Posts Tagged ‘Bernie Ward’

I saw this on a Google Group at:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/ba.broadcast/3lPUXEiZn9I

In a Matier and Ross column dated December 21, 2014, on sfgate, they write about Bernie’s release from prison.  It’s under the heading ‘Lion on the loose’, the last item in the article.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/CPUC-s-farewell-for-Michael-Peevey-is-5971025.php

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I noticed Bernie has a Thank You post on his blog.  For anyone who is interested, here is a link to it: http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2014/11/thank-youthank-youthank-you.html

I don’t have time this weekend to do a real post, but I know people want to know when Bernie will be released.

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He sings: “I used to care but things have changed.”

When I was young, I listened to music on the radio.  I used to turn it down low and fall asleep with it playing.

As I aged, I listened to talk radio whenever I visited my grandmother.  It was always on in her house.  She played it loud and loved the crazy callers.  We’d drink coffee at her small wooden kitchen table and listen to her small black radio, its  antenna pulled all of the way up and tilted to the left, next to the toaster on the counter.   She’d laugh whenever a call escalated to name-calling and then flick ashes from her cigarette into a big glass ashtray.

I don’t recall when I began listening to talk radio.  Probably on a sleepless night I searched the radio dial for something to distract me.  Maybe it was Ray or Bill or Bernie that hooked me, or maybe it was the fond memories of my grandmother’s kitchen, but talk radio became my listening habit and my radio dial was always tuned to KGO.

That is, until December 2011, when Cumulus Media came to town and destroyed radio in this market and many others.  I would not listen to KGO now.  Not even if Len goes back or they somehow manage to convince Rothmann to host a show.  As long as Cumulus owns that station, I will not listen.  I will tell others not to listen.  Why would talk radio listeners support a company that doesn’t care about listeners, only money in their executive pockets with no benefit to the local community?

So, I was forced to find another outlet for my radio time and thought Talk910-AM was going to step up their programming and build a talk station worth its listeners’ time.  I listened to them everyday from 12:00Noon to the end of my work day.  They hired Len and Gil to host shows.  Then they dropped Len, who knows what happened there, and there was something very wrong with Gil’s show.  It was him talking and talking and talking, the same tired format day in and day out, no callers, and he even brought his wife on the show every Friday.  yikes.  Fridays were the worst.  His wife does not belong on any radio, not even Nighttime Theater of Horrors.  Her voice is ear-splitting irritating and her laugh is downright goosebump scary.  I’m sure it hits the dog whistle range.  ugh!  I shiver in agony just thinking about it.

I listen to Frosty.  I like his show.  He doesn’t take callers, so it’s not optimal, but it’s the only thing out there now.  I don’t listen again to his podcasts.  I don’t have to.  Gil discusses the exact same news items in his show a few hours later.

This is what we are left with.

I seldom listen to Gil’s show now.  I usually turn to radiolab.org (http://www.radiolab.org/) or thisamericanlife.org (http://www.thisamericanlife.org/) instead.

I did hear Gil recently when he had a guest on to discuss Pete Seeger’s death and it confirmed what I don’t like about Gil.  He had a guest on who knew Pete Seeger and Gil took up half of the interview telling the guest about the time he, Gil, saw a Pete Seeger show.  It was unbelievable.  Here, he had a guy on the line who knew Seeger personally, and could provide more insight into who Seeger was, and Gil interrupts to inject himself into the conversation about how he once went to a Seeger concert.  By the time Gil was finished with his long, drawn-out story, it was time for news.

I thought his wife was a horrible addition, and now I’m at the point where I can’t stand Gil’s name-dropping stories that he thinks are interesting.  It’s pathetic.

For weeks now, they’ve been playing a clip of Gil and his wife on a promo spot.  Are you kidding me?  It’s like they want to drive away any listeners they have left.  When I hear it, I turn off the radio and go back to BBC.

So, now I’m down to listening to Frosty’s show.  That’s it.  Three hours in a day.

I tried the Randi Rhodes program, but it’s an angry show with sound effects that seem to come from a machine shop.  You know the sound of welding?  It’s like that.  Along with clips of Limbaugh.  She has some good discussion points, but it’s all that other stuff in between that’s annoying.  I tried, but I can’t listen to it.

Here’s the Wikipedia link to her show:

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

Thankfully, BBC Radio2 has decent programming.  I guess I’ll have to go back to listening to a music format again.  I started out with ‘things have changed’ but I probably should have said ‘the more things change, the more they remain the same’.

I’ve read that Bernie will be released in December 2014.  Recently, he wrote about prison life on his blog, The Lion of the Left Speaks:

Saturday, August 17, 2013 – Rom Coms (about his life in prison)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/08/rom-coms.html

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Thursday, August 22, 2013  – Stop Digging… (what it was like when he first went to prison)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/08/stop-digging.html

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I don’t get the impression he is still claiming he was framed.  He talks about his sins and letting go, forgiving himself –  things that a man wrongly charged wouldn’t ruminate over.

What do you think?

If you missed it, Ed Baxter filled in for Gil’s Friday show.

http://www.talk910.com/media/podcast-gil-gross-gil_gross/gil-gross-82313-hr1-w-ed-23627479/

http://www.talk910.com/media/podcast-gil-gross-gil_gross/gil-gross-82313-hr2-w-ed-23627789/

http://www.talk910.com/media/podcast-gil-gross-gil_gross/gil-gross-82313-hr3-w-ed-23627884/

http://www.talk910.com/media/podcast-gil-gross-gil_gross/gil-gross-82313-hr-4-w-23627947/

Don’t miss Hour Four, where Sebastian Kunz presents his full production of Nerd News!

Plus, Ed has a new book out, Waiting at Red Lights:

http://www.amazon.com/Waiting-Red-Lights-Edward-Baxter/dp/0985736763

http://edbaxtermedia.com/waiting-at-red-lights/

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This past week, on the Facebook page of formerkgolisteners, they linked a post by that media blogger guy who wrote an unflattering piece about Gil.  Here’s the Facebook page if you want to read it, the post is dated August 19th:

https://www.facebook.com/FormerKGOListeners

It’s nice to see from the comments that Gil has many fans and I wasn’t surprised that many on Facebook did not appreciate the blogger guy using prominent names such as Gil as a tactic to try to pull in readers and, now, listeners, to his substandard radio show.  Back in December 2011, I had hopes the blogger guy was better than what he’s turned out to be.  For awhile, even, I used to link his posts but no longer want to lead readers there except for the comments on his blog, or, I should say, the comments he allows.  That guy censors criticism and I’ve had suspicions that he pads his own blog with favorable comments about how great he is, written by him, and how he has the best show on the radio.  Yeah, right.  Maybe he could partner with Yelp.

I’ve thought about going back and deleting all links to his blog, but I’ll leave those old posts that document the journey transitioning from hope to disgust in real-time postings.

I’m not saying it’s wrong to moderate comments.  I used to think I’d never censor comments, but I’m forced to put up a wall between spam and bots that would overwhelm any blog space.  I understand the need to moderate, it’s saved me considerable time.  Without it, I’d have to manually delete thousands of spam and fraud items.  I welcome readers who want to comment and actually join a conversation, but I’ve also had to reject a few trollish comments with choice words about my mental ability after posts about Armstrong & Getty.  Those comments added nothing except vitriol.

I don’t care to listen to screamers in the morning.  Some do.  I don’t.

Anyway…

I am thankful we have Gil here in the Bay Area, but his show in the past year has been less satisfying than in former years and on Fridays it is downright irritating.  I realize some of my dissatisfaction comes from listening to him every day except for Friday (unless his wife stays home or someone guest hosts).  We all know and recognize Gil’s talent as a broadcaster.  The frustration is in the change of his show’s format to chase PPM (Portable People Meter).

These are thoughts about PPM attributed to Gil that I found online in a September 2008 article written by Brad Kava:

http://www.examiner.com/article/lipstick-on-a-horse-s-ass-the-american-media-never-looked-worse

Maybe KGO-AM’s afternoon host Gil Gross said it best. With the new People Meter, which measures exactly what people are listening to, radio managers can tell that a conversation about the economy gets far fewer listeners than one about an out of context, inflammatory hit piece, like the pig comment.

Sadly, if he’s right, we’ve become a country of horses asses…and no lipstick is going to fix that.

I found another quote by an out-of-state GM who is not a fan of PPM:

http://www.pugetsoundradio.com/cgi-bin/forum/Blah.pl?m-1298563415/

Here’s one quote from a GM “I could go on for days about how radio is getting screwed by Arbitron’s PPM. We’ve become a reach  medium who programs to the meter measurement and not to listeners or to help clients with marketing issues. The most repulsive aspect  is the mediocrity it has caused, meaning all formats sound the same. Very sad. I loved this industry but now we are more of a commodity  than a good, tight place that listeners want to go to – to feel good and for our clients to reach those targets”. Another told us “PPM says  you are a ‘listener’ if you are exposed to the radio in a cab while on your cell phone for 5 minutes in a week  even if you didn’t hear the  station and you don’t even like it”

Here’s another discussion about PPM:

http://jacobsmedia.typepad.com/jacobs/ppm/

Jeff Vidler picked up on the theme by focusing on what he calls the “PPM engagement gap.”

Jeff points out that with the advent of PPM, it is no longer necessary for the audience to be engaged with a station as long as they are exposed to it.

The reality of this thinking is that while basic PPM tactics (less talk, more segues, staccato imaging, fewer charity events) can facilitate exposure, something is being lost in the fan engagement process.

Yet, in the digital and social worlds, it is all about making connections with audiences and communities.  And as Jeff notes, advertisers are thinking more and more about investing in marketing that engages and makes the best use of digital’s ability to connect people with brands.

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When searching the internet for information it’s difficult to take bias out of it.  I’ve located articles that support my opinion by bringing up search terms such as:

how PPM hurts radio

complaints about PPM

I realize that it’s easy to find articles I agree with when I’m not even looking for the opposing argument.  i’m going to continue to read about PPM to try and understand how it helps or hurts radio, and search for opposing opinions from mine.

I do base my negative comments about PPM on what I can hear.  Going back to discuss Gil’s show, I was an instant fan when he first joined KGO after Pete Wilson’s untimely death.  I heard Gil’s in-depth conversations, he sounded as if he enjoyed interacting with the audience, he interviewed politicians, book authors, comedians, musicians, people in the news, etc.

He had shows where he talked about his father and encouraged people to call in and talk about theirs.  He discussed beliefs and spiritualism and even Bernie Ward when no one else would touch that subject in 2008.  People called in crying, in disbelief, and Gil related how he’d noticed a change in Bernie and wondered what was going on.  He guided listeners through a difficult, sad time, both in Pete Wilson’s death and Bernie’s conviction.

Now, what we get from Gil are snippets of Politico interviews and him talking on-air to his producer and board operator and, ugh, his wife.  We get Gil standing in line at a supermarket to buy apples.  We get Gil doing mindless fluff like dumb criminals and teachers and whatever brainless story that is easily found on a Google search.

And, it seems we have no one to guide us.

Gil defends his show on the PPM numbers.  If you follow the link on the Facebook page of formerkgolisteners and read that blogger guy’s post about Gil, or, I should say, read the comments, someone said they emailed Gil to ask why he continues with the new format when so many do not like it and Gil responded.  Gil claimed the format change has increased ratings from 0.3 to 2.0.  Said he is doing what the station wants and it’s a business in the end and advertisers have no interest in a call-in talk format.  Said it’s probably not what the person wanted to hear, but it’s the truth.

Another commenter claims Gil doesn’t care.  The suits don’t care so why should he?

I hope that’s not true.

Gil should care, for the sake of talk radio in this market and for his friends on the show with him: Sebastian and Lloyd Lindsay Young and that producer and board operator he always drags on the air for their opinions instead of callers.

If this continues, we might have another news item like we had in December 2011, or even this one from back in 2000:

November 7, 2000

http://articles.philly.com/2000-11-07/news/25612553_1_sid-mark-beasley-broadcast-group-dave-donahue

“I found out a minute and a half before I thought I was going on the air,” said Gross yesterday. “That was fun.”

If you tuned in to WWDB before 5 p.m. yesterday, what you heard was an electronic voice counting backward from 6,000.

“That’s an old radio stunt,” said Gross. “The aim is to get people wondering ‘What’s going on there?’ to create interest in what’s coming next. And apparently word got around. A Lower Merion policeman told me someone called to report ‘a crazed woman was holding the station hostage while she counted.’ That was the first laugh I had all day.”

The countdown voice reached 3-2-1 at 5 p.m. at which point another voice announced: “Look out Philadelphia, here we come.” The station promised to bring listeners “the best of the ’80s.”

According to Paul Heine of the radio newsletter Friday Morning Quarterback, there has been a rash of stations switching to this ’80s format in recent months, presumably to attract 20- and 30-somethings nostalgic for the music of their high school years.

That’s a much younger audience than WWDB has been attracting.

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I truly hope not.  But if Gil won’t guide us through this, who will?

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I have a few more interesting articles on PPM, but no time to discuss them now.  Posts about phantom cumes and stories of PPM wearers.  Sounds like fun, huh?

Maybe in the next week or two since we have a long holiday weekend approaching…

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By the way, this past week on BBC Radio2 I heard about a new group who has an album coming out in September.  They have the potential to be the next big thing.

I think it was Simon Mayo, on BBC Radio2, who was interviewing a different popular group and a member of that group could not stop talking about a new group they’d heard in the studio where they’d been recording the previous afternoon.  He was talking about the new group, London Grammar.

BBC Radio2 decided to find out about this new group and they agreed London Grammar needed to get some airplay and that’s how it’s all started to happen for them.  You can listen to them here or follow the link to YouTube:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6drfp_3823I

Hannah Reid, the lead singer, has a strong, clear voice, similar to Florence and the Machine, except Hannah doesn’t go off in those screaming, vocal-stretching episodes that, for me, degrades the listening experience. London Grammar has the ability to express emotion in a lead voice that does not have to shout and strain to showcase it.

https://www.facebook.com/londongrammar

http://www.londongrammar.com/ustour/

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Also, last week Stan explained his obsession with Radnich:

http://stan55chevy.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-stan-and-raddy-storymost-of-it.html

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Don’t forget to check Frosty’s page and podcasts:

http://www.talk910.com/pages/frosty.html

http://www.talk910.com/media/podcast-frosty-podcast-frosty/

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And, still no sign of Len Tillem.  Is he giving up as well?

As radio listener numbers continue to drop here, and stations foolishly follow the PPM into content bankruptcy, the number of radio listeners in the U.K. is skyrocketing for BBC Radio.

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I guess I’m part of that, since I started to listen to BBC all morning after the KGO disaster in December 2011.  BBC Radio is increasing listener numbers to new levels:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23523977

Both Radio 2 and Radio 4 are enjoying the highest overall listening figures they’ve ever recorded since the current RAJAR methodology began in 1999.

Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan said the station’s success was down to its “distinctive high quality content”.

http://radiotoday.co.uk/category/rajarnews/

Twenty-six million people, half the population of the UK are now tuning in to digital radio each week, the latest figures show.

One program I listen to on BBC Radio 2 is the ‘Simon Mayo Drivetime Show’.  During the weekdays, except for Fridays, he airs a confession from a listener, sent in via email or website, that Simon reads on-air and his team decide if the confessor should be forgiven.  It’s a fun feature of his show.  He’s been on vacation, so I was happy to get a week’s worth of confessions again.  The Confession podcasts are posted online every Friday, available for thirty days.  If you download the podcast, you can listen forever.

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Here is the page to the most recent podcast:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/confess

The first confession on the podcast has strawberry jam and ends with a sting!

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If you want to submit a confession, here’s the page:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/simon-mayo/contact/confessions/

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And, here’s a link to all of Simon Mayo’s show episodes, available for seven days after the first broadcast.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00p2dfq/broadcasts/2013/08

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Bernie Ward has new posts on his blog.  Now, more from Ward: (maybe he could use that confessional page…)

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Friday, July 5, 2013 – This ‘n That (includes a little bit of everything, Supreme Court, Snowden, George Bush, oil, etc.)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/07/this-n-that.html

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013 – Check Please… (about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and more on Snowden)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/07/check-please.html

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Monday, July 29, 2013 – World War Z (about George Zimmerman)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/07/world-war-z.html

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Monday, July 29, 2013 – Couldn’t See the Forest for the Smoke (about environmental issues)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/07/couldnt-see-forest-for-smoke.html

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Monday, July 29, 2013 – With Friends Like These (about a gas deal between Iran and Iraq)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/07/with-friends-like-these.html

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Monday, July 29, 2013 – Who Watches the Watchers? (about national security and privacy)

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2013/07/who-watches-watchers.html

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Nothing from Len

I wish I could include a Len Tillem update, but his podcasts have been missing for weeks now.  I don’t want to speculate why.  I hope he’s on a luxurious, extended vacation and all is well with him and his loved ones.

Here’s his Spreaker page, but there are no current podcasts:

http://www.spreaker.com/user/lentillem

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Interesting Book

I used to listen to Gil Gross interview authors and enjoyed the in-depth discussions with both author and callers.  Now, not so much.  I can’t even listen to Gil’s Friday shows any longer.  But I do listen to BBC Radio2 every morning and hear book segments with authors.  This book, Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, written by Susan Cain, was recently featured.  Here’s the Amazon page for the book:

http://www.amazon.com/Quiet-Power-Introverts-World-Talking/dp/0307352153

Plus, there is a TED video about it featuring Susan Cain:

Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

http://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts.html

And, this is Susan Cain’s webpage:

http://www.thepowerofintroverts.com/

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The Frosty Show

I do listen to Frosty every day now, from 12:00 Noon to 3:00pm.  He just puts it all out there and he takes calls.  His shows are not structured for deep content so it’s not something I would go back to and listen again.  It’s all in the moment.  So far, I enjoy his show.  Others do as well, if searches for him are any indication.  Lots of people want to know more about Frosty.  Four times more than they search for Gil.  huh….

Here’s a link to Frosty’s podcasts:

http://www.talk910.com/media/podcast-frosty-podcast-frosty/

They have a new page format for Talk 910’s podcasts.  Now you have to click on the podcast to read about the content.

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John and Ed

Don’t forget to visit John Rothmann at his website:

http://johnrothmann.com/

And, Ed Baxter at his website:

http://edbaxtermedia.com/category/podcasts/

Mozilla’s Webmaker

This is unrelated to radio content, but I think it’s a great new tool for everyone to explore.  Mozilla Firefox has introduced Webmaker, a learning environment for anyone who is interested in creating web content.  The goal is to promote digital literacy through making and sharing.

One thing I like to do, when I’m not working, is learn how to code.  Nothing fancy, just something fun that will keep my interest while learning the basics of coding.  I’m learning how to create a game.  Not exactly the easiest thing to do, considering all of the code language out there with varied requirements and the trick of interacting with different browsers, combined with the concept of stacking and heaping and global objects.  But, once you learn the basic functions and methods and classes of code, it’s not difficult to adapt to any code language: C#, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Perl, Ruby, etc.

Code is a language everyone should know or, at least, understand.  Now when I look at websites and add-ons and forms and apps, I recognize how the code behind it was structured.  I think about how I would code it or I search online how to do it in the same way.  I know to look at the Web Developer tools and know how to read the Error Console.  Not much, I know.  But, I know what’s possible and I just have to learn how to get there.

The more I work with it or read about it, the more it makes sense.  So, that’s why I’m excited to see this new program from Mozilla promoting digital literacy.

Here’s the main page (note, it might take a few seconds to load the entire page of sample projects):

https://webmaker.org/

Here’s the page on how to get involved:

https://webmaker.org/en-US/getinvolved

If you select the Tools page (see the bottom of the main page), and click on the ‘Remix a Project’ button, it will load multiple projects that you can edit.  For example, under ‘Popcorn Maker’, this is the page that loads when you click the Remix button:

https://webmaker.org/en-US/search?type=tags&q=webmaker%3Atemplate

If you choose a project, and click on the ‘Remix’ button of the project, a page loads that shows the code of the project, with instructions on how to edit what’s there, alongside the actual preview of the project.  You can view any changes you make as you work.  For example, I clicked on the ‘Remix’ button found on the first project on the page, ‘My Magazine Cover’, and this is what loads:

https://thimble.webmaker.org/project/5405/remix

It explains everything as you work on it.  Try it.  Don’t get frustrated, it looks like a lot to take in at once, but after a few times it will get easier as it all sinks in.  Have fun!

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Well, I did get a little off-track today, but there’s not much out there any longer after Cumulus Radio destroyed how we listen to radio.  We have to find other options and Gil Gross is not bringing ‘it’ any longer.  Who knows why.  Can’t listen to his wife, nothing against her personally, but she should NOT be on radio.  It’s unlistenable.  So, why does Gil continue to insist on having her on his show?  It’s head-scratching radio, my friends.  I’ve turned to looking for other options.

Again, these sites offer hours of good listening:

Radiolab:

http://www.radiolab.org/archive/

This American Life:

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives

Here’s This American Life‘s producer and host, Ira Glass, talking about why he chose to quit television and concentrate on radio:

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/328/what-i-learned-from-television

Here’s the transcript page of the audio:

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/328/transcript

Ira Glass discusses storytelling:

http://aerogrammestudio.com/2013/05/15/ira-glass-on-storytelling-video/

http://www.nooga.com/160875/interview-ira-glass-on-being-interviewed-and-making-a-good-story/

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And, for change of pace, take a walk over to see good ol’ fiesty, potty-mouth Stan over there at his new blog:

http://stan55chevy.blogspot.com/

I think that’s enough to keep everyone occupied until next week.  See you then!

Image by Eric Dufresne from Trois-Rivières, Canada CCA-2.0

“Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results”.  Many attribute this quote to Albert Einstein (although there is no originating source to access).  I’m no Einstein, but Arbitron’s PPM-based radio is a little bit of insanity.

I’ve discussed over and over again how unsatisfying Gil Gross’ radio program has been lately and how I’ve been trying to understand why.  It’s a shell of the programming we’d become accustomed to on KGO before the Cumulus Dick-eys gutted that talk station and threw the scraps to the listeners while they dined on the fleshy remains.

It’s not only talk radio that has been affected by this crazy style of programming.  Many music stations are chasing the PPM dream as well and music listeners notice the decline.  They, too, try to understand what is happening.  No matter how many listeners express outrage, radio programming continues the slide downward.  The following blog post written by Adam Hogue attempts to explain why radio content is no longer listenable and his idea on how to fix it:

http://www.policymic.com/articles/13624/the-radio-in-decline-the-radio-reinvented-why-we-must-update-our-radio-stations

He recognizes that PPM doesn’t benefit radio listeners, and he’s calling out the current state of radio.  In his analysis, he includes radio shows he finds satisfying with in-depth content.   One is Radiolab, a well-produced show that I’ve linked to in previous posts.  There are some great Radiolab episodes on podcast.  During times I can’t listen to Gil’s show any longer, and it’s getting to be more than just on Fridays, I seek out Radiolab episodes that bring back a sense of sanity in radio programming.

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Here’s a link to Radiolab‘s Episode Archive page:

http://www.radiolab.org/archive/

The nice thing about the Radiolab archives is the next episode will play automatically.  I like that.  I don’t have to continue to bring up the program, find the next podcast, and hit play.  I can let it run in the background.

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Adam Hogue also linked another program I’ve never listened to before.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/

I’m listening now to Episode 109, titled ‘Notes on Camp’, under the recently aired section.  It’s stories about summer camp and captures that culture of outdoor camaraderie seated around a crackling camp fire.

This definitely is an option to replace Gil’s show.

It’s not optimal, though,  because it’s a one-time per week broadcast, like RadiolabThis American Life episodes are only available for one week after broadcast, unless it’s downloaded to your computer.

Here’s their podcast page:

“Most weeks This American Life is the most popular podcast in the country, with more than a 800,000 people downloading each episode. When you subscribe to the free weekly podcast, episodes automatically download to your computer. Episodes are available for exactly one week, beginning the Monday after broadcast. Podcast content is the same as the radio broadcast, except on occasion when we include extra material on the podcast that had to be cut for time”

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http://www.thisamericanlife.org/podcast

(This page includes all of the links to subscribe for free, or download or where to find them on iTunes and Amazon.)

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The ‘Notes on Camp’ Episode explores the group experience.  In some ways, the old KGO talk-radio format was the Bay Area’s camp fire, where we all sat around as a group and listened to stories.  We listened to Gene Burns’ eloquence, and to Pete Wilson’s pirate talk, and Bernie Ward’s ego inflating rants before flattening to the ground with his felony conviction.

We listened in awe around that KGO camp fire, we laughed and we cried as a group and the non-KGO people didn’t understand what it meant to each and every one of us.

We are missing our local camp ground.

We have to search for John Rothmann, we wait for Len Tillem to post new podcasts, and we catch Ed Baxter sometimes filling in for Gil Gross.

There will always be a place for Gil’s show, when news is breaking or when a political issue needs to be analyzed, but it’s no longer a turn-it-on and leave-it-there type of show.  There’s no group sharing, listening to what one another has to say.

Unfortunately, Frosty is following that same path.  I enjoy listening to Frosty’s show, he has a different spoken style than Gil and I haven’t heard the same story from him ten or more times.  But the PPM way of ‘chasing ratings’ is what will ultimately chase me away to seek alternatives.

Summer camp is over.

Will the last person out please douse the embers of the once mighty flame.

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Here at the end I’ll leave you with this new post by the anti-pope about death and ants:

http://open.salon.com/blog/james_emm/2013/07/28/of_god_deathand_ants