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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://thetalkpod.com/

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

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

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

Joy Behar and Chris Christie having words:

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

Snowden gives tips on creating passwords:

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

Want to hear callers again?  Listen to Mark Simone:

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

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!

What is it about cars that inspire the most putrid, inane crap recorded on audio and companies call them commercials?

Back when I worked in advertising, we had to commit to a standard when we recorded ads for radio or television.  Anyone who has worked behind the scenes or inside a recording studio knows how much time, planning and money it takes to produce one spot.  Well, it’s been years so maybe the process has changed.

Why would anyone spend time and money producing something that sends radio listeners rushing for the OFF button?  (That reminds me, why is Gil’s wife still on the radio?  But, that’s a different subject for a different day.  Thankfully, she’s out of the country and I can turn on the radio again on a Friday.)

There are two car commercials that backfire, big time, into the face of every radio listener.  Why would a station or network of stations continue to air them?  Not only do these spots continue, but they now air more frequently.  Sure, there is ad money coming in from these ads, but the listeners are walking out.  It’s a bad business model all around for radio.  Radio is so desperate for money they’ll air anything and, because they air anything, it alienates the few listeners left on the AM dial.  That number is small and shrinking fast.

First, I won’t mention the commercials.  I don’t want to give them any more exposure because I don’t support them.  But, you know them.  If you listened to KGO before Cumulus Media destroyed that great station in December of 2011, you know the one car-themed commercial that aired endlessly.  Listeners suffered through it because they were there to hear the hosts.  They were there to hear the family of listeners they’d become familiar with who called in and started conversations in different directions.  We should have known, at the time, that car commercial was driving us to a dead-end destination.

Then we all tuned to Talk 910am.  I stopped listening to Talk 910 when they replaced Frosty and added that horrible show with those two guys in the 1:00-3:00pm time slot.  Plus, I’m tired of Gil’s schtick on his show and, as you know, can’t stand listening to his unprofessional, shrieking wife.  I was happy to leave the radio off.  Another car-themed commercial had been airing recently and I didn’t know what the heck it was supposed to be advertising.  It’s a woman yelling something about cars.  It’s unbearable.  I can barely understand what she’s yelling and I usually tuned it out or walked away from my desk when I heard it begin.

After weeks of not listening to the radio, I was pulled back in to hear John Rothmann and Ed Baxter as fill-in hosts on Talk 910am.  They hosted in Frosty’s old time slot and, this week, Rothmann filled in for Gil Gross.

Gil might as well give it up because, next to Rothmann, he’s at best an amateur hour with the weak program he puts on the air now.  Rothmann takes calls, he discusses topics, he doesn’t rely on Politico to fill time on the show and he doesn’t try to push unfunny jokes at us.

Rothmann did one thing, though, that Gil does but Rothmann doesit  better.   He brought Lloyd Lindsay Young and Valerie Grant on for a segment to discuss the current topic of the NFL and bad behavior.  Rothmann did it right.  It was a spirited and interesting discussion.  Unlike what Gil does, who drags his board op person and his producer to talk to him on air.  Unfortunately, the two staff members Gil talks to are bland, uncreative and predictable and sound as if they don’t want to be there.  At least with Rothmann, both Young and Grant have something to say and are not afraid to speak their minds.  I will miss Rothmann as a host with his own daily show.

But, that brings me back to my car-theme wreck again.  That car commercial with the yelling lady aired so many times an hour I missed many sections of John’s show.  The moment I heard her begin to yell, I clicked the OFF button.  Sometimes I’d forget to turn it back on.  I’d always wait long enough for the commercial block to finish before I’d turn it back on.  When that commercial aired, I didn’t hear any ads that were scheduled along with it.  That one commercial made me turn the radio OFF.  Not once every hour, sometimes four or five times within an hour.

That is too much.  It reinforces my decision to keep the radio off and keep my peace of mind.

If I hear Ed or John are guest hosts again for Frosty’s old show then maybe I’ll try to listen to Talk 910’s 10:00am-1:00pm time slot but I doubt I’ll listen for more than twenty minute if I have to turn off the radio every ten minutes to block out that awful ad.

If you want to hear John and Ed off the radio, you can visit The Talk Pod.  Here’s a link to The Talk Pod’s website and a link to the Facebook page for those who are still on Facebook:

http://thetalkpod.com/

There is some fresh content there.   Lloyd Lindsay Young explains the Pineapple Express.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Talk-Pod/1470507139850662

Puppy Alert!

Also, if you want relax and not think about the dismal state of radio, Frosty has posted some cute puppy pictures  on his Facebook page.  Maybe he should start podcasting at The Talk Pod with the rest of the gang.  Here’s his Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/froststilwell

Also, don’t forget to visit the Facebook page of NoMoreKGO:

https://www.facebook.com/NoMoreKGO

All of the links to John Rothmann’s fill-in stint on Talk 910 are listed on the page.

And, next week, honk if you have to turn off the radio because of an irritating ad!

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