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What do you think about the trend on talk radio to drop the caller format?  It’s all about PPM (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_People_Meter) and how radio measures performance/audience levels in relation to the cost a station or media group can charge advertisers.  It’s an ongoing discussion about radio’s future.

Add to the discussion topic ‘Statistics of online radio listeningon this Google Groups thread under ba.broadcast:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/ba.broadcast/dCvatUL4Bus

(Note: this will take you to the topic discussion thread and NOT the main page of ba.broadcast where a sad person posts dozens of unreadable content at a time)

In a small way, PPM measurement reminds me of the standardized tests in school and how the goal is no longer enriching the mind but finding ways to beat the numbers to bring in more money to benefit the administrators or executives.

The end user is no longer in the equation.  It no longer matters what it takes to get the money.  The short-term gain benefits few and the multitude of students or listeners are left wanting.

I’d mentioned Spencer Hughes in my last post.  He’s been a fill-in host for a few days each week in the 10:00am-1:00pm open time slot on Talk 910 (recently vacated by Ed Baxter), and he endorses a caller-rich program.  Spencer has been opening the phone lines and taking calls on any topic.  It’s been interesting to hear.

When David Weintraub filled in two days this week, it showcased the drabness of a program with the host talking for hours except for the phone guest interviews added to the mix.  I turned it off and listened to other options online.  Both Hughes and Weintraub are better options than that sophomoric show following the open slot.  And, thank gawd! they don’t have Gil’s wife pretending to be a viable co-host with her bland observations in agonizingly slow speech until she forgets to control herself and turns on the screeching voicebox.  Why, oh why, is she still on the air?  I stopped listening to Gil’s Friday shows long ago.  Even now it’s painful to remember.

Lately, I only listen to Talk 910 when Spencer Hughes is on and taking calls, although, it’s getting to be a bit much about the online streaming app he keeps promoting.  Weintraub was promoting it as well.  It’s fine to promote oneself and try to reach a larger audience but it’s getting to be ten minutes of it every hour on the hour.  With that said, I enjoy listening to Spencer’s show.  I don’t think he’s on top of his talk show game yet, but at least he ‘gets it’ and is striving to deliver the type of talk show listeners want to hear.  Does it keep PPM busy collecting ratings?  I don’t know.

The discussion on the ba.broadcast link I’ve provided (above) goes into the latest trend of not taking calls, such as:

 I consider a program a “talk program” when it is spoken word and not news or art.  It does NOT have to have callers.  If that was a requirement then Gil Gross wouldn’t qualify as having a talk program since he never takes callers.

But Clear Channel (sorry, “iHeart”) is a big company, and if they wanted Gil to take
calls, I’m sure he would.

… that stroke of genius had to come down from manglement, one of a long string of bad decisions that have sunk any possibility that Talk 910 could get traction.

I’d rather listen to informed journalists and subject-matter experts than to random callers.

I don’t care for those one-person-pontificating-for-three-hours shows, but I guess they’re talk shows because one person is yammering.

Some hosts wonder why people don’t call but it’s not fun to sit on hold for 40 minutes and they take your call 1/2 minute before the break.

But the same old callers time and again get really boring UNLESS the host uses them for schtick as Alan Colmes does on his nightly show.

 

Follow the link and add your thoughts to the discussion.

I included the Alan Colmes comment because the radio show I listen to in the mornings (Pacific time), on WOR710-AM NY, talk host Mark Simone will play with callers and have fun with them.  Yesterday, Simone somehow connected two live callers so all three were on-air and he couldn’t fix it.  So, he told caller Ken, “Hey, Ken. that caller Lou phoned in because he couldn’t stand what you were saying and wants to meet you behind the Starbucks on 43rd after the show and beat the crap out of you”.  Then, after back and forth bantering, Simone tells Lou, “By the way, Ken told us he hates the stupid topics you bring up.”

It was more entertaining than dumb stories about dumb something-or-other.  Simone is a smooth talker and seems to enjoy caller interaction.  He handles it well.  The only thing not good is that he bashes all things liberal.  It’s always good to hear what the other side is trying to sell but I think if Hillary sneezes, they’ll concoct a tissue scandal with her at the center.  It’s getting to be a bit much.

Here’s the link to WOR 710-AM, an iHeart station:

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

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

This week Mark Simone made a comment they all were let go from another station and many of them ended up on iHeart’s WOR710-AM.  I’m going to see if I can find out anything about that story and how the listeners handled it.

Also, Simone posts video on his homepage and this week there is a video of Letterman and Carson in a legal battle:

http://www.wor710.com/onair/mark-simone-52176/david-letterman-and-johnny-carson-once-13556038/

Don Rickles tells a few funny stories about Frank Sinatra:

http://www.wor710.com/onair/mark-simone-52176/tbt-don-rickles-tells-denzel-washington-12750390/

Comedians talk comedy:

http://www.wor710.com/onair/mark-simone-52176/seinfeld-chris-rock-louis-ck-and-13548564/

Seinfeld cast talk about the show:

http://www.wor710.com/onair/mark-simone-52176/the-cast-of-seinfeld-years-later-13556341/

 

Plus, don’t forget about Ed Baxter’s website, The Talk Pod:

http://thetalkpod.com/

How can you not love Lloyd Lindsay Young?

http://thetalkpod.com/lloyd-lindsay-young-legends-weather-prognosticators/

And, of course, visit the Facebook page of No More KGO:

https://www.facebook.com/NoMoreKGO

 

Well, once again, I didn’t think I had anything to say today and here I am talking about not talking…

That’s it.  I’ll not talk now.

Enjoy the weekend!

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I did what many others did after hearing the news that Ben E. King had died, I searched for his music on YouTube.  This is the song I wanted to hear again:

 

Here’s a link to the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul041CSNJto

Just as expressed in the lyrics, ‘it took me by surprise’, what a surprise to find these interesting comments linked to that video:

All that is now 2 months ago
Every moment is magic and special when you see it as it truly is. The present moment is the only thing that exists and yet most people live their lives out of the present moment. They live in the illusions of their minds. Everyone dies but not everyone lives. If you want to experience the magic in every waking moment Google Truth contest and learn the fundamental truth of life.
Danny G 1 month ago
My belief i different thn your belief therefore if it was the sme or different, it would still be the truth. The truth is relevant, the more knowledge you have the better understanding you will have. So let’s say that we never had knowledge. Therefore we would be as babies and be innocent to every concept of intelligence. So what’s more everlasting and enpternal. Babies mind or a human adult with “knowledge”??
All that is now 1 month ago
No it wouldn’t the truth is incontrovertible malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it but in the end there it is. The truth is like the 4 in 2+2=4. Check out the site.
Tyler Graham 1 month ago
Unfortunately, in life, there’s no such thing as the truth. People should be allowed to look onto life with their own thoughts of to what means they’re “living”. Idiots like you who try to push their beliefs as the truth is how we create close minded people. What should be promoted is the fact that you can create your own ideas of life. Funny because I sound like a hypocrite in me preaching to you, but life is filled with contradictions… And lies.

 

Of course, I was curious and checked out the truth site:

http://www.truthcontest.com/

At first, it looks like someone is trying to sell a book, but the author died in 2013 and the book is posted in its entirety on the site.  I did a quick glance through the sections and there are some interesting thoughts in there about consciousness, matter and energy, perception, and fulfillment.  It has some religious undertones but you can choose to read the excerpts with or without the religious aspect.  It even includes a section on The Beatles:

http://www.truthcontest.com/entries/the-present-universal-truth/beatles.html

We stood there on the corner and listened to the whole song in silence. I was stunned. My friend said, “The song is called ‘From Me To You.’ They are called the Beatles, and they all got haircuts like Moe of the Three Stooges.”

It went right through me; it seemed familiar and unknown at the same time. It was one of those rare moments that you never forget, which changes your life. The Kennedy assassination was one of them. I lost my innocence and the Beatles gave it back to me. I went from no hope, to anything is possible, and I was not alone; it seemed like it happened to every kid in the world.

 

Here’s a link to the entire book in sections:

http://www.truthcontest.com/entries/the-present-universal-truth/

 

As you read this and add sugar to your coffee or tea, think about this interesting tidbit found on Page 72:

If you removed all the empty space from human bodies leaving only electrons and the other subatomic particles, all seven billion human bodies would fit in the space of a sugar cube.

 

Listen to some of the stuff Talk 910 puts on the air and think about this quote found of Page 94:

Einstein said there are two infinite things: the universe and man’s stupidity.

 

There is even a section of the site where people can include their own thoughts on things:

http://www.truthcontest.com/insights/

I didn’t click through the links so I can’t tell you what you’ll find there

You know, this truthfulness thing just might come in handy for the upcoming election.

I didn’t think I had anything to say this week, especially since I haven’t been listening to Talk 910 except for Monday and Tuesday when Spencer Hughes filled in on the 10-00am-1:00pm slot.  Spencer seems to have more focus to his shows now, without all of that silly rambling ‘in his head’ routine.  At times he reverts to that ridiculous fake voice so he can talk back to himself on-air, but, thankfully, he keeps that to a minimum.

This week Spencer opened the phone lines and he actually had a real talk show.  Listeners called in and, instead of turning the station volume down so it wouldn’t interfere with my work, I turned the volume up so I could hear what people were saying.  Thank you, Spencer!

As for the other fill-in hosts for the remainder of the week, I turned off the station and listened to something else instead.

And, that’s the truth.

 

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…

Enjoy the weekend!  And, don’t forget to visit the Facebook page of NoMoreKGO:

https://www.facebook.com/NoMoreKGO

 

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/

And, don’t forget to check the Facebook page of NoMoreKGO:

https://www.facebook.com/NoMoreKGO

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

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There is an interesting discussion at ba.broadcast in Google Groups about the recent departure of Karel on the KGO schedule.  I read all of this second-hand since I do NOT care about nor do I listen to any Cumulus stations run by Dick..eys.

Here’s a link to the discussion:

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

There’s another discussion about Angie Coiro as well:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/ba.broadcast/oUiIsURe-gc

This is the new go-to place for me.  That other blogger guy is too inconsistent and bombastic to be believable.  No time to waste with that.  I like to read David Kaye’s comments about things.

Here’s a link to Angie’s Wikipedia Page:

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

Also, in the Karel discussion, they talk about hiring programmers.  Been through that as well.  It’s why I started to learn how to code and all of the framework that goes with it.  It really is the language of the future.  But, I can understand why some coders would not want to attempt to construct a simple database search with results showing in a scrollable text box.  Something as simple as that is auto-coded into programs now and it’s surprising how many don’t know the basics of the code behind.  One thing I do know: the more I learn, the more I know how much I don’t know.  But, it’s fun and it helps to understand what is viable when meeting with programmers about projects.  There are programmers out there who learn as they go – on your dime, of course.

As for Angie Coiro, I was unfamiliar with her, but I heard her on Talk910-AM when she filled in for Ed Baxter.  Why don’t they give her the 1:00-3:00pm slot?  That is a lot of dead air right now, with those two terrible hosts on-air there now.  But, surprisingly, I am happy listening to Sean Hannity on New York’s WOR-710.AM (http://www.wor710.com/main.html).  He takes calls and I get to hear the conversation we will all hear in the upcoming election.  Better to hear it now and prepare for it.  It’s going to be a dirty slugfest.  But it’s also interesting how all of these conservative hosts hate Jeb Bush.  He was even booed when Hannity mentioned his name.  Interesting…

That’s really all I have to say, today.

Remember to contact Ed at his website about what content you can provide:

http://thetalkpod.com/

Hope to hear your voice on Monday, Ed!

And, don’t forget to check in with NoMoreKGO at their Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/NoMoreKGO

Now, get out and enjoy the day!

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Ed Baxter was out this week and is expected to return on Monday.  John Rothmann filled in for Ed.

I like that John Rothmann takes calls.

It’s why I now listen to WOR710-AM in New York.  All of the radio talk show hosts take calls.

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

WOR710 is not for everyone.  It’s a conservative format, but we listened to many conservative voices on the old KGO and it didn’t taint our souls.  It simply expanded some issues and talking points that remained unexplored in a liberal atmosphere.  I admit, some of the stuff I hear on WOR is shocking but most of us know how to research facts versus fantasy.

Sean Hannity aired a fascinating expanded segment recently with two guests discussing opposing views on the interpretation of the Koran (Qur’an).  I think it aired on Thursday for a short segment, and then an expanded version on Friday.

My favorite New York host, Mark Simone, was out sick all this week as well, and the host who filled in for him took calls throughout the entire show.  There is nothing as entertaining or enlightening as a live call with interaction between host and caller, each responding or debating in real time.  What pales in comparison to a live call is what we hear now on Bay Area radio, a host reading email or Facebook posts and then responding.  yawn, yawn, yawn.  Not to mention how we now hear someone’s wife screech and shriek in the background such scintillating conversation such as, oh yeah!  really?  ok buster, or over-talking guests.  Amateur hour in its lowest form.

Ed is the only host in the Bay Area I listen to now on a regular basis.  Sometimes I tune in to Gil, but his wife has lowered him to laughable, and after a few of Gil’s constant: ‘I’m not making this up’, or ‘…and all of that’, or those inane dumb criminals or teachers stories, I have to tune out.  Especially when he mentions his wife is listening and texting him all day.  ugh!  This destroys his product more than his bad jokes and inserting his life into every story as if it’s important to us.

Gil’s wife’s constant surveillance gives me the same creepy feeling of Dr. Phil’s wife sitting in his audience every day with her clingy, moon eyes focused on her man.

The one good thing we have now is something I’ve mentioned before, Ed Baxter’s website,  http://thetalkpod.com/.  It includes audio snippets by media people, such as Barbara Simpson, Rosie Allen, John Rothmann, Lloyd Lindsay Young, Bill Wattenburg, Joe Starkey, etc.  You can hear them all at The Talk Pod.

The reason I mention it again, there is something new on the site – an upcoming format change. Now, you, can become a contributor to the site.  As stated on the Home Page of The Talk Pod:

In addition to commentary, The Talk Pod will soon include the very best in advice, information and instruction, all provided to help improve the quality of your life.

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.”

You can join these media greats:

Want to talk about the PUC?  Here’s what John Rothmann has to say about it on thetalkpod.com:

http://thetalkpod.com/john-rothmann-pge-puc-enough-enough/

Love the sound of Lloyd Lindsay Young’s voice?  You can hear him anytime here:

http://thetalkpod.com/lloyd-lindsay-young-groundhog-day/

Prefer entertainment?  Then, Flick Nation delivers the goods:

http://thetalkpod.com/flick-nation-will-50-shades-movie-satisfy/

What about Wattenburg?  He’s here, too:

http://thetalkpod.com/podcasts/bill-wattenburg/

I’d love to hear what the intelligent, creative Bay Area radio audience has to say.  Do you have an idea, advice or information you want to share?  Here’s your chance.

http://thetalkpod.com/tell-the-talk-pod/

Hey, Ed, have your producer, Tim, add something.  I’d love to hear what he has to say!  He’s a keeper.

I’d love to hear Frosty talk about the drama in his life.  He’s a great storyteller.  Or, wouldn’t it be great to hear Ray again?  What about Sebastian Kunz creating something to hear?  I wonder if there is a way to link or group individual audio into one collective audio segment that lasts an hour or two.  Something that auto advances to the next segment.  So much potential to thetalkpod, especially if they find a way to get listener feedback or live calls.

Also, don’t forget about visiting the Facebook page of NoMoreKGO:

https://www.facebook.com/NoMoreKGO

Spread those brain seeds!

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I’ve been drifting over the radio waves since the dark days in December 2011.  Every so often there’s a program bobbing in the waters that I cling to, but after some time my grip loosens and I let it go.  Too much of the same, not enough local, too many annoying commercials, and awful hosts who should have never been introduced to a live microphone, but who now talk to themselves for hours on-air.

For three years now, I’ve been sinking lower and lower into the depths of the waves and it seems I’m now stranded on another shore.  It’s a very different land over there, on the other shore, with different mindsets and the sort of radio waves I would have never considered dipping a toe into before.

Yes, folks, I’ve fallen overboard and am dog-paddling through the rough waters of AM,  immersed in right-wing radio waves.

Should I be ashamed to admit this?  I even listen to Limbaugh for an hour every day before Ed Baxter begins his program on Talk910-AM.  And, after Ed’s program, I listen to Sean Hannity for two.

Limbaugh and Hannity are hawkers, peddling their shared agendas, syncing on the same words and phrases.  It’s humorous in a sad way.  But the saddest part is that where I’ve landed is the only station that has a talk format and all of the hosts take calls.  Even with a conservative agenda they allow all types of calls, and there are many callers who counter their talking points.  Guess what, it’s interesting!  Gee, what a concept.  Radio with varied viewpoints.

There’s always something to learn if you know how to listen.

I won’t apologize.  I had to do something.  SF Bay radio should be sending their apologies to listeners.  When Talk910 added that sorry excuse for a show at 1:00pm, it was time to head out to open waters and navigate the ionosphere.  What I found was a radio talk-show host who makes it sound easy to be on the air.  Something we are sorely lacking here in the Bay Area.

I found WOR710-AM in New York.  I found Mark Simone.  It’s an iHeart station so you won’t be giving the Cumulus Dick-eys any hits.  We want that dark cloud to dry up and disappear.

Simone should teach radio talk-show hosts how it’s done.  It’s effortless with him.  He doesn’t drag his wife on-air to destroy his show with awkward, moronic comments, he doesn’t need to set-up long, unrewarding jokes trying to be funny, and he certainly doesn’t need a partner on the show so he can giggle and primp with him.

If you are open to opinions that do not agree with yours (and, it’s always good to hear what’s out there) then Mark Simone is the host to hear.  Be warned, he does criticize anyone or anything liberal.  And, his criticism is unchecked and he’s blunt about his opinions.  He doesn’t step gingerly around mud puddles, he stomps through them.

If a caller says Hillary, he usually mentions how old and haggard she appears, and that grandmothers her age should be home taking it easy.  Or, every time he mentions Al Sharpton’s name, he plays the sound effect of a cash register: cha ching!  He talks about how Sharpton’s Viagra prescription was found during a criminal investigation into civil rights lawyer Sanford Rubenstein (all charges were dropped) and that UK’s Daily Mail reported Sharpton shakes down businesses for money.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/sharpton-admits-viagra-prescription-found-article-1.2073345

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/01/06/report-al-sharpton-shakes-down-corporations-to-make-racism-claims-disappear/

Simone even brings up the fact that Richard Blum, Dianne Feinstein’s husband, is chairman on the board of the financial company that has been assigned the contract to sell 56 postal properties.  The contract is worth billions and the firm associated with Blum will bring in fees worth millions.  Simone questions why did Blum’s firm get the job?  You can read the finding at snopes.com and factcheck.org and make your own conclusions.  It did make me raise an eyebrow and it was the first I’d heard of it.  Here are the links:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/blum.asp

http://www.factcheck.org/2013/06/sen-feinsteins-husband-the-postal-service/

Talk amongst yourselves or call the show.

Although these various hosts have talking points with an obvious agenda, it’s Mark Simone, even with his faults, who stands out with an easy style and the confidence to allow callers to express their own views.  On a recent show Joy Behar was a call-in guest, and she really let Simone have it.  He let her talk.  We heard what she had to say.

If you want to hear it, here’s the link to the podcast:

In this segment, he also brings up the Blum issue to Behar and you can hear what Behar has to say.  Her interview on the podcast starts around 20:25:

http://www.wor710.com/media/podcast-mark-simone-show-marksimone/mark-simone-012015-hour-2-25748224/

It’s what I appreciate about Simone’s show.  Listeners hear what others have to say.  They are not confined to one viewpoint or the same Politico correspondents’ viewpoints day after day.  It really is a radio show in the true sense of the word.

Here are the links, if you can’t stream the show live then you can listen to the podcasts.

Simone has a show page on iHeart and WOR710-AM has a Facebook page.  Mark Simone posts daily video on his page.

https://www.facebook.com/WOR710

http://www.wor710.com/onair/mark-simone-52176/

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

Now, I’m not saying Limbaugh’s show has the same qualities.  I’ve never listened to him before in my life.  I am mildly amused at his egotistical blather.  The way he always talks about himself, how he scours the media to find any mention of his name, it’s not hard to imagine him sitting there in Florida, with his hands in his pants Al Bundy style, wiggling his little finger around in there.  It’s truly astonishing.  It’s a bit of comic relief, the only redeeming quality of his show.

Hannity has similar qualities, he also seeks some strange sort of validation of his ego, but he takes calls and listening to his show is better than having to sit through that idiotic two-hour show on Talk910 from 1:00-3:00pm.

Thanks, Talk910, for that embarrassment on the air.  I’m not the only one who has fled that time-slot for a show an audience can actually listen to without agony.

Unfortunately, what the Bay Area has to offer now, with the exception of Ed Baxter, we listeners will continue to drift in another direction.  Why support a talk station that will not take calls?

Maybe they’ll figure it out while their audience drifts away…

Rod McKuen knows about drifting.  He even wrote a song about it.  I’d forgotten about it until I heard the news of his recent death.  I used to listen to ‘The Sea’ on vinyl, scratches and skips and all, and hearing it again brings back memories:

While Drifting – Rod McKuen/Anita Kerr and the San Sebastian Strings

My Friend the Sea – Rod McKuen

 

Don’t forget to visit the Facebook page of No More KGO:

https://www.facebook.com/NoMoreKGO

Or, Ed Baxter’s site: The TalkPod

http://thetalkpod.com/