Archive for April, 2015

Ed Baxter, who’s been off the air while recovering from a bad bout of pneumonia, has decided to leave his weekday Talk910 show and focus on family.  Listeners will be able to hear him as a fill-in host on the station, but not as a regular host with a specific time slot.

He has posted an announcement here:

http://www.talk910.com/onair/ed-baxter-48465/a-note-from-ed-13527578/

You can still visit his site, The Talk Pod:

http://thetalkpod.com/

Oh well, I liked his show.  It was the only one I’d been listening to on that station.  The other shows are dreadful and Gil Gross, whose show I used to enjoy, has become so repetitive and trite that I can’t stand it any longer.  Same old stories, same format of him talking and taking up the entire show on, who else, himself!  And his useless wife on Fridays, that was it for me.  Awful programming.  Not to mention that torture of the same ad of some woman shouting about cars, playing over and over and over again.  I had to turn off the station more times than I had it on.

I’ve been listening to WOR710-AM New York instead.  Unfortunately, Rush Limbaugh has a three hour show there Pacific Time 9: 00am-12Noon.  Sometimes I’ll listen to the first hour but it’s too much Rush.  That guy is obsessed with himself.  He is always looking for his name in the news and brings up every slight mention of it.  The show itself is strange.  He sounds like a creaky old man, constantly clearing phlegm from his throat, rubbing his dry hands together so you can hear the dried skin scraping on-air, and the background noise of a fax or printer with pages being printed with that slow, chugging sound of an old ink jet printer.  You know the sound, cha-chug, quarter page printed, cha-chug, half page, cha-chug full page and whir – page released!  He says he’s fascinated with technology, but, apparently, not enough to spend any money on it.

After Rush is Sean Hannity.  I don’t mind his show.  He does more in-depth interviews than I hear from the others who focus on news-lite and silly stuff, thinking they are bringing levity to a show.  Listeners who enjoy talk radio do not enjoy lazy shows with stuff pulled off sfgate.  The thing about talk radio listeners is that they read and they see that same silly news before some host reads it verbatim on the air.  It’s wasting our time.

The downside of WOR is that all of the hosts have the same agenda.  It’s as if they all write up the same notes and bombard the audience with anti-Hillary rants or potential scandals.  It’s laughable but also too much, at times.

But it’s really the only thing out there right now.  I guess it’s good to know the game plan of the right and the rhetoric they are feeding to people.  Just don’t know how much of it I can listen to before the election.

Here’s the link to WOR710-AM NY if you want to listen to it.  I enjoy Mark Simone’s show, he has a smooth style and a natural, fun interactive style with his callers and guests:

http://www.wor710.com/main.html

Mark Simone also posts some fun videos on his page.  Here’s one about the difference between the brains of men and women:

http://www.wor710.com/onair/mark-simone-52176/a-very-funny-explanation-of-the-13523442/

And, here’s another one about on air meltdowns by newscasters:

http://www.wor710.com/onair/mark-simone-52176/some-great-on-air-meltdowns-by-13517868/

Speaking of meltdowns, when is Talk910 going to get it together and actually present some decent programming?  What a waste of a talk station, what are they thinking?  They don’t let listeners speak and they don’t let their ratings rise above the 0.5 mark.  They seem to be fine with that.  They might be, but we, the listeners, are not.

That’s all I got…

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I haven’t been listening to Talk 910 for weeks now.  Those annoying car commercials drove me away, that woman who shouts about cars or something is an immediate turn-off.  When and if I turned the station back on, there she was again, shouting about cars ten minutes later.  After turning her off at least five times in a short amount of time, that was it.  Could not turn that station back on.  First Gil’s wife, now this.  Can Talk 910 torture listeners more?  Oh, that’s right.  The 1:00-3:00pm show is the worst of the worst.  The idiotic promos for that show say it all.  Who would intentionally listen to that show after hearing those promos?

I did try to listen again to Talk 910 this week and did not hear that awful commercial.  What a relief!  But, I did not hear Ed Baxter, either.  He’s out again for health reasons.  I have to tell you, I’m a little concerned about that.  He was gone for weeks last month.  Ed, I hope you are back on the radio soon and that you will be fully recovered and healthy as an ox.

Not sure where that cliche about oxes originated.  I’ll look it up. From chacha.com:

“Healthy as an ox” is an old Russian saying. Oxen are robust and they are intelligent animals, they can be stubborn and willful.

Yep, that’s Ed, alright.  Hope he’s back to his robust self soon!

I have been enjoying WOR710am – NY, though.  The host during the early hours of 7:00-9:ooam, PT, is Mark Simone.  He’s a natural for radio.  The only downside to listening to his show are the constant negative comments about anything or anyone liberal, but he is a true radio personality and not a fake.  If you can’t listen to opinions that differ from yours, then you won’t like hearing some of what he has to say.  Also, I don’t care to hear a regular guest of his, Ann Coulter.  What a cold fish she is, zero personality and opinions no one cares about when they’re coming from her.  But Simone’s other guests are fun to hear.  They debate and tease Mark about his political views, and most are interesting in their own unique ways.

As I’ve mentioned before, the best thing about the show is Mark Simone takes calls!  They are fun to hear. He gets his share of kooks (is that even a word?) but he handles them with an affability that is playful without being unkind or cruel.  For example, one day he had several callers in a row that didn’t make any sense, and, after hanging up, Simone says, “I gotta get an unlisted number.” Another guy always tries to tell a joke.  Apparently, he’s a frequent caller and as Simone is talking to him he tells the caller, “Don’t tell the joke,” and the caller says, “I’ve got a joke for you,” and Simone says, “Please don’t tell the joke,” so the caller tells the joke as Simone tells his listeners in the background, “ah, I told him not to tell the joke, and he’s telling the joke, can you believe this guy?”

Simone doesn’t sound irritated or angry and he doesn’t cut the call, he’s laughing about it with the rest of his listeners.

He really made me laugh one day when another frequent caller started out the call with some theory of his, and Simone said, “This again?  Really?” but he let the guy talk and kept silent throughout, even when the guy stopped to hear what Mark had to say about it.  The caller waited, then we could hear the guy say, “Mark?”, waits, “um, am I still on?”, silence, “Did he hang up on me?”, silence, “Mark?”, he’s quiet for a moment then says something to himself and hangs up.  That’s when we hear Simone laugh.  Simone says, “This is what we never get to hear on the radio, the back-end of a call when someone thinks they’re off the air.”

Spencer Hughes, who was filling in for Ed Baxter this week, made a good observation about including callers on a talk show.  He said, years ago, when he first started to listen to talk radio, the callers are what attracted him to talk radio.  Without the callers he wouldn’t have the love he has today for talk radio.  If he’d heard one guy talking to himself for hours, and having some politicos as guests during the show, and that was it, Hughes said he probably wouldn’t have continued listening through the years.  It’s boring to hear one voice, one opinion, and some so-called expert talk.  It’s interesting to hear what callers have to say.  They take the show in different directions and sometimes, to another level.

I agree.   Who needs vacuous stories about dumb something-or-other when you can hear what the listeners out there have to say?  That is more entertaining than any space-wasted, click-bait story pulled off sfgate.

Speaking of callers, since I’ve been working late so many evenings, I’ve been able to hear Alan Colmes’ show.  Last night, one of his callers in the first hour said he was going to have an operation and he didn’t think he’ll make it off the operating table.  He wanted to give Colmes a number to call to confirm it so he could let his listeners know.  Colmes gave us the history of the caller, who has had many issues to deal with, and Colmes said he wishes him well and hopes to hear him again on the air as soon as he recuperates.

It was a bit chilling, remembering the last show of Pete Wilson and how he felt nervous about his upcoming hip operation.

Well, I didn’t expect to end on such a sad note.  I do have some things to say about listening to some of the Limbaugh shows and also Hannity, but it can wait.

There is another interesting discussion on Google Groups, ba.broadcast about AM vs. Podcasts.

NOTE: There is one poor soul on that group who posts disgusting, offensive content.  He or she usually stays out of the normal posts but that person puts up dozens of psycho posts at a time so I’d recommend staying within the discussion and not venture to the unmoderated posts.  I don’t think they can control who posts there.  Anyway, here’s one of the normal posts about AM vs Podcast:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/ba.broadcast/x7TAKNc_Asc

Also, the Talk Pod has a new contributor, He Said, She Said.  Check it out:

http://thetalkpod.com/

Don’t forget about the opportunity to become a contributor, taken directly from the main page of thetalkpod.com:

And if you have something to share or teach others, we’d love to hear your idea; you may even be invited to be a contributor! So, Tell The Talk Pod who you are, what you have to offer others, and how you can help The Talk Pod grow and continue to spread “Seeds for Your Brain.”

Finally, Mark Simone says he put up some interesting video on his page (I haven’t watched these yet):

Joy Behar and Chris Christie having words:

http://www.wor710.com/onair/mark-simone-52176/chris-christie-and-joy-behar-get-13487773/

Snowden gives tips on creating passwords:

http://www.wor710.com/onair/mark-simone-52176/edward-snowden-teaches-john-oliver-the-13487214/

Want to hear callers again?  Listen to Mark Simone:

http://www.wor710.com/media/podcast-mark-simone-marksimone/

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That’s it, folks!  Enjoy the sun this weekend!