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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.

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The BBC’s remake of The Beach Boys classic song ‘God Only Knows’ includes the man himself, Brian Wilson, as well as vocal contributions from various performers and visual effects that flutter the butterfly wings on Elton John’s jacket.  It’s all to promote the BBC Music network and to raise money for charity.  Read about it here:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/08/showbiz/music/god-only-knows-rolling-stone/

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the BBC video:

You can compare it to The Beach Boys original version here:

Even The Beach Boys hit a sour note every so often:

oh, heck.  Why not.  There’s nothing on radio that’s worth listening to these days, might as well enjoy some music:

Wouldn’t It Be Nice?

Yep.  Can’t leave without throwing some good vibrations your way:

Good Vibrations

Haven’t picked up any good vibrations on the radio this week.

Maybe next week there will be some radio talk hosts worth listening to on Talk 910, with the exception of Ed Baxter who was on one day this week.  We need more Ed and John Rothmann and no more fill-ins like some of what I heard this week.  Actually had to turn off the radio several days in a row.

It’s back to BBC for now.  I’ll try again next week to turn on my AM radio without having to turn it off twenty minutes later.

Maybe if we think and wish and hope and pray it might come true…

and we could be happy (vocal background *we could be happy*) with radio again.

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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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’.

Frosty says he reads every email.  Why not send him an email and tell him what you think, although he does give out the number to call so he’s open to taking calls.  I think I’ve heard a few callers on his show, but I’m busy at work when he’s on the air and it’s hard to distinguish if he’s on a call or talking to a scheduled guest about a news item.

I’ve wondered if people have given up trying to call Frosty’s show, or even Gil’s show.  There was a time a few weeks back when I heard Gil give out the number and said he wanted people to call and talk about something, but I didn’t hear any callers.

I’ve listened when John Rothmann, Ed Baxter, or even Jim Gabbert sit in as replacement hosts and they all have callers and they all take those calls.  Not one or two every other hour, but callers during the hour and more callers in the next.

Gil loves to give out his Facebook and Twitter accounts as contact points.  I’m sure he’d prefer to interact with his audience one-on-one (ha ha, that’s a joke), but knowing in advance what we say online he has time to prep all of the zinger jokes he flings at us every two minutes.  Can’t do that with an impromptu call.  And he ends the week with the biggest zinger joke of all, the wife.

I’ve read that Gil doesn’t read anything about himself online.  Too bad.  Maybe then he’d understand what’s not working and read how many are dissatisfied with his show.  Especially on Fridays.   But, I don’t fault him for not wanting to see what others have to say.  People can be cruel and usually complain about something before praising anything.

Frosty says he sometimes reads things online about himself and it doesn’t really bother him.  It comes with being a radio host.  Heck, Frosty even reads some email on the air from listeners who don’t exactly agree with his opinions.  In the emails he’s called all sorts of names.  He reads it all on-air, well, some of the names he can’t say on the air without getting the station’s license pulled.  He laughs as well, and explains, again, what he’d said that made someone so angry.  The listeners can decide if they agree.

Frosty’s email address is frosty@talk910.com.

If you email him, let us know what it’s about so we can hear if he reads it on the air.

When I went to Frosty’s page on Talk910, I noticed he blogged on Friday, September 27th,  about wanting a steak dinner at a nice restaurant but it was too late for an early dinner reservation.  He didn’t want to be seated alone during the 8:00pm dinner rush and take up the only unreserved table at the time.

He is always talking about food.  He told a story this week about his walk to the corner store to buy Häagen-Dazs® ice cream and was nearly struck in the crosswalk by a bicyclist running the red light.  His personal stories are usually self-deprecating, but he laughs at himself.  I don’t get the sense he’s playing up his perceived greatness by pretending to be self-deprecating.  Read his blog post.  That’s not someone who thinks he’s better than anyone else because of his job.

http://www.talk910.com/pages/frosty.html

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

Well, this turned out to be quite different than what I started to write earlier in the day.   Ah, who wants to read about Cumulus Media on a Monday?  I sure don’t.  I’ll leave that for another day.

If you turn off Gil’s dreadful show every Friday, as I do, then here’s another online program to consider in its place.

TED

Many of you are familiar with TED (http://www.ted.com/), owned by the non-profit Sapling Foundation.  Here’s the Wikipedia page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TED_%28conference%29

I’ve never had extra time to really explore TED’s website, but now with Friday afternoons free, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to discover so many alternatives that entertain and educate at the same time.  I’d thought TED was a bunch of pompous and mind-numbing ‘facts’ speeches and it’s not that at all.  Yes, there are speakers but they deal with subjects that used to be discussed on a good talk show.  There are no callers, but we sure don’t get any callers on talk shows now.  On TED you can find many viewpoints and opinions discussed in-depth by someone in that field.  There are speeches with heart, others with heartbreak, some with historical relevance – on any subject you select.  Not in the mood to listen to the next sex-capade of another politician?  Look up talks about how love works:

Talk by Helen Fisher – The Brain In Love

http://www.ted.com/talks/helen_fisher_studies_the_brain_in_love.html

Talk by Helen Fisher – Why We Love, Why We Cheat:

http://www.ted.com/talks/helen_fisher_tells_us_why_we_love_cheat.html

What?  You don’t really want to waste time on love?  Okay.  They’ve got sex there, too:

Playlist with 8 Talks – Sex: Can We Talk?

http://www.ted.com/playlists/6/sex_can_we_talk.html

Check out TED’s Playlist: Collections for Curious Minds:

http://www.ted.com/playlists

Want more insight into events happening in the news?

Seek out Playlists like this one:

Egypt in Crisis – As the violence continues in Egypt, 7 talks from freedom fighters from around the globe:

http://www.ted.com/playlists/12/freedom_rising.html

Or, seek out creative inspiration in this Talk by Kirby Ferguson:

Steal Like An Artist – The surprising sources of inspiration for creatives from Steve Jobs to Bob Dylan.

http://www.ted.com/talks/kirby_ferguson_embrace_the_remix.html

Or, learn How to Tell a Story – a Playlist with Six Talks

There are some incredible talks on this Playlist.

http://www.ted.com/playlists/62/how_to_tell_a_story.html

TED’s website offers hours, even days, of listening and reading.

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Frosty

I listen to BBC Radio 2 every morning, usually until 11:00am.  I used to switch over to Spreaker for Len Tillem but he’s still not posting and hasn’t offered any reason why.  I’ll just have to do another hour of BBC before Frosty’s show on Talk910-AM.  I’ve tried to listen to TED in that hour before Frosty, but I forget to turn on his show at 12:00Noon because I’m in the middle of a great talk on TED.  So, I’ll leave TED for Fridays when Gil’s wife shows up and ruins Gil’s show.

I’m enjoying Frosty more and more.  On Thursday, he talked about his streak of bad luck (starts around 9:08 on podcast).

http://www.talk910.com/media/podcast-frosty-podcast-frosty/frosty-81513-hr1-23590509/

It’s funny, because I’ve experienced the same thing.  Everything seems to go wrong.  For me, it usually lasts about three days.  When I expect it, I’m able to laugh about it.  The computer goes down, the smoke detector’s batteries need replacing, something you need can’t be found, and other small irritants.  Nothing major or catastrophic.  Just things that happen in a short time span that together can be thought of as ‘bad luck’.

I like that about Frosty.  He talks about things other than politics all day.  He talks about things we all can relate to and laugh at ourselves.  If you listen to that clip of Frosty’s show you can even hear it happen on air.  I love that.

There is another audio clip of Frosty’s I want to share as well.  Earlier this month, I posted a link to Frosty’s show where he played audio of a phone call Monica Lewinsky made to Bill Clinton.  Well, the entire call was recently released and Frosty played the entire clip (it starts at 4:23 on the podcast):

http://www.talk910.com/media/podcast-frosty-podcast-frosty/frosty-081313-hr3-23579673/

Another thing Frosty does is he posts interesting video clips on his Talk910-AM page.  I haven’t looked on his page yet, but he’s tempted me many times.  I think I will go and peek at his video clip of the snake he talked about this week.  That one sounds too creepy to be believable.

Aargh!  I just went to Frosty’s show page to see the snake, and YouTube has removed the content for violating YouTube’s Terms of Service.  Oh well..  It’s not Frosty’s violation, it’s whoever posted the original video.  In a way, I’m glad I didn’t get to see it.

Here’s Frosty’s show page where he posts all his videos:

http://www.talk910.com/pages/frosty.html

Frosty also gives out the show’s phone number.  Yes.  He not only gives out his Facebook contact, but he also gives out the phone number for his show.  I think I’ve even heard a call or two.  It took a few weeks, but I’m really enjoying his show.

Here’s Frosty’s archived podcasts:

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

I just had one more thought about Frosty’s show.  This week he was talking about prescription drug commercials and how the drug companies have to list so many frightening side-effects at the end.  Frosty read off a few and contemplated if it’s worth taking the chance.

Later that evening, at home, I had the television on in the background as I was doing things around the house.  This is what I heard on the end of a commercial: “If you gave your young boy (*drug name*) and he developed breasts in his adolescence…”

what the – ?

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Stan and other sites

I wish I could say the same for Gil as I do about Frosty, but Gil’s show has been a big disappointment.  Friday, of course, I can’t even listen to it.  The other days of the week I do, but it’s the same thing day after day after day.  Politico on the line, talk about politics, talk about dumb teachers or criminals.  Don’t talk to callers but chat on-air to your producers and board operator, who don’t offer much to the conversation.

We don’t have much left, do we?  Ray’s not around, supposedly writing a book.  We lost Gene Burns.  John Rothmann is on radio a few times but not enough to schedule time around a show he hosts.  Len is missing in action.  Ed Baxter posts on his website and fills in a few times for Gil.  Ronn Owens is not even an option after December 2011.  People who still listen to that radio station he’s on have allowed those Atlanta Dick-eys to continue to destroy our local radio landscape.

We thought Santa Cruz might be an option.  What a joke that turned out to be.  And it’s disgusting how that no-talent blogger guy, who ranks media women by their ‘hotness’, is trying to shove his way in the door.

But we did get a bit of entertainment off that mess.  Good ol’ Stan started a blog.  He seems to have even cleaned up his language a bit (I said a bit…) although he, too, thinks it’s okay to rank ‘hotness’ (and no, he doesn’t include Radnich in his rankness):

http://stan55chevy.blogspot.com/

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Remember to visit these sites as well:

Radiolab:

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

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This American Life:

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

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John Rothmann:

http://johnrothmann.com/

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Ed Baxter Media:

http://edbaxtermedia.com/category/podcasts/

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Here’s an interesting story I read on OpenSalon this week.  It’s a true story written by Old New Lefty.

http://open.salon.com/blog/old_new_lefty/2013/08/11/my_most_famous_ghost

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COZI TV, Musée Mécanique, Camera Obscura

Anyone see COZI TV today?  Before the America’s Cup race there was an old movie. ‘Man’s Favorite Sport?’, about a journalist who claims to be a fishing expert.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man%27s_Favorite_Sport%3F

There’s a scene in the movie where they end up in Musée Mécanique and Rock Hudson runs around feeding coins into the player pianos and musical games so they all play at once.  I used to do that.  Bring in a roll of quarters and plug all of the machines.  It was great.  Musée Mécanique is at the Wharf now.  I haven’t been to it since it moved away from Ocean Beach.

http://www.museemecaniquesf.com/visit.php

I also used to love to visit the Camera Obscura.  I thought it had been moved to the Wharf as well, but from what I see online it’s still near the Cliff House at Ocean Beach.  Years ago, I’d go there and watch the sunset from the inside of the Camera Obscura.  Back then, it was also a bit creepy inside with those holograms on the wall and that music playing.

http://www.giantcamera.com/

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camera_Obscura_%28San_Francisco,_California%29

Someone even wrote a fiction novel about Camera Obscura.  I read it years ago, it’s a good read:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1116529.Secrets_of_the_Camera_Obscura

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America’s Cup had some excitement today.  Not one, but two racing boats falling apart during the race.  Two men overboard.  Italy’s racing speed was at 6-10 knots at some points.  It was crazy.  Too bad the America’s Cup has not turned out to be what promoters claimed it would be.  New Zealand racing alone.  So many racing teams not participating.  Tragic accident.  Now, Oracle accused of cheating and no one seems to be doing anything about it.  Allowing them to remain in the race as the defending champions even after the cheating has been proven.

It’s too bad, because there was so much potential to holding the race in San Franciso.  I enjoy watching it, but I’m not going to support a cheating team.  Go, New Zealand!  They deserve it and I hope they win it.

Well, I keep thinking I have nothing to write anymore, given the state of radio and our former hosts.  Somehow, I manage to type a few words every time.  Not that it’s worth reading, but I’m amazed I keep finding something to say.

So, that’s it until next week!  Hopefully, I’ll find something more to talk about by then.