Posts Tagged ‘thetalkpod.com’

I haven’t been listening to Talk 910 for weeks now.  Those annoying car commercials drove me away, that woman who shouts about cars or something is an immediate turn-off.  When and if I turned the station back on, there she was again, shouting about cars ten minutes later.  After turning her off at least five times in a short amount of time, that was it.  Could not turn that station back on.  First Gil’s wife, now this.  Can Talk 910 torture listeners more?  Oh, that’s right.  The 1:00-3:00pm show is the worst of the worst.  The idiotic promos for that show say it all.  Who would intentionally listen to that show after hearing those promos?

I did try to listen again to Talk 910 this week and did not hear that awful commercial.  What a relief!  But, I did not hear Ed Baxter, either.  He’s out again for health reasons.  I have to tell you, I’m a little concerned about that.  He was gone for weeks last month.  Ed, I hope you are back on the radio soon and that you will be fully recovered and healthy as an ox.

Not sure where that cliche about oxes originated.  I’ll look it up. From chacha.com:

“Healthy as an ox” is an old Russian saying. Oxen are robust and they are intelligent animals, they can be stubborn and willful.

Yep, that’s Ed, alright.  Hope he’s back to his robust self soon!

I have been enjoying WOR710am – NY, though.  The host during the early hours of 7:00-9:ooam, PT, is Mark Simone.  He’s a natural for radio.  The only downside to listening to his show are the constant negative comments about anything or anyone liberal, but he is a true radio personality and not a fake.  If you can’t listen to opinions that differ from yours, then you won’t like hearing some of what he has to say.  Also, I don’t care to hear a regular guest of his, Ann Coulter.  What a cold fish she is, zero personality and opinions no one cares about when they’re coming from her.  But Simone’s other guests are fun to hear.  They debate and tease Mark about his political views, and most are interesting in their own unique ways.

As I’ve mentioned before, the best thing about the show is Mark Simone takes calls!  They are fun to hear. He gets his share of kooks (is that even a word?) but he handles them with an affability that is playful without being unkind or cruel.  For example, one day he had several callers in a row that didn’t make any sense, and, after hanging up, Simone says, “I gotta get an unlisted number.” Another guy always tries to tell a joke.  Apparently, he’s a frequent caller and as Simone is talking to him he tells the caller, “Don’t tell the joke,” and the caller says, “I’ve got a joke for you,” and Simone says, “Please don’t tell the joke,” so the caller tells the joke as Simone tells his listeners in the background, “ah, I told him not to tell the joke, and he’s telling the joke, can you believe this guy?”

Simone doesn’t sound irritated or angry and he doesn’t cut the call, he’s laughing about it with the rest of his listeners.

He really made me laugh one day when another frequent caller started out the call with some theory of his, and Simone said, “This again?  Really?” but he let the guy talk and kept silent throughout, even when the guy stopped to hear what Mark had to say about it.  The caller waited, then we could hear the guy say, “Mark?”, waits, “um, am I still on?”, silence, “Did he hang up on me?”, silence, “Mark?”, he’s quiet for a moment then says something to himself and hangs up.  That’s when we hear Simone laugh.  Simone says, “This is what we never get to hear on the radio, the back-end of a call when someone thinks they’re off the air.”

Spencer Hughes, who was filling in for Ed Baxter this week, made a good observation about including callers on a talk show.  He said, years ago, when he first started to listen to talk radio, the callers are what attracted him to talk radio.  Without the callers he wouldn’t have the love he has today for talk radio.  If he’d heard one guy talking to himself for hours, and having some politicos as guests during the show, and that was it, Hughes said he probably wouldn’t have continued listening through the years.  It’s boring to hear one voice, one opinion, and some so-called expert talk.  It’s interesting to hear what callers have to say.  They take the show in different directions and sometimes, to another level.

I agree.   Who needs vacuous stories about dumb something-or-other when you can hear what the listeners out there have to say?  That is more entertaining than any space-wasted, click-bait story pulled off sfgate.

Speaking of callers, since I’ve been working late so many evenings, I’ve been able to hear Alan Colmes’ show.  Last night, one of his callers in the first hour said he was going to have an operation and he didn’t think he’ll make it off the operating table.  He wanted to give Colmes a number to call to confirm it so he could let his listeners know.  Colmes gave us the history of the caller, who has had many issues to deal with, and Colmes said he wishes him well and hopes to hear him again on the air as soon as he recuperates.

It was a bit chilling, remembering the last show of Pete Wilson and how he felt nervous about his upcoming hip operation.

Well, I didn’t expect to end on such a sad note.  I do have some things to say about listening to some of the Limbaugh shows and also Hannity, but it can wait.

There is another interesting discussion on Google Groups, ba.broadcast about AM vs. Podcasts.

NOTE: There is one poor soul on that group who posts disgusting, offensive content.  He or she usually stays out of the normal posts but that person puts up dozens of psycho posts at a time so I’d recommend staying within the discussion and not venture to the unmoderated posts.  I don’t think they can control who posts there.  Anyway, here’s one of the normal posts about AM vs Podcast:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/ba.broadcast/x7TAKNc_Asc

Also, the Talk Pod has a new contributor, He Said, She Said.  Check it out:

http://thetalkpod.com/

Don’t forget about the opportunity to become a contributor, taken directly from the main page of thetalkpod.com:

And if you have something to share or teach others, we’d love to hear your idea; you may even be invited to be a contributor! So, Tell The Talk Pod who you are, what you have to offer others, and how you can help The Talk Pod grow and continue to spread “Seeds for Your Brain.”

Finally, Mark Simone says he put up some interesting video on his page (I haven’t watched these yet):

Joy Behar and Chris Christie having words:

http://www.wor710.com/onair/mark-simone-52176/chris-christie-and-joy-behar-get-13487773/

Snowden gives tips on creating passwords:

http://www.wor710.com/onair/mark-simone-52176/edward-snowden-teaches-john-oliver-the-13487214/

Want to hear callers again?  Listen to Mark Simone:

http://www.wor710.com/media/podcast-mark-simone-marksimone/

And, don’t forget to check the Facebook page of NoMoreKGO:

https://www.facebook.com/NoMoreKGO

That’s it, folks!  Enjoy the sun this weekend!

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There is an interesting discussion at ba.broadcast in Google Groups about the recent departure of Karel on the KGO schedule.  I read all of this second-hand since I do NOT care about nor do I listen to any Cumulus stations run by Dick..eys.

Here’s a link to the discussion:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/ba.broadcast/GdwCJKnGfCA

There’s another discussion about Angie Coiro as well:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/ba.broadcast/oUiIsURe-gc

This is the new go-to place for me.  That other blogger guy is too inconsistent and bombastic to be believable.  No time to waste with that.  I like to read David Kaye’s comments about things.

Here’s a link to Angie’s Wikipedia Page:

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

Also, in the Karel discussion, they talk about hiring programmers.  Been through that as well.  It’s why I started to learn how to code and all of the framework that goes with it.  It really is the language of the future.  But, I can understand why some coders would not want to attempt to construct a simple database search with results showing in a scrollable text box.  Something as simple as that is auto-coded into programs now and it’s surprising how many don’t know the basics of the code behind.  One thing I do know: the more I learn, the more I know how much I don’t know.  But, it’s fun and it helps to understand what is viable when meeting with programmers about projects.  There are programmers out there who learn as they go – on your dime, of course.

As for Angie Coiro, I was unfamiliar with her, but I heard her on Talk910-AM when she filled in for Ed Baxter.  Why don’t they give her the 1:00-3:00pm slot?  That is a lot of dead air right now, with those two terrible hosts on-air there now.  But, surprisingly, I am happy listening to Sean Hannity on New York’s WOR-710.AM (http://www.wor710.com/main.html).  He takes calls and I get to hear the conversation we will all hear in the upcoming election.  Better to hear it now and prepare for it.  It’s going to be a dirty slugfest.  But it’s also interesting how all of these conservative hosts hate Jeb Bush.  He was even booed when Hannity mentioned his name.  Interesting…

That’s really all I have to say, today.

Remember to contact Ed at his website about what content you can provide:

http://thetalkpod.com/

Hope to hear your voice on Monday, Ed!

And, don’t forget to check in with NoMoreKGO at their Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/NoMoreKGO

Now, get out and enjoy the day!

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Ed Baxter was out this week and is expected to return on Monday.  John Rothmann filled in for Ed.

I like that John Rothmann takes calls.

It’s why I now listen to WOR710-AM in New York.  All of the radio talk show hosts take calls.

http://www.wor710.com/main.html

WOR710 is not for everyone.  It’s a conservative format, but we listened to many conservative voices on the old KGO and it didn’t taint our souls.  It simply expanded some issues and talking points that remained unexplored in a liberal atmosphere.  I admit, some of the stuff I hear on WOR is shocking but most of us know how to research facts versus fantasy.

Sean Hannity aired a fascinating expanded segment recently with two guests discussing opposing views on the interpretation of the Koran (Qur’an).  I think it aired on Thursday for a short segment, and then an expanded version on Friday.

My favorite New York host, Mark Simone, was out sick all this week as well, and the host who filled in for him took calls throughout the entire show.  There is nothing as entertaining or enlightening as a live call with interaction between host and caller, each responding or debating in real time.  What pales in comparison to a live call is what we hear now on Bay Area radio, a host reading email or Facebook posts and then responding.  yawn, yawn, yawn.  Not to mention how we now hear someone’s wife screech and shriek in the background such scintillating conversation such as, oh yeah!  really?  ok buster, or over-talking guests.  Amateur hour in its lowest form.

Ed is the only host in the Bay Area I listen to now on a regular basis.  Sometimes I tune in to Gil, but his wife has lowered him to laughable, and after a few of Gil’s constant: ‘I’m not making this up’, or ‘…and all of that’, or those inane dumb criminals or teachers stories, I have to tune out.  Especially when he mentions his wife is listening and texting him all day.  ugh!  This destroys his product more than his bad jokes and inserting his life into every story as if it’s important to us.

Gil’s wife’s constant surveillance gives me the same creepy feeling of Dr. Phil’s wife sitting in his audience every day with her clingy, moon eyes focused on her man.

The one good thing we have now is something I’ve mentioned before, Ed Baxter’s website,  http://thetalkpod.com/.  It includes audio snippets by media people, such as Barbara Simpson, Rosie Allen, John Rothmann, Lloyd Lindsay Young, Bill Wattenburg, Joe Starkey, etc.  You can hear them all at The Talk Pod.

The reason I mention it again, there is something new on the site – an upcoming format change. Now, you, can become a contributor to the site.  As stated on the Home Page of The Talk Pod:

In addition to commentary, The Talk Pod will soon include the very best in advice, information and instruction, all provided to help improve the quality of your life.

And if you have something to share or teach others, we’d love to hear your idea; you may even be invited to be a contributor! So, Tell The Talk Pod who you are, what you have to offer others, and how you can help The Talk Pod grow and continue to spread “Seeds for Your Brain.”

You can join these media greats:

Want to talk about the PUC?  Here’s what John Rothmann has to say about it on thetalkpod.com:

http://thetalkpod.com/john-rothmann-pge-puc-enough-enough/

Love the sound of Lloyd Lindsay Young’s voice?  You can hear him anytime here:

http://thetalkpod.com/lloyd-lindsay-young-groundhog-day/

Prefer entertainment?  Then, Flick Nation delivers the goods:

http://thetalkpod.com/flick-nation-will-50-shades-movie-satisfy/

What about Wattenburg?  He’s here, too:

http://thetalkpod.com/podcasts/bill-wattenburg/

I’d love to hear what the intelligent, creative Bay Area radio audience has to say.  Do you have an idea, advice or information you want to share?  Here’s your chance.

http://thetalkpod.com/tell-the-talk-pod/

Hey, Ed, have your producer, Tim, add something.  I’d love to hear what he has to say!  He’s a keeper.

I’d love to hear Frosty talk about the drama in his life.  He’s a great storyteller.  Or, wouldn’t it be great to hear Ray again?  What about Sebastian Kunz creating something to hear?  I wonder if there is a way to link or group individual audio into one collective audio segment that lasts an hour or two.  Something that auto advances to the next segment.  So much potential to thetalkpod, especially if they find a way to get listener feedback or live calls.

Also, don’t forget about visiting the Facebook page of NoMoreKGO:

https://www.facebook.com/NoMoreKGO

Spread those brain seeds!

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I’ve been drifting over the radio waves since the dark days in December 2011.  Every so often there’s a program bobbing in the waters that I cling to, but after some time my grip loosens and I let it go.  Too much of the same, not enough local, too many annoying commercials, and awful hosts who should have never been introduced to a live microphone, but who now talk to themselves for hours on-air.

For three years now, I’ve been sinking lower and lower into the depths of the waves and it seems I’m now stranded on another shore.  It’s a very different land over there, on the other shore, with different mindsets and the sort of radio waves I would have never considered dipping a toe into before.

Yes, folks, I’ve fallen overboard and am dog-paddling through the rough waters of AM,  immersed in right-wing radio waves.

Should I be ashamed to admit this?  I even listen to Limbaugh for an hour every day before Ed Baxter begins his program on Talk910-AM.  And, after Ed’s program, I listen to Sean Hannity for two.

Limbaugh and Hannity are hawkers, peddling their shared agendas, syncing on the same words and phrases.  It’s humorous in a sad way.  But the saddest part is that where I’ve landed is the only station that has a talk format and all of the hosts take calls.  Even with a conservative agenda they allow all types of calls, and there are many callers who counter their talking points.  Guess what, it’s interesting!  Gee, what a concept.  Radio with varied viewpoints.

There’s always something to learn if you know how to listen.

I won’t apologize.  I had to do something.  SF Bay radio should be sending their apologies to listeners.  When Talk910 added that sorry excuse for a show at 1:00pm, it was time to head out to open waters and navigate the ionosphere.  What I found was a radio talk-show host who makes it sound easy to be on the air.  Something we are sorely lacking here in the Bay Area.

I found WOR710-AM in New York.  I found Mark Simone.  It’s an iHeart station so you won’t be giving the Cumulus Dick-eys any hits.  We want that dark cloud to dry up and disappear.

Simone should teach radio talk-show hosts how it’s done.  It’s effortless with him.  He doesn’t drag his wife on-air to destroy his show with awkward, moronic comments, he doesn’t need to set-up long, unrewarding jokes trying to be funny, and he certainly doesn’t need a partner on the show so he can giggle and primp with him.

If you are open to opinions that do not agree with yours (and, it’s always good to hear what’s out there) then Mark Simone is the host to hear.  Be warned, he does criticize anyone or anything liberal.  And, his criticism is unchecked and he’s blunt about his opinions.  He doesn’t step gingerly around mud puddles, he stomps through them.

If a caller says Hillary, he usually mentions how old and haggard she appears, and that grandmothers her age should be home taking it easy.  Or, every time he mentions Al Sharpton’s name, he plays the sound effect of a cash register: cha ching!  He talks about how Sharpton’s Viagra prescription was found during a criminal investigation into civil rights lawyer Sanford Rubenstein (all charges were dropped) and that UK’s Daily Mail reported Sharpton shakes down businesses for money.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/sharpton-admits-viagra-prescription-found-article-1.2073345

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/01/06/report-al-sharpton-shakes-down-corporations-to-make-racism-claims-disappear/

Simone even brings up the fact that Richard Blum, Dianne Feinstein’s husband, is chairman on the board of the financial company that has been assigned the contract to sell 56 postal properties.  The contract is worth billions and the firm associated with Blum will bring in fees worth millions.  Simone questions why did Blum’s firm get the job?  You can read the finding at snopes.com and factcheck.org and make your own conclusions.  It did make me raise an eyebrow and it was the first I’d heard of it.  Here are the links:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/blum.asp

http://www.factcheck.org/2013/06/sen-feinsteins-husband-the-postal-service/

Talk amongst yourselves or call the show.

Although these various hosts have talking points with an obvious agenda, it’s Mark Simone, even with his faults, who stands out with an easy style and the confidence to allow callers to express their own views.  On a recent show Joy Behar was a call-in guest, and she really let Simone have it.  He let her talk.  We heard what she had to say.

If you want to hear it, here’s the link to the podcast:

In this segment, he also brings up the Blum issue to Behar and you can hear what Behar has to say.  Her interview on the podcast starts around 20:25:

http://www.wor710.com/media/podcast-mark-simone-show-marksimone/mark-simone-012015-hour-2-25748224/

It’s what I appreciate about Simone’s show.  Listeners hear what others have to say.  They are not confined to one viewpoint or the same Politico correspondents’ viewpoints day after day.  It really is a radio show in the true sense of the word.

Here are the links, if you can’t stream the show live then you can listen to the podcasts.

Simone has a show page on iHeart and WOR710-AM has a Facebook page.  Mark Simone posts daily video on his page.

https://www.facebook.com/WOR710

http://www.wor710.com/onair/mark-simone-52176/

http://www.wor710.com/media/podcast-mark-simone-marksimone/

Now, I’m not saying Limbaugh’s show has the same qualities.  I’ve never listened to him before in my life.  I am mildly amused at his egotistical blather.  The way he always talks about himself, how he scours the media to find any mention of his name, it’s not hard to imagine him sitting there in Florida, with his hands in his pants Al Bundy style, wiggling his little finger around in there.  It’s truly astonishing.  It’s a bit of comic relief, the only redeeming quality of his show.

Hannity has similar qualities, he also seeks some strange sort of validation of his ego, but he takes calls and listening to his show is better than having to sit through that idiotic two-hour show on Talk910 from 1:00-3:00pm.

Thanks, Talk910, for that embarrassment on the air.  I’m not the only one who has fled that time-slot for a show an audience can actually listen to without agony.

Unfortunately, what the Bay Area has to offer now, with the exception of Ed Baxter, we listeners will continue to drift in another direction.  Why support a talk station that will not take calls?

Maybe they’ll figure it out while their audience drifts away…

Rod McKuen knows about drifting.  He even wrote a song about it.  I’d forgotten about it until I heard the news of his recent death.  I used to listen to ‘The Sea’ on vinyl, scratches and skips and all, and hearing it again brings back memories:

While Drifting – Rod McKuen/Anita Kerr and the San Sebastian Strings

My Friend the Sea – Rod McKuen

 

Don’t forget to visit the Facebook page of No More KGO:

https://www.facebook.com/NoMoreKGO

Or, Ed Baxter’s site: The TalkPod

http://thetalkpod.com/

It’s now weeks into the New Year and I was ready to go over all of the same old stuff from last year, but  that is so 2014!

I was even going to mention my disappointment that our local talk radio station does not have a two-way conversation with callers.  Do they understand the extent of damage they have done to the radio product?  I know, it’s a business and they have to make money to stay in business, but when they cheapen the product and try to sell it as better than before, do they think that’s an acceptable business practice?

Do they think their audience will not notice, or just accept it and continue consuming it?

The audience is part of the product, because that’s what they sell to advertisers.  When they cheapen their product, they lose their audience and along with the audience goes the advertising dollars.

These companies think they can just buy up properties and sell bulk product over large regions and take the audience out of the equation.  The strategy seems to be to sell product by Metro land area and see how many people they can catch in their exposure net, but it’s like the ol’ tree in the woods thing – if a radio signal reaches far into the woods, but no one is listening, is there still a sound?

ha ha!  You can bet someone will sneak a PPM meter in there, though, to make sure it picks up hits to sell fathom ratings to an unsuspecting advertiser.

For those interested in the workings of radio ratings, here is a link to an extensive overview of the ratings process:

(Note: You can skip past pages 5-34 of the PDF, they are screen shots of target demographic pages, but the other pages include definitions of the ratings process)

http://www.nielsen.com/content/dam/corporate/us/en/docs/nielsen-audio/guide-to-understanding-and-using.pdf

Also, I’ve posted this link before, but this is the PDF that explains PPM ratings:

http://www.arbitron.com/downloads/guide_to_using_ppm_data.pdf

As I roamed online to find some ratings sources, I noticed Mark Ramsey’s blog page with his summary list of what traditional radio stations should be doing:

http://www.markramseymedia.com/2014/12/uh-oh-radios-reach-is-declining/

His list includes:

  • Consumers are in control: Give them what they want, when they want it,

  • Recognize that you’re in the content business, not only the distribution business …

The last point of the list:

  • Plan for a future which leverages the attention your brand enjoys with audiences and the relationships you have audiences and advertisers. You’re not really in the “radio” business, after all. You’re in the business of connecting consumers and clients via your megaphone across all platforms. Invest in that future.

Read the entire article for more.  You might get an annoying pop-up thing at first, but simply go back on your browser and then return and it will be gone.

Isn’t this what we’ve been complaining about for the last three years?  Forward Ramsey’s article to all of the pseudo radio execs you know.

Maybe we should send it en masse to our local talk radio station.

At one time, I almost believed Talk910-AM would get better.  I wanted to believe.  Then, Gil shoved his amateur wife at us.  Gil’s show had been declining in quality but when his wife showed up every Friday, it became dreadful.

If that wasn’t insulting enough to the Talk910 audience, someone asleep on the job made the decision to put on the air two irritants, not once a week but every weekday from 1:00 – 3:00pm.

Have you ever heard promos for that show?  oh my gawd.  ghastly.  Those guys do not even speak in sentences.  They don’t even speak like they’re from this planet.  It’s as if they are pretending to talk like humans but do not understand the concept.  I don’t think there is any concept those two would understand.

Then, there’s Ed Baxter.

This is a bright spot in Talk910’s programming, but, for whatever reason, he’s limited to that boring talk, talk, talking to himself format.

Although, Ed does have an intelligent, interesting, well-spoken and out-spoken producer, Tim (I think that’s his name), who interacts with him on air.  Why not give Ed’s producer the 1:00pm slot?

Ed Baxter is a mature broadcaster who understands what a talk radio audience longs to hear – an engaging show with callers added to the mix.  At first, I thought, Ed, oh, Ed, why oh why did you lose your backbone on that?

I was feeling disappointed, until I took another trip to Ed’s new site, The Talk Pod:

http://thetalkpod.com/

They also have a Facebook page, but it’s not up-to-date, for some reason:

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

But, this is what caught my attention on thetalkpod.com and it reassures me that Ed has a vision that is still in early creation stages, but it is a long-term vision that will unfold and expand into what former talk radio listeners are searching for in this time of content deprivation:

http://thetalkpod.com/press/

Taken from Ben Fong-Torres’ column, Radio Waves, ( http://www.sfgate.com/columns/radiowaves/ ) from The San Francisco Chronicle dated August 17, 2014:

They are not doing radio. They are writing and voicing short features, and they can be heard at http://thetalkpod.com/ and on mobile devices. Despite the site’s name, Baxter says it’s not a podcaster. Podcasts, he said, “are rewarmed radio shows, or people telling you how to get rid of toenail fungus. Here you’ve got well-known talk-show talent doing original content, in a form you’re not hearing elsewhere.”

and, one more excerpt:

Listeners can respond only by e-mail, but Baxter says that The Talk Pod has plans “for longer and two-way programs. People will be able to call in and communicate with the hosts.” And, yes, he’s talking with a couple of other ex-KGO personalities.

huh….

Someone actually ‘gets’ it and is doing something about it.

Hey, Ed *waves*, I like that.

Not to mention that someone actually linked a page of my blog on the Press page.  I was wondering where all of those extra hits were coming from and now I know.  Too bad it’s when I don’t have much time to post lately.  Ever help plan and design a game?  It’s a lot of work and time-consuming!  Sorry, new hits, for my lack of blog performance.

For now, I’ll continue to listen to Ed’s show on Talk910.  If only he can do something about those awful car commercials.  I have to turn the radio OFF every time I hear two words of that excruciating ad.  There have been times I’ve had the radio turned off more than it was on.

This is a long post, and I have more to say about recent posts on Google Groups forum, ba.broadcast ( https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/ba.broadcast – Note: disregard the ramblings of one poster who is obviously unbalanced) and I have more to say about another talk station I listen to before and after Ed.  I’ll end here and talk about the other stuff on a future post.

If you are wondering about that station as an option, it’s conservative in content but all of the shows take calls, all calls, not just the ones that fit into their agenda.  Of course, they respond to them in a conservative voice, but listeners hear both sides of it.  And, they post fun things on their Facebook and show pages.  I’ve been enjoying it more than I’d like to admit.  I’ll add links at the end of this post if you want to explore this option.

The ba.broadcast forum just posted something about them as well, so I thought it’s a good time to bring it up.  Next post!

If you can’t wait, these are the relevant links:

(Note: There is an unbalanced soul on the main forum who keeps posting disgusting content (not in this link of content), so if you go to the main page don’t bother with those psycho posts.  I hope ba.broadcast can figure out a way to get rid of him/her/them.)

 ‘What’s up at KGO?‘ – fourm post:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/ba.broadcast/b-e5IlxerXY

Bring down the demographics on Talk radio?‘ – forum post:

(this is the post that talks about the other station I listen to in between Ed)

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/ba.broadcast/GM4lUaqhyd4

That ‘other’ station in NY:

http://www.wor710.com/main.html

https://www.facebook.com/WOR710

http://www.wor710.com/onair/mark-simone-52176/

http://www.wor710.com/media/podcast-mark-simone-marksimone/

On the show page/or Facebook page, look for the videos of:

Gilbert Gottfried reads 50 Shades

Nicole Kidman and Jimmy Fallon

Just found this:

This is a link to Ben Fong-Torres’ column about him turning 70!  Yikes.  Where do the years go?

http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/radiowaves/article/As-Fong-Torres-nears-70-radio-memories-are-made-5990828.php

And, how could I forget about our friends at NoMoreKGO Facebook page?

https://www.facebook.com/NoMoreKGO

So, it’s full speed ahead into 2015!  Should I mention how that media blogger guy is so 2011 and so 1950s in the way he portrays women.  And that Santa Cruz radio station is so out of the radar of choices it’s not even a blip.

That’s a good start to the New Year!

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

By Michael Schwern [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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