Archive for December, 2013

At times, listening to Frosty’s show is like following a whac-a-mole game:

Listeners follow Frosty through the streets of San Francisco as he SPLAT! drops his ice cream in the street when he has to jump back to avoid a car careening in his path.  whew!  It misses him by mere inches.

We are with him in LA when he pulls into a convenience stop for, what else, an ice cream bar, and then he walks back out to his car now blocked by a monster truck suspended over giant, off-road super-swamper tires.  Frosty tells the driver to move back a bit, and BOING! the truck door opens and out steps a badass looking for a fight.  The ice cream melts as Frosty tries to get out of this one alive.

I’ve added links to these Frosty episodes in earlier posts.

None of these compare with what happened over the holiday weekend when Frosty wanted to splurge on Ritz crackers and a spray-can of Cheez-It.

I’m beginning to wonder if Frosty should switch to broccoli.  He might live longer, and I’m not talking calorie count.

He’s in the cracker aisle, trying to decide between long-roll or short-roll packs of Ritz, and BAM! some guy shoves in between Frosty and his Ritz.  You will have to hear Frosty tell the rest of the story:

12/30/13 Frosty podcast hr 3

This is what reality tv has done to us.  I think the only reason Frosty confronted this guy was because he suspected it was being captured on camera for a tv show and he wanted to look like a hero.  The reality is he will now walk down the street always looking over his shoulder.  Every time a car backfires he’ll flatten to the sidewalk.  He’ll probably even move across town and abandon his high-rental home.  I doubt he’ll ever eat Ritz crackers again with any enjoyment.

He’s even moving his radio show on January 1st, but that was decided long before his cracker craving.

Frosty’s show will move back two hours to begin at 10:00am.  After his show, Randi Rhodes will be on Talk 910am from 1:00-3:00pm and Gil will stay where he’s always been.  I wish his wife would stay home Monday through Friday.  Gil’s show is the worst ever on Fridays when she shows up and shrieks her way through it.

By the way, Ed Baxter filled in for Frosty and Gil over the holidays.  You’ll have to look at their podcasts to find where Baxter filled in.  I heard only a few of Baxter’s shows since I was on holiday as well and not at the office.  Here’s a link to Frosty’s podcasts and you can see where Ed filled in:

I like that Ed takes callers.  I like that Ed has guests on his show who are not all correspondents on Politico.  I like him as a talk-show host.  Here’s a link to his website where you can find a copy of his recently published book, ‘Waiting at Red Lights’:

Frosty took a call as well, on the first hour of his show after his long holiday vacation.  He told the caller, Carol, to shut-up and then hung up on her.   Want to hear why?  Here’s the link (it’s the first story and lasts about 15 minutes):

Frosty doesn’t have the practiced finesse of Ray Taliaferro on a hang-up situation.  It was a sloppy call and I don’t think hosts know how to handle callers any longer.  The Talk 910 hosts are used to talking to themselves for hours and don’t know what to do with someone who disagrees with or criticizes them.  Gil doesn’t even attempt to take a call.  As I’ve said before, at least Frosty tries to take calls.  Not sure how many he’ll take after this last one, though.

I hope he starts fresh with the new year on his new show and makes a resolution to hear what his listeners have to say.  I hope he stops using Gil’s show as a standard and allows his own show to grow.  I hope Randi Rhodes brings a fresh edge to Talk 910.  I hope I can listen to Talk 910 in the new year and hear local talk, both host and callers, communicating again.  I hope Gil’s wife stays home next year.

Is that too much to hope?

Have a safe and happy New Year!  See you in 2014.

NARA 533886

I found out that radiodiscussions is gone.  Here’s a link that explains it all – from beginning to end:

I used to visit that site every so often, whenever I heard something and wanted to find out more about it.  Real radio people populated that site, not some gossipy Caen-wannabe, as we see in that other stupid media blog that is trying to hang on by a thread.

Looks as if everyone is migrating to this site:

When KGO claimed it ‘listened to its listeners’ and changed the entire format in December 2011, they lost most of their listeners. huh.  As Judge Judy would say, ‘you didn’t have your listening ears on’.  A few of the old KGO audience still hang on to Owens, but they don’t ‘get it’, that continuing to listen to that station is the same as contributing to a Kardashian charity fund, where Kim keeps 90% of the proceeds for ‘administrative costs’ – in the same way the Dick-eys have to lay-off highly paid people, and cut the others down to minimum wage, so those same Dick-eys can give themselves another million in bonuses for what they’ve saved in costs.

Not that I would ever listen to Owens ever again after December 2011.  I still cringe when I hear those mattress ads on other stations.  I’ll never go there to buy a mattress.

I noticed on the Facebook page of formerkgolisteners (– go there and ‘like’ their page.  They update the site with new information every week.) that Len Tillem wants to start up again on radio.  You can find out about it if you want.  I’m not going to bother promoting it.  Len left without a word, just left his loyal listeners hanging and didn’t bother to mention he was no longer posting podcasts.  What did he care?  Listeners weren’t paying him.  Why would he bother to mention to people, who’ve listened to him for years, that they no longer matter?  They don’t give him a check.  So, he can disappear without a thank-you, for months, and think his personality alone will bring people back.

um, no.

I work in a business that is paid by clients, but we wouldn’t have clients if we didn’t have the customers who support them.  We make decisions with both customer and client in mind, not just the one with money attached.  There would be no money attached if there were no customers of our clients.

In a convoluted way, Cumulus Media is trying to circumvent the customer of the product.  They are selling airtime to clients on stations that no longer have an audience.  All Cumulus has to do is tell advertisers how many markets they will penetrate and sell that as a package.  Listeners are a given.  They are counting on having someone listen to their stations at least a few minutes every day, and that way they can profit from ad revenue and add more money to their annual corporate bonuses.  Ever think of that when you listen to Ronn?  I don’t understand how intelligent people still don’t understand this.

It’s interesting that the few who could have profited from the KGO mess two years ago didn’t have the intelligence or ability to pull it off.  That media blogger, instead of expanding his worth in the market, chose to continue down the same path of gossip, sensationalism, and rating media women by their ‘hotness’, not to mention his utter ineptness at putting sentences together.  What a waste of time that was.

Plus, that Santa Cruz station instead of using an opportunity to increase listeners tenfold, they opted to continue using equipment that seldom worked, podcasts that never posted, and some old lady who loved Donald Trump and was allowed on the air, every day, to express her opinion.  yikes.  What a mess!

These are not the game changers.


The new station that offers a half-day of programming for the former KGO listeners, KKSF  Talk910, will be changing their programming soon.  Gil will stay.  I don’t have to tell you what I think of that.  They might as well cut his entire Friday shows.  What a disappointment Gil has turned out to be.

Frosty’s programming will begin at 10:00am now instead of 12 Noon and will end at 1:00pm, not 3:00pm.  I don’t mind.  It cuts into my BBC Radio2 time, but I’m sure Simon Mayo won’t care that I have to switch to local programming after his confessions segment.

I’m unfamiliar with the person taking over the 1:00-3:00pm slot.  Randi Rhodes.  I’ll be listening and maybe I’ll have more to write about after these changes take place.

Not that anyone reads this, anyway.  But, hey, I don’t mind.  Keeps out the riff-raff.

Here’s the announcement of the change:

oh, did I forget to mention that Limbaugh is gone from KKSF in January?  ha!

Plus, I’m not excited the buffoons known as A&G will get an extra hour, but I sure won’t be listening to them.  Just like I don’t listen to Gil on Fridays.  But, I’ll probably be listening to KKSF an additional two hours now, every day except on Friday, and I’m happy about that.

For once we can get through December without a radio catastrophe.

Enjoy the holidays!