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This is no surprise.

I listened to Frosty every day, it was my morning routine at work.  BBC Radio 2, live online, is the first audio of the day (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2).  That hasn’t changed for many years.  Steve Wright in the Afternoon (London time) plays a nice mix of new and old music, along with celebrity interviews.  He even plays Demis Roussos every so often and that makes my day!  (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006wr4r)  Following Steve, is Simon Mayo’s Drivetime show (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00p2dfq) and he has a Confessions segment that has me hooked.  Right after the Confession (http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/confess), in the first hour of Mayo, there is a short financial report and one more song before the top of the hour.  I wait until the song ends before I shut down BBC and turn on the little radio on my desk.  I do not want to hear one single word of Armstrong & Getty so I always wait for the song to end because I know A&G will be off the air.

Then, it’s 10:00am and time for Frosty.

In the same way, I turn off the radio the moment Frosty’s show ends, because the following ‘so-called’ show begins and I don’t want to lose my lunch.  Two guys talking who have nothing to say.  Now, we all know Gil’s wife is gawd-awful, she has tainted Gil’s product (but Gil hasn’t done much to salvage his reputation either), but why a supposed-talk station chose those two new guys for a new show is beyond lunacy.  Keeping Gil’s wife on the air with that shrieking voice only a dog could love is a major blunder, but adding that disaster of a new show is too much.  There is nothing on that station now that is worth listening to and the good thing is I won’t have to hear the same commercials over and over again of that woman yelling about something.  Who knows what she’s saying, I never could listen to those spots.

I do have one shout out: Hellloooo! Lloyd Lindsay Young.  I will miss hearing your voice on the radio.  You are one of the good ones.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lloyd_Lindsay_Young

Frosty was the last link to radio I had.  That’s it for me.  I’ve been listening online to Ted Talks (http://www.ted.com/) and This American Life (http://www.thisamericanlife.org/) and Radio Lab (http://www.radiolab.org/) to fill in the lack of good talk.  Eventually, someone will put together live podcasts of talk shows, hopefully with callers, that we can stream and customize content according to topic or host.

So, Frosty signed off for the last time on Talk-910AM on Friday, August 1st.

As I said, this was no surprise.  He’d mentioned his on-air anniversary a few months back but made no mention of a contract or another year.  Plus, his lease had expired on his apartment and he’d packed everything up in storage and was living in a corporate, furnished apartment temporarily.  He talked about looking for a new apartment at one time, but hadn’t mentioned it for some time.  See?  No surprise.

He said he couldn’t come to a contract agreement so he’s heading back to LA.

You can see what he says about it on his Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/froststilwell

This is his San Francisco page and he says farewell there as well:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Frosty-San-Francisco/151619138189638

His podcasts have disappeared from Talk 910AM’s site.  None of my links to his shows will work.  sigh..

I should mention another Facebook page has disappeared.  The Former KGO Listeners Facebook page is gone.  Don’t know what happened, but maybe they became frustrated with the lack of content two years after Cumulus destroyed radio in this market.  What more is there to say?

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Note: I received a note that there is another Facebook option:

https://www.facebook.com/NoMoreKGO

Thanks, H. Bjerre!  I’ll check it out.

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By now, you know my frustration with radio content.  Even Talk 910AM no longer has shows to listen to, except for the morning Frosty show.  Some think he’s boring, and he has put on some boring shows, but he’s all that’s left for us now except for online podcasts such as radiolab.org or thisamericanlife.org.

So, I’ll share what I enjoyed hearing this past week when NOT listening to Talk 910AM, except for Frosty.

I heard this following podcast during the livestream of This American Life.  It’s about radio.  It’s an old broadcast from 1998 so there’s no lamenting about the current mess of the radio industry.  There are interesting stories for anyone who used to love listening to the radio.  Here’s the link:

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/100/radio

Here’s the recap of it:

For the 100th episode of This American Life, a radio show about the pleasures of radio. About what makes radio so great … and what makes it so terrible.

Act One of this podcast reminds me of an AM radio station I used to hear when I was still young enough to be in grade school.

Before the internet, my window to the world was nighttime AM radio waves. After dark, I heard things on my shiny, black transistor radio unlike anything played on my small town station.

In the deep chill of winter, in the silence of 1:00am, I’d turn on my transistor, hold it against my ear, and hear things that raised the hair on the back of my neck.  It came from halfway across the country.   Every night I searched like an addict for the same station. The dial had to be just right, exactly a hair off from the number on the tuner, to hear those call letters WHAM. That station was like the exploding text on the Batman tv series. POW! KABOOM! I mean, this stuff was wild. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. You’re gonna burn! burn! burn!

Imagine hearing the full version of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Sympathy With The Devil’ for the first time while alone in the dark, when seemingly not another soul was awake.

I was intrigued.  I couldn’t get enough of it.  I was a musical deviant and I wasn’t yet thirteen.  I told no one. This was personal, between me and my radio.

In those young years of listening to my transistor radio, I didn’t get any real sleep except during long weekend drives of family outings, when my father had control of the car radio – tuned to Lawrence Welk’s sound of champagne bubbles or Engelbert Humperdinck.

And I did sleep in the early evenings, until, as if an alarm had gone off, I awoke for the beginning of Steve Salmon’s show. He was my favorite WHAM disc jockey. I laughed into my pillow at Steve Salmon’s commentary and it was thrilling to hear music that wasn’t even played yet where I lived. Life was good.

One night, Steve signed on to tell his listening audience a friend of his had given him a record and he was going to play it “right now”.

“My friend said I have to hear this,” Steve said, “hmmm, Monkey Spanner Version No. 2.”

I heard the needle drop into the groove and after a scratchy moment the song began to play. It was all instrumental, with an upbeat sound. It was the type of song that gets stuck in your head for days.

 

(Here’s the YouTube link to Monkey Spanner Version No. 1 and Monkey Spanner Version No. 2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO8-sPbsXaw

As the song played, Steve told us, “Oh my God! I LOVE this song!  I have to listen again.”

The rhythm rolled for another two minutes or more.

I smiled. I’d never heard any disc jockey play the same record two times in a row.

“This is officially my favorite song!” Steve shouted and the song began again.

“Monkey Spanner Version No. 2!” He yelled and played it again.

“I can’t stop playing this. Let’s hear it again!”

And he did. Again and again and again.

For over thirty minutes the song played accompanied by occasional shouts in the background, “I love it!”.

I was upright in bed, looking around, eyes wide, bursting to tell someone about what was happening on radio station WHAM in New York at one-thirty in the morning. I wanted to clap my hands in pure joy. Every time the song started I squealed with glee and hugged my pillow. Or pressed my hand over my mouth. Would he dare do this all night?

After nearly an hour of continuous play, there were sounds of knocking on a door. Steve began the song again. We listeners heard footsteps and the creak of a door opening.

“Stop playing that song!” a guy’s voice yelled and a door slammed.

The song continued.  Steve’s hushed voice told us, “They want me to stop but I have to hear it again.  I will never stop playing it!  Never!”

The song started again and we heard violent knocks on the door. Steve’s voice barely whispered to us, “They are trying to make me stop playing this song but don’t worry, I locked the door.”

As Monkey Spanner Version No. 2 played on, the background sounds grew louder until we heard crashing and the unmistakable sound of a foot kicking the door. Steve’s voice was frantic, “They’re breaking down the door. I will never stop playing…”

Muffled voices of men filled the airwaves along with the song, and noises of a scuffle. I pressed my transistor radio closer against my ear. The batteries were dying.

The high-pitched screech of a needle scraped across record grooves, setting my teeth on edge. And then a loud crack. The sound of a record being smashed against a hard surface.

For the first time on WHAM, there was silence.

I stood, glancing wildly around my darkened room, transistor radio against my ear – listening to silence.

I shook it once to make sure it was still working. Hoping to jiggle the batteries into action.

Then I froze. A deep voice, trained to enunciate, told us his name and that he was our new host. That Steve Salmon was no longer with the station. He played something. Who knows what it was. The Fortunes, ‘Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again’, or something similar.  It wasn’t Monkey Spanner Version No. 2.

I crept back into bed, placed the radio on my pillow, pulled the covers to my chin and closed my eyes. I was tired, but how could I sleep? My thoughts spun over and over again, like that darn record had.

My eyes flew open.  I heard his voice. Steve’s voice. He whispered that he’d sneaked back in when the new guy went for a bathroom break.  He had another copy of Monkey Spanner Version No. 2. Sure enough, that crazy, now familiar song started to play.

I sat up and punched my fists in the air. He’d done it! My hand went to my heart. Steve was back and, by God, he’d done it.

The needle scratched and a different song began. Steve’s voice growing softer and softer into the background, repeated, “But, but I have to hear my song!”

And then he was gone.

I’d tried finding that station after that night, to see if Steve was back. But I was never able to locate it again. I’m sure I was just a hair off from the number on the tuner but I never managed to get it just right. Or maybe I just didn’t recognize the voice of the new guy that sounded like all the other voices out there.

I haven’t traveled the nighttime airwaves for decades. How could I? I’d never find anything to compare with the guilty pleasure of those early days listening to Steve Salmon on WHAM radio.

Do you have any radio stories?  Share them!

Now to get back on track with more podcasts that might interest you.  I heard another good podcast on the livestream of This American Life.  It’s all about love.  The problem is, I can’t find it.  I don’t have the time to go through and read the recaps of all of the shows that include the search term ‘love’ so, instead, I’ll give you a link to the results.  You want to go looking for love?  Maybe you’ll find it:

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/search?keys=love

 

Another podcast I read about in one of the gossipy columns of sfgate.  Joan Rivers produces a web show ‘In Bed With Joan’.  She talks to celebrities (I’m unfamiliar with many of the names).  I watched the one with Jason Biggs and listened to the Drunken Phone Calls.  As you’d expect with Joan, there is profanity so be careful if you listen at work:

 http://inbedwithjoan.com/

 

How could I leave without a link to The Crazy World of Arthur Brown?

 

Here’s the link to YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCTaxGhRC5M

And, here’s what Wiki says about him:

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

 

As well, how could I leave a link to The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and not include a Screamin’ Jay Hawkins video?

 

Here’s the link to YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orNpH6iyokI

And, what Wiki says about him:

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

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

Image by Samir CCA-SA3.0

For me, it’s back to the Lab and BBC.  No, I won’t need a white coat, I’m talking about Radiolab and BBC Radio 2.

It’s a radio wasteland out there.  Polluted airwaves.  Gil’s wife is still on the air on Fridays.  Instead of ear buds we need ear plugs.  yuck!  Horrible radio, lazy programming, wince-worthy content – who needs it?  I turn it off.

I’ve been listening to Frosty.  I like his show.  But, lately, his entire show is comprised of audio clips he plays and then shouts over.  I think he once spent three hours playing clips of Donald Sterling’s taped conversations.  He’s been playing clips of other news stories as well.  Stretching the same clip over segments, and even replaying a portion of the clip we’d just heard ten minutes earlier.

It’s boring.

Then, we get Gross talking about things we heard from Frosty, but Gil brings in a Politico guest to talk about it even more.

It’s sleep-inducing radio.  That’s probably why Gil brings his wife on the show every Friday.  To wake everyone up with her screeching so anyone left listening can run to the radio and turn it OFF before the start of the weekend.  That’s the only reason I can think of why he would continue to embarrass her and himself.

Do you think anyone will follow Gil to another gig?  I know I won’t.  Heck, I wouldn’t care if he ended up on the crummy KGO.  No one listens anyway.  Might as well not listen to him on a station no one will listen to anymore.

I used to listen to Gil, except on dog-whistle ear-piercing Fridays, and even on the days I listened I turned his program down to background noise.  Nothing there.  I always read sfgate in the morning and I hear the same stories over and over again on both Frosty and Gil’s programs.  It’s them talking about the same thing I read hours earlier.  Of course, Gil brings in a Politico correspondent to explain it all again.  It’s almost laughable, but I’m not laughing.  I’m yawning.  Stretching my arms out wide and yawning.  The comments on sfgate are more interesting than what we hear on the radio.  That’s sad.  Can radio be more boring?

Oh, right.  Yes it can.  I just remembered that new show in Randi Rhodes’ former spot.  I haven’t even turned that one on.  The minute Frosty’s show ends I turn off that station and find something else.  Unfortunately, Talk 910 plays promo clips of that show.  ugh!  Can I say ugh?  ugh!

That leaves me with only Frosty.  I enjoy Frosty’s shows when he reveals moments of his personal life.  He doesn’t censor what he says and there is a story-telling quality to what he shares.  Things such as how he could have been beat-up in LA after craving for ice-cream.  How a one-eyed guy threatened to kill him.  The movie star who rented his Hollywood mansion.  How some guys in a car followed him when he took a wrong turn on the way to the LA airport.  What happened when Frosty’s own lease expired on his San Francisco rental.

I was wondering where he moved and hadn’t heard him say anything about it, until the other day he mentioned he’s staying in a temporary rental until he finds something.  He will pay up to $5,000 per month and he’s been out-priced in this market.  It’s crazy, but interesting to hear him talk about it as it happens to him.  More interesting than listening to news clips of Donald Sterling.

hmmm.  I hadn’t expected to write up another rant about radio.  I’d intended to share some interesting podcasts I heard while not listening to Talk 910AM this week.

BBC Radio 2’s Simon Mayo Drivetime Confessions included a good one about a guy wearing an Afghan coat and how it caused the confessee to miss music he wanted to hear.

A Dirty Dustbin Dance & Other Tales

Fri, 6 Jun 14

(28 days remaining to listen)

This week’s concise collection includes a dirty dustbin dance, a foetid footie flushback, a costly cloak of confusion and a bad Dad’s bilious blooper! But will you forgive?

It’s the third confession on the podcast, the one about the costly cloak of confusion.

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

Another interesting podcast is an hour-long archived one from Radiolab.org ( http://www.radiolab.org/ ) from their second season, titled Detective Stories.  You don’t have to listen to the entire podcast, it’s divided into sections below the Listen area.  If your time is limited to one story, then listen to the goat.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91516-detective-stories/

Here’s a link to the goat story only, along with many comments about it.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/91518-goat-on-a-cow/#commentlist

 

Oh, and if you did listen to Drivetime Confessions, you might enjoy this link:

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

 

When I searched for an image of an Afghan coat, I found another mystery article that involves an Afghan coat.  An image of an Afghan coat is included:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1315262/Picture-helped-solve-mystery-Girl-Afghan-Coat.html

 

If you have any interesting podcasts, share!  We need other listening alternatives more than ever.

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

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/

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 tunein.com 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:

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

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/127/Pimp-Anthropology

 

Radiolab

http://www.radiolab.org/

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 radiolab.org 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:

http://www.radiolab.org/story/60-words/

…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.”

http://www.radiolab.org/story/308403-blood/

 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:

http://www.radiolab.org/story/308780-blood-banks/

Here’s the Episode Archive of Radiolab:

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

 

Ted

https://www.ted.com/talks/browse

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.

 

NPR

http://www.npr.org/

http://www.npr.org/programs/

 

BBC

http://www.musicweek.com/news/read/lbc-goes-national-as-uk-s-first-new-talk-radio-station/057452

 http://www.lbc.co.uk/

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

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

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):

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

 

I read this article recently:

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/05/01/huge-archive-of-old-san-francisco-historical-newsreel-footage-loaded-onto-youtube-british-pathe-mediakraft-networks/

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:

http://www.today.com/books/popular-1960s-style-approach-becoming-cool-modern-world-2D79513955

Here’s the book on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Popular-Vintage-Wisdom-Modern-Geek/dp/0525426817

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXOwNOf2QXY

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.

http://open.salon.com/blog/olderexasperated/2014/05/17/oh_i_cant_believe_it_but_people_are_strange

(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:   https://www.facebook.com/FormerKGOListeners) 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.

huh?

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?

Really?

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):

http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10413

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?

 

In the last half-hour of the Tom Leykis show today (the fill-in program for Gil Gross), Leykis said the Randi Rhodes show will be gone in a month.

Not that I really care.  I don’t listen to Rhodes.  I’m not going to listen to Leykis either.  Thankfully, I had meetings all day and missed most of his show.  The small bits I did hear were enough to know this guy is not someone I’d listen to intentionally.  In the same way I’d never listen to Gil’s wife intentionally.  I’d rather hear the pocket catheter commercials on TV than hear Gil’s wife’s voice again in my lifetime.

I’d say something about Frosty and post a link, but I missed his entire show today.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

 

 

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Frosty revealed his big secret today.  He finally told his listeners the name of the big movie star who rented his LA home.

It was a touching and heartfelt reveal.  You can listen to it here:

http://www.talk910.com/media/podcast-frosty-podcast-frosty/frosty-040714-hr1-mickey-rooney-elder-24590992/