Posts Tagged ‘KSCO Radio’

Len Tillem made an interesting comment to Gil Gross as Len passed off the end of his hour to Gil before the 4:00pm news and the start of the Gil Gross show.  I’ve tried to find the comment on podcast but it’s not there.  The podcasts do not include that back and forth between Len and Gil as they trade off air-time.  I think the conversation occurred on Thursday, July 26th.

So, I’ll have to write what happened according to my memory.  It was a quick comment.  Len was saying hello to Gil Gross and then blurted out, “You know, when Ronn Owens’ contract ends, he can come over here and do the 12-3 spot.  It’ll be great.  Ronn and me and you.  Just like old times.”  Again, that is not exactly what he said but it’s a close approximation.

I was stunned.  I think Gil was a bit taken aback as well, because he didn’t say anything in response.  Then, after some silence, Len said something like, “Maybe I shouldn’t be speculating about things like that on the air.  This should be a private conversation.”  Gil gave a nervous laugh, and then went on to talk about other things.

It made me think.  Would I listen to Ronn Owens if he moved to KKSF-Newtalk 910-AM?  I’m unsure.  I don’t even know who has the 12Noon to 3:00pm slot on KKSF-Newstalk 910-AM now.  I don’t listen to that station at all before 3:00pm.  The promo spots I’d heard of the morning show that airs there, Armstrong and Getty, were a big turn-off and, then, when I’d heard how disrespectful that duo had been to the former KGO hosts who’d filled in for them during a vacation week or two, that was it for me.  I wasn’t going to waste my time listening to Armstrong or Getty pop their prepubescent pimples on the air.  No thank you.  I’ve noticed that the promo spots for Armstrong and Getty have been toned down lately, but I know what they really sound like.  Not wasting time on that.

That leaves Limbaugh in there somewhere.  I know his show airs on KKSF, but I’m not sure when.  That’s why I avoid that station in the morning and then wait until 3:00pm to turn on Len.  I listen to the archived online podcasts of Len and then Gil until the three o’clock hour.  Sometimes I listen to Dr. Bill Wattenburg on KSCO from Monday-Wednesday at 12Noon-2:00pm, but that schedule has been inconsistent.  For the past month Dr. Bill hasn’t shown up on Mondays and in the past two weeks hasn’t aired even on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  I don’t know what’s going on over at that Santa Cruz station.  I noticed that they’ve removed Dr. Bill Wattenburg Presents from their station’s web banner.  I’m not too worried.  It’s one thing to listen to Dr. Bill at night when you are half-asleep and hearing bits of pieces of his broadcast.  It’s an altogether different show in the daytime when you’re awake.  You actually hear what he has to say and most of it is repetitive.  Bubble butts, eco-freaks, read his website about that lawsuit, he narrated the save the dolphins documentary, Farr Out, Sierra Club and NOAA frauds, etc.  It’s slightly less irritating than the KSCO commentaries by the 90-year-old station owner.  Overall, KSCO is a strange station and not one to take seriously.  There are always annoying glitches in their phone system and they have some really funky ads, bordering on porn.  It’s embarrassing to be a listener at times.

With that said, would I listen to Ronn Owens if he moves to KKSF-Newtalk 910-AM?  Not at first.  Would I listen eventually?  I guess it depends on how Owens explains the messy way he handled the KGO fisaco.  We’ll see…

What about you?  Would you listen to Ronn if he moves to KKSF?

John Rothmann, KKSF Newtalk 910-AM’s political anaylst, along with news anchor Sebastian Kunz, covered the June 5th election results in three hours of special programming.  It is now available on podcast (under John Rothmann highlights):

June 5th Election Results Hour 1

http://www.newstalk910.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?more_page=1&podcast=rothmann&selected_podcast=John_Rothmann__June_5_2012_H1_1339001022_19641.mp3

June 5th Election Results Hour 2

http://www.newstalk910.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?more_page=1&podcast=rothmann&selected_podcast=John_Rothmann__June_5_2012_H2_1339001135_18788.mp3

June 5th Election Results Hour 3

http://www.newstalk910.com/cc-common/podcast/single_page.html?more_page=1&podcast=rothmann&selected_podcast=John_Rothmann__June_5_2012_H3_1339001448_11239.mp3

I missed the live broadcast, it wasn’t in my usual radio listening time slot.  I read many good reports about that coverage the following day and was disappointed I couldn’t find it listed under KKSF Newstalk 910-AM’s podcasts.  Well, in another instance of Newstalk 910’s management seeming to actually care about what their new former-KGO listeners want, the election night coverage is now available via podcast.

It has taken me a few months to warm up to Sebastian Kunz.  At first, when the former KGO hosts bantered with him on-air, Kunz didn’t sound fully prepared to banter back.  He gave halting responses and nervous laughs.  But, once Gil Gross took on the job, it was clear Kunz was going to get bantered ‘cuz if there’s one thing Gil Gross loves, it’s a good banter.

Kunz does not disappoint.  He gives good banter.

And, his enthusiasm for his job is infectious.  At the end of the three-hour election results coverage, Kunz sounded sorry it had to end.  Said he was still good to go for another seven hours.

Oh, and Rothmann wasn’t too shabby either.

Well worth a podcast.  I just might listen to it again next week.

One former host I haven’t talked about for awhile is Dr. Bill Wattenburg.  I listen to his show on KSCO every Monday-Wednesday.  I think he fits in well in the Santa Cruz area.  Same old Dr. Bill, fighting the bad guys and calling out the eco-freaks.  Two things I don’t like about his new station, 1) that 90-year-old mother who owns the station and her insipid comments mid-way through Wattenburg’s show.  It’s torture enough to have to hear them once – I usually use that time as a bathroom break – but that darn station plays the same comments throughout the entire week.  She makes Karel sound like a genius.

And, 2) that station has been playing the most porn-borderline sexual ad I’ve ever heard on a radio station that broadcasts over the public airwaves.  Are they that hard-up (yes, that was intended) for advertising?  Where are those same outraged little ol’ ladies calling up to complain, as they did when Ray Taliaferro called the 90-year-old station owner an idiot or something.  That ad is truly disgusting.

There is another oldie on KKSF Newstalk 910-AM who has that other station’s owner beat by ten years.  Have you heard him call in?  His name is Wickes.  Every time he calls he says his age, as if even he can’t believe it.  I first paid attention to him as caller during Gil Gross’ show.  Wickes called in and was live on the air with Gil, but Wickes kept asking for someone else.  I don’t recall the name, something like Tom.  Gil sounded annoyed and sent him over to be put on hold again until he figured out what he wanted.  Later in the hour, when Gil took his call again, Wickes told Gil he was 100-years-old and Gil apologized, sounding horrified that he’d brushed him off and made fun of this poor guy.  That’s what I like about Gil.  He cares about people more than himself.  It comes through in his shows.

I now hear Wickes calling in to Gil every week and even to Rothmann (when he’s on).  It makes me smile, and the hosts give him plenty of air time to discuss whatever he wants to discuss.

I doubt that the Cumulus station would give him the same consideration.  It’s a heartless wasteland over there to the left of the dial.

Speaking of wasteland, I’ve seen reports about Ronn Owens’ show over there and how it’s a shell of what it used to be.  415 Media has reported that Ronn will be out by August in a potential contract buy-out by the Dick-ey brothers.  It’s also suggested that Owens is looking for a new job and will not retire.  I, for one, will never listen to Ronn Owens again.  I hope he does end up in LA so I don’t have to hear him.

One more thing before I go, every month or so I go back to the main page of the Facebook page of FormerKGOListeners to see if I can read anything and just this week I happened to see half a link to something posted by Lisa Golanty (the same one who battled with KSCO about their Rush Limbaugh programming a few months back).  I looked up the bradblog to see what she could have been talking about and found this:

http://www.bradblog.com/?p=9336

Note: This article is sometimes slow-loading.  If so, go directly to bradblog.com (http://www.bradblog.com/) and read the article ‘Did Our Public Airwaves ‘Win’ it for Walker?’.

Okay, I think that’s enough to keep you busy over the weekend.

Why not take some time to relax and listen to some recent podcasts of your favorite former KGO hosts and, for those who dare, read the recent posts from felonious Bernie Ward.

A few weeks ago, both John Rothmann and Gil Gross presented shows on the Titanic.

Gil Gross starts it out on Thursday, April 12, 2012, in his first hour filling in for Gene Burns.  In the middle of the hour, Gil discusses the events of the Titanic tragedy with author Tim Malting, who wrote a book on the subject, ‘A Very Deceiving Night’, and he discusses his theories on why the Titanic continues to interest people, 100 years later, and why it’s possible the captain and crew of the Titanic failed to see that fatal iceberg.

You can hear this in the April 12, 2012 podcast, under Gene Burns programs, Hour 1 and the Titanic dialogue begins at 15:31 into the podcast.  Be sure to listen to the end of podcast and, after a small bit about North Korea, hear Gil’s story dispelling the myth of a Marconi radio operator’s claim, David Sarnoff, to that historical Titanic moment.

Here’s the link:

http://www.newstalk910.com/player/?station=KKSF-AM&program_name=podcast&program_id=burns.xml&mid=21994419

John Rothmann’s show, Monday, April 16, 2012, Hour 1 opens with a short audio clip of an eyewitness’ account of surviving the Titanic.

http://www.newstalk910.com/player/?station=KKSF-AM&program_name=podcast&program_id=burns.xml&mid=22003237

I’ve also been listening to Bill Wattenburg on that strange Santa Cruz station, KSCO-AM, for only the hours Wattenburg’s show airs from 12Noon-2:00pm, Monday through Wednesday.  He had to deal with several prank callers, one who, I think, is the same weirdo who called Ronn Owens’ show a few times, according to what I was able to read on the Facebook page of FormerKGOListeners.  I really don’t read that site any longer since Facebook changed their user interface and I can’t see half of the discussions without an account.  So, I don’t even bother any longer.  Anyway, some guy called Wattenburg’s show awhile back and started out with some strange questions.  Once Bill started questioning the authenticity of the call, the idiot shouted the word penis repeatedly, until some inattentive board op finally cut the call.  Shortly afterwards, maybe a day or two later, another creep called and made some strange, sexual references on air.

But Bill handled it well – when his show started on Monday, the following week, Bill reminded his callers that people are under the illusion they are anonymous, but they forget that in this tech age calls can be tracked directly to their number and, especially in cases of abuse of the public airwaves, even the FCC can get involved.  So he gently suggested that those callers should carry around a toothbrush and fresh change of underwear because where they are going they just might need them.

Haven’t heard any prank calls after that.

Not the case with our favorite loy’ah, Len Tillem.  He’s had a few prank callers on, but he laughs it off and goes on with the show.  I wish I would have written down the date of the first prank on Len.  I went through his podcasts from April 16 back to March 15th and can’t find the audio on this call so maybe they didn’t include it on the podcast because it’s an obvious fake call.  It was pretty funny though, because Len was so excited about the call until he realized it was all made up.  Some guy called to say he was picked up for jaywalking and that he was in the jail at the moment and they were going to strip search him so he called Len to find out if they could do that do him.  Anyone hear this call?  It was pretty funny.

The other call that I’m not sure if it was a prank was called in to Len on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.  The caller identified himself as Dave from Newark and he was calling over an supposed incident that happened to him at Burger King while he was in costume.  Anyone else hear this one?  Do you think it’s a prank?

Here’s the podcast for it.  The call begins around 25:12 into the program.

http://www.newstalk910.com/player/?station=KKSF-AM&program_name=podcast&program_id=tillem.xml&mid=22007098

That call is a real bacon shaker!  Let me know what you think.

Len Tillem has a new number for his show.  It’s 866-LEN-1000, or 866-536-1000.  Call him and tell him your stories when you need a loy’ah!

Finally, Bernie Ward has some new posts on his blog.  I haven’t read them yet but here are the links:

Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2012 – talks about deregulation:

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/04/why-do-we-keep-on-shooting-off-our-toes.html

And, this one also posted on April 26th about government taxes and budgets:

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/04/clear-choice.html

Well, that should be enough reading and listening for you this weekend to keep you out of trouble!

And, remember, do NOT give Cumulus Media ANY hits on any of their radio stations.  We should research who their shareholders are and campaign for them NOT to approve any executive pay raises.  They have a real Dick running the show.  Maybe he was the one yelling out his name to Wattenburg that day.  ha ha…

Here’s what Bernie Ward says, short and sweet:

http://lionoftheleft.blogspot.com/2012/03/and-another-thing.html

Also, in my last post I mentioned that MZ of KSCO Santa Cruz read a letter on the air written by Lisa Golanty who is a member of the Facebook page of FormerKGOListeners  (http://www.facebook.com/FormerKGOListeners) and told her to call in to the station to talk about it.  This happened in the last five minutes of Dr. Bill’s program on Tuesday so I was hoping to hear the call on Dr. Bill’s Wednesday show but nothing was mentioned about it.  Except, Dr. Bill did say, again, how he thought the boycott uproar over Rush Limbaugh’s syndicated program was orchestrated by only a few loud-mouths who wanted to make it sound like a huge following but were, probably, only a handful of listeners.

Now, I see that KSCO has posted a poll on their radio website (http://www.surveybuilder.com/s/Jaa-whGCwAA ), as well as a question on their Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/KSCOSantaCruz), for listeners to vote whether or not KSCO should pull Rush’s show.  In some of the comments I see Lisa joined in the discussion.  You Go, Girl!

Oh, and be sure to ‘Like’ the Facebook page of FormerKGOListeners when you go over there!

I listen to Dr. Bill Wattenburg now every Monday-Wednesday from 12Noon-2:00pm on Santa Cruz station KSCO.  Yes, that station.  The one where Ray Taliaferro lit up the phone lines during his Ray vs. Kay match-up.

I, also, used to read the Facebook page of FormerKGOListeners several times per week to get my old-KGO news.  That is, I was able to read it until a few days ago when Facebook changed its user interface to a timeline format and I can’t read the discussions on there without a Facebook account.  Not ‘gonna’ happen.

But I sure wish I could see what’s going on in the postings there.  One of the admins from FormerKGOKListeners wrote a letter to station manager, Michael Zwerling (who likes to refer to himself as MZ), about the recent Rush Limbaugh uproar.  Long story short, the Admin, Lisa Golanty, is not happy with Rush’s behavior and wants MZ to stop carrying Limbaugh’s syndicated programming.  Until that happens, Lisa will not listen to KSCO and will boycott the local advertisers on his program.  That is the extent of what I can see on the Facebook page.

So, today, I’m listening to Dr. Bill’s program on KSCO and at the very end of the second hour, MZ calls in to Dr. Bill so he can read a letter on the air.  First, Dr. Bill makes some sort of statement about how surprised he is that more women are not calling his show to talk about Rush, and that, in his opinion, the letters and email the station KSCO has received to date seem to be only a handful of out-spoken people.  He said that the response has been so minimal that he believes MZ will no longer hold back any local advertising on Rush’s show and will go ahead and play the spots from now on.  MZ chimes in that he just might do that.  Why should he run Rush’s show ad-free now that it seems there is no threat of a boycott to his local sponsors?  Then he and Bill have a good chuckle about it.

MZ tells Bill, you know, let me read you one of the letters that threaten to boycott.  They both laugh, and Bill says, go ahead.  So MZ reads Lisa Golanty’s letter to him on the air and tells her to call his show tomorrow to talk about it.

I was working so I’m not sure if I heard everything correctly, so please let me know if I’ve misunderstood something. (I’m sure the station will post the podcast eventually).

It’s as if MZ is making fun of Lisa for writing him a letter of protest and now he wants to talk to her on the air.

Why would anyone call that station?  I don’t think anyone is even listening to that station any longer (except to hear Dr. Bill).  I don’t see anything about this incident on the Facebook where Lisa is Admin (but I can’t see half of the discussions since the format change).

So, if you have a Facebook account, go over there and let her know.  It’s on! (and, no, I’m not going to say like Donkey Kong)

http://www.facebook.com/FormerKGOListeners

Don’t forget to ‘Like’ their page!

I hope I can listen tomorrow.  If not, then Dr. Bill is not on the air again, locally, until Monday.  There is no reason to listen to that station after Wattenburg signs off.  But I would love to hear what MZ has to say.  I think Lisa will be able to hold her own against that guy.  If only she knew about it…

It’s a new year and with it comes a new routine for listening to talk radio.

I’ve been streaming live audio to hear some of my former KGO hosts.  It’s not like before, when I could push the ON button and leave it there for the day.  I have to search for a personality’s station and time slot and arrange my listening time around it.  Not the easiest thing to do during the work week, but what other option do we really have?

This was my listening schedule the past week:

Bill Wattenburg on KSCO-AM in Santa Cruz, Monday-Wednesday, time slot 12Noon-2:00pm.

(I’d link to the podcasts but it’s not clear where to find the Dr. Bill archived podcasts on that site.  Lots of some doctor and old Dr. Bill programs, but nothing recent that I can find.)

I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed listening to Wattenburg until he was pulled off the air.  He was like the old neighborhood porch where everyone gathered at the end of the day.  A place where people of any age knew they could go to sit and talk and always come back to when in town.

I admit to not listening to Wattenburg much in the past years, only turning on his program periodically when I couldn’t sleep, and I did grow weary of the eco-freak talk.  I understood his message, just didn’t want to hear it every ten minutes.  But I listened to him for the other calls, the kids with questions about science, people curious about how things work, his views on Bay Area security and nuclear energy, and even the truckers who needed help with a transmission.  He has vast knowledge and can communicate that knowledge in a clear, concise message to anyone who cares to listen.

I’m not a big fan of that KSCO station in Santa Cruz.  They are trying to profit off Dr. Bill’s celebrity, as are all of the other stations taking in former KGO hosts.  But this station has some bizarre doctor show posted on its website and the owners, MZ and his 90-year-old mother, are hard to listen to on a regular basis.  I only stream Dr. Bill when he’s on and then turn off that station as fast as my fingers can get to the OFF button.

I think Dr. Wattenburg will be good for the Santa Cruz listening audience.  He’s already championing a cause and getting listeners to participate.  I’ll continue to listen, tune out that 90-year-old commentary, and just be happy hearing Dr. Bill again.

Then there’s an hour of free time until Len Tillem shows up on another station.  That’s when I go out to pick up lunch, take care of things that take me away from the computer or radio, and wait for the loy’ah.

Len Tillem on KKSF – Newstalk 910AM, Monday-Friday, 3:00pm-4:00pm

A link to the podcasts:

http://www.newstalk910.com/main.html

Good ol’ Len.  Practically the first sentence out of his mouth was welcome to KG..oh..oh!  Wrong station.  It was a wonderful Tillem moment as he laughed and explained and laughed again.  A great way to start off because it was funny to those of us who knew him from that other station and instead of sounding unprofessional to the others who didn’t, it was actually endearing to hear it.

Gene Burns on KKSF – Newstalk 910AM, Monday-Friday, 4:00pm-7:00pm

I was looking forward to hearing Gene Burns.  I wanted to hear what his fan base has heard for years and I’ve been looking forward to becoming a new fan.  I will have to wait a while longer for that to happen.  Gene Burns was unable to appear for medical reasons and in his place was a week of guest hosts.  Not any old, fill-in guest hosts, but former KGO hosts showed up.  So, although I have to wait to hear Gene Burns, it was great hearing those other voices again.

Tuesday Dr. Bill Wattenburg filled in.

Wednesday Gil Gross hosted.

Thursday John Rothmann came by.

And, Friday, Rosie Allen closed out the week.

I will have to wait another week for Gene.  Guest hosts will be filling in next week as well.

It’s not perfect, but at least it’s better than it was at year end.  I wish Gene well and hope he gets back on the air when he’s healthy and strong and ready to talk.  Good things come to those who wait.  I can wait for one more week…

We know, now, that Cumulus Media is buying up stations all over the country and CEO, Lew Dickey, plans to shove his new marketing baby, SweetJack, into our faces every ten minutes.  That is, if you still listen to any of those stations anymore.  I can say, proudly, I have not heard one SweetJack ad.  But I have to read more about this deal before I can formulate a coherent post about it.

Here’s a start to learn the basics:

http://audio4cast.com/2011/12/05/cumulus-stations-join-iheartradio/

It’s important for those who oppose this to develop a clear message before spreading it to the masses.  When Dr. Bill Wattenburg was hosting this week in Santa Cruz, on that strange little station KSCO, he mentioned to callers that a cheap, easy way to get a message out about any issue was to do something so simple that anyone of any age can do it.  Imagine how powerful that could be to multitudes who have something to say about Cumulus and SweetJack and the corporate takeover of local radio in our communities.

What was Dr. Bill’s suggestion?  Take a marker and a piece of paper and write down what you want to say.  Then, post it where other people can see it.  In your car window (where it’s legal), on a telephone pole, in the laundromat on the message board, in a local coffee shop, even stick it to your coat when out walking.  You get the idea.  It’s really a brilliant idea.

But to be effective, the message must be clear and consistent.  It wouldn’t hurt to add a few names of local government officials who have the resources behind them to create change.

It’s something that can be done now.  Today.

The only problem, though, is what should that message be?  I’m not sure and that’s why I want to find out more about this Cumulus deal.  They’ve partnered with Clear Channel to spread their SweetJack, but Clear Channel is the station now hiring some of the former KGO hosts as their on-air talent on 910AM. Clear Channel is even bigger than Cumulus and in more markets.

And, what was really behind the Telecommunications Act of 1996?

http://transition.fcc.gov/telecom.html

Some think it’s useless to try and save radio as we know it, that it’s declining into the dustheap of outdated technology.  So, why are we outraged?  What is our message?  Do we only want to vent our anger at change or do we want to effect change?  What would you write on that piece of paper?

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By the way, I just found this interesting tidbit on Cumulus about their firing practice.  hmmm, I wonder if Ronn Owen’s has seen this little gem…

http://www.redandnater.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=78505