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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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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/

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.

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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Frosty has finally updated his Facebook page.  Says he will eventually close the Frosty San Francisco page so those with Facebook accounts who want to follow him should flip over to this page:

https://www.facebook.com/froststilwell

He does not have a broadcast job yet, but the comments include people asking him to start a podcast.

You can read his entire update at his page.

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.

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!