Posts Tagged ‘Frosty Stilwell’

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This week Ed Baxter announced he is the chosen one.  He got the spot.

Well, he didn’t use those exact words when he informed listeners of Talk910-AM that he has accepted the host position for the 10:00am-1:00pm time slot on the station.  I was happy to hear it.

After the departure of former host, Frosty Stilwell, we listeners endured weeks of rotating hosts, never knowing what to expect when we turned the radio on.  Sometimes we were pleasantly surprised with the professionalism of John Rothmann, other times we had to turn the radio off ten minutes into a show.  Where does Talk910 find some of those fill-in hosts?

It was as if they were letting Gil Gross pick ’em, because you know what a great show he has on Fridays with his wife.  In Gil’s world, if you can work on a crossword puzzle, then the next logical step is to add a microphone and put you on the air.  No one will notice the screeching sound when you speak.  Go ahead, interrupt guests with inane questions and shriek at the top of your lungs every time you disagree with something.  Yeah.  Fun times.  Completely unprofessional, but that doesn’t matter.  If you can come up with the right words on a puzzle, then you are ready for radio.

The only thing worse than hearing Gil’s wife on the radio is hearing the show that comes on before Gil’s show.  Those two guys have to be the worst thing on radio, ever.  And, remember, I’m including Gil’s wife in that assessment.  She has to be the second worse thing ever on the air.  But, you already knew that.  Hearing her once is enough.  It takes nearly a month to get the ringing out of your ears.

This is so unfair to listeners.  It’s as if Talk910 is trying to fail.

This is how bad it is, for the first time, ever, I’ve been streaming WOR710 in New York and listening to Hannity every afternoon at 1:00pm instead of those two guys on Talk910.  Thanks a lot, 910.  At least Hannity takes calls.  That is what talk radio is supposed to be about.  Discussion.  Talk.  Not to yourself.  To people.  Feedback from listeners.

I still listen to Radiolab and ThisAmericanLife, as well.  Sometimes Ted Talks.  But the Hannity show takes calls.  That’s what I want to hear.

For awhile, I thought Talk910 was seriously considering Spencer Hughes as a host.  He takes calls.  I’d never heard him before. I’ve heard OF him.  Not good things, but I don’t let other opinions dictate my judgment.  I want to hear it myself and form my own opinion.

Now I know what people are talking about.  At first, I didn’t mind him.  He talks and talks and talks, starting out saying one thing and then seems to disappear into his own head as he goes off into two or three more topics while still finishing thoughts about the first thing.  It’s strange, all he needs is a big Monty Python hand pushing on his head and a voice announcing “now for something completely different”.  I would not be able to listen to that every day.  There is no focus to his show.

Ed Baxter has focus.  He forms thoughts and can express them in a professional style and he has the intelligence to interact with any guest.  It’s not an effort to listen to his voice, he has a natural, pleasant tone.  He likes to take calls.  On the air, many times, he has said he doesn’t want to be the only one talking.  He wants to hear what callers have to say.  He has always given out the phone number so listeners can call in…

Except for this week.  I noticed there were no callers this week and there was no number given for callers.  Is this going to end up as another show of someone reciting news items from sfgate and bringing in ‘experts’ to talk about them?  Ed’s already doing the Gil thing, bringing in his producer to talk about things.  Come on, Ed, you know that gets boring fast.  Where are the callers?  Some of the most interesting shows on the radio happen with callers.

You know this, Ed.  Get it done!  Give out that number.  Take those calls.

Ed Baxter is back as a fill-in host on Talk-910am.  He’s been hosting one or two days per week in Frosty’s former time slot (10:00am-1:00pm).  I don’t know much about Ed.  His name is familiar from the old KGO days but, back then, I didn’t listen to the station during his air time.  I’ve heard him partner with Rosie Allen a few times on Talk-910 but that’s the extent of it.  I recall him as a news guy and not a talk host.  When I searched online I found information about him.

He’s an award-winning news co-anchor and he retired after 35 years on the air at KGO.  I see online there is both good and bad feedback on him.  That’s to be expected, everyone has an opinion about a guy who has been in the public eye for 35 years.  As for me, I like him as a talk show host.  He has a comfortable style, not too aggressive, but does not back down when challenged.  He encourages callers.  He has strong opinions and I don’t always agree with him.

Here are a few articles from when he retired from KGO:

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ed-Baxter-KGO-Morning-News-co-anchor-retires-2370473.php

http://www.radiodiscussions.com/showthread.php?605281-Ed-Baxter-Retires-from-KGO

I don’t hear any arrogance from Ed on his Talk 910 show so I don’t know what some listeners were hearing when they wrote negative comments back in 2011.  Today, he sounds comfortable with who he is and where he is in his career.  He can speak on many subjects with authority.  I like that his show transitions with ease from hard news to training puppies, AND without a wordy, complicated transition set-up for a corny joke.  That’s Gross!

Hey, Ed, Frosty has a new puppy.  You should get him on your show to talk about it.  ha ha.  I like Ed and I liked Frosty.

Ed Baxter offers podcasts on The Talk Pod and on the Talk 910 website.  Check out some of these links:

http://www.talk910.com/onair/ed-baxter-48465

http://www.edbaxtermedia.com/

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

http://thetalkpod.com/

As of this posting, the podcast trending on thetalkpod.com:

http://thetalkpod.com/john-rothmann-california-one/

Most Popular:

http://thetalkpod.com/john-rothmann-ronn-owens-profile-courage/

Plus, the contributors mix it up with each other:

http://thetalkpod.com/barbara-simpson-vs-john-rothmann-immigration-wow/

Now all they need are callers on The Talk Pod.  Maybe they can set up to take calls on subjects and record the interaction then post it.  It’s a start.  Of course, it wouldn’t be live talk but at least we’d get varied discussion on topics.  Sometimes the callers bring a deeper understanding to a topic, either from personal experience or in-depth knowledge.

On Talk 910, in addition to Ed, there is a woman from LA who sometimes hosts Frosty’s old time slot.  I don’t recall her name.  She’s not as forceful as Randi Rhodes (remember her?)  Here’s an interesting article about Randi:

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jack-coleman/2014/04/26/randi-rhodes-quitting-radio-slams-ex-colleagues-maddow-franken-way-out

The new LA woman puts on a good show for Talk 910, although I prefer listening to Ed, and, of course, John Rothmann.

Now, if only Talk 910am would get rid of the dreck show that follows Frosty’s old time slot.  That time slot would get more listeners if they played the emergency broadcast alert signal for two hours.  I don’t have to listen to the show to know it’s awful.  Hearing the promo highlights is excruciating enough.  Two guys who know nothing, talk about nothing.  What the heck were they thinking allowing that thing on the air?

There is one good thing to report about Talk 910.  That YELLING woman is GONE!  We’ve suffered through that nauseating car commercial for months now, but I think she’s out driving other listeners (out there, somewhere) crazy.  Haven’t had to turn off the radio at all this week.  I think she’s gone!  woo hoo!  If I would have waited a week or two, I wouldn’t have had to spend time writing a complaining post about her.  It’s like we can breathe again.  Fresh radio air, no pollutants.  Smog safe.

To celebrate, I even gave Gil’s show a chance again.

As I’ve said before, I used to be a fan of Gil Gross’ show but he’s dumbed-it-down beyond recognition.  This week I wandered back for a segment or two.  Unbelievably, hand to my heart, I heard Gil say that his wife’s voice has been used for classical music stations, that she’s a broadcaster.  ha ha ha ha ha!!!  Are you kidding me?  Gil, you do realize that we can hear her voice?  Sure, she might be a good fill-in on old scratchy recordings of Chinese opera, but come on, man.  You’re trying to push her off as a broadcaster?  ha ha ha ha.  That was the best laugh I’ve had from my years of listening to Gil.  God love him, though, he has to listen to it daily.  At least we have an OFF button.

Speaking of off, I still don’t know what happened to the Facebook page of FormerKGOListeners, but the Facebook page of NoMoreKGO has replaced it.  They keep the page updated with fresh content.  Be sure to visit and ‘like’ their page.

Here’s the link:

https://www.facebook.com/NoMoreKGO

sheesh!  I always sit here with nothing to say and somehow end up typing more than I thought I would.  Not that I’ve said anything in the end, but I sure do spend time typing.

I know, I know.  I complain about the same things every post.  I learned it from Bill Wattenburg, who mentions the same things over and over again.  I used to roll my eyes every time he said, um, what was it?  I can’t remember!  wow.

That’s how long it’s been since I’ve heard him.  It think it was eco-nuts but I can’t be sure.

That reminds me, on Talk 910 I heard a caller talking to the fill-in host from LA.  The caller was obsessed with chem trails.  I had to smile.  We’ve all heard that guy before.  The only thing missing was Wattenburg’s slam of the phone the moment we hear the word chem- click, SLAM!  That caller is a ‘same thing’ kind of guy, saying the same things over and over again.  He has the need to spread his version of reality based on what he sees and does not understand.

I spread my version of what I hear and do not understand – such as, why is Gil’s wife still on the air?  I’m not the only one asking that question and I’ll continue to ask it over and over again because it’s one of the mysteries of the radio universe.

Finally, we get to the important news!  Frosty broke his toe getting out of his pool.  And, he got his first traffic ticket in many years.  Read all about it:

https://www.facebook.com/froststilwell

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Frosty, why don’t you get on thetalkpod and talk it all out!  We’d love to hear the stories.

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!

 

 

 

 

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.