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HELLOOOOO! Lloyd Lindsay Young!

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The one voice that always makes me smile is the voice of Lloyd Lindsay Young.  This guy is the real deal and a heart without malice or deceit and a head that has no ego.  That’s hard to find in a business that is built on egos.  I’m glad he has a gig, but the station he’s on now has really misfired on its programming.  It’s not a listening destination and it will not take callers.  That’s unfortunate because I had hopes for the station back in 2012 after the Cumulus geniuses fired all of their talk show hosts on KGO.  We all know how that turned out.  What is Cumulus stock at now?  ummm, $0.17 cents would be a high quote.

One station I stream now is WOR710AM-New York and they have a late morning host I enjoy, Mark Simone.  On Thursday, he was discussing baseball with a guest and the subject was a guy named Lindsay (don’t know if that’s how the baseball guy spells it).  That’s when Mark said the first name he thought of and, hey, guess who it was…

It’s at the very beginning of Simone’s second hour on May 26, 2016.  They are talking about baseball and there it is (1:12 into the podcast)… he even references the year.

http://www.wor710.com/media/play/27028506/

Want to know where Lloyd Lindsay Young, everyone’s favorite weather guy, has worked through the years?  HELLOOOOO! Wikipedia!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lloyd_Lindsay_Young

I’ve said this before, but it’s interesting that the programs I listen to now all take listener calls.  It’s a regular part of the programming.  It’s also interesting that these stations are all climbing and growing in the ratings.  hmmm.   nuf’ said.

Want to hear a guy who loves taking calls?  He loves to debate and Rickroll anyone who mentions his counterpart on the show.  Oh, and the guy loves to sing.  He’s not too bad, but his Motown sing-alongs are so bad you can’t stop listening.  Unlike Gil’s wife, whose voice is so bad and screechy you have to turn it off.  Have I mentioned she should not be allowed on radio?

I love to hear the callers, and the phone lines light up on both the Mark Simone show and the other guy I love hearing, Joe Pags.  Below are some links to his show:

http://www.joepags.com/

http://www.iheart.com/show/The-Joe-Pags-Show/

https://player.fm/podcasts/joe-pags

These guys may be conservatives, but they know how to put on a radio show.  Plus, it doesn’t hurt to hear the other side every so often.  It is getting really messy on both sides now, so it’s good to hear what everyone has to say about it.

That’s all I have for you.  I hope you are all on your way to a fun Memorial Day weekend!  Enjoy it!

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55+ radio listeners will know what this is.

I noticed this old thread from radiodiscussions.com, it’s a discussion about the radio market today.  Maybe I posted this previously, but here it is again:

http://www.radiodiscussions.com/showthread.php?690210-Imus-Unloads-on-the-Dickey-Brothers

Imus says what we’ve all been saying since December 2011.

“They [the Dickey brothers] “went around the country and ruined radio stations” …

“Now [WABC] is being programmed by the sales department. It’s a disgrace…

I’ve never listened to an Imus show, but, as someone noted in the comments, it’s too bad he spoke up only after the Dickeys left the building.  Not blaming him, but if more people had boycotted the Dickey’s business maybe it could have prevented the destruction of radio as-we-knew-it.  It’s still puzzles me why former KGO listeners would listen to one second of that station, knowing what they know now.  It’s a Cumulus station and banned from my airwaves.  Currently, the Cumulus stock can’t go much lower.  The last time I checked the stock was at $0.27, but it looks like it’s climbed a bit since then.

This says it all:

The current last sale of $0.48 is 166.67% Higher than the 52 week low.

You can watch the drop of the Cumulus stock price here:

http://www.nasdaq.com/symbol/cmls

I’m always open to other listening options.  That’s how I found Joe Pags.

If you have not yet heard The Joe Pags Show, you are missing some good talk and general messing around.  When Pags was on vacation recently, a fill-in host said, “I’d better take some calls because Joe left instructions that calls take priority.”  That about sums it up for The Joe Pags Show.  I love it!  Thank you, Joe Pags, for bringing the talk back.

I have to say the same for Mark Simone.  I haven’t forgotten him and those wonderful New York callers.  Many say radio is in decline because of the 55+ audience but some of those 55+ are the most interesting and funny callers.  Mark Simone brings it out of them by teasing and asking unexpected questions, or he pods down the volume and makes comments over them as they speak.  It’s fun to hear.

The same thing happens with Joe Pags.  He brings so much energy and discussion to his show.  It’s obvious that he’s having fun doing it.  He’s based out of San Antonio but is carried on many stations across the country and his show is catching on.  Every week he’s adding more stations.

It seems all of the popular shows on the radio include callers.  That whole talk and no listener interaction format is not working.  Yes, Gil Gross, I’m talking to you.  Boring is boring, no matter how many hours one host talks to himself and it doesn’t get interesting no matter how many Politico correspondents are on the phone as guests.  Yawn.  Yawn.  YAWN!

So, what do you get with Joe Pags Show?  This guy has a silly format that is seriously working.  Every work day has a theme and song to go with it.  Pags sings along.  He also creates his own parody songs.  Some make you cringe, others make you laugh.  You never know what you’re going to get.  I admit to cringing during the Rubio song when I first heard it, but later this week I had to laugh out loud.  Okay, Pags, you got me.  It was hysterical.  Not the song itself, but the way you used it on the caller who said you ruined Kung Fu Fighting for him forever.

Anyone want to hear it?  Listen to this clip, around 1:16:30 (it’s near the end of the podcast).  You’ll also be able to hear the caller who was Rickrolled before the Kung Fu guy.

Joe Pags Show – Wednesday 3/23/16

https://player.fm/series/joe-pags-show/joe-pags-show-3-23-16

The shows on player.fm can be played without Flash.  These are archived shows so it takes a day or two to find the most recent show in the playlist.  If you want to hear the complete Rubio song it’s on the Friday podcast dated 3/25/16 and it plays around 1:05:00 (near the end of the podcast):

Joe Pags Show – Friday 3/25/16

https://player.fm/series/joe-pags-show/joe-pags-show-3-25-16

He also plays songs on the show that a musician friend of his creates, usually about the people who work on the show and all of their idiosyncrasies.  You can hear one of the songs around 42:00 on the Friday podcast.  Vote for Joe Pags.  ha ha!

The show has a consistent theme for every work day:

  • Motown Monday (oh. my. gawd, when he tries to sing along with Motown it will make your cat cry because that’s what it sounds like)
  • Taco Tuesday
  • Hump Day
  • Feeling Alright, bring it like it’s been brought’n
  • Thank God It’s Friday/Free Speech Friday

There is a song for each theme and Pags sings or hums along.  His singing is so effective his listeners want to get into the act and post online selfie clips singing with Joe who is singing his show songs.  His listeners feel they are a big part of his show and they engage with him in social media.

Pags posts his own Facebook and Twitter, he never has anyone else do it for him.  He is the one who responds.  I like that.  I can’t see his Facebook page now with that blocking feature.

I’m not a Facebook user but sometimes I’ll view a Facebook page to see what’s going on with someone or something.  Looks like Facebook doesn’t want someone like me roaming around public pages.  There is a blocking feature now that moves further up the page as you scroll down.  It obscures the page under a white transparency.  I don’t know how long that has been in place.  It’s been awhile since I looked at a Facebook page.  Oh well, doesn’t affect my life.  I just know to stay away from Facebook now and not even try to view it.  Nothing against Facebook users, I just can’t view it now as a non-user.

Here are some Pags sites that you can view:

Just so you know, he is a conservative talk-show host who supports Cruz, but I don’t hold that against him.  It’s always informative to hear the other side of the argument.

http://www.joepags.com/

https://twitter.com/joetalkshow

http://www.iheart.com/show/The-Joe-Pags-Show/

https://player.fm/series/joe-pags-show

I usually listen again to his shows because I miss so much while working.  And, I really want to hear what I’ve missed.  It’s refreshing to enjoy a radio show again.  Hey, Simone, I enjoy your show, too, but Pags is bringing it every time and doesn’t repeat all of the same rhetoric spewed by Rush and Hannity.

 

If you listen, you’ll hear that Joe Pags has a similar habit reminiscent of Frosty when he hosted a local talk show in the Bay Area.

Pags drinks Diet Dr.Pepper on the air, always pulling the tab on the can so listeners hear the fizz and Pags’ big, sloppy sip.  His commentary usually includes how cold the soda is and if there are ice crystals in it.  I haven’t had a soda for a long time, but Pags is making me think of picking one up.  Especially as we head into the hot weather season.  But, I prefer water, and don’t want that empty-calorie sugar hit that screws up your system.  So, I have to say it, what the heck’s the matter with you, Joe Pags?  (Listeners will recognize that phrase, although it doesn’t include the echo effect and I altered it a bit by removing the double toothpicks and took it out of Minnesota).

In between soda sips, Joe is an intelligent guy and is a good interviewer.  He always shows respect to his guests.

He includes his staff on his show.  No, not his wife!  We don’t need to hear another Gil Gross disaster on the air!

Joe Pages shares the show with his news anchor, Cari Laque.  It is taken me some time to get used to Cari’s role on the show.  She is a news anchor in San Antonio for NewsRadio 1200 WOAI.  I heard her news reports when I had to stream San Antonio live recently when another station preempted Pags’ show for sports.  On the live San Antonio show, Cari sounds professional reporting the news, but on The Joe Pags Show she acts as a sidekick to Joe.  He teases her and bounces off her sarcasm of him and his antics.  She has to defend herself against Pags’ relentless commentary about (imaginary) Cari fart-fests during the show.

Boys will be boys, as they say.

It used to bother me that Pags, at times, seems more informed abut some of the news than Cari, a news anchor.  She usually responds with, “I did not know that.”  Maybe she’s busy doing other things, or maybe it’s more relaxed for her on the show and the news is not her priority.  At first I wasn’t loving it, but now I get it.  I don’t mind listening to her now.

Another Joe staffer, Polo, comments during the show as well.  Pags brings him in when he wants more interaction or feedback.  I’m warming up to Polo as well.  I’m not sure what his role is on the show, something behind the scenes.  Hey, I’ve just started listening to the show this year.  Give me time.  I do know that Polo admitted to crying at the movie, ‘Marley and Me’.  How can someone not like this guy?

If we’re going to be stuck with streaming live shows or podcasts to get our talk radio fix, then I don’t mind being stuck with Joe Pags.  He gives me hope that talk radio will return the airwaves to the listeners and all voices will be heard.  And, it’s never boring.

By the way, did anyone watch Johnny Carson and the Tonight Show reruns on KRON-TV this week?  I happened to see the episode when Gary Shandling debuted on the show.  It was a great routine and I laughed out loud several times.  At the same time, it was a poignant moment knowing he is now gone.  I’m sure it’s on YouTube somewhere unless the content is blocked for copyright.

I also heard on The Mark Simone show this week that David Letterhead is channeling Grizzly Adams.  See what I mean here:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/gossip/la-et-mg-david-letterman-beard-bald-shaved-head-20160324-story.html

Compare it to this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Life_and_Times_of_Grizzly_Adams

Good for you, Letterman.  Let out that inner grizzle.  I think I’m going to wander away now in search of some grizzlin’ food.  Hot off the grill.

 

And, don’t forget to put a little Kung in your Fu this weekend;

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?lyrics=4572

 

See you all next time!

 

I doubt any of the shiny, colorful tourist pamphlets of San Francisco will include photos of streets strewn with garbage and feces and impassable sidewalks where homeless camp out.  And, I doubt any of those pamphlets will mention how seemingly dangerous it is for tourists to walk around this city that promotes tourism.  Maybe they should start mentioning it.

Image by Lauraat CCA-SA 3.0

In the news today:

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/British-tourist-stabbed-in-head-during-SF-robbery-6843060.php

 

This is the latest report in a never-ending wave of crime news that has become the norm in San Francisco.

From the sfgate article:

A tourist from the United Kingdom was fighting for his life after he was stabbed in the head during a street robbery in San Francisco, police said.

 

The attack is just the latest in a string of street muggings in which tourists have been victimized.
In December, three French tourists were robbed on a Twin Peaks hill while snapping photos of the vista. An 81-year-old man was shoved to the ground and lost consciousness.
In August, a tourist from Thailand was shot in the shoulder by muggers who attempted to steal his camera as he shot photos near the famed winding stretch of Lombard Street, in one of the city’s most scenic neighborhoods. In the summer of 2014, two Dutch tourists were robbed at gunpoint while taking pictures in the same area.
Officer Carlos Manfredi, a police spokesman, said it’s unlikely that tourists are being targeted for robberies, which he explained tend to be crimes of opportunity.
“It happens to everybody, so every now and then there’s going to be a tourist in the mix,” Manfredi said, “especially in the tourism capital of the world.”

 

Did you notice that remark by a police spokesman?

“It happens to everybody, so every now and then there’s going to be a tourist in the mix,” Manfredi said, “especially in the tourism capital of the world.”

 

It is all summed up by this sfgate comment on the article:

Welcome to SF.
oic800

 

Want to know how the citizens of SF feel about it?  Here are some of the other comments:

 

“It happens to everybody…” I certainly hope not. Maybe only in “Everybody’s favorite city.”
-lockwriter

 

On a recent tour across Europe everyone I met expressed interest in sf but after seeing how clean and well manged their cities are my response was always- why? It’s dirty dangerous and overpriced feels like the elected leaders are failing us all.
-fishead

 

I suggest a tourist strike – Tourists refuse to come to San Francisco until the city institutes some serious anticrime and public safety measures.
-badminton

 

1 question for our fine citizens:

If you got a call from your sweet Aunt Bee and she asked you:

“I want to come to SF and stay at a hotel on Union Square–is it safe?

you would answer: yes or no ?
-butterkins

 

 

San Francisco, you’d better do something about your crime situation, and quick. Between this, the homeless, constant high-end shop heists, and news crews being attacked, you have a serious public image problem. At this point, why anyone would come to visit SF as a tourist is beyond me.
-oakslugger

 

I live 2 blocks from there and there is a Walgreens rights on that corner I frequent. We have heard a dramatic increase in sirens locally and heard commotion again last night, but seriously this city is out of control. I call police at least 1 x a week to report vandalism, homeless camps, drug users …. On and on. The city either does not care or does not listen. This has become a very unsafe place to live. I’m 6’1 200 lbs and I carry mace. I spoke to a cop and she told me to protect myself. So I did.
-Tubenuts

 

 

Bring back the Matrix program.
… city-journal.org/story.php?id=1368
Matrix—a month-long program for enforcing in the downtown area 18 city and state ordinances that had fallen into disuse. Designed to ensure order in public places, they covered offenses such as public drunkenness, public urination and defecation, trespassing, street sales of narcotics, dumping of refuse, graffiti vandalism, camping and lodging in public parks, and obstructing sidewalks. Teams of 12 to 18 officers made regular tours through the Civic Center Plaza, a four-block stretch of Market Street, and Union Square.

The Matrix enforcement effort unfolded like a military campaign, retaking the city block by block. Every ten days or so, Matrix teams would announce a sweep of an additional area, chosen on the basis of citizen complaints. Cleaning up Civic Center Plaza took ten intensive days in January 1994… Forty-six people were arrested for drug or weapons possession.

Homeless advocates have furiously opposed Matrix from the start. But the elimination of a large encampment in Golden Gate Park—a wild green refuge in the center of the city—especially fanned their ire. For years the encampment had rendered one end of the park off limits to normal use. The city concluded that the settlement had to be bulldozed to clear away heaps of hazardous debris.

Jordan refused to apologize for either the means or the timing of the clean-up. “If the encampments are depositories of human feces, rain-soaked garbage and trash, discarded needles, and other disgusting waste, we will not hesitate to use extraordinary measures to clean up the mess. I won’t expose city workers to health risks under any circumstances.”

-Big Squash

 

 

@BigSquash The phrase “homeless advocates” says it all for SF. Let’s advocate solutions for homelessness not advocate homelessness itself. All for bringing back the matrix program. I am confused why anyone would advocate for humans to defeceate and sell drugs openly on the street. A little basic common sense people, civilize societies don’t “advocate” for that behavior.

-katratro

 

 

If that’s not depressing enough, this was in the news today as well:

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Gold-teeth-taken-from-man-in-broad-daylight-SF-6842454.php

A 38-year-old man was punched and knocked to the ground in broad daylight by two muggers who proceeded to steal his gold teeth in San Francisco’s Financial District, police said Friday.

Some commenters on that article think there’s more to the story because this is a busy section of the city at a time when there should be many people around as they leave work.  But, that’s how it’s being reported.

 

On a different note, has anyone sampled The Joe Pags Show?  Every day I am loving him more.  I might have to shove Mark Simone over a bit to make room for Joe Pags at the top of my current favorite radio host list.

I think more people are finding his show and it’s creating some messy calls.  Now people call-in just to get Rickrolled off the line.  It’s funny.  I don’t always hear the entire show because I’m working and things come up, but on Friday I heard at least three Rickrolls in a row.  ha ha!  I love it.  That’s what’s fun about callers and hosts who know how to handle them when they purposely try to disrupt the show.  Mark Simone has that talent.  Joe Pags takes it up a level.  He knows how to have fun with it.  As he says, “I’m gonna Rickroll your a** outta here!”

I think I’ll do the same, get my a** outta here and enjoy the weekend!  I hope you do, too.

 

But, before you go, check him out:

His website:

http://www.joepags.com/

Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/JoeTalkShow

iHeart Episodes:

http://www.iheart.com/show/The-Joe-Pags-Show/

 

Plus, here is good ol’ Mark Simone:

His website:

http://www.marksimone.com/

Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/MARK-SIMONE-24939307470/

Podcasts:

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

 

 

 

Anyone who has visited San Francisco in the past year has encountered the trash on the street and the stench of human excrement in the air.  It’s everywhere.  Sure, it was shuttled over a few blocks to clear the way for the big Super Bowl bash, but it doesn’t hide the huge homeless problem that is prevalent now in San Francisco as well as many major cities.

Image by Steven Lek CCA-SA 4.0 Intl

In the past I’ve posted about New York’s overwhelming indigent population and the comments about it on Mark Simone’s show (WOR-710AM in New York) and how the non-enforcement of former broken glass policies seems to have exacerbated the problem.  In the past year, I posted an audio clip from a frequent guest on Simone’s show, trial lawyer and media personality, Lionel, from lionelmedia.com.  His commentary on the homeless problem in New York expressed the same frustration we in the Bay Area have experienced with homeless encampments that increasingly menace the local population with locals having to navigate public streets and sidewalks used as toilets and dumping places for unimaginable trash.  There is also growing danger from the mentally-unstable, the drug-addicted, and felons living on neighborhood streets within these expanding homeless tent camps.

It’s been so bad that a local business owner distributed flyers listing all contact information for San Francisco supervisors and asked the local population to express their discontent with the current situation on the streets.  Here’s how it was reported in the news:

http://www.ktvu.com/news/88291253-story

http://sfist.com/2016/02/10/fitness_sf_owner_homeless_tent_city.php

https://www.reddit.com/r/sanfrancisco/comments/456poo/soma_gym_owner_fed_up_with_tent_city_homeless/

I heard on the news that the supervisors decided NOT to act on the business owner’s request, that it won’t solve the homeless problem.  They have to find housing for them first.  Good luck with that, San Francisco.  Paying residents have a hard time finding housing in the city.  So, the huge homeless encampment stays and the business owner has no option but to live with it.  huh?

The problem is not over exaggerated.  A nationally syndicated talk-radio host on a recent show talked about his San Francisco experience.  Well, I don’t know how many heard it since it was the Glenn Beck show, but he exposed the alarming deterioration of San Francisco on national radio this past week.

How did he describe his experience here?  He called it  sad, tragic and scary.  At times truly frightening.  On the streets he was almost gagging.  The whole place smells like urine.

He said he would not let family members walk down the San Francisco streets alone, even at four in the afternoon.  He saw people sleeping in doorways on streets with million-dollar homes.  Then he’d turn the corner and see four more plopping down in doorways.

If you want to hear what he said, it’s on the audio track STARTING at 1:34 and comments about it run through 1:50.  It’s near the end of the audio.

Unfortunately for me, I had to listen to the entire audio to find it.  I’m unfamiliar with Glenn Beck.  I’ve heard his name but that’s about it.  I happened to hear his San Francisco rant because when I work late his show airs after The Joe Pags Show and I sometimes catch snippets of it.  I usually turn it off, but this time I heard San Francisco and was interested in what he would say about it.

I have to say, that opening music of his is a real turn-off.  I feel like I should be drinking chamomile tea and petting a dolphin while watching a public-access channel from the ’70s.  What is up with that?

Not to mention the show is boring, two or three guys sitting around, probably drinking tea, and yukking it up at their perceived witticisms.  Beck also plays old clips of himself and clips of his name being mentioned in the media.  How pathetic is that?  Just like Rush.

So, if you want to bypass all of that, just go to the 1:34 mark (1 hour, 34 minutes), grab your tea, and start there.

 

 

If you prefer, here’s the link to YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmsKthvFr30

Until we can figure this out, we just might have to change Scott McKenzie’s song lyrics to: If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear air deodorizer in your hair…

Ronald Reagan as radio announcer. Courtesy of Ronald Reagan Library.

On Super Bowl weekend, I turned on old television programming.  One of the retro channels airs Johnny Carson shows.  I thought that would be a nice break … until Johnny announced his guest was a former football player.  My eyes rolled and I walked out of the room.  When I returned, I grabbed the remote to change the channel.  Johnny was talking to the football guy.  This guy was not a prepped-for-tv kind of guy.  The moment he spoke I knew he was a true character and I put down the remote.  I  enjoyed that segment so much I had to look up the guy on Wiki and even went to YouTube to watch the Carson clip again.

Here’s the link if you’d prefer to watch it on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HDRLnoAY9E

Then I watched some of his Letterman appearances.

The YouTube link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXC5gAAMuxg

The YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMNvBtQw3os

I haven’t had time to write any posts lately but I probably wouldn’t have had much to say.  I’ve abandoned talk radio in the Bay Area except for KQED radio.  I’ve been forced to tune-in to syndicated conservative talk.  Fortunately, with the upcoming election, it’s been interesting to hear the other side.

It’s not what I’d prefer, but it’s what’s left out there in radio-land.  For years, I’ve listened to radio talk during the day.  I have it on in the background while I work.  I used to try to listen to Gil on occasion, but that wife thing is excruciating and even though I would never listen to his Friday show, he continued to bring her up on his show and I had to keep turning off the radio.  When he brings her up, my stomach brings up a little something of its own.   I’m telling you, that voice of hers is made of nightmares.  I cringe now just writing about it.  And Gil’s show is barely hanging on, his talking and sighing and telling the same stories time after time to guests, wasting their time and ours with little talks about himself.  I gave up on Gil long ago.

So, I’ve moved on from the horrible programming on no-Talk 910 and the only alternative is conservative talk.  Not everyone is willing to spend time on conservative talk.  I know people don’t want to even read about it.  It can be enraging.  I swear now more than I ever have, usually during the hour I listen to Rush.  The more this guy spouts off about the problems of others, the less he can identify the same in himself.  It’s very sad.  He talks baby-talk all of the time and every day he plays clips of himself from previous shows.  Or, clips of people mentioning his name.  He nearly pees in his Depends he’s so pleased with himself.

If you listen to him enough, you will recognize the caller ‘plants’ on the show.  It’s so obvious.  One time he was trying to push a book of his and, what a coincidence, the first caller was a young girl who talked about how much she and her friends loved reading it.  It’s all a big orchestrated script to make him feel better about himself.  All first calls support the point he’s trying to make.  The callers stick to the talking points they were paid to make.

I used to be confused listening to his show, some of it didn’t make sense.  He denigrates woman, calling them info-babes and femi-nazis (a term he proudly points out that he created) and then has women callers who claim to be fans of his show and have listened for years.  It just doesn’t make sense.  Now that I’m aware talk shows such as his (according to some sources I’ve posted previously, but other sources claim the Limbaugh show denies it) pay actors to call in and pretend to be a listener, it is very clear to me the show is more like an infomercial than a talk show.

Unfortunately, it’s only one of few options left on the radio.

In the mornings, I still listen to Mark Simone.  I love his show, but even he can be irritating with all of the Hillary bashing and Trump love.  But, he takes calls every hour and it’s such fun to hear.  I love those callers and they love Mark Simone.  He’s a real man about town in the classic sense and that’s what draws people to his show.  Simone would love that clip of Art Donovan on Carson.  He probably already has it posted, but I didn’t see it when I took a quick glance at his show page.

His Show Page:

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

Podcasts:

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

At least Simone has consistent callers.  One callers always tells joke, lame jokes (think of Gil Gross’ attempts at humor), and another guy starts out the call in a calm voice and, Simone calls it every time, the call escalates into a screaming rant about something or other.  Simone lowers the call volume and talks over the call with his own commentary.  Always entertaining.

After Simone’s show I listen to an hour of Rush (I often do errands or step away to do things during that hour) but I hear enough and it’s not pretty.  That guy is losing his grip.

Then it’s on to KQED, but there is no caller interaction.  The shows are content rich but not always engaging to the listener.  It’s low-key and, as the Donald would say, low energy.  If there was another radio option I’d probably try it.

Next is Sean Hannity.  I can tolerate him.  He offers the same talking points that are sent out to all conservative hosts and Hannity dutifully parrots the same thing Rush says in the hours before. But, Sean has some interesting segments on his show.  Many interviews include two people of opposing sides discussing an issue.  Hannity is there but does not insert himself into the conversation (maybe Gil Gross should take notes) and I’ve heard many differing views that I usually don’t hear on any other show.  Hannity is now doing the same with callers.  He finds two callers who disagree and puts them both on the air at the same time to have a conversation about it.  Really interesting.

Speaking of interesting, recently Sean talked about the state of radio and how it’s changed (listen to this (2/4/16,Hour 1) audio starting at 8:00 and it continues with some other things through 16:45):

 

Nobody’s going to do that if you have a conscience and a soul.

 

(Are you still taking notes, Gil?)

Here’s the link if you want to go to the site: http://download.premiereinteractive.com/seanhannity/2016/02/Sean%20Hannity%20-%20Feb%2004%202016%20-%20Hour%201.mp3

And, here’s the show recap page: http://www.hannity.com/articles/shows-472046/radio-show-recap-feb-4-14347284/

I used to listen to Hannity on WOR710-AM, the New York station Mark Simone is on, but there is a sports show following Hannity and I had to find something else.  I tried several states searching for talk programs and found one in Minneapolis.  I can listen to Hannity there and then the program that follows is quickly becoming my favorite show.  Another conservative show, but this is a guy who loves talk radio and he’s been a talk host for years.  There is a passion in him that’s rare to hear in radio now.

I think that’s why Gil’s show is so boring now.  He is there to pay his mortgage and that’s it.  I also get the impression that he feels he’s not being paid top dollar so he won’t perform at his best or even try to do his best.  What he puts out is just enough to get by.  It explains why he would subject his listeners to his wife.  He just doesn’t care.  A normal person cannot listen to that side show.  How can he be passionate about his own show when he is playing the victim and taking it out on the listeners?

It’s his reputation to lose and he lost it.

That’s not the type of show Joe Pags puts on.  This guy wants to interact with listeners and does it with callers and on Facebook and email  He responds to Facebook posts himself, against the advice of his staff.  It’s him on the page and not some intern.  I like that, even though I am not a fan of Facebook or even a member.  I like that he recognizes the audience is an important part of his show and he’s not above getting into it with any one of them.  He calls people out during the show, “Hey, dude, you’ve emailed me sixteen times in the past thirty minutes with fifteen-hundred word essays.  Man, I’m doing a show.  Just stop it.  Do you think I have time to read all of that?  I don’t.  Stop it.  Say what you gotta say in a reasonable, concise format and then I’ll read it.”

Joe Pags used to be a journalist so he loves to debate people about facts.  He allows callers to talk and then asks them questions about what they just said.  If the caller cannot support their own argument, Pags Rickroll’s them off the air.

http://www.eonline.com/news/737509/happy-50th-birthday-to-rick-astley-celebrate-with-some-of-the-best-ever-rickrolls

Pags also plays some kick-a** songs.

Here’s his iHeart page:

Joe Pags Shows:

http://www.iheart.com/show/The-Joe-Pags-Show/

Talkers wrote an article about him recently:

http://www.talkers.com/2016/02/02/spagtacular-success-didnt-occur-overnight/

The article is a bit overdone and hard to read, but if you glance through it you will get the basics of his history.

Joe Pags comes closer than anyone on the radio that I’m aware of to return to the conversation, something Bruce K. discusses in this well-written comment on one of my previous posts:

Comment by Bruce K.:

… Talk radio was never perfect, but there were hosts who would have long discussions with people that did bring out good points, but more importantly they modeled HOW to have a conversation.

The only think I see over and over on the big sites is left-right argument, and I mean use the term argument loosely … it is mostly insults and repeated slogans, and it is biased to the extreme right wing. This is the heart of what I thought our country was about, and it has stopped beating, that is for damn sure.

To think I was happy with the 10 or 20 minutes per hour of radio air that contained a good discussion on an important topic, and now it is completely gone. NPR is great, but there is nothing live. I occasionally catch a live conversation on Pacifica, but it always seems to be something that repulses me to Left wing thought, which I don’t like.

I think of Liberalism as something more than hating science with a passion I thought was reserved for extreme right wing Christians, but the “Progressives” of Pacifica compete very well in illogic. Topics about criminals, prisoners, unending hatred of Israel and by extension the US government, anti-vaccine conversations. I’ve talked a few people who have become right-wing nuts based on the crazy things they heard in places like Pacifica Radio and were so repulsed they ran the other way.

This is a level of censorship, brainwashing and top down corporate control I would never have dreamed of in my life, and here it is, and seemingly getting worse every year.

I think people get so disconnected and fly to the extremes because they never hear an example of a reasonable civil discussion of conversation.

I have to think this is in direct reaction to trends of independent thinking brought about by the Fairness Doctrine, and the demise of Network News in favor of for profit news centers.

I watched the movie “Best Of Enemies” about the debates between Bill Buckley and Gore Vidal in the 70’s, and they happened to mention the most trusted institution in American society at that time was the Network News. What have we lost? Did no one notice? Is that how we lost it all?

There truly is more commenting on the old talk radio than there is talk in the new so-called talk radio. Is it possible to fix this? What is the thinking really by the people who make this policy, and when these decisions are privatized and hidden, does that count as anti-democratic ( small d )?

 

There is really nothing for me to add to that.  Read it, then read it again, and let it sink in.

 

Yikes!  I started this post almost a month ago and wasn’t able to get back to it.  At the time, I was curious about the financial outlook of Cumulus Media.  I was shocked and, admittedly, pleased to see the jaw-dropping close of cmls at $1.18.   Then, after a few weeks, I checked it again to see it drop further to $0.96.  I checked the Facebook page of No More KGO and they were on top of the big drop, linking numerous articles about it.

Visit their page and be sure to ‘like’ it:

https://www.facebook.com/NoMoreKGO/

At the time, I found this little news blurb about the current situation at the house of the drooping Dick-eys:

(note, the investorplace page has a pop-up ad on it that is annoying)

http://investorplace.com/2015/08/4-media-stocks-to-sell-now-cmls-wwe-disca-2/

Cumulus Media Inc. Class A earns an F (“strong sell”) this week, moving down from last week’s grade of D (“sell”). Cumulus Media is a radio broadcasting corporation that owns and operates FM and AM radio station clusters that serve mid-sized markets in the United States.

It is no surprise the Dick-eys were graded F on their radio report card.  Any radio listener to any of their failed radio stations across the country could have predicted this outcome, the Bay Area listeners could have told you that way back in December 2011.

The Dick-eys, as expected, are acting in their own self-interest and abandoning their top positions to take a lesser role within the company, probably to deflect any blame and lawsuits to other executives.  In their rush for the door, the Dick-eys grabbed millions on the way out.

wow.

What’s so disgusting about it, and why, in the past, I’ve questioned how former listeners can still listen to the Dick-ey stations after seeing how they fired top talent, dropped employees pay to minimum (yes, all of you so-called former listeners, this more than likely included your kids, your spouses, your relatives, and your friends) and then the Dick-ey brothers reached into every worker’s back pocket for that extra pay the staff should have been getting and paid themselves millions in bonuses every year.

So, if and when the station is closed or sold, your loved ones will continue to struggle to pay the rent and put food on the table, and the Dick-eys will walk away millionaires.  No one benefits but the Dick-eys.  There is no extra income spent in the community because no one can afford it.  The station loads commercials into the mix like logs into a blast furnace and makes the station content unlistenable, but it brings in enough money to line the Dick-eys pockets with more bonuses every year.  And, what about the shareholders?  Can’t they see how the Dick-eys have come in and destroyed radio communities?  I’d tell the shareholders to sue, but they enabled this disaster so why should they be rewarded for bad judgement?

Many of us really are former listeners for a reason and the principle behind it.

I’m not saying the other media conglomerates out there are much better, only that they’ve handled their business with seemingly less brutal tactics than the soulless Dick-eys.

The others, especially in the Bay Area, have also made questionable business and content decisions.   Yes, I’m talking about noTalk 910-AM.  I don’t fault them for all of the missteps.  Who would have thought Gil Gross could be such a disappointment?   You know I have to mention the Friday wife with Gil!  Can any program be designed to irritate people more than this?  It should be banned as a torture device.  Stay away from Friday to keep your sanity intact.

But I do fault noTalk for the disastrous afternoon programming that has driven many listeners away, you know the program, the two selfie sticks talking nonsense and making jokes that make even Gil’s humor sound less awkward, trying-too-hard.  ugh!

I don’t know if that annoying lady yelling commercial is still on the air because that’s when I stopped listening to noTalk.  That, and the selfie-stick programming, drove me to conservative talk.  I don’t enjoy hearing all of the conservative political talking points, day after day, the same talking points on every program using the exact same words.  It is tiresome, but at least there are callers and interviews that bring in both sides of the argument (probably fixed to make the liberal side look foolish, but, hey, there is a discussion and disagreement).  When that gets to be too much, then I always fall back on BBC.  I can expect to find some interesting programming, music or documentary or podcast that adds something to the experience of online listening.

 

One recent podcast on BBC Radio2 I’d recommend others to listen to before it expires in 20-something days: John Lennon’s Last Day.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06f5508

 

Steve Wright in the Afternoon is another BBC Radio2 show that is easy to listen to with a mix of music old and new and celebrity interviews.  He has an interview with Robert De Niro who responds to his interview questions.  If you’ve ever watched De Niro mumble through Late Night shows then you know that’s quite rare to get impromptu, coherent answers out of him.

Here’s a link to Steve’s page on BBC Radio2:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006wr4r

 

Don’t forget about Simon Mayo Drivetime and his Confessions podcasts:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00p2dfq

 

Of course, I’ve mentioned it many times, the one program I try not to miss during the week day is New York station WOR’s Mark Simone show.  I love that guy.  I don’t agree with many of his opinions but that’s not the draw of the show.  He really is Mr. Personality who has fun with the callers and his guests.  Yes, he takes calls every day and he makes it entertaining.  There is even a New York lawyer guest on his show periodically who is like Len Tillem’s lost twin with his loud talk and level of crudeness that flirts with offensive.

On a recent Simone show, the lawyer, Lionel, spoke about a subject that we in the Bay Area deal with everyday, the homeless and transient issue.  You have to hear this:

Mark Simone show – guest Lionel, on from 20:40 to about 31:15 on the podcast:

http://www.wor710.com/media/podcast-mark-simone-show-marksimone/mark-simone-show-90315-hour-1-26325790/

I have experienced this same zombieland in the Bay Area.  Too many times I’ve walked past men who whip it out and pee on public buildings or in trash cans, or who crouch on the sidewalks with full exposure of their backsides on display.  I’ve stood on a corner waiting for a bus and some crazy exiting from a bus across the street runs over to chase me.  Or, a crazy who stood near me and told me, in a threatening way, to stop looking at him (I wasn’t).  Another guy and his buddy pass by sometimes and they are like the walking dead who stumble around and one speaks in a cracked, groggy, scary-deep voice that only a horror movie director would love.   Once, a disheveled guy walked close behind me and said he could attack me in a minute and no one would get there in time to stop him.  That was on a busy street with plenty of people around.  Creepy instances like that.  I’ve had to sidestep many young men who scream nonsense and throw things around in a rage.  And, who has not seen the disgusting patches of feces hanging off the sides of buildings everywhere?

Emptying the day rooms, indeed.

Lionel nails it.  Listen to him on that podcast.

WOR-710AM has been growing in the ratings.  They are now the #1 New York talk station.  It’s not a big number, but they are experiencing growth in this supposedly dying medium.  They are keeping the ‘talk’ in talk.  They don’t have hours upon hours of one person talking and talking and talking to be followed by another person or two, untalented amateurs, talking and talking and talking to themselves.  That is boring, lazy programming.  No station grows by offering stagnant content.  No listener stays around to hear it.

And no real former listener returned to support the Dick-eys 50,000 watt station in the Bay Area and now the Dick-eys are out of the top spots.  Finally.

There was one interesting comment I’d never read before about that blogger guy on the Facebook page of No More KGO.  Don’t know if it’s true.  It was posted by some guy who usually defends the Dick-eys and their decisions, so keep that in mind.  It sure explains a lot if it is true.

 

Anyone out there into programming and code and game design?  Even an amateur can get into this and have some fun with it.

Unity 5 (a game engine) has partnered with Visual Studio 2015 (Microsoft’s integrated development environment) and offers an import package of Visual Studio 2015 tools to be used for Unity scripting.  It includes IntelliSense for C# and, I think, Javascript but I haven’t tried that yet.  I prefer coding on Visual Studio so I love this.

A beginner can download both Unity game engine and Visual Studio Community for free with unlimited use.  It’s a great way to learn how to code and it’s fun to learn how to create a game.  Both sites offer plenty of help getting started.  Unity has extensive training video and manuals available on their site:

http://unity3d.com/

Poke around the Learn tab and you will see what I mean.  There are many tutorials on YouTube as well.

 

Visual Studio 2015 offers a free version and there are many YouTube videos on how to get started coding basic C#.  Also, they have online support on their Microsoft Developer Network that includes all levels of learning to work with Visual Studio 2015.

Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN):

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd831853.aspx

Visual Studio:

https://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/download-visual-studio-vs

Download the Community version for free.

If you try out Unity 3D, then you have to start with the terrain and adding trees.  It is so amazing.  The best thing to do is find a good YouTube tutorial on Unity 5 (game engine) and working with terrain.  The creation is easy and the results are unbelievable.  There are many free assets offered in Unity’s Asset Store and they include a free Standard Assets package to get you started.

Look at the trees in that package.  Wait until you see them in the Unity Game Player in 3D.  Incredible.  Unity assets include creations from Speed Tree, a 3D animation toolkit.  There are some free and pay-a-fee versions in the Unity Asset Store.

If you’re curious about the 3D modeling of trees, this 2012 video explains how it works:

Speed Tree is not free.  There is, at this time, at $19 charge that is good for one month.  All assets created can be used and stored after your paid subscription ends.

You do not have to build your own trees on Unity 3D, they have fully created trees ready for use to populate your landscape.  Try it and you’ll see.

 

So, there’s plenty to do, lots to see, and podcasts to hear.  Get to it!

I’ll get back on the blogging track next month when it won’t be as busy at work now that the holidays are around the corner!

Enjoy the week and see you next time.

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I’ve given up on local talk radio.  I know I’m not the only one, just look at the ratings.  As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been listening to WOR710-AM in New York and BBC Radio 2.  WOR710 is going up in the ratings so I wanted to find out more about the station.  There is a site that discusses all things radio, radiodiscussions.com, and it includes all major markets in the forums.

There isn’t a lot of activity in the San Francisco forums, but that’s not surprising given the lack of listenable talk radio content in this market.  No one would listen by choice to most of the programs offered.

Some discussions in the forums on radiodiscussions.com address the same issues about our local choices:

Thread topic: Talk Radio Fans

http://www.radiodiscussions.com/showthread.php?664915-talk-radio-fans

I too, am a big talk radio fan, but I’m afraid it’s a dying genre. Younger people don’t care for it, and what’s left of “talk radio” is more “monologue radio”, not taking any callers but just a host talking. I’m extremely disappointed in Gil Gross’ show on 910 for that very reason. I miss true talk radio.

-finatic

 

There are other general topics overall:

Thread topic: Production Standards

http://www.radiodiscussions.com/showthread.php?687602-Production-standards-%28or-lack-of%29

… Attention is radio’s product and it is not in a broadcaster’s interest to degrade the product to make a quick sale. It also explains why blue chip “customers” no longer buy radio.

The phrase “the customer is always right” was coined by Harry Selfridge and he was was talking about customer service in a department store. He did not sell shoddy good nor compromise the integrity of his operation to pander to a customers’ whims.

-Oscar Madison

 

http://www.radiodiscussions.com/showthread.php?687602-Production-standards-%28or-lack-of%29/page3

Are you quoting the Ferengi “Rules of Acquisition?”

The line between “business” and prostitution is so fine, most people in radio can’t see it – or refuse to. Either way, it’s a key factor in radio’s current state of distrust and irrelevance.

-Oscar Madison

 

Thread Topic: How Many Hosts Are Left?

http://www.radiodiscussions.com/showthread.php?686098-How-many-hosts-are-left/page2

Terrestrial radio still has the advantages of ubiquity (with a small u) and convenience. Not so true for AM due to decreasing signal viability and lack of am receiving equipment, but it’s generally easier to turn on a radio than to search for stuff on the Internet. You can tune radios all over the house to the same station without latency issues — try that with Internet streams. You don’t need Internet, WiFi or a phone data plan. But we’re training people — especially young people — to avoid radio because, when they happen to tune in, it sucks.

-wadio

 

Thread Topic: An Investigation Regarding Talkers

This discussion dismisses the idea that radio stations purchase fake callers, but others continue to disagree.

http://www.radiodiscussions.com/showthread.php?683933-An-investigation-regarding-talkers

 

There are a few threads about Limbaugh, and one comment describes what I hear when I listen to him.  It’s especially fitting, I read it as I watched the Simon and Garfunkel concert in New York that aired on KQED-TV last weekend.  I didn’t see the entire show, only the segment where they sang the song mentioned below.

 

http://www.radiodiscussions.com/showthread.php?687040-Limbaugh-on-WOR-lost-half-of-his-WABC-audience-share/page2

Aside from the political monotony and maybe as significant, Rush today sounds like a cranky old man. His voice is hoarse and strident — he sounds like the guy in the nursing home clip at the beginning of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Old Friends!”

-wadio

 

http://www.radiodiscussions.com/showthread.php?687040-Limbaugh-on-WOR-lost-half-of-his-WABC-audience-share/page5

That’s an interesting thought. One of the characteristics of GenY is they prefer interaction to a lecture. One way to lose Gen Y is to talk AT them. It’s a big issue among educators. This is a generation that’s used to call & response, pushing a button and seeing a light come on. Talk radio, by definition, doesn’t work that way. Talkers need to learn from music DJs who conduct interactive shows on social media, while using their on-air show as the punctuation point.

-TheBigA

 

http://www.radiodiscussions.com/showthread.php?687932-Talk-Radio-Scoreboard-for-Major-Markets-June-2015

Rush’s search for a home in Boston has been finalized. He’s moving from 50,000 watt WRKO, Boston’s top Talk Radio station, owned by Entercom, to iHeart’s 5000 watts by day/1000 watts by night 1430 WKOX. iHeart is switching the station from Latin Hits to Talk, where Rush, Hannity and Beck will have a home in Market #10. But no local weekday shows will be heard. It will be all network Talk except mornings and overnights when iHeart doesn’t have any of its own shows available.

-Gregg.

 

Okay, enough about Rush.

Here are the New York rankings:

http://ratings.radio-online.com/cgi-bin/rol.exe/arb001

 

There is one reason I listen to WOR710 – the Mark Simone show.  I love that guy.  His show is a mix of callers and news and celebrity phone guests.  It gives me my talk radio fix for the day.  They have some fun calls on that show.  You never know what to expect.  Mark Simone plays with his callers and his callers play back.

Of course, it’s hard to hear the conservative talking points fed to his show and he does have his detractors as I found in this New York forum thread:

http://www.radiodiscussions.com/showthread.php?685447-Mark-Simone-King-of-New-York-Talk-Radio

I agree about the prehistoric guests — especially Dick Cavett — but on the whole I enjoy Simone. Aside from those interviews the show is quick paced and fun. Simone has a good sense of humor and I think what some people see as rude and condescending is just part of his act. I don’t get the fault a lot of people find with him.

-wadio

 

Overall, I’m not a fan of talk radio. But the times I tuned him in on WABC (and when he did that Saturday Night Oldies show) he was an easy-enough listen. On one occasion it was he on WAEB who kept me sane while I was part of an historic Allentown traffic jam on the way to catch a plane for my Dad’s funeral a few years ago.

I can’t say one way or another I’m a fan of his WOR talk-only show. As I said, I don’t listen to that much talk radio except for a half-hour, here and there, of a sports-talk. And WOR doesn’t come in here that well, whereas his old WAEB gig was a loud signal. Strict ‘talk’ may or may not be his truer metier, but whoever said that being the heavy hotdog in NYC doesn’t have as much prestige as it used to was spot-on.

-Steve Green NEPA

 

That was back in March.  Recently, Simone mentioned that he can’t walk down the street without people stopping him to say ‘heard the show today’ or ‘great show today’ so he knows people are listening.

 

hmmm, just saw this thread in the New York forum about the Library of Congress searching for content to archive from local radio:

http://www.radiodiscussions.com/showthread.php?671953-Library-of-Congress-launches-local-radio-archive-project

 

I would love to see Bay Area local radio archived with the LOC.  Then, I could hear some Gene Burns shows and listen again to Pete Wilson.  sigh…