch (about online privacy and the Right To Know Act)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/05/no-free-lunch.html

Monday, May 6, 2013 – Suicide is Painless… (about the rate of suicide in America)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/05/suicide-is-painless.html

Monday, May 13, 2013 – I’m a H-1 Believer… (about big tech labor)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/05/im-h-1-believer.html

Monday, May 13, 2013 – Killing the Golden Goose… (about energy exports)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/05/killing-golden-goose.html

I found this old news item about Bernie Ward’s former house when it went back to the bank:

http://www.socketsite.com/archives/2011/05/the_lion_of_the_lefts_home_falls_prey_to_its_loans.html

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Think I’m done?  Oh no, I’m going to link away….

Last week, Gil Gross said on his show that he doesn’t believe in ghosts or psychics.  He mentioned Sylvia Browne specifically and how she told the mother of Amanda Berry, on The Montel Williams show, that her daughter was dead.

Here’s the link:

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2013/05/psychic_sylvia_browne_said_amanda_berry_was_dead_why_do_police_consult_psychics.html

Gil really slammed Sylvia Browne, calling her a fraud that preys on people’s hopes.  I used to like watching her on The Montel Williams show.  Didn’t see it much, only on my days off from work every so often.  But I did see the show when Sylvia Browne predicted a disaster somewhere in India and said to tell anyone who planned on going there that they would die.  That’s what she said.  Don’t go there, you will die.

Here’s an excerpt talking about that show from http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread111679/pg1

“In October 2004 on the Montel Williams Show, Sylvia advised viewers to avoid travel to India due to safety concerns. On December 26th Sylvia’s prediction was validated when a tsunami devastated India. Sylvia further warns that travel to the region will not be safe for another 6 months due to health issues (water purity, disease) created in the aftermath of the tsunami.”

Here’s information about the tsunami that hit on December 26, 2004:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/12/1227_041226_tsunami.html

I don’t think that’s just a lucky (or unlucky) guess on her part.  She was adamant.  But, I don’t think it’s possible to for someone to ‘psych’ on command, in a quick answer to a question.  I don’t think the type of energy is there for it.  But, I wonder if some of the big stuff can be felt before it happens, like an intuition.  We have all experienced that.  We just don’t go on tv to talk about it.

So, I also got to thinking about how Gil doesn’t believe in ghosts.

I was going to write my thoughts on it.  I was searching around on the internet and I found this interesting site:

http://www.ghostsofamerica.com/

There are some really interesting ghost stories about good ol’ SF.  This one in particular is so trippy:

http://www.ghostsofamerica.com/9/California_San_Francisco_ghost_sightings4.html

Here’s an excerpt (if you dare):

“Once again, I saw the man standing at the shoreline. I said, ”the fisherman! ” and at that moment, the man’s legs stretched to at least 40 feet long, as he took 3 giant steps toward us!”

If you listen to Gil’s show, you know that he is on vacation for a few days.  Frosty is sitting for him and I see that he is up for discussion at  http://www.radiodiscussions.com/smf/  .

Want to join in? Here’s the San Francisco section:

http://radiodiscussions.com/smf/index.php?board=203.0

And, here’s the Frosty thread:

http://radiodiscussions.com/smf/index.php?topic=234810.0

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**Some recent discussions about Cumulus Media at radiodiscussions.com in their News/Talk section:

Here’s the general News/Talk section link:

http://radiodiscussions.com/smf/index.php?board=284.0

Following are direct links to the threads about Cumulus Media.

Titled – A Great Article Re: Cumulus and Rush

http://radiodiscussions.com/smf/index.php?topic=234577.0

Titled – What is Cumulus Doing?

http://radiodiscussions.com/smf/index.php?topic=234740.0

 

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Finally, Simon Mayo had another entertaining confession on his BBC Radio 2 show.  It has to do with fishing and missing teeth.  You can listen to it online for the next 30 days, or download it and listen to it forever.

It’s included in the podcast titled:

Friday, May 17, 2013 – Let’s Sick Together and other tales…

It’s the fourth confession on the podcast (and the third one about the resting man is great, too).  Here’s a link to Confessions Page on the BBC website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/confess

By the way, BBC Radio 2 is making news with its surging listening audience:

http://www.wigantoday.net/news/showbiz-news/radio-2-audience-hits-record-high-1-5676451

“Radio 2 has seen its figures grow by almost 5% compared with those this time last year, when 14.56 million were listening in. And it has piled on 260,000 listeners in the past quarter.”

http://www.imediamonkey.com/2013/05/16/q1-rajars-bbc-radio-2-chris-evans-breakfast-show-post-record-audiences/

“Meanwhile, the whole station achieved its highest listener levels ever as it is now reaching 15.27 million listeners every week, a massive 4.9% increase year on year. Share was also up for the station as it rises to 17.7% from 16.8% in the same quarter last year.”

sigh…