Posts Tagged ‘Frosty Stilwell’

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.

 

 

 

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/

What is going on at Talk910-AM?  Are they trying to see how low their ratings can go?

I was happy when they removed Rush from the schedule.  Not so thrilled that they gave Armstrong and Getty an extra hour.

Frosty’s show was moved back two hours. I don’t mind Frosty.  I enjoy his show.  But, he discusses many lite-news items.  He loves to talk about Bieber.  And, weird, trending news items along with audio clips of 911 calls or odd interviews.  Things that are interesting for a one-time listen but they are topics you hear once and there is no need to listen again.

That was evident when Frosty was on vacation during the week that began with St. Patrick’s Day.  Mid-week the station played a ‘Best Of Frosty’ show.   It was all about Bieber’s bad behavior.   Do we really need to hear that again?  sigh…

That is a flaw when presenting a news-lite program with no callers.  But, I do love it when Frosty shares personal stories.  When he returned from vacation, he said he ruined the St. Patrick’s Day parade of a small town in Ireland.  I listened to his entire show that day just to hear that story, but he didn’t share it.

Thankfully, the next day newsreader, Lisa, asked him about it.  Frosty didn’t have time to share it on Monday, but he finally told it on Tuesday.

Want to hear it?  It begins around 17:30 on the podcoast:

http://www.talk910.com/media/podcast-frosty-podcast-frosty/frosty-032514-hr2-kids-these-days-24528288/ 

Frosty has some great personal stories and that is what I usually share.

Also, when he returned from vacation, he read a listener’s email on-air.  It said, simply: Frosty, do not ever take another vacation again.

That was something I was thinking the week he was gone.  The guest hosts were uninspiring at best, and mind-numbing horrible radio at its worst.  That happened on Thursday.  I’d never heard of the guy before, at first I thought it was Gabbert, he has a similar voice tone to Gabbert, but the guest host on Thursday spewed so much vile for discussion points I had to turn off the radio.

What is going on over there, Talk910?  That guy on Thursday nearly made me throw away my radio for good.  Who needs it?  I can’t listen to Gil’s Friday shows because his amateur wife shrieks through it, and when she’s not screeching and interrupting guests, she’s talking slow to enunciate her words trying not to shriek, but she always reverts to her true nature and that voice gets unleashed no matter how careful she tries to control it.  It’s awful.  And, Gil’s topics rival what one hears on The View.  Such as, what is happening on the latest installment of some fashion show I’ve never seen or even heard of before.

Really, Gil?  Really?

If it wasn’t for Frosty, I’d continue to listen to BBC Radio2 all day.  I can’t easily abandon my talk radio habit after so many years, though.  I do stream This American Life on Fridays so I don’t have to hear one syllable of Gil’s wife’s voice.

I sometimes listen to the show that comes on after Frosty, the Randi Rhodes Show, but I turn the volume down so it’s simply background noise.  I usually turn her off.  Same with Gil.  During the week, Mon-Thurs, he’s just background noise.  If he starts telling his stories I’ve heard fifteen times before, I turn him off.  If he interrupts an interview to throw in a lame joke, I turn him off.  If he, once again, interrupts an interview to tell a lengthy story about himself, I turn him off.  He gets turned off a lot during the week.

Even the promos they now play of Gil’s show are laughable.  That’s the content they’re promoting?  Really?  They played one promo for weeks about Gil discussing sex and marriage and vacuums.  It was sad.  That’s the best they can find?  It really shows how he doesn’t care about presenting a quality show any longer.

If he doesn’t care, why should we?

Someone at Talk910-AM is sleeping during programming meetings.  Do they know what goes out on-air?  Maybe they don’t care, either.

If they don’t care, why should we?

 

 

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I have nothing to say about talk radio today.  I’ve been listening to Frosty, but it’s been so busy at work I miss a lot of the show.  Hey, Frosty, I love the email responses from listeners and that you are taking calls!

But, he’s not a former KGO host so I might have to start up another blog and name it something else.  I still get sufficient hits on this blog to leave it up for awhile, but I’m sure it will dwindle down to nothing soon.

Plus, some interesting search terms land on this blog.  Not sure how some of the stranger searches end up here, and I still laugh about some poor misguided soul who searched for ‘Len Tillem naked’.

Every week I get searches for a song I posted a year or two ago.  When I first posted about the song I couldn’t find the version of it I had in mind and had to post a harmonized version.  Today, after seeing another search for the song I went back to YouTube and found the original version by Beatrice Kay.

Thank you, Aaron Brummett, for posting on YouTube the 78 version of Beatrice Kay’s recording.

If you don’t know what a 78 record is, here’s a link to some information about it:

http://www.78records.co.uk/beginer.htm

I first listened to this song on an old phonograph my grandmother had stored in her attic.  There was a stack of old 78 records, and I loved to listen to the thick, red record with big grooves that made the big, heavy needle wobble a bit as it played.  It was Beatrice Kay’s version of ‘I’ve Been Waiting for your Phone Call for Eighteen Years’.

What’s posted on YouTube is not the best quality sound.  It’s scratchy and, at times, incoherent, but I remember those lyrics from the many times I sat in my grandmother’s attic to listen to the song, over and over again.  Laughing every time.

The lyrics I’m going to post should help overcome the poor sound quality of the YouTube post, but you really have to hear Beatrice Kay’s phrasing for full enjoyment of the song.  Especially when she gets to: ‘how could you treat your only love this way’.  When you hear it, you’ll know what I mean.

The lyrics:

I’ve Been Waiting for your Phone Call for Eighteen Years

by Beatrice Kay

*

Gee, look at that moon.

It makes you think, what if the world was perfect?

Imagine, a perfect world.

Joey’d never fail to show up for a date

And he’d bring me presents,

All kinds of k-nick k-nacks and small what-nots.

And the family’d have money.

We could afford to get glasses for my sister.

She could go talk to an optimist.

And I wouldn’t have to work no more for the telephone company.

A girl gets pretty tired of being an operetta.

A telephone operetta I mean…

Of course if everything was perfect there’d be no excitement.

For instance, mom wouldn’t crown pop with the flower pot every night.

And she might as well do it, she’s entitled to a little pleasure in life.

And, Joey, so what if he does forget to call me for a date, he just suffers from loss of memory now and then.

He’s just got a case of magnesia.

You know, Joey, it’s funny about the way you keep me waiting for your phone call.

But I love you Joey

And I’ll always keep my promise.

I said that I would wait for you forever.

Joey, I meant every word I said.

The thought of not waiting forever never entered my head.

I’ve been waiting for your phone call for eighteen years.

Maybe you don’t love me anymore.

How long must I wait for you to keep our date?

Could it be, sweetheart, that you are poor?

I’ve been waiting for your phone call for eighteen years.

You told me that you’d call me back that day.

I’m wasting my youth in a telephone booth.

How could you treat your only love this way?

I was young and healthy when you left me.

Has your love grown cold?

You’re acting strange.

Could it be you’re fickle, or didn’t ya have the nickel?

If you’d had written, I’d have sent the change

in a postcard.

I’ve been waiting for your phone call for eighteen years.

Could it be you found somebody new?

Hah?

I’ll wait for your phone call just eighteen more.

But after that we are through.

(The Brooklyn Dodgers)

But after that we are through.

*

Now, here’s the song:

Enjoy!

*

and…

Here’s the link to it on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1GQXU1ynC8

Frosty, you sir, are no Gil Gross.

Image by Petritap CC-SA-3.0

And, for that, I thank you.

ha ha.  See what I did there?

I did it again on Friday.  It was so busy at work that I forgot to turn off Talk910 before the shrieking and screeching began.  Please, please,  please get Gil’s wife off the air.  I’m thinking of sending Clear Channel an extended tape of what we listeners are subjected to on the air but I don’t want to listen to it one second longer than I have to so I can’t create a ‘worst of’ Gil’s Friday shows.  There are so many to choose from.  If the suits had to listen to a compilation of high-pitched squeals and inane chatter then maybe they’d take some action that Gil won’t.

But, that’s not what I came here to discuss.  As you know, I listen to Frosty’s shows now.  I’m done with wasting time on Gil.  He repeats the same news items that Frosty does on his show anyway, with the exception of Gil inserting a Politico correspondent phone-in every few minutes.

I see many search terms on this blog looking for Frosty but seldom see anything on Gil unless it’s a negative search, such as, why is Gil Gross’ radio show so bad?  I can’t guess why Gil has given up on hosting a quality show, but it was in decline long before Sebastian Kunz left.  I miss Sebastian’s nice voice and his pleasing, calm presence on air but I do enjoy Michael the news guy on Frosty’s show.  And, of course, I always appreciate the warmth and passion of Lloyd Lindsay Young.  Love ‘ya, Lloyd.

One thing Frosty does that Gil would never do is read email from listeners (yes, I know Gil reads snippets off Facebook, but they are hand-selected, self-serving snippets).

I guess if no one calls, then email is the next best thing.  I enjoy Frosty’s email segments because he loves to read email from listeners who bash his show or berate his intelligence and physical appearance by calling him names like ‘fat clown’ or ‘moron’.  Then Frosty explains why he said what he did on an earlier show or segment, but not before he has a good laugh at some of the more vitriolic tirades.  Sometimes Frosty even agrees with the email and admits he should have worded something differently or researched something more thoroughly.

There are times Frosty flubs what we wants to say.  After he realizes it, he corrects himself but he still gets angry, vicious email about the unintended comment and he reads all of the email from the people who will ‘never listen to his show again’, that is,  until they send another email a week later.

For me, the most entertaining Frosty shows are when he shares things that have happened to him.  The One-Eyed Guy and the near miss of a speeding car and ice cream, always, ice cream.  I’ve included links to some of these stories in earlier blog posts.

Unlike Gil.

When Gil starts a story I now groan and roll my eyes because I know the story, could repeat it word for word, lame jokes and all, and for the fifteenth time he has to tell it again.  It’s excruciatingly long and drawn out, not to mention it’s usually to name drop or, in an indirect way, portray how wonderful he thinks he is.  Those nauseating attempts at humor get old fast.

Can you tell I’ve listened too long to Gil?  His show does not hold up to a long-term listener.  It’s unfortunate, because I really enjoyed him on that other station.  But, my dissatisfaction grew with the Friday shows and his amateur wife with her scorched vocal cords and I knew my time was wasted trying to listen.  I can’t listen to him on any day now without feeling irritation.  I usually turn to other options.

So I’m left with Frosty.  That’s it.

I was a bit disappointed with Frosty this week, though, because he’d been saying he watches all of the Olympic coverage he can and I was anticipating his shows this week to hear what he thought about the Sochi Games.  Well, what he said is he keeps falling asleep during the Olympics and misses prime-time events.

Darn!

He should look online at  http://www.nbcolympics.com/ .  Has he seen Johnny Weir lately?  What is up with that?  And, what does he think of Bode Miller?  Can Frosty appreciate the skill of Russian figure skater Yulia Lipnitskaya (also known as Julia)?  Probably not, because he did make a comment that figure skating is just someone skating around and flapping his or her arms at the same time.

Oh, and Frosty has commented on the ongoing saga of CostasCodeRed.

But, that’s it on Frosty’s Olympics coverage.  Unless I’ve missed it, I don’t think Frosty has even talked about Shaun White.

There was a wonderful article written about Shaun White recently on how he changed a columnist’s opinion.  You can read it here:

  http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/olympics/shaun-white-olympic-moments-and-mettle-without-a-color/2014/02/11/94fa0968-9354-11e3-84e1-27626c5ef5fb_story.html

I don’t like Matt Lauer as CodeRed’s stand-in.  He’s about exciting as a mattress-man radio ad.  Meredith is fine, though, and she appears more engaged in the events than Matt.  But those segments with Mary Carillo just aren’t the same without Costas.

But Frosty wouldn’t know about that.  He’s snoring away in his new easy chair…

Want to catch Frosty between snores?  Here’s a link to his archived podcasts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is what we are left with.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s the Wikipedia link to her show:

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

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