Absolutely something…

WOR710-AM NY, the Mark Simone show, is good for listeners who want entertaining talk radio with callers and interesting guests and a professional, likeable host who doesn’t take himself too seriously.  Not possible, you say, given the state of radio today.

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Then, listen to this segment from Simone’s show podcast on Wednesday, May 13th, Hour 1:

His guest is Lionel (Michael William Lebron) of lionelmedia.com.  This guy has a Len Tillem style and a background in both broadcast and law.  His strong words and opinions go beyond the reach of our one-time favorite loyah and he even sprinkles in such language gems as kaka-poo-poo in his loud, forceful way of speaking.

Mark Simone can hold own against someone like Lionel.  Simone has his own style, he is a competent host who interacts with guests and callers without feeling the need to insert himself into the conversation.  And, as we in the Bay Area know too well, that’s Gross!  Thankfully, Simone does not have a wife who does crossword puzzles, the head-scratching Gross excuse for subjecting listeners to a Friday show that lives up to his name.

As for the Mark Simone segment, it’s a relevant conversation about issues of big cities dealing with homeless and crime and the New York policy of ‘broken windows’.  They discuss the recent capture of the ‘hammer guy’ by NYPD.  As Lionel says, “It ain’t safe like it used to be.”

Listen to the segment, it starts approximately 3/4 of an hour into the podcast and lasts to the end of the podcast.  For some reason, there is no time indicator as the podcast runs, but if you see the image of Simone on the podcast, the segment starts at the left-hand corner of his right eye (when you are facing the screen) and goes to the end.

http://www.wor710.com/media/podcast-mark-simone-show-marksimone/the-mark-simone-show-5132015-hour-26047075/

 

Here’s more information about Lionel:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_%28radio_personality%29

There are some interesting blog posts and videos on Lionel’s website as well:

http://lionelmedia.com/

 

Also, as I’ve mentioned before, Simone posts video on his home page and there’s always one or two worth watching.  It’s funny that Lionel mentions it in his conversation with Mark as well.

I saw this once on a Ted Talks playlist and could never find it again.  Thanks, Mark Simone, for adding it to your page!

http://www.wor710.com/onair/mark-simone-52176/youve-been-tying-your-shoes-wrong-13581909/

Don Rickles makes his final appearance on Letterman:

http://www.wor710.com/onair/mark-simone-52176/don-rickles-final-letterman-appearance-with-13582708/

 

Simone also posted a link to an article about Frank Sinatra written by Michael Riedel, Theater Critic New York Post:

http://www.wor710.com/onair/mark-simone-52176/sinatras-secret-life-in-nyc-great-13388393/

Riedel was on Simone’s show, Thursday, 5/14/15, Hour 1.  Their discussion includes such tidbits as Sinatra’s little orange piano:

(The segment begins approximately 3/4 of an hour into the podcast and last to nearly the end of the podcast)

http://www.wor710.com/media/podcast-mark-simone-show-marksimone/the-mark-simone-show-5142015-hour-26050532/

 

Finally, a funny joke at a Curb reunion:

http://www.wor710.com/onair/mark-simone-52176/the-cast-of-curb-discusses-the-13577413/

 

Here’s a link to the broken windows article written by Michael Goodwin and published in the New York Post:

May 12, 2015

http://nypost.com/2015/05/12/safety-stats-mean-nothing-if-people-dont-actually-feel-safe/

April 29, 2015

http://nypost.com/2015/04/29/heed-the-signs-de-blasio/

 

Want to see more Ted Talks?

https://www.ted.com/talks

 

Again, something that Lionel discussed on the segment I posted earlier, was the interaction between Mark Simone and Joe Bartlett.  I had to look up Joe because I wondered if he was the same Bay Area Joel Bartlett.  Nope.  But I did find an extremely awkward on-air segment on YouTube between Bay Area Joel Bartlett and Dave McElhatton on KPIX.  It’s a 1982 blooper about Video Editor Dan Schear but I found the interaction between McElhatton and Bartlett extremely uncomfortable.

 

I also found an article about the Bay Area drought in 1990.  It lasted four years, so hopefully, history will repeat itself because aren’t we going into year four now?

http://www.nytimes.com/1990/11/30/us/san-francisco-journal-when-skies-are-blue-so-are-the-forecasters.html

 

Anyone see any of the Dark Shadows show binge last week on local tv?  What a trip…

 

And, I can’t leave before I mention how much I’m enjoying Spencer Hughes now on Talk910-AM.  He is taking all calls, all of the time.  It’s such a treat to hear.  Unfortunately, I’ve had to turn it off when that awful lady, yelling-about-cars commercial, comes on time after time.  If I hear it 2x into a half-hour segment, I turn off the station.  I hate to do it during Hughes’ show, but I won’t listen to that commercial willingly.  Why would I?

I even had to turn to Sean Hannity at Noon on WOR710-AM on Friday, even though Hughes had a good thing going with what he referred to as ‘Loosey Goosey Friday’ and any call on any topic was allowed.  Really, Spencer, I love that, but not when I have to turn off the radio every ten minutes to avoid the torture of hearing that yelling lady ad one more time.  Most times I forget to turn the radio on again.  I usually don’t turn on Talk910 again, anyway, on Friday afternoons because, well, you all know by now – I can’t stand the screeching of that other lady, either.  That’s Gross.

Thank you, Spencer, for using common sense programming on a talk radio station.  You can bet I’ll be listening!  ..unless I hear that car ad, then all bets are off.

Gee, this was fun, maybe we’ll do it again next week.  See you, then!

 

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