Archive for May, 2014

When a movie doesn’t hold a preview screening for the critics or, in the old days, when it went directly to DVD, there’s a good reason for it.  Anyone who actually wastes their time watching the movie can confirm the reason why.

I thought it odd when Talk 910-AM made no announcement of their replacement show for The Randi Rhodes  Show.  I no longer find it odd.  ’nuff said.

So, what other options do we have?

I’ve compiled this list in the past but I think it’s time to post another reminder where to go when local radio programmers slop out lazy talk shows that leave us wishing we could, for once, tell them where to go…

Of course, these alternative options are not optimal because some of these programs do not have a talk format – they have more of a story-telling type of delivery that is less engaging than a caller-driven show (even when the storyline is interesting).

No one takes calls anymore, anyway.  Today’s talk radio is bland with no one talking except the host.  And, even that is PPM doing all the talking.  Even when the listeners are no longer listening.  It’s the sad state of radio today.

Following are some other options:

This American Life

Note: Under the menu tab ‘WAYS TO LISTEN’, select ‘LIVE STREAM’ and then click the link included in the first sentence on the page (’24/7 stream’ is the link that takes you automatically to a player) and it will stream 24/7 episode after episode, mixing new with old.  If you don’t mind varied topics, this is the best way to listen.

If you prefer selecting the subject matter, then browse the archives:

I heard one interesting story on This American Life about a pimp from Oakland.   This one is not for everyone.  It’s about the life of a pimp.  How he got into it, what was his experience, and why he got out.



Radiolab posts one hour podcasts.  It’s annoying to have to select another podcast every hour, but, hey, it’s one thousand times better than hearing Gil’s wife on the radio.  I can’t even listen to Gil’s show any longer because, unbelievably, he has his wife call-in during his show during the week, not just on Fridays, so he can talk to her about some lame subject like what’s happening on a television show.  That’s when I turn off the radio for the day.

I’ve been listening to podcasts, as well as the thisamericanlife 24/7 stream, after Frosty’s show ends.  The only problem is that I listen to these podcasts while at work and sometimes miss sections of the story and have to go back to listen again when I have time.

Some of the interesting Radiolab podcasts I’ve heard:

…the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) –  has at its heart one single sentence, 60 words long. Over the last decade, those 60 words have become the legal foundation for the “war on terror.”

 This hour, we consider the power and magic of the red liquid that runs through our veins.

Note: Within this episode, there is a fascinating look at what happens to your donation after giving blood.  Did you know they re-sell the blood you gave for free?  It’s a big operation (no pun intended).

Here’s the text section on giving blood that corresponds to the podcast.  The audio about blood banks is near the end of the hour-long podcast:

Here’s the Episode Archive of Radiolab:



I haven’t listened to any Ted Talks for awhile, but I’ll be on there more in the coming months and will share any talks that I find interesting.





Here’s a fun listen, not very long (under 30 minutes), and posted weekly on BBC Radio 2 – Simon Mayo’s Drivetime Confessions.

Simon Mayo considers listeners’ darkest secrets and worst misdemeanours, as they beg for his forgiveness.

Here’s a list of old Confessions in Simon’s Confession Archives (up to May 7, 2011):


I read this article recently:

A British media firm has uploaded a huge archive of old San Francisco footage and history onto the company’s YouTube channel.

It would be fun to look at some of this old footage.

Speaking of vintage, I heard about this interesting book on BBC Radio 2 – Steve Wright in the Afternoon show when he interviewed the author of ‘Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek’.  I found a link about the book from the Today Show:

Here’s the book on Amazon:

That’s it for now.  Have any suggestions?  Share  them!

Enjoy the long holiday weekend, everyone.




Here’s the link to YouTube if you prefer to listen over there:

The title of this post is taken from a Colin Quinn quote.

Here’s the quote:

Humanity is a crazy contradiction. I accept us for who we are. We’re not that great. Every time we take a step forward we go back to the same primitive behavior. We’re meant to be this way. It’s not our fault, it’s just who we are.

-Colin Quinn

I was not going to even bring this up, but I saw this following article and it fits right in with what I’ve been thinking.

(Fair warning: If the incorrect usage of ‘your’ vs ‘you’re’ drives you crazy then you’ll have to choose between reading the article or your sanity)

If you read the Facebook page of FormerKGOListeners, (and if you don’t then get over there now and remember to ‘like’ their page: you’ll see links to many articles about the former KGO and radio in general.

That’s where I saw the announcement that crummy-Cumulus KGO station will be holding an All-Star debate.  I had a good laugh at that one until I realized they were serious.  huh?  That’s when I shook my head and said, “That’s crazy.”

Then, that blogger guy who posts things that are not always true, well, too-many-times-to-count not true, (the same guy who rates weather women by their hotness, yeah, that tells you everything you need to know) says that KGO will go back to talk.  Now people are speculating on which talk-show hosts will be on the air there and at what times.  They say they are contacting KGO to let them know.


Why would anyone want their favorite hosts to work for Cumulus Media?  They’re the same guys who fired the Bay Area’s long-time favorite hosts and decimated radio in this market.  So, now that the listener boycott has worked, and crummy KGO is losing money and the Dick-ey’s can’t find advertisers (isn’t this the reason for the boycott to begin with?) suddenly people want to listen again?  To put money in the Dick-ey’s pocket and allow them to continue to grow?


Does anyone think long-term anymore?  December 2011 is not that long ago.  Do we now want the advertisers to come back and give their money to Cumulus?  What would that accomplish?  Bigger bonuses for the Dick-ey brothers?  The same brothers who pay themselves millions every year but offer minimum wage paychecks for local talent and producers working on their shows?  Is that what you want for the Bay Area?

That’s crazy.

And, Clear Channel has not been the most sane, either.

There has been no announcement (that I’ve heard) on what will replace the Randi Rhodes show.  I saw this disturbing little tidbit on the Brad Blog (it’s old, from December 2013, so hopefully, it’s not the direction they will choose to go):

Of course, on the topic of crazy, I have to add my ongoing Gil gripe again!  I know, I know, it’s insanity saying the same thing again and again and expecting a different result.

It is what it is.

Crazy is Gil Gross bringing his wife on the air and disrespecting his once-loyal listeners by keeping her screeches on the air every Friday.  Here’s a thought, Gil.  Just because your wife does crossword puzzles does not make her a compelling (or, even good) radio host.  It’s ‘must turn-OFF’ radio as its best.  Can’t even describe it at its worst, don’t want to even think about it.  Gil is obviously trying to get out of the business, fast.  He’s lost any relevance he might have had.  Now, he’s a joke.  It’s crazy, isn’t it?  Why would he do that to himself?

There.  Now I feel better.

Now it’s your turn.   What makes you crazy?